Communications. The U.S. Virgin Islands do have their own area code, which is 340, so before dialing to make reservations to your favorite restaurant, make sure to dial 340! Callers can also make direct calls to the continental U.S. But coverage can vary depending on your service provider. We have had the best reception using AT&T, with Verizon coming in a close second. Check with your service provider before traveling if you’ll be relying on making calls.
Driving. In the VI, motorists drive on the left side of the street per state law. So make sure that before you hop in that rental, you STAY LEFT. Otherwise, you’ll have a really hard time getting around! Any U.S. driver with a valid, up-to-date driver’s license can drive in the Virgin Islands for up to 90 days. Foreign visitors will need to purchase a temporary driving permit before driving in the VI, even if you have a valid driver’s license from your home country. These permits can be purchased through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles or any car rental agency.
Duty Free Allowance. Boasting the highest duty-free allowance in the Caribbean ($1,600 per person), the USVI also has no sales tax on any island! That’s right, shop til your heart’s content without having to pay any sales taxes!
Tipping. Typically 15% to 20% are customary for decent service in the USVI. Some places automatically include gratuity in the bill, so check with your server before leaving the establishment.