Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
What makes one earn the title of a true Island Girl, I wonder? I thought long and hard about this question and I came up with a few different attributes and have jotted some of them down below. Whether you were born and raised in the Caribbean like me or decided to make these magical islands your home, you are bound to identify with a few. And if not, you will hopefully at least get a good laugh out of it. There, my good deed for the week is done. You’re welcome.
YOU MAY BE A TRUE ISLAND GIRL IF:
Friday, June 10, 2016
Just in case you were wondering....
History: During the 17th century, the archipelago was divided into two territorial units, one English and the other Danish. Sugarcane, produced by slave labor, drove the islands’ economy during the 18th and early 19th centuries. In 1917, the U.S. purchased the Danish portion, which had been in economic decline since the abolition of slavery in 1848.
Location: Caribbean; islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east of Puerto Rico.
Area: 737 square miles (1,910 square kilometers). Twice the size of Washington, DC.
Population: 103,574 (July 2015 est.)
Capital: Charlotte Amalie
Geography: An important location along the Anegada Passage—a key shipping lane for the Panama Canal. Saint Thomas has one of the best natural deep-water harbors in the Caribbean.
Climate: Subtropical, tempered by easterly trade winds, relatively low humidity, little seasonal temperature variation; rainy season September to November.
Government: Organized, unincorporated territory of the U.S. with policy relations between the Virgin Islands and the U.S. under the jurisdiction of the Office of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Head of State: President Barack H. Obama (since 20 January 2009)
Head of Government: Governor Kenneth MAPP (since 5 January 2015)
Language: English 71.6%, Spanish or Spanish Creole 17.2%, French or French Creole 8.6%, other 2.5% (2010 est.)
Religion: Protestant 59% (Baptist 42%, Episcopalian 17%), Roman Catholic 34%, other 7%
Time Zone: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Best Beaches
Coki Point, St. Thomas V.I.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke B.V.I.
Cane Garden Bay, Tortola B.V.I.
Magens Bay, St. Thomas V.I.
Trunk Bay, St. John V.I.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Christmas Cove, less than three miles from St. John on Great St. James Island, part of St. Thomas. Christmas Cove combines the best of the National Park on St. John—immaculately clear waters, abundant sea life and a completely undeveloped shoreline.
Santa Claus had nothing to do with the christening of this sparkling blue cove in St. Thomas. What is certain is that Christmas Cove today still provides a scenic safe harbor for boats traveling through the Virgin Islands. Dock your vessel here for an hour or two and have a lobster bake at a waterside restaurant, or spend a night in the many luxury resorts.