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The Virgin Islands are two separate political entities, one belonging to the United Kingdom, and the other being a territory of the United States. The islands to the West, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, and Water Island make up the US territory, and the islands to the East, Anegada, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda with over 50 other smaller islands make up the UK territory.

Location - The Virgin Islands are located on the continent of North America, they are the islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico. The Virgin Islands are an Archipelago (cluster of islands), part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea. There are only two ways to get to the Virgin Islands, by air or by water. The two major airports located in the Virgin Islands are located on the island of St. Thomas, and the other on the island of St. Croix.

Capital - Charlotte Amalie

Population - The estimated population of the Virgin Islands is 109,825.

Terrain - Hilly, rugged, and mountainous.

Climate - The Virgin Islands climate is considered subtropic, mostly hot and humid throughout the year, with most rainfall coming in the months of August and October. 

High/Low Seasons -  The peak season (high) is from December to May. Peak season means higher prices, busy tourist season, and sold out accommodation. Outside of these months (June to November), rooms are cheaper and the islands are less crowded. April through August the waters are calm and make for the best diving and snorkeling as the visibility is at its best.

Currency -  The United Stated Dollar ($) is the form of currency used in the Virgin Islands. Major credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted at most retail, restaurant, and hotel outlets. It is advisable to always carry a small amount of cash. ATM's (cashpoints) are located within the airport upon arrival, or located throughout the cities. You can also exchange currency for a small fee at the Bureau de Change. 

Language -  English is the most widely spoken language, but it is common to hear French Creole, and even English Creole.

Time - GMT - 3 hours

Electricty - 110V

Telephone - Country code dial 1, and the area code is 284 for the British Virgin Islands, and 340 for the United States Virgin Islands. For any medical, police, or fire emergency dial 999 or 911.

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