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On behalf of the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism I welcome you to our islands. We are delighted you have chosen to vacation or conduct business in America’s Caribbean.

petroglyphs found along Reef Bay trail or visit Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins. Two quaint towns with eclectic shops and restaurants complete the one-of-a-kind St. John experience.

The U.S. Virgin Islands offer four unique islands in one appealing destination. Cultural St. Croix, idyllic St. John, cosmopolitan St. Thomas and tranquil Water Island each have their own special personality. I invite you to experience the varied offerings of each island. With their proximity and array of transportation options, island hopping could not be easier.

Energetic St. Thomas will captivate you with its superb dining, exciting nightlife and dutyfree shopping. Our capital, Charlotte Amalie, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most picturesque harbors in the world. Fill your days with a trip to a beautiful beach, swim with the sea lions, ride the Caribbean’s only tramway or shop for one of our handmade souvenirs.

The rich heritage and culture of St. Croix comes alive in our architecture, cuisine and traditions. I encourage you to stroll through the charming towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted, travel back in time with a visit to Estate Whim Museum or enjoy our culinary delights through a Food Tour. A sailing trip to Buck Island National Monument, one of only two underwater monuments in the United States, is an exceptional day trip. Diving enthusiasts can experience five different dives in one day.

Just within the Charlotte Amalie harbor you’ll find Water Island, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Relax at romantic Honeymoon Beach, tour the island in a golf cart and get to know a few of the 200 residents that call this island gem home.

Peace and tranquility are plentiful on St. John. Two-thirds of the island is a national park with one pristine beach after another. Twenty plus hiking trails let you explore our history, wildlife and the natural beauty that makes this island spectacular. Be sure not to miss the pre-Columbian

Sincerely,

Whatever way you choose to spend your vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, it is sure to be unforgettable. Enjoy your stay.

Beverly Nicholsen Doty Commissioner of Tourism


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It is our pleasure to welcome you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Whether this is your first visit or you are a returning guest, we look forward to showing you how our home has grown since Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through in September 2017. Despite the devastating effects of such natural disasters, Virgin Islands residents were determined to once again open our doors to visitors. In the immediate aftermath of the storms, several of our accommodations and businesses were forced to close their doors. Both the public and private sectors faced difficult decisions about how to proceed with recovery. Fortunately, Virgin Islanders are a resilient group, and we rallied together to rebuild our home, clean up our beaches and reopen our businesses. As you make plans for your visit, we hope you will take note of the new attractions, restaurants, shops, accommodations and other businesses that have joined our family since the storms, as well as your treasured favorites that are here to stay. We invite you to experience a variety of delectable local and international cuisine. Discover shops ranging from world-renowned brands to unique boutiques. Enjoy land and water activities for both the bold adventurer as well as for the hammock enthusiast. Explore spectacular beaches and nature trails vibrant

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with fresh vegetation and wildlife. Kick back on the white sand as the turquoise waters sleepily lap the shores. We hope you will also take this opportunity to experience the USVI in its entirety by visiting all of our beautiful islands. Each island boasts its own unique personality, with exciting things to do for everyone — from couples to families to those visiting for business. Enjoy bustling St. Thomas and the historical capital of the territory, Charlotte Amalie. Take a break on peaceful St. John as you explore national parks and ruins that tell the story of the territory’s past. Dive the majestic barrier reef known as The Wall or enjoy open roads and lively towns on expansive St. Croix. Though there is still work ahead, we are elated to show you how far we have come in our restoration and improvement. We would not be able to succeed without the support of our visitors, and we are delighted that you are a part of our journey of recovery and rediscovery. Warm regards,

Lisa Hamilton President, U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association


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4848 SW 74th Court Miami, FL 33155 Tel: 305-222-7244 Email: gduell@northsouthnet.com Web: www.northsouthnet.com PUBLISHER Garry Duell, Jr. EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Vanessa Molina Santamaria ART DIRECTOR Lisa Lawlor CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Simonsen ADVERTISING SERVICES Lisa Lawlor Rosana Alfonso Duell ADVERTISING SALES Media Marketing, Inc., St. Thomas, VI Tel: 340-774-0920 CONTRIBUTORS Carol Bareuther, Anquanette Gaspard, Andrea Milam, Gisele Morales, Janet Simonsen

USVI Hotel & Tourism Association P.O. Box 2300, St. Thomas, VI 00803 Tel: 340-774-6835 Web: www.virgin-islands-hotels.com St. Croix Hotel & Tourism Association P.O. Box 24238, St. Croix, VI 00824 Tel: 800-524-2026 Web: www.stcroixhotelandtourism.com

Like us on Facebook @USVImembership to find out the latest about U.S. Virgin Islands hotels and resorts.

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CRUZAN RUM

“A DIAMOND IN THE RUM”

CRUZAN® BUCKET LIST

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drink something out of a

coconut.

The tropical isle of St. Croix was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. For all its natural beauty, he named the island “Santa Cruz” meaning Holy Cross. Years later, under the French flag, Santa Cruz was renamed St. Croix. Cruzan Rum, locally known as “The Rum of the Islands,” comes from St. Croix and the name Cruzan comes from the name of the local people of the island known as Crucians. Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp family has lived on the island and has been an integral part of this legendary island’s rich history. And for the last two hundred years, the island has not only left its mark on them, but also their rum. It is here that the family produces Cruzan Rum, thereby upholding the centuries-old tradition of crafting the finest Virgin Islands’ rum. Using only the purest, natural ingredients and processes, the Cruzan Rum Distillery has vastly improved on rums of the past. At Cruzan, every last drop of rum is brilliantly crafted to exceptional standards, using natural ingredients and a unique distillation process. Each stage of the process is closely monitored and controlled to ensure that every expression boasts remarkable taste and incredible flavor that shines through in every sip. Cruzan Rum consistently achieves the light, distinctive taste which has made it one of the fastest growing, premium rums in the world. Cruzan’s line of rums has grown to include Aged Dark, Aged Light, Aged 151 Proof and Black Strap, as well as 14 flavors, including the newest member of the flavor lineup, the very popular, Blueberry Lemonade. Cruzan also reintroduced its Estate Diamond Rums in Aged Light & Aged Dark. For rum connoisseurs, Cruzan Single Barrel is the world’s first single barrel rum and winner of a Double Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition. Rounding out the portfolio is Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, made with a unique blend of nine spices and Cruzan Velvet Cinn, which takes the naturally sweet flavor of rich dairy cream a step further by adding a robust and lingering taste of bakery cinnamon. Cruzan reminds you to take your time with this on-of-a-kind rum and appreciate its smoothness and quality. So be sure to ask your bartender for 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum a Cruzan Rum 1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum Splash of pineapple juice Drink, because in the Virgin Islands Combine over ice and serve. when we say Skewer a pineapple wedge, “Rum” we mean a mango cube and a pineapple leaf for garnish. Cruzan Rum!

CONFUSION

Cruzan® Rum and Rum with Natural Flavors, 21%-40% Alc./Vol. ©2017 CRUZAN International, Chicago, IL USA.

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CRUZAN RUM

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drink something out of a

coconut.

The tropical isle of St. Croix was discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. For all its natural beauty, he named the island “Santa Cruz” meaning Holy Cross. Years later, under the French flag, Santa Cruz was renamed St. Croix. Cruzan Rum, locally known as “The Rum of the Islands,” comes from St. Croix and the name Cruzan comes from the name of the local people of the island known as Crucians. Since the early 1800’s, the Nelthropp family has lived on the island and has been an integral part of this legendary island’s rich history. And for the last two hundred years, the island has not only left its mark on them, but also their rum. It is here that the family produces Cruzan Rum, thereby upholding the centuries-old tradition of crafting the finest Virgin Islands’ rum. Using only the purest, natural ingredients and processes, the Cruzan Rum Distillery has vastly improved on rums of the past. At Cruzan, every last drop of rum is brilliantly crafted to exceptional standards, using natural ingredients and a unique distillation process. Each stage of the process is closely monitored and controlled to ensure that every expression boasts remarkable taste and incredible flavor that shines through in every sip. Cruzan Rum consistently achieves the light, distinctive taste which has made it one of the fastest growing, premium rums in the world. Cruzan’s line of rums has grown to include Aged Dark, Aged Light, Aged 151 Proof and Black Strap, as well as 14 flavors, including the newest member of the flavor lineup, the very popular, Blueberry Lemonade. Cruzan also reintroduced its Estate Diamond Rums in Aged Light & Aged Dark. For rum connoisseurs, Cruzan Single Barrel is the world’s first single barrel rum and winner of a Double Gold Medal at the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition. Rounding out the portfolio is Cruzan 9 Spiced Rum, made with a unique blend of nine spices and Cruzan Velvet Cinn, which takes the naturally sweet flavor of rich dairy cream a step further by adding a robust and lingering taste of bakery cinnamon. Cruzan reminds you to take your time with this on-of-a-kind rum and appreciate its smoothness and quality. So be sure to ask your bartender for 1 part Cruzan® Coconut Rum a Cruzan Rum 1 part Cruzan® Mango Rum Splash of pineapple juice Drink, because in the Virgin Islands Combine over ice and serve. when we say Skewer a pineapple wedge, “Rum” we mean a mango cube and a pineapple leaf for garnish. Cruzan Rum!

CONFUSION

Cruzan® Rum and Rum with Natural Flavors, 21%-40% Alc./Vol. ©2017 CRUZAN International, Chicago, IL USA.

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RESTAURANTS CONTINUED Paradise Point ..................................... PP PRIME taste The St Thomas Restaurant Group: Caribbean Fish Market (Cowpet Bay) ...................................14 Pesce (Red Hook)............................. RH Raw Sushi & Sake Bar (Red Hook) .... RH Sunset Grill (Secret Harbour Resort) ..16 Tickles Dockside Pub (Crown Bay Marina) .........................15 XO Bistro (Red Hook Plaza) ............... RH

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ACCOMMODATIONS Bluebeardʼs Castle Hotel .....................12 Bolongo Beach Resort .........................13 The Cove at Frenchmanʼs Reef ...............9 Emerald Beach Resort ...........................1 The Green Iguana Hotel ........................3

Anna Point

Mary Point

Bay on na m l Tr a i

Salt Pond Rd

Mandahl Point Lee

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St. Paul’s Anglican Sandy Church

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Salt River Bay National Historic Park

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Long Point Pond Bay

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Clinic Tourism Bureau

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Turner Point

Sabbat Point

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Sanders Bay

Bordeaux Mtn. 1,277 ft. 389 m

Reef Bay Sugar Mill (ruins) Wh ite Clif fs Reef Bay Genti Bay

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Hurricane Hole

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Myrah Keating Smith Health Center

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Cinnamon Bay Cinnamon Bay Campground

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Francis Bay

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Watermelon Cay

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ACTIVITIES/ATTRACTIONS Coral World Ocean Park ......................2 Paradise Point ....................... Havensight Parasail Virgin Islands (Sapphire Marina) ............... 4, HM, STJ Tree Liminʼ Extreme Zipline Park ............5

RESTAURANTS CONTINUED Paradise Point ..................................... PP PRIME taste The St Thomas Restaurant Group: Caribbean Fish Market (Cowpet Bay) ...................................14 Pesce (Red Hook)............................. RH Raw Sushi & Sake Bar (Red Hook) .... RH Sunset Grill (Secret Harbour Resort) ..16 Tickles Dockside Pub (Crown Bay Marina) .........................15 XO Bistro (Red Hook Plaza) ............... RH

Francis Bay Trail

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MANDAHL

Tutu Bay

Lee Point

ACCOMMODATIONS Bluebeardʼs Castle Hotel .....................12 Bolongo Beach Resort .........................13 The Cove at Frenchmanʼs Reef ...............9 Emerald Beach Resort ...........................1 The Green Iguana Hotel ........................3

Anna Point

Mary Point

Bay on na m l Tr a i

Salt Pond Rd

Mandahl Point Lee

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CONTRIBUTORS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

ANDREA MILAM

GISELE MORALES

Andrea Milam has lived in the Caribbean since 2005. Enamored with the region’s culture and natural beauty, she moved to St. John after graduating from college. There, she got married, built a home and a family, and established her writing career. Experiencing the way her island community came together following a direct and devastating hit by Hurricane Irma only further fueled her love for St. John and the Caribbean as a whole.

Gisele Morales currently calls the beautiful island of St. Croix home. Although she’s also had the opportunity to call Los Angeles, Miami and Palm Beach home, St. Croix has stolen her heart. As the owner of Gisele Morales Photography, she specializes in wedding, lifestyle and branding photography. When she’s not photographing or traveling, you can find her whipping up a new recipe at home with her husband and fur babies.

CAROL BAREUTHER Carol M. Bareuther, R.D., visited St. Thomas by cruise ship in 1986, returned two months later from her native New Jersey to work as the hospital’s nutritionist and never left. One husband, two children and a three-decade tandem-writing career later, Bareuther still loves life in the USVI. She’s authored Virgin Islands Cooking and Sports Fishing in the Virgin Islands and has written for Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Cruising World, Marlin and SAIL. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking and reading.

STEVE AND JANET SIMONSEN ANQUANETTE GASPARD Born and raised in St. Croix, Anquanette Gaspard is a freelance writer and blogger with extensive experience in food, travel, marketing and research. Her website, www.cruzanfoodie.com, focuses on the food culture in the USVI, the Caribbean and beyond. The blog encourages readers to experience different foods and cultures and explore locations outside of their comfort zones, allowing them to fully understand how food and travel connect people from all walks of life. Her work has been featured in publications such as EBONY and Destination Marriott and www.onshegoes.com.

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Steve and Janet Simonsen met on St. Thomas in 1987, got married at Secret Harbor in 1989 and moved to St. John in 1991. Since then, Steve’s photography has taken them around the world but has always been rooted in the islands they call home. He’s contributed to the V.I. Department of Tourism’s branding for two decades, and his work has appeared in Islands, Scuba Diving, Outside,  National Geographic Adventure and  Caribbean Travel and Life. They also have supplied footage to Kenny Chesney for music videos, concert tours and documentaries.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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SNORKELER WITH GREEN SEA TURTLE AT TURTLE BAY, BUCK ISLAND, ST. THOMAS

OLIVIA MANCIVALANO ENJOYING THE BEACH AT DENIS BAY, ST. JOHN

COUPLE AT ESTATE WHIM PLANTATION, ST. CROIX

ST. THOMAS

ST. JOHN

ST. CROIX

STT 1

STJ 1

Welcome to St. John

STX 1

Welcome to St. Croix

Experience this bucket-list destination

Perfect spot for natural beauty

Overflowing with history

STJ 6

Activities & Attractions

STX 4

Activities & Attractions

STT 4

Activities & Attractions

Go beyond sun and sand

Explore the island’s offerings

Top things to see and do

STJ 10

On the Water

STX 10

Beaches

STT 12

On the Water

Discover all the ocean has to offer

Shore thing

Above and below the sea

STJ 15

Beaches

STX 13

Local Spotlight

STT 14

Beaches

Sublime sands

VW Club of St. Croix

5 bucket-list beaches

STJ 16

Local Spotlight

STX 14

Shopping: Best Buys

STT 22

Local Spotlight

Steve Simonsen

A shopper’s paradise

Valerie Peters and Judi Nagelberg

STJ 18

Shopping: Island Finds

STX 20

Dining: Pampered Palate

STT 24

Shopping: Purchasing Power

Memorable shopping experiences

Foodie favorites

One-of-a-kind retail offerings

STJ 27

Giving Back

STT 38

Dining: Caribbean Cravings

Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City

STX 23

Accommodations: Room to Relax

Mouthwatering dishes for everyone

STJ 28

Dining: Fare with Flair

Diverse accommodations

STT 47

Accommodations: Tropical Retreats

Satisfy your appetite

Your home away from home

STJ 32

Accommodations: The Suite Life

Find your ideal retreat

Welcome to St. Thomas

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Calendar of Events

130

Visitor Information

What’s happening throughout the year

Helpful island guide

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Maps

134

Index of Advertisers

Find your way around the islands

Listings of our preferred partners

122

Weddings

136

Members of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association

Say “I do” in Paradise

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Hotel Directory

Accommodations information for all three islands

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Calendar of EVENTS

SAVE THE DATE! MARK YOUR CALENDAR SO YOU CAN ENJOY THESE YEARROUND EVENTS AND FESTIVALS. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO WWW.VISITUSVI.COM. JANUARY • Food, Arts and Crafts Fair, St. Croix • St. Croix Scenic 50 Mile Ultra Marathon • Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix • Martin Luther King Regatta, St. Thomas FEBRUARY • Water Island Classical Music Festival, St. Thomas • Krewe de Croix Mardi Croix Parade, St. Croix • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix • St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair

MARCH • St. Thomas International Regatta, St. Thomas • The Round the Rocks Race, St. Thomas • St. George Botanical Gardens Art in the Garden, St. Croix • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix

APRIL • The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience • Virgin Islands Carnival, St. Thomas • J’Ouvert, St. Thomas • Children’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas • Adult’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas

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MAY • Arts Alive Annual Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, St. Thomas • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

JUNE • St. John Festival, St. John JULY • Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, St. Croix • St. John Festival, St. John • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

AUGUST • Annual Texas Society Chili Cook Off, St. Thomas • Annual USVI Open Atlantic Blue Marlin • Fishing Tournament, St. Thomas

NOVEMBER • USVI Charter Yacht Show, St. Thomas • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix DECEMBER • Annual St. Croix Marathon • Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix • Christmas Boat Parade, St. Croix Events and dates are subject to change.


ST. THOMAS

OLD WORLD

CHARM

ST. THOMAS MIXES HISTORY WITH 21st-CENTURY CREATURE COMFORTS.

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WELCOME TO

ST. THOMAS By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D.

IT’S THE MIX OF OLD WORLD AND NEW THAT MAKES St. Thomas a bucket-list destination. First settled by the Danes in 1671, the territory’s capital of Charlotte Amalie remains the largest historical town in the United States, complete with red-roofed buildings, Danish-language street signs and step streets for navigating the hills. Yet, under the U.S. flag since 1917, the 32 square miles of town and country boast 21stcentury creature comforts like upscale resorts, fine dining, jewel-filled shops and classy charter yachts. Sophistication aside, St. Thomas also boasts a laid-back, toes-in-the-sand tropical paradise vibe. You can see it in the lush, rugged hillsides just waiting to be explored that give the island its Rock City nickname. It’s also evident in one of St. Thomas’ claims to fame as the only U.S. territory bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, a fact that makes watersports a native language here. Visit for a day, a week or longer — and come back often. There’s always something to see, do and discover on St. Thomas. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Land of LEISURE

ST. THOMAS OFFERS SEVERAL WAYS TO ENJOY THE SPORTING LIFE, AS WELL AS ECOTOURISM ADVENTURES. Coral World Ocean Park TAKE ONLY PHOTOS, LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS, AND KEEP paradise in its place. This is a great mindset to experience the natural treasures in the U.S. Virgin Islands, known as America’s Caribbean Paradise. Whether you opt to touch starfish, swim with sea lions and sea turtles or wander the ocean floor without scuba skills, Coral World Ocean Park is the premier spot to kick off an eco-exploration of St. Thomas. The park’s Touch Pool is where you can enjoy the look and feel of critters such as conch and sea cucumbers, and you can book the swims with sea creatures in advance by going to the park’s website. Strapping on a special helmet — attached to an oxygen source — is what allows you to take a stroll some 20 feet under water, right through the coral reef that surrounds the park’s Undersea Observatory. You can also try snuba, which combines elements from snorkeling and scuba diving, or schedule a private tour of the park. Coral World is located adjacent to Coki Beach. Skim through uninhabited mangrove forests on a kayak, then hike through a deserted island and wrap up by snorkeling with schools of fish in a wildlife sanctuary. These are just some of the options available with guided expeditions from Virgin Islands Ecotours, which organizes trips on both St. Thomas and St. John. On St. Thomas, the most popular is the three-hour excursion. This includes a paddle

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among the many small red mangrove islands, which serve as a nursery for juvenile marine life; a stop at Cas Cay with a stroll to the tidal pools and geological blowhole on the south side; plus a swim over the surrounding coral reef to spy the plentiful rainbow-colored fish. Virgin Islands Ecotours is located at the Mangrove Lagoon. While the cool waters will clearly be calling you as soon as you arrive, be sure to go inland to experience the myriad fun spots found throughout the island. Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Tree Limin’ Extreme. Six zip lines, two sky bridges and eight breathtaking aerial platforms that span acres of jungle add up to an amazing experience. Located on the island’s lush north side, views above the tropical canopy stretch from the neighboring offshore cays to the British Virgin Islands beyond. Tree Limin’ Extreme is also home to the Caribbean’s “Yo-Yo” zip, an exhilarating backward and forward zip. Play 18 holes when the Mahogany Run Golf Course reopens after hurricane-related repairs are complete. Developed in a picturesque valley and boasting gorgeous views of the Atlantic, the 6,000-yard, par-70 course was designed by globally renowned architects George and Tom Fazio. One of the best views may be from the 14th hole — part of the famed Devil’s Triangle — which sits on a rocky cliff some 200 feet above the ocean.


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Heritage Highlights THESE 5 ADMISSIONFREE MUST-SEES OFFER A WINDOW INTO THE ST. THOMAS OF CENTURIES PAST. STEP BACK IN TIME TO LIFE IN THE DANISH West Indies. This Nordic country ruled the Virgin Islands for over 300 years until the United States purchased St. Thomas and its siblings of St. John and St. Croix in 1917. Today, the capital city of Charlotte Amalie, named for a 17th-century Danish queen, boasts remnants of Denmark that include street signs in Danish, red- and whitecolored roofs reminiscent of the Dannebrog and historic sites built by the Danes themselves and their contemporaries.

99 STEPS: Steep hills necessitated the construction of step streets of ballast brick to make it easier to navigate the town. One

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of the best known is the 99 Steps. Located on Government Hill, the yellow-hued brick-built steps start about 50 yards west of Government House and link the buildings here to the homes and historic sites such as Blackbeard’s Castle above where there is an excellent view of the harbor. Location: Kongens Gade

EMANCIPATION GARDEN: See the Freedom Statue, a bronze bust of a man blowing a conch shell that’s located on the western side of this tree-lined town square. The figure commemorates the 150th anniversary of then-governor Peter von Scholten’s emancipation proclamation on July 3, 1848. The white-painted wooden bandstand and numerous wooden benches are a great spot for resting up after a shopping jaunt along nearby Main Street. Location: Forte Strade

FREDERICK LUTHERAN CHURCH: Notable for its Neoclassical architecture and Gothic Revival trim, this 18th-century house of worship is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in the Western Hemisphere, dating back to 1666. Walk up the welcoming arms staircase to the entrance where you can see the stained-glass windows and the altar, which was crafted from local mahogany. Services take place each Sunday. Location: Norre Gade

GOVERNMENT HOUSE: This three-story “White House” was built in the 19th century, with a Neoclassical design that included intricate ironwork along its balconies. These days, it’s the working office of the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Among its notable outside details are the red and white wooden Danish-style guardhouse and First Lady’s garden, located across the street. Location: Kongens Gade SYNAGOGUE: Sand floors are just one remarkable feature of this longest continuously used synagogue in the United States. Built in 1833 for a congregation that was founded in the late 18th century, the Greek Revival temple front opens through white pillars to a high-ceiling sanctuary that features a central Baccarat crystal candelabra and mahogany pews. Next door, the Weibel Museum presents a small but impressive array of plaques and artifacts that memorialize the congregation’s remarkable past. Location: Crystal Gade


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Day at the Museum

LOCAL MUSEUMS TAKE YOU ON A TIMELY TOUR OF ST. THOMAS’ COLORFUL PAST. MUSEUMS ARE MAGNIFICENT PORTALS into the past. Step inside, and the astounding artifacts take you to a bygone time and tell a story about famous moments in history. The golden age of piracy is a theme at two St. Thomas museums, albeit in delightfully opposite ways. That is, Fort Christian is the stronghold that has protected Charlotte Amalie’s residents against pirates since its 17th-century founding, while the more recent Pirates Treasure Museum lets visitors in for a thrilling tour of these plunderers’ treasures, traditions and tales.

FORT CHRISTIAN MUSEUM. Take a guided tour or explore on your own. This red painted fort is a focal point in downtown Charlotte Amalie. It opened in the late 1600s and took nearly a decade to build. It’s easy to see why: The walls are three- to six-feet thick, it stands three stories high and its expansive diamond-shaped building and courtyard take up a little more than 1.5

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acres. Through the centuries, the fort has served as a protector, a prison, the colonial governor’s residence and government offices, the first church and even as an early cemetery. Exhibits include a small period chapel, an old-fashioned Danish oven and antique furnishings that include a fourposter mahogany bed. The top floor is a must-see. Here, there are model cannons with an eagle-eye view of the harbor to the west, south and east. Location: Forte Strade. Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission: $10 adults, $7 children ages 5 to 12. Guided tours: 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

exhibits include a working model of an undersea ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) used to explore the ocean floor and a wind chamber that imitates the effects of a Category 1 hurricane. Upstairs, there’s a two-minute virtual reality undersea tour, a replica of a brig and plenty of pirate paraphernalia. Best of all Captain John, a real-life look-alike of Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, is always ready to take pictures and tell tales. Location: Route 30, across from the West Indian Company Cruise Ship Dock. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., when a cruise ship is in port. Admission: $16 adults, $12 children.

PIRATES TREASURE MUSEUM

To see more of the island’s legacy and playful spirit on display, try the St. Thomas Historical Trust’s museum on Raadets Gade in Charlotte Amalie, the French Heritage Museum in Frenchtown and the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum on Route 30 next to the Pirates Treasure Museum.

Dive into the legends and lore of buccaneers and their booty at this interactive museum, which is owned by actual undersea treasure hunters. The first floor features authentic artifacts, including the oldest-known telescope from a pirate ship. Interactive


CORAL WORLD OCEAN PARK Voted top attraction in the V.I. Get up close & personal with Caribbean marinelife. View a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory. Indoor & outdoor exhibits. Add-ons including: Sea Lion Swims, Turtle Encounters, Snuba and Sea Trek. New: Coral World Guided Tour. Adjacent to Coki Beach; 340-775-1555; www.coralworldvi.com PARASAIL VIRGIN ISLANDS Come fly over the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands with Parasail Virgin Islands and experience the thrill of an offshore powerboat ride, parachuting, ballooning and gliding all in one “Action-Packed Adventure” at a fraction of the cost. Ages 6 and up, with a 100 percent safety record. Parasailing is fun for the whole family! Sapphire Beach Marina; 340-227-8303; www.parasailvirginislands.com SOUTHLAND GAMING OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WIN BIG JACKPOTS! Video Lottery is the hottest bet in gaming. Blackjack, keno, poker, or whatever your game, there is Vegasstyle action day and night. Whether in a resort, beachfront, local restaurant or any of the over 35 locations, it’s sure to be exciting! Over 35 locations, including Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming Center), St. Thomas and The Parrot Club, St. John; 340-776-4111 TREE LIMIN’ EXTREME ZIPLINE PARK Soar through the rainforest on a 2½-hour zipline canopy tour. Take in the breathtaking views from eight aerial platforms and six exhilarating ziplines and soak up the sun on our two incredible sky bridges as your ACCT-trained guides lead you through this experience of a lifetime! 7406 Estate St. Peter, across from the Great House; 340-777- ZIPS (9477); www.ZiplineStThomas.com WINNERS CIRCLE The Number One Gaming Spot on St. Thomas. Blackjack, poker, keno, roulette, Texas Hold ’em, and many more. Sit and play in the cool A/C and have a cocktail at their fully serviced bar. Come win at Winners Circle. Port of Sale Mall (next to First Bank);   www.winnerscirclevi.com VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Try Your LUCK In St. Thomas, the fun never stops. If you thought the island was all about sand and surf, you’ll be delighted to discover that there’s an abundance of indoor activities to keep you entertained all day long. Want a break from the sun? Head to Southland Gaming, where you’ll cool off while having the time of your life. Enjoy Vegas-style action that includes slots, roulette, poker and super pick lotto, among other offerings. Order a tasty meal, dance to island tunes and mingle while enjoying live entertainment.

Winners Circle in Charlotte Amalie is a gaming center that’s open all day from 10 a.m. This lively venue offers blackjack, roulette, poker and more. Sip a refreshing cocktail and don’t miss the open-mic karaoke and a live DJ in the evenings. In addition to all-day gaming, you’ll find plenty to do after dark, with many bars, restaurants and resorts hosting live music throughout the week. Listen to the sounds of steel pan, calypso, rock, reggae, country or contemporary music and dance the night away.

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IF YOU’RE FEELING LUCKY, HEAD TO ONE OF THE ISLAND’S POPULAR GAMING SPOTS, AND MAYBE YOU’LL GO HOME WITH BIG WINNINGS.


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Make a SPLASH

NO SURPRISE HERE — ST. THOMAS IS A PARADISE FOR ALL TYPES OF WATERSPORTS. By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D. THERE’S A WHOLE OTHER WORLD TO SEE ON, UNDER and above the sea. That’s because the Atlantic Ocean surrounds St. Thomas to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, and some 17 islands, cays and rocks are found within a mile offshore. In fact, over 80 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands is comprised of water — the rest is land. This makes watersports, everything from boating to scuba diving and parasailing, iconic “must-do” activities in this tropical paradise. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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CAST OFF Options for doing this include renting a power vessel, since companies on the east end of the island are perfectly placed to cast off for a day exploring nearby St. John, with its Virgin Islands National Park, and the British Virgin Islands beyond. Nauti Nymph Powerboat Rentals has 29- to 31-foot speedy center console craft, while St. Thomas Boat Rental’s fleet of yachts includes 26- to 40-foot stable-riding power catamarans, which can carry 6 to 12 people aboard, as well as luxury 46- to 55-foot Sea Ray yachts. Captain yourself or hire a captain for the day. For a more laid-back way to skim the seas, charter a sailboat for a day or a week-long sail. Virgin Islands Yacht Charters collection includes roomy 40- to 50-foot catamarans, with three staterooms and three heads, plus 34- to 54-foot traditional monohulls. Both are perfect to take the helm, feel the wind in your hair and sea spray splash your face, or let a hired captain do the driving.

You can also float your boat with a more personalized approach by taking a kayak or paddleboard tour. Virgin Islands Ecotours offers both at the Mangrove Lagoon, a 680acre marine reserve replete with shallow waterways, mangrove forests and small uninhabited islands to explore.

waters, a sandy sea floor and schools of

HOOK UP

guided ride on the wild side on a B.O.S.S.

Sportfishing charter operators, which include Marlin Prince, Double Header and Offshore Adventures, offer half-, threefourths- and full-day trips. Inshore species likely to bend the rod are kingfish, yellowtail snapper, rainbow runner and tarpon, while offshore gamefish comprise dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo and tuna. The North Drop off St. Thomas is the place to catch and release magnificent blue marlin from June to October. White marlin and sailfish occasionally swim here, too.

(Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter)

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way to see what’s above, on and even under

Coki Point Beach is a fine option if you prefer snorkeling or scuba diving. Calm

the clear turquoise seas surrounding

rainbow-colored reef fish friendly enough to eat out of your hand make this beach one of the best on St. Thomas for these two watersports. The Coki Dive Center rents equipment and offers several PADI certification classes. You can also take a

with Aqua Adventures to see an incredible shallow dive site off nearby Buck Island.

GO OVER Another good way to enjoy the waves on St. Thomas is soaring 400 feet above them while wearing an open parachute and being towed by a powerboat. Parasail Virgin Islands takes single and tandem riders on 8- to 10-minute rides where amazing views stretch to the horizon. Parasailing is a great

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5 Bucket-List Beaches

THESE SUPERB SPOTS DELIVER DIFFERENT WAYS OF ENJOYING THE ISLAND’S SHORELINE. Over 40 sugar-soft, white-sand beaches rim the island of St. Thomas. Some are mere spits, while others are more than a mile long. All are perfect spots for sunning and swimming, resting and relaxing. But these five should be at the top of your to-visit list:

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BREWERS BAY Watch planes land at the airport across the bay while walking on the shell-strewn sands. This localsfavorite beach is often uncrowded and comes complete with restrooms, picnic tables and food trucks selling saltfish pate, fried chicken legs and johnnycakes. Route 30. Entrance fee: None.

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COKI BEACH Rainbow-colored schools of fish swim in

waters steps from the beach, making it feel like you’re snorkeling in an aquarium. There’s a watersports shop here with gear for rent. Wooden shack–style shops sell everything from “fish food” (dry dog food pellets) to T-shirts, souvenirs and the unofficial national dish of fish (whole with head on) and fungi (a cornmeal polenta-like side dish). Route 38. Entrance fee: None.

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HULL BAY Home of the local French communities’ commercial fishing fleet, this is a family-friendly — albeit somewhat rocky — beach where adults, kids and even dogs romp

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freely. Big waves, especially during the winter, create ideal surfing conditions. A laid-back beach bar and restaurant across the street offers food, drink and live entertainment on most weekends. Route 37. Entrance fee: None.

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LINDQUIST BEACH Since this pristine beach is part of a

21-acre park, it has a wonderful Robinson Crusoe–like feel: Even the car lot isn’t visible from the wavy waterline. Aside from a restroom, lifeguard and benches, there are no other signs — or services — of civilization. Watch for sea turtles while swimming and snorkeling. Route 38. Entrance fee: $5 per person; free for children under age 12; $2 vehicle parking.

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MAGENS BAY Named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this 68-acre waterfront park boasts calm waters, a welcoming arc of white sand and plenty of coconut palms for shade. It’s easy to spend the day. There are picnic tables, restrooms with saltwater showers, lifeguards, an open-air bar and restaurant, paddleboat and kayak rentals and even a boutique in case someone forgot their bathing suit. Route 35. Entrance fee: $5 per person; free for children under age 12; $2 vehicle parking.


Time TRAVELING

LOCATED OFF THE COAST FROM ST. THOMAS, HASSEL ISLAND OFFERS A FASCINATING DAY TRIP INTO THE ISLAND’S HISTORY.

Mother Nature’s volcanic handiwork created the U.S. Virgin Islands eons ago, but Hassel Island is a human invention. Up until the 1860s it was a peninsula of St. Thomas, but the Danish government — which was in charge of the island at the time — wanted to improve circulation in the Charlotte Amalie harbor. So, it dredged a channel at St. Thomas’ western end, thus creating 136acre Hassel Island. Even though it’s a relatively young island, Hassel was far from being virgin territory. Archaeological research by the Virgin Islands National Park Service, which purchased 95 percent of the island in 1978, shows that the ancient Arawak people once called Hassel home. Today, it’s still possible to see and visit remnants of the Napoleonic War era British-built fortifications Fort Willoughby and Garrison House on the island’s east side. To the west is the Creque Marine Railway, one of the oldest steam-operated marine railways, which was built as a base of operations by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company.

HOW TO ENJOY HASSEL WITH NO HASSLE The best way to experience Hassel Island is via a guided historic kayaking tour with Virgin Islands Ecotours (Tel: 877-959-2687 or 340-779-2155). This three-hour adventure begins at the Frenchtown Marina. A short paddle takes you to Garrison House for an informative talk, followed by a brief hike to Fort Willoughby. Kayaking continues back to the Creque Marine Railway. Masks and fins are provided at Garden Bay to explore the reef off the beach. Virgin Islands Ecotours donates a portion of the proceeds from each tour guest to the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. This donation gives guests a full one-year membership to both organizations. VIRGIN ISLANDS ECOTOURS: HISTORIC HASSEL ISLAND Kayak, Hike and Snorkel Adventures. Meet your professional guide in Frenchtown, at the dock across from Villa Olga, and kayak to Fort Shipley. Hike to the British Fortress guarding the entrance to Charlotte Amalie Harbor and then snorkel at a secluded beach. Book online and SAVE 10% using Promo Code: VISIT. 340-779-2155; www.viecotours.com VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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B.O.S.S. UNDERWATER ADVENTURE Experience the ultimate thrill of a lifetime with your own underwater motor scooter! The B.O.S.S. allows you to view the marvels of the sea with no diving experience necessary‌ and you are the driver! Explore the brilliant undersea world and enjoy a guided tour of the stunning colorful fish and tropical reefs. Call for reservations. 340-777-3549; www.bossusvi.com COKI DIVE CENTER The Coki Dive Center is a PADI 5 Star Resort facility since 1989. Located at Coral World, they offer the best in beach and boat dives, Discover Scuba dives, certified reef tours, night dives, dive gear rentals, snorkel rentals and PADI 3 Day Open Water Certification courses, all at the best prices. Coral World, East End; 340-7754220; info@CokiDive.com CRUZ BAY WATERSPORTS CO. Celebrating 34 years, Cruz Bay Watersports is the premier company for a fun-filled day on the water. With a diverse fleet of catamarans and motor vessels, they offer trips to the British Virgin Islands, sunset sails, daily scuba diving and PADI instruction, snorkeling, dinghy rentals and two retail locations with unique souvenirs and rental gear. Cruz Bay and Westin Resort, St. John; 340-776-6234/7766040; www.CruzBayWatersports.com

All trips are custom designed to fit your schedule. 6 person maximum. Tackle, bait, ice & beverages provided.

We specialize in live bait!

Blue & White Marlin Shark, Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo Award Winning Professionals!

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Trips depart from The Westin Resort - St. Thomas & St. John

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DOUBLE HEADER SPORTFISHING A fleet of three boats will take you inshore or offshore for a half, three-quarter-, or full-day fishing adventure. They specialize in live bait fishing to improve the number of catches. They catch all the local species inshore or offshore and will target monster shark trips. St. Thomas/St. John; 340-7777317; www.doubleheadersportfishing.net

MARLIN PRINCE

MAGIC MOMENTS Discover the heights of luxury at sea level with Magic Moments. This company is available on St. Thomas and St. John, has been voted BEST Day Excursion Company by readers of the Daily News and has consistently received the highest ratings on TripAdvisor. Explore the most beautiful destinations of the British and U.S. Virgin Islands on these lavish and elegantly appointed yachts. Request the new “remarkably reduced re-intro pricing” when you call for a very special rate… For reservations: 800-734-7345; www.yachtmagicmoments.com

A/C interior and cushioned bridge area.

SPORTFISHING CHARTERS Marlin Prince, a 45' Viking, is equipped with tournament-grade tackle to assure you the best fishing experience. Captain Eddie Morrison has fished the local waters for 29 years; he will find you the fish. The first mate will assist the beginner or challenge the most seasoned anglers. Cold beverages, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook; 340-

NAUTI NYMPH Look for experience when it comes to choosing the right powerboat company and explore the beauty of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands away from the crowd. Since 1984 Nauti Nymph is serving the community with their sleek Fountain center console boats. Nauti Nymph has been consistently voted BEST Powerboat Rental Company in the Virgin Islands by readers of the Daily News. For reservations: 800-7347345; www.nautinymph.com

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693-5929; www.marlinprince.com MIXED BAG SPORTFISHING A day with Mixed Bag or Mixed Bag II is the sportfishing experience of a lifetime. Specializing in live bait, Captain Robert Richards and his crew offer year-round offshore and inshore sportfishing. Whether you are a novice or seasoned angler, your expectations will be exceeded. Pickups in St. John/St. Thomas; 340-513-0389; www.sportfishingstjohn.com

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Sportfishing Charters Half, 3/4 & Full Day Families Welcome! Maximum 6 people

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PARASAIL VIRGIN ISLANDS Come fly over the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands with Parasail Virgin Islands and experience the thrill of an offshore powerboat ride, parachuting, ballooning and gliding all in one “Action-Packed Adventure” at a fraction of the cost. Ages 6 and up, with a 100 percent safety record. Parasailing is fun for the whole family! Sapphire Beach Marina; 340-227-8303; www.parasailvirginislands.com

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POWERBOAT RENTALS

ST. THOMAS BOAT RENTAL St. Thomas Boat Rental has the most professional kept boats along with the best prices. Building boats that are super fuel efficient, they are able to pass the savings on to you and offer their all-inclusive pricing. With lower prices and gas included, you can truly enjoy your day on the water. Sapphire Beach Marina, The Ritz-Carlton and St. John; 340-227-5144; www.stboat.com SEE & SKI POWERBOAT RENTALS Island hop, snorkel, fish, beach bar it — your itinerary is individualized to make it your day! The fleet features 26' and 31' Prowler Cats, which are known for their smooth, dry ride, and are equipped with full bimini tops, fuel-efficient reliable engines, USCG safety equipment, coolers and freshwater showers. A Dock, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook; 340-775-6265/866-775-6268; www.seeski.com

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SONIC CHARTERS Sonic Charters is a top-ranked, family-owned company offering private, custom charters so you can see what the surrounding islands have to offer. Sonic Charters prides itself on its customer service, amazing captains and clean, top-of-the-line boats. Snorkeling with turtles, visiting private beaches, beach bar-hopping — it’s your day, your way. Rentals throughout the USVI and BVI; 866-626-2824; www.SonicCharters.com V.I.B.E. CHARTERS The premier provider and best value of powerboat and sailing charters to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands! Whether you are snorkeling, island-hopping or checking out the local beach bar and restaurant scene, their knowledgeable captains and immaculate equipment combine to make your day the highlight of your visit. Compass Point Marina; 340-626-2875; www.vibecharters.com VIRGIN ISLANDS ECOTOURS Professional guides lead five tours daily in St. Thomas’ Mangrove Lagoon: Cas Cay Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventure - 5 hours with lunch, 3 hours, 2.5 hours, and Sunset and Night Kayak tours. Or, rent a kayak and explore the beautiful protected lagoon on your own. Book online and SAVE 10% using Promo Code: VISIT. Mangrove Lagoon, St. Thomas; 340-779-2155; www.viecotours.com

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT ST. THOMAS

Valerie Peters

SHE’S WORKING TO PRESERVE THE ISLAND’S PRISTINE SURROUNDINGS. By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D.

Valerie’s love for the sea probably started with her adventure-loving father, who actually sailed to St. Thomas from France and enjoyed sailing, fishing and diving. Of course, it also didn’t hurt that she’s lived on St. Thomas all of her life. As a lifelong resident, she developed a unique, firsthand understanding of how special St. Thomas’ environment is — and how important it is to preserve it. “What I like are puzzles, crazy ideas or the things that hurt other people’s heads as they say, and finding solutions,” says Valerie — who brings degrees in International Business and Tourism and Travel Services Management, as well as several years’ experience working as convention manager at island resorts — to tackling real-world brainteasers. A good example is when Valerie impressively orchestrated seven events, including five fireworks displays, on three islands, all on one night: New Year’s Eve 1999.

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What I like are puzzles, crazy ideas ... and finding solutions. The new millennium presented Valerie with the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dream, that is, to serve as marketing director at the Coral World Ocean Park, an eco-park located on the east side of the island. This ended up as the first step on a path that would take her deep into the environmental arena. In 2001, Valerie coordinated an exhibition for the United States’ Coral Reef Task Force at an island hotel. There, she met professionals affiliated with the Blue Flag program, one of the world’s most recognized voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches and marinas. Valerie would then go on to launch Blue Flag USVI in 2010. Soon after, she went even further with her

environmental endeavors by volunteering with the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS). Most recently, and despite two Category 5 hurricanes in 2017 which left her homeless, Valerie has successfully launched two major environmental programs in the Virgin Islands. One is Eco Schools, a national program that puts an understanding of the outside world inside the classroom via educational curricula. The second is the VI Clean Coasts Campaign, an initiative aimed to help local businesses reduce the use of single-use plastics. “Launching these programs have been some of my proudest accomplishments. It’s given me an opportunity to get off my soapbox and move beyond being a token tree hugger. After all, I firmly believe that education is the way to sustain our islands,” says Valerie. For more information, go to www.virginislandsconservationsociety.org.


Judi Nagelberg

THIS DESTINATION MANAGEMENT EXTRAORDINAIRE ARRIVED IN ST. THOMAS AS A VISITOR AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT HER HOME. By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D.

Her story sounds similar to a Hollywood movie screenplay. A young girl escapes the confines of a strict upbringing in a small New Jersey town for life in the big city of New York. Then she flies off to vacation on a tropical island paradise, settles down and lives happily ever after. This is the true story of how Judi Nagelberg, owner of Island Meetings & Incentives, made St. Thomas her home. Over the past half-century, Judi has welcomed scores of visitors, ranging from everyday folks to famous politicians, poets and public officials. What’s more, hers is a story of a self-described people person and risk taker who believes in the power of being happy even in the face of catastrophe — and continues to successfully survive and thrive both personally and professionally.

lived an incredible life, and I’m happy to say I’m still home,” she says. The path towards an extraordinary island life started serendipitously when her landlord — a local businessman — told Judi about a position with the Department of Tourism. The year was 1967. She took the job and almost immediately was given a $1 million budget — plus the assistance of a coworker and board — to host the annual Governor’s Conference that would coincide with the

— on St. Thomas’ Magens Bay. It was onthe-job-experience that no book could offer and that no class could teach, and it opened the door for Judi to start her own company in 1988. Since then, she’s met and worked with thousands of VIPs, including Maya Angelou and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Like a good Hollywood movie, Judi’s story has a key crescendo point. For Judi and her fellow Virgin Islanders, this happened in 2017, when two hurricanes disrupted daily life and pulled the rug out from under the tourism industry. Never one to look at the glass as being half-empty, Judi has since been resourceful, imaginative and reinventive. This has meant working with smaller groups of visitors, managing informal events and using her organizational skills to support nonprofits in helping the community. However, one thing that has remained constant for Judi: her regular weekly swim at Magens Bay.

I fell in love with the island, with its people and immediately felt like I was home.

“I fell in love with the island, with its people and immediately felt like I was home,” says Judi of her second trip to St. Thomas, which took place after day-tripping to the island two years earlier while visiting nearby Puerto Rico. “I sent a telegram to my boss: ‘Not returning, letter to follow.’ Then I asked a friend who had keys to my apartment to pack up my things and send them to me. I’ve

50-year anniversary of the U.S. purchase of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. Since there were not enough accommodations on island at that time, Judi chartered the SS Independence to offer extra lodging for guests. She also coordinated conference events on the sibling islands of St. Croix and St. John and hosted a picnic for over 1,000 people — including governors Ronald Reagan, Spiro Agnew and Nelson Rockefeller

“It’s all about being creative, maintaining what you have and being open to change, to be ready when we soon get back to normalcy,” she says. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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STEEP SAVINGS AND ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS MAKE ST. THOMAS IDEAL FOR ALL TYPES OF SHOPPERS. By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D. THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE AMALIE MIGHT NOT BE PAVED WITH GOLD. However, Main Street, the shopping capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is lined with snazzy shops and name-brand boutiques selling gold as well as silver, platinum and precious gems like diamonds, sapphires and rubies all crafted into spectacular pieces of jewelry. That’s not all. Main Street, along with several other locales on the island, collectively add up to St. Thomas as a shopper’s paradise. There’s everything from incredible “something specials” to one-of-a-kind handicrafts, simple yet significant souvenirs for family and friends and must-haves like

beachwear. What’s more, the duty-free allowance in the U.S. Virgin Islands is twice that of other Caribbean islands. Plan to spend a full morning or afternoon cruising the shops on Main Street for some Caribbean-style retail therapy. The buildings here were once warehouses for

the goods that were off- and onloaded by European ships sailing into port. Today, items such as jewelry, cameras, perfume, china, crystal, electronics and tobacco sell for 30 to 60 percent less than prices on the U.S. mainland, while several cafés and restaurants (continued on pg. STT30)

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Timepieces Island retailers offer a wide variety of watches with unrivaled quality for keeping time in style.

BREITLING CHRONOMAT CHRONOGRAPH STEEL, BLACKEYE BLUE. Breitling Boutique Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com

BALLON BLANC DE CARTIER WATCH, 30 MM The Cartier Boutique www.cartier.com

SANTOS DE CARTIER Royal Caribbean www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE CHRONOGRAPH Diamonds International www.diamondsinternational.com

ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST: 36 MM, EVEROSE ROLESOR Rolex Boutique at A.H. Riise www.ahriise.com/rolex

OMEGA SEAMASTER 300M Omega Boutique Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com

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TAG HEUER NEW LINK LADY: BRUSHED AND POLISHED STEEL VERSION WITH GREY-BLUE MOTHER-OF-PEARL DIAL Tag Heuer Boutique Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com

SHINOLA CANFIELD SPORT Bliss Jewelers blissjewelers@gmail.com


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SPIRIT JERSEY Local Color www.LocalColorVI.com

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO EYEWEAR Royal Caribbean www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

TIFFANY KEYS COLLECTION STERLING SILVER NECKLACE. Tiffany & Co. Boutique www.littleswitzerland.com

DUNE BY UNO DE 50 Omni Jewelers omni@islands.vi

CROWN OF LIGHT BRILLIANT ROSE GOLD DIAMOND RING Diamonds International www.diamondsinternational.com

FANCY YELLOW CANARY CUSION CUT DIAMOND RING Royal Caribbean www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

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JOHN HARDY STERLING SILVER BAMBOO BRACELET Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com


HEARTS ON FIRE FULFILLMENT PENDANT NECKLACE Royal Caribbean www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

SAFI KILIMA TANZANITE RING Diamonds International www.diamondsinternational.com

BELLE ÉTOILE Bobby’s Jewelers www.bobbysjewelers@gmail.com

MARCO BICEGO PRINCESS COLLECTION Little Switzerland www.littleswitzerland.com

RAY STACK RINGS IN 18KT GOLD, 14KT ROSE GOLD AND PALLADIUM WITH DIAMONDS AND PINK SAPPHIRES Okidanokh www.okidanokh.com

PANDORA Pandora Boutique Facebook: @PandoraStThomas

PRECIOUS STONE BOLO BRACELETS House of Rajah www.houseofrajah.com

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make for perfect mid-shop refueling stops. Plus, Emancipation Gardens, at the head of Main Street, and Roosevelt Park one block east, are two places with shade-covered benches that are ideal for a scenic break. Several other hot spots to shop span the island. The Crown Bay Center, located a mile and a half west of Charlotte Amalie, boasts over a dozen stores and kiosks that open whenever a cruise ship is in port. The Havensight Mall, a five-building complex filled with shops, restaurants, a pharmacy, bank and post office, sits at the West Indian Company cruise ship dock, a little over a mile east of town. Right next door is the Port of Sale Mall and the Shops at Yacht Haven Grande. Red Hook, at the island’s far eastern end, offers clothing, jewelry and souvenir stores along with a supermarket, pharmacy and bank. A great place for necessities is the Tutu Park Shopping Mall, where a major supermarket and department store bookend several smaller shops that make up the island’s only enclosed mall. U.S. residents, including children, can take home up to $1,600 each from a shopping spree in the U.S. Virgin Islands without having to pay taxes or duties. It’s also possible to send gifts (except for alcohol and tobacco) to family and friends back home, as long as their value is no higher than $100 each day. Great prices on liquor are matched by an equally good deal that lets you bring back six liters rather than five if one of the products is made in the Virgin Islands, such as Cruzan rum.

St Thomas US Virgin Islands: A.H. Riise Mall Main Street • Havensight Mall • Crown Bay (340) 776-5570 • 1-800-444-4025 www.DiamondsInternational.com

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There are many items handcrafted in the U.S. Virgin Islands that you’ll never find made exactly the same way anywhere else in the world. These range from food and drink to fragrances and fanciful souvenirs.

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and soaps sold at the St. Johns Fragrance Company, which has

50 styles of milk, dark and white chocolates that are handmade and sold in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Hyper-hot sauces are a signature item found chef-made at restaurants and bottled so you can enjoy them at home. What they have in common is the fiery scotch bonnet pepper, a type of chili that grows locally. You’ll also find mixes of many dried herbs and spices, pounded together, packaged and sold as “Creole Seasoning.” This turns poultry and fish into a dish with the true flavor of St. Thomas. The territory’s historic sugar industry is no more, but rum is in full production. On St. Thomas, look for Botany Bay Estate Reserve Rum. On St. Croix, check out the Cruzan Rum Distillery, where you can tour the plant Mondays through Fridays and finish at the tasting bar, where nearly two dozen spirited products are available for sampling and sale.

its factory on St. Thomas. Island stores also sell locally made

honey. Bay rum is the signature ingredient in aftershaves, colognes

soaps scented with lemongrass, pomegranate, mango, ginger and vanilla. Night Jasmine and Lime in de Coconut are two favorite scents crafted into candles by a local chandler in Tillett Gardens who has culinary school training.

ARTISANAL ACQUISITIONS: Handmade bracelets, earrings and pendants are sold every day at stores all over the island and by vendors in Vendors Plaza, as well as at craft fairs held throughout the year. Island fabric-made dolls, T-shirts with cool slogans and made-to-order sandals are some of the extra-special “made in St. Thomas” buys.

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THERE ARE SO MANY WORLD-CLASS SHOPPING OPPORTUNITIES TO DISCOVER ON ST. THOMAS. THE ONLY QUESTION YOU WILL BE ASKING YOURSELF IS, “WHERE DO I START?”

COURTESY OF A.H. RIISE MALL

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ROLEX BOUTIQUE AT A.H. RIISE MALL

BLISS JEWELERS Bliss Jewelers is family owned and has served St. Thomas for over 40 years. They carry fine jewelry in emeralds, rubies, sapphires, diamonds, a large selection of 14k and 18k gold jewelry, as well as Alex & Ani. They also specialize in fine Swiss watches. Bliss also represents the only watch made in the USA, Shinola! Havensight Mall, Bldg. 1; 340715-BLIS (2547); blissjewelers@gmail.com

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BOBBY’S JEWELERS Your family jeweler in the Caribbean for over three decades, Bobby’s carries a wide variety of diamonds in all colors, sizes and innumerable mountings. All the latest trends are aplenty, as are rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanite, Morganite, pink mother-of-pearl and Australian opal. Their After Sales Service guarantees your peace of mind. 12 Main Street, St. Thomas; 800-232-6229; bobbysjewelers@gmail.com

its extraordinary history, travels and encounters with exceptional

BOOLCHAND’S Established in 1930 with family-run locations on Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, Boolchand’s has been voted one of the best duty-free stores in the Caribbean (Caribbean Travel & Life). In addition to a full range of quality branded compact and DSLR cameras, lenses and accessories, binoculars and electronics, Boolchand’s also features fine timepieces. Havensight Mall, Bldg. 2; 340-7760794/0302; www.boolchand.com

Cartier is one of the world’s most exclusive and exciting watchmakers. Founded in 1847 in Paris, the company makes jewelry and watches, and has developed a reputation as one of the top luxury manufacturers in the world. Cartier means quality, making pieces that stay in style well beyond the current trend and last for years. Cartier looks beyond the fleeting fashions of the day, forging a style out of personalities. Find Cartier products at Royal Caribbean on St. Thomas; www.cartier.com DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL Celebrated jeweler Diamonds International brings the most coveted timepieces and luxury goods to the Caribbean. Need a bit more temptation? Each Gift Collection purchase receives a free diamond pendant to sweeten the value. The Crown of Light, an exclusive premium diamond available only at Diamonds International, is not to be missed. Ask for a personal preview of the stunning bridal jewelry, diamond studs and complete jewelry collection. A.H. Riise Mall, Main Street, Havensight Mall and Crown Bay; 340-776-5570/800-444-4025/284-541-8507/800-51-JEWEL; www.diamondsinternational.com VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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HOUSE OF RAJAH Celebrating 45 years, House of Rajah has served thousands with unbelievable savings of 60 percent off certified diamonds — including rare diamonds in a variety of colors. Select a custom design ring mount and watch them set your gem the same day. They buy, sell and trade pre-owned Rolex watches with full warranty (not affiliated with Rolex SA). 5332 Raadets Gade, #19; 340-776-7770; www.houseofrajah.com ISLAND CASUAL Going to the beach to relax or even attend a wedding? No problem; you’re covered at Island Casual. Featuring major brands of clothing, swimwear and accessories for men and women like, Fresh Produce, Tommy Bahama, Margaritaville, KikiSol, Mojo, Palm Beach Sandals, Sakroots and a lot more! Located in the A.H .Riise Mall (formerly Fresh Produce), in historic downtown Charlotte Amalie; 340-774-0807 and in Red Hook at the East End Galleria, 340-775-9964; Facebook: @IslandCasual

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LITTLE SWITZERLAND For over 60 years, Little Switzerland has been the Caribbean’s leading authorized retailer for luxury watches, designer jewelry and fine diamonds — all at duty-free and tax-free prices. Ask about their preferred zero interest financing, available on the spot, as well as extended watch warranties and their Best Price Guarantee. Main Street, Havensight Mall, Crown Bay, Emancipation Park, Waterfront, Mongoose Junction; 877-800-9998; www.littleswitzerland.com LOCAL COLOR If you are looking for the highest-quality T-shirts, sweatshirts and resort wear for both ladies and men, look no further than Local Color. Find fun and fashionable tropical clothing, accessories, comfy Crocs shoes and the ever-so-hip Kipling bags and luggage. Ask for your FREE tote bag with your purchase of $35 or more. Downtown; 340-774-2280; Havensight; 340-774-3182; www.LocalColorVI.com

OKIDANOKH Years of authentic individuality have made Okidanokh among the most prestigious luxury jewelry designers. Abel Fabri and his team of master goldsmiths display his work in beautiful Palm Passage, attracting an evergrowing number of loyal customers and lovers of fine jewelry. Individuality cannot be tamed. Palm Passage, Charlotte Amalie; 340-775-3060; www.okidanokh.com OMNI JEWELERS Omni Jewelers is your source for precious, semiprecious and gold jewelry. Quality and value is guaranteed, and warranties can be handled through international service centers in the USA. Omni is a trustworthy supplier of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, tanzanite, rubies and a vast selection of designer jewelry. The knowledgeable staff will guide you to your perfect piece. Downtown St. Thomas, Havensight and Crown Bay; 340-715-2692; omni@islands.vi


COURTESY OF DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS

In 1969 Royal Caribbean opened its doors for business to welcome its new customers. With their continued commitment to quality, elegance, beauty and innovation, the company has grown to be an industry leader in the Virgin Islands and now in 2019, Royal Caribbean is celebrating their 50th anniversary. Half a century after opening its doors, Royal Caribbean continues to serve its patrons with the highest level of customer service and has established a satisfied and loyal customer base.

HUBLOT BOUTIQUE ON MAIN STREET

THE PEARL LADY This unique, elegant store offers a full selection of Japanese Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater cultured pearls in both classic and contemporary styles. A full range of gorgeous pearl jewelry awaits you, including rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants and clasps. Also offered, for your existing necklaces, is a restringing and redesign service. Next to Fort Christian, Downtown Charlotte Amalie; 340-7745875; The.Pearl.Lady.1@gmail.com ROLEX BOUTIQUE AT A.H. RIISE A.H. Riise is the US and British Virgin Islands’ authorized Rolex dealer, offering one of the Caribbean’s largest selections of Rolex watches, as well as an After Sales Service Center. Rolex watches can be found in a beautifully appointed boutique located in downtown Charlotte Amalie, at the A.H. Riise Mall. The Service Center is located inside the A.H. Riise Mall. Rolex trade-ins accepted. 37 Main Street, St. Thomas; 340-777-6789; www.ahriise.com/rolex VANGIE’S SECRET Capture the essence of the islands. Vangie’s passion for making beauty products that reflect the beauty and serenity of the Caribbean inspired her to create Vangie’s Secret. Her locally made products use local honey and other natural ingredients native to the Virgin Islands. Shop their products on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vangiessecretvi. 800-2969551; www.vangiessecret.com

Royal Caribbean is the authorized dealer for many world-renowned luxury watch brands and fine jewelry. Royal Caribbean offers an extensive collection of fine handcrafted timepieces from world-famous manufacturers such as Cartier, IWC, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, Glashütte Original, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Montblanc, Rado, Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Bulova, Giuliano Mazzuoli, Bomberg, Philip Stein, SevenFriday, TW Steel, and Michele. For fashionconscious and trend-savvy shoppers, Royal Caribbean carries Anne Klein, Bering, Fruitz by Philip Stein, Fossil, Guess, Ice, Invicta, Luminox, Seiko, Casio G-Shock & Baby-G, Nautica, Skagen, Michael Kors and the highly soughtafter Shinola watch line. At Royal Caribbean, you will be captivated by the most exquisite collection of Hearts on Fire, the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. Perfect for that special someone are the world-renowned Mikimoto cultured pearls. Come in and see their superb collection of fancy yellow, pink, blue, brown and white diamonds. Royal Caribbean has the finest platinum, 14k and 18k gold gem set jewelry, a large selection of emerald, ruby, sapphire and tanzanite jewelry and a vast selection of semiprecious pieces. Pamper yourself with designer jewelry brands like Breuning and Rebecca. Also available is a wide assortment of everything Montblanc, including the newest collections of timepieces, leather and many gift items. Royal Caribbean also has the two largest camera and electronic stores in the Virgin Islands. Come in and get the latest in digital SLR cameras, point-andshoot cameras, portable audio and binoculars. Royal Caribbean also carries the original Victorinox Swiss Army knives. An authorized dealer for top brands such as Canon, GoPro, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh and Sony, Royal Caribbean also carries JBL, Skullcandy and Harmon Kardon WiFi- and Bluetooth-compatible speakers and headphones. Royal Caribbean now carries sunglasses! Get the latest styles from Gucci, Costa Del Mar, Bottega Veneta, Carrera, Cartier, Chopard, Chloé, Dita, Etnia Barcelona, Etro, Fossil, Jimmy Choo, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Nike, Puma, Bolle, Revo, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Serengeti, Tom Ford and Vuarnet. Come and choose from over 1,500 pairs of sunglasses. Main Street and Crown Bay Center, St. Thomas; 340-776-4110; www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

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THE ISLAND’S DIVERSE CUISINE LETS YOU ENJOY BOTH INTERNATIONAL INDULGENCES AND DOWN-HOME DELIGHTS. By Carol M. Bareuther, R.D. DON’T LET ST. THOMAS’ COMPACT 32-SQUARE-MILE SIZE FOOL YOU. The island is packed with enough gastronomic variety to take your taste buds on a tour of world cuisine while also delivering a deep dive into authentic Caribbean craveables. GO WIDE: Masterful chefs representing a wide range of world cuisines have opened extraordinary eateries around the island. Delectable dishes from Asian, French, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Puerto Rican, Spanish and many other cuisines are ready to reward adventurous palates that crave exotic flavors.

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Of course, if you’re more in the mood for a simpler taste of home, you can also enjoy cheeseburgers, pizza, steak, pasta and sushi. GO DEEP: St. Thomas is the perfect place to dive into the melting pot of flavors that characterize the native cuisine of the U.S. Virgin Islands, which is anchored by the fruits and vegetables native to the Caribbean, such

as the boniato. This mildly flavored tuber is a relative of the sweet potato and is often boiled, sliced and served next to whole fried or boiled fish. Also try the bite-sized meatballs, a ubiquitous buffet and potluck food on St. Thomas that were derived from the Danish frikadeller. (continued on pg. STT46)


Elysian Beach Resort, East End, St. Thomas 340.714.STRG (7874) | www.CaribbeanFishMarketvi.com

Open Air Reservations Recommended Open Daily for Dinner 5pm to 10pm Happy Hour 5pm to 7pm Brunch Served Sundays from 10am to 2pm with Live Music!

RELAXED FINE DINING ON ST. THOMAS Within walking distance of the Ritz Carlton, the allure of beachside dining and the cool breezes of Cowpet Bay bring locals and visitors alike to enjoy the freshest of seafood served on island. The sounds of the waves on the beach mixed with superior service set the stage for our chefs to dazzle you with their creations!

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Air Conditioned Reservations Recommended Open Daily for Dinner 5pm to 10pm Happy Hour at Pesce Bar 5pm to 7pm $20 Pasta Night Every Monday!

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Air Conditioned Reservations Recommended Open Daily for Dinner 5pm to 10pm Happy “Maki” Hour Daily 5-6pm

SIGNATURE ROLLS MADE WITH LOCAL FISH & FLAVORS OF THE TROPICS A menu of both traditional sushi and unique specialty rolls made with only the freshest fish, fruits and vegetables from throughout the Caribbean. Each roll is crafted to order for the perfect balance of flavor and visual appeal.

Enjoy the extravagant list of premium sake, sushi friendly beers and wines, and specialty cocktails. The vibe is fun, hip and playful. The scene is sleek, modern and sophisticated.

HOMEMADE PASTA, SEAFOOD & LOCAL INGREDIENTS Classic Italian dishes comprised of only the highest quality ingredients, including local line-caught fish. Creative blends of herbs and spices, with a fusion of fresh ingredients and local seafood add a contemporary twist to the elements of phenomenal Italian cuisine that has proudly served the East End of St Thomas for over a decade.

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BEACHFRONT SUNSET DINING Open Air Reservations Recommended Open Daily for Dinner 5pm to 10pm Private Air-Conditioned Dining Room Available

Fine Dining with a romantic beachfront ambiance. Plates designed with local fish and the best cuts of meat ensure that Sunset Grille can satisfy even the most sophisticated of palates. Interested in a more private setting? Choose to dine in the Wine Room, which can accommodate up to 15 guests.

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❯ EAST END CARIBBEAN FISH MARKET Elysian Beach Resort, East End 340-714-STRG (7874) www.CaribbeanFishMarketvi.com Caribbean Fish Market boasts an extraordinary culinary experience with an array of seafood from local fishermen and fresh herbs grown locally. Complete with a premium crafted cocktail menu and breathtaking view of Cowpet Bay, CFM is a win-win! Be sure to join for Sunday morning brunch, with live music and bottomless mimosas! MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $20 to $40 Entree: Crabcake Stuffed Caribbean Lobster: Whole Caribbean lobster filled with crab cake stuffing, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled jumbo asparagus Wine: Cakebread Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc

CARIBBEAN STEAKHOUSE & SALOON Top Floor, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-775-7060 www.caribbeansaloon.com Fun, casual atmosphere with Caribbean flair! The Caribbean Saloon overlooks American Yacht Harbor marina and St. John for beautiful views. Enjoy signature steaks, pastas, seafood and more, with an extensive late-night menu. Lunch and dinner seven days a week. DJ, live music and large-screen TVs in air-conditioned comfort. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $10 to $30 Entree: Saloon Signature Filet and Seafood Pairing — Our handcut tenderloin, wrapped in thick cut hickory-smoked bacon, grilled to perfection and topped with melted Gorgonzola cheese. Accompanied by our Caribbean Crab Cake with lemon dill sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. Wine: Six Eight Nine Red, Napa Valley

DUFFY’S LOVE SHACK 6500 Red Hook Plaza, Red Hook 340-779-2080 www.duffysloveshack.com We’re not a restaurant — we’re a bar that serves great food, including wings, nachos and fish tacos. Great grub, generous portions and award-winning, handcrafted cocktails. Happy Hour daily. Kid friendly till the street lights come on. Over 18 after 10 p.m. Making the world a better place to party. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $8 to $14 Entree: Jerk chicken soft tacos with sides of fried plantains and black-bean salsa Cocktail: Lime in Dee Coconut served in a fresh-hulled coconut

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MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $20 to $40 Entree: Frutti di Mare: PEI mussels, shrimp & calamari, served atop fresh house made linguini with a garlic white wine tomato broth Wine: Decoy, Duckhorn Vineyards

RAW American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-714-STRG (7874) www.RAWvi.com RAW Sushi & Sake Bar boasts creative signature rolls incorporating the flavors of the tropics, served alongside traditional Japanese sushi using fresh, local fish. Enjoy the extravagant list of premium sake, sushi-friendly beer and wine, and specialty cocktails. The vibe is fun, hip and playful... The scene is sleek, modern and sophisticated!

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PESCE American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-714-STRG (7874) www.Pescevi.com Offering the best house-made pasta, Pesce’s menu is a creative blend of herbs and spices, fresh ingredients and local seafood which add a contemporary twist to the elements of phenomenal Italian cuisine. Their Wine Spectator’s Award Winning List is sure to offer many options to pair the perfect wine with any of the Italian delicacies!

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MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $10 to $20 Entree: RAWkin’ Roll: Panko tempura shrimp, seared ahi tuna, avocado, cucumber, sesame seeds, RAWkin’ sauce Sake: Momokawa Pearl Junmai Ginjo Nigori

MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $10 to $40 Entree: Caribbean Lobster Tail & 12oz NY Strip: Fresh Caribbean lobster and USDA prime steak served with Caribbean rice and pea pilaf, tropical ratatouille, fried quail egg, pea tendrils, citrus beurre blanc & demi glace Wine: Orin Swift, “The Prisoner”

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SUNSET GRILLE Secret Harbour Beach Resort, East End 340-714-STRG (7874) www.SunsetGrillevi.com Sunset Grille will captivate you with the pristine waters of Secret Harbour Beach, gorgeous sunsets and the sound of gentle waves. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus appeal to all with creative Caribbean ingenuity. Delight in one of the many mouthwatering steak or fresh seafood entrees. Don’t forget to ask about the Chef’s nightly features!

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❯ HAVENSIGHT DELLY DECK

PRIME

Havensight Mall

Paradise Point, 9617 Estate Thomas

340-776-9943

340-690-2191

www.dellydeckrestaurant.com

reservations@primehospitalityvi.com

Feeding St. Thomas since 1978. Discover what everyone has

PRIME has quickly become the Caribbean’s favorite steakhouse.

known for 40 years — that Delly Deck is the closest thing to a

Located at Paradise Point, PRIME’s Michelin star chef, Shahin

diner that you will find on island. Delly Deck’s menu includes a

Afsharian, only serves the highest-quality beef. Treat yourself

traditional breakfast and lunch with a Caribbean flavor, served all

to a bottle of wine from their award-winning list and pair it with

day. Voted “Best Breakfast of the VI on St. Thomas.”

their Tomahawk steak that has been dry-aged 45 days. Whether you park or ride the tram, the stunning view and enchanting

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ambience is unlike anywhere else in the Virgin Islands.

Entrees: $4.25 to $23.95 Entree: Cancun Salad with grilled chicken breast, Romaine

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lettuce, tomato, shredded Cheddar mix and ranch dressing

Entrees: $26 to $38

Beverage: Funky Monkey

Entree: Lamb Chop Fondue: Colorado lamb chops, Caribbean green chile cheese fondue, & roasted corn and garlic cassava chips Wine: Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot

taste Paradise Point, 9617 Estate Thomas 340-690-2191 reservations@primehospitalityvi.com taste at Paradise Point pairs its southwestern-style cuisine with the best view in the Caribbean. Come taste their menu created by Food Network Chef, Shahin Afsharian, while sipping ST. THOMAS, VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Still serving up a great selection of traditional dishes and unique creations with a side of sassy help! Try our Famous Breakfast Menu!

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on their award-winning Bushwacker. The friendly service and personalized attention makes dining here a Caribbean delight! MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $12 to $24 Entree: taste de Fajitas: Our fajitas are sautéed with bell peppers, onions, lime and cilantro. Served with Spanish rice, black beans, guacamole, sour cream, corn, pico, salsa, cheese blend, flour tortillas. And your choice of protein. Beverage: HibisKISS Margarita


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THE DRUNKEN CLAM 5130 Dronningens Gade, Suite # 1 340-714-CLAM (2526) www.facebook.com/drunkenclamvi A fun, casual restaurant and drinkery right on waterfront. Take in the great views and breezes while savoring the all day breakfast and lunch featuring an American-style menu. Join us for Happy Hour, live sports on TV and air-conditioned gaming. Drink like you mean it.

IGGIES OASIS Bolongo Bay Beach Resort – South of Town 340-775-1800 www.iggiesbeachbar.com One of the island’s longest-running restaurant brands. After the hurricanes we’re keeping Iggies Beach Bar & Grille’s spirit alive at Iggies Oasis located pool side at Bolongo Bay. Come for cocktails, great food, live music and ocean views. Lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; bar open until 11 p.m.

MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $8 to $16.50 Entree: Thick Coconut Rum French Toast. Served with bacon or sausage, topped with Fireball Maple Syrup Cocktail: The “Bloody Clam”. The Drunken Clam version of a Bloody Mary with a few twists and turns

MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $9 to $28 Entree: Jerk Marinated Chicken Breast topped with a Fresh Pineapple Salsa and served atop Mashed Caribbean Sweet Potatoes and Fried Sweet Plantains Wine: Dr. Loosen Riesling

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â?Ż RED HOOK ISLAND TIME PUB Top Floor, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-774-2929 www.facebool.com/IslandTimePub Island Time Pub serves the best pizza and wings on St. Thomas. Enjoy live music while overlooking the American Yacht Harbor Marina with an amazing view of St. John. Happy Hour every day. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $8 to $23 Entree: Hand-tossed New York-style pizza Beverage: Ice Cold Beer

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XO BISTRO Red Hook Plaza, Red Hook 340-779-2069 www.xobistro.net Join us nightly for specials that blend the spices and flavors of the islands in our own unique style. The stylish dining room is wrapped around the large wine and cocktail bar, perfect for a drink after work, cocktails with friends or a glass of wine with dinner from the award-winning wine collection with over 150 selections. Open 7 days a week. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $15 to $28 Entree: Local tuna fillet blackened and pan seared served with wasabi mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables garnished with a sweet chili sauce Wine: 689 White Blend


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SIB’S ON THE MOUNTAIN BAR & RESTAURANT 33 Estate Elizabeth, Northside 340-774-8967 www.facebook.com/SibsOnTheMountain An iconic neighborhood hangout offering a dining celebration of food, flavors, family and friends accompanied by a lively nightlife experience. Featuring a menu devoted to Classic American Cuisine with a homestyle cooking flare. Whether you are seeking fun for the whole family or a night out with the gang, there is something for everyone at Sib’s on the Mountain!

TICKLES DOCKSIDE PUB

MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $12 to $29 Entree: Chicken Fried Chicken: Battered and Deep-Fried Tenderized Chicken Breast over Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Mixed Vegetable finished with House Home-Style Gravy Wine: Lunetta Prosecco, Italy

308 Crown Bay Marina 340-776-1595 www.ticklesdocksidepub.com A casual dining spot on the water, where locals and visitors enjoy the open-air atmosphere. Open 365 days a year serving local and national favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Listen to weekly live entertainment while enjoying your favorite frozen drink at the full-service bar. Tickles Dockside Pub is kid friendly. Major credit cards accepted. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $5 to $25 Entree: Tender conch platter in a West Indian onion-butter sauce with fresh vegetables and rice Cocktail: Tickles’ famous Bushwacker

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KNOCKOUT DISHES St. Thomas native and pro boxer Julius “The Chef” Jackson takes his skills from

the boxing ring to the kitchen with his new cookbook, My Modern Caribbean Kitchen, which features 70 fresh takes on island favorites. Readers will find these easy-to-

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follow recipes fun to make — and absolutely

The island’s African heritage is evident in a number of dishes, including

delicious! As the middle child, while growing

fungi, a polenta-like side dish that’s made from cornmeal. Its roots are

up Julius was often in the kitchen preparing

West African fufu, a staple food made of corn flour, green plantains or cassava. Fungi is served as a foundation for kallaloo, a green soupy stew traditionally made from fragrant and flavorful greens growing on Virgin Islands hillsides. Rounding out the island’s zesty culinary stew is influence from East

meals for his siblings. “The first thing I ever cooked for myself was fried chicken,” recalls Julius. “It turned out nice, and all of my brothers wanted some.” As the son of Julian

Indian immigrants, who introduced the “dum-style” of cooking breads

“The Hawk” Jackson, a three-time world

and made “dumb bread” a local breakfast favorite, especially when it’s

champion boxer, Julius realized he was a

sliced crosswise and stuffed with Cheddar cheese. We also have to recognize that the U.S. purchase of the Virgin Islands in 1917 ushered in

natural at pugilism, even though he didn’t

an era that has introduced Continental cuisine and more imported foods

care much for it at first. He still continues

to the islands, such as the now oft-used spinach to make kallaloo.

to pursue his love of the culinary arts while

Among the other standout St. Thomas treats to try are fish and fungi,

maintaining his professional boxing career.

saltfish and dumplings, stewed mutton, pates and johnnycakes. Start

My Modern Caribbean Kitchen is the perfect

sampling at the restaurants in downtown Charlotte Amalie, but also be sure to visit the food vendors at Coki Beach and the mobile food vans found throughout the island: This will give you the most satisfying sampling of authentic, homegrown flavors.

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ACCOMMODATIONS ST. THOMAS

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ST. THOMAS OFFERS MANY OPTIONS AND AMENITIES TO MAKE YOUR STAY RELAXING AND ENJOYABLE. Wake up, walk out and wade in bathwater-warm seas at a beachfront resort. Sip coffee with a bird’s-eye view of the Virgin Islands from a mountaintop rental villa. Enjoy the grandeur of the 19th century with 21stcentury comforts at a romantic historic inn. These are just a few of the accommodations options available on St. Thomas to call it your home away from home during a holiday stay.

Bluebeard’s Castle Resort is currently closed for renovations.

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ACCOMMODATIONS ST. THOMAS BEACHFRONT RESORTS. Like a half-string of pearls, several resorts dot some of the most beautiful beaches on the island’s south, east and northern shores. A few of these remain closed post-hurricane, rebuilding and renovating to emerge more luxurious than ever during the 2019-2020 season. Others are open now, having completed repairs, and are ready to offer guests an amazing tropical ambience and wide variety of services and amenities. Many are destinations unto themselves with watersports rentals, umbrella-topped beach loungers with waitress service, tennis courts, spas, fitness centers, white tablecloth dining, upscale shops and wondrously appointed rooms and suites perfect for unwinding after a day of sun, sand and sea.

island. Small one-bedroom properties are perfect for honeymooners and anniversary getaways, while larger 3-, 4- or morebedroom villas are ideal for several couples or multigenerational family trips. Privacy, features like pools and hot tubs, and practicalities such as fully equipped kitchens are all pluses.

SURF AND TURF. There’s an incredibly

INTIMATE INNS & BEDS AND BREAKFASTS. Stay in stately homes built over a century ago when Denmark still ruled the islands. Some are in gentrified neighborhoods in downtown Charlotte Amalie, while others are perched on the hills above town. More contemporary bed and breakfasts sit out east close to boat rentals, dive centers and ferries to St. John and the British Virgin Islands.

and spend the nights before departure and

VILLA VACATIONS. Rent a residence of your own! Former U.S. presidents and celebrities along with scores of everyday folks have done just this on St. Thomas. Villas span from beachfront to mountaintop and are available at every elevation all over the

TIME SHARES. Whether you buy into a piece of the rock or visit, these condo-style units are a great way to visit St. Thomas time and time again. Most timeshares are beachfront or ocean view and have restaurants, pools and more right on property.

unique opportunity to spend a vacation both at sea and on shore. Nearly 200 charter yachts operate out of St. Thomas. Each is a self-contained, gorgeously appointed floating villa complete with captain and chef ready to cater to every desire. Most often, charter guests will fly in for a week’s voyage on return in a shoreside accommodation. It’s definitely the best of both worlds.

THE GREEN IGUANA HOTEL The Green Iguana Hotel is a short walk to Charlotte Amalie via the 99 Steps with easy access to airports, ferries, shopping, museum and restaurants. Private bath, offstreet parking, high-speed internet, Dish TV, A/C and more. All rooms are smoke and pet free. The Green Iguana Hotel offers great value. 1002 Blackbeard’s Hill; 340-7767654; www.thegreeniguana.com

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HOME TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, ST. JOHN IS THE PERFECT SPOT FOR NATURE LOVERS.

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ST. JOHN By Andrea Milam

ST. JOHN MIGHT BE THE SMALLEST OF THE THREE main U.S. Virgin Islands, but with a majority of its nearly 20 square miles protected by Virgin Islands National Park (VINP), it offers the biggest dose of natural beauty. You’ll arrive by ferry to the charming, walkable town of Cruz Bay, where quaint shops and unique restaurants abound. Coral Bay, on the island’s eastern side, is an even smaller town where the pace is set by the slow-moving goats and donkeys that meander freely along the road. With hiking trails that ascend to sweeping vistas, 18th-century plantation ruins that inspire wonder and reverie, along with gorgeously unspoiled north shore beaches, St. John offers a simplistic, nature-centric and utterly exquisite getaway. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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ANNABERG SUGAR PLANTATION RUINS VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK

Time Traveling REEF BAY PETROGLYPHS & REEF BAY WATERFALL (RIGHT) ST. JOHN OFFERS LAYERS OF HISTORY FOR visitors to discover. Learn about the Taínos, peaceful people who inhabited the island during the pre-Columbian era, and walk among the ruins of 18th and 19th century Danish plantations, where sugarcane was grown and rum was produced. Experience the one-of-a-kind culture that’s evolved from the island’s storied past.

ANNABERG PLANTATION: Formerly one of the island’s most productive sugar plantations, this protected historic site gives a true glimpse into the 18th and 19th century Danish plantation era. Visitors can tour the windmill tower, the factory where sugarcane was processed into molasses and rum, slave quarters and cook house. www.nps.gov/viis

REVEL IN THE ISLAND’S ROOTS WITH THESE TIMELY EXPEDITION OPTIONS.

where researchers and interns endeavor to tell the story of the island’s human heritage. Schoolchildren come here to trace their heritage, while visitors learn local history via displays of artifacts that are up to 3,000 years old. www.friendsvinp.org

ELAINE I. SPRAUVE LIBRARY: This charming present-day library has a story to tell. A former 18th-century plantation great house, the building was refurbished in 1980 in traditional Danish style to serve as the island’s library. The great house’s original owner, William Wood, was laid to rest in a small cemetery on the library property that’s open to visitors. www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org CINNAMON BAY PLANTATION RUINS:

CINNAMON BAY HERITAGE CENTER & ARCHAEOLOGY LAB: This recently renovated building on the water’s edge at Cinnamon Bay is a working laboratory

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After meandering through the sugar factory ruins on the accessible boardwalk, take a walk through the cool forest on the halfmile Cinnamon Bay Nature Loop. On this

trail, easy enough for even the youngest members of your family, you’ll see and smell bay rum trees and encounter the crypts of a Danish family. www.nps.gov/viis

L’ESPERANCE TRAIL: Descending 1,000 feet over two and a half miles, this trail takes hikers past two sets of plantation ruins. Join the guided VINP hike, and not only will you benefit from the ranger’s in-depth knowledge, you’ll also skip the ascent back up in favor of a boat ride back to Cruz Bay. www.nps.gov/viis

TAXI TOUR: Relax in the Caribbean breeze as you tour the island on one of St. John’s colorful and unique open-air safari taxis. Your driver will stop along the way to point out local plants, wildlife, and historical and cultural sites. Ask for a tour at the taxi stand in Cruz Bay. http://vitaxiassociation.com


Earthy Expeditions

IN ONE SPOT AND IN ONE SHOT, YOU CAN DELVE INTO THE MANY BLESSINGS THAT MOTHER NATURE BESTOWED ON ST. JOHN. Immersing yourself in nature is not hard on St. John thanks to the plethora of natural wonders found in the Virgin Islands National Park (VINP). Here are some of the best ways to experience the island’s natural bounty in different parts of the park.

GO TO THE GLYPHS: Descend the island’s popular Reef Bay trail to see the beguiling petroglyphs, likely carved into rocks by the Taínos who inhabited St. John around 1,000 years ago. Join one of the regularly scheduled VINP guided hikes of this trail, and not only will you pick up plenty of interesting facts from the ranger leading the way, you’ll also travel back to Cruz Bay in style — by boat via the island’s south shore. www.friendsvinp.org

FOR THE BIRDS: Explore three unique bird habitats on the guided Francis Bay bird walk, scheduled for Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Self-proclaimed bird nerd/VINP supervisory ranger Laurel Brannick leads the weekly walk, which goes through a forest, by the ocean and around a salt pond. www.nps.gov/viis/index.htm

SPICE IT UP: If you’re lucky enough to be on St. John during a dry period, make Salt Pond one of your first stops. The salt pond for which this beautiful beach is named lies just behind the sandy shoreline, and when it’s dry enough, the pond’s water evaporates, leaving countless pounds of salt at its edges. Nothing beats seasoning your dishes with all natural, self-harvested pure island sea salt. www.nps.gov/viis/index.htm

LEARN SOMETHING NEW: Every year from January through April, the Friends of the VINP hosts a series of seminars that introduce visitors to some of the island’s most special resources — its knowledgeable residents. Learn about piracy with the VINP’s archaeologist, discover medicinal uses for island plants or sample rums from across the Caribbean. Sign up early, as these popular seminars fill up fast. www.friendsvinp.org GET TRASHED: If you find yourself enamored by the island’s pristine beauty and you want to help keep it that way, join the volunteer group Get Trashed for their next cleanup. About once a month, the group gathers at a beach or shoreline to clean up litter, and they generally reward themselves with an after-party or happy hour gathering. Help beautify St. John while mingling with residents who care about the environment’s well-being — it’s a winning idea all around. www.facebook.com/gettrashedstj/ VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Fresh-Air FUN

GO BEYOND SUN AND SAND TO EXPLORE THE ISLAND’S INLAND CHARMS.

By Andrea Milam

THE STUNNING SEA THAT SURROUNDS ST. JOHN IS AN OBVIOUS DRAW FOR VISITORS, but there’s just as much to do and see on land. Whether you want to get your heart rate up with a competitive tennis match or bring it down a notch with some tranquil beachfront yoga, check out these active outdoor pursuits, island-style. HIKING: Numerous trails crisscross the island. Some lead to sweeping views, others lead to beaches, and many take hikers past historic Danish plantation ruins. Opt for an easy stroll at the accessible Francis Bay trail or challenge yourself with something more strenuous like the Caneel Hill trail, where a viewing platform offers incredible 360-degree island and ocean views. Exploring by foot is one of the best ways to experience St. John’s beauty. HORSEBACK RIDING: There’s something so peaceful about meandering slowly over island trails by horseback. Carolina Corral offers guided rides on rescue horses that are lovingly and painstakingly cared for by owner Dana Bartlett, whose gentle communication

with the horses — and donkeys, goats, sheep and countless other animals that call the Corral home — will be a highlight of your day. www.horsesstjohn.com

TENNIS: Fire up your competitive spirit with an island tennis match. The Westin St. John, set to reopen in 2019, offers six artificial grass courts, while two public courts in town are a great spot to pick up a match with a local. The Westin offers lessons and the chance to match you up against players at your skill level. www.westinresortstjohn.com

GEOCACHING: You can hunt for treasure on St. John, but it’s not pirate’s gold that you’ll find. Small trinkets, known as “caches,” are hidden in various places across the

island, just waiting to be discovered by newbie and novice geocachers alike. Take a found trinket for yourself and leave a new one behind in its place, or simply add your name and date to the log that accompanies most caches. www.geocaching.com

YOGA: St. John has a way of inspiring relaxation. Why not take it further with some soul-centering yoga? This is a popular activity on St. John among both residents and visitors, and the varied classes and venues ensure you’ll find your perfect match. From beachfront meditations to the challenging yet calming stand-up paddle board yoga, St. John offers unique yoga experiences. www.facebook.com/doyogastjohnvi VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Kayaking off St. John

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Waves OF FUN

IF YOU’RE SPLASHING AROUND IN ST. JOHN, YOU KNOW YOU’RE HAVING A BLAST. By Andrea Milam

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ON THE WATER ST. JOHN

IT’S NO SECRET THAT ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT ST. JOHN IS THE WATERS surrounding the island. Whether you want to paddle through the silky blue sea under your own power or you prefer to motor through at top speed, the island offers countless ways for you to experience and interact with all the ocean has to offer. KAYAKING AND SUP: There’s something so satisfying about paddling through the sea, taking in the coral, turtles, and fish from above. If you’re a do-it-yourself kind of person, try out a paddle board rental. Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is a relatively easy, peaceful activity that doesn’t require a lot of strength or skill. Just remember to stand in the middle of the board, plant your feet about shoulder width apart, keep your knees slightly bent and paddle! You may fall off once or twice while you get the hang of it, and that’s okay. It happens to the best of us. Arawak Expeditions, conveniently located in Mongoose Junction, will help you load your board onto the soft rack they provide for the top of your rental car, and you’ll get

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a brief free introduction to the sport. Arawak will also deliver a board to you at your rental home or at the beach, and weekly rentals are available. Virgin Islands Ecotours also offers SUP rentals as part of their day pass packages at Honeymoon Beach or Hansen Bay, and they offer weekly rentals as well. Another option for exploring on your own is a kayak rental, which Arawak and Virgin Islands Ecotours both offer. If you’d prefer a guided experience, both businesses offer tours. Try out Arawak’s half-day trip, which takes you to Honeymoon Beach and Henley Cay, or their full-day trip, which includes a picnic lunch and several routes to choose from. Virgin Islands Ecotours combines their kayak tours with snorkel and hiking stops,

with destinations including the waters off Caneel Bay Resort and Henley Cay. For a truly unforgettable excursion, check out Arawak’s multi-day kayak and camping trip. Kayaking between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and camping on the beach under the stars as part of this five-day trip is a once-ina-lifetime experience.

SNORKELING AND DIVING: If you’re more interested in what’s going on below the surface, try your hand at snorkeling or scuba diving. St. John is one of those islands where visitors are lucky enough to be able to snorkel right from the shore, transitioning from pristine white sands to the tranquil underwater world with ease. If it’s turtles you seek, head to Maho Bay, where the turtle


population continues to thrive in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Salt Pond Bay, on the island’s south shore, is known to be home to a spotted eagle ray who makes appearances from time to time, and you’re sure to see an octopus or two when you snorkel the underwater trail at Trunk Bay. If you’re really lucky, you might get a visit from the wild dolphins that are known to frequent the waters around St. John. Both Arawak and Virgin Islands Ecotours offer rentals of highquality snorkel equipment. And if you’re in the mood to plunge in even deeper, try a scuba diving excursion with Cruz Bay Watersports. They’ve been in the diving business for decades, so whether you’re a beginner or you’re looking to earn a certification, you know you’ll be in good hands. On a good day, visibility goes up to 100 feet, and life on the sea floor is nearly as lush as the island’s hills. Sea fans, sponges, hard and soft corals, and all the fish and other marine life that call them home are enchanting to witness firsthand.

SAILING AND PRIVATE CHARTERS: Boat days are the best days in the Virgin Islands. Stay local and zip over to Pizza Pi, a sailboat that serves up some of the most delicious pizza around, or head over to the British Virgin Islands for some world-class snorkeling and a day of fun and revelry at White Bay, where the Painkillers flow and the party vibes don’t stop. Custom charters, offered by both Cruz Bay Watersports and Calypso Charters, are the best way to plan your perfect day on the water. Or you can let the experts do the planning for you with a boating tour. Cruz Bay Watersports will take you to White Bay for the day, to Pizza Pi for lunch and a snorkel, or on an enchanting champagne sunset sail. Calypso Charters’ 49-foot power cat, Bad Kitty, takes visitors on a “Best of the BVI” tour to The Baths in Virgin Gorda, then to a snorkel stop before ending the day at Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. You can also skip the customs fees and stay local with

their USVI trip, with stops to beaches and reefs only accessible by boat.

FISHING: As you might imagine, the Virgin Islands offers a thrilling fishing experience. Treat yourself to a fishing charter and your captain will likely steer you directly to the North Drop, about 20 miles north of St. Thomas, or the South Drop, about eight miles south of the island. In these steep underwater drop-offs, migrating schools of fish congregate, attracting predators like tuna, wahoo and billfish. Game fish like marlin will give you the fight of your life, so bring your stamina and determination. Fishing from shore is a rarity here, and with much of the island protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, you’ll want to read up on the park’s regulations before attempting to do so. No matter which option you choose, you can’t go wrong with a day on the water in St. John, and it’s sure to be the highlight of your vacation. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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ARAWAK EXPEDITIONS Experience an unforgettable adventure. Whether you choose a half-day kayak tour, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), fly-fishing, snorkeling or an extended kayaking and camping tour, you’ll leave with a better appreciation of the natural wonders of these islands. An easy walk from the Ferry Dock in downtown Cruz Bay. Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay; 340-693-8312; www.arawakexp.com BAD KITTY, TROPICAT AND CALYPSO CHARTERS Discover the “Best of the BVI” tour on Bad Kitty. Customize your own trip for up to 8 people on Tropicat. Full-day sailing and snorkeling on Calypso catamaran to Jost Van Dyke or around St John. Customize a private trip in the USVI or BVI. Explore 12 St. John beaches on your own with full- or half-day dinghy rentals. St. John & Red Hook, St. Thomas; 340-777-7245; www.calypsovi.com

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CRUZ BAY WATERSPORTS CO. Celebrating 34 years, Cruz Bay Watersports is the premier company for a fun-filled day on the water! With a diverse fleet of catamarans and motor vessels, they offer trips to the BVI, sunset sails, daily scuba diving and PADI instruction, snorkeling, dinghy rentals and two retail locations with unique souvenirs and rental gear. Cruz Bay and Westin Resort, St. John; 340-776-6234/776-6040; www.CruzBayWatersports.com VIRGIN ISLANDS ECOTOURS Kayak & Snorkle Sea Turtle Tours! Join the Virgin Island Ecotours’ professional guides for adventures with sea turtles. Or choose a guided snorkle tour to discover the underwater beauty surrounding St. John. Kayak and SUP rentals are also available to explore the beautiful waters of St. John on your own. Daily and weekly rentals. Book online and SAVE 10% using Promo Code: VISIT. 340-779-2155; www.viecotours.com


BEACHES ST. JOHN

Sublime SANDS

IT SEEMS LIKE THERE’S A BEACH ON ST. JOHN TO FIT EVERY TASTE: HERE ARE A FEW TO TRY. On St. John, where each beach is more beautiful than the last, deciding where to sink your toes into the sand for the day can be an overwhelming task. From glowing white sands to lush undersea reefs to unique cobblestone shorelines, each beach entices with its own special charm.

BEACH BABIES: Maho Bay’s constant calmness paired with its sandy, gradual entry and crystal-clear waters make it the perfect place to introduce your little ones to the beauty of a day at the beach, St. John–style. Sea grape and maho trees line the shoreline to offer up gorgeously dappled shade, while the turtles that graze on seagrass just off the shore will surely delight the whole family.

ALL YOURS: Stretch out on beautiful Denis Bay, and listen: no rowdy beachgoers. It’s just you, the sun, the sand and the sea gently rolling to shore. There’s a short hike to get to this secluded north shore beach, but your reward for the effort is a day of beachy bliss.

CLASSIC BEAUTY: Trunk Bay is popular for a reason. If you can deal with the crowds,

HAWKSNEST BEACH (ABOVE) TRUNK BAY (BELOW)

spend the day feeling the island’s softest sand between your toes and marveling at the impossibly brilliant turquoise waters at the island’s most beautiful beach. Check the cruise ship schedule ahead of time and head to Trunk Bay on a day when no ships are in for a slightly less crowded experience. https://cinnamonbayresort.com

TAKING THE PLUNGE: Most St. John beaches offer something to see below the surface, but Salt Pond on the island’s south shore wins this category hands down. Stingrays, turtles, a variety of corals and sponges, eels and too many species of fish to count can be seen here. When you’re finished snorkeling, the beautiful, shaded, white-sand beach awaits for some wellearned relaxation. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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HIS UNERRING EYE HAS ALLOWED HIM TO CAPTURE THE VIBRANCY OF ST. JOHN BOTH ON LAND AND DEEP UNDER ITS WARM WATERS. By Andrea Milam Since he arrived on St. John in 1991, Steve Simonsen has spent nearly as much time below the surface as he has on land. His appreciation and gratitude for the sea is evident in his magical underwater photos, which have graced countless magazine covers. Steve’s images of the island’s abovethe-surface beauty are just as alluring, and his stunning coffee table book, Living Art, remains popular among Love City fans more than a decade after it was first published. Though Steve is the longeststanding professional photographer on island, he’s not ready to slow down just yet. In fact, he continues to evolve while chasing his ultimate dream of becoming an accomplished cinematographer — even after Hurricane Irma, a particularly harrowing experience for Steve. He was caught outside during the height of the storm, wearing his son’s football helmet to protect his head as the home he and his wife, Janet, had bought in 1991 and paid off in full six months prior, blew apart and was completely destroyed. Despite what he went through that terrifying day, Steve and Janet remain ever committed to their island home, and they’re working to rebuild.

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“Simply put, we love our history here and we love our friends and community,” Steve says. “We can’t imagine living anywhere more wonderful, even after the hurricanes. The natural beauty of the island and people are still hard to beat.” How did you decide on photography as a career? When I was at school in Boulder, I got into diving and began underwater photography there. I had plenty of people tell me that they were working 40-hour weeks, so they could go on vacation and dive. They said, “If this is what you love to do, you should make it a career.” You don’t have to hear that many times before realizing it’s true, and it was the right move for me. I began my career in earnest doing underwater photography in Cozumel, and I was just blown away by the crazy color patterns of things like the sponges and the fish. I thought, “The only way to share this is to take pictures and show people.” I’m also fascinated by the water itself. It’s in constant motion, wobbling, wiggling and creating weird reflections. I’ve spent a large part of my underwater career specializing in pictures that show the

underside of the surface of the water and reflect objects like coral or turtles. What is your greatest accomplishment? Self-publishing my coffee table book, Living Art. I went to big publishers with the idea and they all said the same thing: “St. John is too small of a topic for a book to be successful, so we’d be interested if you did all three islands.” But that wasn’t the idea. I live on St. John, and I know that the kind of people who really love St. John have a special feeling about it. That’s the audience I was creating the book for. The Friends of the Park ended up funding the first print run, and as a result, they shared in the profits, which brought in a substantial amount of money for them. That felt good. What is a hidden gem on St. John that visitors should check out? Many people don’t know this, but there’s a Spanish anchor in plain sight underwater at Denis Bay. Right off the dock you can see something black sticking out of the sand in the perfect shape of a spade. It’s just the top of a 2,000-pound, 200- to 300-year-old anchor covered with sun anemones.


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Island FINDS

IF YOU PREFER ECLECTIC AND AUTHENTIC TO GENERIC, ST. JOHN IS IDEAL FOR BRINGING BACK MEMORABLE GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS THAT REFLECT THE ISLAND’S SPIRIT. By Andrea Milam

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SHOPPING ON ST. JOHN IS A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE. Here, you’ll find shops run by small business owners selling the carefully curated wares they’ve sourced locally and from across the globe. There are no chain stores on this island. The main town of Cruz Bay is easily walkable, anchored on either end by two shopping destinations, each offering up their own kind of island charm. Lining the Cruz Bay beachfront is Wharfside Village, where you’ll find charming little shops like Bamboo Studio, just steps from the ferry dock. Many of their designs give a nod to the island — like petroglyph-themed earrings, rings and bracelets — as well as their take on the well-known hook bracelet, whose hook is shaped like a “J” for St. John. Bamboo Studio’s charms and pendants display the outline of St. John or feature a compass rose with the island’s latitude and longitude coordinates. You can also customize your own charm or bracelet with a loved one’s name or initials. There’s even a dedicated hurricane collection, featuring an iconic hurricane-themed swirl incorporated into pendants, earrings and bracelets, showcasing the island’s strength and resilience following Irma. Also in Wharfside Village is Freebird Creations, an island institution that’s sold an eclectic collection of jewelry and duty-free watches for nearly three decades. The store features the popular petroglyph

design in earrings, rings and pendants, as well as money clips, belt buckles, brooches, cufflinks and key rings. Other themed collections include Larimar, pearl, sea life and mermaid, pirates and certified ancient and shipwreck coins, sure to serve as conversation starters. Freebird also offers its own hurricane-themed collection, featuring a Larimar IrMaria bracelet, with 4mm of Larimer serving as the eye of the storm, and five wraps of 14k gold on either side of the hurricane symbol, representing the two Category 5 hurricanes the Virgin Islands survived in 2017. Located on the other side of Cruz Bay near the ferry dock, Mongoose Junction is a lush, inviting complex featuring native stone designs and tranquil water features. Shopping has never been a more calming experience. Stop here to pick up lunch from the North Shore Deli on your way to one of the island’s beautiful beaches, or enjoy a relaxing breezeway lunch at Sun Dog Cafe. Browse creations by local artists

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A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, BARS, GALLERIES, GAMING AND WATER SPORT CENTERS NESTLED AT THE FOOT OF THE FERRY DOCK IN CRUZ BAY.

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at the Bajo el Sol art gallery, or pick up some adorably island-themed souvenirs at Island Fancy. Stunning island photographs are incorporated into works of art at the St. John Experience Gallery, and Just BEach has everything you need for a fabulous day on island, including sunscreen, snorkel gear rentals, hats, swimsuit cover-ups and much more. Perhaps one of the most unique stores at Mongoose Junction is Caravan Gallery. Jewelry, gifts and ancient artifacts from around the world come together in one captivating space at this boutique, adjacent to the Tap Room. Taking in all that Caravan Gallery has to offer is like perusing a treasure chest. African masks, Buddha statues and artwork featuring ancient fossils evoke a different time and place, while keepsake boxes and wood inlaid cribbage boards make for whimsical gifts. Among Caravan’s

jewelry collection, you’ll find the traditional St. John petroglyphs and hook bracelets, along with their take on the hurricane theme — a Bad Sisters bracelet that features iconic representations of Irma and Maria. The Marketplace, also located in Cruz Bay, has an ATM, pharmacy, deli and mail center. Eight miles away, Coral Bay offers a small collection of shops that are as charming and eclectic as the town itself. In both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, you’ll find a decent selection of supermarkets with a surprising range of products. Starfish Market, conveniently located at The Marketplace in Cruz Bay, is perhaps the most similar to the grocery stores you shop at home. Their weekly sales offer competitive pricing, and you can find everything you’ll need for meals and snacks during your time on the island — from fresh produce to gluten-free items.

Starfish’s full-service deli serves up freshly sliced meats and cheeses along with pizzas made in-house, ideal beach picnic foods like coleslaw and chicken salad, hearty meals like fried chicken and french fries, made-to-order sandwiches, and traditional West Indian foods like curry chicken. Specialty cheeses and a wide variety of beer, wine and spirits round out the offerings here, and there’s plenty of on-site parking, making shopping a breeze. You can also arrange to have your food waiting at your villa for you with Starfish’s easy online ordering and provisioning services. No matter what shopping needs you have or what kind of goodies you decide to bring home — whether a souvenir T-shirt or hook bracelet — you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at St. John’s shopping establishments. These treasures will bring a smile to your face long after you’ve departed, as you remember your happy time on St. John.

The most complete food store on St. John... the quality leader. We carry thousands of food items including a full deli and meat department, fresh produce and an in-store bakery. Starfish Gourmet & Wines, housed within our market, stocks an unparalleled assortment of fine wines, spirits and beers and specialty cheeses and hors d’oeuvres.

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The Marketplace, Cruz Bay

Phone: 340-779-4949 | Email: info@starfishmarket.com


BAMBOO STUDIO Want to show your love for St. John? Take home a handmade charm necklace in sterling silver, 14k gold or a combination of both, or create a charm that is uniquely yours. They also carry a wide selection of hook bracelets, petroglyph jewelry. “All handcrafted by our artisans... inspired by our island.” Wharfside Village; 340-776-0669; www.bamboovi.com

Quality Guaranteed.” There’s something for everyone and friendly

CARAVAN GALLERY Caravan Gallery is the place for affordable and fine jewelry, unique gifts and authentic artifacts from around the world. In their Mongoose Junction location, you will find the original St. John Hook bracelet, locally made jewelry and the best selection of Larimar, the “Gemstone of the Caribbean.” Mongoose Junction; 340-779-4566; www.caravangallery.com

tropical landscaping and beautiful stone architecture. Explore

FREEBIRD CREATIONS For over 30 years, this family-owned and operated store has been widely recognized for the most eclectic and unique, locally crafted and traditional island jewelry on St. John. The original “Caribbean Hook” with lifetime warranty is just one example of their “Highest

customer service. St. John Ferry Dock, Cruz Bay; 340-693-8625; www.freebirdcreations.com MONGOOSE JUNCTION Discover St. John’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. Mongoose Junction hosts 30 unique businesses amid boutique shops and galleries, courtyard cafés and restaurants, including the island’s only brewery. Just a five minute stroll from the Cruz Bay ferry dock. North Shore Road, Cruz Bay; 340-774-8175; www.MongooseJunctionStJohn.com STARFISH MARKET Starfish Market is the largest supermarket on St. John. They stand for quality and service, carrying a wide selection of foods in all departments, produce, meat, in-store bakery, deli, hot foods, beer, wine and liquor. Starfish Market delivers to villas and hotels. Marketplace, St. John; 340-779-4949; www.starfishmarket.com

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Country music singer Kenny Chesney’s love of St. John is no secret, and when Hurricane Irma devastated the island, he was among the first to step up to help. From sending in supplies like generators, rakes, shovels and other tools needed for the initial cleanup to food, water, medicine and other necessities, Kenny’s efforts started as soon as the skies cleared. The Love for Love City foundation was formed “from the heart of Kenny Chesney’s No Shoes Nation,” the organization says, and that group helped evacuate more than 1,000 people from St. John. As the island’s recovery progressed, it was announced in June that Kenny would continue to help the island by donating all the proceeds from his new album, Songs for the Saints, to the Love for Love City fund. He also personally delivered new instruments to the St. John School of the Arts, where he visited with faculty and students. For more information on the foundation, go to https://loveforlovecity.org.

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DINING ST. JOHN

Fare with

FLAIR

SCALE UP, DIAL IT BACK OR KEEP IT SIMPLE: ST. JOHN SATISFIES ALL KINDS OF CULINARY APPETITES. By Andrea Milam

ST. JOHN MIGHT BE SMALL, BUT THE ISLAND’S DINING options are surprisingly numerous and varied. Whether you’re looking for quick and easy sandwiches to take to the beach, a casual beachfront happy hour or a fine-dining experience, the island delivers. CASUAL AND FUN: There’s plenty of fresh, easy and delicious fare to be had for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with countless happy hour options. Cruz Bay is where you’ll find the biggest concentration of dining venues. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at various restaurants here, most of which are open-air, allowing you to enjoy the cool island breezes. Coral Bay serves up an impressive array of dining options considering its small size, and most restaurants on this side of the island lean towards the casual. Sunday brunch is available at restaurants in both Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, and many restaurants have happy hour drink specials; some offer food specials during happy hour as well.

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UPSCALE AND INCREDIBLE: If you want to go all out for a showstopping meal, St. John offers a surprising array of fine-dining establishments. French and Spanish cuisines feature prominently on the high-end dining scene, and of course you’ll find fresh seafood on most upscale restaurant menus. The level of service matches the quality of food at the island’s fine-dining options, which are all located on the Cruz Bay side. Go all out for an elegant evening, and you’ll surely be talking about your incredible meal for years to come. DINE IN: Perhaps you prefer to spend time in the kitchen yourself when you’re on vacation. Most of the island’s accommodations, consisting largely of private condos, homes and villas, offer their own fully equipped kitchens, making cooking in easy and a pleasure. The island’s grocery stores are well stocked, and sale pricing is surprisingly competitive. Alternatively, treat yourself with a catered night in. Skilled St. John caterers will cook you a meal in-house, allowing you to enjoy


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your beautiful vacation accommodations paired with a delightful, custom meal. LOCAL FOODS: You’d be remiss to visit the Caribbean and not try the local food. There are a handful of options in Cruz Bay, and the local food called pate — a pastry stuffed with spiced chicken, beef, saltfish or vegetables then deep fried — makes for an excellent handheld snack. If you’re on island in June, don’t miss the annual Food Fair, when local vendors line the Cruz Bay waterfront and sell up delicious local goodies like tarts, jams and jellies, tamarind balls, local juices, curry chicken and more. PICNIC AT THE BEACH: There are no food options at St. John beaches, so if you’re planning to stay awhile, you’ll want to bring your own. Grabbing a sandwich from one of Cruz Bay’s delis or picking up a plate of food at an island grocery store, where you’ll find surprisingly delicious fried chicken and other picnic foods like pasta salad and coleslaw, is a convenient way to ensure you and your crew stay sated during your time at the beach. DINING DRESS CODE Whether you’re eating at the most upscale restaurant or enjoying happy hour at the beach, the dress code on St. John is decidedly casual. Even at the most high-end establishments, men are welcomed in shorts and a short-sleeve collared shirt, and women can wear sundresses. Leave the high heels, hair products and makeup at home. Flip-flops are acceptable footwear in all dining venues. Do note, however, that shirt and shoes must be worn at all establishments and when you’re anywhere other than the beach. Local culture tends to be conservative, and it’s best to respect the locals and cover up when you leave the beach. Dine in, enjoy a casual beachfront breakfast, or treat yourself to an evening of fine dining — or do a little bit of each. With the island’s numerous restaurants, bars and supermarkets, you’ll never run out of options and you’re sure to find several that leave you feeling pleasantly full and happy.

Serving dinner nightly at 5:30 Happy Hour at the bar 4:30 - 6:30 wine & drink specials raw & baked oysters baked clams & steamed mussels

Waterfront sunset and air conditioned dining available 340.779.8550

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Just steps off the Ferry Dock in Cruz Bay, St. John sits

High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill.

Offering LIVE entertainment, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner along with ice cold beer, wine and frozen drinks. Whether you’re looking for a great place to watch the sunset, throw a private party or catch a game,

we’re here... where are you?

HIGH TIDE BAR & SEAFOOD GRILL Cruz Bay, St. John 340-714-6169 www.hightidevi.com You’ll be transported to relaxation by the powdery sand beach, azure seas, shady canopy and the friendliest down-to-earth staff on island. High Tide serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a diverse menu sure to please any appetite. Ice cold drinks and live music. A great spot to watch the sunset or catch the game. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $22 to $38 Entree: Sesame seed encrusted tuna in a roasted red pepper coulis topped with crispy wontons and served with wasabi mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus and carrots Drink: The High Tide: Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum, Sprite and pineapple juice OCEAN 362 Five-minute stroll from Cruz Bay 340-776-0001 www.ocean362.com OCEAN 362 brings you modern “island-to-table” style cuisine located in the heart of Cruz Bay. The concept celebrates every aspect of what it means to eat local with a modern take on traditional Caribbean dishes. The stunning views are perfect for a sunset dinner or for nighttime spectating of a twinkling St. Thomas. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $26 to $38 Entree: Mahi Mahi served with butter poached green beans, parmesan polenta, and roasted tomato vinaigrette Wine: 2015 Jordan Chardonnay Alexander Valley California

LIVIN’ THE DREAM. Open: 8:00am - 9:30pm Happy Hours:

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THE TERRACE RESTAURANT On the waterfront in Cruz Bay, St. John – Five-minute walk from the ferry 340-779-8550 www.theterracestjohn.com A French-influenced, chef-driven restaurant that is redefining fine dining in the Virgin Islands with an elevated yet accessible menu featuring fresh local seafood, premium meats and an eclectic wine list. Offering refined, contemporary and classic cuisine, The Terrace boasts sunset waterfront views from its rustic, stone building in the heart of Cruz Bay, St. John. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $32 to $48 Entree: Pan roasted local wahoo and steamed Littleneck Clams; leek and black truffle risotto, roasted baby carrots, applewood smoked bacon crumbles, fresh herb cream broth Wine: Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California, 2012


WELCOME U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Modern “island-to-table� cuisine. Traditional Caribbean dishes with a modern twist. The freshest local ingredients available. Stunning views for a sunset dinner. Nighttime spectating at the twinking St. Thomas skyline. Professional staff, refined service, chef-driven dishes & craft cocktails.

AT GALLOWS POINT RESORT 5-minute stroll from Cruz Bay 340-776-0001 | www.ocean362.com

Sweeping panaramic views. Stunning sunsets. Lush 5-acre, private oceanfront peninsula. Designed with your vacation experience in mind.

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ACCOMMODATIONS ST. JOHN

The SUITE LIFE

LODGING OPTIONS TEND TO BE AS UNIQUELY APPEALING AS THE REST OF THE ISLAND’S CHARMS. If you’re looking for a place to stay on St. John, you’ll want to skip those major hotel websites. With the exception of the Westin St. John, which is set to reopen following renovations in early 2019, there are no major hotels on the island. Most accommodations consist of small inns, private homes, villas and condos, and there’s a wide range of price points — from cozy studios to incredible six-bedroom villas with sweeping ocean views. Because much of the island is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, beachfront accommodations are few and far between. One of the few true oceanside options is Gallows Point Resort, located on a peninsula at the mouth of Cruz Bay. This collection of condos is known for its lush landscaping; entering the grounds is a true tropical escape, and the verdant palms and bright flowering plants that line the walkways add an air of privacy to each unit. The newly renovated pool deck is ideal for some early morning yoga, or relax poolside with an afternoon cocktail and watch the boat traffic move in and out of Cruz Bay. There’s excellent snorkeling just off the point, and a swim platform for when you need a rest or want to adjust your mask and fins. Gallows offers on-site dining at their Ocean 362 restaurant, where you’ll find arguably the best sunset views on the island, and the resort’s convenient location means you can walk right into town for shopping, happy hour, or to catch some live music. Gallows Point’s waterfront setting, convenient Cruz Bay location and gorgeous grounds make it stand out above the rest.

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conveniently located property. Just a two-minute drive outside Cruz Bay, the Westin is a vacation oasis, with beachfront restaurants, tennis courts, gym and spa, an incredible expansive pool and its own beach with watersports options. If you’d prefer something more private, or maybe you want to stay high up on the island’s hills for an unforgettable view, there are numerous villa management companies who can guide you towards the property that’s perfect for you. Island Getaways has offered thorough updates on their properties following Hurricane Irma, and their website is easy to navigate, with simple descriptions of the accommodations at each of their vacation rentals, making it easy for you to choose accommodations based on your needs. Alternatively, save some money by seeking out accommodations on your own with www.stjohn-villarentals.com, which does not charge a fee for booking. GALLOWS POINT RESORT Discover the sweeping panoramic views and stunning sunsets from the Gallows Point Resort private oceanfront location on a lushly landscaped 5-acre peninsula. Offering newly renovated, one bedroom ocean-front villas, a gift & gourmet coffee shop, concierge service, and fine-dining at the highly-proclaimed on-site restaurant, Ocean 362, the resort was especially designed with your vacation

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ST. CROIX

EXPERIENCE RICH

CULTURE

ENJOY LUXURY, UNSPOILED NATURE AND A CULTURE OVERFLOWING WITH HISTORY. .

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ST. CROIX By Anquanette Gaspard

IN ST. CROIX, EVERGREEN MOUNTAINTOPS ARE limitless. The sun dips into the folds of unspoiled Caribbean waters at dusk while the cool night breeze surrounds you during evening strolls along cobblestone sidewalks. Combine luxury, unspoiled nature and a culture overflowing with history and you’ve arrived on the shores of the gateway to the Caribbean. With an eclectic blend of cultures, St. Croix locals (called Crucians) will always offer a hearty smile and a “Good Morning” at the start of every conversation with their intermingling English influenced by Portuguese, Danish, French, Dutch and English languages. Uncover the island’s rich history intertwined with a dynamic arts scene to unearth an unforgettable experience in America’s Paradise. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Time-Honored TREASURES

EXPLORE ST. CROIX AS IT WAS WHILE ALSO SAVORING HOW IT IS. While a number of landmarks offer you a deep dive into St. Croix’s colorful past, you can also savor the island’s captivating present by touring iconic areas.

LABYRINTH AT ESTATE MOUNT WASHINGTON:

WHIM PLANTATION MUSEUM:

Open to the public, it features a medieval

Featuring a fully restored great house, slave quarters and sugar mill, this authentic Danish plantation offers insights into life on the estate grounds during the 1700s. Visitors can even trace their ancestries at the on-site research library and archive.

Chartres-style, seven-circuit labyrinth that

Discover restored sugar plantation ruins that were found on this private property.

was designed and built by Nancy Ayer, the estate’s owner.

ST. GEORGE BOTANICAL GARDENS: This 16-acre estate is dedicated to the

FORT CHRISTIANSVAERN AND FORT FREDERIK: Learn about the two most iconic and impressive historical structures on St. Croix that were constructed in the mid-1700s and mid-1800s to protect Christiansted and Frederiksted from pirates and privateers.

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MUST-TRY TOURS After exploring the past, get caught up on the present by experiencing the island’s present-day charms with a variety of enjoyable tours.

ISLAND JEEP TOUR: Get a different perspective on St. Croix by literally going off the beaten path. This jeep tour will take you to notable spots that are otherwise hard to reach, such as the hilltops of Blue Mountain and the tide pools.

WALKING FOOD TOUR: If your trip tastes trend a bit more towards indulgent and relaxed pursuits, try a guided food tasting and cultural walking tour in Downtown Christiansted. You can enjoy sampling authentic local cuisine and taste firsthand why St. Croix is considered a premier culinary destination in the Caribbean.

conservation and preservation of the

CRUZAN RUM DISTILLERY TOUR:

botanical, historical and cultural collections

A trip to St. Croix is not complete without a taste of the island’s favorite spirit: rum! Tour the “don’t hurry” facility at the Cruzan Rum Distillery and see how its use of pure, natural ingredients and processes has solidified Cruzan Rum as a world-renowned spirit.

on its grounds. Boasting over 1,500 plant varieties, St. George showcases the cultural and historical value of the island’s plants as sources of food, medicine and decoration.


Natural WONDERS

EXTENDED LUSH LANDSCAPES OFFER MULTIPLE WAYS TO ENJOY GOOD TIMES IN TUNE WITH NATURE.

While some visitors find it hard to tear themselves away from the island’s gorgeous beaches (kind of hard to blame them!), they’re not the only bounty that Mother Nature blessed the island with. Here are a few ways to kick off your ecotourism expeditions in St. Croix.

End at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can contact them

SALT RIVER NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK: Known as the site

in a clear kayak through one of only six year-round bioluminescent

of Columbus’ 1493 landing, this hidden national landmark serves as a protected ecological reserve and tropical ecosystem home to threatened and endangered species. A kayaking tour on the notable shores explores the exact spot where Christopher Columbus landed on his second voyage to the Americas.

bays in the world. The “living night lights” that will be lighting your

TURTLE NESTING WATCHES: Arrange an escorted night outing at the largest leatherback turtle-nesting site in the United States. Watch female turtles dig nests and lay their eggs or be mesmerized as hatchlings break out their shells and crawl to the sea. The turtle nesting watches take place at Sandy Point, one of the longest stretches of beach in the Caribbean. It is located on St. Croix’s West

via Facebook to join any of their upcoming turtle nesting watches that are open to the public: www.facebook.com/sandypointnwr

BIOLUMINESCENT KAYAK TOURS: Go for the glow by gliding

way are naturally caused by a high concentration of bioluminescent microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Kayak tours take place at Salt River Bay located on St. Croix’s North Shore.

TARPON FEEDING: Get ready for a free show while casually strolling along Christiansted’s Boardwalk. Schools of tarpon have figured out that visitors feed them, so they gather for treats, often leaping spectacularly out of the water to nab them. St. Croix offers a number of celebrations and festivals that you definitely want to work into your itinerary while you’re on the island. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Choose Your ADVENTURE ST. CROIX LETS YOU RAMP UP OR DIAL DOWN AS YOU SEE FIT, OFFERING ADVENTUROUS OPTIONS FOR A RANGE OF STYLES AND PERSONALITIES. By Anquanette Gaspard

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WHILE ST. CROIX DOESN’T OFFER THE INTENSE EDGINESS OF swimming with sharks or treks to track down rhinos that entice global thrill seekers, the island’s activity options can still easily rev your adrenaline to past 10. But if you seek relaxation instead of a rush, St. Croix can also meet the mellowest of expectations.

BY LAND BIKING: Choose between a guided bike tour or explore the sweeping vistas and winding trails of St. Croix on your own. With 84 square miles of terrain to cover, you can experience the island’s natural beauty and cultural wonders. GOLFING: With wide-open courses and gently rolling terrain, St. Croix’s pro golf courses welcome you on the green. Test your skills on one of two 18-hole courses: the Carambola Golf Club or the Buccaneer Golf Course. Master your swing at the nine-hole Reef Golf Course or at the mini 18-hole golf course at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. HIKING: Explore sugar mill ruins. Uncover an old lighthouse. Journey through trails to discover hidden tide pools. Regardless of the adventure your heart desires, hiking in St. Croix will take you places you never knew existed.

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HORSEBACK RIDING: This one-of-a-kind experience offers a scenic tour of the island. Trot through the dense rainforest; enjoy a guided tour along St. Croix’s scenic North Shore or splash along crashing waves on the white sandy shores.

BY SEA SNORKELING AND DIVING: Nothing compares to snorkeling and diving in the warm, aquamarine waters of St. Croix, where underwater trails and 3,200-foot sea walls await you. SAILING: Charter a boat for a half-day or full-day sail to Buck Island National Monument. Catch a glimpse of sea turtles, dolphins and stingrays as you head to one of the most beautiful beaches on St. Croix and experience the magic of a sunset on the water. FISHING: Sign up for a spectacular deep-sea fishing experience on St. Croix’s waters, where you can throw out your line and catch your share of mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin. JET SKIS AND PADDLE BOARDING: Kick start your adrenaline rush with a day Jet Skiing along clear Caribbean waters or try your hand at paddle boarding, which is known for building core strength, improving muscle mass and extending endurance.


CARIBBEAN SEA ADVENTURES Known for its fabulous snorkeling and white-sand beach, Buck Island is St. Croix’s top attraction. Caribbean Sea Adventures offers a variety of boating packages, including custom private charters, fishing charters, half- and full-day trips to explore Buck Island’s underwater snorkel trail, and sunset sails with complimentary Cruzan rum punch. Six boats for endless escapes. 59 King’s Wharf, Christiansted; 340-773-2628; www.caribbeanseaadventures.com WEST END WATER SPORTS All-in-one beach company with the best watersports and beach rentals on St. Croix. Their fleet of Jet Skis are always new, and they have the newest craze in watersports — the Fly Board! Spend a relaxing and/or fun-packed day and enjoy great food and beverages next door at Rhythms at Rainbow Beach. Rainbow Beach, West End; 340-277-8295; www.wewatersports.com

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Shore THING

THE ISLAND’S MAIN DRAW NEVER DISAPPOINTS, OFFERING EVERYTHING FROM ESCAPE TO EXCURSIONS. By Anquanette Gaspard

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PROTESTANT CAY

WHETHER YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR AN IDYLLIC ESCAPE ROUTE, A FAMILY FUN SPOT OR an adventure zone, you’ll find a fit on any of St. Croix’s sunny shores. Here’s a look at five spots to start off with. TURTLE BEACH AT BUCK ISLAND NATIONAL MONUMENT: Turquoise waters, white sandy shores and a brilliant view of St. Croix make this designated national park — located seven miles east of Christiansted — nothing short of a Caribbean dream. However, because of a uniquely marked underwater trail, Turtle Beach may be best known as a top spot for snorkeling.

RAINBOW BEACH: Located in Frederiksted, this lively beach is ideal for families in search of fun in the sun. There’s something for everyone at this local favorite: Grab refreshments at the restaurant

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bar, play a game of volleyball with new friends, try your hand at paddle boarding or enjoy live music with locals on weekends, among other options.

trees, this private beach welcomes you with

PROTESTANT CAY:

couples escape.

Located just a brief ferry ride from the Christiansted Harbor, Protestant Cay draws in water sports lovers in droves. Parasailing, Jet Skis, windsurfing and kayaking are but a few of the water adventures that visitors can try. And after a hard day of play, don’t miss the island’s exquisite sunsets.

the sound of gentle waves crashing ashore. While Shoy Beach offers no amenities, its plentiful shade and solitude make it a great

SANDY POINT: This secluded slice of paradise on the island’s West End is one of the longest stretches of sugary white beach in the Caribbean. As a popular nesting site for leatherback, hawksbill and green turtles, the beach is

SHOY BEACH:

closed between April 1 and September 1 and

Located inside the entrance to The Buccaneer and encircled by sea grape

opens only on weekends the remainder of the year.


LOCAL SPOTLIGHT ST. CROIX

VW Club of St. Croix

THIS LOCAL CLUB IS KEEPING TRADITIONS ALIVE WITH THESE UNIQUE ISLAND VEHICLES. By Anquanette Gaspard

The St. Croix Twin City VW Club is changing the way people view automobile clubs. Usually when these clubs get together, they’re cruising around the town in large groups, working on the cars’ interior and exterior or just plain hanging out. However, club president Tyrone Luke and the 25 members are doing more than cruising around St. Croix in their vintage Volkswagen buggies. They’re giving back to the local community in more ways than one and are committed to making an impact on the lives of children and families on the island. How did the club get its start? Growing up, my dad and brothers all had Volkswagen vehicles. It was all I really knew and saw the most of as a kid, so in 1995, I got my first Volkswagen bug. My love for these cars is what made me start the St. Croix Twin City VW Club in 2011. The purpose and overall mission for the club is to help showcase the cars around the island at various charity events, fundraisers and community events. How has the club evolved into what it is today? What originally started as a club has become more of a family over time. Throughout the years, we’ve become well known throughout the community because of our unwavering support to charities and nonprofit organizations on the island. We sponsor and lend our support at the family fun day hosted by the Department of Agriculture at the Agriculture Fair Grounds. We promote the event around the island by encouraging others to come out and bring their families

for a free fun day that’s filled with activities. We’ve also been huge supporters of the St. Croix Educational Complex Vocational School’s auto mechanic class. They have a car show and shine event in conjunction with Napa Auto Parts where we go out in droves with our vehicles and educate them on Volkswagen buggies. They’re unlike most cars out there, and because they’re typically older, they operate and are cared for differently. We get to share our knowledge with these students. What would you say has been the biggest accomplishment since the club started? Our biggest accomplishment has been supporting our charities, which is our local chapter of Toys for Tots and the St. Croix Boys and Girls Club. Each year, these two charities join forces to organize a live and silent auction on the first Thursday of December to raise money for underprivileged kids on St. Croix. The club does a presentation at the auction called Bike a Bug, where each VW bug in the club donates a bike to the organizations. At a separate event the following week, we do a ride out to the Boys and Girls Club facility in Frederiksted with Santa Claus and the fire trucks. There, we put the names of all the children into a hat and gift the bikes to the names that are drawn. We’ve been doing this for the last four years, and it’s such a rewarding experience for us as well as the children. What is the makeup of the club members? Some of our members are born and raised in St. Croix. Others are from the neighboring

Caribbean islands such as Dominica, Antigua, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia. We have a diverse culture of members who all have a love for Volkswagen buggies. What upcoming events or initiatives is the club working on? We have an annual anniversary drive out and beach picnic that happens every April. We make it into a fun day for the community. We provide free food and drinks and invite the local charities we support to come and have a day of fun with us. On this day, we combine forces with the different car and motorcycle clubs on the island — the Classic Car Club, STX Jeep Club and the 340 Misfits Motorcycle Club — and we ride out to the picnic location. The drive starts mid-island from the Sunny Isles Shopping Center and heads to Cramer’s Park Beach where the picnic is held. What do you think is a hidden gem on island? Some people don’t know it, but the most southern point of the United States is located right here on St. Croix at Point Udall. We often visit the site with the other car clubs when we have a full moon because the view up there is priceless! What’s your favorite local dish? Our club loves food! The one thing we can agree to be a favorite local dish is kallaloo. Even though everyone has their own version of this soup, our local greens are what make ours different. I personally enjoy mixed kallaloo with seafood and pigtail because it’s like the best of both worlds. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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THE ISLAND FEATURES BOTH FAMOUS BRANDS AND DISTINCTIVE, MEMORABLE TAKEAWAYS TO REMIND YOU OF YOUR TIME HERE. By Anquanette Gaspard WHAT’S A TRIP TO ST. CROIX WITHOUT A HEAPING DOSE OF RETAIL THERAPY TO

commemorate your visit to the big island? Locally handcrafted jewelry, fine artworks, duty-free wine and spirits are a small sampling of unique finds that are sure to satisfy any shopper’s palate. ARTFUL APPAREL: It’s easy to add a little flair to your vacation wardrobe by acquiring distinctive clothing that’s found only on St. Croix in spots like Asha, Molly’s and From the Gecko. For the best selection of beach apparel that caters to all shapes and sizes, you can stop in at Hotheads for your pick of colorful sarongs, cover-ups, hats and accessories. Make your home a happier place with delightful décor from Adorn St. Croix. This warm and welcoming gift shop offers a curated collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories, home décor, beauty and gift items. And don’t skip foot furnishings while wandering around looking for great buys: The Shoe Bar is the island’s premier shoe boutique, featuring top brands such as BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Florsheim and Naots, among others. GET IN THE SPIRITS: Definitely consider stocking up on libations while on the island; the duty-free allowance for U.S. citizens is $1,600 per person, including children, which is nearly double the amount of other islands.

Goods such as perfume, tobacco, cameras, jewelry, china, crystal and electronics will not incur any duty when purchased during your visit. Moreover, visitors can take up to six bottles of liquor back with them in their checked luggage for free as long as one of the bottles was made locally in the U.S. Virgin Islands, like the local Cruzan Rum. TAKING A SHINE: With one of the largest concentrations of handmade jewelers in a square-mile radius, downtown Christiansted is ideal for treasure hunting. Stroll the stores set on charming cobblestoned streets as you search for flawless pieces to add to your collection: One option to consider would be the signature handmade Crucian hook bracelet. This is one of the island’s most beloved jewelry pieces, representing the beauty, culture and unique heritage of the 84-square-mile island. You can find this piece and much more at shops such as Perfection Jewelers and Tropical Bracelet Factory Outlet. Stop in at ib designs for handcrafted pieces by Whealan Massicott, a local artist and metalsmith. For an

assortment of bracelets, charms and oneof-a-kind gemstones, visit Joyia Jewelry on Queen Cross Street for that perfect piece. And if sustainable is part of your shopping matrix, take a look at the unique silver and gold adornments at Crucian Gold — they’re crafted from recycled and eco-friendly sources. STARTING WITH THE STAPLES: If it turns out you’re in need of basics like flip-flops or a swimsuit, St. Croix’s department stores, boutiques and grocery stores should have exactly what you’re looking for at great prices, especially since there is no sales tax or duty added to most items. Visit Seaside Market & Deli in Gallows Bay to get your hands on the freshest produce, seafood and meats on island. Stock up on any staples you might have forgotten to pack like sunscreen or first aid supplies. If you’re feeling hungry, grab a hot plate of local food favorites in their bakery and deli area that will surely delight your taste buds. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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ADORN A warm and welcoming lifestyle shop, ADORN was born to inspire making a home happier, to delight your loved ones, and to celebrate your inner whimsies. They offer a curated collection of women’s apparel and accessories, local products, home decor, beauty and gift items. Christiansted, St. Croix + Yacht Haven Grande, St. Thomas; 340-227-1343; www.adornvi.com CRUCIAN GOLD Feel the love of Crucian Gold’s handcrafted jewelry inspired by St. Croix’s natural beauty and culture. Visit their Christiansted store where Nathan Bishop and their family of jewelers create the Island Bracelets, Chaney

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Collection and a wide array of stunning original silver and gold artisan jewelry and

for Men & Women and a glass of wine while you shop.

gifts. Strand Street; 340-244-2996;

BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Vince Camuto, Nunn Bush, Clarks, & Naots, just to name a few.

Hotheads delivers beach apparel for all

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www.cruciangold.com HOTHEADS shapes and sizes. Full-figured women can find attractive styles in swimwear separates, with larger cup sizes and long-torso pieces. You’ll find colorful sarongs, cover-ups, bags and accessories, not to mention the reason for the store’s name: hats, hats and more hats. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Queen Cross Street, Christiansted; 340-773-7888; www.hotheads.vi

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IB DESIGNS ib designs is home to the distinctive designs of local metalsmith Whealan Massicott. Crafting for over 25 years, Whealan is motivated by the complexity of the Caribbean’s people, beauty and culture. Whealan’s richness of imagination and creativity allow each piece to express diversity, emotion and life’s beauty. Also available on St. Thomas at Adorn and on St. John at Caravan Gallery. 2108 Company Street, Christiansted; 340-773-4322; www.ibdesignsvi.com JOYIA INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY Joyia offers everything from sterling silver bangles, rose gold stackable rings and men’s cuff bracelets to one-of-a-kind custom pieces. The studio handcrafts inspirational, personalized jewelry. Their intention is to radiate love, through jewelry, to you the wearer. Therefore, each piece is handcrafted and engraved in their store. Transform your inspirations into jewelry! Queen Cross Street, Christiansted; 340-713-4JOY (4569); www.JoyiaJewelry.com SEASIDE MARKET & DELI St. Croix’s only gourmet market. Featuring a full-service bakery and deli, huge selection of wines, gourmet cheeses, specialty food items, the freshest meat and seafood, a large selection of fresh produce, including local selections, and a variety of readymade foods including a fresh soup and salad bar, made-toorder sandwiches and a hot buffet. 2001 Estate Mt. Welcome, Christiansted; 340-719-9393; www.seasidemarketstx.com THE SHOE BAR St. Croix’s premier shoe boutique carries an exquisite selection of men and women’s shoes, featuring top brands such as BCBG, Jessica Simpson, Chinese Laundry, Vince Camuto, Florsheim, Nunn Bush, and Naots — the only authorized dealer in the Virgin Islands. Stop by and enjoy a glass of wine on the house while you shop. 55 Company Street, Christiansted; 340-713-1445 VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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Pampered PALATE

WHETHER YOU’RE AN ADVENTUROUS EATER OR ALWAYS OPT FOR THE SAME FOODIE FAVORITES, ST. CROIX WILL DEFINITELY ENSURE THAT YOU GET YOUR FILL. By Anquanette Gaspard SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD AND LOCALLY GROWN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES DRIVE BOTH

St. Croix’s authentic island cuisine and its superbly prepared selection of international favorites, allowing for some major palate pampering all over the island. ISLAND INDULGENCES: One way to kick off your sampling of local fare is by trading in your morning coffee for a cup of local bush tea. Pair this intoxicating medley of mint, lemongrass and basil with local homemade butter bread or a coconut pastry. Or you can sample a heartier Crucian breakfast that has been enjoyed by locals for generations: a nourishing plate of saltfish and smoked herring, boiled egg, spinach, banana fritters and johnnycakes (a delicious deep-fried dough). If you’re looking for a snack, try a savory pate. These are flaky pastries that are filled with spiced beef, chicken or veggies. And no meal on St. Croix is complete without a popular local drink like passion fruit, tamarind, sorrel, mauby or ginger beer.

CASUAL CHOICES: In addition to the local fare, visitors will find a variety of cuisines available throughout the island, including American, Asian, Italian and Mexican. These international options are often casual fare that are perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner while exploring the island. For instance, you can pair a picture-perfect view with a tasty lunch at Rum Runners on the Christiansted Boardwalk, which features a fresh catch of the day, soups, salads and wraps. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s something for everyone at this popular downtown restaurant. Find the tastiest pizza on island at East End Pizza at Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino, and be sure to order the exclusive Pleasure Spot cocktail, which is only available here.

ELEVATED EATS: Of course, more elegant options are also on the table in St. Croix. Head west to Fredericksted and catch a spectacular sunset any night of the week while dining on jumbo lump crab in a passion fruit vinaigrette and eggplant caprese at Beachside Café at Sand Castle on the Beach. The amazing views in their open-air, seaside terrace restaurant elevates your meal to the next level. The culinary landscape on the island has evolved into one with an intense focus on sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly processes and techniques that support and protect the environment. Balter is one of the most notable restaurants on St. Croix that prides itself in this practice, crafting delectable dishes and artisanal cocktails with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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BEACH SIDE CAFÉ Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel, Veteran’s Shore Drive, Frederiksted 340-772-1205/340-772-1266 www.sandcastleonthebeach.com For casual lunches, fine dining and spectacular sunsets, visit the Beach Side Café at Sand Castle on the Beach. Sip cocktails and mocktails while their staff prepares your selection of local and internationally inspired dishes and house-made desserts. Saturday and Sunday, join them for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations recommended.

RUM RUNNERS STEAKS AND SEAFOOD

MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $12 to $41 Entree: Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Linguine – Kalamata olives, roasted red pepper, oven dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, garlic, artichokes, extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes and fresh mozzarella Wine: Catena Chardonnay

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On the Waterfront in Downtown Christiansted 340-773-6585 www.RumRunnersStCroix.com Superb dining on the waterfront featuring Caribbean and Continental cuisine, great steaks and seafood; choose your own lobster from their live lobster tank. To satisfy your thirst, they have a great list of specialty cocktails and ice cold beers. Check out The Deck Bar, with fantastic harbor views and spectacular sunsets. MENU SAMPLER Entrees: $12 to $35 Entree: Enjoy Fresh Lobster (market price) Cocktail: Rum Runner – House Specialty: two flavored Cruzan Rums blended with blackberry Brandy, sour mix, pineapple juice and floated with Black Strap Rum


ACCOMMODATIONS ST. CROIX

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YOU’RE SURE TO FIND A SPACE THAT SUITS YOUR NEEDS ON ST. CROIX.

The Buccaneer

Deciding on your dwelling when visiting St. Croix really depends on what kind of experience you’re after: The island’s accommodations options are diverse enough to fit a wide range of expectations. Below we look at a few of the options. RECHARGE: Some of us want energizing experiences when we get away — which is fine. But a lot of us simply want to kick back, and St. Croix delivers on that fundamental wish at a variety of charming resorts that feature the usual oh-so-good amenities like spas, snorkeling, golf and tennis. One good option is The Buccaneer, the Caribbean’s longest-running resort. Here, guests can experience a touch of Old World charm with a heaping dose of warm island hospitality. For those in need of charming sea or garden view accommodations nestled in lush green hills, Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect choice. Each room is trimmed in tropical wood featuring private screened-in porches with built-in couches and fully furnished kitchenettes as an added bonus. At press time, this resort was still closed due to the hurricane, so please contact them directly for a reopening date. RECONNECT: If you’re looking to get back in tune with nature, a number of eco-lodgings can help you. Some are tucked away in the

hills of the rainforest; others are a short walk from beaches, nestled in the valley. You can opt for a rustic eco-bungalow built from local tropical hardwood or elegant, beautifully appointed villas. Hikes through gorgeous walking trails, yoga, kayaking, scuba diving and picking local fresh fruit are just some of the eco-experiences to enjoy. RETREAT: While an amenity-laden resort can be relaxing, maybe you want to keep it simple: waking up to the sounds of crashing waves just outside your door and feeling cool Caribbean breezes once you step outside. In this case, you want to explore one of St. Croix’s beachside villas or book a room at one of St. Croix’s well-known oceanfront resorts, Tamarind Reef Resort. Located on the island’s East End, guests of this resort can enjoy views of Buck Island and Green Cay from the shore and explore the vibrant offshore reef with the use of the resort’s complimentary snorkeling gear. These simple yet elegant accommodations let you reach the beach in a few steps and immerse yourself in island life. So whether the goal is a short stint or an extended visit, a girlfriends’ getaway or a solo adventure, St. Croix offers a deep variety of bases to launch your exploration of the island. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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COURTESY OF TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & MARINA

THE BUCCANEER Gracious. Elegant. Legendary. Founded in the 17th century and family-run for generations, The Buccaneer offers St. Croix’s finest accommodations. Both historic and modern, The Buccaneer blends Old World charm with the amenities expected by today’s traveler. The Buccaneer is a premier destination resort for golf, tennis, watersports, weddings, honeymoons and family vacations. Christiansted; 800-255-3881/340-712-2100; www.thebuccaneer.com

TAMARIND REEF RESORT, SPA & MARINA This intimate 40-room property, all with ocean view and private patio/ balcony, features full amenities including a palm tree–lined beach, watersports, pool, fitness center and tennis. Dine in a casual poolside setting. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the marina with sailing, motor, fishing and diving charters. Perfect for couples, families, executives and weddings. Three miles East of Christiansted; 340-718-4455; www.TamarindReefResort.com

40 ocean view rooms with private patio/balcony Spa with massage, nail care & hair salon Boating adventures on-site: sailing, motor cruises, fishing & diving Complimentary kayaking & snorkeling Lap pool, tennis, sand volleyball, paddleboards, & fitness center Poolside restaurant with live entertainment Free Wi-Fi

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Iin Paradise DO IT’S EASY TO MAKE YOUR LOVE CONNECTION IN THE USVI. Text and photos by Gisele Morales UNLIMITED CHOICES AND A SERENE CARIBBEAN vibe make getting married in the U.S. Virgin Islands a dream come true. As a photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of documenting scores of destination weddings, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is at the top of my list. St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, the three main islands in this cluster east of Puerto Rico, offer warm tropical breezes and palm-fringed shores lapped by gentle waves, along with world-class dining, elegant venues and a host of amenities. Whether you’re looking for a simple ceremony on a shellstrewn beach or a talk-of-the-town affair in a lavish resort, the U.S. Virgin Islands is an ideal destination for a wedding or honeymoon. VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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LIVING THE DREAM I have had the opportunity to live on St. Croix for the past few months. During this time, I’ve fallen in love with this island as I scouted venues for photo shoots and destination weddings. St. Croix is graced with natural beauty, culture and history. On a clear day you can see St. Thomas, St. John and a few of the British Virgin Islands. The ocean breeze here is constant and welcoming on hot days, perfect for a ceremony that would take place outside. While living here, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the bride and groom, Drs. Loriann and Jay Laugle, two local chiropractors. Jay was born and raised on St. Croix, and he met his wife, Loriann, while they attended medical school in the U.S. mainland. Loriann is a native of Indiana. Their reception took place in the beautiful area of Judith’s Fancy, a lovely spot peppered with the ruins of 300-year-old Danish sugar mills. The rest of their special day was spent in historic downtown Frederiksted, where formal pictures were taken. One of the activities the bride and groom arranged for out-of-town guests was a day trip to various historic and unique places, which included a Cruzan Rum Distillery tour. St. Croix truly has so many gorgeous places for couples that are looking for something off the beaten path. With historic places of worship, centuries-old architecture, sprawling villas and glorious palm-lined beaches, the U.S. Virgin Islands is a welcoming paradise for those on a budget and for those seeking ultimate luxury.

GALLOWS POINT RESORT WEDDINGS Gallows Point Resort offers two stunning wedding locations on their lushly landscaped grounds for your perfect island wedding, all with picturesque water views and gorgeous sunsets. They are happy to recommend St. John wedding coordinators to help you plan every aspect of your wedding. They are sure to deliver enchanting moments that you and your guests will never forget. Five-minute stroll from Cruz Bay; 340-776-6434; www.gallowspointresort.com HEART & SOUL UNIONS The fabulous wedding team at Heart & Soul Unions will assist you every step of the way, from initial contact to the end of your wedding day. Their goal is to give you a unique wedding experience that fits your personality and style and that also fits within your budget. Emerald Beach Resort, 8070 Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas; 888-5875661; www.heartandsoulunions.com

There is Cane Bay, a gorgeous beach that overlooks the north side of the island and offers spectacular sunset views. Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, which is currently closed due to the hurricane, is another fantastic location for your wedding day. Hiking to the tide pools here takes some effort, but the views are worth it. If you are more of a traditional bride but want an idyllic destination wedding, then The Buccaneer resort is for you. It’s nestled on the east end of the island with a golf course and a private beach washed by Caribbean turquoise waters. There’s even a fabulous ballroom that overlooks Christiansted. On St. Thomas, Emerald Beach Resort boasts a spectacular setting conveniently located near some of the island’s most popular attractions. If you’re looking for oceanfront accommodations in St. John, Gallows Point Resort in Cruz Bay offers stunning views and a lushly landscaped tropical location. In the U.S. Virgin Islands, your wedding can be everything you dreamed of and more. Venues available for weddings range from waterfront restaurants and historic ruins to idyllic beaches, oceanfront resorts and more. Can you imagine a more magical place to tie the knot? Wedding invitation: Alexis & Lynn Calligraphy and Design; Veil: Kat Krafel, Veiled Beauty; Ring box: The Mrs. Box; Dress: Opal and June; Ribbon for the florals: Emmalinh; Hair: Emma, Ivy Moon Hair Salon, Christiansted; Makeup: Mia, Ivy Moon Hair Salon, Christiansted

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Emerald Beach Resort 340-777-8800 | 800-233-4936 reservations@emeraldbeach.com www.emeraldbeach.com

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Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas 340-774-2525 | 800-792-2742 reservations@lindberghbayhotelandvillas.com www.lindberghbayhotelandvillas.com

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$119–$229 per night

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas 340-775-3333 www.ritzcarlton.com

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$339–$1,549 per night

Secret Harbour Beach Resort 340-775-6550 | 800-524-2250 info@secretharbourvi.com www.secretharbourvi.com

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$185–$755 sgl $350–$725 dbl per night

Sugar Bay Resort & Spa 340-777-7100 | 866-237-3267 reservations@sugarbayresortandspa.com www.sugarbayresortandspa.com

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$140–$670 per night

Windward Passage Hotel 340-774-5200 | 800-524-7389 reservations@windwardpassage.com www.windwardpassage.com

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$139–$330 per night

Bellavista Scott Hotel 340-714-5500 bellavistascotthotel@gmail.com www.bellavistascotthotelvi.com

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$134–$224 per night

Bunker Hill Hotel 340-774-8056 info@bunkerhillhotel.com www.hotelbunkerhill.com

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$79–$135 per night

Flamboyan on the Bay Resort & Villas 340-777-6000 | 877-850-4465 www.flamboyanresortvi.com

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The Green Iguana Hotel 340-776-7654 | 855-473-4733 info@thegreeniguana.com www.thegreeniguana.com

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$135–$200 per night

Island View Guesthouse 340-774-4270 | 800-527-2023 islandviewstthomas@gmail.com www.islandviewstthomas.com

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Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 340-775-1800 | 800-524-4746 reservations@bolongobay.com www.bolongobay.com

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Sunset Gardens Guesthouse 340-344-2556 | 866-209-5427 reservations@sunsetgardensguesthouse.com www.sunsetgardensguesthouse.com

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$1,833–$2,513 per week

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Point Pleasant Resort 888-619-4010 www.pointpleasantresort.com

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$108–$214 per night

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Mafolie Hotel 340-774-2790 | 800-225-7035 info@mafolie.com www.mafolie.com

LODGING FACILITY

ST. THOMAS VACATION HOMES, VILLAS AND RENTAL AGENTS Calypso Realty, PC 340-774-1620 | 800-747-4858 carlene@calypsorealty.com www.calypsorealty.com

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$2,100– $8,000 per week

Magens Hideaway 972-989-3066 magenshideaway@gmail.com www.magenshideaway.com

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Serendipity Villa 340-227-4779 info@serendipityusvi.com www.serendipityusvi.com

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$4,028– $14,000 per week

Villa Fratelli Cresta 340-514-9441 manager@fratellicresta.com www.fratellicresta.com

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Bluebeard’s Castle 340-774-1600 | 843-238-5000 info@spmresorts.com www.spmresorts.com

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$115–$200 per night

Elysian Beach Resort 340-775-1000 | 800-438-6493 www.elysianbeachresort.net

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$200–$600 per night

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham 340-775-8300 | 888-870-2927 www.margaritavillevacationclub.com

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Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove 340-693-4800 www.marriott.com

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The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas 340-775-3333 | 888-209-5557 www.ritzcarltonclub.com

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The Westin St. John Resort Villas 340-693-8000 | 800-937-8461 www.westinresortstjohn.com

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Gallows Point Resort 340-776-6434 | 800-323-7229 info@gallowspointresort.com www.gallowspointresort.com

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ST. JOHN HOTELS

per night $200–$639

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ST. JOHN VACATION HOMES, VILLAS AND RENTAL AGENTS Coconut Coast Villas 340-693-9100 | 855-245-0499 coconutcoaststjohn@gmail.com www.coconutcoast.com

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Island Getaways 340-693-7676 kathy@islandgetawaysinc.com www.islandgetawaysinc.com

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Sea Shore Allure 340-779-2800 | 855-779-2800 info@seashoreallure.com www.seashoreallure.com

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The Buccaneer Hotel 340-712-2100 | 800-255-3881 reservations@thebuccaneer.com www.thebuccaneer.com

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Divi Carina Bay Resort 340-773-9700 | 877-773-9700 management@divicarina.com www.divicarina.com

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Hotel on the Cay 340-773-2035 | 855-654-0301 info@hotelonthecay.com www.hotelonthecay.com

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Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa 340-778-3800 www.renaissancestcroix.com

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per night $79–$279

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Arawak Bay, The Inn at Salt River 340-772-1684 | 877-261-5385 info@arawakbaysaltriver.co.vi www.arawakbaysaltriver.co.vi

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Kings Alley Hotel 340-773-0103 | 800-843-3574 info@kingsalleyhotel.com www.kingsalleyhotel.com

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The Palms at Pelican Cove 340-718-8920 | 800-548-4460 info@palmspelicancove.com www.palmspelicancove.com

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Sand Castle on the Beach 340-772-1205 | 800-524-2018 info@sandcastleonthebeach.com www.sandcastleonthebeach.com

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Sugar Apple Bed & Breakfast 754-300-6983 | 310-890-8111 sugarapplebedandbreakfast@gmail.com www.sugarapplebedandbreakfast.com

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Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina 340-718-4455 | 800-619-0014 reservations@tamarindreefresort.com www.tamarindreefresort.com

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The Inn on Strand Street 340-719-1272 | 340-772-0500 info@innonstrandstreet.com www.innonstrandstreet.com

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Holger Danske Hotel 340-773-3600 | 877-465-4373 holgerdan@aol.com www.holgerhotel.com

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The Fred 340-777-3733 | 844-789-8784 info@sleepwithfred.com www.sleepwithfred.com

SPA

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Cottages By the Sea 340-772-0495 | 800-323-7252 vacation@caribbeancottages.com www.caribbeancottages.com

TENNIS

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Club Comanche Hotel St.Croix 340-773-0210 | 888-406-8030 info@clubcomanche.com www.clubcomanche.com

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Caravelle Hotel & Casino 340-773-0687 | 800-524-0410 info@hotelcaravelle.com www.hotelcaravelle.com

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$140–$350 dbl per night

$62–$379

per night $95–$225

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$149–$239

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ST. CROIX CONDOMINIUMS Sugar Beach Condo Resort 340-718-5345 | 800-524-2049 info@sugarbeachstcroix.com www.sugarbeachstcroix.com

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VISITOR INFORMATION U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

Useful INFORMATION

HELPFUL TIPS FOR NAVIGATING YOUR WAY AROUND OUR ISLANDS BANKING Currency is the U.S. dollar. There are ATMs located throughout. Banks are generally open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with service windows open later. Some banks have Saturday hours, 9 a.m. to noon. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are accepted. There is no sales tax in the territory.

COMMUNICATIONS Most accommodations have in-room telephones. When calling the U.S. mainland, dial “1,” then the area code and number. The area code for the USVI is 340. There is no need to dial “1” and the area code when

making local calls from a USVI landline. Most major U.S. cell phone service providers have coverage areas in the USVI. Many accommodations offer Internet access; and Wi-Fi is available in select locations. There are also several Internet cafés.

MAIL & BUSINESS SERVICES U.S. postal rates apply on the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Postal Service offers Express Mail service that reaches any U.S. destination the following day if mailed before noon or within two days if mailed after noon. Priority Mail reaches the U.S. mainland in three to five days. Major couriers

such as FedEx and UPS offer service to and from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

MEDICAL The integrated health system, called the Schneider Regional Medical Center, is comprised of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute on St. Thomas and the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center on St. John. Trauma and emergency care are offered, plus other specialties including pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology and orthopedics as well as others. 340-776-8311; www.rlshospital.org

Ackley Media Group The #1 Stations on the Virgin Islands!

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A beacon of hope & light in downtown Charlotte Amalie

ST.THOMAS

REFORMED CHURCH Founded in 1660

Sunday 10 a.m. services are culturally & musically rich and diverse. Visit our historic Sanctuary LUTHERAN CHURCH CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN

RELIGION Worship services for many religions are offered in the USVI. Check the local directory for information.

TRANSPORTATION AIRLINES: American Airlines 800-433-7300 Bohlke International Airways 340-778-9177, 800-653-9177 Cape Air 800-227-3247 Delta Airlines 800-221-1212 JetBlue Airlines 800-538-2583

All are welcome! 5 Crystal Gade, at the corner of Crystal and Nye, Charlotte Amalie (340) 776-8255 • stthomasreformedchurch.org The STRC app is available in the App store in Mac and Android formats.

Visit the

Historic Synagogue Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas

The spiritual home of the Jews of St. Thomas since 1796.

LIAT Airlines 866-549-5428 Spirit Airlines 801-401-2222 United Airlines 800-864-8331

THE HEBREW CONGREGATION OF ST. THOMAS The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, established in 1796, is one of the three National Historic Landmarks here. It is the oldest Synagogue in continuous use under the American flag and second oldest in the western hemisphere. Visitors welcome. No admission fee. Well-stocked Judaica Gift Shop. Services every Friday at 6:30 p.m. 2116 Crystal Gade; 340-774-4312; www.synagogue.vi ST. THOMAS REFORMED CHURCH Founded in 1660, this historic church hosted the Transfer Day service in 1917, and was the home church of Edward Blyden, father of Pan-Africanism. Destroyed by fire, flood and hurricane, the sanctuary has been rebuilt each time, serving residents and visitors alike. Tours available Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. Sunday services at 10 a.m. All are welcome! 5 Crystal Gade, at the corner of Crystal and Nye, Charlotte Amalie; 340-776-8255; www.stthomasreformedchurch.org

Our Synagogue is one of the three National Historic Landmarks on St. Thomas and just a short walk from Main Street. Visit our adjacent Weibel Museum & Judaica Shop. Open to Visitors: Mon.-Thurs. 9am - 4pm, Fri. 9am - 3pm Contact us at: info@synagogue.vi | www.synagogue.vi Phone: 340-774-4312 | Fax: 340-774-3249 Join us for Services: Fridays 6:30pm

This architectual gem has all the original elements from its construction in 1833.

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VISITOR INFORMATION U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AUTO RENTALS: Many major car rental companies have offices in the USVI. All require valid driver’s licenses and credit cards to rent vehicles of all sizes. Make sure to drive on the left and buckle up; it’s the law. BUSES: Air-conditioned VITRAN buses run in the city and rural areas. On St. John, VITRAN buses run between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. 340-774-0165. On St. Thomas, city buses run between the Schneider Regional Medical Center area west to town. Country buses travel between town and Red Hook every two hours from early morning to early evening. 340-774-5678. On St. Croix, bus service between Christianstead and Frederikstead runs at regular intervals between 5 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily, except Saturday and Sunday. Fares are $1 for those under 55 years of age, and $0.55 for seniors. Seniors with a Senior Citizen Card ride free. 340-778-0898 or 340-773-1290.

FREE Pick-Up & Drop Off at Airport and Hotels. Some Restrictions Apply.

340-776-4858

Toll Free: 877-478-2833

FERRIES: St. Thomas/St. John Boyson’s Inc. Car Ferry 340-776-6294 Global Marine’s Tug Life 340-775-6279 Inter Island Services, Inc. St. John 340-776-6597 Love City Car Ferries 340-779-4000 Transportation Services 340-776-6282

Located next to the Airport St. Thomas, USVI

Varlack Ventures 340-776-6412 TAXIS: Cars and communal vans offer service in the USVI and are regulated by the government. The visitor’s guide Places to Explore publishes the most current rates.

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WE’LL TAKE YOU THERE. New Models. Great Rates. Free Pick Ups. 340-776-1500 | www.thriftystt.com

Always Low Prices on SUVs, Cars & Minivans. 340-774-0111 | www.dollarstt.com

Experience the free, island famous, eco-friendly, propane powered shuttle to the airport in air conditioned luxury!

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BUDGET RENT A CAR Budget Rent A Car is the No. 1 choice for car rental on St. Thomas, offering a wide selection of well-maintained vehicles. At Budget’s convenient locations, you’ll find a warm, friendly staff and a wide selection of cars, jeeps, SUVs, trucks and minivans. Call for free pickup or drop-off. Harwood Highway, Cyril E. King Airport, and West Indian Cruise Ship Dock; 800-626-4516; www.budgetstt.com DISCOUNT CAR RENTAL Conveniently located right around the corner from the Cyril E. King Airport with free pickup. Discount Car Rental has the lowest car rental rates on St. Thomas and St. John and the best weekly rates. Clean, new vehicles, comfort and safety, air-conditioning, automatic drive and all the amenities. Next to the St. Thomas Airport; 340-776-4858; www.discountcar.vi THRIFTY CAR RENTAL & DOLLAR RENT A CAR Welcome to paradise! Thrifty and Dollar invite you to explore all the Virgin Islands in the comfort of their large variety of brand new models including sedans, Jeeps, SUVs and full-size cars. Great deals, outstanding service and a free airport shuttle await you. Call or book online for the best deal. Airport Adjacent; 340-776-1500; www.thriftystt.com 340-774-0111; www.dollarstt.com VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

Buck Island, St. Croix

ACCOMMODATIONS Bluebeard’s Castle pg. STT47 340-774-1600 www.spmresorts.com The Buccaneer pg. STX24 800-255-3881/340-712-2100 www.thebuccaneer.com The COVE at Frenchman’s pg. STT48 340-693-4800 www.marriott.com Gallows Point Resort pg. STJ31 340-776-6434 www.gallowspointresort.com The Green Iguana Hotel pg. STT48 340-776-7654 www.thegreeniguana.com

Parrot Club pg. STJ23 340-776-4111 Tree Limin’ Extreme pg. STT9 340-777-ZIPS (9477) www.ZiplineStThomas.com Winners Circle pg. STT10 www.winnerscirclevi.com

CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas pg. 131 340-774-4312 www.synagogue.vi St. Thomas Reformed Church pg. 131 340-776-8255 www.stthomasreformedchurch.org

RESTAURANTS Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina pg. STX24 340-718-4455 www.TamarindReefResort.com

Beach Side Café pg. STX22 340-772-1205/340-772-1266 www.sandcastleonthebeach.com

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Caribbean Fish Market pg. STT39 340-714-STRG (7874) www.CaribbeanFishMarketvi.com

Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming) pg. STT11 340-776-4111 Coral World Ocean Park pg. STT7 340-775-1555 www.coralworldvi.com

Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar pg. STT40 340-775-7060 www.caribbeansaloon.com

Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT5, STT20 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com

Delly Deck pg. STT42 340-776-9943 www.dellydeckrestaurant.com

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The Drunken Clam pg. STT43 340-714-CLAM (2526) facebook.com/drunkenclamvi Duffy’s Love Shack pg. STT41 340-779-2080 www.duffysloveshack.com High Tide St. John pg. STJ30 340-714-6169 www.hightidevi.com Iggies Oasis pg. STT43 340-775-1800 www.iggiesbeachbar.com Island Time Pub pg. STT44 340-774-2929 www.facebool.com/ IslandTimePub Ocean 362 pg. STJ31 340-776-0001 www.ocean362.com Pesce pg. STT39 340-714-STRG (7874) www.Pescevi.com PRIME pg. STT42 340-690-2191 reservations@primehospitalityvi.com

Sib’s on the Mountain Bar & Restaurant pg. STT45 340-774-8967 www.facebook.com/ SibsOnTheMountain Sunset Grille pg. STT39 340-714-STRG (7874) www.SunsetGrillevi.com taste pg.STT42 340-690-2191 reservations@primehospitalityvi.com The Terrace Restaurant pg. STJ29 340-779-8550 www.theterracestjohn.com Tickles Dockside Pub pg. STT45 340-776-1595 www.ticklesdocksidepub.com XO Bistro pg. STT44 340-779-2069 www.xobistro.net

SHOPPING Adorn pg. STX17 340-227-1343 www.adornstcroix.com

RAW pg. STT39 340-714-STRG (7874) www.RAWvi.com

Bamboo Studio pg. STJ23 340-776-0669 www.bamboovi.com

Rum Runners pg. STX22 340-773-6585 www.RumRunnersStCroix.com

Bliss Jewelers Inside Back Cover 340-715-BLIS (2547) blissjewelers@gmail.com

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Bobby’s Jewelers pg. 8 800-232-6229 bobbysjewelers@gmail.com

Mongoose Junction pg. STJ20-21 340-774-8175 www.MongooseJunctionStJohn.com

Discount Car Rental pg. 132 340-776-4858 www.discountcar.vi

Caravan Gallery pg. STJ22 340-779-4566 www.caravangallery.com

Okidanokh Map 340-775-3060 www.okidanokh.com

Seaborne pg. STX25 www.seaborneairlines.com

Cartier pg. 11 www.cartier.com Crucian Gold pg. STX17 340-244-2996 www.cruciangold.com Cruzan Rum, Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits, Map www.cruzanrum.com Diamonds International pg. 9, STT30, Map 340-776-5570/800-444-4025/ 284-541-8507/800-51-JEWEL www.diamondsinternational.com Freebird Creations pg. STJ25 340-693-8625 www.freebirdcreations.com Hotheads pg. STX18 340-773-7888 www.hotheads.vi House of Rajah pg. STT31 340-776-7770 www.houseofrajah.com ib designs pg. STX16 340-773-4322 www.ibdesignsvi.com Island Casual pg. STT30 340-775-9964 Facebook: @IslandCasual Joyia Inspirational Jewelry pg. STX18 340-713-4JOY (4569) www.JoyiaJewelry.com Little Switzerland Inside Front Cover, 1, 2-3, 5, 7 877-800-9998 www.littleswitzerland.com Local Color pg. STT32 340-774-2280/340-774-3182 www.LocalColorVI.com

Omni Jewelers pg. STT27 340-776-7860 omni@islands.vi Pandora pg. 15 340-776-8550/340-774-3672 Facebook: @PandoraStThomas The Pearl Lady pg. STT33 340-774-5875 The.Pearl.Lady.1@gmail.com Rolex Boutique at A.H. Riise Back Cover 340-777-6789 www.ahriise.com/rolex Royal Caribbean pg. 11, 13 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com Seaside Market & Deli pg. STX19 340-719-9393 www.seasidemarketstx.com The Shoe Bar pg. STX18 340-713-1445 Starfish Market pg. STJ24 340-779-4949 www.starfishmarket.com Steve Simonsen Photography pg. STJ17 340-513-9687 www. stevesimonsen.net/Home/Books Vangie’s Secret pg. STT33 800-296-9551 www.vangiessecret.com

TRANSPORTATION Budget Car Rental pg. 133 800-626-4516 www.budgetstt.com

Thrifty & Dollar Car Rental pg. 132 340-776-1500 www.thriftystt.com 340-774-0111 www.dollarstt.com

VISITOR INFORMATION Ackley Media Group pg. 130 340-776-1000 VI Hotspot pg. 132 Download the Mobile App

WATERSPORTS Arawak Expeditions pg. STJ14 340-693-8312 www.arawakexp.com Bad Kitty and Calypso Charters pg. STJ14 340-777-7245/340-693-7328/ 340-714-7800 www.calypsovi.com The BOSS Underwater Adventure pg. STT19 340-777-3549 www.bossusvi.com Caribbean Sea Adventures pg. STX9 340-773-2628 www.caribbeanseaadventures.com Coki Dive Center pg. STT16 340-775-4220 info@CokiDive.com Cruz Bay Watersports pg. STJ2-3 340-776-6234/776-6040 www.CruzBayWatersports.com Double Header Sportfishing pg. STT18 340-777-7317 www.doubleheadersportfishing.net Magic Moments pg. STT17 800-734-7345 www.yachtmagicmoments.com

Marlin Prince pg. STT18 340-693-5929 www.marlinprince.com Mixed Bag Sportfishing pg. STT16 340-513-0389 www.sportfishingstjohn.com Nauti Nymph pg. STT17 800-734-7345 www.nautinymph.com Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT5, STT20 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com See & Ski Powerboat Rentals pg. STT19 340-775-6265/866-775-6268 www.seeski.com Sonic Charters pg. STT18 866-626-2824 www.SonicCharters.com St. Thomas Boat Rental pg. STT21 340-227-5144 www.stboat.com V.I.B.E. Charters pg. STT20 340-626-2875 www.vibecharters.com West End Water Sports pg. STX9 340-277-8295 www.wewatersports.com Virgin Islands Ecotours pg. STT15, STT20, STJ14 340-779-2155 www.viecotours.com

WEDDINGS Heart & Soul Unions pg. 125 888-587-5661 www.heartandsoulunions.com Gallows Point Resort Wedding pg. STJ31 340-776-6434 www.gallowspointresort.com VISIT U.S. Virgin Islands 2019

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MEMBERS OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION HOTEL MEMBERS, ST. JOHN Caneel Bay Resort Coconut Coast Villas Gallows Point Resort Island Getaways Sea Shore Allure The Westin St. John Resort Villas HOTEL MEMBERS, ST. THOMAS Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Bellavista Scott Hotel Bluebeard’s Beach Club Bluebeard’s Castle The Buccaneer Bunker Hill Hotel Calypso Realty, PC Elysian Beach Resort Emerald Beach Resort Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas The Fred Frenchman’s Reef Marriott & Morning Star Beach Resort Green Iguana Hotel Island Beachcomber Hotel Island View Guest House Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas Mafolie Hotel Magens Hideaway Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Point Pleasant Resort Secret Harbour Beach Resort Serendipity Villa Sugar Bay Resort & Spa Sunset Gardens The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas Villa Fratelli Cresta Windward Passage Hotel HOTEL MEMBERS, ST. CROIX Arawak Bay Caravelle Hotel & Casino Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix

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Cottages By the Sea Divi Carina Bay Resort Holger Danske Hotel Hotel on the Cay The Inn on Strand Street Kings Alley Hotel The Palms at Pelican Cove Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa Sand Castle on the Beach Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast Sugar Beach Condo Resort Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina ALLIED MEMBERS, ST. THOMAS/ST. JOHN #1 Steam Carpet Alpha Jewelers American Airlines/US Airways Antilles Gas Corporation APTIM AT Construction Solutions Baker Magras & Associates Banco Popular BoltNagi PC Boolchand’s Budget Rent A Car Cape Air Cardow Jewelers Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Caribbean Saloon Chalet D’Or Cimmaron St. John COBEX International, Inc. Color Max Copy & Graphic Center Comprehensive Ortho Group Concessions International Coral World Ocean Park Crown Bay Marina Cruz Bay Watersports CSI Virgin Islands Delly Deck Restaurant deSigns Diamonds International

Drive Green VI Drunken Clam Dynasty/Dazzlers Ecolab Eden Jewelers Expedia Flavors of St. Thomas Food Tours French Quarter Bistro Frenchtown Brewing Glazer’s Premier Distributors Graphic Design Green Energy Distributor LLC Havensight Merchants Association Host - U - Training Services Hunter Food & Spirits InCarib.net Island Business Graphics Island Empire Island Meetings and Incentives Island Treasure Map JetBlue Airways KLR Services & Restaurant Supply Leeward Islands Management Little Switzerland Mango Tango Marjorie Rawls Roberts, PC MarryCaribbean.com Media Marketing MIMS MLB Creative Morris Caribbean Publications Natural Food Grocery & Deli Inc. Nauti Nymph Ocean Surfari Charters Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, LLC Palm Charters - Sail meow Paradise Point Tramway Parasail Virgin Islands Pirates and Treasure Museum Pistarckle Theater Pulse Technology Solutions of the VI Red Hook Family Practice Rooftops

Royal Caribbean Rum Shandy Sail with Liberty Seaborne Airlines Sharp Properties Sib’s On The Mountain Bar & Restaurant Smith Travel Research Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands Spenceley Office Equipment St. John Brewers St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce St. Thomas Historical Trust St. Thomas Yacht Club Stratustalk Inc. STRG St. Thomas Restaurant Group Take It Easy Boat Charters Theodore Tunick & Company Topa Properties Tropic Tours/Caribbean Travel Agency TV2 University of the Virgin Islands VAL EVENTS VI Professional Charter Association Virgin Islands Ecotours Viya Walgreens West Indian Company Limited Win Mill 2.0 Worldwide Flight Services WTJX Channel 12 Yacht Haven Grande ALLIED MEMBERS, ST. CROIX Cruzan Viril (Cruzan Rum) ALLIED MEMBERS, WATER ISLAND Dinghy’s Beach Bar Grill


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