Friday, June 23, 2017

Welcome to America's Paradise!









HELPFUL HINTS FOR VISITING THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

The proper greeting.

In the hustle and bustle of State side life, it's easy for proper greetings to be over looked or even considered unnecessary. Things move a bit slower here, and this idle chit chat is part of island culture. When striking up a conversation with a local, always start with "Good morning," "Good afternoon," or "Good night". My parents made this dreadful mistake the first time they came to visit. They walked up to the groundskeeper at their resort and asked where the restrooms where. The local groundskeeper, being offended, simply walked away. Remember to start each conversation with one of these greetings, depending on what time of day it is, and you could even throw in a "How are you today" for extra measure. Locals here are very rooted in the their culture, yet at the same time very eager to help, so a little niceness goes a long way. 

Don't ask for a weather forecast. Just don't do it. 

Now I understand that in most places on our beautiful planet you can turn on the television and watch the weather report and get a pretty good idea of what the weather is going to be like for the next few days. Well, that doesn't happen around here. Tropical conditions are unstable and you never know what's going to happen next, so get used to it. Add our steep mountains into the mix and the weather on a day to day basis becomes a bit of a roller coaster. It could start out as a warm sunny day, then the island gets smacked with a rainstorm, but don't panic wait five minutes and it will be over. A leisure drive around the island could take you to elevations that are far above sea level, and can definitely be felt in the temperature. Just step off the plane with a "You never know" attitude and you should be just fine.

Be prepared for a simpler way of life. 



We have no Wal Marts. We have no major shopping malls. We don't even have any interstates, highways or bridges. (Expect for one bridge - the Bridge to Nowhere. Ask a local the story behind that one. It's good for a laugh.) But that's quite okay with us. You'd be surprised what you don't even miss that you don't have. What we do have here are are mix of interesting people form all over the planet (and a few that claim they are from a different planet, but that's another story). open air markets with fresh fruits and veggies, cheap rum (because it's made here), miles and miles of pristine beaches and sunsets so inspiring that they end up on post cards. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Relax with a Rum Punch!

It is Friday, and what better way than to relax aboard the New Horizons sailboat and enjoy a Rum Punch. The hustle and bustle of the week is over, and now is time for relaxation, rejuvenation, and fun! What better way than to enjoy a island favorite, Rum Punch, as you sail with us. We look forward to seeing you on one of our excursions, and enjoying a Rum Punch, or two, or even three, as you sail and snorkel at some of the most amazing snorkel spots here in the Virgin Islands. We decided to share our recipe for Rum Punch. Let us know how you make your rum punch as well!

Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Mango Rum.
  2. 1/2 part Cruzan® Orange Rum.
  3. 1 part Orange Juice.
  4. Dash of Grenadine.
  5. Club Soda.
  6. Lime wedge.



Friday, June 9, 2017

Happy National Best Friend's Day

Happy National Best Friends Day!

In honor of National Best Friends Day, let's find some time to relax, celebrate, and be in the company of your very best friend. New Horizons & Breakaway Charters encourages you to be pampered with your best friend aboard our powerboat, and BREAKAWAY to the British Virgin Islands with us. Aboard our powerboat, the first stop will be in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, where you will be transported to The Baths.


After exploring The Baths, you will enjoy lunch at Pusser's Restaurant on Marina Cay. While there, pick up a special gift to exchange with your best friend after the excursion is over. After lunch, you will enjoy your snorkel adventure at Diamond Reefs, where you will get to explore the marine life in clear waters. Once, the snorkeling is over, enjoy a world famous "Painkiller", at the Soggy Dollar Bar, located on Jost Van Dyke. We here at New Horizons look forward to serving you and your best friends, as you relax and get pampered by us!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Fun Facts about the Virgin Islands

Christopher Columbus discovered the islands in 1493, first landing on the northern shore of St. Croix, which he named Santa Cruz ( Holy Cross). Before the United States purchased the islands for $25 million in 1917, six other flags- Spanish, Dutch, British, French, Knights of Malta and
Danish-flew over St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.

The U.S. Virgin Islands consists of three islands-St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. However, there are 50 islands in all, some merely rocks or islets jutting out on the shimmering turquoise waters. St. Croix, the largest of the islands-28 miles long and seven miles at its widest point-lies entirely in the Caribbean Sea. St. John and St. Thomas, 35 miles east of St. Croix, lie between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.






At new Horizons we offer a Snorkel Adventure that allows our guests to explore the reefs at Honeymoon Beach, as well as Christmas Cove. The Snorkel Adventure is an all inclusive sail, that provides a continental breakfast, snorkel gear, lunch, and unlimited access to a wide variety of beverages. Join us for a day of exploring the magical waters, and seeing marine life up and close.
Inquire with us to book your spot on our Snorkel Adventure here in the Virgin Islands. Reservations can be made at www.funboatday.com or you can call one of our friendly reservation agents at 340-775-1171.



Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Memorial Day!







Memories of the Men and Women, who served,
Emotional tributes so well deserved.
Moments of solitude with thoughts preserved,
Outpours of love so vividly observed.
Revolutions of dangers you so bravely swerved,
Inhibitions and fears suppressed and reserved.
Always ready to protect, even the undeserved,
Loyal to a fault, with energy conserved.

Dedication and valor are the pins you ware,
Attributes of service, loyalty beyond compare.
Your selfless acts of duty, will always be remembered!

The Captains, Crew, and staff of New Horizons Breakaway & Charters would like to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms of the citizens of the United States of America. 

If you see a service member today, remember to thank them for their service! 

Happy Memorial Day!  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Join us for an All Day Adventure to Jost Van Dyke



Jost Van Dyke (sometimes colloquially referred to as JVD or Jost) is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, measuring roughly 8 square kilometres (3 square miles). It rests in the northern portion of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Jost Van Dyke lies about 8 km (5 mi) to the northwest of Tortola and 8 km (5 mi) to the north of Saint JohnLittle Jost Van Dyke lies off its eastern end.
Like many of the neighboring islands, it is volcanic in origin and mountainous. The highest point on the island is Majohnny Hill at 321 m (1,053 ft).
As at the 2010 Census, the population of Jost Van Dyke was 298.[3] The population has grown strongly in recent decades, in line with the population of the Virgin Islands. Its recorded population in 1991 was 140. The island has a young population with nearly one-half (46%) of residents under the age of 35 and almost 70% under the age of 50.
Jost Van Dyke receives numerous visitors. The island is accessible by private boats and ferry service from Tortola, Saint Thomas, and Saint John.
Located in nearby White Bay is the Soggy Dollar Bar, another famous beach bar on the island. The Soggy Dollar is reputedly the birthplace of the popular drink known as the Painkiller. The Soggy Dollar bar is appropriately named because when built there was neither road nor dock. (There is now a road from Belle Vue, but still no dock). To reach the beach where the bar is located, it is a common practice for boaters to anchor off the beach, swim to shore, and pay for their drinks with wet money. Today, White Bay is lined with beach bars and is a very popular stop for yachts and boaters from Tortola, St. Thomas, and St. John. Group tours from the USVI and even small cruise ships are also frequent visitors.
Fun Fact: The country music video for Kenny Chesney's 2002 recording "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" was filmed on and around Jost Van Dyke. Included in the video were several scenes at One Love Bar and Ivan's Stress-Free Bar where it is common for patrons to mix their own drinks and leave their payment in the register. Chesney also references Jost Van Dyke in his song "Somewhere in The Sun" from his album Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair).

Enjoy Jost Van Dyke all day long aboard the New Horizons. For reservations call 340-775-1171 or 1-800-808-7604.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fun on a wet day



If you want to get wet on a rainy day. Come and join us on our BVI four island hopping tour. Clear waters, great crew and fun people. Rain or shine  New Horizons and Breakaway Charters knows how to have a great time!