A Place of Pain and Beauty: The Contrasts of Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins

The Caribbean is a place of contrasts. There's the stunning blue of the sea and towering peaks surrounded by clouds. There's the glitz of places like St. Barths and the quiet peace of the Out Islands in the Bahamas. Contrasts can be found everywhere, but one place sparks a different type of contrast...the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins on St. John in the USVI. It's a place of deep-seated pain … [Read more...]

A Day At Maho Bay, St. John – Paradise Found

This is a place where the palm trees lean towards the calm blue waters as if they wanted a refreshing dip. This is a place where pelicans dive into bait balls, tarpon swim next to you, and stingrays glide through the water. This is a places surrounded by rolling green hills covered in forest, not homes and hotels. This is Maho Bay, St. John. I'm not sure what day it was, they seem to … [Read more...]

The Journey, The Climb, The Reward – Ram Head, St. John

This is a guest post by the beautiful Castaway Crystal. Enjoy the story! “The ones who climb the mountain don’t wait for permission…They just start walking.” I stumbled across this quote the other day and instantly it reminded me of our hike up Ram Head Trail on St. John.  Unlike RumShopRyan, I don’t do much research when traveling. I like to go in blindly with no expectations and just let … [Read more...]

Want A St. John Beach All To Yourself?

Shhhhhh, don't tell everyone. They say the best things in life take a little effort. That same idea holds true for beaches. If a beach takes a little work to get to, chance are you'll have it nearly all to yourself. A secluded beach paradise fantasy come true. That's what Castaway Crystal and I were in search of during our first full day on St. John in the USVI. A beach that was untouched by … [Read more...]

Hiking St. John’s Reef Bay Trail

Does this beast ever end? St. John in the US Virgin islands is covered in hiking trails. One of the most famous and the longest is the Reef Bay Trail. At 2.2 miles long with another .44 miles if you want to see the famed St. John Petroglyphs, this trail will test your endurance. Starting high in the mountains off of Centerline Road, the trail takes you through the forest, down the mountain, and … [Read more...]

How To Be Your Own Pirate Captain On St. John

It’s funny how amazing ideas happen over a couple large margaritas. Castaway Crystal and I were looking for a dinner spot in Cruz Bay on St. John. It was a hard day of relaxing on Maho Bay beach watching the pelicans dive into bait balls. That sort of relaxation really works up an appetite and the perfect remedy was a big ass burrito. We stroll into Margarita Phil’s and instantly run into … [Read more...]

Ride The Waves With Love City Excursions

There is so much to see in the USVI and BVI. No matter how long I stay on island in the VI, I always leave saying, "so many islands, so little time." To partially remedy this feeling you need speed, comfortable speed. To see and experience the most when island hopping the Virgin Islands, you need to get from island to island fast. This enables you to spend the most time possible soaking up the … [Read more...]

Please Say Hello To Island Getaways!

Hey Castaways, please help me in welcoming Island Getaways of St. John to the RSR family of advertisers! Island Getaways is a St. John villa rental service that will help you create an island getaway you will remember forever. Whether you want to watch boats sail in and out of Cinnamon Bay or want the convenience of being close to Cruz Bay, Island Getaways has a villa for you. Island … [Read more...]

Live The Dream – Proven Business For Sale on St. John

I know that many of you dream of calling the islands home. I'm guilty as well. I also know that many of you are in love with the rock known as St. John. Guilty again. The thought of throwing caution to the wind and making the jump is both seductive and scary. But it doesn't have to be the latter. You could become the owner of a successful business on St. John. If this interests you, then you're … [Read more...]

A St. John Treasure in Turner Bay

When it comes to St. John in the US Virgin Island, you have probably heard of Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest Bay, and so on. While these are jaw-dropping places to spend your day, Turner Bay is a great place to spend your nights. Just over the hill and around a point from Cruz Bay to the south is a small coral beach known as Turner Bay. It might not get the publicity of it's famous north … [Read more...]

Caneel Bay Resort Celebrates 60 In Style

Caneel Bay will mark its 60th anniversary in 2016 while delighting guests with new developments. The breathtakingly beautiful resort in St. John, USVI, will be more inviting than ever with newly renovated guest rooms, the culinary talent of new Executive Chef Nicholas Arnold, a 60th Anniversary Package and much more. It has been more than six decades since the environmentalist and … [Read more...]