These three islands each offer something a little different. St. Thomas is the busy cruise port and shopping mecca. St. Croix has more history and fewer resorts. St. John is mostly national park, and a mix of fancy upscale and budget camping resorts.

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In St Croix, history, horticulture & hospitality reside at The Buccaneer Resort

The Manor House, which is still in use today, was built in 1653 by the Knights of Malta. The sugar mill, constructed in 1733, now serves as a venue for weddings. Former slave quarters dating back 250 years provide lodging. It’s not often a visit to a destination hotel includes a history tour spanning several centuries. But history permeates the grounds of The Buccaneer on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just a ten minute drive from island capital Christiansted, it was opened by Douglas…

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USVI tourism rebounding well after fall 2017 hurricane devastation

Hurricane-affected countries are rebounding after last September’s devastation by Irma and Maria. The least affected countries are at or near normality, while the worst hit ones, which recorded decreases ranging from -18 percent to -7 percent in 2017, continue to make progress, five months after the storms.   The following is an update on the progress of some of the worst hit destinations as provided by the countries, along with the hotel picture made available by the Caribbean Hotel and…

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Crashing Into Our St. Croix Trip

Our initial foray into exploring the island of St. Croix starts off with a literal bang as I put our rental car into the side of the hotel fountain. Gritting my teeth and swearing a bit, we put it behind us and drive out into the land beyond the gate...the hotel gate, that is. What will we find and who will we meet on the largest of the Virgin Islands? Well, we start off with the (soon to be) world famous chicken eating tarpon of St. Croix, a dive operator who doesn't really get the idea of…

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  • An interesting historical spot in Charlotte Amalie: dedicated in 1833, the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas is the oldest synagogue building in continuous use under the U.S. flag and the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere. For details about its history, check out https://synagogue.vi/our-historic-synagogue/
    Our Historic Synagogue
  • At The World on Wheels, we know that good wheelchair access is a relative term in the Caribbean. As we celebrate our season in the Caribbean, this week's all new report takes us to one of the better islands for access. It's Accessible Attractions - St. Croix.
  • We end our Spring salute to all destinations Atlantic with the finale of our St. Croix series at The World on Wheels. Today, it's all about the best part of this great island...the people...and a barely audible evacuation order at the airport. St. Croix, the Finale
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  • We're entering the home stretch of our time in St. Croix at The World on Wheels. Come along today and meet the owner of the Buccaneer Hotel, Elizabeth Armstrong, as she gives us an historical tour of the grounds. St. Croix - The Grand Tour
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  • The World on Wheels continues to explore St. Croix. On today's new report, it's an encounter beer drinkers making big pigs out of themselves, see where Columbus landed, and end the day with dancing giants -with all new pics and video, too. "You Beer Swilling Pig!"...and Other Island Stories
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  • Udall Point...this little rocky outcropping at the extreme eastern end of St. Croix is where the sun's rays first hit the United States each day. There's even a large, new-ageish monument to this effect there. We start today's brand-new report at The World on Wheels there before heading off for drinks and posing with the Captain and then hitting the warm waters of the Caribbean...Far Flung Points, Posers, and All the Beaches Inbetween.
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  • This week's all-new Cocktail Hour is an island-wide pub crawl of sorts as we suss out all the unique opportunities for libations on the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today at The World on Wheels...filmed on location...it's the Drinking Tour of St. Croix.
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  • I'm breaking most of my travel rules by booking a budget trip to the Caribbean with our brand new reports on St. Croix at The World on Wheels. Will it work and what will we find? Will it be a Dream Vacation or a Nightmare?
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  • JOURNALIST SEEKS TROPICAL HOTELS FOR POSSIBLE FRONT PAGE

    Needed ASAP -- For a possible major metro front page feature, journalist seeks hotels in warm climes that have seen a recent uptick in guests from New England escaping the cold. Will need to interview guests and file story by Feb. 4th. Contact patriciaborns@comcast.net.

  • St. Croix and St. Thomas get a Tripatini blog shout-out in the recent Best Caribbean Shopping Off the Beaten Path, Part 2!

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