The territory recently topped a list of Caribbean destinations. Pictured is a scene from the 2017 Poker Run in Leverick Bay. (Photo: PROVIDED)

As the Virgin Islands works to recover from Hurricane Irma, U.S. News & World Report has ranked it the best place to visit in the Caribbean.

The publisher on Tuesday released new rankings that include region-specific lists as well as naming the “Best Vacation Destinations.”

In the Caribbean, the VI was followed by St. Lucia, the United States VI, the Turks and Caicos Islands and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

On the global list, the VI ranked 21, with Paris taking the top spot, followed by Yellowstone National Park in the United States, and Rome at number three.

“We’ve examined destinations for all types of travelers looking for an ideal getaway,” said Erin Shields, travel editor at U.S. News. “Whether it’s an aspirational, once-in-a-lifetime trip across the world, or a more relaxed, close-to-home vacation, the U.S. News Best Vacations list has it covered.”

To compile the rankings, the publisher explained, it analysed more than 700 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis.

During that process, each destination is scored in 10 categories ranging from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance.


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