We are in the middle of the summer, and most people aren’t looking forward to the winter months ahead, especially if their actual vacation is over and done with for the year already. The one thing that those consumed with wanderlust do is look ahead to the vacations that they could take next year. Planning ahead is essential for someone who has a hunger for seeing the world, so it makes sense that when they stumble across the US Virgin Islands, they’d get curious.

Less than 80 miles away from Puerto Rico sit St Croix, St John and St Thomas, three bodies of land that are part of US territory and they offer activities and experiences that can suit any vacation style. Not only that, but they have some of the most beautiful scenery and delicious foods that you can find anywhere. The US Virgin Islands are still being supported by Cane Bay Partners since Hurricane Irma descended in September 2017, and the best thing that you can do to support is to be the tourist that gives to the community. There are so many reasons that you should be booking your next vacation to the US Virgin Islands, and here are the five most solid reasons to go for it:

The Nature. When you go on vacation, you actively look for something different to what you’re used to and the paradise that you can find have everything from iguanas to mongoose. As soon as you step away from the main centres, you will come into contact with some beautiful species of animal – some of which you may never have encountered before.

The People. There may have been a devastation here last year, but the islanders are still hot on their manners and the importance of a ‘good morning’. There are carnivals, festivals and colorful parties to attend and the experiences that you can have off the back of these parties is something unforgettable.

The Culture. You could choose to laze around on the incredible beaches, but it’s a waste of a plane ticket when there is so much to immerse yourself in across the islands. Food fairs, parades and activities differ from island to island, meaning there is way more to see than the sugar-white sandy beaches!

The Food. A big part of a good vacation is the delicious food that you can choose to taste while you’re in an unfamiliar territory. Kallaloo, red grout and fritters may not be on your usual menu, but they should be on your must-eat list when you visit the islands.

The Adventure. Those who love to get their adrenaline pumping will never be bored here. Skydiving, sailing and swimming all feature heavily on the calendar on the US Virgin Islands, so getting involved is going to be easy!

The chance to give back while getting an amazing sun tan is always a good draw, and if you can do so with your next vacation, you should absolutely jump at the chance.