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I follow sports partly to escape the dreary realities of economics and politics. Five years from now I don't want to pay $2.86 for my weekly SI to read about stuff like this.
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
As your knowledgeable readers are aware, the Caribbean encompasses hundreds of islands and cays. One of the fascinations of leisurely cruising through the Caribbean—or island hopping by other modes of transportation—is the unique character of each island. The topography and flavor of two nearby islands may differ so dramatically that going from one to the other is analogous to crossing a border in Europe. And yet, Robert F. Jones suggests that all are cut from the same mold, that all are overrun with new high-rises and condominiums "sprouting like piles of guano along the once deserted beaches."
The U.S. Virgin Islands, which comprise more than 50 islands and cays, have become the No. 1 tourist destination in the Caribbean. The three main islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, also defy any one broad description.
Two-thirds of St. John, a jewel-like island, is preserved under the National Park System, and its one large resort complex, the Caneel Bay Plantation, is considered one of the most exclusive and beautiful resorts in the world.
One of St. Thomas' public beaches, Magens Bay, has been ranked among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Being as popular as it is for its tourist, cultural and natural attractions, St. Thomas does have hotel facilities to fit every traveler's budget, but it also has a number of secluded coves and beaches. A large portion of St. Croix, also a popular tourist spot with a wide range of hotel accommodations, is still in its natural state, and deserted beaches abound on the island.