In the capital of the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, stands a large fort and if its walls could talk what a history it would tell. Fort Christian is the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands; it has stood as a sentry overlooking the Charlotte Amalie Harbor for over 300 years. Fort Christian might tell tales of the Danish militia that were stationed at the fort, of settlers being required to attend religious gatherings at the fort and of governors that resided within the fort’s walls! More →
Magens Bay, part of a public park located on the north side of St. Thomas, is well known to both residents and visitors. In fact it is the most popular beach on the island. The majority of beach goers head to Magens Bay to enjoy the beautiful long stretch of white sand and the calm crystal clear water. Sitting on the shore their eyes gaze out at the ocean, the small island in the distance and the verdant hills on either side of the bay. More →
Larimar or blue pectolite is an extremely rare gemstone. It has been found only in one location: a mountainous, relatively inaccessible area in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic. The first mention of the stone is in a request to mine Larimar in 1916, however it wasn’t until 1974 that the stone really made an appearance.
In 1974, Norman Rilling, a member of the U.S. More →
The Cas Cay/Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the south side of St. Thomas. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, where mangrove trees provide homes for an assortment of animal life both above and beneath the waterline.
It had been more than a decade since I had explored the lagoon. Now here I was at the V.I. More →