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The Virgin Islands are a blend of Caribbean and American cultures. The majority of island natives can trace their ancestors to Europe and Africa.
There are many Americans among the population as well, those who grew tired of living on the mainland and opted for the island way of life.
This mix of cultures in a land owned by the United States means you'll find American goods in the stores and supermarkets and fast food establishments among the island restaurants serving local dishes. Don't be surprised to walk by McDonalds, Subway or Pizza Hut when in the major cities. And if you have a hankering for Skippy peanut butter or Smucker's jelly, you'll find that too.
The official language is
and everyone speaks it.
The island music however is a blend of American artists along with calypso, reggae, blues and everything in between.
Each of the three main islands has a distinct personality: