On March 31, 1917 the U.S. bought St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John from the Kingdom of Denmark for $25 million in gold. This March 31st the USVI will mark its centennial, or the 100th anniversary as a U.S. territory. The locals refer to this national holiday as "transfer day".
The Virgin Islands are the western island group of the Leeward Islands and form the border between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Politically, the group is divided into the British, Puerto Rican and US Virgin Islands.
To celebrate their centennial, the Islands are running a special promotion for visitors who've booked a vacation this year. Visitors who stay for at least three nights in a participating hotel will receive $300 in spending credits.
These spending credits can be spent on adventure tours, food tours and transportation.
American citizens don't need a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Need any more reasons to come celebrate the centennial? How about spending the afternoon on the water off Christmas Cove in St. Thomas. You can grab a slice at the famous Pizza Pi boat while you're out there.
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