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U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism: P.O. Box 6400 St. Thomas, VI 00804 T: 001 340 774 8784 E: W: Visitusvi @USVITourism




he three U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas each boast their own distinct charm. Visitors can take in all three on an island-hopping Caribbean adventure without leaving the United States. St. Croix‘s cultural heartbeat can

be felt in historic Christiansted and Frederiksted, stepping back into the Territory’s unique Danish heritage. The eclectic beauty of the island is only rivalled by its diversely delicious culinary landscape –


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

from downhome eateries serving Caribbean favourites to fi ne dining establishments with haute cuisine featuring the very best in a range of local produce. The renowned beaches of

Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay and Trunk Bay on St. John are ranked some of the best in the world. Situated within Virgin Islands National Park that covers 60 percent of the island, it’s their sublime setting that has made them a favourite. Cosmopolitan St. Thomas is

energetic as it is idyllic. The bustling port of Charlotte Amalie off ers the best in duty-free shopping, engaging attractions as well as sophisticated


Day One/Two: St. Croix • Tour local rum distilleries • Stroll historic Christiansted or Frederiksted to shop boutiques and savour local cuisine

• Trek through the rainforest by horseback or a take a jeep tour to the Annaly Bay tidal pool

dining and nightlife. Beyond the urban vibe, the islands’

natural attractions also entice visitors. The iconic Magens Bay is an ideal retreat for water sports or relaxing on the sand.

KEY EVENT St. Croix Food & Wine Experience: April 12-18, 2015

Enjoy the culinary diversity of the US Virgin Islands through a week of special events, tastings and cooking demonstrations

• Sunset sail Christiansted Harbor Day Three: St. Thomas • Seaplane transfer from St. Croix • Try stand-up paddle boarding at Magens Bay

• Zipline through the treetops and catch views over Magens Bay

Day Four: St. John • Take a short ferry hop to St. John • Hike one of 22 trails or follow Trunk Bay’s snorkel trail

• Visit the shops and restaurants in Mongoose Junction

Day Five: St. Thomas • Encounter sea lions and turtles at Coral World Ocean Park

• Shop in historic Charlotte Amalie

Venezuela Tourist Department: c/o The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, 1 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2HR T: 020 7584 4206 E: W: ConoceVenezuela @minturvenezuela

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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 the Amazon rainforest. Perfect for those seeking

adventure off the beaten track, - ESSENTIALS -

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)

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 which will most appeal to those seeking adventure. 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. 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.

- ITINERARY - The Caribbean coast is popular for

Margarita, Venezuela’s leading beach destination, 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.

KEY EVENT Carnival: February 17, 2015

A national holiday in Venezuela, Carnival is held every Ash Wednesday in the capital, Caracas

Venezuela’s best-known holiday destination is Margarita Island which receives two million visitors a year. Coche Island and Cubagua Island are also popular. Margarita Island, known as the ‘Pearl of Caribbean’ is 38 km north east of the mainland and 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, internationally known as an excellent location for wind and kite surfi ng. For city buzz, head to Juan Griego 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, bone fi shing or sailing.


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