My Virgin Islands is the ultimate guide to the US Virgin Islands. The guide continues to grow weekly with new events and new businesses that cover St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, and Water Island.
Launched December 17, 2009, the My Virgin Islands app has been downloaded by visitors from more than 50 countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. It is regularly one of the top 200 travel apps in the iTunes store (out of more than 11000) and has been featured in the Virgin Islands Daily News, VINow.com and NewsofStJohn.com.
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About the Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands is located in the eastern Caribbean southeast of Puerto Rico and 1,100 miles southeast of Miami. There are three major islands, St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. Each island has a unique character.
Before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493, St. Croix was inhabited by the Ciboneys, Arawaks, Tainos, and Caribs (for whom the Caribbean is named). Blown off course during his 1493-1496 voyage, Christopher Columbus landed on St. Croix (originally called Ay-Ay by the Arawaks and Cibuquiera by the Caribs), then continued his explorations on St. Thomas and St. John. He gave the islands their original Spanish names (Santa Cruz, San Tomas, and San Juan), focusing on religious themes. Collectively, Columbus named the beautiful and pure United States, British, and Spanish Virgin Islands, Las Islas de las Virgenes, in honor of the Romano-British princess, St. Ursula, and her 11,000 virginal handmaids.
In 1917, the United States bought the islands from Denmark, and St. Croix became the eastern most point under the United States flag. Only 84 square miles, St. Croix is the largest of the Virgin Islands. St. Croix has been occupied by seven different countries including Spain, Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, the Knights of Malta, Denmark, and the United States, thus becoming a melting pot of cultures.
Two-thirds of St. John is a U.S. National Park. St. John is home to world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. St. John is also a nature lover's paradise. There are hiking trails, camp grounds, and breathtaking views.
St. Thomas is the most visited port in the Caribbean and home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. In the energetic town of Charlotte Amalie, you will find a large selection of duty-free shopping, elegant dining, and an exciting nightlife. St. Thomas has some of the highest points in the Virgin Islands and stunning views of the Caribbean.