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he U.S. Virgin Islands is comprised of three main islands, St. Croix, St. John


and St. Thomas, each a magnifi cent tropical environment offering an array of experiences. St. Croix, the largest of the three islands and known for its cultural diversity, lies entirely within the Caribbean Sea. Pastel buildings and charming shops characterise the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, while the local cafés and restaurants punctuate the island’s culinary landscape. Point


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Size: St. Croix: 84 sq miles, St. Thomas: 32 sq miles, St. John: 20 sq miles Currency: US dollar Population: 110,000 Language: English Capital City: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Local Rum: Cruzan Rum & Captain Morgan Rum Dish of the Day: Kallaloo


U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism: P.O. Box 6400 St. Thomas, VI 00804 T: 001 340 774 8784 E: info@usvitourism.vi W: VisitUSVI.com visitusvi @USVITourism


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What’s New? St. Thomas Jetriders - take off with a water-propelled jetpack and experience the thrill of fl ight


Udall, which is the easternmost point of the United States, is the perfect scenic location to view some of the island’s most breathtaking ocean vistas. Two-thirds of St. John, the smallest


of the three islands, is a protected U.S. national park with hilly green land and an underwater reserve. St. John’s world-renowned beaches include Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay. The most cosmopolitan of the


three U.S. Virgin Islands is lively St. Thomas, with sophisticated dining and tempting duty-free shopping. The main town, Charlotte Amalie, is a bustling harbour town full of fi ne restaurants and quaint shops while St. Thomas’ picturesque Magens


Bay is the ideal place to head for a relaxing afternoon retreat. With plenty of non-stop fl ights available from many major U.S. cities, the U.S. Virgin Islands offers great value and hassle-free, city-to- beach access.


Itinerary


Day 1: St. Croix: Tour local rum distilleries; stroll historic Christiansted or Frederiksted to shop boutiques of local artisans and savour local cuisine


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Day 2: St. Croix: Trek through the rainforest by horseback or a take jeep tour to the Annaly Bay tidal pool; enjoy Christiansted Harbour on a sunset sail


Day 3: St. Thomas: Transfer from St. Croix to St. Thomas by seaplane; try stand-up paddle boarding at Magens Bay; zipline through the treetops and catch breathtaking views over Magens Bay


Day 4: St. John: Take a short ferry hop to St. John for the day; hike one of the 22 trails in Virgin Islands National Park or follow Trunk Bay’s snorkel trail; visit the colourful shops and restaurants in Mongoose Junction Day 5: St. Thomas: Encounter sealions and turtles in Coral World Ocean Park; shop ‘til you drop in historic Charlotte Amalie


VENEZUELA W


ith the world’s highest waterfalls and the region’s largest lake, a


Caribbean coastline and the Andes mountain range, Venezuela is an explorer’s dream.


Its landscapes range from the


verdant plains of Los Llanos, to the sprawling river system of the Orinoco and include the striking tabletop mountains of the Gran Sabana and its own share of the Amazon rainforest. Perfect for those seeking


adventure off the beaten track, it is a Latin country with a strong Caribbean beat and an interesting indigenous culture. Its capital city, Caracas, won’t fail to impress with its dramatic mountain setting, but it is the west of the country which will most appeal to those seeking adventure activities. Here you’ll fi nd Pico Bolivar, at 5000 metres, where you can ride the world’s longest and highest cable car for amazing views over the Andes or join wildlife-themed tours exploring the bio-diversity of the region. Venezuela’s headline attraction, is the towering Angel Falls, usually visited by light aircraft or a combination of motorised canoe and trekking through the Gran Sabana in


Venezuela’s south-east. The Caribbean coast is popular


for Margarita, Venezuela’s leading beach destination, which is just a short fl ight from Caracas. Here there are idyllic islands, reefs and pristine waters to explore plus the National Park of Los Roques.


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Size: 352,144 sq miles Currency: Bolivar Population: 28,000,000 Language: Spanish Main City: Caracas Local Beer: Cerveza Zulia Dish of the Day: Pabellon Criollo (shredded beef, white rice, black beans and fried plantains)


Venezuela Tourist Department c/o The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 1 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2HR T: 020 7584 4206 E: turismo@venezlon.co.uk W: venezuelaturismo.gob.ve ConoceVenezuela @minturvenezuela


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What’s New? The contemporary-style 195-room Pestana Caracas is the fi rst hotel of the prestigious Grupo Pestana


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Venezuela’s best-known holiday destination is Margarita Island which receives two million visitors a year. Coche Island and Cubagua Island are also popular.


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Margarita Island, known as the ‘Pearl of Caribbean’ is 38 km north east of the mainland and is the largest of Venezuela’s islands.


The weather here is sunny and dry with temperatures of 24 to 37°C. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island is El Yaque which is internationally known as an excellent location for wind and kite surfi ng. For city buzz, head to Juangriego where the main attraction is its fort and for marine wonders check out


Los Roques Archipelago - a National Park formed by more than 50 islands and cays as well as 250 coral reefs. Fill you time with sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, kite surfi ng, kayaking and bone fi shing or sailing.


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