The Lonely Planet has declared the US Virgin Islands to be its top destination pick for 2012!
In an article published at their website, Lonely Planet author Robert Reid states that "In a year when travelers are apt to still be watching their wallets, this is our #1 choice for an American tropical getaway. It’s eternally 80 degrees, rimmed with white-sand beaches on turquoise water, and, yes, it’s a US territory. Each of the US Virgin Islands has their own identity: if you want a break from resorts, St John is nearly two-thirds a lush national park with tent cabins amid trees and hikes to secluded beaches – this sadly may be the last year for the Maho Bay Camps, a long-standing eco-resort which is the place to stay if you’re watching your budget; or try the St John Inn which offers great-value rooms with kitchenettes. For more action, the previously inaccessible Hassel Island, now part of Virgin Islands National Park (St Thomas), can be explored by snorkel or kayak. And word is that the Captain Morgan Rum Distillery on St. Croix will open its new visitor center in spring 2012 – ahoy!"
Visit fabulous Trunk Bay on St. John!
USVI Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty said in a press release that “to have such a distinguished organization sing our praises is an honor. The Lonely Planet editors hit the nail on the head in recognizing the affordability and range of vacation experiences we offer travelers visiting St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas. It’s proof that our key messages are being delivered in our ongoing media relations efforts.”
Regardless of the self-promotion this writer can attest to the fact that the US Virgin Islands are dazzlingly beautiful and an affordable vacation destination for world travelers.
Another beautiful day in paradise captured at sunset from St. John's Cruz Bay.
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