Lonely Planet Writer

Get the party started, the US Virgin Islands will PAY YOU to visit in 2017

Looking to book a sunny getaway for next year but undecided about where? Look no more because the US Virgin Islands will pay you to visit them in 2017.

This could be you snorkelling in the Virgin Islands.
This could be you snorkelling in the Virgin Islands. Image by Monica and Michael Sweet/Getty Images/Flickr RF

Every visitor in 2017 will be eligible to receive $300 to spend exploring the island with historic and cultural tours and activities. The money will come in credits that you will be able to spend on diverse activities like eco-tours, museums, kayak and hiking tours or even foodie trails, so you can eat your way around the islands.

The offer is part of the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commemoration, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Denmark transferring power over the islands to the United States. If you happen to travel during March – the actual anniversary of the transfer – you’ll also receive a special commemorative souvenir of the event. The islands are also putting on quite a party to celebrate, with events like cultural expos, parades, carnivals and gala balls to enjoy in March, while the celebrations continue throughout the year with arts and crafts fairs, summits, concerts and storytelling.

Trunk Bay - St. John, US Virgin Islands.
Trunk Bay – St. John, US Virgin Islands. Image by Carl M Christensen/Getty Images

To avail of the offer, you must book a minimum three-night stay on the islands through the tourism board’s website VisitUSVI.com and the islands’ Department of Tourism will send you the credits to start planning your trip. You can book anytime up until 1 October 2017, for travel until 31 December that year.

There’s also additional promotional packages for travellers wanting to organise a family reunion on the islands or for US military personnel. Best of all, US travellers don’t even need to apply for a passport before visiting, good news for anybody worried about the expected upcoming passport delays.