US Virgin Islands paying people to visit them this year

Published: January 9, 2017
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A blue cobblestone beach and trail leading to Ram Head, on the south shore of St. John, US Virgin Islands. PHOTO: REUTERS

A blue cobblestone beach and trail leading to Ram Head, on the south shore of St. John, US Virgin Islands. PHOTO: REUTERS

The US Virgin Islands are paying tourists to visit its beautiful beaches this year in celebration of its 100th anniversary of being part of the United States.

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All you need to do is book the trip through the island’s tourism website before October 1 and stay at a participating hotel on one of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas. You will be given $300 to spend on a range of tours and activities, including kayaking and diving, CNBC reported.

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December, January and February tend to be peak seasons for tourists and flights are offered from the east coast. Tourists visiting the islands on March 31 will also receive a souvenir in honour of “transfer day,” which celebrates the centennial of Denmark selling the islands to the US.

The Caribbean islands are located to the south east of Florida, have a population of just over 100,000 and are classified as a “Non-Self-Governing Territory” by the United Nations. It should be noted, however, that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for the area to anyone who is pregnant or expecting to become pregnant due to the Zika virus. 

This article originally appeared on Independent.

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