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CARIBBEAN BUSINESS: Top Two Destinations For Airbnb Are: St. Thomas and San Juan

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — It is an understatement to say that the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were hit hard by hurricanes last year.

But the Emerald Isle and America’s Paradise have made dramatic progress since the setbacks presented by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017.

Airbnb, a marketplace for home rentals, says tourists are visiting the Caribbean again and bookings are up year after year.

St. Thomas is the top Caribbean destination on Airbnb, with a 600 percent increase in bookings over last year.

Airbnb has a number of listings in the region from cottages to beachfront villas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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