The U.S. Virgin Islands, which include St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas, are beloved for their beautiful Caribbean waters, welcoming cultures, and rich experiences. But these islands are also great destinations for travelers interested in traveling sustainably.
Travelers to the US Virgin Islands can participate in ecotourism initiatives and explore the islands’ abundant natural beauty in a variety of ways.
Those who wish to spend their time doing good while on vacation can participate in voluntourism initiatives benefiting three key areas: education, the environment and local business development through the Purpose in Paradise voluntourism program. . Travelers can choose to participate in everything from beach cleanups and school literacy programs to rebuilding parks, restoring corals and more.
USVI accommodations can also be more eco-friendly than a typical resort. Lovango Resort + Beach Club is powered by renewable energy and uses a method to convert ocean water into water used for cooking, drinking and more. The resort has a partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands to help restore the coral reefs around Lovango Cay, which resort guests can also participate in.
Another sustainable lodging option is the Virgin Islands Campground on Water Island, which offers several self-contained cottages near Honeymoon Beach and a more laid-back, non-smoking lodging option. -complex for adventurous travellers.
The U.S. Virgin Islands also offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures, both on land and in the water. From scuba diving and snorkeling in the area’s beautiful reefs at Buck Island Reef National Monument in St. Croix to hiking over 11,500 acres of St. John’s conservation lands, wildlife lovers nature will have no shortage of opportunities to enjoy nature.
Sustainability also extends to restaurants, many of which feed from the local sea and their own gardens. Sainte-Croix also hosts the largest agricultural festival in the region. AgriFest, held at the end of May, offers a wonderful insight into island produce with live music, fair games and, yes, delicious food.
Travelers can enjoy a sustainable trip to the US Virgin Islands, as long as they do their research when planning their trip; a travel consultant who specializes in the destination or in sustainable travel can help travelers make the choices that are right for them.
To learn more about sustainable travel options in the U.S. Virgin Islands, please contact an advisor or visit the Islands Tourism website.