Visit St. Croix, St. Thomas & St. John 2022

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elcome to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Thank you for choosing our beautiful islands as your travel destination. The Territory — St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island and its uninhabited out islands — is inviting, beautiful and alluring. With rich culture and history, culinary diversity, breathtaking beaches, and off-the-beaten-path experiences, the USVI offers all the natural amenities for travelers seeking a Caribbean experience with the comforts and conveniences of a U.S. destination. With an array of inter-island transportation options available, you can conveniently island-hop while exploring the destination at your leisure. Known for “a vibe like no other,” St. Croix proudly displays its rich history, architecture, cuisine and culture. Its historical twin cities, Christiansted and Frederiksted, offer a modern glimpse into its Danish past. Diving afficionados will be delighted by world-class sites ranging from coastal reefs to shipwrecks. A trip to the largest of the Virgin Islands isn’t complete without a sail to Buck Island Reef National Monument, one of only two underwater monuments in the United States. Peace and tranquility abound on St. John, as two-thirds of the island is protected as a national park. A southern drive offers one breathtaking vista after another. Scenic trails bring hikers from the Caribbean Sea to the highest peak, Bordeaux Mountain,

and through a variety of natural landscapes. In Cruz Bay and Coral Bay you can explore sugar mill ruins and enjoy eclectic shops, local cuisine and the peaceful ambience of the island. Visitors to St. Thomas, known for its breathtaking harbor located in the heart of the capital, Charlotte Amalie, can enjoy an active and vibrant experience. Duty-free shopping downtown offers visitors a chance to walk through the historic district, as they traverse through the gades, or small Danish side streets. As one of the most visited ports in the Caribbean, a fun-filled day might include an island tour, a visit to worldfamous Magens Bay, a swim with dolphins, a guided tour of Fort Christian or a ride on the Caribbean’s only tramway. Just within the Charlotte Amalie harbor you will find charming Water Island, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Honeymoon Beach’s secluded disposition creates a romantic getaway. Be sure to tour the island in a golf cart and greet a few of the 200 residents that call this island gem home. The U.S. Virgin Islands has something for everyone, and we hope you will take time to make wonderful memories as you enjoy your home away from home.

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JOSEPH B. BOSCHULTE Commissioner of Tourism



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hat better place to begin vacationing again than the U.S. Virgin Islands? With activities for any group, ethereal beaches and tropical trails, a variety of casual and fine dining options, and shops offering everything from exclusive local finds to international brands, the U.S. Virgin Islands is the destination you have been waiting for! As the world reopens to travel, we invite you to soak up the Caribbean sun and relax with the assurance that the territory and its businesses are committed to your health and well-being. In addition to government protocols instituted for your safety, many businesses have taken extra precautions to ensure our guests are able to breathe easy. Even this book is printed using antimicrobial applications! Enjoy your vacation with the knowledge that extensive measures have been taken for your health and comfort. In this guide, you will find a variety of activities to make the most of your valuable time away! Each island offers a unique glimpse into the culture, history, art and daily life in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Stay active on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John with an assortment of land excursions, and then cool off at any of the pristine beaches throughout the territory. Discover endless fun for your adventurous family or practice self-care with a luxurious

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pamper day. Whether you’re making romantic memories, planning a reunion with loved ones or seizing the day with friends, we have the activities, restaurants, shops and accommodations for you. Can’t decide where to start? You can now take this detailed guide with you as you explore the islands by downloading the Visit USVI mobile app. A quick download allows you to access this incredible resource for planning on the go so you don’t miss out on anything! On behalf of all of us in the U.S. Virgin Islands, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your return to travel. Whether this is your first trip or you’re returning for a welldeserved vacation, we know you will enjoy your stay in paradise!

WARM REGARDS,

LISA HAMILTON

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

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CONTRI BUTORS

ANQUANETTE GASPARD Born and raised in St. Croix, Anquanette Gaspard is a food and travel entrepreneur, freelance writer, blogger and social media influencer who shares the beauty of Caribbean food and culture in a way that is authentically Caribbean. Her blog, CruzanFoodie. com, highlights the food, history and culture in the USVI, Caribbean and beyond. Her work has been featured in publications such as Travel + Leisure, Discover USVI, Experience BVI, Ebony, Essence and Destination Marriott.

STEVE AND JANET SIMONSEN 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 + Life. They also have supplied footage to Kenny Chesney for music videos, concert tours and documentaries.

MEREDITH ZIMMERMAN Meredith Zimmerman is a destination wedding, elopement and branding photographer based on St. Croix. She and her husband moved to the USVI in 2017 with just a few bags but have since collected a house, a dog, two cats, a pet chicken and a fishing charter business. Her work has been featured in Departures, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, Wedding Chicks and Dwell. Follow along on Instagram at @meredithzimmerman_.

CAROL BAREUTHER ANDREA MILAM 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.

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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 threedecade 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.


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PUBLISHER Garry Duell, Jr.

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Vanessa Molina Santamaria

ART DIRECTOR Sarah Rusin

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Simonsen

ADVERTISING SERVICES Rosana Alfonso Duell

ADVERTISING SALES Bobbie Bryan bobbie.visitusvi@gmail.com Rachael Gunn

CONTRIBUTORS Carol Bareuther, Anquanette Gaspard, Jeffrey Laign, Andrea Milam, Janet Simonsen, David Umla, Meredith Zimmerman

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. Cover Photography by Steve Simonsen Copyright ©2021 by North South Net, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction by permission only.

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SNORKELERS IN THE CLEAR BLUE WATER OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

OLIVIA MANCIVALANO AT TRUNK BAY, VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK, ST. JOHN

ERIN PROCTOR AT BUCK ISLAND NATIONAL MONUMENT, ST. CROIX

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Welcome to St. Thomas Enjoy this cosmopolitan destination

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Welcome to St. John Discover nature’s paradise

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Welcome to St. Croix Overflowing with history

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Activities & Attractions Explore the island’s top offerings

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Activities & Attractions Go beyond sun and sand

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Activities & Attractions Top things to see and do

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On the Water Venture above and below the sea

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On the Water Fun on or under the waves

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Beaches Beauty and the beach

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Local Spotlight Peter Bailey

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Beaches Award-winning beaches

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Shopping Shop till you drop

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Beaches A bevy of beautiful beaches

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Shopping Unique gifts and souvenirs

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Dining Tasty temptations

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Shopping A duty-free treasure trove

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Dining Whet your appetite

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Local Spotlight Debbie Sun

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Dining Delicious delights

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Local Spotlight Shikima Jones-Sprauve

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Accommodations Designed for relaxation

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Accommodations Just the haven you’re seeking

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Accommodations Retreat to paradise

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Local Spotlight My Brother’s Workshop

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Download the indispensable VISIT USVI app! Scan the QR code below to learn more about USVI shopping, dining and attractions, as well as useful maps to help you find your way around.

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Calendar of Events

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Maps

What’s happening throughout the year

Find your way around the islands

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Weddings

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Index of Advertisers

Getting married in paradise

Listings of our preferred partners

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

Dining

WHAT’S IN STORE BY ANDREA MILAM

St. Croix boasts everything from top brands to one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remind you of your time here.

DELICIOUS DELIGHTS From toes-in-the-sand Happy-Hour-hanging spots to upscale waterfront fine dining, St. John has a surprisingly robust restaurant scene. or a small island, St. John punches way above its weight class when it comes to restaurant offerings. From airconditioned sports bars with frosty beers on draft to quaint, breezy outdoor eateries to upscale establishments with supremely divine dishes, St. John’s restaurants have something for everyone.

Laid-Back Lunching When you’re in search of a casual, easy breakfast, lunch or dinner, St. John has plenty of options at mid-range price points. Cruz Bay is home to the biggest concentration of dining venues of all sorts. Many restaurants are open air and serve familiar American fare. Coral Bay also offers aFINE handful of dining options, most falling into SONYA’S ISLAND JEWELRY the casual category. Sunday brunch is available on both sides of the island, and many restaurants have Happy Hour drink specials, with some giving deals on food during Happy Hour as well.

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Upscale and Incredible It’s hard to treat yourself to just one night of fine dining on St. John, where the competitive restaurant scene keeps chefs on their toes and at the forefront of culinary trends. A longtime favorite, Morgan’s Mango in Cruz Bay has become an integral part of a St. John vacation for repeat visitors who laud the restaurant’s Caribbeaninfluenced cuisine, top-notch service and breezy, beautiful setting. On the other side of Cruz Bay, The Terrace dominates the French cuisine scene with carefully selected fresh ingredients and the incredible talents of Chef/Owner Erica Miner in the kitchen. Sunset views over Cruz Bay add an extra special flair to an evening at The Terrace.

On-the-Water Eats

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Plenty of new additions to the St. John restaurant scene allow you

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Steve Simonsen (3)

Helpful island guide


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Conversation Starter: A Unique twist concept that allows for maximum comfort!

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CALENDAR

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Events and dates are subject to change.

Save the date! Mark your calendar so you can enjoy these year-round events and festivals. For more information, go to www.visitusvi.com. JA N UA RY

MAY

• Food, Arts and Crafts Fair, St. Croix

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

• St. Croix Scenic 50 Mile Ultra Marathon

• Beach to Beach Power Swim, St. John

• Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix  • Martin Luther King Regatta, St. Thomas

JU N E  • St. John Festival, St. John

FEBRUARY  • Krewe de Croix Mardi Croix Parade, St. Croix

JU LY

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

• Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, St. Croix

• St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair

• St. John Festival, St. John  • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

MAR C H  • St. Thomas International Regatta, St. Thomas

AUGUST

• The Round the Rocks Race, St. Thomas

• Annual Texas Society Chili Cook Off, St. Thomas

• St. George Botanical Gardens Art in the Garden, St. Croix  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix

N OVEM BER  • USVI Charter Yacht Show, St. Thomas  • Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

A P RI L  • The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience  • Virgin Islands Carnival, St. Thomas

• Paradise Jam: NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball teams go head-to-head in this annual tournament  • Paddle the Park, St. John

• J’Ouvert, St. Thomas  • Children’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas

DECEM BER

• Adult’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas

• Annual St. Croix International Marathon

• Water Island Classical Music Festival,

• Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix

St. Thomas

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• Christmas Boat Parade, St. Croix




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Dining Bumpa’s Sandwich Shop ............. 23 Café Amici.................................. 24 E’s Garden Teahouse .................. 25 Taphaus ..................................... 26 Virgilio’s Cuisine .......................... 27 Petite Pump Room ..................... 28 Groceries Mo’s Fresh Market ..................... 29

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Dine Shop Explore

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he moment you land on St. Croix, there’s no denying an indescribable island vibe like no other in the Caribbean: lush green mountaintops as far as the eye can see, unspoiled beaches that stretch for miles and crisp, cool breezes in year-round 85-degree weather are some of the island’s most cherished treasures.

Known as the culinary gateway to the Caribbean, its burgeoning culinary scene is

influenced not only by Africa and Denmark during the colonial era, but also by its Caribbean neighbors who immigrated here steadily throughout the 20th century. The island’s eclectic blend of cultures is infused with a spirited sense of community where St. Croix locals (called Crucians) will always offer a carefree smile and a friendly greeting at the start of every conversation. Uncover the hidden corners of this idyllic Caribbean paradise complete with good food, good vibes and good people.

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GO, SEE & DO Activities and attractions to match every interest abound on this island gem. by

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he wide array of activities and attractions on St. Croix makes vacationing here a breeze. Adventurous thrill seekers, history buffs and everyone in between are sure to find a corner on the island that was made just for them. There is so much to see and do on St. Croix — from historic and cultural attractions to ecological

outings and adventures on land and sea. Now visitors from St. Thomas can explore comprehensive roundup of the top things to see and do on the island will satisfy all interests during your visit. PAUL AND JILL’S EQUESTRIAN STABLES

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the big island with ease thanks to round-trip ferry service from Native Son Ferry. This


The hippest boutique hotel south of South Beach

An adults Only Resort in Freder iksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

The Fred, named after King Frederik V of Denmark (also the namesake for the town of Frederiksted where the property is located) is a beach front, boutique resort, spa, restaurant, bar AND a gorgeous gift shop all wrapped up in a tiny little jewel box! It’s the only beach front resort that’s also located in town. St. Croix is well known as the culinary island and the most historically significant island in the Caribbean. The Fred is a magnificent collection of six beautifully renovated and preserved historic structures, each with its own unique personality and story. For example, Totten House, constructed in 1790, is named after early civil rights leader Ashley Totten and it is the signature structure on the property. The Fred offers the very latest in modern travel conveniences including free Wi-Fi throughout the property, even on the beach. We are hosting live music daily! New ownership have added the XGrille Hibachi experience, a lobster tank, a sushi bar, an espresso machine, and paddleboard and snorkel rentals.

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You never know what famous person you might see playing at The Fred.

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Are you a local?

Join Club Fred! Membership includes use of the pool, fast internet, beach towel, use of locker, and VIP access to special events.


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Uncover St. Croix’s historic and cultural attractions by touring notable areas that preserve the island’s fascinating past and highlight its captivating present. FREDERIKSTED PUBLIC ART TRAIL This self-guided outdoor public art tour features a variety of artwork and sculptures created by local and visiting artists. Along the trail, small spaces throughout the city have been erected for both residents and visitors to enjoy. Local artist Waldemar Brodhurst’s work is heavily featured on the trail. Using reclaimed aluminum roofing, upcycled fans, tire planters and screen wire, he creates sculptures depicting moko jumbies, cultural dancers, turtles and more. WHIM PLANTATION MUSEUM An authentic, fully restored Danish plantation offers guests a glimpse of plantation life during the 1700s. On the impeccably manicured grounds are a great house, slave quarters, cookhouse and sugar mill. Tall stalks of sugarcane loom in the nearby plantation gardens. Spanning over 12 acres, this is the only sugar plantation museum in the

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Virgin Islands where visitors can trace their ancestries at the on-site research library and archive repository. FORT CHRISTIANSVAERN AND FORT FREDERIK The two most iconic and impressive historic structures on St. Croix, Fort Christiansvaern and Fort Frederik, were constructed in the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, respectively, to protect Christiansted and Frederiksted from pirates and privateers. Located on the east end of St. Croix in Christiansted, Fort Christiansvaern was the first structure built by the Danes after the island was purchased from France in 1733. It served as a protective barrier for the city, living quarters for Danish troops and the location for collection of customs duties. Fort Frederik, on the island’s west end, functioned as the defense of Danish colonial interests in the Caribbean. Since its completion in 1760, it has since served as the focal point of significant historic events such as the 1848 Emancipation Revolt, the 1878 Labor Riot and one of the 1917 ceremonies transferring the Virgin Islands to the United States. LABYRINTH AT ESTATE MOUNT WASHINGTON Step into a time past at the restored sugar plantation ruins in Estate Mount

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Washington. Although on private property, it is open to the public to take in its medieval Chartres style and the sevencircuit labyrinth that was designed and built by the estate’s current owner, Nancy Ayer. Labyrinths have been traditionally used to facilitate meditation, quiet prayer and self-reflection. You, too, can accomplish this on the estate’s grounds. Lush foliage and tropical flora are sprinkled throughout the 12-plus-acre property with magnificent views of the Caribbean Sea. ST. GEORGE VILLAGE BOTANICAL GARDENS Many visitors to St. Croix miss out on this gem tucked away on the lush grounds of the 16-acre Estate St. George. A former 19th-century sugarcane plantation, the site is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the botanical, historical and cultural collections on its grounds. The garden’s botanical collection boasts over 1,500 native and exotic species and varieties, as guests discover on a self-guided tour. Here they will see large kapok, mahogany and turpentine trees; tropical fruit trees; colorful flowers and blossoming ferns. The restored buildings and preserved ruins on the grounds include a sugar and rum factory, the overseer’s house, the blacksmith shop and the workers’ family quarters.

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Natural Wonders by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

Kick off your ecotourism expeditions in St. Croix and enjoy Mother Nature’s bountiful blessings.

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ST. CROIX EAST END MARINE PARK VISITOR CENTER Dive in and learn about St. Croix’s natural marine resources and habitats at the island’s newest attraction. Located out east along the island’s south shore road, St. Croix East End Marine Park Visitor Center offers interactive learning experiences for visitors of all ages. Touch-screen LCD displays, stimulating games, vibrant educational plaques and an “underwater” walk-through are some of the tools used to create a fun, cool way to learn about marine natural resources and habitats that surround St. Croix. SALT RIVER NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK The site of Christopher Columbus’s 1493 landing, Salt River National Historic Park is a protected ecological reserve that also serves as a tropicalecosystem home to threatened and endangered species. Take an adventurous kayaking tour on these famous shores and explore the site where Columbus landed on his second voyage to the Americas. TURTLE WATCHING AT SANDY POINT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Get a first-row seat at the largest leatherback turtle nesting site in the United States. At Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge Watch, visitors can witness gigantic female turtles digging nests and laying their eggs or experience the breathtaking

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moment when hatchlings break out of their shells and crawl to the sea. The turtle nesting watches take place on St. Croix’s West End at Sandy Point, one of the longest stretches of beach in the Caribbean. Contact the organization via Facebook to inquire about joining their turtle nesting watches that are open to the public during turtle-watch season. www.facebook.com/sandypointnwr

BIOLUMINESCENT BAY AT SALT RIVER Light up the waters around you on a nighttime kayak tour in one of the world’s six year-round bioluminescent bays. These “living night lights” are provided by three highly concentrated types of bioluminescent microorganisms: dinoflagellates (the most common), glow worms and ctenophora (also known as comb jellyfish). Kayak tours take place on St. Croix’s North Shore at Salt River Bay.

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do and taste firsthand why St. Croix is considered a premier culinary destination in the Caribbean.

Thrills on Land and Sea by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

Whether you’re looking for fun on and under the sea or a thrilling land-based adventure, these action-packed activities on St. Croix are calling your name! HANG TIGHT! An open-air 4x4 Jeep and a sense of adventure are all you need to access hard-to-reach spots like the hilltops of Blue Mountain and the Carambola Tide Pools. Take a scenic drive through the shaded rainforest for a rewarding visit to Mt. Pellier Domino Club. Here the beer-drinking pigs are ready to guzzle down a can or two of golden suds with new friends. For a supercharged adrenaline rush, go off-roading in an ATV with a 90-minute guided excursion along mountainous

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trails on St. Croix’s North Shore. On this fast-paced trek, you can explore historic ruins from the early 1800s and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS Zip and fly in the USVI at St. Croix’s newest attraction, Carambola Zip Line. This fun, exciting outing offers two tours for the price of one — an informative land tour and a thrilling zip line tour. Boasting almost 5,000 linear feet, it is the longest zip line in the Caribbean, with four courses to zip through. SAMPLE LOCAL CUISINE Feeling hungry? Treat your taste buds to authentic local cuisine on a guided food-tasting and cultural walking tour in downtown Christiansted. Besides learning about island food, guests gain a better understanding about St. Croix’s rich history and eclectic culture. Dine where the locals

TAKE A SIP While rum has reigned supreme when it comes to the spirit of choice on St. Croix, a new player has emerged in recent years. The world’s first and only distilled-from-breadfruit vodka is the newest spirit making waves on the island. Visitors can tour the distillery to learn how it’s made, followed by a tasting session featuring signature cocktails. Craft beer on St. Croix has also experienced a surge in popularity. A visit to the brewery is a great way to spend the afternoon. Learn what makes this Virgin Islands craft beer one of a kind while enjoying light bites paired with quality crafted brews. GET HOOKED Head out on St. Croix’s waters for a spectacular deep-sea fishing experience. Throw out your line and catch your share of mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna and marlin. Give fly-fishing or bottom fishing a try; if luck is on your side, you might get to fight a tarpon. WET & WILD Gear up for a splash of fun on the water on St. Croix’s west side at Rainbow Beach. There, you can chat up the staff at West End Watersports to find the perfect water activity for you. Hop on a Jet Ski for a spine-tingling ride on the calm blue waters or try your hand at paddleboarding. For an added touch of adventure, journey to new heights with flyboarding — the newest watersport phenomenon that propels you almost 50 feet in the air.

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DIP & DIVE Tune out the world above and dip beneath the surface of the sea. Snorkel through the warm waters of St. Croix, where you will uncover underwater trails, sunken ships and 3,200-foot sea walls. Scuba diving St. Croix is a must for any diver or anyone interested in giving diving a try. The island is renowned for its world-class scuba diving surrounded by the longest continuous living reef in the Caribbean.


FOR AN ADDED TOUCH OF ADVENTURE, JOURNEY TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH FLYBOARDING — THE NEWEST WATERSPORT PHENOMENON THAT PROPELS YOU ALMOST 50 FEET IN THE AIR. Caribbean Sea Adventures 340-773-2628; www.caribbeanseaadventures.com 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. West End Water Sports 340-277-8295; www.wewatersports.com All-in-one beach company with the best watersports and beach rentals on St. Croix. Their 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 to Rhythms at Rainbow Beach.

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ersatility, beauty and everything in between... With all beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands being open and available to the public, the possibilities are endless. From east to west, splishsplash your way around St. Croix at the island’s best beaches. BEACH BUFFS Sandy Point: Some may recognize Sandy Point Beach from the closing scene in the award-winning film The Shawshank Redemption. It was named one of the Best Caribbean Beaches for 2020 by Forbes.com and is a favorite for many because of its long stretch of powder-white sand. If this west end beach is a must-see for your visit, be sure to plan your trip to St. Croix between September 2 and March 30; the beach is closed from April 1 through September 1 for turtle nesting season and opens only on weekends during the rest of the year. Turtle Beach at Buck Island National Monument: Turtle Beach is best known for its jaw-dropping views and topnotch snorkeling along its well-marked underwater trail. Turquoise waters and sandy shores make this designated national park — located seven miles east of Christiansted — a Caribbean dream come true. SOLITUDE SEEKERS Shoy’s Beach: Tucked away inside the entrance to The Buccaneer hotel, this private beach is the perfect spot to capture a moment or two in complete solitude. Walk through the shaded

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entrance encircled by sea grape trees and welcome the distinct sound of gentle waves crashing ashore. There are no amenities at Shoy’s; however, the beach has no shortage of shade from the island sun — and you’re almost always likely to have the beach to yourself. Protestant Cay: A short ferry ride from the Christiansted harbor lands you on the shores of Protestant Cay. Sunbathing, swimming or sipping a refreshing cocktail — however you’d like to spend the day on the beach is up to you. Grab a bucket of beer or try a Cruzan Confusion cocktail from the bar and watch as seaplanes take off and land in the distance. Nothing beats taking in the view of the sun dipping behind the rolling hills as the day leisurely comes to an end.

FAMILY FUN DAY Rainbow Beach: This lively Frederiksted beach is the perfect spot for families wanting some fun in the sun. It’s every local’s favorite beach with something for everyone, from the tiniest tot to the seasoned adult. Grab an ice-cold drink at the restaurant bar, play a game of volleyball or challenge your friends to a foot race. If you’re looking for a little thrill, test your balance while flyboarding or hop on a Jet Ski as you glide across the clear blue waters. Cane Bay Beach: Head north to this popular family beach for its calm waters and fun activities. It’s the best of both worlds: ideal for young kids and inexperienced swimmers and, simultaneously, a superb location for avid snorkelers and scuba divers.

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St. Croix boasts everything from top brands to one-of-a-kind souvenirs to remind you of your time here.


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FROM SILVER AND GOLD TO COPPER AND BRASS, YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ONE (OR MANY) OF THE UNIQUE PIECES.

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heaping dose of retail therapy is exactly what the doctor ordered! Take your pick of locally handcrafted jewelry, fine artwork and duty-free wines and spirits to commemorate your visit to the big island. All this and many more unique finds await your discovery as you “shop till you drop” on St. Croix. SAY IT WITH STYLE Complete the looks in your vacation wardrobe with top-quality clothing found in St. Croix’s specialty boutiques and shops. Stand out on the beach with a purchase from Hotheads. Choose from colorful sarongs, cover-ups, hats and accessories that cater to all shapes and sizes. Add a touch of authentic Crucian apparel with clothing made with the island’s cultural madras fabric. Since the

1600s, this hand-woven plaid material with its colorful patterned texture is an almost-immediate identifying product of the Caribbean. MAKE A TOAST While you’re here, stock up on your favorite wines and spirits. At $1,600 per person, including children, this generous duty-free allowance for U.S. citizens nearly doubles the amounts allowed on other islands. Luxury goods such as perfume, tobacco, cameras, jewelry and electronics do not incur any duty when purchased during your stay. The best part is that visitors may take up to six bottles of liquor back with them as 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 or Mutiny Island Vodka.

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DAZZLING DELIGHTS From silver and gold to copper and brass, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with one (or many) of the unique pieces found in jewelry display cases around St. Croix. Downtown Christiansted is home to the largest number of handmade jewelers in a square-mile radius. Wind through hidden courtyards and charming cobblestoned streets in search of stunning pieces to add to your jewelry collection. The infamous Crucian Hook Bracelet is one of the island’s most beloved jewelry pieces, representing the beauty, culture and unique heritage of the 84-square-mile island. This iconic find can be found at Sonya’s, home of the original hook bracelet. Created in 1964 by Sonya Hough, this band-style bracelet features a horseshoe-shaped clasp that resembles a hook. For a large collection of bracelets, earrings and exclusive charms, Joyia Inspirational Jewelry on Queen Cross Street prides itself on connecting with people through their craft. If sustainable shopping is what you strive for, the unique jewelry

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collection at Crucian Gold was made for you. The Bishop family has been designing and creating original jewelry in gold, silver, copper and local materials since 1972. Items are crafted from recycled and eco-friendly sources. Stop in at FantaSea Jewelry, the newest addition to St. Croix’s jewelry landscape. There, precious metals and gemstones come together to highlight the beauty of island life. GO-TO ESSENTIALS Forgot to pack those vacation essentials like flip-flops or a swimsuit? Worry no more! St. Croix’s department stores, boutiques and grocery stores have what you need at competitive prices, especially since there is no sales tax or duty on most items. Head to The Market STX along Centerline Road for the freshest produce, seafood and meats on island. In case you forgot those musthave staples, like sunscreen or first aid supplies, The Market STX has got you covered.


Crucian Gold Strand Street 340-244-2996; www.cruciangold.com Feel the love of Crucian Gold’s handcrafted jewelry, inspired by St. Croix’s natural beauty and culture. Visit the Christiansted store where Nathan Bishop and the family of jewelers create the Island Bracelets, Chaney Collection and a wide array of stunning original silver and gold artisan jewelry and gifts. FantaSea Jewelry Studio & Gallery Christiansted 340-244-3110 www.fantaseajewelry.com Featuring locally made gemstone and island-inspired jewelry created on site by designer Nicole Gariepy. Nicole has been making jewelry on St. Croix for over 20 years. Specializing in unique gemstones, Caribbean Larimar and precious metals, FantaSea offers designs that reflect the movement of the ocean, the beauty of the Caribbean and the energy of island life. The gallery also features Henle Fine Art and other local artists.

Hotheads Queen Cross Street, Christiansted 340-773-7888; www.hotheads.vi Hotheads delivers beach apparel for all shapes and sizes. Full-figured women can find attractive styles in swimwear separates, with larger cup sizes and longtorso 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. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Joyia Inspirational Jewelry Queen Cross Street, Christiansted 340-713-4JOY (4569) www.joyiajewelry.com Joyia offers everything from sterling silver bangles, rose-gold stackable rings and men’s cuff bracelets to one-of-akind custom pieces. They handcraft inspirational, personalized jewelry. Their intention is to radiate love, through jewelry, to you the wearer. Therefore, each piece is handmade and engraved right here on St. Croix. Transform your inspirations into jewelry!

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Seaside Market & Deli 2001 Estate Mount Welcome, Christiansted 340-719-9393 www.seasidemarketstx.com This is 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

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St. Croix Shout-Out LOCAL BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

1. Wildflower Boutique: This women’s clothing store in downtown Christiansted offers dresses, accessories, greeting cards and gifts. 2. STX Oil Bar: This specialty gift shop in downtown Christiansted features handmade soaps and a variety of natural health and beauty products “where everything makes scents!” 3. Kasavah: Opened in November 2020, this bohemian-lifestyle boutique with a modern twist features eco-friendly apparel and accessories for women and children inspired by Mother Nature. 4. 506 Scents & Company: Born at the height of the pandemic, this gift shop and candle company prepares hand-poured soy candles that evoke peace, comfort and tranquility.

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WILDFLOWER BOUTIQUE

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Today, travelers are seeking out ways in which they can highlight and support locally owned black businesses in the places they are visiting. Here are a few black-owned businesses that opened on St. Croix right before or during the pandemic, showcasing the very best of what St. Croix has to offer when it comes to shopping options.


produce, including local selections, and a variety of ready-made foods including a fresh soup-and-salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches and a hot buffet. Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry 340-778-8605; www.sonyaltd.com Home of the original St. Croix hook bracelet. Located on Company Street. in historic Christiansted, Sonya Ltd. has been producing fine handmade jewelry for over 50 years. Each piece is individually hand created by Sonya, Diana and their team of artists.

55 Company Street, Christiansted, St. Croix, VI 00820 (340) 244-3110 • www.fantaseajewelry.com

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TASTY TEMPTATIONS Delight your taste buds with a journey through the emerging culinary capital of the Caribbean. by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

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rom local eats and sustainable seafood to locally grown fruits and vegetables, the delicious possibilities are endless when you immerse yourself in the flavors of St. Croix. The tastiest temptations await you at well-known eateries and awardwinning restaurants around the island.

ESSENTIAL CRUCIAN EATS What sets St. Croix apart from its sister islands in the USVI is its food. With robust influences from Africa, Denmark and its Caribbean neighbors, the island’s culinary traditions are a pepper pot of flavors guaranteed to please every palate. No trip to St. Croix is complete without a taste of these local foodie favorites: 1. Bush Tea: Swap your morning coffee for a warm cup of local bush tea. This intoxicating medley of mint, lemongrass, ginger and basil starts your day on the right foot and pairs well with an array of baked goods. 2. Pate: A popular Crucian treat, pates (pronounced pah-tay) are filled with spiced beef, chicken, conch, lobster or veggies. Add a cool, local drink like passion fruit, tamarind or sorrel to the mix and you’ve got yourself an ideal lunch combination. 3. Fraco: Some call it a snow cone, but in the Virgin Islands, it’s known as a fraco (pronounced fray-ko). A cup filled to the brim with shaved/crushed ice is topped with a sweet, sugary syrup available in a variety of flavors like banana, cherry, passion fruit and tamarind. 4. Kallaloo: This one-pot stew is made with rich, leafy greens and okra. Traditionally, pieces of pigtail or local seafood are cooked right into the dish and served over a ball of fungi, a cornmeal-based dumpling prepared with cornmeal, okra, salt and butter. CASUAL CUISINE St. Croix offers a variety of cuisines throughout the island, including American, Asian, Italian, French and Mexican. For visitors seeking a relaxed lunch or dinner while exploring the island, there are multiple options to choose from. Head to Shupe’s on the Boardwalk for a

DON’T MISS OUT ON A MORNING OF FRESH, SEASONAL FRUITS, VEGGIES AND GOODS AT THE WEEKLY SATURDAY FARMER’S MARKET IN ESTATE LOWER LOVE. laid-back, relaxing atmosphere with good drinks, good food and picture-perfect views. Choose from their menu of freshly ground burgers, hand-cut fries, chicken wings, sandwiches and more. Head west to find solace in the hidden courtyards of downtown Frederiksted with a cool smoothie and a yummy

sandwich or wrap. Pizza is never a bad idea; grab a pie with all the works from a local pizzeria and enjoy a fun night out with family and friends. BOUNTY OF FRESHNESS Don’t miss out on a morning of fresh, seasonal fruits, veggies and goods at the weekly Saturday farmers market in Estate Lower Love. Stop by and discover a new fruit or try one-of-a-kind foods. Items like sugarcane juice, fresh farm eggs, locally made pepper sauce, cakes, sweet treats and local fruits and vegetables are available for purchase. From there, drive along Centerline Road to spot a roadside fisherman selling his latest catch. Depending on the season, you can get your skilled culinary hands on fresh seafood like red snapper, mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, lobster or conch. Try your hand at a new recipe using premium local ingredients at your villa or vacation rental.

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EPICUREAN EATS Celebrate a special occasion or treat yourself to a gourmet meal at one of St. Croix’s fine dining establishments. Head west to Frederiksted for an unforgettable meal accompanied by a spectacular sunset at Beachside Café at Sand Castle on the Beach. Feast on grilled mahi-mahi, coconut jasmine rice and spicy mango cucumber salad in their open-air, seaside terrace restaurant. The culinary landscape on the island focuses intently on sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly processes and techniques that support and protect the environment. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that their food is being prepared with careful thought and attention to detail, emphasizing the notion of “farm to table” to its fullest potential. BOTTOMS UP The longest living Crucian isn’t a person as much as it is a spirit — an alcohol spirit that is! Cruzan Rum has been

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around since 1760, and any local will tell you it is the preferred drink at any bar, restaurant or beach hangout. Try a Cruzan Confusion as your introduction to the island, St. Croix’s version of a rum punch made with extra punch (and extra rum). The island has recently seen a new spirit emerge — island vodka distilled from a starchy, potatolike crop known as a breadfruit. Made without added sugars or chemicals, its clear, distinctive taste is smooth on the tongue and rivals some of the best vodka spirits on the market. If craft beer is your preference, St. Croix is home to two breweries that produce quality brews with Caribbean flavor. Grab a pint at Brew STX, St. Croix's only restaurant and microbrewery located on the beautiful Christiansted Boardwalk. With unique brews on tap ranging from ales, lagers, stouts and IPAs, their menu features upscale pub fare including fresh local fish, surf and turf dinners, and vegetarian and vegan options.


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A Taste of St. Croix Delivered Longing for a taste of St. Croix long after you’ve returned home? Say no more! The Cruzan Foodie Goodie Box is here to deliver those Virgin Islands flavors that you’ve fallen in love with. A mix of mouthwatering goodies made on St. Croix, these Crucian foodie favorites fully highlight the flavors of the island — and you don’t have to book a flight or navigate the TSA line! Enjoy local favorites such as bush tea, pepper sauce, pound seasoning, fruit tarts, gooseberry stew and more. The best part is that priority mail shipping via the United States Postal Service (USPS) is included with every goodie box purchased. Don’t forget that these boxes are seasonal, which means once they’re sold out, they’re gone… until the next season comes around. Purchase your box today at www.cruzanfoodie.com/goodiebox.

Located on the Boardwalk in Downtown Christiansted, we offer waterfront views, upscale pub fare and a variety of draft beers made in our microbrewery.

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HOURS: Monday - Saturday: 11am-10pm Sunday: 11am-9pm 55 A&B Kings Alley Christiansted, VI 00820

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Woven Together The new, official U.S. Virgin Islands madras fabric was designed by Crucian artist and textile designer Debbie Sun. by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

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ne of the most iconic pieces of Virgin Islands culture comes in the form of a lightweight cotton fabric known as madras. Originated in India, madras features a colorful, handwoven patterned texture and distinct plaid design that was named for the small, remote fishing village of Madraspatnam (Madras).

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The soft and breathable lightweight fabric became popular throughout the Caribbean during the 1600s, when it was traded by Dutch and British settlers. Various islands throughout the region have officially adopted their own unique madras patterns for use in their cultural costumes, official décor and day-to-day clothing. On January 21, 2021, the official Virgin Islands of the United States Madras fabric was signed into law as Act No. 8424. It was designed by local St. Croix artist and textile designer Debbie Sun. The official woven design consists of seven different colors, with each color representing a crucial piece of the Virgin Islands’ land, history and culture.

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and passion of the territory’s culture bearers. The driving force behind the project was Bradley Christian, head of St. Croix Heritage Dancers, the longest established quadrille group in the territory. The group was awarded a grant from the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts to develop an official madras pattern for the territory, and Sun was commissioned to create the design. “One thing I insisted on was that it can’t be anything that we have seen already,” says Christian. “It has to be Virgin Islands madras. It had to be something different and unique to the people of the Virgin Islands.” Before starting possible designs, Sun found inspiration by researching madras fabrics from around the world — learning more about how they were made and how they were used. She dived headfirst into the history of the Virgin Islands by meeting with Christian and tapping into his extensive knowledge about the cultural significance of the quadrille dance and the role of madras. She even visited one of the most modern textile factories in Europe to see firsthand how madras-type fabrics were made. A visit to JH Birtwistle Mill Shop in Haslingden (approximately 20 miles outside Manchester in the United Kingdom) offered Sun a wealth of knowledge in weaving for industrial and furnishing applications. The official Virgin Islands of the United States Madras fabric was finally unveiled to the public on June 5, 2021, at the Frederick Dorsch Cultural Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix. The fabric is available for purchase on St. Croix at Divi Divi Fabrics, Ebbe’s Store and Clara’s Special Occasions, and at The Fabric Store, L&C Milliner and Fabric in Motion on St. Thomas.

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1. Green represents the islands’ natural resources and production. 2. Turquoise represents the natural beauty of the waters of the territory. 3. Royal blue represents the deep sea and transport and discovery. 4. Red represents strength and love. 5. Pink represents the conch shell and the call to freedom. 6. Yellow represents the territory’s official flower, the Ginger Thomas. 7. White represents the traditional dress made from flour sacks.


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Beach Side Café Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel, Frederiksted 340-772-1266 www.sandcastleonthebeach.com The Beach Side Café at Sand Castle on the Beach in Frederiksted offers American favorites along with fresh-catch specials and house-made desserts. Enjoy the best location for sunsets while sipping handcrafted cocktails or mocktails made from fresh local juices. Call to reserve your seaside table. Menu Sampler Entrees: $12 to $25 Entree: Mediterranean Pasta with sautéed tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and capers tossed with feta cheese, olive oil and artichokes. Add chicken, mahi-mahi or shrimp. Wine: Grüner Veltliner white, Austrian Brew STX 55 A&B King’s Alley, Christiansted 340-719-6339; www.brewstx.com On the boardwalk in downtown Christiansted, the two-level Brew STX is

St. Croix’s only microbrewery restaurant. You’ll find upscale pub fare, fresh local fish, Caribbean-style tacos, vegetarian and vegan options and more. Shupe’s on the Boardwalk 1102 Strand St., Christiansted

340-773-3400 www.shupesontheboardwalk.com Enjoy handcrafted beef and veggie burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches and more. Complement your meal with an ice-cold beer or refreshing cocktail.

The Buccaneer Resort offers elegant accommodations, golf, tennis, three exquisite beaches, two freshwater pools, fine restaurants, water sports, wellness program and fitness center.

Wyndham Reservations: (800) 834-2400 • Hotel: (340) 712-2100 • Onsite Reservations: (800) 255-3881 www.thebuccaneer.com • reservations@thebuccaneer.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Designed for Relaxation From luxurious to quaint spaces, St. Croix’s unique collection of accommodations has something to fit every traveler’s needs.

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scape rom the stresses of a busy lifestyle and unwind in a lap of luxury at St. Croix’s finest resorts and hotels where you can indulge with high-quality amenities like spas or sit back and enjoy lounging poolside. You’ll fall in love with the options, ranging from newly renovated resorts to family-friendly hotels and secluded hideaways. At The Fred, the island’s newest hotel, guests can expect first-class service at this eco-friendly boutique resort and spa. The adults-only retreat is the only beachfront hotel in the heart of historic downtown Frederiksted. The property’s

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Old World charm complemented with modern amenities, vibrant art and a hip, fresh ambience makes this modern oasis the perfect escape. For a change of pace, a charming bed and breakfast on the island’s north shore might be the answer for much-needed rest and relaxation. Or head east to experience the island’s newly renovated hotels that have been a breath of fresh air to St. Croix’s accommodations offerings. For the nature lover, St. Croix’s eco-lodgings are designed to help you further appreciate the island’s beauty. Cozy up in a rustic eco-bungalow built from local hardwood or surround yourself with lush, tropical trees at a beautifully appointed villa. Escape into the hills of the rainforest or get lost along the golden shores of turquoise beaches. Either option allows you to fully immerse yourself in eco-friendly experiences such as hiking, yoga, kayaking and

handpicking fresh local fruits. If Caribbean simplicity is more your speed, imagine waking up to the sounds of crashing waves just outside your door and feeling the cool tropical breezes brush against your skin once you step outside. If this sounds idyllic, then a beachside villa or an oceanfront room at one of the island’s award-winning resorts is the way to go. Simple yet elegant accommodations like these place your feet steps away from the beach, making it easy to immerse yourself in island life. A late-afternoon stroll along the shores may unearth shards of treasure — St. Croix’s cherished chaney. These antique pieces of china from old sugar plantations are often found on surrounding beaches. St. Croix offers a wide variety of accommodations from which to reconnect with nature, relax and unwind, or set out on an adventurous exploration of the island.


St. Thomas

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ne territory, three U.S. Virgin Islands, each with its own delightful and distinct personality. While St. Croix is steeped in Danish history and St. John’s landmark is the Virgin Islands National Park, it is St. Thomas that stands out as the most cosmopolitan. Seeds for this sophisticated vibe were sown over three centuries ago when Charlotte Amalie’s free port status made it a dynamic and well-to-do

international destination. Today, St. Thomas’ cosmopolitan character remains. Visitors can see and experience it everywhere — from world-class shopping and exceptional dining to top-rated beaches and thrilling watersports. Main Street is the “Shopping Capital of the Caribbean.” Well-trained chefs serve Michelin-worthy fare. Magens Bay is one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, and Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous–worthy yachts are at the ready for charter. Best of all, U.S. citizens need no passport to enter and enjoy. Only a greeting — “Good morning,” “Good afternoon” and “Good night” — opens the doors.

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un, sand and sea aren’t the only attractions on St. Thomas. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, boasts a 300-plus-year history with attractions you can easily visit on foot. On the town’s waterfront, a new paved and landscaped pedestrian promenade with plenty of resting benches along the way enjoys daily traffic from visitors out for a sightseeing stroll and locals enjoying a heart-pumping walk or run with family and friends. To the east of town, locally called “the country,” must-see attractions and activities include Coral World Ocean Park and Tree Limin’ Zipline and a pirate-themed scavenger hunt with the Tropical Treasure Hunt Company.

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hands-on light tables, a Pan Geo room with a huge dinosaur head and a new Mango Farm to Market display that features the Virgin Islands’ favorite fruit. www.vichildrensmuseum.org

TOP ADVENTURES TO TRY 1. Coral World Ocean Park. Swim with dolphins and sea lions, touch a starfish and look up at sharks from an underwater viewing platform. This five-acre marine park next to Coki Beach features guided and self-guided tours of its aquariums, outdoor pools and more. The Sea Sanctuary is a fun way to interact with dolphins. This must-do attraction makes a great day trip, and you’ll find restaurants on-site. www.coralworldvi.com

3. Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline St. Thomas. See Magens Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands on this platform-to-platform zip line in the rainforest near Crown Mountain. The guided tour takes two to two and a half hours, reaches speeds of up to 35 miles per hour in some places and includes the iconic yo-yo zip. This is the eighth and final zip line where, for a grand finale, riders zip to the far end of the line, pause shortly and then zip back to their waiting guide. www.ziplinestthomas.com

2. The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum. This educational and interactive museum geared to tots through teens provides STEM-based exhibits at its Buccaneer Mall location across from the Havensight Cruise Ship Dock. Exhibits include a Discovery Tree Tower to climb, Electric Connections with

4. Mahogany Run Golf Course. Set on 130 acres on St. Thomas’ lush north shore, the 18-hole, par-70 course was designed in 1980 by George and Tom Fazio. The top draw is the Devil’s Triangle, a trio of challenging holes. Movie stars, megastar athletes and even two U.S. presidents have played here.

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5. Virgin Islands Ecotours. Paddle on the wild side with guided kayak and SUP tours of St. Thomas Mangrove Lagoon marine reserve. Some trips stop for snorkeling and a hike on deserted Cas Cay to a unique geologic blowhole at the cay’s southern tip. There are kayak and SUP rentals, too. www.viecotours.com 6. The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co. Cast off on a customized pirate hunt in the Virgin Islands or choose from one of their immersive piracy adventures. There are two augmented reality experiences: one a treasure hunt and the other a spy thriller. There’s the original treasure hunt, which includes a trip to the Pirates Treasure Museum, also located in Havensight across from the cruise ship dock; and there’s a spooky nighttime adventure that includes kayaking through the mangroves. The Salty Piracy Adventure is a swashbuckling seven-hour land and sea hunt that’s ideal for teens, adults and experienced swimmers. www.tropicaltreasurehunt.com

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Take a Walk Back in Time

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Discover St. Thomas’ historic side.

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igns that St. Thomas is a U.S. destination are everywhere. Old Glory flies over the federal courthouse, McDonald’s and its all-American hamburger menu are here and U.S. greenbacks are the official currency. However, it was Denmark that planted its flag in what is now Charlotte Amalie in 1672 and owned the Virgin Islands until the U.S. purchase in 1917. This nearly three-century span stamped the islands with an indelible Danish imprint. This is visible everywhere, from Danish street names on signs in town like Dronningens Gade for Main Street to historic forts, 19th-century residences with wide “welcoming arms” staircases and red-roofed buildings. Here are 10 places to explore if you want to learn more about St. Thomas’ Danish past as well as its French, British, African and American influences. If you’d like a narrated guide, the St. Thomas Historical Trust offers its Downtown Walking Tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. or by appointment. The tour is two and a half to three hours long and includes the places below and more. The cost is $50 per person. Fort Christian: Built from 1672 to 1680, this first major Danish colonial building is now the last surviving structure of that time.

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The iconic Victorian Clock tower was added in 1874. Through the ages, it’s served as a fort, barracks, government building and even a jail. Today, a museum showcases exhibits from pre-European arrival to Danish times, as well as natural history. Open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $10 per person.

Emancipation Garden: A nearly life-size bronze bust statue of a freed slave blowing a conch shell commemorates the day that slaves were freed. The wooden, white-painted gazebo is the stage for concerts during holidays and springtime Carnival celebrations. Beautifully leafy Lignum vitae trees shade the garden’s public benches. Frederik Lutheran Church: This neoclassical and Gothic Revival building dates to 1826, yet the Danes founded the church in 1666. The entrance is a wonderful example of a “welcoming arms” staircase, a flared staircase that is much wider at the base than at the top and has two arms. The pews are built of mahogany, and so is the massive altar. Services still take place on Sundays.

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Roosevelt Park: Formerly called Coconut Grove Park, this town square was renamed in 1945 in honor of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited a decade earlier. There’s a bust statue of the late president in the center by the fountain and five granite pedestals representing the five branches of the military at the entrance. Educators Park: Three famous 20th-century St. Thomians are immortalized here in bronze busts: educator and suffragist Edith Williams, Virgin Islands Daily News founder J. Antonio Jarvis, and the civil rights advocate who frequently made speeches from this spot, Rothschild Francis. 99 Steps: Steep hills made navigation around town tough. The Danish remedy? Step-streets. The 99 Steps connect Government Hill to the neighborhood above. Stately palms and colorful flowers on either side make the steps as picturesque as they are fun to hike. Fun fact: There are actually 103 steps. Government House: Perched on Government Hill with a commanding view of Charlotte Amalie harbor, this threestory, neoclassical, white-painted building with its intricate ironwork on the balconies dates to Danish colonial days. The red Danish-style guardhouse is a favorite for a photo op. Today, this building is the St. Thomas office of the U.S. Virgin Islands governor. St. Thomas Synagogue: Formally named Congregation Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasadim and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997, this is the oldest synagogue in continuous use under the U.S. flag and the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also one of only five in the world with a sand floor. Notable features that date to 1833 are the mahogany benches, Ark and bima; a menorah from Spain dating to the 11th century and a central French-designed Baccarat crystal chandelier. Guided tours, which last 15 to 30 minutes, take place Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral: The first Catholic church in the Danish West Indies dates to the 1700s, yet a fire and hurricane destroyed the earliest edifice. The current building dates to 1848. A decade-long restoration completed in 2015 added new illumination to the 11 incredible 1901-painted murals in the sanctuary of scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Mass is celebrated regularly. Tours are available. St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum: Tucked into one of the side streets that link Main Street to the Waterfront, the museum features authentic artifacts from pirate days, Danish days and the age of steamships. There are dozens of photos, antique West Indian furniture and even a real diving bell. Learn about Hassel Island here, too. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guided 30-minute tours are available.

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Discover Hassel Island Put this former Danish stronghold on your history list.

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assel Island didn’t exist until 1860. Instead, this 135-acre parcel of land that now floats in the eastern side of Charlotte Amalie’s harbor was a peninsula. The Danish government, which owned the islands until the United States bought them over a half-century later, severed the land from St. Thomas’ Frenchtown shoreline to improve water circulation in the harbor. Since then, it’s been like Hassel Island has stood still in time. The Virgin Islands National Park now owns 95 percent of the island and is working to preserve the past here. There is no regular ferry service to Hassel Island, but the St. Thomas Historical Trust does offer guided tours that include a round-trip boat ride. HERE ARE THREE PLACES TO SEE DURING YOUR VISIT: Creque Marine Railway: See the ruins

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of the oldest steam-powered marine railway in the Western Hemisphere from the St. Thomas shore in Frenchtown or when passing through the cut via ferry to St. John or the British Virgin Islands. While on Hassel Island, you can read the half-dozen signs that offer information about the property and walk through the steam house. The railway operated for nearly a century, starting in the mid-1800s.


Careening Cove: Located midpoint on the island’s south shore, this idyllic bay looks much as it did when Britain’s Prince Rupert took his ship here for repair in the 1600s after hitting a now-namesake rock at the harbor entrance. Vessels of privateers, pirates and prosperous traders were careened here for hull repair for centuries. In World War II, the U.S. military erected a degaussing station here to demagnetize the hulls of minesweepers and submarines.

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Prince Frederik’s Battery: Built by the Danes in the late 1700s to defend the harbor, the site was captured by British forces and renamed Fort Willoughby during the French Revolutionary War and Napoleonic wars. Cannons still existed on this fortification up until the early 20th century. The view is incredible, taking in the Havensight cruise ship terminal to the north, resorts directly east and St. Croix, which is visible 40 miles south on a clear day.

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Try Your Luck in Paradise St. Thomas boasts obvious open-air charms, but there’s a lot of action taking place indoors, too.

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aming is a great way to have fun when you want to take a break from the tropical sun, pass a rainy hour or two or enjoy after-dinner entertainment. Southland Gaming operates over 50 video lottery terminals (VLTs) in gaming centers, bars and restaurants. One that serves up a combination of Las Vegas and Caribbean vibe with dining, dancing and live entertainment is Bushwackers Gaming Center at the Crown Bay Center on St. Thomas.

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The easy-to-play, fully automated VLTs operate by a combination of buttons and touch screens. Each machine may offer one game or provide a full menu of casino-style favorites like blackjack, lotto, bingo, keno, roulette and several forms of card games. Simply insert money to play and hit the cash out button when finished. A print ticket shows the remaining cash balance or winnings, the latter of which is paid out. Another perfect place to bet is at the Winner’s Circle in Port of Sale next to St. Thomas’ Havensight Cruise Ship dock. VLTs set up with blackjack, keno, poker and Lucky 8 roulette are all here in air-conditioned comfort with a full in-house bar. Owners also operate the Rum Hut tiki bar across the parking lot, where there are brick oven–baked pizza,

VLTs ARE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE V.I. LOTTERY, WHICH EACH YEAR MAKES SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY. calzones and chicken wings, as well as all flavors of Virgin Islands–made Cruzan Rum and more. VLTs are under the supervision of the V.I. Lottery, which each year makes significant financial contributions to the community, including to public schools, veteran and retiree assistance, and local nonprofits.


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Coral World Ocean Park 340-775-1555 www.coralworldvi.com Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life. View a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory while staying dry and enjoy daily presentations. Add-ons include Dolphin Swim & Sea Lion Swim programs, Shark Encounter, SNUBA, Sea Trek and the Nautilus Semi-Submarine. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer schedule varies. Frenchtown Brewing Company 340-690-2104 www.frenchtownbrewing.com Every day is a celebration. Please join us for a five-star brewery experience. Sample exceptional #IslandHopped craft beers, tour the brewery, meet the brewer, get the gear, make friends. Get beer to go in growlers and cans. Celebrate a great day on St. Thomas. Find us in Frenchtown and at Bluebeards Resort. See Facebook or Instagram for hours and directions. Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas 340-774-4312; www.synagogue.vi 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 are welcome. No admission fees. Stop by the well-stocked Judaica Gift Shop. Services every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Leatherback Brewing 340-725-4677 www.leatherbackbrewing.com The primary ingredient in our beer is rainwater delivered by Mother Nature, with whom

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Bushwackers 340-715-5300 www.bushwackersvi.com Join us at St. Thomas’ premier gaming center. Enjoy the flavor and excitement of the islands. This is one cool, laid-back, spot-on Crown Bay Cruise Ship Dock. We feature live music and two bars, including an outside bar just steps from the Caribbean Sea. We are noted as “Best Entertainment Center” by the Virgin Islands Daily News. Bushwackers is St. Thomas’ favorite entertainment choice for locals and tourists alike.

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Parasail Virgin Islands 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com 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. We welcome ages 6 and up and have a 100 percent safety record. Parasailing is fun for the whole family! Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands 340-776-4111 www.southlandgaming.com Win big jackpots! Video lottery is the hottest bet in gaming. Blackjack, keno, poker or whatever your game, there is Vegas-style action day and night. Whether in a resort, beachfront, local restaurant or any of our more than delete 35 locations, it’s sure to be

exciting! Locations include Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming Center), St. Thomas, and The Parrot Club, St. John.

Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline Park 340-777-ZIPS (9477) www.ziplinestthomas.com Soar through the rainforest on a 2.5-hour zip line canopy tour. Take in breathtaking views from eight aerial platforms and six exhilarating zip lines and soak up the sun on our two incredible sky bridges as your ACCT-trained guides lead you through this experience of a lifetime. Tropical Treasure Hunt 786-296-8800 www.tropicaltreasurehunt.com Ahoy, mateys! Come experience a tropical treasure hunt on St. Thomas. Experience the best of an escape room while hunting for clues and treasure across the island. We offer fun-filled half-day and full-day adventures for all ages. Learn Caribbean pirate history while experiencing top attractions. Try the spooky night treasure hunt, kayak through the mangroves and brave our frighteningly fun haunted trail. Or immerse yourself in the beauty of the USVI with our new boat charter treasure hunt, which takes you to St. John for top snorkeling spots. Our augmented reality treasure hunts are the only ones of their kind in the Caribbean.


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ver three-fourths of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ total area is water. On St. Thomas, this means the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south. One of the best ways to explore offshore is by tackling a watersport that takes you over, on and even under the sea.

RIDE THE WAVES Sailing, powerboating, kayaking, sportfishing and more are just a few ways to ride the waves. No matter your preference, local tour operators have you covered. Many companies offer a menu of half- and full-day excursions. St. Thomas Watersports can book everything from kayak and SUP tours to luxury private charters, sunset sails and even cruises to offshore cays for a swim or snorkel. Or choose your adventure aboard the custom-built 53-foot catamaran, Heavenly Days, based at the Bolongo Bay Resort on St. Thomas. Sail to Water Island’s Honeymoon Beach, swim with sea turtles at Buck Island, visit neighboring St. John and the Virgin Islands National Park or simply take a sunset sail. Virgin Islands Ecotours leads guided kayak trips in St. Thomas Mangrove Lagoon by day and theme trips such as Sunset, Full Moon and Night paddles with ghost and pirate tales. Tours combine snorkel stops and hikes on uninhabited cays, too. St. Thomas Boat Rental offers affordable vessel rentals ranging from a 20-foot inflatable for $450 to a 60-foot motor yacht for $2,800 a day. Enjoy a Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous experience when chartering Magic Moments Luxury Excursions’ 45-foot Sea Rays for the day. Enjoy a smooth stable ride to beach bars, snorkel stops or fishing holes on Sea & Ski Powerboat Rental’s 26- to 33-foot twin-hull Prowler powerboats. Prices

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SOAR OVER SEAS Fly high over Pillsbury Sound with Parasail Virgin Islands. The eight- to10-minute flight, at a height of 400 feet, offers views of St. Thomas, St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Tandem rides are most popular, so bring a friend for double the fun. The best part is that no experience is necessary.

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range from $695 to $995 for a half-day or full day, plus fuel. Private customized day charters on a powerboat or sailboat are one of the specialties of familyowned and -run Stormy Pirates Charters. If your dream is to catch a big one, book a half- or full-day trip or a 10-hour marlin trip aboard one of Double Header Sportfishing’s three 37- to 40-foot boats. Go for a day or weeklong charter on one of B.E.A.C.H. Charters VI’s fleet of smooth-sailing, 26- to 50-foot catamarans. Virgin Islands Yacht Charters at Compass Point also charters its fleet of over a dozen 40- to 50-foot catamarans with or without a captain for the day, weekend or week. A ferry is another way to let the waves take you away. The closest trip is to Water Island, one of two islands in Charlotte Amalie’s harbor. The Water

Island Ferry departs from the Crown Bay Marina from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the hour for the 10-minute trip. Once there, either walk over the hill to Honeymoon Beach, where there’s a beach bar and calm bay for swimming, or hike to see some of the historic structures on the island such as the ruins of World War II–era Fort Segarra. DIVE UNDERWATER Ride eight feet below the sea’s surface on a battery-operated underwater scooter with B.O.S.S. Underwater Adventures. The two-in-one trip starts with a cruise aboard the company’s 60-foot dive boat to a crystal-clear dive site offshore. Then once you’re outfitted with a domed helmet for 180-degree visibility, it’s off to scooter with the sea life as trained divers stand by for safety as well as pointing out things to see.


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B.E.A.C.H. Charters VI 340-473-9481; www.beachchartersvi.com Beach Charters VI is a favorite with locals and visitors on St. Thomas and St. John. We have four charter boats in our fleet: a Lagoon 380 sailing catamaran, a 40-foot Island Spirit sailing catamaran, a 50-foot Privilege sailing catamaran and a 26-foot Glacier Bay power catamaran. We offer day trips on all three sailing catamarans and powerboat, as well as multiday charters on board two of the sailing catamarans. We also do sunset sails. We regularly feature our Strings, Sails and Sunsets, which is a sunset concert with live music on board Second Chance.

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B.O.S.S. Underwater Adventure 340-777-3549; www.bossusvi.com Experience the ultimate thrill 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 stunning colorful fish and tropical reefs. Call for reservations. Double Header Sportfishing 340-777-7317; www.doubleheadersportfishing.net A fleet of three boats will take you inshore or offshore for a half-, three-quarter or full-day fishing adventure. The company specializes 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. Heavenly Days Bolongo Bay; 340-775-1800; www.heavenlydaysvi.com Join our award-winning Swim with Turtles half-day snorkel tour to Buck Island with light snacks and cold drinks included. Sip champagne during a romantic two-hour sunset sail through Charlotte Amalie harbor or enjoy Sunday Funday with a snorkel stop at Buck Island, followed by a sail to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island for lunch and afternoon beach time. Parasail Virgin Islands 340-227-8303; www.parasailvirginislands.com We offer the Ocean Pro 35-foot parasail vessel, built specifically for parasailing, to provide the safest, most comfortable ride possible. Using winch-boat technology, we take off and land you directly from the back of the boat. You don’t even have to get wet. Our vessels are USCG-certified for 15 passengers, so we can accommodate larger parties. Go book your fun online now! Red Hook Dive Center 340-777-3783; www.redhookdivecenter.com We are the Virgin Islands’ premier provider of scuba-diving trips, certification, instruction and service. Whether you are an experienced diver or you’ve never dived before, we have a wide variety of options. From daily dive trips and packages, certification or advanced instruction to snorkeling, free diving and our fast and easy Discover Scuba program, we

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Virgin Islands Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon 340-779-2155; www.viecotours.com Experience the Caribbean’s No. 1 kayak, hike and snorkel guided eco-adventures. Paddle through uninhabited islands and winding waterways in the unique Mangrove Lagoon, where your tour arrives at the secluded and shallow turquoise waters of Cas Cay. Here you’ll see an array of colorful reef fish in their aquatic playground, spot Caribbean birds and explore the subtropical forest teeming with hermit crabs. Your guide will lead you on a leisurely hike to the volcanic tidal pool cliffs, home of the famous Red Point Blow Hole, where a picturesque photo opportunity awaits. Join us for a 5-hour all-day, 3-hour half-day, or 1.5-hour sunset and night kayak adventure. Finish your day with a fresh meal in the mangroves at our Dockside Bar and Grill. Book online and SAVE 10% using promo code VISIT.

will ensure that you make the most of your time with us — always in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Red Hook Dive Center is a full-service PADI Dive Center. See & Ski Powerboat Rentals 340-775-6265 or 866-775-6268 www.seeski.com Island-hop, snorkel, fish, beach-bar it — your itinerary is individualized to make it your day! Our fleet features 26- and 31-foot 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. St. Thomas Water Sports 340-473-5708 www.watersportsvi.com Adventures are looking for you! Turquoise water, brilliant coral reefs, sun-soaked white-sand beaches and more. No matter what type of watersport you’re looking for, we’ve got it: sailing, snorkeling, Turtle Cove at Little Buck Island, sunset cocktail cruises, dinner sails, LED-illuminated kayaks after dark, private boat charters, fishing charters, SUP tours and much more. Best prices, trusted service. Most tours depart directly from the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove dock/STWS Dock Master. Stormy Pirates Charters 340-775-7990 www.stormypirates.com With charter boat tours daily from American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, St. Thomas, or out of the National Park Dock, St. John, Stormy Pirates offers personalized excursions on a 42-foot power cruiser to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Stormy Pirates’ cruisers offer the perfect amount of shade and comfort and take a maximum of 12 passengers, so the tours are more personalized and not as rushed. The company specializes in off-the-beatenpath guided tours around The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Fun Days on Jost Van Dyke and exotic snorkeling locations in the USVI. If you prefer a leisurely sail, Stormy Pirates also offers day sails aboard a 40-foot catamaran sailboat. The sailboat stays in USVI waters and focuses on sailing and snorkeling trips. Enjoy a boat day, your way!

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eter Bailey stepped off a ladder after boarding up his family’s two-story home in Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas. This marked the second time in two weeks that a Category 5 hurricane — this one named Maria — had the U.S. Virgin Islands in its sight. Many locals were already living in damaged homes, with tarps covering their roof, thanks to Hurricane Irma. As soon as Bailey’s foot touched the ground, his editor at the New York Times implored him to send his article immediately before the storm severed communications between the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland. So, the U.S. Virgin Islands native, founder and chief executive officer of NiteCap Media tapped out his heartfelt,

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“Has America Forgotten the Virgin Islands?” on his cell phone and pushed send. Weeks later, when the Op-Ed piece was published, Bailey was one of many without a roof over his head; but the community came together with a self-determined drive to survive and thrive. However, the resilience of the Virgin Islands people did not grab national news headlines. This fact ignited a fire in the award-winning author and journalist and a determination to bring the crux of his Op-Ed piece to life. Bailey’s documentary, Paradise Discovered: The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders, debuted in 2018. The following year, it won the award for Best Feature Documentary at Toronto’s Caribbean Tales International Film Festival. “When people close their eyes and think of these islands, they picture a beach, maybe a rum punch, but not the people,” says Bailey. “After the storms, the idea that all someone thought of the Virgin Islands was that their vacation spot

was gone offended me. Then I considered it. That really is the narrative — that we’re not real people in the Caribbean. We’re just those dots. We’re just here to accent someone’s good time. So, I think with this film, it was critical to move past that.” Bailey’s film was picked up by Apple TV, which streams its programming in over 100 countries. This was after Bailey screened his film at some of the nation’s most notable universities and institutions on a 19-city North American tour. The 72-minute documentary features narratives that embody the resilience of the Virgin Islands’ people — from young students and the bedridden elderly to the territory’s governor. It’s notable that nearly 90 percent of Virgin Islands residents are of African descent, that the USVI has the only African American governor under the U.S. flag, and this territory of 87,000 people includes residents from every continent except Antarctica. “I think as Black Caribbean people we are taught a certain level of escapism. We’re encouraged to go to the mainland right after school for a chance at a better life. That’s what I did,” says Bailey, who earned his journalism degree from the University of Delaware; wrote for Time, Newsweek and The Miami Herald; and coauthored Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, the autobiography of Miami rap star Trick Daddy, before founding NiteCap Media. “Today, the American political and cultural landscape is a mess. So, I think the reverse is true now, that Americans can learn from the Virgin Islands. While the first Unbreakable was about resilience, Unbreakable 2.0, which is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2022, is futuristic. It speaks to how a modern society can move into the future without losing its past.”

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ugar-soft sands sandwiched by pale blue seas and palm-lined shores. This describes St. Thomas’ idyllic beaches. It’s no wonder that the U.S. Virgin Islands ranked No. 1 on U.S. News and World Report’s list for Best Caribbean Beaches. The added beauty is that beyond the basics, the island’s beaches each boast a special character. That means it’s possible to beach-hop to a different sandy stretch and enjoy a unique experience every day. Here’s a sampling: Coki Beach: St. Thomas’ version of Coney Islands boasts surfside shacks selling food, souvenirs and watersports gear. Swimsuit-clad waiters and waitresses offer bar service to those on blankets or beach chairs. There are no amusement rides; the beach is the main attraction. Protected by Thatch Cay to the north, the waters are calm and perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. With Coral World Ocean Park next door, abundant fish and marine life are the norms. It’s one of the reasons Coki was named as one of the Best Beaches in the Caribbean in 2021 by Travel + Leisure. Free entry. Lindquist Beach: It’s possible to walk down some parts of this beach and feel like you’re Robinson Crusoe. That’s because the shore is part of 21 protected acres called Smith Bay Park. Creature comforts include picnic tables and bathrooms. A lifeguard is on duty during the day. Admission: $5 per person (children under 13 are free), $2 car parking.

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Magens Bay: Long called one of the 10 top beaches in the world and set in a public park, the mile-long heart-shaped beach is a must-visit during your stay. It’s not uncommon to see weddings, birthday parties or family celebrations underway on the beach or under the shoreside open-air sheds. Bathrooms, a food concession, gift shop and watersports rental for kayaks, SUPs and Sunfish make it easy to spend the day. Admission: $5 per person (children under 13 are free), $2 car parking. Hull Bay: Sand mixes with rocks on the shoreline, yet it’s the surrounding reefs that make snorkeling superb. You’ll find a watersports rental, bar and restaurant across the road. Many northside residents of French descent keep their fishing boats anchored in the bay, creating a quaint scene. During the winter, large Atlantic Ocean swells make this the best surfing beach on the island. Free entry. Lindbergh Bay: Named for Charles Lindbergh, the famed aviator who touched down yards away in 1927 at what is now the Cyril E. King Airport, this slice of paradise offers Jet Ski rentals, flyboarding and a handful of bars and restaurants. Free entry. Brewers Bay: It’s a toss-up whether it’s more fun to look for sea turtles poking their heads up out of the water or watch for planes taking off on the airport runway across the bay. A food truck sells a Virgin Islands’ staple, pate: seasoned ground beef, saltfish or veggies stuffed in a deep-fried dough. There’s a bathhouse with changing rooms, toilets and showers. Free entry.


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Come and explore with Magic Moments Luxury Excursions! forget and is available on St. Thomas and St. John. Allow us to infuse Magic into your day. Create a moment so special that it will last a lifetime. For reservations, call 800-734-7345 or 340-775-5066; booking@yachtmagicmoments.com; www.yachtmagicmoments.com.

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ain Street in Charlotte Amalie isn’t paved in gold, but it is lined with shops selling this gilded metal. There are gemstones, too, like diamonds, sapphires and rubies crafted into exquisite jewelry. Timepieces and new-tech electronics, crystal, china, fragrances, fashion, island-made rum and art are a few of the other top finds. Play hide-and-go-seek for great buys in the many shops on both sides of this mile-long street. Plus, explore the establishments along the numerous Danish-brick-lined alleyways that connect to the Waterfront, where old-time schooners once on- and off-loaded precious wares of the time like cotton, tobacco, sugar and rum. Now Okidanokh in Palm Passage is staffed with European-trained master goldsmiths. One alley east behind Royal Dane Mall, Eden Living sells unique home décor like sea creature wall pottery and multicolor crystal soaps, while two blocks down Main Street, Mr. Tablecloth offers runners, place mats and tablecloths in embroidered no-iron microfiber fabrics. One block north of Main Street on Garden Street, as well as in Crown Bay and Paradise Point,

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styles, plus other beachwear, at Caribbean Surf Co., which also has locations on the Waterfront and in Red Hook. Snorkel and scuba gear are on hand here as well at Red Hook Dive Center. Midisland, find The Market, a stateside-like supermarket with a full liquor selection, while the gourmet grocery and deli, Moe’s Fresh Market, has easy-to-shop locations in Red Hook and Yacht Haven Grande and on the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront. Duty-free shop till you drop! Each U.S. resident, adults and children alike, can bring home $1,600 worth of duty-free goods purchased in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is double the amount of other Caribbean islands. What’s more, you can also take back five cartons of cigarettes and five liters of liquor as long as one is made in the USVI, such as Cruzan Rum.



5 Top Buys in St. Thomas 1. Jewelry. Find a paradise of diamonds, from 0.1 to 10 carats, set in gold or silver, alone or paired with precious gems. Bobby’s Jewelers, Diamonds International, Eden Jewelers, Jewels Forever, Ballerina Jewelers and Kay’s Fine Jewelry — all on Main Street — are a sampling of shops that offer exquisite diamond jewelry. You’ll also find diamonds in all colors — from white and pink to yellow, blue and black — at most of these shops, as well as at Maya Jewelers on Raadets Gade, between Main Street and the Waterfront. 2. Watches. Head to the iconic A.H. Riise Rolex Boutique on the Charlotte Amalie Waterfront for the Caribbean’s largest selection of these Swiss-made coveted timepieces. On Main Street, House of Rajah sells preowned Rolexes, as well as recognized watch brands like Breitling, Citizen and Luminox. 3. Shipwreck coins. Wear a classic piece of history. Alpha Jewelers on Main Street retails real and replica treasure coins in rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. 4. Rum. The central spot for the best of this spirit is A.H. Riise and the Pelican Shop, located at the Waterfront end of Riise Alley. You’ll find the Virgin Islands’ own Cruzan Rum here, as well as brands from throughout the Caribbean and the world. 5. Local handicrafts. Take home a true piece of the Virgin Islands. Artwork, carved mahogany bowls, tropical scented soaps and candles, hand-sewn dolls, jams and jellies, and packets of dried bush (herb) tea are among authentic “made in the USVI” products.

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Alpha Jewelers 5175 Dronningens Gade, 33 Main St., Suite 1 340-779-1071; www.alpha-jewelers.com Come as strangers, leave as friends! This is the motto of Alpha Jewelers. Owners Sonny and Nikita have been in the fine jewelry industry for over 25 years. They provide personalized care, custom designing, excellent customer service and great deals. They specialize in diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, tanzanite and semiprecious gemstone jewelry. Browse their website to learn about the new colored diamond collection called “Chocolate Covered Strawberry” and their Authentic Shipwreck coin collection. Ballerina Jewelers 5176 & 5180 Dronningens Gade 340-776-1329; www.ballerina-jewelers.com Ballerina Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business and one of the most trusted and respected jewelers in the Caribbean. Ballerina Jewelers is an unrivaled source of certified loose diamonds in all shapes and sizes, which can be set in unique handcrafted mountings, along with colored diamonds and a vibrant range of gemstones. It is considered one of the most reputable retailers for carrying avantgarde Swiss timepieces and extravagant jewelry brands. Spoil yourself with the finest jewelry by the finest jewelers in the Caribbean.

Your Local Surf Shop on St. Thomas

Men’s & Women’s Swim + Apparel

Main Street | Havensight | Redhook

340.776.4540 @caribbeansurf @caribbeansurfco

Bobby’s Jewelers 12 Main Street; 800-232-6229; www.bobbyjewelers.com A noted family jeweler in the Caribbean for over three decades, Bobby’s carries a wide variety of diamonds in all colors, sizes and mountings. All the latest trends are on hand, as are rubies, emeralds, sapphires,

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tanzanite, Morganite, pink mother-of-pearl and Australian opal. The After Sales Service guarantees your peace of mind. Boolchand’s Havensight Mall, Bldg. 2 340-776-0794/0302 www.boolchand.com You may know Boolchand’s as a premier shopping destination. It’s a destination within your destination, where you’ll find the highest-quality cameras, electronics, computers, watches and jewelry from brands known the world over, including Apple, Bose, Canon, Casio, GoPro, Samsung and Pandora, to name a few. Family-owned and -operated for four generations, Boolchand’s provides a retail experience like no other. With Caribbean hospitality and tax- and duty-free pricing, we can help you improve your quality of life through technology. Caribbean Surf Havensight, Main Street and Red Hook 340-776-4540 www.facebook.com/caribbeansurf This small, well-known surf shop carries all the name brands you know and love, including men’s and women’s Billabong,

Oakley, Nixon and Reef, to name a few. We can outfit you from head to toe for the beach or the street. We offer hats, swimwear, sandals, backpacks, accessories and more. We can outfit the little ones, too! Surfboards and surf accessories can be purchased at our Havensight location. Surf accessories can also be purchased at our Red Hook location. Crown Bay Center 340-774-2132 www.crownbaycentervi.com Whether it’s souvenirs, jewelry, watches, liquor or perfume, you’ll find all the brands you dream of at great prices. Stroll the seaside shops, stop by the free rum tasting booth for a sample of Virgin Islands– produced rums or take a photo at the historic Sugar Mill. Visit the restaurants and bars for great food and drink. Try your luck with some friendly gaming entertainment. Diamonds International 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

Celebrated jeweler Diamonds International brings the most coveted timepieces and luxury goods to the Caribbean. Need a bit more temptation? Each Diamond 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. Eden Jewelers 5135 Dronningens Gade 340-777-3366; www.eden-jewelry.com Our award-winning, trademarked design is styled after the Star of Bethlehem. The Caribbean Sun’s rays are complemented with fullcut, brilliant sparkling diamonds. The center stone is a magnificent teal blue diamond that looks like the magical waters of the Caribbean. It’s available as a necklace, earrings, bangle and ring; and patrons can customize stones like brown, rare pink and yellow diamonds, a classic white diamond and even gemstones like emerald, rubies and sapphires. Available in 14k yellow, white and rose gold. The Caribbean Sun has become a symbol of each owner’s energy with their own unique color of choice.

Quality T-Shirts Sweatshirts & Resortwear for the whole family!

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Sandal Dangle Earrings with 14K Gold Overlay

treeanchors, coqui frogs, cruise ships, iguanas, starfish, hibiscus, turtles, and more. The list is endless. Charms come in a variety of enamels, with micro-pave Swarovski crystals, set in sterling silver with white gold overlay. You can also get the iconic flip-flop in semi precious stones like opal, larimar, and onyx, as well as in 14 karat gold with diamonds.

Virgin Islands jewelry designer, Sunil Mohanani, knows most visitors are looking for gifts to take home for family and friends that won’t empty their wallets. At Get Charmed Factory Outlet in the historic Landmark Building on Garden Street, he offers fun, affordable, and whimsical charms, earrings, and bracelets—“all the bling without the cha-ching.” Growing up in his parents’ Main Street jewelry boutique, Sunil saw the growing demand for high quality fashion jewelry without the high-end price. Sunil’s original Sandals for your Neck flip-flop pendant line, for which he owns the U.S. copyright, appeals to travelers with hundreds of fanciful sandal pendants, and he wholesales the popular line around the world. The charm selection grows continuously, and has branched out well beyond the original sandal. There are literally thousands of charms including mermaids, divers, sailboats, palm

14k gold sandals from $199

Get Charmed also offers a vast collection of universal island-inspired beads that fit your charm bracelet brand. The V.I. Bling bracelet, made with a St. Thomas bead on spun silk strands, is popular with young and old alike. The V.I. Love Knot bangles are another great memento to take home for $20. The V.I. Happy Turtle pendants come in six Swarovski crystal colors with flippers that move and do a happy dance on your neck. To complement their pendants, they have many options in sterling silver chains in different lengths as well as an adjustable chain, crystal mesh, leather and silk cords to fit your own personal style.

Sunil is constantly looking for ways to offer fashion-forward jewelry at a reasonable price. You’ll find original stingray-skin cuff bangles, mother-of-pearl jewelry, leather and cultured pearl necklaces and much more. Don’t miss the new inlaid Larimar island-inspired pieces like the hand-made Caribbean Hook bangle as well. This must-see collection is as fun to browse as it is to buy. Receive a free gift with any $20 purchase.

Pavé Starfish Silk Bracelet

340-776-3950 www.igetcharmed.com www.sandalsforyourneck.com getcharmedvi@gmail.com sandalsforyourneck@gmail.com Facebook - Get Charmed Sandals For Your Neck Chalet D'or Instagram - @igetcharmed Twitter - @getcharmedvi


Eden Jewelers is a mom-and-pop store with U.S. service centers. It is owned by a husband-and-wife team, Sunil and Kanchan. Sunil is a fourthgeneration jeweler and GIA-certified gemologist.

Interest free financing options with zero down payment.

Eden Living 5135 Dronningens Gade; 340-777-3366 www.edenlivingusvi.com A variety of locally made arts and crafts. You can acquire lovely lifestyle items, gifts and apparel for everyone in the family. House of Rajah Jewelers Raadets Gade; 800-316-3616 or 340-776-7770; www.houseofrajah.com Celebrating their 49th year in business, House of Rajah Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business in Charlotte Amalie, one of the most respected jewelers in St. Thomas. House of Rajah has earned and maintained a reputation for being the most recommended duty-free shopping store in St. Thomas and is rated No. 1 on Tripadvisor. Discover fine diamond jewelry and custom-made pieces, certified loose diamonds and rare colored diamonds. They are your source for diamond engagement and eternity rings. Timepiece offerings include Citizen EcoDrive, Guess, Invicta, Luminox, Shinola (USA), Bering and certified new and preowned Rolex watches. Enjoy a relaxing, fun and personalized shopping experience in a trustworthy environment where you will be treated like family! I Love St. Thomas Souvenirs & Gifts 5197 Dronningens Gade; 340-775-5600 Featuring gourmet food, gifts, children’s wear and souvenirs, I Love St. Thomas Souvenirs & Gifts highlights the many great ways to love the U.S. Virgin Islands. Jewels Forever 14 Main Street; 340-777-8285; www.jewels-forever.com Jewels Forever is a boutique that specializes in diamonds of all colors, including natural pink, yellow and white diamonds. We also carry elegant designer timepieces. Let us help make your jewelry dreams come true. Kay’s Fine Jewelry 38A Dronningens Gade; 340-714-7304 www.kaysfinejewelry.com Enjoy KFJ in the USVI as you experience the beauty of historic downtown Charlotte Amalie. This retail location boasts two beautiful large wooden doors at the entrance with a modern, warm family feel. This store focuses on tanzanites, Morganites and all other beautiful, radiant, colored gemstones. Ask for our private KFJ collection. Local Color Downtown and Havensight Mall; 340-774-2280/3182 www.localcolorvi.com When you walk into the island resort-wear boutique Local Color, there is no question about how the store got its name. You will find yourself surrounded by the vibrant colors of our beautiful islands. For 30 years Local Color has been a favorite shopping destination for locals and visitors alike. With names like Jams World, Kipling, Crocs and Elan, they have everything you need to satisfy your shopping needs. They feature everything from high-quality T-shirts to elegant dresses, bags and hats. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find what you need. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful boutique! Longines www.longines.com Step into a world that carefully blends elegance, tradition and

We specialize in very unique custom made pieces, large selection of diamonds, colored diamonds, colored stones, designer jewelry and much more. We custom make any piece of jewelry you may need with state of the art CAD technology. We have a lifetime warranty on all our merchandise and also a lifetime upgrade option. Our mission and goal is our customer’s happiness and satisfaction. Family owned and locally recommended

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performance, and discover Longines’ exceptional watches. Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers (340-776-4110). The Market VI Tutu Park Mall; 340-775-5646 www.themarketvi.com The Market believes that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, affordable, delicious food. The Market’s winning combination of ambience and a wide selection of products puts our team in a position to deliver a unique, enjoyable shopping experience. Maya Jewelers 5333 Raadets Gade; 866-676-7890 www.mayajewelersvi.com Maya Jewelers is a family-owned and highly recommended business. At Maya Jewelers our priority is our customers’ happiness and satisfaction. We specialize in unique custom pieces, with a large selection of diamonds, colored diamonds, colored stones, designer jewelry and much more. We custom make any piece of jewelry you may need with state-of-the-art CAD technology. We have a lifetime warranty on all our merchandise and a lifetime upgrade option. We have interest-free

Moe’s Fresh Market Red Hook, Yacht Haven Grande, Waterfront and Northside 340-693-0254; www.moesvi.com Whether you are looking for something ordinary or something special, you’ll find our shelves lined with thousands of options. We have the freshest produce and the best assortments of wine and spirits. Our butcher shop and deli offer the highest quality of meats and cheeses. We look forward to serving you.

Pandora Jewelry 5124 Dronningens Gade, Suite #1, Main Street; 340-774-3672 Havensight Mall, Bldg. 2 Suite B 340-776-8550 www.boolchand.com/pandora The world of Pandora Jewelry is incredibly unique. Discover detailed design and craftsmanship brought to life with the magic of the stories told and interpreted through each hand-finished piece. Pandora Jewelry is all about expressing who you are through your style. Give a voice to your loves through pieces that remind you of everything you are and everything you love — whether they are places, people or passions. Discover our island charms and take a piece of St. Thomas home with you!

Mr. Tablecloth 5180 Dronningens Gade; 340-774-4343 www.mrtablecloth-vi.com Come in and check out Mr. Tablecloth. We have a new fabric called Micro-Fiber, which is no-iron and absolutely stain resistant. This isn’t your grandmother’s linen store! We have modern colors and patterns to choose from in tablecloths and dresser scarves, in any size and shape you need. Also, the Jeannie jackets are a must-see, available in sizes S-5XL. This is a great store for gift buying.

The Pearl Lady Next to Fort Christian, Downtown Charlotte Amalie; 340-774-5875 www.thepearlladyvi.com The.Pearl.Lady.1@gmail.com This unique, elegant store offers a full selection of Japanese Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater cultured pearls in 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.

financing options with zero down payment. Here at Maya Jewelers our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, laid back and helpful. We are here to make your visit a memorable one.

on Waterfront Located

Town’s Premier Smoke Bar Come take a look & relax Caribbean style

340-777-3483 RedHookDiveCenter.com 6100 Red Hook Qtrs E-1-1

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The Pelican Shop A.H. Riise Mall; 340-725-1385 http://thepelicanshopvi.com The Pelican Shop is a unique smoke bar offering premium spirits, cigars, hookah, vapes and CBD products. It opened in 2020 with a vision of creating a gathering place, destination and sanctuary. Come take a look and relax Caribbean style. Rolex Boutique at A.H. Riise A.H. Riise Mall, 37 Main Street 340-777-6789; www.ahriise.com/rolex A.H. Riise is the British and U.S. Virgin Islands’ authorized Rolex dealer. A.H. Riise offers one of the Caribbean’s largest selections of Rolex watches, as well as an After Sales Service Center. Rolex watches can be found on the BVI in Tortola Pier Park and on St. Thomas in the A.H. Riise Mall. Royal Caribbean Main Street and Crown Bay Center 340-776-4110; www.royalcaribbeanvi.com Since 1969, Royal Caribbean has continued its commitment to quality, elegance, beauty, innovation and serving their patrons with the highest level of customer service. Royal Caribbean is the authorized dealer for fine handcrafted timepieces from world-famous manufacturers such as Cartier, IWC, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, Glashütte Original, Piaget, Franck Muller, Baume & Mercier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Frederique Constant and Alpina, as well as trendy watches from Fossil, Guess, Ice, Invicta, Luminox, Seiko, G-Shock, Skagen, Michael Kors and the made-in-America Shinola watches. There’s also a wide assortment of everything Montblanc. Royal Caribbean has the finest collection of fancy yellow, pink, blue, brown and white diamonds; platinum, 14k and 18k gold gem set jewelry; and a grand selection of emerald, ruby, sapphire and tanzanite jewelry. It also offers the largest selection of diamond earrings in St. Thomas, with over 1,000 pairs in stock. Royal Caribbean is the largest camera and electronics store in the Virgin Islands, offering digital SLR, mirrorless and compact cameras, binoculars and portable audio from top brands. They also carry designer sunglasses in all the latest styles.

5180 Dronningens Gade, Ste 1 St. Thomas, U.S.V.I 00802

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Sandals for Your Neck Commandant Gade; 340-776-3950 www.sandalsforyourneck.com Virgin Islands jewelry designer Sunil Mohanani knows most visitors are looking for gifts to take home for family and friends that won’t empty their wallets. At Get Charmed Factory Outlet in the historic Landmark Building on Garden Street, he offers fun, affordable and whimsical charms, earrings and bracelets — “all the bling without the cha-ching.” Growing up in his parents’ Main Street jewelry boutique, Sunil saw the growing demand for high-quality fashion jewelry without the high-end price. Sunil’s original Sandals for your Neck flip-flop pendant line, for which he owns the U.S. copyright, appeals to travelers with hundreds of fanciful sandal pendants. He also wholesales the popular line around the world. The charm selection grows continuously and has branched out well beyond the original sandal. There are thousands of charms including mermaids, divers, sailboats, palm trees, anchors, coqui frogs, cruise ships, iguanas, starfish, hibiscus, turtles and more. The list is endless.


Commitment to Quality Royal Caribbean Jewelers is known for quality, elegance, beauty and innovation.

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n 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 U.S. Virgin Islands and Caribbean. Now in 2022, Royal Caribbean continues to serve their patrons with the highest level of customer service and have established a satisfied and loyal customer base throughout the world. DISCOVER THE BEST SHOPPING ST. THOMAS HAS TO OFFER 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, Omega, IWC, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Piaget, Franck Muller, Longines, Baume & Mercier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Montblanc, Rado, Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Bulova, Giuliano Mazzuoli, Bomberg and Michele. For fashion-conscious and trend-savvy shoppers, Royal Caribbean carries Anne Klein, Fossil, Guess, Ice, Invicta, Luminox, Seiko, Casio G-Shock & Baby-G, Nautica, Skagen, Michael Kors, and the highly sought after 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 our 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. There is a large selection of diamond earrings in stock. 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’s Sunglass World has the largest selection of sunglasses in St. Thomas. Get the latest styles from Ray Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Gucci, Cartier, Dita, Costa Del Mar, Versace, Persol, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Oliver Peoples, Carrera, Chloe, Etnia Barcelona, Etro, Fossil, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Revo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Serengeti, Tom Ford and Vuarnet. Come and choose from over 1,000 pairs of sunglasses. Come in and get the latest in digital SLR cameras, point and shoot cameras, portable audio and binoculars. Royal Caribbean is an authorized dealer for top brands such as Canon, GoPro, Fujifilm, Nikon and more. Royal Caribbean also carries JBL, Skullcandy and Altec Lansing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-compatible speakers and headphones. Main Street and Crown Bay Center St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (340) 776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

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BLUE SAPPHIRE & DIAMOND BRACELET Available at Ballerina Jewelers www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Bold & Beautiful Find what you need — and want — in the islands’ world-class shops. BELL & ROSS CHRONOGRAPH BLUE 05 Available at Ballerina Jewelers www.ballerina-jewelers.com

ST. THOMAS CHARM Available at Pandora Boutique Facebook: @PandoraStThomas

DIAMANTA CHAINS Available at Joyia www.joyiajewelry.com

MAUI JIM BARRIER REEF SUNGLASSES Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

OCEAN WAVE COLLECTION Available at Kay’s Fine Jewelry www.kaysfinejewelry.com

HUBLOT BIG BANG MEN'S WATCH Available at Diamonds International www.distores.com/st-thomas

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DIAMOND BEZEL BY THE INCH Available at House of Rajah Jewelers www.houseofrajah.com

LONGINES HYDROCONQUEST GREEN COLLECTION Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

CHANEL COCO CRUSH RING Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

EXQUISITE FANCY YELLOW DIAMOND JEWELRY Also known as Canary Yellow Diamonds Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

CROWN OF LIGHT ROSE GOLD & DIAMOND RING Available at Diamonds International www.distores.com/st-thomas

CARTIER TANK MUST WATCH Available at Royal Caribbean Jewelers www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

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nalytical chemist Kevin Brown combined his passion for fresh-brewed ales with scientific precision to create the Virgin Islands’ first craft production brewery in 2015. Named after quirky, quaint Frenchtown on the Charlotte Amalie harbor, Frenchtown Brewing is now widely recognized for its exceptional #islandhopped craft brews, drawing crowds of beer lovers for a taste of Kevin’s signature staples and seasonal favorites.

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The brewery’s tasting room crowd happily debates which is the best — the Hop Alley IPA, the Frenchie Farmhouse Saison, the 86° & Sunny Pale Ale, the Caribbean Crush Cream Ale or one of the many seasonal selections. What is the brewer’s favorite? “The one in my hand,” he quips. Frenchtown Brewing is the place to go to find your favorite authentic island beers and a cool spot to chill and hang out with friends. Take a brewery tour, sample with a tasting flight or get a full pour of your favorite style. Plan on leaving with a can or growler of fresh #islandhopped goodness, a souvenir from the gift shop and the memory of an unforgettable five-star visit with brewer Kevin and all your new friends at the brewery! Watch for the new 15-barrel Frenchtown Brewery and Tap Room opening in spring 2022 at Bluebeard’s Resort, where you’ll be able to enjoy more fresh craft beers, a variety of restaurants and magnificent views of Charlotte Amalie and the harbor. Be sure to like the Frenchtown Brewing Company page on Facebook and follow @frenchtownbrewingco on Instagram for all things Frenchtown — Brewery tours, what’s on tap, hours and directions for your visit, as well as shopping for your favorite beer gear. You’ll also be the first to know when the new taproom is open, so stay tuned. For more information, visit www.frenchtownbrewing.com or send a text to 340-690-2104.


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Agave Tequila Bar & Mexican Kitchen Red Hook, East End Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG) www.AgaveVI.com

In operation for over 20 years, we serve an

array of unique and diverse menu options. Our team of talented Chefs present to you dishes made from the freshest, local ingredients. We hope that you have a wonderful dining experience and welcome you to join us at our varied venues. We look forward to serving you!

Open Daily, 11a - 10p

~Original takes on traditional tastes!~ Our warm interior invites you to savor our creamy queso, fresh guacamole, creative tacos & sizzling fajitas and house-made corn tortillas . Sipping tequilas & mezcals, and innovative, handcrafted cocktails!

Sangria’s Beachside Bistro Elysian Beach Resort Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG) www.SangriasVI.com Open Mon-Sat, 7:30a – 8:00p Sunday Closed

PESCE ITALIAN Red Hook, East End Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG) www.PesceVI.com @PesceItalianVI Open Daily, 5p – 10p

Sangria’s boasts a casual beachside bistro atmosphere. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open-air setting, overlooking the blue ocean and white sandy beach. Enjoy your swim and then join us for a carafe of our signature Sangria, salads, sandwiches, pizza and much more!

Step into Tuscany when you dine at PESCE iTALiAN. Offering the best fresh, House-made pasta, from our live action pasta station! Our menu reflects the culinary sensibilities of the Italian people: rustic yet sophisticated, while embracing fresh ingredients and local seafood. Let our knowledgeable and dedicated staff showcase the hospitality of the Italian people, for a transportive dining experience that will leave you saying Brava! Sapphire Beach Bar Sapphire Beach Resort St. Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874 www.SBBVI.com Open Daily 11a-

~White Sand Casual Beach Bar~

Feaurting best burgers, fish tacos & frozen cocktails! Come relax with your toes in the sand & cocktail in hand!

Reservations Strongly Recommended ~ (340) 714-7874

The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach St. Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874 www.BeachBuzzVI.com

Open Daily, 7a-2p ~Specialty Coffees, Teas, Smoothies, Breakfast Sandwiches, Snacks, Sundries and Ice cream!~


Reservations Strongly Recommended ~ (340) 714-7874

St.Thomas Restaurant Group CARIBBEAN FISH MARKET

Walking distance from The Ritz Carlton, the allure of beachside dining and the cool breezes of Cowpet Bay bring locals and tourists alike to

Elysian Beach Resort

Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG)

enjoy the freshest seafood served on island. We perfectly capture the essence of Caribbean cuisine, imbued with worldly inspired flavors.

www.CaribbeanFishMarketVI.com Our inclusive menu offers an array of diverse dishes, from steak, chicken and vegetarian

Open Daily, 5p - 10p Sunday Brunch, 10a - 2p

options and of course our iconic pastry, for the perfect finish to an extraordinary beachside dining experience.

RAW SUSHI & SAKE BAR

Red Hook, East End Saint Thomas, VI

340) 714-7874(STRG) www.RawVI.com Open Daily, 5p – 10p

The Patio at Sunset Grille

Secret Harbour Beach Resort Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG) www.ThePatioVI.com Open Daily, 8a - 10p Happy Hour Daily, 4p - 6p

Serving the freshest, most creative sushi and sake selections on St. Thomas!! Featuring both traditional sushi standards and unique specialty rolls that celebrate the diverse cultures of the Caribbean. Kampai!!

We are the perfect casual beachside setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Our casual fare menu features many crowd favourites; from breakfast classics, pizzas, tasty salads, sandwiches and our signature entrées. Grab a drink and hit the beach or enjoy your meal on our open-air “Patio” dining room with the perfect ocean panorama!

SUNSET GRILLE AT SECRET HARBOUR Secret Harbour Beach Resort Saint Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874(STRG) www.SunsetGrilleVI.com

Open Daily, 5p – 10p Experience the magnificent sunset, from which we drew our name,

in our open-air dining room or air-conditioned private ‘wine room’, overlooking the Caribbean waters. Our menu embraces Latin Caribbean Cuisine with global influences. Let our knowledgable & attentive staff pair from our superbly curated wine list & island-inspired specialty cocktails.


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NORTH On the lush northside, 13 Restaurant’s cozy dining room overlooks the Atlantic Ocean east to the British Virgin Islands and beyond. Shrimp n’ Grits, Hickory-Smoked Ribeye and craft cocktails are some of the specialties. Near Magens Bay beach, there’s a duo of fine and casual dining favorites like the Grille at Mahogany Run, RooT 42 — where the Philly Cheesesteak Tacos are to die for — and the elegant Old Stone Farmhouse, where there’s a classic French flair to the dinner menu and a decadent Lobster Benedict for brunch. Near Drake’s Seat, the nearly century-old Sib’s on the Mountain is a neighborhood sports bar serving family favorites like burgers and ribs. East nearly center island in Tillett Gardens, ZA Rock Pizza Kitchen serves New York–style artisan pies, while true to name at the adjoining Whisky Business Bar & Grill, this spirit is poured in flights to drink and in the cuisine — like made-to-order Whisky Burgers. SOUTH Seafood is a specialty at Mim’s Seaside Bistro, where the Caribbean Sea is only steps away from the dining room. The signature dish here is fresh-caught lobster in a coconut curry cream sauce. Less than a half-mile away at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, the three-story indoor-outdoor Iggies Oasis restaurant is the top Caribbean Sea view spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are vegan and vegetarian options — think Mango Jerk Glazed Tofu — as well as plenty to please meat and seafood lovers. Take a taxi or tram or drive to the top of Paradise Point, where at 700 feet above sea level you can fork into a tomahawk steak for two and enjoy a view of Charlotte Amalie harbor. Down at sea level in Havensight Plaza, the Leatherback Brewery pours 16 of its Virgin Islands– made craft beer from the tap. There’s a bar bites menu with pretzel sticks, beer brats and pulled pork sliders. Next door, the Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas marina complex is home to Navy Beach, where a-la-carte and prix fixe menus serve up small plates such as shrimp ceviche or large plates like roasted salmon or buttermilk-fried chicken. Steps away, Enkai Sushi offers artisan sushi, sashimi and nigiri. A half-mile up the street and to the north is an all-American McDonald’s in case your little ones crave comfort food. Two other McDonald’s are west in Frenchtown and east in Estate Tutu near Tillett Gardens. CHARLOTTE AMALIE Overlook the harbor while eating breakfast at Bumpa’s or the Petite Pump Room. Bumpa’s, near Emancipation Garden, is an early-morning favorite of shopworkers looking to wake up to omelets and oatmeal. On the second floor of the Tortola Wharf ferry dock, Petite



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Pump presents a local breakfast — stewed saltfish in butter sauce, boiled egg, veggies and butter bread with coffee or bush tea — every Friday and Saturday. Both restaurants also sell lunch. In town, Crabbe’s Island Grill delivers West Indian favorites, while E’s Garden, Teahouse and Things pours over 30 varieties of tea for breakfast, lunch or just tea with guava, mango or passion fruit cake. Savor a taste of Italy at Virgilio’s, a half-block off Main Street, where all the pasta is made from scratch and the Osso Bucco alla Milanese is the signature entree. Or, in A.H. Riise Mall at Cafe Amici, where Neapolitan-style pizza fired in a wood-burning oven is offered in an alfresco setting. WEST Dive into the Frenchtown Deli & Coffee Shop for breakfast or lunch, where they sell sandwiches, salads, pastas and other entrees. While you wait for your food to be prepared, check out the local fishing fleet coming in or casting out for

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the day. Frenchtown is a haven of fine dining. The French Quarter Bistro boasts Cajun cuisine with Pulled Pork Po’Boys and Shrimp and Crawfish Etouffee on the menu, while classic French techniques and global ingredients combine on the plate at Oceana’s, where selections include Bouillabaisse, New Zealand Grass-Fed Filet Mignon and Five Spice Peking Duck. A mile west, Tickles Dockside Pub at the Crown Bay Marina is the closest thing to a diner on the island, serving familyfriendly basics from scrambled eggs at breakfast to burgers and BLTs at lunch and spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Further west, across from the Cyril E. King Airport at the Emerald Beach Resort, Caribbean Fusion is where you can enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine featuring fresh local seafood. EAST Seafood stars on menus at restaurants in Red Hook. Pesce Italian and Raw Sushi + Sake Bar, two of eight East End eateries that are part of the St. Thomas

Restaurant Group, offer an ocean full of finfish and shellfish options. Duffy’s Love Shack makes its famous Love Tacos with grilled fish, while at the XO Bistro, also at the Red Hook Shopping Center, menus proffer a “have it your way” choice of the fresh catch of the day — jerk-rubbed with grilled fruit salsa or grilled and topped with chimichurri. The Kinky Mermaid, across from the ferry dock, presents mahimahi tacos and lobster with whiskey garlic herb butter; while next door, One Pub’s slider menu comes with a Caribbean twist: Local Conch Cake, Jerk Pork or Beer Battered Mahi-Mahi. In the American Yacht Harbor complex, Hook’d plates just-caught pan-seared yellowfin tuna with accompaniments such as blistered tomatoes, Gorgonzola and spiced candied walnuts. When it’s time to give seafood a break, head to the complex’s third floor for lipsmacking pizza at the Island Time Pub or steaks, chops and chicken at the Caribbean Saloon, voted locally as the best sports bar in the Virgin Islands.


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EAST EN D Agave Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-714-STRG (7874) www.agavevi.com Modern and vibrant, Agave offers original takes on traditional tastes. The warm environment invites you to savor the amazing food, from creamy queso and fresh guacamole to creative tacos and sizzling fajitas with house-made corn tortillas. Be sure to try one of the many innovative tequila or mezcal cocktails. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Menu Sampler Entrees: $12 to $22 Entree: Sizzling Fajitas — Your choice of chicken, steak, shrimp or veggies served with flour tortillas, Cheddar-Jack cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, cilantro-lime rice and black beans Cocktail: House Agavarita The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach Sapphire Beach Resort 340-714-STRG (7874)

www.beachbuzzvi.com Welcome to The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach Resort. We are the perfect place to start your day with a specialty coffee and breakfast sandwich on the beach or to go. We are open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., serving snacks, beverages, sundries and ice cream. Menu Sampler Entrees: $5 to $10 Breakfast sandwiches: Egg & Cheese; Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese; Turkey, Egg & Cheese; Ham, Egg & Cheese Cocktail: Latte Cocktails — Chocolatecovered almond-Amaretto, chocolate liqueur, espresso Bluebeards Resort Castle Gastropub/Deck with a View/ Sunnyside Café/Frenchtown Brewing 340-774-1600; www.bluebeards.com Every adventure starts at Bluebeards! Come for breakfast, cocktails by the pool with a slice of pizza, a beer pairing at the gastropub or an inventive dinner under the stars. Come for a tour of St. Thomas’ premier brewery and tap room. Come for cocktails and views of the Caribbean Sea

at sunset. Better yet, come stay with us for a week and enjoy it all. Bluebeards is a lush 10-acre resort with beautifully renovated suites, each with an amazing view. All this at the center of everything St. Thomas. Come explore! Caribbean Fish Market Elysian Beach Resort 6800 Estate Nazareth 340-714-STRG (7874) www.caribbeanfishmarketvi.com The allure of beachside dining and the cool breezes of Cowpet Bay bring locals and tourists alike to enjoy the freshest seafood served on island. It’s prepared by our creative, talented chefs and served by our personable, professional staff. Come for the seafood, stay for the hospitality. Our inclusive menu offers an array of diverse dishes, including steak, chicken and vegetarian options and, of course, our iconic pastry, for the perfect finish to an extraordinary beachside dining experience. Open daily, 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu Sampler Entrees: $20 to $45

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Entree: Caribbean Stuffed Lobster — Fresh Caribbean lobster filled with our own crab cake stuffing, served with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus and drawn butter Wine: St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & bar Top Floor, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-775-7060 www.caribbeansaloon.com Enjoy a 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 are served seven days a week. We feature a 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 hand-cut 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 sautéed spinach Wine: Six Eight Nine Red, Napa Valley

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We’re not a restaurant. We’re a bar that serves great food, including wings, nachos and fish tacos. Enjoy great grub, generous portions and award-winning, handcrafted cocktails and a daily Happy Hour. The bar is kid friendly till the streetlights come on. Guests are 18+ after 10 p.m. We try to make 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 Hook’d USVI 6100 Red Hook Quarter, Suite D1-1 340-714-4665; www.hookdusvi.com Enjoy waterfront dining at American Yacht Harbor. Our patio is the perfect setting for an alfresco dining experience, accommodating groups of all sizes. Our scratch kitchen sources a variety of local ingredients and regularly offers fresh local seafood options. There’s a large bar with excellent Happy Hour selections. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged, especially for larger parties. Restaurant and bar are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Kinky Mermaid 6111 Redhook QTR, Smith Bay 340-226-3349

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www.kinkymermaid.com The Kinky Mermaid is a fresh new addition to Red Hook restaurants. With two master chefs, it offers original international food with a Caribbean twist. You can enjoy giant lobsters (up to 10 pounds) caught by local fishermen. The famous whole snapper is a must-try, and there are pastas, tacos and curried dishes you will crave forever. Join us and experience what the locals have been enjoying for years. One Pub 18a-3 Estate Smith Bay, across from Moe’s Market, Red Hook 340-513-7887 www.facebook.com/onepubvi Here’s the coolest new bar in Red Hook! Super-friendly staff serve ice-cold drinks and elevated pub fare with options for everyone. Try our beer-battered mahi bites, the best wings on island, jerk-pork sliders or ahi tuna sliders. Relax on our large deck with a signature frozen concoction from the bar and enjoy the best people-watching in Red Hook or catch a game on one of our big-screen TVs. One Love, One Pub!

Menu Sampler Entrees: $4 to $18 Entree: Buffalo Chicken Sliders — Shredded chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, lettuce, tomato and chunky bleu cheese on a toasted Hawaiian roll Cocktail: VI Sunrise — Local Mutiny Island vodka, blue Curaçao, strawberry puree and Sprite on the rocks The Patio at Sunset Grille Secret Harbour Beach Resort 6280 Estate Nazareth 340-714-STRG (7874) www.thepatiovi.com The Patio at Sunset Grille is the perfect beachside setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Our casual-fare menu features many crowd favorites, from breakfast classics, pizzas and salads to sandwiches and our signature entrees. Grab a drink and hit the beach or enjoy your meal on our open-air patio with the ocean as a perfect backdrop. There’s a daily Happy Hour from 4 to 6 pm. And don’t forget to join us for Bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, daily from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Menu Sampler Entrees: $11 to $22 Entree: Ahi Tuna Nachos — Crispy wonton nachos topped with ahi tuna, wakame salad, wasabi crema, pickled ginger Cocktail: Spicy Mango — Jalapeño-infused El Jimador tequila, orange liqueur, mango puree Pesce Italian American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-714-STRG (7874) www.pescevi.com Pesce offers the best house-made pasta. Its menu is a creative blend of herbs and spices, fresh ingredients and local seafood, adding a contemporary twist to phenomenal Italian cuisine. Our extensive wine list offers many options to pair the perfect wine with any of the Italian delicacies. Open daily, 5 to 10 p.m. Menu Sampler Entrees: $20 to $45 Entree: Frutti di Mare — PEI mussels, shrimp and calamari served atop fresh house-made linguine with a garlic white-wine tomato broth

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Wine: Frescobaldi Castiglioni Chianti from Tuscany, Italy Raw Sushi & Sake Bar American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-714-STRG (7874); www.rawvi.com Discover the freshest, most creative sushi and sake selections on St. Thomas. Our sushi chefs have created a menu of traditional sushi standards and unique specialty rolls that celebrate the diverse cultures of the Caribbean. Serving dinner daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Kanpai! Menu Sampler Entrees: $12 to $22 Entree: Nadir My Problem — Pankobreaded tempura shrimp, cream cheese, cucumber, togarashi tempura crispies, spicy tuna, avocado, kimchi aioli, sesame chili oil Cocktail: Matsuyama Mule — plum sake, Stolichnaya vodka, blood orange, ginger beer Sangria’s Beachside Bistro Elysian Beach Resort 6800 Estate Nazareth 340-714-STRG (7874)

www.sangriasvi.com Sangria’s offers a casual beachside bistro atmosphere. We serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and lunch/dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in an open-air setting overlooking the blue ocean and white sandy beach. Enjoy your swim and then join us for a carafe of our signature Sangria, salads, sandwiches, pizza and much more. Swimsuits welcome! Menu Sampler Entrees: $13 to $19 Entree: Mango Mahi Tacos — Grilled mahi-mahi, mango cabbage slaw, lemon pepper aioli, flour tortillas Cocktail: Rosé Sangria — Stoli strasberi vodka, peach Sapphire Beach Bar Sapphire Beach Resort 340-714-STRG (7874); www.sbbvi.com Sapphire Beach Bar is a piece of heaven in the sands of Sapphire Beach. Enjoy an ice-cold beer or a specialty frozen cocktail while admiring one of the most beautiful vistas that St. Thomas has to offer. Come for a casual, beachfront dining experience

in an unforgettable setting. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Menu Sampler Entrees: $10 to $15 Entree: Fish Tacos — flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and honey mustard Cocktail: Strawberry Delight — Bacardi light rum, strawberry rum, pineapple and coconut mix topped with a strawberry float Sunset Grille at Secret Harbour Secret Harbour Beach Resort 6280 Estate Nazareth 340-714-STRG (7874) www.sunsetgrillevi.com We’re mere steps from the water’s edge, featuring a magical dining experience from the first sight to the last bite. Our ingredients are from local farmers and fishermen. We present to you our vision of Latin Caribbean flavors. Enjoy the magnificent sunset from our open-air dining room. For a more intimate setting, we offer an air-conditioned private wine room. Serving dinner daily from 5 to 10 p.m.

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Menu Sampler Entrees: $20 to $45 Entree: Crispy Whole Snapper with Creole sauce, mofongo, avocado and tomato salad Wine: Penfolds Koonunga Hill, Shiraz-Cabernet, Australia Whiskey Business Bar & Grill Tillet Gardens, Anna Retreat 340-715-5220; www.facebook.com/ whiskeybusinessvi Whiskey Business Bar & Grill in Tillet Gardens is a new addition to the island restaurant scene (2019) but is already touted as a favorite hidden local hangout. Known for being the home of live music in St. Thomas, Whiskey Business hosts local and visiting artists nightly. Brandon Lutzy, a 20+-year resident of the Virgin Islands and owner and operator has designed a wine and craft cocktails list to pair with a Caribbean American pub-style menu in an openair garden environment. It’s a whiskey drinker’s dream and the perfect place to unwind with the locals. Whiskey Business has it all!

Menu Sampler Entrees: $8 to $40 Lunch: Whiskey Business Burger — 8 oz. beef patty, provolone cheese, bacon onion chutney, sweet BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, topped with three onion rings Entree: Blackened Mahi Creole — Blackened mahi-mahi fillet, fire-roasted tomato and habanero Creole sauce, coconut rice, pineapple salsa, mixed vegetable Dessert: Homemade Bread Pudding, Cinnamon Sugar Churros Cocktail: Signature Sour (homemade sour mix), Jameson whiskey, Malbec red wine, lemon, lime Honey Bourbon Sweet Tea — Homemade sweet tea, Jack Daniels Honey, clover honey, fresh lemon XO Bistro Red Hook Plaza 340-779-2069; www.xobistro.net Enjoy the casual elegance of XO Bistro. The stylish dining room is wrapped around our large centrally located wine and cocktail bar. The bistro is perfect for a drink after work or cocktails with friends. Serving lunch and dinner.

Za Rock Pizza Kitchen 4126 Anna’s Retreat, Tillet Gardens 340-224-9441 www.zarockpizzakitchen.com All pies are available in personal, New York or Detroit styles. Crust options include regular, gluten-free and cauliflower. A true pizza lover’s delight! BOLONGO BAY Iggies Oasis Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 340-775-1800; www.iggiesoasis.com This is one of the island’s longest-running restaurant brands. We’re keeping Iggies Beach Bar & Grill’s spirit alive at Iggies Oasis, poolside at Bolongo Bay. Come for cocktails, great food, including prime rib (Sundays), lobster, nightly specials and live music. Lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended. Menu Sampler Entrees: $19 to $39 Entree: Shrimp Penne — Sautéed shrimp in a creamy seafood sauce tossed with penne pasta

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Wine: BV Coastal — A medium-bodied dry chardonnay with crisp bite of fruit and a creamy finish that cuts through the richness of the sauce and pairs well with the seafood Mim’s Seaside Bistro Bld-15, Watergate Villas 340-775-2081; www.mimsseaside.com Enjoy a taste of fresh fish with a side of atmosphere! For over two decades, Mims has delighted guests with a blue-ribbon menu and romantic seaside ambience. Awardwinning hosts Mim and Jerry DeFreitas are seasoned restaurateurs. The chef is a Tommy Star winner. When you arrive, you are greeted with a warm smile and cool seating choices — under the stars or on the festively lighted covered patio. Why not begin with seafood bisque or conch fritters? Delicious! House specials are coconut curry lobster and baked stuffed lobster. CROWN BAY Tickles Dockside Pub 308 Crown Bay Marina 340-776-1595

www.ticklesdocksidepub.com Here’s a casual dining spot on the water, where locals and visitors enjoy the open-air atmosphere. We’re 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 FR ENCHTOWN Frenchtown Deli & Coffee Shop Frenchtown, St. Thomas 340-776-7211; www.facebook.com/ FrenchtownDeli Visit our popular deli and coffee shop next to the water. Breakfast menu includes everything from oatmeal and egg sandwiches to eggs Benedict, steak and eggs and mimosas. You’ll also enjoy a fantastic full coffee bar with a casual relax-

ing atmosphere, as well as filling deli sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses — everything you need for the beach or boat. Stock up on beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks and homemade cookies. Remember to call ahead to save time. Menu Sampler Entrees: $6 to $20 Entree: Grilled pork chop, two eggs, home fries and toast; homemade lasagna with garlic bread French Quarter Bistro Frenchtown, St. Thomas 340-774-6539 www.frenchquarterbistrovi.com We offer New Orleans–style cuisine with a flair. Enjoy delicious dishes packed with flavor that won’t disappoint. The wine list is competitively priced. French Quarter Bistro’s menu is available online and on its Facebook page. Menu Sampler Entrees: $20 to $30 Entree: Bourbon Strip Steak Au Poivre with black pepper, bourbon, cream and

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butter, served with mashed potatoes and asparagus Wine: Higher Ground Pinot Noir, Monterey County Oceana Restaurant and Bistro Frenchtown/Villa Olga 340-774-4262; www.oceanavi.com Waterfront dining and innovative global cuisine with a seafood focus await on Baye de GriGri. Our bistro also offers a lighter menu with small plates, a fabulous wine list and cocktails. Menu sampler Entrees: $29 to $55 Entree: Oceana Bouillabaisse — garlic prawns, octopus, clams, mussels and sea bass in a fennel, tomato and saffron broth Cocktail: Pineapple Habanero Margarita — a house-infused pineapple-habanero tequila, lime and Cointreau. CHARLOT TE AMAL I E Bluebeards Resort Castle Gastropub/Deck with a View/ Sunnyside Café/Frenchtown Brewing

340-774-1600; www.bluebeards.com Every adventure starts at Bluebeards! Come for breakfast, cocktails by the pool with a slice of pizza, a beer pairing at the gastropub or an inventive dinner under the stars. Come for a tour of St. Thomas’ premier brewery and tap room. Come for cocktails overlooking the Caribbean Sea at sunset. Better yet? Come stay with us for a week and enjoy it all. A lush 10-acre resort with beautifully renovated suites, each with an amazing view. All this at the center of everything St. Thomas. Come explore! Bumpa’s 38-A Waterfront Highway 340-776-5674 We’re across the street from the water on the second floor with amazing views of the harbor. Enjoy breakfast with waffles, delicious French toast, oatmeal pancakes and omelets. Lunchtime means the best deli around. Order a New York Reuben on rye, wraps with chicken or tuna and great burgers prepared by a husbandwife team that makes everything to order while you wait. It’s a favorite of locals and

visitors alike, with great prices, great views and friendly service. You can’t go wrong at Bumpa’s! E’s Garden Teahouse and Things 2A Commandant Gade 340-776-2577 www.esgardenteahouseandthings.com At this multifaceted facility near the Main Street shopping area, you’ll enjoy hot and cold teas as well as pastries, quiches and sandwiches in a relaxing environment. Also on hand are local and imported loose teas and crafts. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. E’s Garden is available for tea parties and baby and wedding showers, as well as for small gatherings and meetings. Our food selection varies daily and is listed on Facebook. We offer free Wi-Fi and limited parking. McDonald’s Lockhart Gardens, Frenchtown, Tutu Park www.facebook.com/McDonaldsUSVI At three McDonald’s restaurants you’ll find a passion for quality. It’s the same great

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taste no matter where you go! See Map Insert in front of book for locations. Petite Pump Room Edward Wilmoth Blyden Building, Veterans Drive 340-776-2976 www.petitepumproom.com Celebrating 51 years, the Petite Pump Room is preferred by islanders and visitors for its excellent authentic local food, friendly service and open-air panoramic decks. Listen to the rhythms of calypso or reggae while indulging in one of Pump Room’s famous tropical cocktails. Savor fresh fish caught by local fishermen, peas and rice, stewed chicken, stewed oxtails, grilled mahi-mahi sandwiches and other American favorites. Breakfast and lunch are served. Menu sampler Entrees: $10 to $38 Entree: Fried snapper with native Creole sauce, fungi, peas and rice, plantains and veggies Dessert: Homemade mango ice cream pie Cocktail: Judy’s Rum Punch

PRIME at Paradise Point A-1-4 Estate 340-690-2191; www.facebook. com/PRIME-at-ParadisePoint-351080385442914 Welcome to PRIME, St. Thomas’ premier steakhouse. At the top of Paradise Point, it offers a stunning view and enchanting ambience unlike anywhere else in the Virgin Islands. Treat yourself to a bottle of wine from our award-winning list and pair it with a signature 45-day dry-aged tomahawk steak. The outstanding service and personalized attention make dining at Prime at Paradise Point a Caribbean must. Menu Sampler Entrees: $25 to $58 Entree: Surf-n-Turf — Filet (5 oz. or 10 oz.), half a locally caught lobster stuffed with crab, citrus arugula, garlic and chive potatoes, jalapeño beurre blanc and oysters bleu Wine: Cult Cab Taphus Beer House 5120 Dronningens Gade Suite 7 340-774-4010; www.facebook.com/ taphusbeerhouse

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Quench your thirst with a crafted cocktail or an ice-cold beer. Taste at Paradise Point Paradise Point, 00802 340-690-2191 www.facebook.com/taste-at-ParadisePoint-333781024062134 Here you’ll find Caribbean-style cuisine paired with the best view on the island. Enjoy our “Almost World-Famous Lobster and Shrimp Roll” while sipping on a signature Bushwacker. Menu Sampler Entrees: $8 to $16 Entree: Almost Famous Lobster Roll — Locally caught lobster, shrimp, fresh baked potato roll, lemon-chive aioli and seasoned house fries Cocktail: Frozen Bailey’s Bushwacker Thali Indian Grill Kiosk 3, The Shops at Yacht Haven Grande 340-642 4434 www.thaliindiangrill.com Chef Sally Udhwani has a passion for

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cooking, and husband Gary Udhwani is a serious foodie who’s always searching for perfect-tasting Indian food. Their restaurant offers generous servings for food that is reasonably priced. Come join a Trini and an Indian making the best Indian dishes right there in their own backyard. Virgilio’s Italian Cuisine 5150 Dronnigens Gade, Suite 7 340-776-4920; www.virgiliosvi.com Operating since 1988, Virgilio’s is a popular dining destination. We offer homemade pastas, lamb, veal and seafood. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

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NORTHSID E 13 Restaurant 13a Estate Dorothea 340-774-6800; www.13restaurant.com 13 Restaurant, dine-in or carry-out, features America’s southern cuisine with an island flair. Chef Tully melds his southern roots with classic training to bring you freshly prepared steaks, pasta, seafood, specials of the day, Sunday Brunch and more. The restaurant features open-air dining with ocean views.

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RooT 42 Bar & Grill Flamboyan by the Bay Resort 6200 Magens Bay Road 340-513-1688 www.facebook.com/root42vi Dine poolside on our patio overlooking beautiful Magens Bay. Sip one of our signature frozen drinks while taking in the breathtaking sunset views. Appetizers include Crispy Wings, Ahi Tuna, Buffalo Cauliflower and our famous Goat Cheese Balls. Then enjoy an island favorite like Spragga’s Jerk Chicken, a Caribbean Banh Mi, or choose one of our delicious Chef’s Specials with land and sea options. Menu Sampler Entrees: $14 to $32 Entree: Caribbean Cookout — mango BBQ ribs, jerk pulled pork and your choice of two delicious sides Cocktail: Magens Mule — blueberry lemonade Cruzan rum, ginger beer and splash of lime on the rocks Sib’s on the Mountain Bar & Restaurant 33 Estate Elizabeth 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. Our menu is devoted to Classic American Cuisine with a homestyle cooking flair. 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.

tive menu with magnificent views, giving guests an upscale dining experience. We pride ourselves on our extensive array of artisan sushi and showcase our creative side by offering daily specials incorporating fresh flavors and ingredients sourced locally. Pair your favorites with a selection from our elaborate list of premium sake, wine, beer and handcrafted specialty cocktails.

Menu Sampler Entrees: $12 to $29 Entree: Chicken Fried Chicken — Battered, deep-fried tenderized chicken breast over mashed potatoes and sautéed mixed vegetables finished with house homestyle gravy Wine: Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay, California

Menu Sampler Entrees: $$ Entree: Artisan Sushi Cocktails: Handcrafted, as well as beer and wine

YACHT HAVEN GRANDE Enkai Sushi Bar Yacht Haven Grande Marina 340-774-6254 www.enkaisushibar.com Enkai Sushi Bar is back and better than ever after having been destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Our new location on the water in Yacht Haven Grand combines an innova-

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ISLA Cantina Mexicana VI Yacht Haven Grande Marina 340-714-3588 www.islacantinamex.com ISLA Cantina Mexicana is the newest restaurant to open at IGY Marinas Yacht Haven Grande and the second venture from Navy Beach Hospitality to launch in the Caribbean since 2019. Inspired by extensive explorations throughout Mexico and executed by a culinary team with extensive global experience, ISLA Cantina Mexicana offers casual dining that showcases many of Mexico’s culinary techniques and history

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with menu items including hand-rolled and -pressed authentic corn and flour tortilla tacos, braised smoked meats and wood-roasted whole fish. The vibrant eatery features a large wrap-around indoor-outdoor bar, roomy open-air dining on a covered waterfront deck and playful furnishings. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks with picturesque views of the surrounding yachts in the marina and Charlotte Amalie harbor. Menu Sampler Entrees: $16 to $65 ($65 menu item is for two) Entree: Pork Carnitas Tacos — slow-braised shredded pork butt with Mexican spices (dry chilis, chipotle, oranges and garlic) topped with roasted pineapple, cilantro leaves, queso fresco, pickled red onion, and lettuce shreds, served with pico de gallo and lime wedges. Cocktails: El Santo tequila blanco strawberry, lime, mint, habanero NAV Y BEACH Yacht Haven Grande Marina 340-714-3566 www.navybeach.com/st-thomasvi Navy Beach offers prime waterfront positioning at the sprawling Yacht Haven Grande

Marina, featuring a mix of both fully covered and sun-dappled outdoor seating, a comfortable outdoor lounge and a 20-seat bar — all with unobstructed views of the surrounding yachts and Charlotte Amalie harbor. Serving globally influenced casual coastal cuisine, creative cocktails and a selection of local and international beers, the restaurant is a popular destination for locals and visitors to the island. The nautically inspired open-air venue spills out onto the property’s prized “canon lawn,” making it a perfect venue for live music performances, private events and weddings. Menu Sampler Entrees: $18 to $42 Entree: Creamy Seafood Paella — a Caribbean twist on a traditional dish. Fresh mahimahi, shrimp, mussels and calamari sautéed with peppers, onions, peas and rice, then simmered in a rich saffron cream sauce Wine: Nita Priorat, Spain (available by the glass or bottle) HAVENSIGHT Cafe Amici Havensight Mall 340-244-9441

www.cafeamicistthomas.com This fabulous Italian/Mediterranean fusion cuisine is not to be missed. Here you can enjoy incredible pastas, pizzas and piadinas alongside locally brewed draft beer. Open for lunch, dinner, drinks and late night. L I NDBERGH BAY Caribbean Fusion Emerald Beach Resort (340) 777-8800; www.facebook.com/ caribbeanfusionandthebeachbar Not quite sure what you are hungry for? We have a variety of daily Caribbean dishes like Caribbean lobster and whole snapper, any style. We have an assortment of classics that will satisfy your appetite, including tacos, pizza, burgers and calamari friti. At this charming, casual restaurant and bar overlooking the sparkling waters of Lindbergh Bay, we invite you to our table, where panoramic views complement authentic Caribbean cuisine. Our creative culinary team showcases the freshest local seafood, meats and produce to craft a sumptuous variety of dishes inspired by the bounty of St. Thomas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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AN ACCOMMODATING ISLAND From charming villas to full-range resorts, St. Thomas offers myriad ways to stay.

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t’s hard to pinpoint what makes St. Thomas seem so magical to visitors. It’s not a single attraction but a mix of natural beauty and island-style sophistication. Crystal-clear water and splendid beaches complement the charm and whimsy of Danish architecture in Charlotte Amalie, and shopping for dutyfree treasures on Main Street can be every bit as engaging as sighting an exotic sea turtle. The island’s eclectic appeal extends as well to its wide range of welcoming accommodations. From quaint boutique hotels to luxurious villas and world-class

FROM QUAINT BOUTIQUE HOTELS TO LUXURIOUS VILLAS AND WORLD-CLASS RESORTS, ST. THOMAS PROVIDES JUST THE HAVEN YOU’RE SEEKING IN A CARIBBEAN GETAWAY. resorts, St. Thomas provides just the haven you’re seeking in a Caribbean getaway. Scheduled for a grand reopening in 2022, Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Resort is an upscale island retreat overlooking picturesque Pacquereau Bay. Guests

enjoy poolside dining and drinks, a worldclass infinity pool with a slide, a fitness center and a wide array of pampering amenities. For those who will only be satisfied by returning to a familiar spot on the island year after year, the Marriott Vacation Club is a top choice.

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DETAILS OF PARTICIPATION Sponsor: Marriott Ownership Resorts (St. Thomas), Inc. Program is for couples or individuals with a combined annual income of $75,000. Attendance at a sales presentation lasting approximately 90 minutes is required. If married or living together or with significant other, couples must attend the sales presentation together to receive this offer; individuals may purchase separately. Employees of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, its affiliated companies, and the immediate families of such employees are ineligible for the offer. Guest is eligible to tour the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Sales Gallery if they have not attended a sales presentation at any Marriott Vacation Club resort in the past three months or the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove Sales Gallery in the past 10 months. Retail value of Experience Dollars certificates is up to $200. Experience Dollars certificates will be issued upon completion of the sales presentation. List of participating merchants will be provided for Experience Dollars certificates. No cash back will be given in part or whole if the purchase amount is less than $200. Premiums are not redeemable for cash and may be subject to expiration. The Marriott Bonvoy Points will be posted to the appropriate account within four to six weeks following the completion of the tour and sales presentation. For Marriott Bonvoy details, please visit marriottbonvoy.com. Expiration date of offer is December 31, 2021. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offer subject to change without notice. Offer is nontransferable. Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc. is the developer and an equal housing lender.

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Those looking for a cozier stay may choose At Home in the Tropics for an enjoyable bed-and-breakfast experience. Guests check in for a pampered stay in a unique, historic setting defined by amazing meals and lazy afternoons by a private pool. Getting off the grid in St. Thomas requires nothing more than booking a room at The Green Iguana Hotel. This award-winning, eco-friendly hotel combines beautiful accommodations with the majesty of the unspoiled Caribbean. The hotel is alive with natural foliage and tropical birds. Offering stunning views of the yacht-dotted St. Thomas Harbor, Bluebeard’s Castle dates to the 1600s. The secluded resort was once the residence of the island’s Danish governor. Where to hang your hat while visiting St. Thomas? With so many options at hand, you’re certain to find that perfect home away from home. It may be hard to pinpoint just what gives this Caribbean jewel such a magical feel, but one thing is obvious: St. Thomas is one accommodating island.

At Home in the Tropics 877-788-1803; www.athomeinthetropics.com This is a boutique hotel providing an authentic Caribbean experience with all the comforts of home. Overlooking picturesque Charlotte Amalie harbor, our property is nestled in the hillside of the Historic District. All rooms include private bathroom, pool access, A/C, smart TV, Wi-Fi and homemade locally sourced breakfast. It’s within walking distance of shops and restaurants and minutes from world-famous beaches and all the excitement of St. Thomas.

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Emerald Beach Resort 340-777-8800; www.emeraldbeach.com A cozy, breezy and bright décor and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere come together to make Emerald Beach Resort one of the most relaxing hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Discover a laid-back beachfront getaway overlooking Lindbergh Bay, considered the most beautiful white-sand beach on St. Thomas. With the attractions, shopping and dining of downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas only minutes away, the resort invites you to enjoy uninterrupted ocean views steps from the warm Caribbean surf. A rare find among St. Thomas resorts, Emerald Beach Resort is a 100 percent beachfront hotel with all rooms offering balconies with beautiful ocean views. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and appointed with modern amenities, our accommodations are inspired by the spectacular beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort and Spa 340-693-4800; www.frenchmansreefstthomas.com A beacon of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the all-new Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort and Spa sits high above the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy breathtaking views, elevated style, gourmet dining, a full-service spa and island excursions. Designed for adventurers and leisure seekers searching for an authentic, world-class Caribbean island experience. The Green Iguana Hotel 340-776-7654; www.thegreeniguana.com 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. You’ll find private baths, off-street parking, high-speed internet, DISH TV, air conditioning and more. All rooms are smoke- and pet-free. The Green Iguana Hotel offers great value.

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Growing My Brother’s Workshop The nonprofit vocational agency sets its sight on building a new campus.

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hen you buy a breakfast johnnycake at My Brother’s Workshop (MBW) Café on Charlotte Amalie’s Back Street or a souvenir handcrafted drink tumbler from the MBW at Paradise Point retail shop, you become a part of a bigger picture. Much bigger. Life-changing, in fact. Since it was founded in 2007, the Virgin Islands–based nonprofit MBW has steered over 1,300 at-risk teens and young adults, both men and women, from potential incarceration to a profitable vocation. Now, MBW is embarking on its largest effort to date: the construction of a main campus to offer even greater vocational training, as well as mental health counseling, job placement and mentoring to a broader age of students, from as young as junior high schoolers to 20- and 30-somethings who’d like to

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further their skills or change careers. “Scott and I have long talked about the need for, and how to create, a bigger space to serve more students in workforce development and build a better tomorrow for our community. It’s gratifying to see our visions are starting to become a reality,” says Jenny Hawkes, MBW’s executive director. Scott Bradley founded MBW through the St. Thomas Reform Church, starting with four young men he taught the construction trade. The Café program opened in 2015 to expand ways to interest women. The year after, MBW created an alternative school where students earned high school diplomas, something now requisite for graduation. MBW Marine launched in 2018 to instruct on skills such as fiberglassing, rigging and diesel engine repairs, while MBW Engineering R&D began last year with

state-of-the-art CNC laser machines to teach students this process as well as have them create custom products. Construction on the MBW Main Campus, which will be built on four acres of land in Estate Donoe, starts this year. Shovels to the ground were kick-started by a $1 million match from a philanthropic family, approximately a quarter of the total cost. Phase I, which includes the MBW Café and Bakery, banquet hall, educational classrooms, offices and an industrial kitchen, is targeted to open in 2023. Two additional phases, the MBW Workshop Center, with workshop, marine and automotive divisions, and the Community Center, for sports, arts and music programs, will be completed after that. In total, the new 30,000-square-foot campus will be able to serve over 1,000 students. Looking ahead, there are even more ways for visitors to play a role in MBW’s big picture. First, there are monetary or in-kind donations for the Main Campus build. Second, Hawkes says, volunteer opportunities are available, whether someone has a particular skill or can contribute in broad ways such as painting and landscaping. Third, facilities such as the campus’s 5,000-square foot industrial kitchen provide a chance to process Virgin Islands–grown foods large scale into sustainable products for food security and sale. In the future, might this mean a jar of MBW-made mango jam to take home as a Taste of the Virgin Islands souvenir? For more information or to donate, visit www.mybrothersworkshop.org.

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by CAROL M. BAREUTHER, R.D.


St. John

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t. John may be the smallest of the three main U.S. Virgin Islands, but what it doesn’t have in size it makes up for in unspoiled beauty and undeniable charm. More than two-thirds of the island is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park, which preserves the island’s natural beauty, pristine beaches, rugged hiking trails and numerous archaeological sites.

The island is more than a haven for nature lovers. This laid-back island gem nicknamed

“Love City” has something for everyone to fall in love with, and the charming, walkable streets in the town of Cruz Bay make it easy to explore quaint shops and more. Sweeping vistas welcome adventurous hikers along the island’s stunning trails. Animal lovers will be met by goats, donkeys, deer, pigs and cows that freely roam the island’s roadsides. No matter what you’re looking for in an island getaway, you’ll find it on St. John.

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Discover the Land Journey beyond the beach for a St. John vacation complete with land-based activities and attractions.

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here’s no denying the unblemished beaches of St. John are one of the main reasons you chose the island for your idyllic Caribbean vacation. However, the island offers a few non-ocean-related activities you don’t want to miss. Hit the gym, hike the trails or go on a modern-day treasure hunt. Uncover the island’s history as you explore ancient rock carvings and 18th- and 19th-century Danish plantations. The outdoor possibilities for islandstyle adventure are endless on St. John. HISTORY IN FOCUS The historical and cultural attractions of St. John unveil a multifaceted past at different locations that offer insights into the island’s roots. ANNABERG PLANTATION During the 18th and 19th centuries in the Danish plantation era, this protected historic site was one of the island’s most productive sugar plantations. The site’s focal point is the windmill tower known to be one of the largest in the Virgin Islands. As you explore the ruins, you will observe the factory where sugarcane was processed into molasses and rum, a horse mill, slave quarters, kettles and other structures associated with sugar production. www.nps.gov/viis L’ESPERANCE TRAIL A little over two and one-half miles, L’Esperance descends quickly at 1,000 feet and maintains its steep path for the first quarter to half a mile. Hikers will tread past two sets of plantation ruins as the path becomes moderate, revealing two distinct environments as the trail continues: moist

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tropical forest at the top to dry tropical forest as you near Genti Bay. Pack your swimsuit for a cool dip at the bottom of the trail and don’t forget to bring along water and snacks. www.nps.gov/viis CINNAMON BAY PLANTATION RUINS An early sugar plantation settlement on St. John, Cinnamon Bay Plantation was considered one of the most prosperous sugarcane operations on the island in the 1700s. Visitors of all abilities can follow the path of the accessible boardwalk through sugar factory ruins on-site. Continue along to the half-mile-long Cinnamon Bay Nature Loop, which takes less than 30 minutes to walk.Follow this simple trail as it loops through the ruins past the factory building, containing the boiling bench and crystallizing pan, plantation house, cook house, slave quarters, two cemeteries and a warehouse. www.nps.gov/viis ELAINE I. SPRAUVE LIBRARY Located near Cruz Bay, this former 18th-century plantation great house is recognized as one of the oldest buildings on the island of St. John. With its “welcoming arms” staircase, yellow limestone exterior, green trim and wide, white-railed staircases, guests can take in the majestic splendor of this fully restored

estate that was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1976. www.usvipubliclibraries.com AMERICA HILL The one-mile uphill hike along this trail passes by several historic sites, offering multiple experiences in one. Start near the Cinnamon Bay Plantation ruins where a sharp ascension is followed by a winding path to the top of a hillside. Your reward for the uphill journey is a bird’s-eye view of Maho and Francis bays on the island’s north shore. Local island lore suggests that the red-tinted ruin atop the hill once served as a guesthouse for rumrunners during the prohibition era. www.nps.gov/viis FRIENDS OF VIRGIN ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK This nonprofit organization is the official philanthropic partner of the Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) that focuses on the protection of the park’s natural and cultural resources. The organizations offer various ways for visitors to connect to the island’s culture and history. Its Friday with Friends seminar program hosts a series of activities ranging from hikes and turtle talks to nature and culture walks. Visit the group’s website or call to discover what fun activities are taking place during your stay. www.friendsvinp.org


The Uncommon Element Experience the breadth of St. John’s natural resources with these unforgettable activities rooted in sustainability, conservation and local culture.

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by ANQUANETTE GASPARD HIT THE TRAILS Whether you prefer casual strolls, strenuous treks or hiking to break a sweat, St. John’s numerous hiking trails offer something for everyone, from the novice to the expert. Historic plantation ruins, majestic lookouts with 360-degree views and up-close encounters with wildlife are a few sights to see on St. John. The easy hike to Salt Pond Beach is ideal for beginners with its relatively flat path and minor decline to tranquil waters. For those up to a challenge, conquer the six miles of Reef Bay Trail. With plantation ruins, ancient rock carvings, seasonal waterfalls and a beach, it’s no wonder why it’s the Virgin Islands National Park’s most popular trail. If you’re in the mood for a hike that stands out from the rest, head to Ram Head Trail for a spectacular hiking experience, thanks to the never-ending sea views and its intriguing historical significance.

FLIGHTS OF FANCY There are approximately 144 species of birds that call the Virgin Islands National Park home for either some or all the year. To get the most out of bird-watching on St. John, a guided walk with a VINP Park Ranger at Francis Bay Salt Pond trail will be your best bet. Learn surprising bird facts and catch a glimpse or two of the various resident and migratory birds as you make your way through a forest, by the ocean and around a salt pond. A SAVORY HARVEST While dry periods might dull St. John’s lush green hills, island droughts bring about a unique gift. A trip to Salt Pond Bay brings you to the only place in St. John that is below sea level, where water in the salt pond evaporates. This leaves behind countless pounds of salt at its edges ripe for harvest. Add a touch of flavor to your St. John vacation by gathering some of these cherished crystals for your very own all-natural pure island sea salt. UNCOVERED CARVINGS Discover a lost culture from St. John’s past near the bottom of the Reef Bay Trail. Carved into rocks at the base of a waterfall you will find petroglyphs etched into blue basalt rock. These rock art carvings were left by Taíno inhabitants as long ago as A.D. 500. Getting here is no easy feat, but the sweat-inducing hike to the site is worth the effort to witness these mesmerizing carvings firsthand.

A Work of Heart In recent years, many travelers seek out ways to give back to the place where they are visiting. As voluntourism continues to increase in popularity, St. John is no stranger to organizing countless ways for visitors to volunteer a small portion of their time while on vacation. Get Trashed St. John is an all-volunteer group with one goal — to make St. John more beautiful. With monthly litter cleanups at various locations around the island, it’s easy to get involved. More often than not, volunteers get together for an after-party or happy hour celebration for their hard work. www.facebook.com/gettrashedstj

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Thrilling Adventures Abound Kick your endorphins into high gear with a wide range of exciting activities that are sure to get the adrenaline flowing during your St. John stay. by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

SADDLE UP Giddy up and get moving on a peaceful horseback ride through the trails of St. John. Take a one-hour guided ride along the shoreline of Coral Bay with Carolina Corral, a one-woman operation. Owner Dana Bartlett provides a loving home for a wide range of animals at the corral — horses, donkeys, goats, sheep, dogs, cats, chickens and more.

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GAME, SET, MATCH Nothing gets your competitive spirit fired up like a spirited island tennis match. Public courts in Cruz Bay are free to use, but bring your own racket and tennis balls. You’re sure to see residents and visitors engaging in friendly competition on these public courts, which makes for a thrilling outing while in the downtown area. No reservations at the courts are necessary — simply show up and show out with your best serve. GEOCACHING Try your hand at this modern-day version of treasure hunting while visiting St. John. A GPS-enabled treasure hunt, geocaching involves tracking down a container or cache that stores any small number of items. Hidden in

various places across the island, caches are left behind by geocachers for others to discover. Take a found trinket to commemorate your time on the island and leave an item behind in its place. Don’t forget to add your name and date to the log that accompanies most caches to identify when you located the “treasure.” www.geocaching.com GET THE APP

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MAKE MAHO AN ALL DAY EVENT: EAT • DRINK • SHOP • SWIM

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Maho Crossroads is a minimum footprint, energyefficient, solar-powered hangout across the street from Maho Bay on St. John. Our property consists of a thatched roof bar, a boutique located within two side-opening shipping containers, and a large food truck. We serve up the most mouth-watering burgers, mahi sandwiches, and fresh locally grown salads from our island farm. The best lunch at the beach is the one you don’t have to pack or make yourself!

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Cool off with a dip across the street or rent snorkel gear to explore all Maho Bay has to offer. In fact, Maho is known for the many sea turtles that live in the bay. You are almost always guaranteed to see one, but please don’t crowd them as they surface for air. We also rent paddle boards and crystal clear kayaks, so there are many options for viewing the gorgeous turtles, sting rays, fish and all the other sea creatures!

Beach SHopping Traveling light is no problem here at Maho Crossroads. In need of reef-safe sunscreen, bug spray, or a sun shirt? We have you covered plus many more unique finds and gifts to take home from your holiday on St. John.

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We offer free games including giant Jenga and cornhole. There are plently of shaded picnic areas and seating options for you to eat your lunch, drink your cocktail or just relax... and don’t forget to take pics with our VW bus and tie-dye golf cart!

HOURS: 10am-6pm daily

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FOCUS ON FITNESS Keeping up with your fitness regimen is a breeze on St. John thanks to the conveniently located St. John Fitness Center. Head to the second floor of Palm Plaza to break a sweat with a bit of cardio or weightlifting. Daily and weekly passes are available to visitors, granting access to the gym’s treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, weight machines and more. www.stjohnfitness.com NAMASTE Strike a pose and go with the flow through the practice of yoga and meditation. Several classes are held throughout the island led by instructors of varying styles aimed at promoting the strengthening of mind and body. Level up your yoga practice with a stand-up paddle board yoga class. Increasing core strength and flexibility, enjoy learning as you adapt to the motion of the board while taking in the beauty of St. John’s natural surroundings.

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Maho Crossroads www.mahocrossroads.com Maho Crossroads is a minimum-footprint, energy-efficient, self-powered pop-up village across the street from Maho Beach. The property consists of a tiki bar on a movable trailer, a VW bus-conversion food truck and a couple of shipping container stores. You are going to love everything about this place! The Parrot Club 340-776-4111; www.parrotclubvi.com On the beautiful island of St. John there is an

entertainment experience like no other. The Parrot Club offers the hottest gaming in the coolest atmosphere. Take a break from the sun but keep the scenery at the renowned Parrot Club bar. Get lucky at the island’s only gaming center with video slots, blackjack, keno, poker and roulette. We are located beachfront in Wharfside Village, just steps from the ferry dock next to the island’s premier dining experience, Waterfront Bistro. So, if you are day-tripping it or hanging out for the nightlife, The Parrot Club is your place for entertainment. St. John Fitness 340-690-2540 www.stjohnfitness.com St. John’s newest fitness center is now open! Enjoy free weights, dumbbells, hand weights, kettlebells, weighted balls, treadmills, stair stepper, cable machine, squat machine, a collection of Life Fitness weight machines and more! We’re in Palm Plaza near the Westin in Great Cruz Bay. It’s unattended, and you can pay over the phone. We will text you a code to open the door.

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imply put, the waters that surround St. John are indescribably breathtaking. From tranquil bays with crystal-clear waters to the shadowed sanctuary of shoreline mangroves, the water surrounding the island is well worth exploring. Whether paddleboarding or parasailing, kayaking or snorkeling, St. John has something for everyone.

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GET ON BOARD Stand-up paddleboarding — often referred to as SUP — is a great way to spend quality time on the beach. You, your board and the quiet sound of your paddle slicing through the water makes for a serene experience. The water clarity in most spots around the island is extraordinary, allowing you to spy on active coral reefs and witness the agile movement of gliding sea turtles. Rent a paddle board from Virgin Islands Ecotours on the shore at Honeymoon Beach. The friendly staff can offer paddling tips and techniques along with directions or suggestions of sites to help you get acquainted with the area. If this is your first time trying your hand at the sport, there’s no need to worry — it is remarkably easy to get the hang of. Stand in the middle of the board, firmly plant your feet about shoulder width apart, add a slight bend at the knees and paddle. Virgin Islands Expedition Company also offers daily and weekly rentals; the latter includes free delivery.

PADDLE LIKE A PRO One of the most serene ways to experience St. John’s marine life is by kayak. Like paddleboarding, it is not as difficult to learn as one may think. With a good guide and an open mind, you’ll be gliding through the water with ease before you know it. For an unforgettable kayaking experience, let Virgin Islands Expedition Company take you to part of the VI Coral Reef National Monument to visit Hurricane Hole. This underwater sanctuary is surrounded by red mangroves, which serve as the home to a variety of fish species, coral communities, anemones and seagrass beds. The calm, shallow waters of Hurricane Hole make this a paddling paradise for both experienced and novice kayakers. Both Virgin Islands Ecotours and Virgin Islands Expedition Company, as well as Arawak Expeditions, have kayaks available for rent with halfand full-day tours that explore the very best of the island’s surrounding waters. THE WORLD BELOW Get up close and personal with the coral

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boating excursion? Zip out to lunch at one of the area’s floating restaurants or go international with a trip to the BVI where the world-famous “Baths” of Virgin Gorda await your visit. Perhaps a sunset cocktail sail is better suited for your trip or escape to a private island for dinner under the stars. With numerous private charters to choose from, you are free to customize your day on the water. BULL ROCK

reefs and marine life that call St. John’s waters home with numerous snorkeling and scuba diving options available. One of St. John’s remarkable attributes is the ability for visitors to snorkel right from shore. Drift effortlessly over reefs and alongside the turtles that coast through the crystal-clear waters. Swim with the turtles at Maho Bay or head south to Salt Pond Beach to observe a wide variety of marine life. Try your luck at the Trunk Bay underwater snorkel trail; you might spot

an octopus or two. Rent your snorkel equipment from Arawak Expeditions, Virgin Islands Ecotours or Virgin Islands Expedition Company or go even deeper with a scuba diving excursion at one of St. John’s dozen dive sites. Caves, coral reefs, shipwrecks and eye-catching tropical fish are waiting to be explored. SAILING IN STYLE What’s a St. John vacation without a

A THRILLING RIDE Feel the cool ocean breeze on your face as you take in aerial views of Cruz Bay and Coral Bay while parasailing in St. John. No prior experience needed; parasailers can parachute through the air behind the boat with up to three people at a time (per the captain’s discretion). Fly away with Parasail Virgin Islands as you cruise 600 feet in the air. Its special boat technology allows you to take off and land directly from the back of the boat. You don’t have to get wet, but the option to dip your feet in the water for a quick moment is readily available.

Arawak Expeditions Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 340-693-8312; www.arawakexp.com Experience an unforgettable adventure. Whether you choose a half-day kayak tour, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), flyfishing, 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. Honeymoon Beach St. John 340-779-2155; www.viecotours.com New! Take the golf cart shuttle from Caneel Bay Resort. Or hike from town and enjoy a beach bar and grill, watersports rentals, gift shop, snorkel gear, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, floats, beach chairs, umbrellas and lockers. Save by booking an inclusive watersports Day Pass for $49 per person. Go on a guided kayak and snorkel excursion with sea turtles. Book online and SAVE 10% using promo code VISIT. Virgin Islands Expedition Company Cruz Bay 340-775-6074; www.usviexpeditions.com Journey beyond the beach! Join our guided kayaking, paddle boarding and hiking tours around St. John and its surrounding waters. Transportation and equipment are included on fulland half-day tours. The knowledgeable staff at our Cruz Bay location will help you plan independent adventures with quality rental equipment and other St. John adventure necessities.

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TRUNK BAY BOASTS THE SILKIEST, MOST PRISTINE SANDS, BLUER-THAN-BLUE WATER AND EVEN AN UNDERWATER SNORKEL TRAIL. THE SHOWSTOPPER When it comes to the best of the best in beaches on St. John, Trunk Bay is the winner, hands down. A stunner of a beach, this picturesque stretch of shoreline has racked up quite a few accolades: one of the Best Caribbean Beaches for 2020 by Forbes.com, one of the 25 Best Island Beaches in the World by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Reader’s Choice Awards and one of the Best Beaches in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure in August 2021. It boasts the silkiest, most pristine sands, bluer-than-blue water and even an underwater snorkel trail. There is no shortage of amenities at Trunk Bay either — a fully stocked bar and concession stand, well-equipped restrooms and showers, snorkel equipment rentals and covered picnic tables. For anyone fortunate enough to visit this award-winning beach, it’s easy to see why Trunk Bay is a crowd favorite. OCEANSIDE OASIS Hansen Bay’s unspoiled beauty rivals national park beaches, even though it lies outside the park’s boundaries. Pay a minimal fee to park on the privately owned property and transport yourself to a carefree, joyful beach where the locals come to mingle with their beach gear and pups in tow. Rent snorkel gear, paddle boards and kayaks to get up close and personal with spectacular coral reefs surrounding Hansen Bay. SHADED BLISS Hawksnest Beach is a St. John favorite thanks to its ample parking, pillow-

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Iconic St. John Experience Visit St. John’s only private island resort for the day, evening or both for an experience not to be missed. Lovango Resort + Beach Club is a new private island resort that has generated a lot of buzz this year. It’s the first new resort to be built in the USVI in over 30 years, and it is a highly recommended destination for a day or evening visit and as an overnight resort destination. The resort’s waterfront restaurant is already rated No. 1 in St. John by Tripadvisor. The Beach Club features your choice of a private cabana or chaise lounges, a 70-foot infinity pool, wait service to your seat, games, great snorkeling and island hiking trails. You can choose to extend your day visit into the evening with a reservation to experience Chef Stephen’s renowned a la carte cuisine or — on special nights — join their Beach Club Party Under the Stars with dinner and live entertainment. You can also visit just for the evening, but the combined day and evening packages are highly recommended. The resort’s overnight accommodations are truly spectacular! Currently, you can rent a three-bedroom villa with a private pool. Ten luxury treehouses and glamping tents are also available. The resort will be expanding over the next few years and adding more overnight rental options and, for the lucky few, 14 private villas for sale. For those looking for a one-of-a-kind, curated shopping experience and lunch, the resort offers a most unique “Departure Day” experience from St. John. Instead of sitting all day at the airport, you can board a morning resort ferry from St. John with your luggage, enjoy lunch and then catch the resort’s ferry continuing to Red Hook, St. Thomas, with your luggage. Seamless and fun, this works for those flying out of St. Thomas at 5 p.m. or later. What’s more, Lovango Village is packed with unique boutiques offering something for everyone. The best part? You can grab a cocktail and some oysters at The Green Oyster Tequila and Raw Bar and then enjoy a homemade ice cream from the general store while searching for that perfect Lovango keepsake. Only a 15-minute boat ride from St. Thomas (Red Hook) or 10 minutes from St. John (Cruz Bay), you can’t miss this iconic St. John experience. To learn more or to book your day or evening fun on Lovango, visit www.lovangovi.com. For beach club and restaurant reservations, email frontdesk@lovangovi.com or call 340-625-0400. For overnight reservations, email reservations@lovangovi.com or call 833-LOVANGO (568-2646).

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soft sand, dramatic shoreline and plentiful pockets of shade, thanks to the sea grape–lined shore. Covered pavilions, barbecue grills and restrooms make this lesserknown beach a must for anyone visiting St. John. Despite its narrow stretch of shoreline, Hawksnest Beach offers enough room to spread out and enjoy the peace and quiet of the day. Stop by the nearby convenience store to load up on snacks and drinks, as there is no concession stand on the premises. Doing so will have you more than prepared with everything you’ll need for a delightful day at a particularly beautiful beach. A SNORKELER’S PARADISE Many are often surprised to learn there are two Haulovers on the island’s East End — north and south. The name originates from former days when boats were “hauled over” from Coral Bay to the Sir Francis Drake Channel. While both Haulovers offer individual experiences, the short distance between the two means you can easily check out both in one day. On the north side, you will find a pebble beach with incredible snorkeling that is often subjected to currents and swells; confirm weather conditions before you head out. Haulover South is more protected, with its sandy pebble beach offering good snorkeling along the eastern side, where the water is deeper.

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AMENITIES GALORE Don’t let the name fool you — Honeymoon Beach is a perfect spot for both couples and families. Soft white sand, shallow water entry, clear blue waters, snorkeling and watersports make it the perfect St. John beach destination. Park outside the entrance to the Caneel Bay Resort and take the beach shuttle for a nominal fee. Whether relaxing in

the sand or exploring the stunning bay, come prepared for a full day of fun. Kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rent from Virgin Islands Ecotours right on the beach. The nearby beach bar offers a variety of food and drink options, and the small gift shop sells souvenirs, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and more.



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is that their workshop is located on-site, allowing you to see the local artisans crafting the designs in silver, gold and precious stones. Taking home a piece from Bamboo Studio will remind you of our beautiful islands and your favorite island memories.


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planters throughout and you have a serene shopping experience. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed to find it here, from beach necessities and souvenirs to artwork and a wide selection of duty-free jewelry. Browse creations by local artists and photographers. Purchase island-inspired souvenirs like hand- painted ornaments, hot sauces and handmade crafts for friends and family back home. Don’t miss Caravan Gallery, known for the most fashionable, affordable gifts and jewelry on the island. In this treasure trove of exotic global pieces, you will find jewelry, gifts and artifacts from Tibet, Indonesia, Africa and beyond. Stop by Virgin Abis, a CBD and hemp boutique owned by three friends — two of whom grew up in St. John. Their goal is to spread awareness of the health benefits of the cannabis plant. On the other end of Cruz Bay is Wharfside Village, a collection of shops

SHOPPERS ARE TREATED TO HANDSELECTED ITEMS SOURCED LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY FROM INDEPENDENT RETAILERS. and businesses along the shoreline. Hop off the ferry and head right to find plenty of interesting shops that offer clothing, island spices, home décor and jewelry, as well as some of the island’s best restaurants and bars. Bamboo Studio is one of those shops. What started as a tiny jewelry shop expanded into a full workshop of talented artists creating handcrafted eco-friendly jewelry made from sterling silver,



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14-karat gold, Larimar, coral and Swarovski crystal pieces. For another rare piece to add to your jewelry collection, head to Vibe Collection and check out the St. John Petroglyph Bangle inspired by the ancient rock carvings along the Reef Bay Trail. Day-to-day essentials like an ATM, pharmacy, mail center, grocery store and bookstore are in Cruz Bay as well. Eight miles to the east, you will find a small selection of charming, eclectic shops in Coral Bay that sell everything from T-shirts and swimwear to souvenirs and jewelry. No one can say they’ve shopped in St. John without a purchase of the island’s signature hook bracelet. Many jewelers on island carry their version of this bracelet with additions of birthstones, gold accents and more. But each has one thing in common: a St. John–style hook with a ball that symbolizes the letter “J.” Vibe Collection, Bamboo Studio and Caravan Gallery all offer bracelet options for men, women and children. For a souvenir that will last all year long, bring home a calendar filled with captivating island images by renowned local photographer Steve Simonsen. He also sells prints and coffee table books, such as Living Art, which is filled with stunning images of St. John. Order online at www.stevesimonsen.com. Whether armed with a detailed shopping list or browsing for items that spark joy in your heart, you’ll find that shopping on St. John is an experience that stays with you long after you’ve departed the island’s pictureperfect shores.


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

Vibe Collection Wharfside Landing www.vibecollection.com We are longtime friends who chose to make the Caribbean our home many years ago. The magnificent beauty of the Virgin Islands inspires our jewelry designs, which are handcrafted, sterling silver and often adorned with 14k gold, Larimar, topaz and quartz. Our trademarked logo features the recognizable St. John petroglyph, which is ancient rock carvings found while hiking along the Reef Bay Trail.

Caravan Gallery 340-779-4566 www.caravangallery.com Caravan Gallery is the place for affordable and fine jewelry, unique gifts and authentic artifacts from around the world. In our 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.”

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ithin just 20 square miles, St. John packs a punch when it comes to restaurant offerings. The island’s restaurants have something for everyone, from laid-back eateries with classic casual bites to fine dining establishments with world-class culinary dishes. CASUAL BITES St. John offers a multitude of options that will fit any budget. For a laid-back breakfast, lunch or dinner, head to the main town of Cruz Bay. Most dining venues are in this area, offering open-air seating and familiar American fare. Cruz Bay Landing is a popular favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Just steps from the ferry, it is often the first and last stop for St. John visitors, featuring signature coffee drinks, killer happy hours and weekly dinner specials. You’ll also find that Coral Bay offers a handful of casual dining options. Colombo’s Smoothie Stand has reopened with an expanded menu and new food truck. Try the breakfast offerings that include pancakes with fresh blueberries and spicy brown sugar bacon or yogurt bowls with house-made granola. For lunch, a variety of tasty grilled cheese sandwiches and salads await you. Top it off with a coffee or signature smoothie. New items are often added to the menu, so be sure to stop by and ask about their current selections. FINE DINING When it comes to fine dining on St. John, it’s hard to choose from among the island’s five-star restaurants. With locally sourced ingredients, carefully crafted cocktail menus and first-class service, St. John’s fine dining restaurant scene is impressive. Morgan’s Mango in Cruz Bay is always a great choice, thanks to the restaurant’s Caribbean-influenced cuisine, top-notch service and breezy, upscale ambience. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic date night or memorable meal with the family. WATERFRONT EATS Who says a day at the beach can’t include an amazing culinary experience? Treat yourself at High Tide Bar & Seafood

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Grill with its open-air dining and stunning sea views in Wharfside Village. Step off the ferry and follow the sounds of good cheer to where you can eat, drink and relax any time of the day. Its breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer a wide range of options, from breakfast omelets to grilled tacos to house-cut fillets. Less than five minutes walking from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock will lead you to a St. John landmark that spans decades. The Beach Bar’s fresh, casual menu is available starting at 7 a.m., with a grab-and-go breakfast and morning happy hour with $5 mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. The party continues through the day, and live music from amazing bands rocks out almost every night of the week. Pair your favorite drink with a great meal as you catch the last light of the day. As its name implies, Lovango Rum Bar is the place to find a vast collection of rum — nearly 200, to be exact! Try a fresh panini, order a charcuterie board

(or two) for your group or taste the delicious Neapolitan style pizzas while sipping your drink and listening to live music. Head out to the patio to enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Cruz Bay waterfront. LOCAL FLAVOR St. John’s local cuisine cannot be missed. For a flavorful and easy snack, grab a pate. This flaky handheld treat is stuffed with seasoned chicken, beef, saltfish or veggies, then deep fried, making it the perfect on-the-go meal. Local favorites stew goat and oxtail await you at a handful of eateries in Cruz Bay. Be sure to keep an eye out for locally made tarts, jams, jellies and juices. BEACH BITES Only a handful of St. John beaches have food offerings, which means you’ll want to pack a snack and bring lunch with you if you’re planning a full day soaking up the sun. Several Cruz Bay delis offer

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grab-and-go sandwiches and sides. You might also consider picking up some nonperishable picnic foods from one of the island’s grocery stores. Most restaurants on island offer a to-go menu with call-ahead service. Greengos Caribbean Cantina in Mongoose Junction has a solid menu with quality Mexicaninspired dishes that travel well on the way to the beach. The mango chili-glazed shrimp appetizer can be shared with travel companions and large burritos will keep you satisfied. HOME COOKING Some island accommodations have fully stocked kitchens complete with all the comforts of your kitchen back home. All the basic ingredients needed to cook a meal can be found at the island’s grocery stores. Since you’re on an island, a particular item might not be readily available. If this is the case, supermarket staffers are happy to suggest a substitute. If you’d like to enjoy your villa’s kitchen minus the hard work it takes to whip up a gourmet meal, St. John has several caterers and private chefs who will cook for you in-house. While you and your companions, enjoy sunset cocktails on the patio, an incredible custom meal will be prepared for you. COMFORT IS KEY Local culture leans towards the conservative side. Please respect the people and the places you visit by covering up when you leave the beach. That said, “island casual” is the best description of St. John’s dining dress code. Leave the ties, sport coats and high heels at home. Men are welcomed to dine in shorts and short-sleeve collared shirts, and women can wear sundresses. Casual, carefree attire is generally accepted at all dining venues. Thanks to the numerous restaurants, bars and supermarkets on St. John, it’s easy to treat yourself to a top-notch meal, hang with the locals at happy hour or dine in at your hotel or villa. With no shortage of dining options, you are guaranteed to leave feeling pleasantly full and happy.

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The Beach Bar Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay Beach 340-777-4220 www.beachbarstjohn.com A trip to St. John wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Beach Bar. Join the locals for cocktails and killer sunsets on the waterfront. In business for 20+ years, featuring world-famous Painkillers, Bushwackers, live music and some of the best bar eats on the island, including breakfast

daily at 7 a.m. Head over to The Beach Bar — home of “Some of the Best Times You’ll Never Remember!” Colombo’s Smoothies Cruz Bay 340-715-5227 www.facebook.com/colombossmoothies What better way to start or end your beach day than with a refreshing smoothie or freshly squeezed juice? Takeout or outdoor

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Cruz Bay Landing Cruz Bay (Off Ferry Dock) 340-776-6908 www.cruzbaylanding.com The restaurant and bar provide a casual dining experience in downtown Cruz Bay. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Our coffee shop and creamery features coffee, ice cream, homemade desserts, grab-and-go sandwiches and waffles. We have live music every night. We have a diverse menu — from local favorites like roti, mahi-mahi and coconut shrimp to familiar American cuisine such as barbecued ribs, burgers and wings.

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Morgan’s Mango Cruz Bay; 340-693-8141; www.morgansmango.com Since 1992, Morgan’s Mango has been offering a neo-Caribbean experience conveying the juices and jazz of the islands with a carnival of flavors and lifestyles. A sophisticated yet casual place of dazzling light with tropical breezes and starry nights that all play a part in a sensory dining experience. Menu Sampler Entrees: $18 to $42 Entree: Creamy Seafood Paella: Caribbean Fusion — a Caribbean twist on a traditional dish. Fresh mahi-mahi, shrimp, mussels and calamari sautéed with peppers, onions, peas and rice, then simmered in a rich saffron cream sauce Wine: Nita Priorat, Spain (available by the glass or bottle) Ocean 362 Five-minute stroll from Cruz Bay 340-776-0001; www.ocean362.com Perched above Gallows Point Resort’s beautifully landscaped five-acre property, Ocean 362 brings you modern “island to table” cuisine paired with stunning sunsets and views of the twinkling lights of St. Thomas after dark. Just a five-minute stroll from the passenger ferry and the heart of Cruz Bay, the restaurant celebrates every aspect of what it means to eat local with a modern take on traditional Caribbean dishes. With its convenient location, open-air dining room and top-floor cocktail bar, Ocean 362 is a perfect venue for special celebrations. Call for dinner reservations or to request availability for a private event.

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From left: Government of the Virgin Islands, Blue Glass Photography

Shikima Jones-Sprauve embraces the island’s history and culture.

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sugar mill ruin was Shikima Jones-Sprauve’s playground when she was a child. She and her cousins would hunt in the bush for large, remarkable stones that once formed walls of 18th-century slave quarters, sucking on sweet, fragrant honeycomb from the thriving beehive at the top of the sugar mill. Today, the sugar mill and its associated plantation ruins are some of the only relics of that era that rest on private land, but the site is visited by thousands of tourists and residents alike, as Jones-Sprauve’s family members have now opened it to the public. “At first, nobody knew about the richness of the history at Susannaberg until we opened it up,” she says. “Now, it’s on the map as a must-visit destination on St. John. It’s exciting for me to speak to the tourists there and tell them about the sugar mill that we own.” Jones-Sprauve is well known on

St. John for her effusive nature and her ability to connect with people from all walks of life. These skills have served her well in a 26-year career with the Virgin Islands government. From working as a youth coordinator under Gov. Roy L. Schneider to a post as office manager for the St. John administrator, Jones-Sprauve moved on to spend nearly 20 years working for the St. John Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation. In 2018, her career came full circle when she was appointed by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. to serve as St. John administrator in the same office where she’d once worked as office manager. She’s a woman of action, taking a bootson-the-ground approach to her position as the island’s administrator. She can often be found on the job with various government agencies, tackling issues like potholes and abandoned cars. She’s also a talented singer, performing at weddings and special events and even singing the Virgin Islands

March at government functions she attends as administrator. Jones-Sprauve’s childhood was split between St. Thomas, where her mom lived, and St. John, where she spent time with her father’s family, an arrangement that fostered a deep appreciation for St. John from the time she was young. “St. Thomas is more of a fast-paced island, while St. John is so laid back,” she says. “Just getting on that ferry and seeing the ocean, the islands and the cays lets you know you’re on your way to peace.” Present-day St. John is vastly different than the quiet, bucolic island that she grew up on, but for her and the many thousands of visitors who make the trip to St. John each year, this destination still possesses a special magnetism and tranquility. For those vacationing on St. John today, JonesSprauve’s message is simple: “Embrace our culture,” she says. “It’s the most important thing for me.”

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RETREAT TO PARADISE Cozy studios, lavish villas and luxurious hotel rooms are within reach for your perfect St. John getaway. by ANQUANETTE GASPARD

island of St. John. It’s important to highlight that all-inclusive beachfront accommodations do not exist here. In fact, beachfront accommodations are hard to come by. Thanks to the Virgin Islands National Park that protects much of the island, those stunning, unspoiled shorelines that surely attracted you to St. John in the

first place are untouched by the commercial development often found at other vacation destinations.

GALLOWS POINT RESORT

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nique and charming lodging options await you on the idyllic


Sweeping panoramic views. Stunning sunsets. Lush 5-acre, private oceanfront peninsula. Designed with your vacation experience in mind. Sweeping panoramic views. Stunning sunsets. 5-minute stroll from Cruz Bay, St. John Lush 5-acre, private oceanfront peninsula. 340-776-6434 | gallowspointresort.com Designed with your vacation experience in mind. 5-minute stroll from Cruz Bay, St. John 340-776-6434 | gallowspointresort.com

Modern “island-to-table” cuisine. Traditional Caribbean dishes with a modern twist. Modern “island-to-table” cuisine. The freshest local ingredients available. Traditional Caribbean dishes Stunning views for a sunset dinner. with a modern twist. Professional staff, refined service, The freshest local ingredients available. chef-driven dishes & craft cocktails. Stunning views for a sunset dinner. 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

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


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SEASIDE SOLITUDE There are still a few alternative options that visitors can fall in love with, including waterfront villas, beach houses and oceanfront resorts. If you love sweeping panoramic views and stunning sunsets, Gallows Point Resort is the place for you. Located on a peninsula at the mouth of Cruz Bay, this five-acre property offers a variety of tropically decorated, one-bedroom accommodations. Each room features spacious living areas, tall ceilings, king-size beds and fully equipped kitchens. The resort’s lush landscaping creates a tranquil setting, providing a privacy buffer between each unit. Its charming oceanside pool is an ideal location to unwind and center yourself with some early-morning yoga or perhaps enjoy an afternoon poolside cocktail watching boats come in and out of the island’s main harbor. The resort’s highly proclaimed on-site restaurant,

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Ocean 362, offers the best sunset views for a romantic dinner with a seasonal dinner menu and revolving cocktail selections. Thanks to the convenient Cruz Bay location, guests can easily to walk into town for shopping, a bite to eat or locating a taxi to the beach. VILLA VIBES Most St. John visitors choose to rent their own private condo or villa for their Caribbean vacation. This style of accommodation makes up most of the island’s inventory, with numerous villa management companies on hand to guide you to the perfect property. Determine what your ideal property should include and go from there. Looking for stunning panoramic views and a private pool? Is air-conditioning a must with proximity to your planned activities? Decide what you want and let your management company do the

COZY CAMPING What better way to connect with nature than sleeping under the dazzling stars of the Caribbean in the remote campgrounds of St. John? Better concentration, elevated mood and improved sleep patterns are some benefits of spending time outdoors, but camping on St. John also offers a chance to completely disconnect from the world while reconnecting in paradise. Many campgrounds were destroyed by the devastating 2017 hurricanes. Currently, there is only one functioning campground on the island located at Neptune’s Lookout, and it offers guests a truly unique experience and location. The longawaited return of Cinnamon Bay Resort & Campground is slated for 2022. As one of the few accommodation options within the Virgin Islands National Park, its secluded, picture-perfect beachfront location boasts untouched natural beauty with little to no pollution. Soon, travelers can come together in this simple, undisturbed environment and enjoy the natural beauty of St. John.

Gallows Point Resort 340-776-6434; www.gallowspointresort.com Discover the sweeping panoramic views and stunning sunsets from Gallows Point Resort’s private oceanfront location on a lushly landscaped five-acre peninsula. Offering newly renovated, one-bedroom oceanfront villas, a gift and 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 experience in mind. It’s a five-minute stroll from Cruz Bay.

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rest. VRBO and Airbnb are fast becoming popular ways to book a vacation villa, but direct bookings with property owners will help you save on fees. Visit www.stjohn-villarentals.com, an easyto-use website that allows vacation rental owners to connect directly with prospective guests. It’s important to remember that most St. John rentals will charge based on the size of your party and some villas only allow Saturday to Saturday rentals.


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WEDDINGS IN PARADISE Getting married in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a dream come true.

Meredith Zimmerman Photography

text and photos by MEREDITH ZIMMERMAN

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wedding is more than a ceremony. It’s an experience the two of you will cherish for years to come. That’s why more couples are turning away from cookie-cutter rituals and opting for weddings in dream destinations like the U.S. Virgin Islands. Just ask Sara, who tied the knot with her groom in St. Croix. “When

dreaming about our wedding day, we wanted to focus on experiences and not details,” she says. “My St. Croix destination wedding goal was to share the island we love with the people we love.” Sara’s wedding day featured an open-air venue on the water, local cocktails, moko jumbies, steel pans, a truck filled with coconuts for fresh coconut water and Cruzan Rum, late-night johnnycake and pate snacks, and a DJ that kept the party rocking.

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The couple planned meet and greets at their favorite spots to enjoy with guests, including a Buck Island boat tour, welcome party at Leatherback Brewing Co., rehearsal dinner on the Christiansted boardwalk and adventures in the rainforest. They also encouraged guests to explore even more on their own. As many wedding planners note, staged ballroom-style ceremonies are losing a bit of their luster as many couples are reimagining their day in a beautiful destination with family and friends. The focus of a destination wedding is on shared experiences to enrich the memorable occasion. Unique, personalized gatherings tailored to the couple are increasingly popular; and, in many cases, choosing to let go of tradition enhances the wedding experience. The U.S. Virgin Islands is just the place to let go — for many reasons: beautiful beaches, magnificent blue water, year-round tropical weather, stunning accommodations and friendly locals. It’s also easy to get to; since it is a U.S. territory, no passports are required. Moreover, there are many flights from the mainland, and the marriage license process is just as simple here as it is stateside. In addition, a U.S. Virgin Islands wedding will suit every budget. There are a variety of venues from which to choose: accommodations ranging from casual to luxury; sites offering expansive island views — like the Emerald Beach Resort overlooking Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas; whitesand beaches; gorgeous (and often free) outdoor locations; and charming towns, restaurants and more. Couples, in fact, often find that their guests use their wedding invitation to plan their own extended vacations, creating an opportunity to spend more time together exploring the island with family and friends. There is so much freedom to personalize your wedding in the islands. And the best part is, there is no right or wrong way to do it — so you can plan the wedding your way. Your wedding day may be a ceremony on a hillside just for two, bare feet in the sand with close family or a gathering of friends from far and near in a luxurious private villa overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Whatever you are hoping for in a wedding, you will find it in the U.S. Virgin Islands!


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Find 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. 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. COVID PROTOCOLS Stay up to date with the latest protocols by visiting www.usviupdate.com. We encourage you to shop, dine and explore responsibly; practice social distancing; and wear a mask indoors, where applicable. Always follow the established protocols while traveling. Businesses can be penalized for their customers’ noncompliance, including facing fines and closures.

MAIL & BUSINESS SERVICES U.S. postal rates apply in 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 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 RELIGION Worship services for many religions are offered in the USVI. Check the local directory for information.

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TRANSPORTATION Airlines: Air Sunshine: ...................... 800-327-8900 American Airlines: ............. 800-433-7300 Cape Air: ..............................800-227-3247 Delta Airlines: ...................... 800-221-1212 Frontier Airlines: ................ 801-401-9000 JetBlue Airlines: .................. 800-538-2583 LIAT Airlines: .......................888-844-5428 Silver Airways: .....................801-401-9100 Spirit Airlines: ......................855-728-3555 Sun Country Airlines: ........ 800-924-6184 United Airlines: ..................800-864-8331 AIRPORT Expansion and renovations are underway at St. Thomasʼs Cyril E. King Airport and St. Croixʼs Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. Several multi-million-dollar projects will be undertaken at the territory’s two international airports as part of a six-year, $250 million modernization plan. On St. Thomas, the construction of a four-level parking garage and transportation center will result in 600 parking spaces plus a dedicated location for ground transportation and car rental companies. This project is currently ongoing and is expected to take two years to complete. Other phases of the modernization project will result in the redesign, expansion and modernization of the airport’s terminal interior. Plans call for additional lounge space and concession areas for restaurants and retailers. Perhaps the most notable change at the Cyril E. King airport will be the addition of jet bridges, slated for the third phase of the project. Travelers arriving on St. Thomas have long deplaned via portable stairs. Renovations on St. Croix include upgrades that will be done in four phases over a six-year period. There will be additional amenities for travelers, expanded walkway space and additional space for concessions. The passenger lounge area and restrooms will be renovated as well. AUTO RENTALS Some major car rental companies have offices in the USVI, but many car rental companies are locally owned. 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.

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CAR RENTALS Amalie Car Rental St. Thomas; 340-774-0688 www.amaliecar.com Amalie Car Rental is committed to completing your stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands with outstanding customer service and excellent new vehicles. They are ready to serve their clients so they may enjoy their beach vacation, family time or business travels. Budget Rent A Car Harwood Highway, Cyril E. King Airport and West Indian Cruise Ship Dock 800-626-4516 www.budgetstt.com 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. Discount Car Rental Next to the St. Thomas Airport 340-776-4858; www.discountcar.vi 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 that are comfortable and safe with air conditioning, automatic drive and all the amenities.

Hertz is now independently owned and operated locally. servicing the airport, St. Thomas & St. John while offering the most premium automotive options in the VI.

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Native Son Ferry Main office: 340-774-8686 CHA Office: 340-774-8685 www.nativesonferry.com They have daily scheduled trips but are also available for charters, companies or private trips. You can travel from downtown St. Thomas to downtown Tortola. Red Hook, St. Thomas to West End, Tortola. Taxis are available from all ports. Book online. Hertz Car Rental 340-774-1879; www.hertzstt.com This independently owned and operated car rental agency services the airport, St. Thomas and St. John while offering the most premium automotive options in the Virgin Islands. Thrifty Car Rental & Dollar Rent A Car Airport adjacent 340-776-1500; www.thriftystt.com 340-774-0111; www.dollarstt.com Welcome to paradise! Thrifty and Dollar invite you to explore all the Virgin Islands in the comfort of their large variety of brandnew 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. CH URCH The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas 2116 Crystal Gade 340-774-4312 www.synagogue.vi 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 fees. Well-stocked Judaica Gift Shop. Services every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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Historic Synagogue Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas

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

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. Plan your destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or Vows Renewal with us. We are here to help you. 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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ACCOMMODATIONS At Home in the Tropics pg. STT71 877-788-1803 www.athomeinthetropics.com The Buccaneer pg. STX23 800-255-3881 www.thebuccaneer.com The COVE at Frenchman’s pg. STT70 800-307-7312 www.marriottvacationclub.com Emerald Beach Resort pg. STT67, 146 340-777-8800 www.emeraldbeach.com The Fred pg. STX5 340-777-3733 Gallows Point Resort pg. STJ31 340-776-6434 www.gallowspointresort.com

Tree Limin’ Extreme Zipline Park pg. STT7 340-777-ZIPS (9477) www.ziplinestthomas.com Tropical Treasure Hunt pg. STT9 786-296-8000 www.troicaltreasurehunt.com CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas pg. 151 340-774-4312 www.synagogue.vi REAL ESTATE 340 Real Estate pg. 151 340-643-6068 www.340realestateco.com

The Green Iguana Hotel pg. STT70 340-776-7654 www.thegreeniguana.com

RESTAURANTS 13 Restaurant pg. STT63 340-774-6800 www.13restaurant.com

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming) pg. STT11 340-776-4111

Agave Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar pg. STT48 340-714-STRG (7874) www.agavevi.com

Coral World Ocean Park pg. STT12, STT13 340-775-1555 www.coralworldvi.com

The Beach Bar pg. STJ25 340-777-4220 www.beachbarstjohn.com

Frenchtown Brewing Inside Back Cover www.frenchtownbrewing.com Leatherback Brewing pg. STT65 340-725-4677 www.leatherbackbrewing.com Maho Crossroads pg. STJ7 www.mahocrossroads.com Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT5, STT20 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com Parrot Club pg. STJ8 340-776-4111

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The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach pg. STT48 340-714-STRG (7874) www.thebeachbuzzvi.com Beach Side Café pg. STX20 340-772-1266 www.sandcastleonthebeach.com Bikinis on the Beach Bar & Grill pg. STJ08 340-779-2155 www.bikinisonthebeach.com Brew STX pg. STX21 340-719-6339 www.brewstx.com

Bumpa’s pg. STT63 340-776-5674 www.facebook.com/ bumpassandwichshop Cafe Amici pg. STT61 340-244-9441 www.cafeamicistthomas.com Caribbean Fish Market pg. STT49 340-714-STRG (7874) www.caribbeanfishmarketvi.com Caribbean Fusion at Emerald Beach Resort STT67 340-776-5674 www.emeraldbeach.com Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar pg. STT58 340-775-7060 www.caribbeansaloon.com

Greengos Caribbean Cantina pg. STJ27 340-777-TACO (8226) High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill pg. STJ26 340-714-6169 www.hightidevi.com Hook’d pg. STT62 340-714-4665 hookdusvi.com Iggies Oasis pg. STT67 340-775-1800 www.iggiesoasis.com Isla Cantina Mexicana pg. STT54 340-714-3566 www.islacantinamex.com Kinky Mermaid pg. STT56 340-226-3349

Castle Gastropub • Deck with a View • Sunnyside Cafe • Frenchtown Brewing at Bluebeards Resort pg. STT71 340-774-1600 www.bluebeards.com

Lovango Rum Bar pg. STJ28, Map Insert www.lovangorum.com

Colombo’s Smoothies pg. STJ28 www.facebook.com/ colombossmoothies

Mim’s Seaside Bistro pg. STT52 340-775-2081 www.mimsseaside.com

Cruz Bay Landing pg. STJ27 340-776-6908 www.cruzbaylanding.com

Morgan’s Mango pg. STJ24 340-693-8141 www.morgansmango.com

Duffy’s Love Shack pg. STT50 340-779-2080 www.duffysloveshack.com

Navy Beach pg. STT54 340-714-3566 www.navybeach.com/st-thomasvi

Enkai Sushi Bar pg. STT53 340-774-6254 www.enkaisushibar.com

Ocean 362 pg. STJ31 www.ocean362.com

E’s Garden Tea House and Things pg. STT63 340-776-2577 www.esteahouseandthings.com French Quarter Bistro pg. STT64 340-774-6539 www.frenchquarterbistrovi.com Frenchtown Deli & Coffee Shop pg. STT60 340-776-7211

McDonald’s pg. STT57 www.mcdonalds.com

Oceana Restaurant & Bistro pg. STT55 340-774-4262 www.oceanavi.com One Pub pg. STT58 340-513-7887 www.facebook.com/onepubvi The Patio at Sunset Grille pg. STT49 340-714-STRG (7874) www.thepatiovi.com


Pesce Italian pg. STT48 340-714-STRG (7874) www.pescevi.com Petite Pump Room Bar & Restaurant pg. STT60 340-776-2976 www.petitepumproom.com PRIME at Paradise Point pg. STT51 340-690-2191

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Raw Sushi + Sake Bar pg. STT49 340-714-STRG (7874) www.rawvi.com RooT 42 Bar & Grill pg. STT64 340-513-1688 www.facebook.com/root42vi Sangria’s Beachside Bistro pg. STT48 340-714-STRG (7874) www.sangriasvi.com Sapphire Beach Bar pg. STT48 340-714-STRG (7874) www.sbbvi.com Shupe’s on the Boardwalk pg. STX20 340-773-3400 www.shupesontheboardwalk.com Sib’s on the Mountain Bar & Restaurant pg. STT53 340-774-8967 www.facebook.com/ sibsonthemountain Sunset Grille at Secret Harbour pg. STT49 340-714-STRG (7874) www.sunsetgrillevi.com Taphus Beer House pg. STT35 340-774-4010 Thali Indian pg. STT56 340-642 4434 www.thaliindiangrill.com Tickles Dockside Pub pg. STT66 340-776-1595 www.ticklesdocksidepub.com

Virgilio’s Italian Cruisine pg. STT61 340-776-4920 www.virgiliosvi.com Whiskey Business Bar & Grill pg. STT62 340-715-5220 www.facebook.com/ whiskeybusinessvi XO Bistro pg. STT59 340-779-2069 www.xobistro.net Za Rock Pizza Kitchen pg. STT59 340-224-9441 www.zarockpizzakitchen.com SHOPPING Alpha Jewelers pg. 11 887-425-7425 www.alpha-jewelers.com Ballerina Jewelers pg. 5,7, STT30 340-777-1118 www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Boolchand’s pg. STT27, Map Insert 340-776-0794/0302 www.boolchand.com

Eden Living pg. STT34 340-777-3366 www.edenlivingusvi.com

Canon at Boolchand’s pg. STT27 340-776-0794 / 0302 www.boolchand.com

FantaSea Jewelry pg. STX17 340-244-3110 www.fantaseajewelry.com

Caravan Gallery pg. STJ21 340-779-4566 www.caravangallery.com

FOPE at Ballerina Jewelers pg. 5 340-777-1118 www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Caribbean Surf Co. pg. STT35 340-776-4540 www.facebook.com/ caribbeansurf Crown Bay Center pg. STT37 340-774-2132 www.crownbaycenter.com Crucian Gold pg. STX15 340-244-2996 www.cruciangold.com

Bamboo Studio pg. STJ17 340-776-0669 www.bamboovi.com

Diamonds International pg. 2, 3, STT35 340-776-5570/800-444-4025 284-541-8507/800-51-JEWEL www.diamondsinternational.com

Bobby’s Jewelers pg. 10 800-232-6229 www.bobbyjewelers.com

Eden Jewelers pg. STT32 340-777-3366 www.eden-jewelry.com

Havensight Mall pg. STT28, STT29 340-776-8511 Hotheads pg. STX14 340-773-7888 www.hotheads.vi House of Rajah Jewelers Map Insert 340-776-7770 / 800-316-3616 www.houseofrajah.com I Love St. Thomas Souvenirs & Gifts pg. STT40 340-775-5600 Jewels Forever pg. STT31 340-777-8285 www.jewels-forever.com

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Joyia Inspirational Jewelry pg. STX17 340-713-4JOY (4569) www.joyiajewelry.com

Rolex Boutique at A.H. Riise Back Cover 340-777-6789 www.ahriise.com/rolex

Kay’s Fine Jewelry pg. 15 340-714-7304 www.kaysfinejewelry.com

Royal Caribbean Inside Front Cover, pg. 1, 9, STT43 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

Local Color pg. STT36 340-774-2280 / 3182 www.localcolorvi.com Longines at Royal Caribbean pg. 9 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

Seaside Market & Deli pg. STX17 340-719-9393 www.seasidemarketstx.com

The Market VI pg. STT41, STX14 340-775-5646 www.themarketvi.com

Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry pg. STX16 340-778-8605 www.sonyaltd.com

Maya Jewelers pg. STT39 340-714-MAYA (6292) www.mayajewelersvi.com

Steve Simonsen Photography pg. STJ15 340-513-9687 www.simonsen.photoshelter.com

Moe’s Fresh Market pg. STT33 340-693-0254 www.moesvi.com

Vibe Collection pg. STJ19 www.vibecollection.com

Mr. Tablecloth pg. STT42 340-774-4343 www.mrtablecloth-vi.com

Virgin Abis pg. STJ20 340-690-2185 www.virginabis.com

OMEGA at Royal Caribbean Inside front cover, pg. 1 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

TRANSPORTATION Amalie Car Rental pg. 151 340-774-0688 www.amaliecar.com

Pandora at Boolchand’s Map Insert 340-774-3672 www.boolchand.com/pandora

Budget Rent A Car pg. 150 800-626-4516 / 340-776-5774 www.budgetstt.com

The Pearl Lady pg. STT30 340-774-5875 The.Pearl.Lady.1@gmail.com The Pelican Shop pg. STT40 340-725-1385 www.thepelicanshopvi.com Roberto Coin at Ballerina Jewelers pg. 7 340-777-1118 www.ballerina-jewelers.com

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Sandals for Your Neck pg. STT38 340-776-3950 www.sandalsforyourneck.com

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Cape Air pg. 149 800-CAPE-AIR (227-3247) www.capeair.com The Department of Tourism pg. 13 340 774-8784 ahenneman@usvitourism.vi www.visitusvi.com Discount Car Rental pg. 151 340-776-4858 www.discountcar.vi

Hertz pg. 149 340-774-1879 www.hertzstt.com

St. Thomas Water Sports pg. STT17 340-473-5708 www.watersportsvi.com

Native Son Ferry pg. 148 www.nativesonferry.com

See & Ski Powerboat Rentals pg. STT18 340-775-6265 866-775-6268 www.seeski.com

Thrifty Car Rental & Dollar Rent A Car pg. 148 340-776-1500 www.thriftystt.com 340-774-0111 www.dollarstt.com WATERSPORTS Arawak Expeditions pg. STJ10 340-693-8312 www.arawakexp.com B.E.A.C.H. Charters VI pg. STT19 340-473-9481 www.beachchartersvi.com B.O.S.S. Underwater Adventure pg. STT23 340-777-3549 www.bossusvi.com Caribbean Sea Adventures pg. STX9 340-773-2628 www.caribbeanseaadventures.com Double Header Sportfishing pg. STT23 340-777-7317 www.doubleheadersportfishing.net Heavenly Days pg. STT20 340-775-1800 www.heavenlydaysvi.com Honeymoon Beach pg. STJ8, STJ10 340-779-2155 www.viecotours.com Magic Moments Luxury Excursions pg. STT25 800-734-7345 www.yachtmagicmoments.com Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT5, STT20 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com Red Hook Dive Center pg. STT40 340-777-3783 www.redhookdivecenter.com

Stormy Pirates Charters pg. STT21 340-775-7990 www.stormypirates.com Virgin Islands Ecotours pg. STT20, STJ8, STJ10 340-779-2155 www.viecotours.com V.I. Jet Boat pg. STT5, STT20 340-775-9360 www.vijetboat.com Virgin Islands Expedition Company pg. STJ11 340-775-6074 www.usviexpeditions.com West End Water Sports pg. STX9 340-277-8295 www.wewatersports.com WEDDINGS Gallows Point Resort Wedding pg. STJ131 340-776-6434 www.gallowspointresort.com Heart & Soul Unions pg. 146 888-587-5661 www.heartandsoulunions.com

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MEMBERS OF THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS HOTEL & TOURISM ASSOCIATION Hotel Members, St. John

Point Pleasant Resort

Allied Members,

Coconut Coast Villas

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

St. Thomas/St. John

Gallows Point Resort

The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas

AeroMD

The Hills

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Alpha Jewelers

Island Getaways

Villa Fratelli Cresta

Alpha Submarine Adventures Antilles Gas Corporation

St. John Signature Condos & Villas Hotel Members, St. Croix

APTIM

Arawak Bay

AT Construction Solutions

Hotel Members, St. Thomas

The Buccaneer

Avera Tech, LLC

At Home in the Tropics

Caravelle Hotel & Casino

Baker Magras & Associates

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

Caribbean Breeze

Banco Popular

Bellavista Scott Hotel

Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix

Black Sheep Charters

Bluebeard’s Castle

Company House

Bluewater Construction Inc

Bunker Hill Hotel

Cottages by the Sea

BoltNagi PC

Calypso Realty, PC

Divi Carina Bay Resort

Boolchand’s

Elysian Beach Resort

The Fred

Budget Rent A Car

Emerald Beach Resort

Hotel on the Cay

Cape Air

Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas

The Inn on Strand Street

Cardow Jewelers

Frenchman’s Reef & Noni Beach Resort

Kings Alley Hotel

Caribbean Hotel &

The Green Iguana Hotel

The Palms at Pelican Cove

Tourism Association

Limetree Resort

Carambola Beach

Caribbean Saloon

Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas

Resort & Spa

CC1 Virgin Islands

Mafolie Hotel

Sand Castle on the Beach

Chalet D'Or

Magens Hideaway

Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast

Cielo Vista Bar, LLC

Margaritaville Vacation Club

Tamarind Reef Resort,

Cimmaron St. John

by Wyndham

Spa & Marina

COBEX International, Inc.

Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

Villa Dawn

Color Max Copy & Graphic Center

The Westin St. John Resort Villas

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Comprehensive Ortho Group

Morris Caribbean Publications

The Tropical Treasure Hunt Company

Computer Online, Inc.

Natural Food Grocery & Deli Inc.

TV2

Concessions International

Nauti Nymph

University of the Virgin Islands

Coral World Ocean Park

Navy Beach St. Thomas

VAL EVENTS

Crown Bay Marina

Ocean Surfari Charters

VI Professional Charter Association

Cruz Bay Watersports

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash,

Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters

Cruzan Viril (Cruzan Rum)

Smoak & Stewart, LLC

Virgin Islands Day Sailing, LLC

CSI Virgin Islands

Over the Line Charter

Virgin Islands Ecotours

Calypso Water Sports, LLC

Palm Charters — Sail Meow

Viya

Delly Deck Restaurant

Paradise Point Tramway

West Indian Company Limited

deSigns

Parasail Virgin Islands

Win Mill 2.0

Diamonds International

Passion Fruit Chefs Service Inc.

Worldwide Flight Services

Dinghy’s Beach Bar Grill

The Pelican Shop

WTJX Channel 12

Drive Green VI

Pirates and Treasure Museum

Yacht Haven Grande

Drunken Clam

Pistarckle Theater

Dynasty / Dazzlers

Pulse Technology Solutions of the VI

Allied Members, St. Croix

Eden Jewelers

Red Hook Agencies, Inc.

Avis Rent A Car

Everlong Excursions

Red Hook Family Practice

Big Beards Adventure Tours

French Quarter Bistro

Rooftops

Budget Rent A Car of St. Croix

Frenchtown Brewing

Royal Caribbean

Cane Bay Dive Shop

Fun Water Tours — VI Cat

Rum Shandy

Cape Air

Gyals, LLC

Sail with Liberty

Carambola Zipline

Greathouse Hospitality

St. John Brewers

Centerline Car Rentals

Havensight Mall VI — GERS

St. Thomas and St. Croix Road Maps

Coral Fire Entertainment

High Adventure Inc. — Fury Charters

St. Thomas Cycle Boats

Diageo USVI

Host - U - Training Services

St. Thomas Dive Club

Dive Experience

Hunter Food & Spirits

St. Thomas Historical Trust

Divi Carina Bay Casino

Island Buddy

St. Thomas / St. John Chamber

Gecko Adventure Tours

Island Business Graphics

of Commerce

Global Village Partners LLC

Island Designs Landscape and

St. Thomas Yacht Club

GoToStCroix.com

Stormwater Solutions LLC

Save on Islands, LLC

ib designs

Island Meetings and Incentives

Seachange Home

Leatherback Brewing Company

Island Treasure Map

SEAT Caribbean

Lyric Sails

Jewel House

Shaniʼs Beauty Salon

Margi Levy

JJ Divers

Sharp Properties

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Kacen Callender, Inc.

Shop with Jane

Mutany Vokda

KLR Services & Restaurant Supply

Sibʼs on the Mountain

Olympic Rent-A-Car

Leatherback Brewing Company

Silver Sun Solar

Paradise Freight

Leeward Islands Management

Skyline Public Adjusters LLC

Rachelʼs Place

Lemartec

Smith Orloff & Associates, LLC

The Reef Golf Shop

Little Switzerland

Smith Travel Research

St. Croix Safari Tours

Local Color

Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands

St. Croix This Week

Local Mocean Charters

Spenceley Office Equipment

St. CroixTourism.com

Lockhart Realty, Inc.

Stormy Pirates Boat Charters

Seaborne Airlines

Love City Excursions

Stratustalk Inc.

Sonya Ltd

Mango Tango

The Strategy Group

Twin City Car Rental

MarryCaribbean.com

STRG St. Thomas Restaurant Group

Visitthevi.com

Marjorie Rawls Roberts, PC

Take It Easy Boat Charters

Media Marketing

Theodore Tunick & Company

Allied Members,

Midnight Sun Boat Charter

Topa Properties

Water Island

Mimʼs Seaside Bistro

Tree Limin’ Extreme

Dinghy’s Beach Bar Grill

MLB Creative

Tropic Tours/Caribbean Travel Agency

Love City Excursions

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