US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association
TripAdvisor Lists St. John as a Top Honeymoon Destination
The highly influential TripAdvisor travel review site listed the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands as one of the “15 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the United States.”
The 15 destinations were chosen by an algorithm that analyzed all of the property reviews on TripAdvisor Rentals to select the honeymoon destinations that have the highest-rated rental accommodations. St. John, in particular, was praised for its “world-class beaches, unspoiled forest and blissful solitude.”
TripAdvisor Rentals is the vacation rentals branch of TripAdvisor. Rental properties include beach houses, ski cabins, private islands, treehouses and downtown apartments.
Known as “Love City,” St. John’s isolation is an attraction for honeymooners. According to TripAdvisor, “this secluded destination has no airport or cruise ship dock … to reach this side of paradise, fly into neighboring St. Thomas and hop on the public ferry (or splurge on a private water taxi).”
Two-thirds of the island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, which in addition to the hiking trails, hills, valleys and beaches on land, also encompasses thousands of acres underwater. St. John’s pristine waters offer honeymooners the option to snorkel, scuba dive or participate in water sports activities.
“You’ll be lounging on Honeymoon Beach, hiking the Reef Bay Trail, or snorkeling at Trunk Bay in no time. Later, you might find yourself shopping in Coral Bay or enjoying the nightlife in Cruz Bay before returning to your tropical retreat or clifftop villa rental,” TripAdvisor relayed.
“It’s great to see the U.S. Virgin Islands positioned among the top honeymoon destinations across the nation,” Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty said. “We would like to thank all our visitors who wrote and continue to write reviews online and share their experiences with this online community of global travelers.”
An added incentive for U.S. citizens is the fact they do not need a passport to visit the USVI. Also, with $1,600 in duty-free allowances for U.S. residents, visitors and honeymooners can enjoy some extra shopping.
TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel sites, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With more than 500 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – more than seven million accommodations, airlines, attractions and restaurants – TripAdvisor provides travelers with the “wisdom of the crowds” to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat.
Travelers Save $500 on St. Croix Getaway
Travelers to St. Croix are being offered $350 off companion airfare through the end of Oct.
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism announced the CheapCaribbean.com offer today, which also includes $150 in spending credits per room to be used for activities, dining and shopping.
The “Twin City Nice” promotion, which is being funded equally by the tourism department and CheapCaribbean.com, aims to stimulate travel during the off-peak fall season and promote the unique vacation experiences offered on St. Croix.
“From August 3 to October 31, we look forward to welcoming more travelers to ‘Twin City St. Croix,’” said Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Visitors have a wide range of activities to experience, from an incredible culinary scene, to the Buck Island national underwater monument, to Christiansted and Frederiksted tours that reflect both towns’ rich history and culture. This is a great time of year to enjoy St. Croix with a travel companion and create wonderful memories.”
To book the “Twin City Nice” promotion, travelers can visit http://www.cheapcaribbean.com/landing-pages/6238.html. Visitors must originate from the following U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
Travel must be completed between Aug. 3 and Oct. 31. A combined air and hotel booking with a minimum four-night stay at a participating hotel is required. The booking window ends on Aug. 31. Availability is limited.
Participating hotels include: Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Sand Castle on the Beach, Tamarind Reef Resort, The Buccaneer Hotel and The Palms at Pelican Cove.
VI Spending Credits will be provided upon check-in. Offer is not valid on pre-existing reservations and cannot be combined with any other promotion. One $350 discount for airfare and $150 in spending credits will be given per room. Other restrictions may apply. The “Twin City Nice” promotion must be booked via CheapCaribbean.com.