Of Virgin Islands Travel
• Travel on Virgin Islands
We continue to journey through the Caribbean islands. Today, Virgin Islands. They were divided three territories: British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands. Spanish very few people know, because they belong to Puerto Rico. Virgin Islands have become famous worldwide for its offshore companies. It is a merit of the British, it is often called offshore capital of the world, because there are registered 40% of the offshore companies.
The US is the most populated part of the island, because they sell diamonds and engaged in oil refining.
Floating on the British Virgin Islands (BVI local abbreviated as Bi-Wee-Ay, the first letters of the English name of the territory).
Russian citizens to visit the BVI need a separate visa, which is issued by the British consulate.
The islands all with steep terrain on which the houses stand. He is living in the BVI 25,000 people. Such a large village.
Virgin Islands, we are familiar with. It is the world's largest offshore. The British Virgin Islands is no corporate income tax and tax on personal income, and there is no VAT and sales tax.
In the BVI registered 40% of all offshore companies in the world. Why here? Here you can set up a company for 1 day, no one finds fault with the documents, and most importantly - privacy: there is no single registry of beneficiaries in the British Virgin Islands. However, recently the authorities of the British overseas jurisdictions have begun to discuss the possibility of creating a single public register of owners. So soon the bench, can, and will cover.
Let's see what it looks like offshore capital of the world. So, Road Town - the capital of the British Virgin Islands.
The manual says that 10 000 people live here. I do not know where they live here. The whole city can be bypassed in 10 minutes. We would hesitate to it and the city be called. A large village, probably 4 street, 2 store.
This island administration.
In order to somehow brighten up the impression of visiting tourists, all the houses in the center painted in acid colors.
The brighter, the better.
In this case, any one local resident because his house does not paint.
In the city there is nothing at all. This I am not exaggerating. Several streets with color sheds, where cafes and souvenir shops.
A few stores with junk.
The main supermarket in the country. Public transportation available: Only taxis and car hire.
Do not really imagine why tourists come here.
A local resident.
After 10 minutes, the city comes to an end, the forest begins.
The city is one of the main centers of yacht chartering in the Caribbean.
Let's go back.
On the outskirts of the old houses remain.
On the right is the oldest building in the city: the former royal prison on Main Street, built in the 1840s
Now I understood why the BVI only need 1 day to register a company. More then one will not stand to be.
A great place to come for an hour on business and go back faster.
Business Center offshore capital.
All. Then you need to take a boat and go somewhere.
Other Islands BVI sparsely populated.
Let us swim in the neighboring country - US Virgin Islands (ABO, or simply Virgin Islands). English Virgin Islands of the United States, but the Americans say "Virgin Islands", mean it is American. We often say "Virgin Islands", referring to the UK, where offshore. On US offshore islands no no. So it is wise to talk about the offshore paradise "British Virgin Islands", but about a tourist - just a "Virgin Islands".
In contrast to the British Isles, the American is much more interesting. Firstly, there is the old English double-decker buses. Secondly, I live here 4 times as many people - 100 000. It's all live off the tourists. As well as Puerto Rico or Guam, is "unincorporated organized territory of the US." That is the local American citizenship, but their laws.
The streets of the capital, Charlotte Amalie. By the way, the Virgin Islands, Americans bought from Denmark in 1917.
This is a local taxi-bus-minibus. It is difficult to imagine a more ugly car. Tariffs for fixed and taxis registered in the special plate.
Tourists in the Virgin Islands well.
The beaches, yachts, sun
Someone removes clothing advertising.
But the main thing - it's shopping. All of the main street in the jewelry stores. Here are all the famous brand. Americans traveling to the Virgin Islands for diamonds.
Shops do not know how to entice tourists to itself, even offer free Wi-Fi. Why do you need a free internet in the jewelry store?
In the evening, all the jewelry are closed, and you can even walk around the city.
In general, I wonder why all the shops closes at 6:00? Restaurants are open until 9 locks on the jewelry.