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The U.S. Virgin Islands: New and Notable

he U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)—St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island and its uninhabited out islands—is inviting, beautiful and alluring. With breathtaking beaches, picturesque views, rich culture and history, and culinary diversity, the USVI is ideal for travelers seeking a tropical Caribbean getaway. As a U.S. Territory, it provides many of the comforts and conveniences of a U.S. destination. And U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to visit! In 2017, the islands felt the wrath of back-to-back Category 5 Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but two years later, the recovery has been robust, especially in the accommodations, airlift and cruise sectors. The Territory now offers a refreshed product that shares its unique blend of history and culture with visitors from the mainland United States, the Caribbean and the world.

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NEW ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES Many new attractions and activities are being offered on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. There’s “Hanging with the Locals,” an authentic experience on St. Croix that includes visiting cultural and historical sites and enjoying local food samplings; dining at Lime Out, a floating bar and restaurant on the waters of St. John; and learning about pirate folklore at Pirates Treasure: Shipwreck Museum, located close to The West Indian Company (WICO) Dock in St. Thomas. CULINARY ST. CROIX: AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCES TO SAVOR Blessed with a flourishing culinary spirit, the U.S. Virgin Islands offers an abundance of options when it comes to cuisine. From farm-to-table and local delicacies

to food trucks and award-winning restaurants, eating in the USVI is an experience to be savored and enjoyed. St. Croix, the largest of the three islands, is known for its strong farming community and authentic culinary experiences. A trip to Estate Whim Plantation Museum is the perfect stop to watch and learn how to make local candy, or travelers can savor the island’s distinctive foods, extraordinary history and eclectic culture with Virgin Islands Food Tours. Visitors can now experience and taste a creative use of breadfruit—one of the local staples—with MUTINY Island Vodka. This new handcrafted, specialty vodka is distilled at Sion Hill Distillery, the former home of Island Dairies.

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Travel & Cruise 4th Quarter 2019  

4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

Travel & Cruise 4th Quarter 2019  

4th quarter edition of Travel & Cruise Magazine. Published quarterly, Travel & Cruise is the official magazine of the FCCA, CLIA and the cru...

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