Good news for travelers who love sun and sand: The U.S. Virgin Islands are turning 100 this year, and to celebrate they’re going to pay you to visit.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day -- when Denmark sold the islands (St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas) to the U.S. -- the island will give $300 in spending credits to any traveler who stays three or more nights through the end of this special centennial year, when booked by October 1.
Participating hotels offer a range of accommodation and pricing, so you can decide whether you want to splurge, or stick to a budget. If you head to St. Croix this November after hurricane season has ended, you can stay in a 5-star hotel The Buccaneer ($299 per night for an ocean view room), or choose from more affordable options like Chenay Bay Beach Resort ($112 per night) or the Tamarind Reef Resort ($182 per night).
At the same time in St. Thomas, you can also book luxury hotels like Ritz Carlton ($509 per night) or more inexpensive options like the VI Campgrounds for $139 per night.
Likewise in St. John, options include a the more luxurious Caneel Bay Resort for $540 per night in a garden view room or the less expensive Coconut Coast Villas for $197 per night.