The Lime Out – ‘Floating Food Truck’ on STJ’s East End

The Lime Out – ‘Floating Food Truck’ on STJ’s East End By Amy Roberts Mobile food vendors selling everything from kallaloo to fracos have long been popular in the Virgin Islands. In the islands and on the mainland, there’s been a growing trend for food trucks to offer more upscale and exotic fare. Now a […]

“Rogues, Vagabonds, the Idle and Dissolute” and the Luck of the Irish

“Rogues, Vagabonds, the Idle and Dissolute” and the Luck of the Irish By Jeff McCord As we anticipate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, it’s fun to think about the role of the Irish in the Virgin Islands and Virginia.  Sons and daughters of Eire have been pioneers, planters, pirates, entertainers and much more throughout […]

Mr. Lincoln’s SecState Met Alamo Villain Santa Anna on a Caribbean Cruise

By Jeff McCord Mr. Lincoln’s SecState Met Alamo Villain Santa Anna on a Caribbean Cruise One hundred and fifty years ago William H. Seward, Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, met with Antonio Lopez d’ Santa Anna, the Mexican dictator of Alamo infamy.  Among his crimes, Santa Anna actually ordered the execution […]

Caribbean Rum Helped Win the First Wild West

Caribbean Rum Helped Win the First Wild West by Jeff McCord With the holidays and autumn behind us and winter upon us, some Virginians may have thoughts of hot rum toddies sipped before roaring fires as cold winds sweep past storm glass windows.  Beyond such soothing imagery, though, rum played a very real role in […]

Enchanting St. Thomas

Enchanting St. Thomas Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the […]

Visiting the Virgin Islands Year Round!

Caribbean Connection Visiting the Virgin Islands Year Round! The weather in the Virgin Islands, as in most places in the Caribbean, doesn’t vary much from season to season. The difference between average temperatures in the summer and winter is approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit, so the high season for tourism is dictated more by the weather […]

Get Back to Nature With An Eco Experience on the Islands

Get Back to Nature With An Eco Experience on the Islands The Department of Tourism looks forward to welcoming you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! Our recovery from last year’s storms has been very strong. Power has been restored, beaches and attractions have reopened, restaurants are serving up extraordinary dishes, and the USVI spirit is […]

Come To De Islands Mon!

Come To De Islands Mon! The U.S. Virgin Islands is a paradise with so much more to offer than the traditional beach vacation. Visitors wishing to immerse themselves in a profound cultural experience can enjoy historical tours, culinary encounters, artisan fairs, parades, storytelling and other special presentations. Walking tours on St. Thomas and St. Croix […]

Sensational St. John

Sensational St. John St. John, the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, retains a tranquil, unspoiled beauty uncommon in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. Settled in the early 1700’s by Danish immigrants attracted to the island’s potential as a sugar cane producing colony, St. John soon blossomed into a thriving economy. […]

Among the Privileged Few No Longer

Among the Privileged Few No Longer By Jeff McCord For eight-and-a-half years my family has been among the relatively few “Continentals” to live on St. John. With more than 60 percent of the land a national park and much of the remaining terrain too steep or inaccessible to develop, the island can only accommodate a […]