A Room With a ‘Swag View’ – and Geckos

The view of Maho Bay from our cabin. The campground is literally built on the side of a mountain leading down to the water. That

My fourth trip to my favorite spot in the Western Hemisphere was my oldest son’s first trip to the Maho Bay Campground on the north coast of St. John, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This was my birthday gift to Matt, who turned 16 the day after Labor Day. We didn’t get there until Columbus Day weekend, but it turned out to be the perfect time to go. The following weekend, Tropical Storm Rafael visited the island, which would have made camping there a challenge of a different order. It was also fortuitous that we went when we did, because this eco-tourism site, which ... [Read More]

The Three “S”s on St. Croix

Pelican Cove

It was my wife's special birthday. I won't say how old, but it's somewhere right between zero and 100. So ... she got to choose the "birthday vacation" location. She loves the beach so we booked a flight to the island of St. Croix (USVI) for a week of the three "S"s: sun tanning (or burning), shopping and snorkeling. After landing on this 84-square-mile Caribbean island (the largest of the three inhabited U.S. Virgins Islands — St. Thomas and St. John are the other two) and gathering the luggage, we set out to get a cab to our hotel. It was easy. All you have to ... [Read More]