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5 Insider USVI Travel Deals

October 29, 2014

Score free nights, free sailing trips, added adventure and more with this Caribbean getaway. Here are five insider travel deals for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

1. Sails opportunity Usually the fine print is a buzz kill. In the case of all-inclusives, it announces that if you want a boat ride, you’ll likely be powering that kayak or paddleboard yourself. Not so with Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas. Stay a week and you’ll hop aboard a catamaran for two guided sailing trips — one at sunset, and the other a daytime snorkel with turtles.
2. Adventure hub Because St. Thomas is a cruise ship mecca, it offers more activities than many other Caribbean islands combined. Choose from sky diving, helicopter tours, personal-watercraft riding, scuba diving, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, zip-lining, gambling, whale-watching, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, jet-packing — you get the idea.
3. Free nights It takes a few days to find the holiday groove, and The Westin St. John Resort knows that — which is why they’re letting you stay an extra night for free. With the Westin Weekends promotion, stay two weekend nights and get a third free. Until Dec.16, stay longer and your fourth night is free — plus you’ll earn food and beverage credits. Westin St. John Resort
4. Shopping allowance It’s hard to leave a destination without a few souvenirs — and in the USVI, those souvenirs might be luxury ones. These islands give shoppers the highest duty-free shopping allowance in the Caribbean: It’s $1,600, and it’s twice the amount that neighbor islands allow. So say hello to Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Rolex and more.
5. No passport required Even if you don’t mind coughing up $110 for a first or renewal passport, often it’s the waiting that stinks. Turnaround time is six weeks, or three if you pay another $60 for expedited service. Travel to the USVI and you’ll need only a driver’s license and birth certificate.

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