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St. Croix USVI Travel Guide: Pack & Go!  Things To Know Before You Go

bullet Banks and Currency: The currency is the U.S. dollar. Several major banks have branches in Christiansted, in Frederiksted and around the island. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ATMs can also be found on the island.
bullet Climate: The temperature on St. Croix averages from 77 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The water temperature is nearly identical. Average annual rainfall is approximately 40 inches, although the eastern portion of the island may get only 10 to 12 inches.
bullet Dress: Attire worn on the island is mostly informal, even in the evening. However, bathing suits, short shorts, halter tops and bare feet are frowned upon in town.
bullet Drinking Water: Desalinated ocean water is usually used in the cities. In the country, rain water that has been collected in cisterns is generally used. There is not a plentiful water supply on St. Croix, so conservation is strongly encouraged.
bullet Electricity: 110 volts, 60 cycles a.c., as in the United States.
bullet Government: The United States Virgin Islands are American territories. The U.S. President is the head of state; the islands are administrated by a governor and a legislature. In 1917, the United States purchased the Virgin Islands from the Danish for $25 million to protect the Panama Canal and the Caribbean from the Germans.
bullet Holidays: St. Croix celebrates many holidays--24 of them, to be exact. Crucians observe most Stateside holidays, such as Christmas and New Year's Day, and such remembrances as Organic Act Day, Transfer Day and Supplication Day. The tourism offices provide a full listing of Crucian holidays.
bullet Language: English is the official language, and Spanish is widely spoken.
bullet Medical Facility: St. Croix Hospital has a trained staff and an emergency room.
bullet Population: Approximately 60,000
bullet Post Offices: Located in downtown Christiansted, Gallows Bay, Richmond, Sunny Isle, Kings Hill, Frederiksted and Mars Hill.
bullet Area: St. Croix is 28 miles long by 7 miles wide.
bullet Surcharges and Taxes: There is no sales tax on St. Croix. The hotel room tax is 8 percent. Service and energy surcharges are determined by individual hotels; rates should be posted at the front desk.
bullet Telephone Service: The area code for the U.S. Virgin Islands is 340. Most cell phones will work on the island.
bullet Theater and Special Events: The Island Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful 1,100-seat theater that hosts big-name entertainers. Whim Plantation Museum serves as a venue for classical music concerts and cultural and historic programs.
bullet Time: Atlantic time, one hour ahead of eastern standard time. Daylight-saving time is not observed.
bullet Tipping: Tipping is the same as in the United States.
bullet Tourist Information: The main office is at the Scale House by Christiansted's wharf. In Frederiksted, the tourism office is near the Pier. There is also an office at the airport.
bullet Passport Requirements: The new passport requirement outlined below does NOT apply to U.S. citizens traveling to or returning directly from a U.S. territory. U.S. citizens returning directly from a U.S. territory are not considered to have left the United States and do not need to present a passport. U.S. territories include the following: Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
bullet Current Requirements: All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.
bullet Future Requirements: Effective January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.
 

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