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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 October 2007
Explore the Virgin Islands is a guide and travel overview for the Virgin Islands, especially the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. This book includes a wide range of information, everything from background knowledge on the island's natural and cultural environment through places to stay while on the various islands to interesting things to do at every stop along the way.

There are seven sections in Explore the Virgin Islands: Introduction; USVI Practicalities; St. Thomas; St. John; St. Croix; The British Virgin Islands; and Traveling Around the BVI. The introduction section contains an overview about the United States Virgin Islands. This detailed information includes land, climate, flora, fauna, history, government, and economy of these islands. A similar section, The British Virgin Islands, describes this same information as pertains to the British Virgin Islands.

The next chapter, USVI Practicalities, contains contacts and general information on transportation, food, accommodations, and potential activities while traveling the United States Virgin Islands. This chapter also includes important information on customs, safety, and environmental conduct. There's even text describing how to get married while in the Virgin Islands.

The rest of the sections in Explore the Virgin Islands focus on particular Virgin Islands. The United States islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix are each given separate sections while the British Virgin Islands are combined into one section. The first portion of each section describes a little about the particular island including the topography and history. After this overview, specific examples of transportation, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, tourist information, services, and sights are depicted in detail. Each entry contains a short paragraph about the establishment including contacts and potential costs. Also provided in each of these sections is ample information, complete with contacts, on what activities are available on each island. Several black and white and colour maps and photographs accompany each section.

Explore the Virgin Islands is a valuable guide for anyone planning on traveling to any of the United States or British Virgin Islands, specifically the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. This key information is provided for easy reference while planning or while traveling. However, this book will also be just as interesting for the armchair traveler as this book contains ample information about the natural environment, history, and culture on these beautiful islands as well as some extremely stunning colour photographs.
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