The blizzard of 2015 dropped record breaking snow falls on Boston and much of the East Coast of the United States. Two deaths have been attributed to the storm. The economic impact is estimated at $500 million dollars. Some 8,500 domestic flights were canceled. All tragic losses.
So you are probably wondering how the blizzard of 2015 impacted the Virgin Islands. No, it did not dump any snow on us here, nor did our average 85 degree weather waver at all. Our high season for tourism runs from around Thanksgiving, in late November until the thaw of spring, the end of April. A large part of our economy is tourism driven. Many of our "snow birds" and tourist begin their trips from places like the East coast and the frigid mid-West. When storms like the Blizzard of 2015 occur there is a "snowball" (no pun intended) effect on the Virgin Islands. With most people atleast starting their trips to the Virgin Islands on a flight, even if they are cruising, massive cancellations of flights, such as the 8,500 caused by the blizzard of 2015, it directly impacts the economy of the Virgin Islands. Fortunately, villas, cruises and hotels will most often give you a rain check, so to speak, on your reservations. Many times for up to a year later.
Maybe it is time to consider a real escape to the U.S. Virgin Islands, on a longer term bases.
Wouldn't you like a view like the photo below rather than the one above?