Caribbean Tourism

Accommodations

St John

St John is covered with steep hills and is hot. The roads are steep and rocky and require four-wheel drive to get to many places. A drive from Cruz Bay across to Coral Bay is a worthwhile experience and allows you to appreciate how much land is owned by the park, though there is not much in Coral Bay. Skinny Legs is where the old hippies and liveaboard...

Christiansted

The old town square and waterfront area of Christiansted, the old Danish capital, still retain the colourful character of the early days. Overhanging second-floor balconies designed by the Danes to shade the streets serve as cool arcades for shoppers. Red-roofed pastel houses built by early settlers climb the hills overlooking Kings Wharf and there is an...

Charlotte Amalie

The harbour at Charlotte Amalie capital of St Thomas and also of the entire USVI, still bustles with colour and excitement, although the harbour area can be a startling contrast for the visitor arriving by sea from the British Virgin Islands. As the Fort Christian Museum puts it, “Oversized, architecturally inappropriate buildings have marred the scenic...

Accommodation - St Thomas

There are many hotels, guest houses, apartments, villas and cottages on St Thomas, the cheaper places to stay are in town or up in the hills, while the newer, chain hotels on the beach are at the top of the range. Summer rates are about 20% cheaper than winter. There is a Hotel Association counter at the airport which can help you with reservations. Please...

Accommodation - St John

LL Caneel Bay Resort, PO Box 720, T7766111, F6938280, www.caneelbay.com Lots of packages available in a variety of rooms or cottages, 166-room resort built in the late 1950’s by Laurance Rockefeller, since 1993 managed by Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, several restaurants, bars, dress smartly after sunset, 11 all-weather tennis courts, complimentary...

Accommodation – St Croix

Best resorts LL Buccaneer, PO Box 25200, on Gallows Bay, north coast, T7732100, F7788215, www.thebuccaneer.com 132 luxury rooms, 340 acres, 3 beaches, sports including golf (see above), tennis, fitness centre, health spa, watersports centre, several restaurants, lots of packages available, and LL-L Sunterra Resorts Carambola Beach, on Davis Bay, PO Box 3031...

Accommodation

There is an 18% tax on all forms of accommodation in the US Virgin Islands. Hotels may also charge a US$1 per night Hotel Association charge and/or a 2½-3% energy tax. High season is mid-December to mid-April, but higher prices are sometimes into May despite lower hotel occupancy.