Charlotte Amalie

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Charlotta-AMALIA – the largest city and administrative center in the territory of the American Virgin Islands. The city is located on the southern coast of the island of St. Thomas. It occupies an area of coastal plain surrounded by hills.

Charlotta Amalie was founded by the Danish in 1666 under the name Òapahouse. Later, the village was renamed in honor of a companion of King Crétien V of Denmark. In consequence, the city attracted the attention of the pirates. The deep cove enclosed by the Hessel Island was a great refuge for criminals. Over time, the islands were taken over by the United States, and the town became a popular tourist destination in the Caribbean basin.

The Port of Charlotte-Amalia is a port of call for ships, but large, big ships dont go around the city. From here, you can get anywhere on the island, which is lined with beach areas and hotels. Charlotte Amalie still has buildings from the Danish period, with the most notable being the Fort of Crisiana (1680) and the Castle of Blackbeard (1676). The city has a lot of parks and trapezoidal greenery.

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 10,000 people
  • Internet: 6 Mbps
  • Best wireless: Claro
  • Tipping: Tipping is the same as the US or Europe – 15% of your restaurant check, more if service has been exceptional. An extra dollar or two for your taxi driver is fine, more if he/she handles bags or conducts a good island tour. Being thoughtful and considerate is appreciated anywhere in the world.
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best intl air carrier: United
  • Monthly costs for expat: $3500
  • Monthly costs for family: $6000
  • Monthly costs for local: $1700
  • Meal: $15
  • Small Cola: $5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $6
  • Coffee: $5

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