Get Paid to Vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands This Year

It’s not too good to be true: Plan a trip to these Caribbean islands in 2017, and you’ll receive a little extra spending money to use on your vacation.

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If you’ve been trying to pull together money to make a grand Caribbean escape (at least for a few days), this is the news you’ve been waiting for: If you plan a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017, you can receive $300 to spend on that vacation.

This unique opportunity is in honor of the USVI Centennial Commemoration, celebrating 100 years of the islands' status as territories of the U.S. To help you join the festivities, the USVI Department of Tourism is offering $300 to travelers who visit in 2017. You can’t spend that money on just anything, though: It comes in the form of vouchers that can be used for historical and cultural tours and activities that teach visitors about the islands and their customs. (Think nature tours, museum admissions, food tours, and more.)

Glittering waters, pearly beaches, and lush forests make the islands—which include St. Croix, St. John, and St. Thomas—prime vacation destinations, but this special monetary bonus makes a trip there even more appealing … and more doable.

So what do you need to do to take advantage of this awesome warm-weather getaway? It’s easy:

You just need to book a trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands through VisitUSVI.com. Your stay must be for at least three nights, and you must stay at a participating hotel on any of the three islands. You have more than 20 accommodations to choose among, so you’re sure to find your perfect stay.

You can book your trip from now through October 1, and you can travel any time in 2017. And if you’re able to visit in March, you can receive a free commemorative souvenir. You can see full details on the promotion here.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, you don’t need a passport to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands—so what are you waiting for?

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