The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism (DOT) created The USVI Times e-newsletter in June 2007 to help support our local tourism industry partners and keep you informed about DOT activities.

August 2013

Sand Castle on the Beach Welcomes Award-Winning Chef John Bell to Beach Side Cafe

This St. Croix beachfront hotel recently welcomed award-winning chef, John Bell, to its popular Beach Side Café. Gold Medal winner of the Aspen Classic, Bell brings 30+ years of experience to the popular eatery, having run kitchens in five star restaurants in Aspen Colorado, and serving as John Travolta’s private chef. Guests and visitors alike can savor Bell’s cuisine at this open-air café overlooking the Caribbean Sea, which features live music on Saturday nights.

Bolongo Bay Offers Early Bird Special for 2014 Travel

Touted by Sherman’s Travel as one of the Top 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean, this St. Thomas favorite has released its Early Bird Special for 2014. Guests who book their 2014 reservations by August 31, 2013, will receive 15 percent off Oceanview, Beachfront and Condominium room rates, using promo code EBB2014.

Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Launches Seas to Sails Dining on Thursdays

Capitalizing on the fish-to-fork culinary trend, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas has launched a new Sea to Sails dinner each Thursday. The property has established a relationship with local fishermen who catch a variety of seafood in the morning, providing the day’s catch that is prepared and served at Sails restaurant. The result is an extremely fresh, locavore dining experience that visitors can savor alfresco with panoramic views across azure Caribbean waters.

Get Free Upgrade with Caneel Bay August Sequester Special

The August Sequester Special at Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort, offers travelers an enticing incentive for a last-minute luxury summer escape. Receive a complimentary one category room upgrade guaranteed at the time of booking, for a stay between August 11-25, 2013, at this beachfront resort nestled within the Virgin Islands National Park on St. John.

Caneel Bay Plans New Restaurant Concept

Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort on St John, has announced plans for a new dining concept at the property’s Sugar Mill Restaurant. Renowned restaurateur John Ferrigno, owner of ZoZo Ristorante, will lead the transformation which includes a major renovation this summer. The new eatery debuts November 1, 2013, when Caneel Bay reopens after its annual seasonal closure.

Magic Ice Introduces Newly Sculptured Exhibit

Magic Ice, the world’s largest permanent ice gallery, has a newly sculptured exhibit.  Visitors and locals alike are invited to visit during the day or for their popular Happy Hour Fridays, taking place 5- 8 pm, offering $3 Cruzan Rum Shots and $5 Cruzan Rum mixed drinks. Featuring ice sculptures emphasizing the romantic “Golden Age of Piracy” along with music and candlelight, Magic Ice is a unique spot for date night. Locals also get a discounted weekend ticket price of just $15 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under when they show proof of residency.

FCCA Offers Cruise Industry Insight at Upcoming Conference and Trade Show

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will host its annual Conference and Trade Show in Cartagena, Colombia September 30 through October 4, 2013. Now in its 20th year, the gathering has become the largest cruise industry networking and educational event in the Caribbean. More than 100 executives from member cruise lines will be in attendance, as well as destination representatives, suppliers and tour operators. The conference schedule will offer participants an insight into the current state of the industry, and help grow their professional networks through industry trend workshops, appointments, a trade show and social receptions.

For additional details and registration, visit or contact Justin Paige: (954) 441-8881,

Vote for Itiba to ‘Get On the Shelf’ at Walmart

Local skin care product line itiba is currently at the second round stage in Walmart’s “Get On The Shelf” competition. This annual contest allows the public to vote on products they would like Walmart to sell nationwide. Vote for itiba in this year’s Walmart ‪#‎GetOnTheShelf contest and help itiba make it through to the finals for a chance to be sold on by casting your vote at the following link.