US Virgin Islands (USVI) Villa Rentals By CARIBIQUE®
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) were originally inhabited by native Ciboney, Arawak, Taino and Carib people, the islands were claimed for Spain in 1493 and then passed through several hands before settling into the possession of Denmark in 1754. Denmark then sold the islands to the United States in 1916.
Though there are numerous islands in the USVI, the main islands in the chain are Saint Croix, Saint Thomas and Saint John, along with tiny Water Island which was not purchased until 1944 when the Department of Defense via the federal government acquired it to protect the submarine base on Saint Thomas. At the time, they paid $10,000 but they sold the island back to the territorial government in 1996 for 25 million!
The islands are all nicknamed by locals, Saint Croix is called Twin City, Saint Thomas is known as Rock City and Love City is the moniker for Saint John. The Afro-Caribbean people of the island have shaped the culture and have brought with them the sounds and flavours of their homelands. Quelbe is the style of local music that features traditional African rhythms, forbidden by the slave masters, which the slaves melded with permitted music and dance of Denmark and other European influences.
Each of the three larger islands host their own carnival at a different point in the year with celebrations beginning at Christmas and ending in July. This has become the second largest Carnival in the Caribbean. The islands are an unspoiled Caribbean hideaway and the ease of travel for US citizens (if you’re American, you don’t need a passport to go) mean the islands are a popular destination all year round.
US Virgin Islands Villas, Holiday and Vacation Rentals
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