To date, 169 posts have been captured on Check-In, Check-Out, but there’s something that always brings me back to the Virgin Islands vacation homes.
It must be the blue.
I’ve seen a lot of stunners on this site, from enchanting Hawaii vacation rentals to South Pacific wonders, but the shimmery Caribbean waters in St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix put the Virgin Islands on the top of my short-list for my next vacation.
Scroll through the pictures in the above listing to see why. Like the property above, a decent share of our listings sport private balconies, private pools, outdoor kitchens and views of the blissful bays. There would be absolutely no need to leave the house, but if you have to, be prepared for an eyeful of more emerald-wrapped coastline and unspoiled hilly green land that was named the best island in the Caribbean/Atlantic by Conde Nast Traveler readers in the 18th annual Readers Choice poll.
If you’re craving culture, seek a St. Croix vacation rental to explore Christiansted and Frederiksted, two towns dotted with pastel-colored Danish architecture, shops and rich in imperialistic and colonial history rooted in Danish, French, Spanish, West African and West Indian influences.
St. Thomas, considered the most chic of the island trio, teases with its duty-free shopping, world-class restaurants, historic structures, golf courses and yacht lifestyle. Oh, and just in case yours is up soon (or that’s stopping you from going there), you don’t need a passport to travel to the VI–it’s a U.S. territory.
For me, all these pluses and more make the urge to visit a strong, immediate one. It all goes back to the dazzling blue bays and the promise of one day licking Cruzan rum on my lips.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.