USVI's Feature Spot on "The Bachelor" Could Result in Romance Travel Boom

Just as it did for such Caribbeanislands as Anguilla, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia and Curacao, ABC’s Bachelor/Bachelorette series is expected to give the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)tourism numbers a major push when "The Bachelor" makes it way to St. Croix for the seventh episode, airing Monday, February 11.

The episode features a special "group date" and three "one-on-one dates" on this Caribbean island, with the historic resort, The Buccaneer, as backdrop. The largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), St. Croix offers a romantic setting with its white sand beaches,  blue waters and charming towns that have retained their 18th-century architectural treasures.

Bachelor Sean Lowe continues his quest for love with the bachelorettes, showcasing the beauty and diversity of St. Croix. Watch them arrive by seaplane onto a private beach, become immersed in a traditional Festival parade of masqueraders and mocko jumbie stilt dancers in historic Christiansted, witness a romantic sunrise at the eastern-most point of the United States and dine on authentic local cuisine by moonlight surrounded by the centuries-old walls of sugar mill ruins.

Following St. Lucia's featured appearance on the 2010 season of “The Bachelor,” four hotels that were featured on the show, including the luxurious Jade Mountain and Cap Maison, had been 100 percent for months. Also, the tourism board's web site went from 5,000 to 68,000 total hits from March to June of 2010.

The Bachelor also arrived at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island in Puerto Rico to tape episode five of their top-rated reality show recently. While in Vieques, fan-favorite Ben Flajnik hosted his group of potential mates as they explored secluded beaches, indulged in treatments at the Retreat’s AWAY Spa, dined on cuisine from Alain Ducasse’s mix on the beach, and lounged in guest rooms designed by Patricia Urquiola.

In 2011, Anguilla was among the destinations featured in the 15th season of The Bachelor. Anguilla was selected to appear on the show for its white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, luxurious resorts, and welcoming hospitality. The Bachelor that season, Brad Womack, and his bachelorettes enjoyed a romantic escape to the Caribbean island.