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Low Key Watersports

The Low Down on Low Key Watersports – 31 Years of Extraordinary Scuba Diving

When Bob Shinners imagines the movie of his life it opens with him as a young man standing on a Milwaukee bridge in a thick parka. He climbs the safety rail, closes his eyes, and jumps. As he plunges into the icy water, his steel-toed boots and heavy winter clothes suck him into the murky […]

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Virgin Islands Bride

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 […]

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St. Thomas Rum Tours

Rum, Rum, Rum, We Love Virgin Islands Rum

Rum is very much a part of Caribbean drinks culture. This is the home of rum and where some of the world’s best are made. So you probably won’t be surprised to find out that the Virgin Islands are home to more than a few excellent rum distilleries. Rum drinkers should definitely add the Virgin […]

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Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander

The Real Carolyn Goodlander – A Peek Behind the Curtain of Fatty’s Empire

Carolyn Goodlander is truly a woman of the world. When I met with Carolyn to share lunch and words at the Cruz Bay Landing on St. John, she had just returned from her third circumnavigation aboard the sailboat home she shares with her writer husband Captain Fatty Goodlander, the editor-at-large at Cruising World Magazine, author […]

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Virgin Islands Sailing

What Kind of Sailor Are You, Yachtie or Cruiser?

Lots of cruising sailors wash over the collective bow of St. John. Many are capable and navigate the Sir Francis Drake Channel like it was a lake. Others fall into the category of quirky and fade quickly from memory. Others just stick because they are so real. John St. John is one cruiser that I […]

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Heart of a Mermaid – Diving the Virgin Islands is in My Blood

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau The Virgin Islands are a rich paradise full of a diverse things to do from hiking, to bar hopping, to photography, to sailing. These are a few of my past times. I find it impossible to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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Local, Sustainable and Wild – A Virgin Islands Culinary Revolution

“He just bought 1000 earthworms on Amazon,” Mathayom Vacharat’s girlfriend whispered to me as I sat down next to her at Ground Breaking, one of the themed full moon dinners presented by St. John Catering and Mathayom Private Chefs at their St. John event venue at the Windy Level. “Mysterious purchase,” I laughed, but we […]

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St. Thomas Carnvial

Your Essential Guide to St. Thomas Carnival

Every year Carnival has a theme and 2017 celebrates our Centennial anniversary when the Virgin Islands officially became a part of the United States. St. Thomas is home to one of the largest festivals in the whole Caribbean and features food, games, music, and entertainment for people of all ages. It is an annual highlight […]

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St. John Community Gardens

Community Gardening Comes Alive on St. John

Last year I wrote an article about the unavailability of fresh produce in the Virgin Islands. The story went viral with over 17,000 people reading the blog and 2,500 sharing it on social media. Although my readership was greatly increased, which was a positive outcome, I was in for a rude awakening. The backlash was […]

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Anne Marie Porter St. John Weddings

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 […]

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Coral Bay: An Unspoiled Haven – Our Favorite Things To Do Here

Coral Bay’s motto is “Successfully avoiding progress since forever!” and they mean it. Welcome to a small corner of the world where folks would die for one another, yet they don’t know each other’s real names because everyone goes by a nickname. Coral Bay will have you wondering where the conveniences are hidden. They certainly […]

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Bareboat BVI Customs Immigration

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Leah Randall

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

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 […]

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