Our visit to St Croix’s two cities, was the best of times and the better of times, and we had a Dickens of a time deciding whether we loved Christiansted or Frederiksted more. Then again, why choose when you can stay and enjoy both?

Christiansted, the capital of the largest island in the USVI, is likewise the bigger of the island’s two cities. Founded in 1733, it’s famous for its yellow-walled, beautifully preserved Fort Christiansvaern, built by the Danish in 1983 to protect the city from their colonial rivals. Now a National Historical Site, the fortress is open for tours and visitors can climb its battlements for a sweeping view of the harbor.

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Most people tend to visit Tortola in the BVI by boat, whether that’s on a yacht charter offered by The Moorings or another charter company or, increasingly, as day visitors from cruise ships.

There are no mega resorts on Tortola, and the small hotels and villas tend to be scattered around the island.

Cane Garden Bay is the exception: it’s the closest thing Tortola has to a beach town, boasting Tortola’s most popular beach and a diverse selection of lodging as well as some of Tortola’s best bars, restaurants, music venues, and one of the most historic rum distilleries in the Caribbean.

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Major Canadian leisure carrier WestJet is expanding again in the Caribbean with a new nonstop route to Punta Cana.

The carrier will be launching a new weekly nonstop route from Calgary to the Dominican Republic’s most popular travel destination, with service set to launch on Dec. 13.

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Bermuda will soon be home to its first-ever Hilton hotel.

Set to debut in 2020, the Bermudiana Beach Resort will be part of the Tapestry Collection by Hilton portfolio.

The 111-room hotel, owned by Bermudiana Development Company Limited, will be set on a cliff overlooking a pink-sand beach.

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A sleek new hotel is set to inject new energy into the Bimini archipelago of The Bahamas.

It’s called illa Bimini, and the new project by Island Developers is slated to break ground in August.

The beachfront “eco-chic” residential hotel, which will be designed by renowned architect Chad Oppenheim’s Oppenheim Architecture + Design, will have a mix of 54 three and four-bedroom residential villas and a 49-key boutique hotel.

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