Thursday, June 23, 2016

Surfing in the VI.... Lets Get Ready!

US Virgin Islands Surf Spots & Information

Surfing season on the US Virgin Islands is November through March. During this time, the waves can reach between six and eight feet in height, with bigger days reaching as high as double overhead. The rest of the year, the waters are pretty flat and unsurfable. The breaks on the US Virgin Islands are all reef breaks, and long coral heads are not uncommon.
Surfing here is generally recommended for experienced surfers, and it’s also advisable that you go out with someone who is familiar with these waters. There are a few windsurfing shops that have shortboards and longboards for rent, but most local surf shops here do not offer board rentals, only sales, so you might want to bring your own board. The steady trade winds off the Atlantic attract a lot of windsurfers, and bodyboarding is also very popular.
Water Island, which is about a 10-minute ferry ride from St. Thomas, has a spot known as Sprat Bay that’s great for swimming and snorkeling. At times, the surf breaks at Sprat Bay can accommodate all skill levels, including beginners. The last of the US Virgin Islands, it’s small (about ½ mile wide and two miles long), with not a lot of development, so it’s a good place to go if you want to escape the crowds at St. Thomas and “lime” (relax, chill). Sprat Bay is about a one-mile walk from the ferry dock. The break is a hollow, fast and fun right reef break that can get long at times. Another spot that sometimes breaks and is okay for beginners is called Santa Maria (in St. Thomas). Santa Maria also attracts a lot of kiteboarders.
Hull Bay on the Atlantic (north) side of St. Thomas is the beach that’s most associated with surfing. When the swells are rolling in from the northeast, Hull Bay will get a four-foot or bigger point/reef break that attracts surfers from all over the island. Other places to surf on St. Thomas include Caret Bay and Botany Bay (which is accessible via boat from Hull Bay), but localism at these spots can be intense. There are problems with theft, violence, and drugs, and in general, it’s not advisable to go off the beaten path. If you decide to explore, keep a low profile, do not bring any valuables with you, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

You May Be A True Island Girl If....

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.


  1. You get inexplicably excited when you hear the words happy and hour used together in one sentence.
  2. You automatically lift your arms, press your lips together and whine your waist every time you hear a soca song (or any other Caribbean tune for that matter).
  3. You think it’s completely acceptable to arrive half an hour late for a meeting or appointment.
  4. You continue eating long after you’re full because leaving food on your plate is a big no-no.
  5. You stay at a boring party just because they promised that there will be food, cake or rum.
  6. Your perfect breakfast must include Johnny Cake and/or saltfish.
  7. You are solemnly convinced that jumbies, malediction and obeah are all viable threats.
  8. You own and have pride in your flip-flop collection.
  9. You try to find ways to justify wearing flip-flops to formal occasions.
  10. You are always “sick” around the same time each year, mainly duringcarnival.
  11. You prefer to wear a bikini top rather than a bra even though the bikini probably does not offer any support whatsoever.
  12. You stop in the middle of the road to have a 5-minute chat with a friend on the opposite side of the street, completely disregarding the dozens of horns blowing you to keep it moving.
  13. You grab a cold bottle of beer rather than a bottle of water on a hot day.
  14. You come up with excuses not to meet up with friends on the other side of the island (even if the island is tiny) because you do not want to make that “long” drive.
  15. You call in sick when it’s raining cats and dogs because honestly, who drives in this weather?
  16. You have mastered the art of “chupsing” or sucking your teeth and know when to use it to make a point.
  17. You have an extensive shorts collection.
  18. You are convinced that the sea cures everything from a simple cold to common STD’s.
  19. You find yourself explaining to friends visiting from abroad that you were not arguing with your family but merely exchanging pleasantries.
  20. You used to (or still do) wear a shirt and/or shorts over your swimsuit when you go swimming.
  21. You are a skilled island driver.
  22. You get inexplicably mad if at the end of a party or God forbid, a wedding you do not get a plate of food or cake to take home, let alone plates for your mother, auntie and the sweet old lady down the road.
  23. You refrain from going into the ocean from December till about April because the water is simply too cold.
  24. You cuss out the bartender that dares using a measurer when making your cocktail.
  25. You give up making a deposit because there was no parking in front of the bank.
  26. You try to lose weight without losing your sexiest asset, your butt. Let’s face it, it’s all about the butt in the Caribbean.
  27. You are fluent in Creole English.
  28. You are disappointed and contemplate not attending when you find out a party you are invited to is only serving snacks. Where is the buffet with peas and rice and stew goat?
  29. The sight of cows, goats or donkeys blocking the road (or airport landing strip in some cases) does not surprise you.
  30. You compare the price against potential lifetime of a pair of shoes or bag before purchasing cause you know it’s going to start peeling in this heat sooner or later.
  31. The F-word is the most used word in your vocabulary.
  32. You are simply not OK with lizards, centipedes or roaches.
  33. You know to block out a whole day when dealing with the census office and most other Government offices.
  34. You consider slow internet to be annoying but an unfortunate part of reality.
  35. You are quite skilled in creating a parking space where there are none.
  36. You eat barbecue at least once a week.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Facts About the US Virgin Islands

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

Top 5 Beaches in the US and British Virgin Islands

The Best Beaches 


Coki Point, St. Thomas V.I.


White Bay, Jost Van Dyke B.V.I.

# 3

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, Great St. James USVI

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.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Our Full Day Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel at 2 different tropical islands aboard New Horizons.  Enjoy a continental breakfast of a variety of fresh muffins as you sail over to the National Park in St. John.  Spend several hours snorkeling and exploring these famous pristine coral reefs in the National Park.  New Horizons will provide you with top-of-the-line snorkeling equipment and instruction FOR FREE!

The National Park offers amazingly clear and UNCROWDED waters, hundreds of colorful fish, and spectacular reefs.  This snorkel location presents great opportunities to see angelfish and sergeant majors, as well as the splendid elkhorn and fan coral.

After snorkeling, the crew will present you with a hot Italian Gourmet lunch accompanied by tropical blended drinks.  For the non-meat lovers, a vegetarian or vegan menu selection is also available.  Time for lunch!

  • Hot Italian Meatballs baked in a homemade Marinara Sauce and smothered with melted Mozzarella Cheese
  • Tri-colored Fusilli Pasta mixed with fresh Broccoli, Cauliflower, & Carrots in a Caesar dressing
  • Green Beans tossed with Crumbled Feta Cheese, Onion, Dill, & a creamy Italian Dressing
  • An Assortment of Meats, Cheeses, and French Bread
  • Tropical Fresh Fruit
  • Homemade Double-Fudge Brownies topped with Kiwi,
    baked right on board
  • And of course, our famous tropical blended "Nooners" (yes, we have a blender on board!)

After lunch we hoist anchor and make our way to a second stop, usually one 

of the uninhabited cays in the Sound, where you can swim and enjoy more 

(the Painkillers have made their way topside).

Another chance to snorkel the Coral Reef, and then a leisurely downwind sail back to the dock by 4:00pm.  You will depart happy after a fun exhilarating day with us - the best day of your vacation.

$95 per person - for adults and kids (babies under 2 are free)