Virgin Islands Traveller

There are hundreds of beaches in the Virgin Islands. There are small beaches and large beaches; pebbly beaches and fine-sand beaches; beaches with bars and restaurants and beaches with no human development at all. Some beaches have great snorkeling, others have great waves. Some are comfortable and easy, others awe-inspiring. Sometimes the best beach is the one closest to your hotel, but if you need more inspiration, check out these standouts.

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The day could not have dawned with less promise. After the achingly beautiful weather of the past few days, the grey skies that greeted me at breakfast were doubly disappointing. From the patio of our hotel on the southern shore of Anegada, I could see storm clouds massing over the distant water. Read More

Today is the birthday of the impressionist master Camille Pissarro, who was born and spent his childhood on St. Thomas, then part of the Danish West Indies. Read More

I love to read and I love the Virgin Islands. Here are 10 of my favorite Virgin Islands books. Read More

I love the sweet, sassy, and infectious sound of this unique island music.

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I love to visit the ‘out islands’ of the BVI: Norman, Cooper, Peter, Salt, Ginger, and the rest. There is something about crossing the water to another island that causes your worries to melt away. And with little more than a beach and a beach bar to entertain you, the day ahead is one of simple pleasures: a sandy beach, a thriving reef, cold drinks, the light pulse of reggae music, the company of your friends. Read More

Shark Bay is one of the newest national parks in the British Virgin Islands and probably the least well-known. Declared in 1999, the 18.4 acre park on a headland just east of Brewer’s Bay, Tortola, is one of my favourite places to hike in the BVI. Read More

Who has not entertained a fantasy of quitting your job and living the simple life on a quiet tropical island? Living in a house you built by hand, surviving off the bounty of sea and land, warmed by the love of your family.

If you’d like to ponder this particular dream a bit longer, pick up a copy of The Way We Were, a memoir by Andria D. Flax. Read More

“This cove was a place where nothing had changed since time began, a half circle of white sand, flanked by huge squarish smooth rocks, the rocks overlapping to form cool caves and the water turquoise blue above the furrows of the sandy bed.”

These are the words of war journalist Martha Gellhorn who visited Virgin Gorda in 1942 as part of a Caribbean tour to assess World War II’s impact on the region. She observed that on this peaceful isle even the concept of war seemed unreal. Gellhorn spent an afternoon at the Baths and wrote about it in her memoir, Travels With Myself and Another. Read More

Alexander Hamilton and I are friends. Or so it seems. Read More

September is a good time to cook at home. Many restaurants in the Virgin Islands cut back hours or close altogether. The doldrums of the tourist season and the height of the hurricane threat are a good time to for many in the industry to take a much-needed break.

But we still have to eat, so on a recent weekend I settled down to a project: prepare a three-course meal at home from St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, a new cookbook by Jane Watkins. Read More

Mocko jumbies are the colorful stilt-walkers who perform at parades and festivals throughout the Virgin Islands. Attend any of the islands’ annual carnival parades and you will see them, jumping, balancing and stepping out to the sounds of up-beat soca music. Read More