U. S. Virgin Islands Off The Beaten Path

  • Anglican cemetery across the street
    Anglican cemetery across the street
    by grandmaR
  • Parishioner going into the church door
    Parishioner going into the church door
    by grandmaR
  • part of the cemetery
    part of the cemetery
    by grandmaR

U. S. Virgin Islands Off The Beaten Path

  • The Best Milkshakes Ever

    If you are even heading back to the city from Magens Bay, you have to stop at Udder Delight. You'll know it by the huge banner off the side of the road which speaks of it being recommended by the Chicago Tribune. That's what brought us to it. We are from Chicago so if the hometown newspapers says its a good place to go, its worth a try. They have...

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  • Saint Croix - the "other" island

    St. Croix is one of the most relaxing, friendly places to explore in the Virgin Islands, and not as crowded as the other islands. I learned much of the island history by visiting its churches while my husband was working and I always found someone willing to talk. Snorkling is fun off Buck Island, but when we were there, there was quite a current,...

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  • Details on individual pages for the...

    New pages for St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix are currently under construction. Will have lots of site-specific info when complete.Meanwhile, please feel free to email me with questions!

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  • Sir Francis Drakes harbour throne

    Perched on top of St. Thomas is the seat that the infamous pirate Sir Francis Drake sat in to overlook the incoming and outgoing vessels coming into the harbour at St. Thomas. This place is off of the beaten path, has a great view, if you are on the island just ask any good tour guide, they'll know where to take you. This dates back to the 1500's.

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  • Camping on St. John

    Cinnimon Bay campground on St. John, USVI is beautiful. The water is light blue and crystal clear. The weather is always warm and the mountains are an amazing shade of dark green. There are many hiking trails that pass through Dutch ruins on the island, and wild donkeys and iguana rome about freely.

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  • Stairways

    Stairways in the city of Charlotte Amalie are easy to come by, but other than the oddly-famed 99 Steps, most of the city's picturesque escaliers aren't listed in guidebooks or pointed out on tours. They're discovered by the careful observer, peering down the alleys, wandering through the markets, trudging up the hillsides (of particular necessity)....

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  • Market Square

    The Market Square, located on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie a bit down from the primary tourist district, is a fascinating bustle of local produce and African cultural flair. I felt the place had the sort of atmosphere one might experience in a West African port city with some European architectural influence. This seems to be the city centre for...

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  • Residential Charlotte Amalie

    Some parts of the city only a few steps away from the bustling, chaotic waterfront are really quite charming. This is a section of Back Street with homes dating to the 18th century, which has a singularly European charm. These areas seem to exist only in small pockets, however, and tend to be populated by less than savoury individuals. The...

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  • Island Art

    If you know where to look you can find all sorts of fascinating examples of vernacular artistry. This specimen was hidden away in the palm fronds near the central square of Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John.

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  • secret harbour, st thomas

    Secret Harbour is a hotel/condo complex on the south shore of St. Thomas - the attraction here is the hotel beach (open to the public). During our 1.5 days on St. Thomas, we went to Coki, Magens, and here - Coki is small and a bit commercial, Magens is attractive - but only above the water, Secret Harbour was a nice spot with good snorkeling right...

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  • uh.... we went to this shark...

    uh.... we went to this shark place.... they had a submarine, partially submerged, and other nice things to do and see....we spent a few hours there...and made a few friends...

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  • If you're going to be on St...

    If you're going to be on St John for more than a few days, stop at the Park Visitor Center and buy two books: Feet, Fins and Four Wheel Drive and St John Off the Beaten Track. Thus armed you can explore with clear and accurate guidance.

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  • Some incredible mountain roads...

    Some incredible mountain roads and overlooks. Get some take-out (I suggest Garlic Chicken from a restaurant in downtown Christiansted) and head up to the hills. Excellent secluded beaches. Some require 4x4 SUV or hiking trail for access.

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  • Caroline Gasperri. She...

    Caroline Gasperri. She laughlingly says anyone with a tan in St Croix is a tourist. Most people who live there protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays.

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  • Caroline (pronounced...

    Caroline (pronounced Car-o-line) Gasperri is the owner of this working cattle ranch. She is a wonderful host whenever we visit.

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  • Visiting our friends at Castle...

    Visiting our friends at Castle Nugent Ranch. Here we are getting together for some wine, cheese, Italian music, and good conversation.

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  • All the comforts of home. ...

    All the comforts of home. Here is the private swimming pool. The entire ranch overlooks the beautiful ocean. The Ranch reminds you of a ranch in Arizona or New Mexico unless you look at the ocean side. But, it is that rustic.

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  • When Caroline's Italian...

    When Caroline's Italian husband died, she decided to decorate an old chapel on the Ranch. The main house was just too big for her and had too many memories of her late husband.

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  • There are several residences...

    There are several residences on Castle Nugent. All are owned by Caroline. The curator of a museum on St Croix lives in this house and it is filled with antiques.

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  • The Reef Bay Trail - I would...

    The Reef Bay Trail - I would suggest going on a ranger led hike and taking the boat afterwards at the bottom. It's really interesting to see the tropical forest, the petroglyphs, and some sugarmill ruins, but the hike back up the mountain isn't as much fun in the heat.

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  • The whole island of Tortola,...

    The whole island of Tortola, The BVIs, is off the beaten path. To the left, more vistas from our island drive. No matter where you stay, or what you do, you are only one in a smattering of people to ever make it here. Sit back and enjoy!For more info: www.bviwelcome.com

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  • When my children were small...

    When my children were small we spent many days in the Virgin Islands until a kidney stone forced me home. Here is my son watching a bird at a shop on St. Croix.

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  • Reluctant to make my first...

    Reluctant to make my first open water dive, a helping hand assisted me!Three out of five of us took scuba lessons at home but certified in the warm, clear waters by St. John, BVI. A wise idea instead of freezing in the cloudy Pacific Ocean in Monterey or a quarry.

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  • Photo of our chartered yacht,...

    Photo of our chartered yacht, the TriWorld, a trimaran, captained by Jim Eldridge.Lynhollen Yacht Charters, PO Box 489, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, 800-821-1186, E-mail lynhollen@worldnet.att.netLynne Hollen is knowlegable, friendly and experienced in sailing herself before brokering yacht charters. Lynne found us a trimaran, TriWorld, with Capt Jim a...

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  • VI Eco Tours!! This is a...

    VI Eco Tours!! This is a must-see if you have the time. The group provides tours of the local mangrove lagoon. It's run by this brainy bio. major who makes mangroves seem interesting. Throughout the tour, you row your own kayak through the lagoon while the guides point out various flora and fauna. Then, they take you snorkeling in an awesome reef...

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  • Take the ferry to St. John's...

    Take the ferry to St. John's for dinner one night. You can take the ferry from Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. Most restaurants will reimburse the fare when you come over. Definitely try this one night. The restaurants in St. John rival those in St. Thomas. A lot are right on the beach, plus you get the added bonus of taking a night ride through the...

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  • Salt Pond Bay, Lameshur Bay,...

    Salt Pond Bay, Lameshur Bay, Francis Bay, Leinster Bay, and other beaches on the North and Eastern coast. The beaches closer to the ferry stop at Cruz Bay are crowded and most often visited by tourists and cruise ship denizens. The beaches that are farther out equally beautiful (and in some cases more beautiful) that those closer to Cruz Bay and...

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  • The ruins of the sugar factory...

    The ruins of the sugar factory at Catherineburg. The factory at Annaburg is more frequently visited, but I the one at Catherineburg is in excellent condition and is less crowded. The road to it is extremely bumpy though.

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  • Here are two books that you...

    Here are two books that you might find helpful. 'St. John Off the Beaten Track' By Gerald Singer, published by Sombrero Publishing Company and USVI Park Map published by Trails Illustrated for National Geographic

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  • The beaches I like best are...

    The beaches I like best are not the most well known ones. Trunk Bay for example is the beach most often photographed, but it is also where they bring all the cruise ship passengers and others who come daytripping from St. Thomas. So I prefer some of the quieter spots; Jumpy, Lameshur, Hawksnest (except on week-ends when the locals are...

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  • Map of the hiking trails of...

    Map of the hiking trails of St. John. If you click on this map it will enlarge enough so you can see the trails quite well.

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  • The National Park Service...

    The National Park Service maintains a number of hiking trails, for which it provides maps and leads weekly hikes on the Reef Bay trail. Lind Trail is a short 1.1 mile trail leading from the main town of Cruz Bay to two beaches, first Solomon Bay (otherwise known as the unofficial nude beach) and Honeymoon Bay. The trail leads through varied terrain...

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  • Plan to take the drive to...

    Plan to take the drive to Coral Bay, 8 miles from Cruz Bay. All roads out of town eventually lead to Coral Bay. If you drive on Centerline Road, along the way, you will see the Bordeaux Mountain Overlook. Stop, get out, and have a look at a breathtaking view of Coral Bay and beyond. When you get to 'The Triangle', you must choose. The left fork...

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  • Visit Sopers Hole on the...

    Visit Sopers Hole on the Southwest side of Tortola. Road Town is the big burg on Tortola. Sopers Hole is just a really quaint place with some interesting shops and nearby restaurants. We spent New Year's night there on our yacht charter and were entertained all night by roosters who seemed to be calling 'Happy New Year.'

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  • Sail and swim with dolphins....

    Sail and swim with dolphins. This one was playing next to our boat on the north side of Tortola. You'll only get this on a small boat, I think.

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