It’s been over a year that we have been living with Covid-19. Everyone remembers those early months during the pandemic where all we did was leave the house to go to the grocery store. At first, it felt a little like Christmas. All there was to do was cook and eat. And boy did I bake! Now that things are starting to loosen up you’re probably trying to figure out what are the best vacation spots during Covid-19.
Forget Cruise Ships
Cruise ships have not set sail in over a year. They will allow you to book and charge your credit card card. However, cruise ships are continually cancelling guests. obtaining your refund may be a lengthy process. I have not booked a trip myself but cruise ship articles and forums are full of these tragic tales. So, if you love to cruise what are other options?
Best Vacation Spots During Covid-19
We have put together a list of easy places to visit during Covid-19. Places that do not require quarantine. Because lets face it. The last thing you want to do is spend half your vacation in isolation.
- St Thomas, USVI – St Thomas is a beautiful island in the Caribbean just southeast of Puerto Rico. It’s a US owned territory so as a US citizen you do not even need a passport to visit. If you want to visit St Thomas during Covid-19 you do need to have a negative Covid test within 5 days of travel. This is true even if you have been vaccinated. Be sure to upload your results to the St Thomas Travel Portal prior to your arrival to St Thomas to speed things up.
- St Lucia – Effective February 10, all arrivals to Saint Lucia (5 years and older) must have a negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 5 days before arrival. See this St Lucia travel advisory for more information.
- Las Vegas – Believe it or not, Las Vegas is open. Shows have not returned yet but there is still great dining, gambling, wonderful pools and only a fraction of the normal crowds so hotels are offering amazing deals!
Why is ST Thomas a Great Vacation Spot During Covid-19?
Beaches, beaches, beaches! St Thomas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. In fact, Magens Bay has been voted in the top 10 numerous times. In addition to sand and sun, you’ll find duty-free shopping. Cruise ship passengers have flocked to St Thomas for years to pick up stunning jewelry and loose diamonds saving themselves hundreds if not thousands of dollars by getting their jewelry duty-free. And the best place to find loose diamonds and a huge selection of amazing jewelry is Renaissance Jewelers. Renaissance Jewelers is located on the main jewelry street in downtown Charlotte Amalie, just 1 block off the waterfront. Simply look for the bright green sign and the most friendly staff members.