Celebrating 80 Years: The U.S. Virgin Islands in 1988

Untouchable weather, staggering beaches and the convenience of the same language and currency as the United States make the U.S. Virgin Islands a prime vacation spot year round. This summer alone, we saw the emergence of Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, Club Comanche Hotel and The Westin St. John Resort & Villas as well as Hubbly Bubbly Hookah Lounge and The Old Stone Farmhouse throughout the islands. In the last year alone, St. Lucia and St. Croix have seen a flurry of activity, as the former's developments and openings rival the latter's bevy of resorts and hotels.

When we featured it in 1988, the destination was touted for its summer appeal in "red sunsets, white sand beaches and blue, blue water." Indeed, its year-round weather personifies the summer of most of our climates, and, like our 1988 ad, here, we are unable to argue with the thought of the cool, fresh water above the islands' immaculate, fine sand. Stay at the Buccaneer Hotel, considered the oldest hotel in the whole of the Caribbean, founded in the 17th century. Alternately, consider Cap Maison, the cliff-top, four-acre property in St. Lucia.

As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we're taking a look at what was happening in the industry in the past and asking agents to share their thoughts on what has changed in the industry up until the present. So please share your thoughts by posting a comment below, writing us at our Facebook page, sending a tweet to our Twitter page or by engaging in a discussion in real time at AgentNation (the only social community online for all kinds of travel agents, which certainly wasn't around 80 years ago). We want to hear from you.

And while you're here, learn more about how we're celebrating eight decades of covering the travel industry for travel professionals.


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