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Travel + Leisure Rates St. John One of the Best Islands


             Beverly Nicholson-Doty

CRUZ BAY – The nearly one million readers of Travel + Leisure magazine have ranked St. John as one of the world’s best islands.

St. John came in fourth with a rating of 83.37 in the category “Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas Islands” in the magazine’s World’s Best Awards 2015.

“We are so proud to see St. John recognized by Travel + Leisure for a World’s Best Award,” said Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty. “It is clear that St. John’s pristine beaches and natural surroundings are appreciated by our visitors. We value the confidence both travelers and the media have placed in our territory and along with our partners we will continue striving to create memorable vacation experiences for our visitors to enjoy.”

The award is a result of a survey conducted by Travel + Leisure that asked readers to rate islands based on the following criteria: natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people/friendliness and value.

Harbour Island in the Bahamas was rated number one in the category “Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas Islands.” Jost Van Dyke was second, Virgin Gorda was third and Anguilla finished fifth.

Starting in 2014, Travel + Leisure opened its annual poll to more than 970,000 readers to determine the most sought after hotels around the globe.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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