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Saint Lucia Reporting “Overwhelming” Demand for Carnival 

 Saint Lucia Carnival is making its return this year after a two-year hiatus amid the pandemic, and tourism officials say the demand is “overwhelming.” Caribbean Airlines has already added more flights from Trinidad to tap the regional market for the …

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St John Celebration Is Back and Better Than Ever 

 The US Virgin Islands’ popular St John Celebration is back again this year, with plans for the biggest and best version of the event since the onset of the pandemic.  While scaled-back events were held in 2020 and 2021, this …

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How US Virgin Islands Tourism Survived the Pandemic

 The pandemic has had a devastating effect on the tourism industry at large, and on the cruise business in particular. As a region largely dependent on the cruise business, the Caribbean took an incredible economic hit. The U.S. Virgin Islands …

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 The US Virgin Islands, among the biggest tourism success stories of the pandemic, has announced a major updates to its entry rules: the lifting of all restrictions for American travelers.  That means U.S. citizens traveling from the US mainland and …

st thomas marriott hotels

 The long awaited transformation of the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef property in St Thomas is slated to debut this fall.  Aimbridge Hospitality has announced that it will be opening two new hotels in St Thomas: the Westin Beach Resort and Spa …

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 St Thomas Carnival made its triumphant return this past weekend in the US Virgin Islands. The 70th annual edition of St Thomas Carnival was an “eclectic celebration of culture and tradition,” according to the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.  …

st john caribbean eco resort

 It first opened in back in the 1970s, at the time a pioneer in the still uncharted world of eco tourism.  Now, well, it’s precisely what many travelers are looking for. And now, five years after Hurricane Irma, the legendary …

us virgin islands tourism sizzling

 It’s been one of the greatest tourism success stories of the pandemic — and tourism continues to sizzle in the United States Virgin Islands.  Last year was a banner year for travel in the territory, according to new data released by …

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 The 20-square island in the US Virgin Islands, nearly two thirds of which is covered by National Park, is a place meant for exploration, tailor made for independent travelers, for those who know how to seek out the richness of …

caribbean hotels 2022

 They may not be the biggest, or have the most amenities. They may be brand new, they may be centuries old. But the coolest hotels in the Caribbean are the ones that have that indescribable x-factor; where, no matter how …

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 Hiking a volcano. Walking the cane fields of an organic rum distillery. Eating lionfish burgers at an oceanfront food truck; savoring a twilight mento concert; kayaking across a secret mangrove forest; riding a flats boat to an undiscovered sandbar. They’re …

best caribbean beach towns

 A parade of cafes at the edge of the sand; tiny bars and art galleries; a soundtrack of clacking plates and mopeds and afternoon laughter, silent and loud in all the right ways. Across the wider Caribbean one can find …

caribbean snorkeling

 By any measure, it’s one of the most popular activities for travelers to the Caribbean: snorkeling. And it’s not hard to see why: it’s accessible, easy to do, and a tremendous way to experience the natural beauty of the Caribbean.  …

us virgin islands travelers test

 It’s become one of the biggest hassles in travel: the return test.  For nearly a year, the CDC required all returning American travelers to show proof of a negative test (antigen or PCR) within 72 hours of coming back to …

st john caribbean photo

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Robert Strief, who sent in this lovely shot of the view from the hills above Cruz Bay in St John.  Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean?  Send it …

jamaica puerto rico treehouse hotels

 It’s another universe of the Caribbean: high up in the rainforest, surrounded by natural wonders, the only sounds shaking leaves and singing tree frogs. These are the Caribbean’s ethereal treehouse hotels, secret places to stay far off the tourist map …

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 The sun comes up over the mountain and glows on Cinnamon Bay and Peter Bay, a mesmerizing, mystical moment in St John.  But it’s nothing unusual.  It’s every sunrise at the Cliffhouse in St John.  But the daily arrival of …

hidden beaches

 Some are in far- off, remote islands that are secrets unto themselves. Others are in well-traveled destinations but still a bit off the beaten path. Some, well, require a little extra digging.  But isn’t that what traveling to the Caribbean …