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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Vacation 2005 - Getting Ready

Things ya just gotta Know:

  • Passports for U.S. Citizens are not required for the U.S. Virgin Islands, but you must be prepared to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving (such as a birth certificate and photo ID).
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic standard time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern standard time (during daylight savings time only).
  • Virgin Islanders drive on the left side of the road.
  • English is the official language.
  • Our currency is the U.S. dollar. Traveler's checks and major credit cards are honored.
  • Postage in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the same as stateside. First-class mail to the U.S. automatically travels by air through the U.S. Postal Service.
  • You can direct-dial from the United States Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland. The service connects callers to Europe and South America.
  • The electrical current is the same as in North America (standard 120 volt/60 cycle).
  • Tipping of 15 percent to 20 percent is customary for good service. Some hotels automatically add a service charge.
  • 340 is the area code for all U.S. Virgin Islands phone numbers.
  • Casual clothes for warm weather. Our average temperature ranges between 77ºF and 83ºF.
  • Plenty of sunscreen. The use of sunscreen is recommended at all times, even on overcast days.
  • Take all the pictures you like, but please help us protect the islands' delicate ecological balance. Removing sea fans and living coral is against the law;
    Collecting shells from the sea is strongly discouraged.
 

 

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