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Experience the Virgin Island Culture

The U.S. Virgin Islands are some of the most sought-after vacation spots in the world not only for the gorgeous scenery, lovely beaches, a finely preserved National Park, and exciting activities, but also for rich Virgin Islands culture. While the islands are a United States territory, which means no U.S. Passport is required to travel here, many Virgin Islands customs are slightly different from the rest of the United States, and other parts of the world. Windspree Vacation Homes not only sets you up with gorgeous Virgin Island villa rentals, but offers a helpful guide to navigate the customs and culture of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • In the Virgin Islands and on St. John, it is culturally important to have a brief personal interchange; always greet anyone you meet before beginning a conversation by saying, “Good morning, afternoon, or night.” It’s considered rude to not do so. In the evening, “Good night” is used when both arriving and leaving. Once you get used to it you will find it makes every exchange much more pleasant!
  • Dress casually but respectfully on the island. While you may spend the better part of your time in a bathing suit enjoying the beautiful beaches and Caribbean waters, it’s important to cover up anywhere but the beach. In the Virgin Islands and on St. John vacationers in the know keep a cover up and shirt handy to be ready for any setting!
  • Exercise patience and go with the flow of the islands. While you might be used to the hustle and bustle of your corner of the world, the pace of the islands is slow (and one of the reasons you choose to vacation here). Please be patient and avoid being condescending to locals. After all, you’re here to relax!
  • Respect for the environment is important in the Virgin Islands and on St. John where water conservation is a way of life. We depend heavily on rainwater and we don’t always get enough so we turn water off when brushing teeth, washing dishes, and taking showers. Bright green recycling bins are located around the island for recycling aluminum cans.
  • Cursing in public is not respected in the Virgin Islands and on St. John.
  • Tipping follows the same standards as other parts of the United States, 15%-20%.

Check back with Windspree Vacation Homes for more information on Virgin Islands culture and tips on making the most out of your Caribbean vacation.




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