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Disappointing finish for Virgin Islands tourism product in latest poll


HONOLULU, Hawaii – Maui beat out historic national parks and the city-by-the-bay to be named the best vacation destination in the United States in a new analysis.

In addition to the U.S. locales, London is the world’s top destination, and St. Lucia is the best place to visit in the Caribbean, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The rest of the U.S. top-five destinations, in order, are Yellowstone; the Grand Canyon; San Francisco and Yosemite.

Following London on the international destinations top five are, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; Barcelona, Spain; Paris, France, and Sydney, Australia.

On the expanded list of the top 25 destinations in the world, Maui ranked 7th, ahead of the Bahamas at No. 14 and the U.S. Virgin Islands, in 17th place.

The rest of the winning Caribbean destinations are the British Virgin Islands; the Cayman Islands; the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Curaçao.

The publication analyzed more than 350 destinations, using methodology combining expert analysis and user voting.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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