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Travel + Leisure Ranks Virgin Gorda #1 … St. John #5 In Annual Survey Of Caribbean Islands

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NEW YORK — Two of our Virgin Islands rank high in an annual survey conducted by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands ranked No. 1 in a survey of the best Caribbean islands, while St. John came in No. 5.

“Given that there are more than 700 islands in the Caribbean — each with its own charm — it can be difficult to know which one to pick when planning a getaway,” Travel + Leisure said.

But according to Travel + Leisure readers, there are a few where you basically can’t go wrong.

“Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated islands on their natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, food, friendliness, and overall value.”

In providing the top ten list with accompanying photos of all the islands, Travel + Leisure advises readers to “be forewarned” that “this list will inspire some major wanderlust.”

In addition to St. John and Virgin Gorda, the list includes Bermuda, St. Lucia; Anguilla;,Culebra and Vieques in Puerto Rico; and Harbour Island, Exuma and Andros Islands in the Bahamas.

Travel + Leisure is a travel magazine based in New York City.

The magazine is published 12 times a year.

It has an estimated 4.8 million readers.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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