Vibrant Caribbean colors inspire
St. Thomas is well known for its colony of artists specializing in
oils, acrylics, water colors, and sculpture in local woods, metals
and stone. Original works, limited editions, and prints are all
available at local galleries, and are exempt from customs duty,
therefore not affecting your $1,200 duty free allowance! Don't worry
about carrying back a larger work -- these artists are so popular
the local shippers know exactly how to securely pack and ship these
Virgin Islands Native Foods - St.
Traditional local West Indian dishes are a mixture of African and
European heritage with a large dousing of good old fashion
imagination thrown in. Some traditional dishes were passed down from
plantation days when slaves were customarily required to obtain
their food from gardens they cultivated in what little free time
they had. Extra produce was sold on Sundays to generate income.
Following Emancipation, the few hundred persons who continued to
live here learned to survive by “getting by” with what was available
locally. Sweet potatoes, yams, pumpkins (yellow squash), peas, fish,
turtles, whelks, conchs and livestock formed the basic ingredients
of their diet.
USVI Holidays - St. John
THREE KINGS DAY (January 6)
TRANSFER DAY (March 31)
Commemorates the sale of the Virgin Islands to the United States
ST. JOHN FESTIVAL (June-July)
Thirty-day holiday encompassing Organic Act Day (third Monday in
June), Carnival (1st week of July) and Emancipation Day (July 3rd).
HURRICANE SUPPLICATION DAY (4th Monday in July)
LOCAL THANKSGIVING (3rd Monday in October)