2022 1st Qtr Travel and Cruise Magazine

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On Land

The U.S. Virgin Islands: America’s Jewel in the Caribbean

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he U.S. Virgin Islands has been a premier cruising destination in the Caribbean for decades. With year-round perfect temperatures, white sandy beaches, and access to three unique islands, it’s no wonder visitors continue to return year after year. Looking forward, the U.S. Virgin Islands is continuing to build on the years of cruising excellence that has generated positive impacts on the territory and its communities as much as it does on the visitors who arrive at each port. By focusing on a wide range of diverse experiences across each island beyond the port, the destination is poised to surprise and captivate travelers. VITAMIN SEA Surrounded by miles of crystal blue waters, the allure of the Caribbean Sea calls. Upon arrival, expect a series of activities both under and on the water, ranging from more laid-back experiences to exhilarating adventures. Visitors can dive among shipwrecks or snorkel with more than 500 species of fish and 40 types of coral as cruisers take advantage of every minute on each island. Above the water,

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boating and board experiences – from tempered paddle boarding or chartered sailing to more thrilling windsurfing – keep visitors engaged while enjoying the island’s natural assets. THREE ISLANDS, ONE VACATION St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas each offers a range of experiences, unique personalities, and major attractions. Dock at the Frederiksted pier in St. Croix, the largest of the three islands and expect a dynamic culinary scene, historical towns and lush rainforests. Travelers can enjoy the wonders of Buck Island Reef, complete with white sandy beaches and the largest underwater National Park studded with vibrant coral reefs for snorkeling. The twin cities of Christiansted and Frederiksted offer guided walking tours, small shops and bar-lined boardwalks. Board the ferry to enjoy the quaint laid-back vibe of Cruz Bay, St. John. Visitors can hike through Virgin Islands National Park, which covers most of St. John, to explore old ruins and meet the fauna that live on the island. Savvy

visitors will choose to spend a few hours soaking in the sun and swimming at Trunk Bay Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. St. Thomas is mountainous and combines natural beauty with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The major cruise port of the three islands and the capital city offers visitors the opportunity to stroll the port town of Charlotte Amalie with its cobbled streets and colonial fortif ications for top dining and duty-free shopping. Paradise Point Tramway lifts visitors 700 feet above sea level on a cable car to one of the most spectacular views of Charlotte Amalie harbor. Magen’s Bay Beach is