CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS. The currency of the US Virgin Islands is the US Dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in many but not all establishments. Ask before you make a purchase or order food. ATM machines are located in banks and at other commercial locations. There is a free standing ATM machine on the West Indian Company Cruise Ship Dock next to the Welcome Center.
BANKS. The following banks operate in the US Virgin Islands:
First Bank Virgin Islands
|Banks -- FirstBank
Virgin Islands tel 340/775-7777
Has six locations on the island, with 24-hour ATMs at Crown Bay Center, East End Plaza, FirstBank Plaza, the Waterfront, and Yacht Haven.
Scotiabank tel 340/776-5880
Has six locations on St. Thomas, including Havensight Mall and Tutu Park Mall; all branches have ATMs.
Banco Popular tel 800/724-3655;
Has branches in Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook. Most island banks are open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 3pm, and Friday 8:30am to 4pm.
The banks are your only option if you need to exchange currency. More than 50 ATMs are available on the island.
Sunday March 1, 6-7 PM
Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence
Peace Hill, Virgin Islands National Park, St. John
On iconic Peace Hill overlooking the sea, sunsets on Sundays are the settings for the peaceful teachings of Gandhi-MLK Season for Nonviolence, a global campaign for peace. Unity of St. John presents teachings, music and meditation in a free program to enhance personal peace in a changing world. A complimentary shuttle to Peace Hill departs at 5:30 pm from the St. John ferry dock – take the 5 pm ferry from Red Hook – returning 7 pm.
Friday March 6
First Friday Downtown
Downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
First Friday in Downtown Charlotte Amalie showcases the best island St. Thomas has to offer in drinks, food and entertainment in the cultural mecca of the island. Every first Friday downtown restaurants and bars stay open for extended hours. Perfect time for dining out or a pub crawl.
Friday March 6, 6 – 9 PM
Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, St. John
Discover, dine and dance the night away as Mongoose Junction features local artists, art exhibits and live music. For info visit www.mongoosejunctionstjohn.com
Sunday and Monday March 8 and 9
Full Moon Kayak Tours
Virgin Islands Ecotours – Mangrove Lagoon, St. Thomas.
Venture to the East End of St. Thomas to explore the famous spooky Mangrove Lagoon in the moonlight in two-person easy to paddle kayaks. You will wear headlamps as you paddle through the mangrove tunnels exploring the Wildlife Preserve. The marina is lit up for dining and drinks afterwards.For More Events
You have got to do St. John. You hear that from everyone who has visited the Island and from those who live here. But, what does it mean to do St. John? Well, there are the wonderful hiking trails that meander through the island that can take you from the "bustling" town of Cruz Bay to secluded beaches and pristine Caribbean forests. How about touring the island on a two-hour tour of the National Park or just go shopping in Cruz Bay? And don't forget the plethora of beaches.
YOU KNOW THAT... Many couples are opting to save the
money (not to mention the stress and hard work) of a big
wedding at home by escaping to a Caribbean island for a
combination wedding/honeymoon. Upon their return, they can
share the event by showing the video and photographs at an
All the islands are beautiful and, on some, weddings have become a major promotional tool. So why should you choose St. Thomas above others?
St. Thomas, one of the three United States Virign Islands, along with St. Croix and St. John, St. Thomas is one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world, dressed with powdery beaches and sun-drenched weather. St. Thomas is located in the Lesser Antilles, 1,600 miles south, south east of New York City; 1,100 east, southeast of Miami; 70 miles of San Juan. St. Thomas and its nearby neighbor St. John, lay between the Atlantic and the Caribbean.more
You get to St. John by flying to nearby St. Thomas and then take a taxi to Red Hook and then a 15 minute ferry to St. John. Ferries depart every hour. As an alternative you can take a taxi a taxi to the Charlotte Amalie Ferry dock and then embark on a 45 minute ferry to St. John.
If you are renting a home you will definitely need to rent a car, and should consider an all wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicle. St. John has some rental car companies but you can also rent a car in St. Thomas and then take a ferry which will transport your car over to St. John . If just visiting for the day there are numerous taxis and safari vans available. St. John taxi and van drivers are very hospitable and accommodating.