Posts Categorized: Planning and Logistics

Most Complete Guide to St. John Festival, Ever!

Cooper Penn Grande Marshall St. John Festival

St. John, US Virgin Islands, affectionately nicknamed “Love City,” is the scene for some of the most fantastic Festival revelry in the Caribbean. The St. John Festival is a month-long celebration that kicks off energetically with live music and performances and ramps up to an awe-inspiring fireworks display in the Cruz Bay harbor on the… Read more »

A Virgin Islands Bride’s Guide to the Final Countdown

Fourteen days has never sounded like such a big number, that is, until it’s fourteen days before your wedding day! Like most brides you are probably running around like a chicken without a head wondering if you’ve completed all that has to be done. Guide to Getting Married on St. John If you’re here because… Read more »

What You Want to Know but Are Afraid to Ask About the Virgin Islands

Virgin Island transplants get a lot of questions. Most are easily answered with, “The beach is that way,” or “You know, working hard, mom.” Another type of question, that is not so simply answered, revolves around moving to the islands. If you already live here, these queries come from cyberspace like meteors. You’ve got mail… Read more »

Get Married on St. John – DIY Island-Style Wedding

In the first installment of Get Married on St. John, I shared all you need to know about St. John wedding locations, obtaining the needed documents and permits for your nuptials, and advice on hiring a planner. But there’s more. If you decided to hire a wedding planner, they will ensure that every detail is lovingly… Read more »

The Unwritten Rules of a Courteous Sailor

Sailors are as vast and varied as their vessels but it doesn’t matter if you have a 3 million dollar boat or a 3,000 dollar one, the sea doesn’t discriminate. Sailors know this which is probably why there are unwritten rules and courtesies when we find a fellow mariner’s boat in distress.  Read more »

Why You Should Get Married on St. John (Love City)

St. John, Virgin Islands – Your tropical wedding destination dream come true, where family and friends can share your union while enjoying a vacation in the sun. St. John, nicknamed Love City, (What could be more auspicious?) offers some of the most memorable wedding options in the world. VOGUE magazine named St. John a top… Read more »

BVI Bareboat Basics – Get Your Crew Here and Through Customs and Immigration

Last summer I asked some friends if they would be interested in doing a bareboat charter in the British Virgin Islands. I was not surprised to find that they were interested since the BVI is one of the most popular boat charter destinations in the world! For the past 15 years, I have been lucky… Read more »

Oh no! I’m in Paradise and I Can’t Check My Messages!

Realizing that there is no service to stay in contact with your family, friends, and even work can send a visitor into defib. Here’s what everyone who’s visiting the US Virgin Islands needs to know about cell phone service for T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verison before they get here. Read more »

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

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

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)

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)

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 »

Virgin Islands New Year & Christmas Are Lit!

Come year end, the VI is host to some of the best and most famous holiday parties in the world! Trade in your puffer coats for Carnival beads, and snow drifts for white sand beaches. This holiday (or next), take to the Virgin Islands streets to dance until dawn. Old Year’s Night Foxy’s Old Year’s… Read more »

VI Weather – The Best Season to Visit the Virgin Islands

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 »

Traveling With Pets to the Virgin Islands

If you have a pet that cannot travel under your seat as an “in cabin pet” and they are not an “emotional support animal” or Service Dog, they will need to travel in the cargo hold. YIKES!!! If this is your only option, then time of year, in particular the temperature is an important consideration.  Read more »