What’s New This Fall in the U.S. Virgin Islands

~New flights, signature events and accommodation deals to kick off fall~

U.S. Virgin Islands (September 15, 2014) – The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), home to stilt-walking Mocko Jumbies and iconic dishes like kallaloo, is gearing up for a busy fall with new tourism experiences, signature events, and accommodation savings. With no passport required and direct flight options from major city airports, the Territory is perfect for a fall escape from the chilly arriving weather.

In an effort to provide more gateways to St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and Delta Airlines have announced a new, nonstop flight to the island from Atlanta, GA. The weekly Saturday service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Henry E. Rohlsen Airport will commence on December 20, 2014, and run through at least August 15, 2015. Flights can already be booked through Delta’s website.

SPECIAL PROMOTIONS

Delta Vacations is now offering a $500 instant credit per booking for flight and hotel accommodations booked by November 15, 2014. Stay seven or more consecutive nights at one of the participating five properties between January 3 to May 10, 2015 to receive the first night free, $500 instant credit and certificates valid at local restaurants, boutiques and attractions to the value of $200. Use the STXNICE15 promotional code to book, http://www.deltavacations.com/usvi.

UPCOMING EVENTS

St. Croix – Crucian Christmas Carnival

St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Carnival occurs throughout December and into January. Highlights include the food fair, with plenty of mouthwatering local tastes such as red grout and conch, and the vibrant adults’ and children’s parades. With Mocko Jumbies, Carnival dancers, and constant Calypso music, the Carnival is an exotic way to ring in the holiday season. For more information, visit: www.stxcarnival.com

St. John – Annual Paddle the Park SUP Race

The second annual Paddle the Park standup paddleboard race will be held on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Maho Bay on St. John.  The event is organized by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park to celebrate the beaches and waters of the park and raise funds for projects that preserve, protect and educate therein.  The race consists of three courses: a one-mile, a three-mile to Whistling Cay, and an elite 5.5-mile around Whistling Cay and Cinnamon Bay. For more information, visit: www.friendsvinp.org/paddle  

St. Thomas – UVI Set for 2014 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament

The University of the Virgin Islands is gearing up for the 15th annual Paradise Jam tournament November 21-24 (men’s) and November 27-29 (women’s). A total of 16 men’s and women’s teams will compete at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center in hopes of taking home the Paradise Jam title. This year, men’s teams from institutions such as Clemson University, Louisiana State University, and Seton Hall University will travel to St. Thomas. The women’s field features teams from University of Kentucky, Ohio State University, and University of Oklahoma. The tournament is always a slam dunk, with fans from all over the country and national media flocking to watch basketball in paradise. For more information, visit: www.paradisejam.com.

DESTINATION DEVELOPMENTS

St. Croix – Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Unveils Colonial Comfort Exhibition

The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts – located in Frederiksted – unveils a major photography exhibition titled “Colonial Comfort” this fall. The show, open September 19 through November 20, features works by nine Puerto Rican artists and nine from the USVI. The exhibition is open to the public Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. as well as all cruise ship days and by appointment. For more information, visit: www.cmcarts.org.

St. John – Westin St. John Continues $50 Million Renovation

A $50 million refurbishment of The Westin St. John Resort and Villas is underway for completion January 2015. This investment includes 54 new luxury villas as well as enhancements to meeting space and watersports area, Beach Café Restaurant, dockside check-in, WestinWORKOUT fitness studio and spa. The resort remains open during the renovations. For more information, visit: www.westinresortstjohn.com.

St. Thomas – New Bluebeard’s Castle Museum Opens

The family-friendly Bluebeard resort recently opened its Castle Museum. The guided tour allows guests to view historical artifacts located in the 350 year old Castle Turret including coins and pistols once used by pirates and soldiers. The tour ends with a visit to Castle Turret, once used as a watch tower by the Danish in 1665, providing views of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor and downtown area.  Admission is $10.  To learn more, call 340-774-1600 ext. 4500.

St. Thomas – Choose Your View at Frenchman’s Reef

Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort launched “Choose Your View,” a website allowing guests to see and explore views from various guest rooms before they book. This easy to navigate site features 15-second videos with “Island,” “Water,” “Garden” and “Beach” views, along with an interactive map for the location of the room on property. For more information, visit: www.frenchmansreefmarriottviews.com.

St. Thomas – Coral World Ocean Park’s Observation Tower Gets a Makeover

Coral World Ocean Park’s Observation Tower lower level, one of the most popular attractions on St. Thomas, recently completed renovations for a new look. From this level, visitors can view the ever-changing life of a natural coral reef. There are signs throughout describing what can be seen in the outer underwater wonderland. For more information, visit www.coralworldvi.com or call (340) 775-1555.

ACCOMMODATION DEALS

St. Croix – The Buccaneer Hotel Dives into Coral Reef Swim Race Packages

The Buccaneer hosts the 19th Annual Coral Reef Swim November 9, 2014 and offers race weekend package for all participants starting at $685 for swimmers and $595 for non-swimmers. Additional nights can be added at $195 per night plus tax. The package includes a three-night stay in a deluxe oceanfront room, breakfast and dinner daily, a Buck Island snorkeling excursion and a sugar mill cocktail party. The package also includes race registration, a goody bag and transportation to race for swimmers. Book through the reservations team at (800) 255-3881 or reservations@thebuccaneer.com.

 

St. Croix – Divi Carina Bay Announces Fall and Winter Savings

St. Croix’s Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino offers numerous promotions for fall and winter travel. The “Fall Special” includes a rate of $159 per person per night for travel between October 1 and November 21. The resort is also offering two holiday specials – the “Thanksgiving Special,” including one night free for four-night stays during November, and the “Christmas Special,” including a 25% discount on five-night stays December 20 – January 3. To book, email adownes@divicarina.com.

St. John – Caneel Bay Introduces Autumn Escape Deal

Caneel Bay Resort is now offering its “Autumn Escape” deal. The deal includes a daily full American breakfast buffet. This offer is valid November 1 – 20, and a three night minimum stay required. The resort is also adding a pre-teen center, which will be ready for use when the property re-opens on November 1. For more information, visit: www.caneelbay.com

St. Thomas – Bolongo Bay Announces Caribbean Corporate Meeting Package

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort has announced its Caribbean Corporate Meeting Package. The package, worth $7,000 for up to 20 guests, entitles groups to a 15% discount on ocean view accommodations and includes start-to-finish planning with the resort event manager, all conference room rental fees, service charges and gratuities, a private group sunset sail on the Heavenly Days catamaran and a private snorkel booze hunt onsite in Bolongo Bay.   Meeting venues span the traditional to the adventurous, from a well-appointed conference room, to beachside special events, to teambuilding adventures on the Heavenly Days.  Oceanside and poolside dining venues serve fresh Caribbean fare, live entertainment, and a private beach with beachfront accommodations. To book, call the resort at (800) 524-4746.

St. Croix – Early Bird Hotel Packages for St. Croix Food & Wine Experience 2015

The Buccaneer, Hotel Caravelle, Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort and Casino, Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa and Tamarind Reef Resort offer vacation packages for the 2015 St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, a week-long festival with food tastings, celebrity chef competitions, cooking demonstrations, and wine and spirits pairings. This year, the festival runs April 12 – 18, 2015. Vacation packages include car rentals, tickets to events, meals and more. Hotels should be contacted directly for information on the rates and exact package inclusions.

St. Thomas – Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Reveals Special Offer for Paradise Jam

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will offer a 20% discount on both room-only and all-inclusive daily rates for the 2014 Paradise Jam basketball tournament if a guest’s team is playing in the tournament. A five-night minimum stay is required, and the deal only applies to ocean view rooms. For more information, visit: www.bolongobay.com.

 St. Croix – Palms at Pelican Cove’s Fantastic Fall Freebie

The Palms at Pelican Cove is now offering its “Fantastic Fall Freebie” deal. The offer includes a fifth night free, Caribbean Night buffet for two, complimentary snorkel tour, and two Palms koozies. The deal is valid for travel between October 1 and November 30, 2014. For more information, visit: www.palmspelicancove.com.

St. Croix – Fall into a Sweet Deal at The Sugar Beach Condo Resort

The Sugar Beach Condo Resort on St. Croix is now offering its “Falllin’ into a Sweet Deal,” a special travel package including one free night plus 10 % off a car rental for travelers who book a minimum four-night stay through December 1, 2014. The offer is valid for travel between August 31 and December 15, 2014. For more information, visit: www.sugarbeachstcroix.com.

About the U.S. Virgin Islands

When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel—including on-line check-in—making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever.  As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport from U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens. For more information, visit: www.visitusvi.com.

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