What Are the Main Differences Between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands?


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The main differences between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands are in the development of the beaches, the local scenery and attractions, the nature of the resorts, and the overall type of vacation each has to offer. The U.S. Virgin Islands are likely to appeal to someone seeking energy, entertainment and nightlife, while the British Virgin Islands are more likely to appeal to someone seeking a peaceful, relaxing escape and a quiet appreciation of nature.

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The British Virgin Isles consist of 50 small islands, the largest of which remain largely undeveloped and in their natural state with unspoiled beaches surrounded by natural landscape with local artisan shops, authentic restaurants and occasional street vendors. Activities include scuba diving to observe the variety of marine life, exploring shipwrecks and long walks along nature trails. These islands promote a sense of peaceful natural beauty and escape from the hectic world.

The U.S. Virgin Islands consists of the main islands of St. Croix, St.John, St. Thomas and Water Island and have a number of quiet undeveloped beaches as well as more populated, energetic ones located near hotels, restaurants and bars. There are American restaurants and clubs among the local offerings. There are peaceful, nature-inspired activities but other options as well. The resorts are less expensive and geared toward American tastes. The U.S. Virgin Islands have a sense of more energy, nightlife and a party-like atmosphere than the British counterparts.

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