There's a surprisingly wide range of accommodation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, from glittery name-brand beach resorts, to quaint colonial inns, to swank private villas, to eco-camps. What there isn't a lot of is budget accommodation. So if you're the backpacker/shoestring type, be warned. On the high end are places like the Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas, the genteel, old-money Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, and the gorgeous Buccaneer on St. Croix. More moderately-priced yet equally fabulous options include relaxed beachfront resorts like Sapphire Beach Resort on St. Thomas and the Palms at Pelican Cove on St. Croix. Each offers a laid-back atmosphere with pools, beaches and/or tennis courts, plus family-friendly and all-inclusive options. Specialty lodging also has its place in the galaxy of accommodation in the USVI: there are lots of stylish boutique hotels dotting the hillsides around the main towns of all three islands, plus private villas to rent by the week or month. And on St. John, the Concordia Eco Tents are a truly unique low-cost, no-frills eco experience that puts guests as close to nature as possible without actually camping.
Karen worked for several years as a newspaper reporter and copy editor before becoming a travel writer. She worked for renowned travel expert Peter Greenberg before going freelance, and now edits a website about African travel. Over the last two decades Karen has visited 129 cities in 30 countries and lived in the UK and South Africa. Highlights of her travels... Read More