News clipping: the Boston Globe on Guana, plus eco-initiatives

December 6, 2011

News clippings

I’m probably just jealous, but after reading the Boston Globe’s recent travel piece about vacationing on Guana Island, in the British Virgin Islands, I find myself annoyed.  The story by Paul E. Kandarian is a perfectly readable description of the private island resort. Heck, what would not be readable about six beaches, three gourmet meals a day, and your own private villa?

But therein lies my annoyance: if you can afford a vacation at Guana Island (rates start at $1,550 per night in winter) you’re probably not getting travel advice from the Globe. In the midst of the “jobless recovery” of 2011 which of us can reasonably budget $10,000, excluding airfare, for a week in the Caribbean.

Economics aside, my fundamental complaint is that the private island story is uninspiring next to everything else that’s going on in the Virgin Islands — the things which reflect the culture, the history, the environment and–don’t forget them–the people of the islands. The things I try to write about on this blog.

(I was very happy to see that alongside the Guana Island article, the Globe published a round-up of eco-initiatives in the Caribbean. The U.S. Virgin Islands received a great deal of attention in the article by Marie Elena Martinez: mentions were given to Ridge-to-Reef Farm on St. Croix (the subject of a past blog post); St. John’s resorts (Caneel Bay’s on-site beekeeper and the Westin’s guest volunteering programme); Coral World on St. Thomas, and more. It was great green publicity for the islands, and to my mind anyway, a much more inspiring topic to read about.)

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Susanna is a Tennessee native transplanted to the BVI, and the author of Moon Handbooks Virgin Islands.

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