Tips and Tales from the Virgin Islands

What It Was like Living on St. John 100 Years Ago – Folk Life Festival

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In an age of unlimited streaming movies, music and video games, how do we convince the next generation that folk ways have value and beauty? When any product we dream of is mass produced, available and affordable, why keep oral storytelling, boat building, basketry, herb lore, woodwork and sewing alive? These questions can be answered… Read more »

Virgin Islands Eats: 13 Fantastic Food Trucks and a Food Truck Fete

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The Virgin Islands are a must visit for any self respecting foodie. If you’re visiting the islands, you’ll find endless opportunity to experience the culinary delights we have to offer. Once you’ve dined at the top local restaurants, the next thing on your agenda should be to check out some of our many fantastic food… Read more »

Our Favorite St. John Beaches – WTD Writers Reveal Their Top Picks

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Leah Randall – St. John has been a seasonal island home for me since 2004 and a permanent home since 2013. I want nothing more than for you to appreciate this island as much as I do, so allow me to share some of my favorite beaches with you. Whether you’re a resident or a… Read more »

6 Must Dos During the Yearlong Virgin Islands Centennial Celebration – Happy 100 VI!!

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If visiting the Virgin Islands has been on your to-do list, this is definitely the year to do it. 2017 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Virgin Islands transfer from Denmark to the United States. There are dozens of fantastic events scheduled throughout 2017 to celebrate our rich yet complex cultural heritage –… Read more »

St. Thomas Side Street Secrets: Enkai Sushi, Bunker Hill Hotel & Other Great Finds

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Faced with a few days off work and my son’s upcoming sixth birthday, my family and I decided to take a vacation. “Manhattan for a Broadway show,” I suggested. (I love New York.) “Too cold and too expensive,” my husband said. “Grandma’s, grandma’s,” cried my son, but with only four days off and a limited… Read more »

Change Isn’t Always Easy (Plastic Bag Ban in the Virgin Islands)

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In August 2014, California was the first state to enforce the law that banned the use of plastic bags in retail stores. On January 1, 2017, the Virgin Islands, like many other states, will follow suit and enforce the law to ban plastic bags. For years, many have voiced their concerns about the hazardous effects… Read more »

How to Take Perfect Photos on St. John (Plus 5 Secret Spots for the Best Pix)

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You made it! You’re on St. John! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been counting the minutes to touch down since you hit the confirm button for your flight. Now you’re here, its all about capturing moments, right? The Virgin Islands are surreal – unlike anywhere else on the planet. Capturing this beauty on camera… Read more »

The Hallelujah of the Reef Bay Trail

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The Virgin Islands National Park celebrates its 60th birthday this year. In 1956, Laurance Rockefeller had the foresight to donate 7,259 acres of St. John land to the US government under the condition that the lands be protected from future development. Due to Rockefeller’s passion for wilderness conservation, 60% of St. John remains pristine. The… Read more »

12 Caribbean Recipes to Spice Up Your Thanksgiving

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Expect a delightful twist on stateside traditions if you visit the US Virgin Islands for Thanksgiving. We watch football games, yes, but projected on hotel linens strung up between palm trees. Instead of wrestling over deep discounts at day-after sales, you’ll find many VI residents sailing in a regatta or sharing leftovers at a beach… Read more »

4 Easy Ways to Market Your Virgin Islands Business Online

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Digital marketing is the most powerful advertising tool Virgin Islands businesses have. That’s because the tourism audience is a global one. If you are NOT among the 86% of American businesses with an internet presence, you are probably feeling the pressure to get online. Two Vacations Visitors to the Virgin Islands take two vacations. Tourists… Read more »

VI Weather – The Best Season to Visit the Virgin Islands

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What is the best season to visit the Virgin Islands? The answers are as different as the people who travel here. To create the perfect Virgin Islands experience, it’s important to ask yourself some questions before you book your flight! What’s your type of weather? Do you love dreamy, drizzly days or cloudless skies? Are… Read more »

Caribbean Writers Meet The NaNoWriMo Challenge

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Close to two thousand Caribbean writers have registered for the upcoming National Novel Writing Month 2016 (NaNoWriMo). Beginning November 1st, seasoned and green authors alike will dare to write 50,000 words in one short month. (That’s 1666 words per day.) Started in 1999, this personal challenge has grown from a handful of writers (21 the… Read more »

Zenning Out With Ramon Correa

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As the sun began it’s descent, the colors radiated a golden hue and a zen vibe enveloped the space. The chaos of the busy town seemed distant from our 260 degree perch. The only intrusions were the distant sounds of church bells, a steel pan band practicing and the odd rooster. I asked this extraordinarily humble man about his life as a disciple of martial arts, a conscious excavator and his hopes for humanity and his Virgin Islands community. Our conversation seemed as limitless as the azure sky overhead.  Read more »