Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands

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Charlotte Amalie (pronounced /ˈʃɑrlət əˈmɑːljə/ or -/ˈæməliː/) is the capital and largest city of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is located on the island of Saint Thomas and as of 2004 had an estimated population of 19,000 (the 2000 U.S. Census found a population of 18,914).[1]

The city is named after Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hessen-Cassel) (1650–1714), queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is famous as a deep-water harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a famed cruise ship port of call, with about 1.5 million cruise ship passengers landing there in 2004. Charlotte Amalie has many buildings of historical importance and is home to the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere.[citation needed]

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Transportation

Highway 30 (Veterans Dr) passes through Charlotte Amalie. Additionally, Charlotte Amalie holds one of two airports in the US Virgin Islands. Cyril E. King Airport (IATA: STT ICAO: TIST) offers regular nonstop service to many destinations along the east coast of the United States.

Geography

Charlotte Amalie sits on the south part of Saint Thomas next to Water Island.

Climate

Charlotte Amalie features a tropical wet and dry climate. The city’s has a short dry season that covers from January through March and a wet season that covers the remaining nine months, though technically June, with a monthly average precipitation of 2.35 in (59.7 mm) could be considered a dry season month. While Charlotte Amalie does have a lengthy wet season, outside the months of September through November, the city generally does not see the heavy precipitation that is prevalent in many other cities with a tropical climate. The city is generally very warm and humid. Average temperatures in Charlotte Amalie are at a near constant, with average high temperatures at about 88°F and average low temperatures at about 75°F.

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