Here is a
touch of Denmark-in-the-tropics with all the modern conveniences of living
in the U.S.A. Currently a box office smash hit in Florida is the Jimmy
Buffett-Herman Wouk musical said to be about a U.S. Virgin Island. Called
"Don't Stop the Carnival," the show depicts the ups and downs of an American
who seeks to indulge his dream of owning a small hotel in "paradise."
The U.S. Virgins were purchased from Denmark during World War I times
when the U.S. worried about a possible German submarine base in these
islands. Today, a bit of royal Denmark remains in such historic landmarks
as Fort Christian. The royal crest of Europe's oldest ruling family appears
here and there on public buildings. In one respect, the U.S. Virgins are
more Danish than Denmark. Traffic still moves to the left although Denmark
has finally switched to the right, ala U.S.A.
The three principal islands are St Thomas; St John, with world-famous
Cinnamon Bay National Park and Trunk Bay underwater snorkel trail; and
St Croix, the largest, where Columbus anchored his ships and went ashore
The capital city is hill-encircled Charlotte Amalie, named for a Queen
of Denmark. Many duty-free shops line the streets of this St Thomas mini-metropolis.
Sight-seeing in these historic islands is a major tourism plus. Cuisine,
culture, sports and night life complete the menu for the perfect U.S.
Virgin Island vacation of a lifetime.