Business Meets Tranquility: Meetings in the USVI

The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) is an idyllic Caribbean setting for meetings and incentive travel boasting of world-class facilities and breathtaking island beauty.  The Territory’s three islands – St. Croix, St. John and St, Thomas, are easily accessible. As a United States Territory, passports are not required for travel by U.S. Citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the United States mainland. Daily, nonstop flights to the USVI are offered from major U.S. cities New York City, Atlanta, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Boston and Charlotte on top airlines Delta, JetBlue and American Airlines.

Each island provides their own unique meeting venues and attractions. See below for more details.

St. Croix

St. Croix is the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is characterized by gentle hills, turquoise waters and historic towns that surround modern meeting facilities. St. Croix offers meeting and incentive planners an adventurous paradise. Horseback ride along scenic trails, play blackjack at the casino or relax on miles of untouched white sand beaches. Popular venues for meetings and groups on the island include:

The St. George Village Botanical Garden

The St. George Village Botanical Garden contains 16.5-acres of beautiful landscaping on the site of a former 18th-century sugar plantation. The traditional meeting room is the large Great Hall, featuring its landmark red roof built in 1976. The Pavilion at the new Bodine Visitors’ Center was opened in March 2006 and also offers a great venue for meetings. Both rooms have “spillover” areas that can accommodate larger groups for receptions. The Botanical Garden can accommodate up to 250 people.

Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort

This campus-style resort offers a pristine setting for Caribbean conference and meeting needs. The resort offers on-site catering and complimentary high-speed internet access in all rooms, as well as tennis courts, pools and a spa. There is even a Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course nearby. The resort can accommodate meeting groups of up to 200 people with its flexible indoor meeting space of more than 8,000 square feet and outdoor areas of more than 5,000 square feet. Carambola offers full audio-visual equipment including LCD projectors, microphones and flip charts.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas offers the perfect backdrop for your meetings, with vistas of lush mountains, tranquil bays and white beaches, including world-renowned Magens Bay on the north side of the island. Home to the Territory’s capital Charlotte Amalie, the historic center for the U.S. Virgin Islands offers both old world charm and new world conveniences. When not in session, meeting goers can take a break at many of St. Thomas’s unique attractions including Fort Christian, the popular Mahogany Run Golf Course and Mountain Top, the island’s highest elevation and oldest tourist venue. Three of St. Thomas most popular offsite meeting venues include:

Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park is a sea park that offers a rare kind of meeting venue that mixes corporate meeting goers with tropical marine life. The park features aquariums, outdoor pools, nature trails, and multiple unique spaces for meetings including the Undersea Observatory that takes events under the Caribbean Sea. Coral World can seat up to 140 people for meetings and events. Wireless internet is available, but all technical equipment must be rented from an off-site company.

Paradise Point

Paradise Point offers a venue for casual group receptions of up to 200 people and a banquet capacity of 150. With a prime waterfront location, Paradise Point is located 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas.  Meeting attendees can take the St. Thomas Skyride aerial tramway up to Paradise Point from the Havensight area of the island.

The Old Stone Farmhouse

The Old Stone Farmhouse is one of the most popular restaurants on St. Thomas. Its size and atmosphere make it the perfect place to plan a meeting. It is located right next to the Mahogany Run Golf Course providing easy access to play a round of golf. The restaurant recently reopened on November 1, 2013 with a brand new menu and new management.

St. John

St. John might be the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but its preserved natural beauty makes it a one-of-a-kind place to hold a meeting or event. The island is just a 20-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, with two-thirds of it is protected by the National Park Service. Cruz Bay is the center of activity. Group also make use of the island’s hiking trails to access plantation ruins and pristine beaches, including Trunk Bay, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. St. John’s two largest resorts popular with meeting and incentive planners include:

Caneel Bay Resort

Caneel Bay Resort is the jewel of St. John. The large yet low-key resort features multiple beaches and a variety of unique event space types. With great water activities – including snorkeling, windsurfing and the use of Sunfish sailboats – along with restaurants and bars, there is no need to leave Caneel Bay. Caneel Bay’s indoor meeting rooms can accommodate up to 200 people, while their non-traditional outdoor spaces can accommodate up to 250. Basic audio-visual equipment is available on the property.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas

The Westin St. John Resort offers a large meeting venue option offering more than 10,000 square feet of indoor function rooms and plenty of outdoor space. Located in the Cruz Bay area of the island, the Westin offers an idyllic Caribbean resort experience, with a beautiful beach, freshwater pools, water sports, restaurants and tennis courts. The resort can accommodate up to 450 people in either its indoor or outdoor meeting facilities. State-of-the-art audio-visual equipment is available along with T1 high-speed internet access.