5. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Get paid to visit the Caribbean without a passport. Sounds like a scam, right? Wrong. There’s never been a better time to visit St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and not just because the islands are offering a $300 travel voucher to visitors who book their trip before Oct. 1, 2017. When you stay at a resort on the island like Caneel Bay, you’ll find yourself enveloped in a tropical paradise. The island is tucked away inside Virgin Islands National Park where you can put that voucher to use and take a 3-hour ecotour hiking on trails inside the park, go kayaking and snorkeling, and even get your PADI scuba diving certification.
Where to stay: If you’re going to the Caribbean for not only tropical thrills but also a relaxing getaway, the best option is to stay at Caneel Bay. Set on a “170-acre peninsula amid the lush beauty of the Virgin Islands National Park,” Caneel Bay is home to seven of the best beaches in the Caribbean and plenty of adventure.
Best time to go: Between April and June is the sweet spot to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands, when the weather is mild and there’s very little rainfall, according to U.S. News and World Report. Peak season is between December and March, when the temperatures are perfect and the evenings are breezy, but with that comes higher hotel rates and tourist-packed beaches.
Expert tip: Take advantage of Caneel Bay’s complimentary access to sailboats, ocean kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and snorkeling gear.
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