Virgin Islands: Geography#

LocationCaribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico
Geographic Coordinates18 20 N, 64 50 W 18.333334,-64.833336
Land boundaries0 km
Coastline188 km
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Crown Mountain 474 m
Highest Mountains
Terrainmostly hilly to rugged and mountainous with little level land
Natural Hazardsseveral hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes
Natural Resourcesun, sand, sea, surf
Land Usearable land: 2.86%
permanent crops: 2.86%
other: 94.29% (2011)
Climatesubtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November
Irrigated Land1 sq km (2011)
Renewable Water ResourcesNA
Environment_CurrentIssueslack of natural freshwater resources
Environment - international agreementsNA
Large Cities
Geography-noteimportant location along the Anegada Passage - a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal; Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deepwater harbors in the Caribbean