St. John: How To Get Here – “News” You Can Use!

By Jenn Manes St. John: How To Get Here – “News” You Can Use! It’s not easy getting to a little island in the Caribbean. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get here, the latest ferry and barge schedules and more. For starters, let’s talk about location. St. John is located in the United […]

The 20 Best Caribbean Beach Bars to Visit in 2020!

Lani Gering w/Caribbean Journal Staff The 20 Best Caribbean Beach Bars to Visit in 2020! I signed up for the Caribbean Journal newsletter quite some time ago since we try to spend as much time as we can on our favorite islands of St. John and Jost Van Dyke but lately the treks have been […]

The Big Boats Are Back!

By Jenn Manes The Big Boats Are Back! ‘Tis the season my friends! We just had our first megayacht visit St. John marking the beginning of season for some. So, I happened to be out and about on a News of St. John Island Tour on a sunny late October afternoon when I passed Round Bay out […]

The Old Willy T Gets New Life…..Underwater

The Old Willy T Gets New Life…..Underwater By Jenn Manes We have a very cool story to share with all of you. I’m sure you all know by now that the Willy T – the large steel ship that was anchored off of Norman Island and served as a bar/restaurant – was heavily damaged during Hurricane […]

Citizens and Governments Working Together to Save Caribbean Reefs

By Jeff McCord Citizens and Governments Working Together to Save Caribbean Reefs For years we have been “loving to death” a marvelous life form.  The good news is that we are learning the errors of our ways in time to make a difference. Coral reefs are constructed by clusters of simple marine animals called cnidaria.  […]

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2019 Marks Fourteenth Celebration

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2019 Marks Fourteenth Celebration The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) effort to establish National Caribbean American Heritage Month (NCAHM) began in 1999 with outreach to President Bill Clinton asking for the recognition of August as National Caribbean American Heritage Month.  This resulted in the first White House Caribbean American Community Briefing being held at the Clinton […]

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands

The Three Extraordinary Bucks of The Virgin Islands by Jeff McCord It’s a curious fact that there is a small “Buck Island” located in the waters off each of the Virgin Islands’ three principal isles: St. Croix; St. Thomas; and Tortola.  Visitors might easily assume these “bucks” were named after male deer since white tail […]

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 […]