On the whole, three governments of three different countries namely British Virgin Islands, Virgin Island of United States and Puerto Rico (Spanish) control Virgin Island. Official currency of all these three regions is US Dollar. As a tourist, one would find their driving habits to be a peculiar one as vehicles are driven on the left side of the road on US and British Virgin Island but steering wheel will be found on left side. Though US Virgin Island and British Virgin Island are separated by boundary, people can’t differentiate them as their culture coexists. Foods they consume are spicy and common food is Roti.
Why Virgin Island for the Tourists?
There are plenty of reasons why Virgin Islands is an undisputable location for tourists. Some of them include the stunning coastlines with white sand beaches, hillsides bestowed with abundant greenery that goes deep down to the bright turquoise waters, jagged mountains and green plains craft an attractive demonstration for the mind, which makes the whole lot of tourist population enthralled.
Major Attractions in Virgin Island
1. Virgin Gorda
It is the third largest island and belongs to British Virgin Island. The shape of the island looks like a fat lady and this made Christopher Columbus to name it “Fat Virgin”. The major town is Spanish Town and is most notable for “Baths” (beach area). This is the area where it shows the evidence of volcano’s origin. Billionaires and movie stars because of the natural beauty occupy Virgin Island. Most notable residents are Morgan Freeman and Richard Branson.
2. Blackbeard’s Castle
Located in the Island of St. Thomas, Blackbeard’s Castle is one among the five National Historic Landmarks of US Virgin Island. Initially, it was called as ‘Skytsborg tower’ because of the terrific height. Main attraction being the architecture, it was used as a vantage point at that time and served as a watchtower. It is now surrounded with pools, bars and restaurants for tourist attraction.
3. Coral world Ocean Park
Inaugurated in the year 1970 and situated very close to Blackbeard’s Castle, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in this Island. It is the home for Underwater Observatory Tower, which is located 20 feet below the ocean where people can go there and watch the ocean life. Other major attractions include Stingray pool, sea lion show and Shark Shallows. This was awarded EPA, an environmental quality award.
4. Josiah’s Bay plantation
This is located at British Virgin Island, which once this was once a ruin and currently resurrected by Freddie Freeman. Major attractions include art gallery of Caribbean, antiques of wooden furniture (collected out from ruins) and open restaurants. From the arts and antique one can learn entire history of British Virgin Island and that is the uniqueness of Josiah’s Bay.
5. Buck island national wildlife refuge
Buck Island national wildlife refuge is situated at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands of the United States. It is a famous pleasure trip place for divers, snorkelers, and boaters since magnificent reefs and a shipwreck envelop it. It is also said to be the home for migratory birds as huge number of endangered birds’ species are found inhabited here.