The popular travel website TripAdvisor ranked St. John number two on its list of top islands in the world in its Travelers’ Choice Islands Survey, the website recently announced.
“It’s good publicity for St. John and the Virgin Islands as a whole,” said Tourism Department spokesman Allegra Kean-Moorehead.
Calling TripAdvisor a credible source, Kean-Moorhead said it was great to be recognized by a website depended on by so many travelers.
In TripAdvisor’s world-wide category, St. John came in second to Ambergris Caye in Belize.
St. John was followed respectively by Bora Bora in French Polynesia, San Juan Island in Washington, Santorini in Greece, Isla Mujeres in Mexico, Moorea in French Polynesia, Koh Tao in Thailand, Easter Island in Chile and Nosy Be in Madagascar.
“Whether you’re looking for idyllic palm-lined islands, or islands that offer a more cultural experience, you’ll find inspiration in these lists,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, in a press release.
“From the world famous to the hidden gems, what unifies every award winner is the fantastic feedback from travelers across the globe,” Messing said.
When it comes to the United States, San Juan Island in Washington was first with Kauai in Hawaii coming second. Marco Island in Florida, Anna Maria Island in Florida, Maui in Hawaii, Sanibel Island in Florida, Chincoteague Island in Virginia, the Island of Hawaii in Hawaii, Amelia Island in Florida, and Key West in Florida rounded out the list.
The TripAdvisor accolade is the latest for the Virgin Islands. The Tourism Department sent out a recap Monday that indicated the news and culture-based website www.Gayot.com listed Caneel Bay, St. John, among its Top 10 Caribbean Resorts.
The website www.CNN.com placed St. John’s Trunk Bay ahead of the pack on its round-up feature of 17 Beaches We’d Like to be Lounging On, thanks to one reader’s photo submission.
“We are very proud to receive these recent accolades which help to keep the destination top-of-mind among travel professionals and the traveling public,” Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty said in a press release.
“We appreciate the confidence both travelers and the media have placed in our territory and, along with our partners, will continue striving to create memorable vacation experiences for our visitors to enjoy.
Other recent honors include Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2013 Best Beaches Survey that named Turtle Beach on Buck Island, St. Croix, as best for seclusion; Magens Bay, St. Thomas, as best for families; and Trunk Bay, St. John, as best for wildlife viewing.
Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards 2012 named St. John among the top 10 Islands in the Caribbean and Atlantic for its natural beauty, emerald green beaches and exotic native fauna and flora.
Travel publisher Arthur Frommer named St. John on his list of his list of 10 Favorite Travel Spots for 2012.
The travel guidebook publishing company ranked the U.S. Virgin Islands as the top choice for an American getaway in its Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2012.
Travel + Leisure’s Best Secret Beaches on Earth 2012 included Lameshur Bay Beach, St. John, for its proximity to rental villas, eco-tents and the luxuries of Caneel Bay while offering travelers a hidden beach experience with stunning vistas.