hammockThe U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department recently announced that the Territory, which consistently ranks highly on the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean”, has topped the list this year.

U.S. News & World Report recognized the many amazing natural and cultural features the U.S. Virgin Islands has to offer tourists, from the pure white sand beaches of St. John to the vibrant cultural history of St. Croix to the exhilarating festivities of the carnival celebrations throughout the Virgin Islands. The coveted number one spot was occupied last year by the Cayman Islands, which now finds itself in second place, followed by St. Kitts and Nevis.

The “Best Places to Visit in the Caribbean” list is solidified in a highly selective process, in which U.S. News & World Report sends travel editorial staff all over the region to assess recommendations made by travel experts and investigate new travel possibilities. This year, the staff examined more than 200 destinations, choosing only a handful to receive the honor.

Although the chosen destinations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, are widely known for their beautiful beaches and relaxing atmospheres, the list strives to evaluate a number of other features, such as colonial history, dynamic lifestyles, healthy economy, lush parks, cultural attractions and vibrant cuisine. America’s Paradise leads the region in offering these various amenities and opportunities.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is already a major port for cruise lines in the Caribbean, so the award will continue to inflate the steadily growing stream of visitors. The news coincides nicely with this summer’s Virgin Islands Nice promotion, designed by the Tourism Department to offer world-class features to the region’s new tourists. The agency’s efforts likely contributed to the honor for the territory this year.

The U.S. Virgin Islands came in fifth on the list last year, and this is the first time it has been named the number one destination to visit in the Caribbean. U.S. News & World Report has also named the Territory number 10 on the “Best Places to Visit in the United States” list and number 11 on the “Best Places to Visit in the World” list. These achievements mean local businesses will likely see an exciting influx of new travelers and visitors seeking the natural beauty and thrilling cultural experiences here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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