Feel at home in the Caribbean

06/05/2011  | 
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The hub for endless relaxation or recreation

Summer is on its way. Time to pack up the sunscreen and swimsuits, and head to the beach.

This year, try St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Just 1,100 miles off the coast of Miami, Florida, the US Virgin Islands welcomes travelers with the familiarity of the US and the allure of the exotic Caribbean.

Plus, for US citizens, no passports are required and many direct flights are available. Making this paradise an easy and convenient tropical vacation. No place reflects the persona of the US Virgin Islands better than Bolongo Bay Beach Resort.


Family-run for more than 35 years by the Doumeng’s, Bolongo Bay is small and personal with a lot to offer. Many guests return year after year and many staff members never leave – including the friendly Viola Albert. An original staff member, Viola greets guests with a hearty hello to breakfast at The Lobster Grille.

What keeps everyone around is the friendly atmosphere. Locals mingle with guests over drinks at Iggies Beach Bar after work while catching up on the latest sports scores. Guests – new or returning – are welcomed like family, greeted by name and truly made to feel at home while on vacation.

Abundance of activities

Literally steps from the resort’s 62 rooms is a 900-foot golden sand beach lined with palm trees and dotted with thatched umbrellas, beach chairs and hammocks. It’s the perfect place to get caught up in a book, catch up on some sleep or just people watch.

There is something for everyone at Bolongo Bay, home to some of the island’s most popular activities. It’s what makes Bolongo Bay “the Caribbean’s most entertaining beach resort.”

Have fun in the sun with complimentary non-motorized water sports. Try paddle boarding or wind surfing, snorkel with colorful fish right off shore, kayak in clear blue seas, try scuba diving with a free Discover Scuba Diving lesson and more.

Great values

Guests can choose their vacation at Bolongo Bay – either a room-only rate or the resort’s popular All Inclusive. No matter what you choose, the fun in the sun is always included.

Active duty military members receive additional savings of 25 percent off the All Inclusive plan or 30 percent on room-only rates. The military discount is available through Dec. 21, 2011, when booked directly with the resort. With the discount, daily rates begin at $381.75 for the All Inclusive plan or $179.90 for room-only in an Oceanview room.

Recently engaged? Military members can save big on a destination wedding at Bolongo Bay. Book a 2011 wedding by May 31, 2011 and save 50 percent on any destination wedding package, excluding food and beverage, and on any length of stay (subject to availability). Wedding packages begin at $500 with discount.

Explore St. Thomas

Rest, relaxation and fun are all conveniently located at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, making it a destination all on its own. But if you want to head out to explore the island, Concierge Laura McMurry recommends renting a car to take in the island’s scenic views, visit some of the island’s uncrowded local beaches or even take in duty-free shopping.

Other activities include sport fishing for marlin, parasailing with pick up right from Bolongo’s beach, waverunner tours, historical and cultural tours, golfing at the island’s Fazio-designed course and much more.

The US Virgin Islands enjoys pleasant year-round weather and always inviting warm seas. The average temperature is 77°F in the winter and 82°F in summer. Trade winds keep the humidity low.

Stay at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas for your next beach vacation! Visit www.bolongobay.com or call (800) 524-4746.
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