U.S. Virgin Islands (January 14, 2013) - Three United States Virgin Islands (USVI) beaches have scored high rankings in Travel + Leisure magazine's inaugural 'Best Beaches' survey. The results published in the January 2013 issue highlighted Turtle Beach on St Croix's Buck Island; Trunk Bay, St John and Magens Bay, St. Thomas. This recognition maintains the USVI's ongoing reputation as one of the world's leading beach destinations for vacationers.
"It's no secret that St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are home to some of the world's best beaches," said Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty. "This endorsement by one of the world's leading travel publications reconfirms the attraction of our beaches and its importance to the Territory's tourism industry. Paired with the Foundation of Environmental Education Blue Flag certification of seven USVI beaches and marinas, we can also boast some of the most pristine and ecologically sustainable waters for visitors and residents to enjoy."
Each listed USVI beach appealed to survey respondents for their own distinct attributes. Turtle Beach on St Croix's Buck Island ranked fourth for seclusion, St John's Trunk Bay placed second in the 'Best Wildlife Viewing' category, famous both its underwater snorkeling trail to come face-to-face with an abundance of marine wildlife as well as the surrounding 7,000 acres of protected National Park with hiking trails through forests, mangroves and other tropical ecosystems. For families, the calm waters of St. Thomas' Magens Bay rounded out the top five in this category, noted as a welcoming locale for swimming and other water sports for all ages.
Travel + Leisure polled their travel-savvy readers through an online survey to reveal their favorite beach destinations. Respondents were asked to rate their favorite(s) of 54 beaches chosen by the outlet's editors in a selection of categories (for seclusion, activities, dramatic landscapes, families, people-watching, and wildlife viewing).