By Lynne M. Sullivan
Complete assurance of either the USA and British Virgin Islands, together with St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, and extra. interesting old, ecological, and cultural proof deliver the islands and their citizens to existence, whereas functional details smoothes the way in which for a enjoyable holiday. large insurance of the islands’ safe typical components either on land and underwater. colour images.
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These grapes are edible, but most people prefer them sweetened in jams or desserts. Coconut palms also are common on the beaches, and they can grow in sandy areas where few plants survive. ISLAND LINGO Islanders call the immature coconut fruit a jelly nut, and enjoy drinking the liquid from the shell before eating the soft meat inside. Other indigenous trees include the bay rum, whose dark-green aromatic leaves produce an oil that once was made into a cologne on St. John; the kapok, whose silky fiber is used as filler in life jackets; and the calabash, whose fronds make excellent brooms.
Beautiful beaches, some with facilities and watersport rentals, are found on almost every stretch of coastline. n A Brief History Christopher Columbus, backed by the rich coffers of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, sighted and named “San Tomas” on his second voyage in 1493. Over the next century, various European governments attempted to set up permanent colo- St. Thomas Good roads circle the island and cut across interior hills for easy access to major sites such as glorious Magen’s Bay, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and Coral World at Coki Point, where visitors view an underwater reef without getting wet.
Columbus Day, Puerto Rico Friendship Day A boat trip is made to Puerto Rico to express friendship. Third Monday . . . . . . . . . Local Thanksgiving Day n NOVEMBER 1st . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Day 11th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Veterans Day Fourth Thursday . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving Day n DECEMBER 25th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Day 26th . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Second Day Island Celebrations n 23 Legal Holidays - British Virgin Islands n JANUARY 1st.