Incentive Destinations: U.S. Virgin Islands

United Sates Virgin IslandsFor corporate groups seeking a sun destination where Americans can travel without a passport, U.S. Virgin Islands, one of 6 inhabited U.S. unincorporated territories, is definitely a destination worth considering. With many direct flights from continental U.S., these tropical Caribbean islands are accessible. Travel time is 5 hours from New York and Chicago. St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas are the 3 major islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands.

St. Croix

St. Croix is the perfect destination for groups in search of historical sites. In Frederiksted and Christiansted, small historic towns where Danish architectural influences are still evident. There is horse riding at an 18th-century sugar estate, golf, and plenty of opportunities for browsing for treasures in pastel-colored shoppes.

St. John

St. John is an eco-friendly destination, with over 2/3 of the island preserved in an over 7,000-acre national park. Nature lovers can camp, hike, explore coral reefs, and relax on one of the many beaches. Sports enthusiasts can go scuba diving or snorkeling, sailing, or wind surfing. Cinnamon Bay Heritage Center and Archeology Lab provide an opportunity to learn more about the history of the island including the Taino, the original inhabitants.

St. Thomas

National Historic Landmark include Blackbeard's Castle, once the hideaway of the famous pirate, historical Haagensen House that dates back to 1827, and the museum at Fort Christian built in 168. While the vibrant nightlife of St. Thomas will appeal to a younger demographic, with gourmet dining, shopping, and, of course beaches, all members of your group will be more than satisfied.

Consult the U.S. Virgin Islands Meeting Planning Guide and search the Cvent Supplier Network for places to stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands .

For information about other destinations where Americans can travel without a passport also check out Incentive Destinations: Puerto Rico and Shoulder Season in Hawaii's Paradise.

Photo Credit: F Mira

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