Top Ten Reasons your Next Trip should be to the US Virgin Island from Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams
Stephanie Abrams' Top 10 Reasons to visit the US Virgin Islands


Ten Reasons Why Your Next Trip Should Be to the US Virgin Islands. . . and a Bonus Reason!

By Stephanie Abrams

I am convinced that US citizens don't really take proper advantage of having our own tropical paradise, the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in our backyard! And from things I read about how little cruise passengers, who stop off for a day of shopping and not much else, experience because of their focus on shopping with little time left to explore this truly beautiful and uniquely special destination, I'd like to overview for you: Ten Reasons Why Your Next Trip Should Be to the US Virgin Islands . . . and a Bonus Reason!

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1) USVI: America's Tropical Playground: the close to home tropics that is home! Same language, same post office, same US dollar currency.

2) Easy to get to with non-stop flights from many US gateways where a warm American welcome wraps itself up in the warm balmy breeze that awaits the visitor to the US Virgin Islands.

3) Pristine turquoise waters offering every water sport, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, sailing, yachting, deep-sea fishing and sugary sandy beaches which make the perfect backdrop for family fun by day and romantic settings by night.

4) Exquisite mountain-top views of the Caribbean that haven't changed since Sir Francis Drake camped there!

5) Historic sites including Danish sugar mills, Drake's Seat, the pirate Bluebeard's mountaintop Castle and lush tropical plants and flowers that line the mountains and coastline making the USVI a photographer's paradise.

6) Championship golf courses and serene spas to fit every travelers desires.

7) Island hop from St. Thomas to St. John to St. Croix for three diverse experiences in one magnificent destination easily visited by ferry or "quickie" flights. Charter or sail your own boat from one island to another and tie up at a marina waiting to welcome you with every service for the yachtsman and sailor!

8) The perfect lodging to fit your lifestyle, expectations and budget is waiting for you in the US Virgin Islands: experience total privacy in seclusion in your own villa, enjoy absolute luxury at a lively resort within minutes of a downtown center, or take the laid-back beachcomber's approach to "veging out" at a sprawling resort or condo with every comfort and let the modern world just slip away while having every modern amenity at your fingertips.

9) Food the way you like it from grilled lobster at a beach BBQ to fine dining served on the beach, on a mountaintop, on a tropical dining terrace or in an elegant dining room . . . you'll find it all in the USVI!

10) If you're a smart shopper, what you save on shopping will pay for your trip! US citizens are allowed $1600 per person duty-free allowance, which is twice the allowance for visits anywhere else in the world. Because family members living in the same household with the same last name can pool their duty-free allowance, a family of four has an allowance of $6400 which means this is the place to buy that service-for-twelve bone china, crystal and silver service or that gold and diamond watch!

Bonus Reason #11: The US Virgin Islands is America's paradise and playground in our 'backyard!' And because it is part of the US, citizens of the United States DO NOT NEED A PASSPORT from the US to the USVI! Check with your airline for currently acceptable forms of identification for travel before your travel date and have those items ready to present at the check-in counter.

If you're one of those cruise passengers who only knows about the great shopping in St. Thomas, you've missed out on the rest of the USVI experience and it's time you packed your bags and bought an airline ticket! I promise you won't be disappointed! You need to visit the Coral World Underwater Observatory, Blackbeard's and Bluebeard's Castles, Drakes Seat and Magen's Bay and the Mountain Top for their world famous banana daiquiri. You'll want to check out the Estate St. Peter Great House & Botanical Garden and the oldest synagogue under the American flag that is unique with its sand floor and you won't want to miss St. John National Park and the joy of taking a ferry from one island to another!

If you've only stopped in the USVI to shop, what a disservice you've done yourself! It's time to take your US dollars to a place where they are really worth something and give yourself an experience that is tailored to fit your idea of the ideal vacation in paradise. In the USVI, you really can have it all and have it your way . . . from elegant service to beachcomber's delight, from secluded to in- the- midst- of -everything, from on land to at sea, from luxurious to economical to camping in the Virgin Islands National Park! The USVI has it all! It's alarming how this amazing destination can be so misunderstood and seen, by those who only spend a few brief hours on a cruise stop, as one-dimensional. But it's understandable since you can't judge a dinner by tasting some hors d'oeuvres.

The good news is that this very idea is the reason that you should make it your business to put the US Virgin Island on your "Must Visit" list for 2008! You won't regret it and I promise you won't be disappointed! And I'm even taking my own advice and starting out 2008 with a healthy dose of St. Thomas and St. John. You'll be able to hear Traveling Feet and Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams live from the USVI on January 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th! And visit where the shows will be archived for your listening pleasure. Be sure to check the photo gallery at my site as well where you'll find photos of St. Thomas and St. John and of so many wonderful places to visit in the USVI plus photos of the broadcasts in progress!

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Stephanie Abrams

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