Surprisingly few Americans visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here’s why you should take the plunge. …
Many travelers think they know St. Thomas from a cruise ship stop.
That’s like ringing the doorbell and believing you’ve seen the house.
St. Thomas looks better now than it has in about 15 years. It struggled for a decade to recover from Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 and the downturn after 9-11. Now, it seems buoyant and in better shape than some places back home. Sister island St. John remains pristine, most of it a national park. I have not seen St. Croix, 40 miles to the south, but 21 years after Hurricane Hugo flattened it, it survives vibrantly.
1. THE WATER AND VISTAS
2. THE WEATHER
3. CHEAPER FLIGHTS
4. NO PASSPORT OR JET LAG
5. THE BEACHES, SNORKELING, SAILING AND SCUBA
6. INTERESTING SIDE TRIPS
7. HOTELS AND RENTAL UNITS REALLY, REALLY WANT YOU
8. YOU CAN ACTUALLY DRIVE AROUND
9. THE VIRGIN ISLANDERS
10. THE EXOTIC YET FAMILIAR ATMOSPHERE
11. ART AND SHOPPING
12. BRAGGING RIGHTS