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U.S. Virgin Islands: The American Owned Tropical Paradise Popular Among
American Express Vacation Clients by Virginia Morgan
With new passport requirements
causing much frustration among U.S. travelers, American Express Travel
is suggesting the US Virgin Islands as an excellent tropical vacation alternative
to Mexico or the other Caribbean islands. The US Virgin Islands can be
visited by tour packages, luxury vacation packages or by luxury world cruises.
Although this island chain is not the first place most travelers think
of when planning their luxury travel vacation, The US Virgin Islands has
much to offer making the destination just as attractive as other Islands
of the Caribbean.
St. Thomas, Caribbean
The Climate & High
When planning your luxury
travel vacation to the US Virgin Islands, it's important to know the climate
is very comfortable during all seasons of the year with moderate humidity
and average annual temperatures of 80 degrees--making the the destination
a great luxury travel destination any time of the year.
The busiest tourist season
is from December to May, during the northern hemisphere winter. These months
are more popular because the humidity doesn't increase until about June.
Outside of these months, room prices tend to be less expensive, not to
mention the islands are less crowded from June through November. The water
is considered more beautiful between April and August. During these months,
the waters are calmer and underwater visibility is best for diving and
snorkeling. The islands have a rainy season, usually between the May and
November, with most of the heavy rainfall between August and October. Similar
to other Caribbean Islands, the US Virgin Islands has experienced hurricanes
in past. Hurricane season runs from roughly, August through November, with
the real threat generally being in September.
with Island in Background, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
Amazing Water Activities
Most travelers who desire
a luxury vacation in the Caribbean are looking for crystal clear water,
breathtaking coral reefs, thousands of colorful tropical fish and the time
to simply play in warm waters. For the snorkeling fan or diving enthusiast,
there is plenty to entertain you. Buck Island Reef National Monument tops
the list. This nationally protected site was established to preserve one
of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea. For a day combining
land beauties with the mysteries of the deep, visit Salt River Bay National
Historic Park and Ecological Preserve. The preserve is home to some of
the largest mango forests in the Virgin Islands, as well as coral reefs
and a submarine canyon. It's not necessary to bring snorkel gear along;
it can be rented just about anywhere and is often provided free for use
by villa owners to guests.
American Express Tours says
the U.S. Virgin Islands make a great luxury travel destination most any
time of the year and more travelers are choosing the islands because they
have so much to offer first time or seasoned vacationers. Discount luxury
cruises, http://www.amtcruises.com/, seem to be becoming more and more
popular as travelers uncover the beauty of the US Virgin Islands. For many
visitors, the US Virgin Islands is considered "America's Paradise."
|About the Author - Virginia
Morgan writes tourism and travel articles for AMT
American Express Travel, a premier Internet resource for American
Express Vacations. Serving customers online since 1996.
Thomas Vacation Preparations by Scott White
So you have finally made
the decision to take a trip to the Caribbean. But what part of the Caribbean
do you want to vacation in? There are so many islands to choose from and
so little time. Well if you are nervous about traveling to the Caribbean
then why not start with a trip to the US Virgin Islands.
Walking on Beach, Magens Bay, St. Thomas, Us Virgin Islands, Caribbean
The US Virgin Islands gives
you the security of being part of the US but is located south in the Caribbean.
There are three islands to choose from. The first island is St Thomas.
St Thomas is a bustling island with business, restaurants, attractions,
hotels, St Thomas Condos, and more. It is a vacation for those that like
a little fun and excitement at night with top quality dining.
St Thomas receives a lot
of tourism especially from cruise ships. Cruise ships bring in a lot of
traffic. They average between two and seven cruise ships per day. Think
of the traffic that seven cruise ships would bring in. If every cruise
ship averages three thousand people you could potentially have twenty one
thousand people being dumped off into downtown per day. That is half of
the islands population.
Accommodations in St Thomas
are grand. You can choose from renting St Thomas Villas, Hotels, Timeshares,
and more. You have to make the decision what works for you. Personally
renting your own St Thomas luxury villa seems like a great way to go if
you can afford the extra cost. You would get your own private pool, hot
tub and many other great amenities.
Another great island to potentially
go to is St John. St John is a beautiful island and a totally different
vacation from St Thomas. On St John life is slow, very slow. The only worries
of the day are which breathtaking beach to go to in their preserved park.
There is really no comparison between St John and St Thomas. St John is
really a relaxing, grab a book and go and relax vacation. St Thomas can
be like that but offers much more in terms of nightlife and excitement.
St John is very cultural
and actually larger than St Thomas. There are a few good restaurants on
the island but nothing like St Thomas. The beaches are far superior though,
offering some of the most picturesque settings you will ever gaze upon.
Some of the favorite beaches are Hawks Nest, Trunk and Cinnamon Bays.
at Cinnamon Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands
Accommodations in St John
are similar to St Thomas but are definitely more costly. You could expect
to spend fifteen to twenty percent more to stay on St John. But you could
also have the chance to see some big time celebrities because they love
Once you have made your selection
now you have to get to the island of your choice. Many flights go to the
Virgin Islands but none go direct to St John. You will have to fly to St
Thomas first and then take a ferry over to St John. That can be a big hassle
as you have to lug your luggage off the airline and then schlep everything
to a taxi and then off to the ferry. It is a long day for sure but well
worth the trip to see beautiful St John.
Now get ready to pack. You
will need a lot of sun tan lotion and sunscreen. Make sure to bring a lot
of casual clothes. The locals do not dress up so dressing casually is the
way to go. Men can wear shorts and Hawaiian type shirts and women can wear
sun dresses. Even the most elegant restaurants only require that type of
attire. So relax you are in the Caribbean mon!
Harbor at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Caribbean
You'll want to bring medicines,
especially allergy medicines just on case. Make sure to pack a lot of swim
suits and tee shirts. Do not forget sunglasses as you will most definitely
need them. You may want to bring an underwater camera just in case you
do some snorkeling or diving. For sure you will want to bring your digital
Which ever island you decide
on you will have a great time. They both offer diverse activities and many
Remember to bring your passport.
The laws are changing and soon you will be required to travel with your
passport to the US Virgin Islands. So make sure to get your passport done
as quickly as possible. Furthermore while you are in the Virgin Islands
you may want to travel to the British Virgin Islands which are just a stones
|About the Author - Scott
White owns Villa Nicoletta and is luxury St
Thomas Villas. If you're looking for St Thomas Condos for rent then
this is the luxury villa for you.
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ST CROIX HOTELS & VACATION RENTALS
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Cove Beach Resort, Christiansted
Facing a 300-yard stretch
of beach and calm blue waters, the Colony Cove Beach Resort is just over
1 mile from downtown Christiansted on the island of St. Croix. The largest
of the U.S. Virgin Island, St. Croix is arid and rocky on the eastern end
and lush with mango, mahogany and tree ferns on the western side. Beautiful
beaches, rolling hills and tranquil pastures exist in the center of the
island, and there are many of museums, rum factories and gardens to enjoy
and explore. Christiansted is the shopping hub of St. Croix and features
tiny boutiques selling handcrafted goods. A sundeck wraps around the freeform
pool and 2 tennis courts exist on site. Smuggler's cove is an open-air
restaurant serving lunch and dinner overlooking the Caribbean.
Beach & Golf Resort, St Croix
Located in Kingshill (on
St. Croix's north shore) is 10 miles from E. Rholsen airport on the northwest
coast St Croix. This fishing village-inspired resort, built in 1986 by
Laurence Rockefeller, is on the beach, with eye-catching, lush tropical
landscaping of palms, hibiscus and bougainvillea. The resort's freshwater
pool lies between the hotel and the ocean, sheltered by a mural-covered
wall and surrounded by a sundeck and lounge chairs. Guests can snorkel
in the tranquil waters of the Caribbean, or enjoy a vigorous game of volleyball
or tennis. Home to a Robert Trent Jones, Sr., 18-hole championship golf
course. The resort has a fitness center and child-care is available.
Caravelle, St Croix
This first-class hotel is
located on the waterfront, and is nestled quietly on the waters edge, overlooking
the harbor. All rooms include a Tv. The hotel has a waterfront restaurant
and bar. This first-class hotel is ideally situated for visitors to the
area. It has a welcoming atmosphere that emphasizes friendly and hospitable
service. The hotel has excellent facilities as well as comfortable guest
rooms and public areas. *max 1 room per agency* this property was built
St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort by Antilles Resorts
Sits along a palm-fringed
Caribbean beach on St. Croix's north coast less than two miles from downtown
Christiansted. Ferries bring guests to Buck Island National Park, and snorkeling
and scuba-diving are available nearby. From Club St. Croix, guests are
within two miles of Whim Plantation Museum and Botanical Gardens. Breezez,
the resort's open-air restaurant and bar, serves escargot, salads, pork
marsala, lobster and pasta with tropical drinks in a casual atmosphere.
Situated on 13 acres of beachfront, the condominiums at Club St. Croix
beach and tennis resort offer a fully equipped kitchens, separate living
and dining areas and large private terraces.
Carina Bay Resort & Casino, Christiansted
Enjoy the brilliant blue
sky, sparkling turquoise water and dazzling Caribbean sun at Divi Carina
Bay Resort & Casino. The high level of personalized service and attention
to detail will make your stay even more enjoyable. The resort boasts two
restaurants, including fine dining in the Starlite Bar & Grille, three
bars, two freshwater pools, two whirlpools, children's pool, watersports
center, game room, babysitting services, activities for children, concierge
desk, gift shop, banquet facilities, fitness center and massage rooms.
Play an exhilarating game of tennis on one of the lighted tennis courts
or press your luck in the exciting action of the U.S.V.I.'s first casino.
Retreat to your bright and airy room and enjoy all the conveniences that
this resort has to offer.
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ST JOHN HOTELS & VACATION RENTALS
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Bay, A Rosewood Resort, St John
A Rosewood Resort, located
on St. John island, has long been one of the premier resorts in the Caribbean
sea. Guests come here to disconnect in the pristine, natural surroundings
and low-key luxury. Seven white-sandy beaches border 170 acres where the
hotel's accommodations blend into the landscape. Conspicuously absent from
the resort are digital distractions and the furious pace of the outside
world. The Caneel Bay Resort features an outdoor pool, 11 tennis
courts, a fitness center and water sports equipment and programs. Guests
let go of stress at the self centre through yoga, meditation and even star-gazing;
by taking walks through the gardens, sipping afternoon tea and watching
Horizons, Vacation Rental Villa, St John
free-standing villa in its own building offers a breathtaking 270-degree
panorama of St.John's beautiful south bays, of St. Thomas in the blue distance
and of memorable sunsets. 3 bedrooms - sleeps up to 8. The
very private master bedroom/bath suite is on the entry level with its own
private verandah; a staircase leads up to the main level and the kitchen,
living area, and two more bedrooms with a bath in between. A covered wraparound
gallery provides alfresco dining and a private hot tub. Fully screened,
and breezy, and just a few minutes' drive to Cruz Bay and shopping, Grand
Horizons is an excellent vacation value!
John Inn, St John
near the beach in the Cruz Bay neighborhood of St. John, this hotel is
close to Elaine Lone Sprauve Library and Museum and St. John Spice. Also
nearby are Battery and Trunk Bay. St John Inn has an outdoor pool. Complimentary
wireless Internet access is available in public areas. A continental breakfast
is complimentary to guests. The staff can arrange concierge services, tour/ticket
assistance, wedding services, and express check-out. Additional amenities
include multilingual staff, coffee in the lobby, and air conditioning in
public areas. This is a smoke-free property. St John Inn has 11 guestrooms.
Televisions are equipped with satellite television channels and ESPN.
Westin St. John Resort And Villas
Positioned along Great Cruz
Bay, The Westin St. John Resort and Villas is located on St. John Island
in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trunk Bay's snorkeling trail is less than five
miles from the property. Chloe & Bernard's offers fine dining ambience
enhanced by a marble staircase, white-muslin drapes and rattan armchairs.
The Beach Café & Bar offers weekend Caribbean buffets with live
music, whereas Snorkels Bar & Grill offers bar service from mid-morning
until the last patron departs into the night. The resort's 1,200- foot
beach borders Great Cruz Bay where lounge chairs and umbrellas provide
comfort and shade. The main pool complex includes an outdoor pool with
a separate children's section, a volleyball net, a waterfall, garden islands
and two spa tubs.
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ST THOMAS PROPERTIES
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Cove Beach Resort By Antilles Resorts
on the eastern tip of St. Thomas, one kilometer from the red hook ferry,
which provides service to emerald green St. John and the British Virgin
Islands. Convenient to shopping and dining, the hotel overlooks sapphire
beach, a half mile stretch of turquoise blue waters and white sand. The
lush tropical setting and clear waters provide a tranquil getaway for both
families and romance-minded couples. The resort features illuminated
tennis courts, a large pool and complimentary snorkeling equipment. There
is a fitness center on site, and airport shuttle service is offered at
no extra cost. The fully equipped units provide guests the comfort and
privacy of their own villa along with all the amenities expected from a
B, Vacation Rental Villa, St Thomas
high into the hillside overlooking the entrance to Magen's Bay, Tropaco
Point is the perfect setting for Villa Casa B. Gardens and an entry portico
welcome you into Casa B's Great Room with its generous windows framing
extravagant blue views of sky, sea and pool, and verdant green islands
beyond. With sumptuous accommodations for up to six guests and amenities
to match, this 3-bedroom St. Thomas villa rental is certain to please any
vacationer looking for a relaxing, pleasant stay on our island. We
welcome you to peruse our website to catch a glimpse of what Casa B has
to offer. View the amenity calendar to help plan your next vacation at
Villa Casa B, a St. Thomas villa rental that stands well above the rest.
P, Vacation Rental Villa, St Thomas
on Picara Point on Magen's Bay. You will have an expansive ocean view,
and a quiet cove just below with live coral reefs for snorkeling. This
alluring and upscale cottage features two equal queen bedrooms with baths,
central air-conditioning, a hot tub and very tasteful décor. Amenities:
Cable TV, VCR, CD/tape player/radio, movie collection, books, games, central
A/C, gas grill, laundry.
Jardin Villa, Luxury Villa, St Thomas
unique, security gated, waterfront, multi-level estate. With views
of its own shoreline where you can snorkel in the reefs.
Your own private pool with lush tropical palm gardens. The large
Great Room consists of a dining, living, and wet bar
area that leads to a balcony with panoramic views of famous Magen's Bay.
16-foot vaulted cypress ceilings encompass the entire area. The air-conditioned
main floor consists of 5 bedrooms, each with its own bath, and mediterranean-style
furnishings. The master suite with king bed, has its own sitting/tv
area with aqua-tiled double shower and benched seating.
Villa, Luxury Vacation Rental Villa, St. Thomas
by mature trees and manicured landscaping, and below the property, fascinating
natural wonders are to be found at Mermaid's Chair (the sand bar which
separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Caribbean Sea, and which connects
Botany Bay to Little St. Thomas, a small islet to the west owned by The
Nature Conservancy) - snorkeling, beachcombing, shelling, hiking and kayaking.
These are private areas, just a few minutes' walk from villa, shared only
with MD Villa and by occasional visitors to the Beach House on Botany Bay's
380-acre private estate. And it's only a 20 or 25-minute scenic drive
to town from this wonderfully-located villa.
Club - St. Thomas Vacation Rentals
the dreamlike beauty of St. Thomas, with its mountainous interior flowing
outward to create a series of pristine white sand beaches, you'll find
Great Bay. Here the best views in the Caribbean accompany eastern breezes
that herald endless adventure. In the center of this paradise is
The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas - a 15-acre private hideaway you can
call home. Here, the natural beauty of the island is complemented with
grand architectural cues, including fine marble and subtle hints of tropical
color. Amenities include a breathtaking bay-side pool, private Members'
Lounge, beach bar and grill, and a full-service spa; as well as full access
to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas resort hotel.
Villa, Vacation Rental Villa, St Thomas
in 1997 and overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor from a high, spectacular
vantage point, SC Villa is the embodiment of private luxury. At over
7,000 square feet (including two huge decks), the villa comfortably accommodates
12 guests. Of course, there's a large pool, as well as a fully equipped
home theater, a gym, an espresso machine, and many other unique amenities
that set it above and apart from other St. Thomas Villas. The villa's
seasoned, on-site concierge will cater to your client's every need without
compromising their privacy. At the villa you can entertain up to 200 guests
for weddings, parties or receptions, whatever the occasion....
Jardin Villa, Luxury Oceanfront Villa, St Thomas
new villa built on 2 levels inside giant boulders. A sought after view
of the tranquility of Magen's Bay. The main level, offers a Great
Room finished with terracotta tiles an elegant cherry wood furniture,
as well as a gourmet kitchen, an office equipped to plug into, and a dining
area, powder room, and a king master suite,Full a/c. The master suite
has a romantic sleigh bed with large jacuzzi tub for two.
This level is surrounded by a covered deck; the staircase leads down to
the lower level suite and the second master suite with a/.c.
This has a canopied four-poster king bed, a sitting area, and luxurious
his an her separate baths.There is a kitchenette an office.
Anchorage Beach Resort By Antilles Resorts
near the southeastern tip of St. Thomas, The Anchorage stands on the beach
of Cowpet Bay, home to the St. Thomas Yacht Club. The resort is just three
kilometers from fabulous shopping and dining in Red Hook, a village that
features a ferry which transports visitors to St. John and the British
Virgin Islands. All suites feature terraces or balconies with partial ocean
views and dining sets. Tile floors with tropical furniture and décor
grace the units. Fully equipped kitchens maintain ranges, refrigerators,
blenders, microwave ovens, coffeemakers and dishwashers. Stacked washer/dryer
combos are standard, as are breakfast bars, air-conditioning, cable television
SS, Vacation Rental Villa, St Thomas
of two pavillions this villa offers you panoramic views of Magens Bay,
just beyond the pool. The main pavilion with its high-ceiling Great
Room also has an open-plan kitchen, powder room, dining area, and
a covered shady veranda just off the pool. The pool is accessible thru
sliding doors from the main pavillion. A granite kitchen has almost every
piece of cooking apparatus and chef's utensils to create a fabulous meal,
if you so desire. Kitchen island with bar stools. An alfresco outdoor
patio with cushioned chairs The tiled deck leads to an infinity-edge
pool, providing chaise lounges. On the other side of the deck the 2-story
bed/bath pavillion. In front lies a green lawn of grass accentuated with
tropical plantings and flowers. Sleeps 4.
from the South Villa, St Thomas
villa is a luxury vacation Caribbean rental villa located in the Mafolie
Estates section of St. Thomas overlooking the main harbor of Charlotte
Amalie. The home is nestled in a mahogany forest among other upscale
homes 850 feet above sea level. A large open-air terrace furnished for
lounging and dining overlooks the 20x40 foot swimming pool and the ever-changing
harbor view. The beautiful cruise ships, the sailboats and the seaplanes
provide continuous activity in the blue Caribbean below you. The
kitchen is completely new, as are the baths. All the furnishings are new
and exhibit a look and feel of a Caribbean home, not a typical rental villa.
Villa, Luxury Vacation Rental, St Thomas
Welcome to Wyndcliff Villa,
your own private tropical paradise perched on a cliff top overlooking the
sparkling water of the Caribbean. From the expansive sun-drenched
deck and pool to the beautifully decorated interiors, Wyndcliff offers
guests luxury at its finest in a comfortable-elegant Caribbean setting.
Wyndcliff reflects the essence of Paradise and elates the senses.
Inside the villa, tropical furnishings fill each room with colorful excitement.
The unique multi-level design of this elegant home provides maximum privacy
inside and out, so guests can enjoy as much privacy or togetherness as
they chose. Split amongst the different levels are six bedrooms and
five and a half baths.
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