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Vacation First, Retire Later!

When people think of the Caribbean, they often think of vacations rather than a permanent home. Since the US Virgin Islands is one of the trendiest retirement hot spot of the decade as it attracts the Baby Boomer generation of our time, why not spend some time vacationing here first?  Those relaxing images of palm trees, coconut water and sandy beaches can now become part your retirement home rather than the album of last year’s vacation! In fact, many visitors tend to fall in love with this tropical paradise while on vacation and make it their aim to return upon…

The No Longer Unclear History of St. Thomas

The No Longer Unclear History of St. Thomas St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, is known for being one of the top resort and vacation destinations in the world. Contrary to popular belief, the island territory was actually settled around 1500 B.C. by the Ciboney tribe, then the Taino, Carib, and Arawak tribes. On Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the New World in 1493, he “discovered” St. Thomas en route to Puerto Rico. The Pirates Arrive After Columbus’ report of St. Thomas reached the European nations, several discovery expeditions followed, and the unguarded island natives succumbed to disease and famine as…

Find Romance in the US Virgin Islands

Find Romance in the US Virgin Islands Whether you’re planning a wedding and honeymoon, anniversary, or just wanting to spend some romantic time away with your other half, the US Virgin Islands are the perfect getaway destination to enjoy the trip of your dreams. The islands are packed full of beautiful sights and opportunities for adventure, where lush hills and untouched beaches provide the most perfect picturesque romantic backdrop. Known around the world as one of the most romantic places to visit, there is something for every couple to enjoy at this exotic locale. St. Johns is for Lovers Two-thirds…

Taking a Tour Around the USVI – Fort Frederik

A tour of United States Virgin Islands can never be complete without a visit to Fort Frederik. Also known as Frederiksfort, Fort Frederik is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Danish government built it in the 18th century to protect St. Croix against invasion of European powers, smugglers and pirates. Its trapezoidal design is a true reflection of the classic Danish military architecture of the period, with masonry fort and deep red rubble. In 18th century, Fort Frederik was the center of abolition of slavery in the Virgin Islands. Two important events that led to dissolution of slave-based economy took…

If You Are A Diver, Then You Will Love Diving In The USVI

Diving in the USVI If you love diving in a panoramic environment then you should visit the U.S. Virgin Islands. USVI has three main islands, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.  In addition to the three main Islands, there is also the small and historically fascinating Island called the Water Island. You’ll enjoy the added safety of diving within U.S. waters because the U.S. Virgin Islands are a territory of the United States. So, passports are not required for US visitors. All Captains are USCG certified and all dive boats are inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Here’s some…

Buck Island Turtle Beach

Buck Island Reef National Monument, or just Buck Island is a small, uninhabited, 176 acre (712,000 m²) island about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the northeast coast of Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. It was first established as a protected area by the U.S. Government in 1948, with the intention of preserving “one of the finest marine gardens in the Caribbean Sea.” The U.S. National Monument was created in 1961 by John F. Kennedy and greatly expanded in 2001 by Bill Clinton, over the bitter opposition of local fishermen.   This national park, just a short boat ride from the…