The Windward Passage Hotel, St. Thomas

  Looking for a modest priced hotel in St. Thomas right in the center of the action in Charlotte Amalie? The Windward Passage is not a fancy beachfront resort but it is a moderately priced accommodation for the budget minded in an excellent location in Charlotte Amalie. We’ve been kicking around the Caribbean for over forty years.Continue reading “The Windward Passage Hotel, St. Thomas”

The Cruise Ports in Dominica & Grenada

Once an out-of-the-way island, Grenada is gaining in popularity as a cruise ship port of call. The capital of St. George is considered by many as one of the Caribbean’s most picturesque towns wrapping around a half-moon shaped harbor. Called the spice island it is also a great place to shop for nutmeg and otherContinue reading “The Cruise Ports in Dominica & Grenada”

Port of Call Grand Cayman

General – George Town, Grand Cayman is a major cruise destination for Western Caribbean cruises. It is a modern town with good duty free shopping along with a number of good tour itineraries. The port requires tendering but the tender pier is right in town. Transportation – There are basically three ways to get aroundContinue reading “Port of Call Grand Cayman”

Cruise Port Antigua, W.I.

General – The sovereign state of Antigua & Barbuda is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands chain, between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. In 2017, most of Barbuda’s infrastructure was destroyed by Hurricane Irma and the population was evacuated to Antigua. Rebuilding will be a slow and painful process as resourcesContinue reading “Cruise Port Antigua, W.I.”

St. Thomas USVI Cruise Ports

St. Thomas is the most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a major port of call for Caribbean cruise itineraries. There are two widely separated cruise ship docks so you should try and check out where your ship will dock. It will either be Crown Bay west of Charlotte Amalie or The WestContinue reading “St. Thomas USVI Cruise Ports”

Cruise Port Sint Maarten

General – This island is divided into two parts, Sint Maarten is the Dutch side while Saint Martin is the French side. It is a favorite cruise destination because the cruise port can handle several large cruise ships at one time. Where You’re Docked – The cruise ships dock on the Dutch side close toContinue reading “Cruise Port Sint Maarten”

This Old House (St. Croix)

This is somewhat travel related but it is more a commentary on the nature of things in general. A few years ago at an outdoor art fair in Ft. Lauderdale there was an artist showing watercolors of scenes in the Caribbean. One caught my eye as it was an old house that I thought IContinue reading “This Old House (St. Croix)”

Curacao, Perfect Blend of Two Worlds

Wouldn’t it be great if we could move tropical seas, palm trees and great beaches to Northern Europe? It’s not going to happen, but the next best thing is to move the Netherlands into the Caribbean. Welcome to Curacao. There are a number of European influenced islands in the Caribbean but no place expresses itContinue reading “Curacao, Perfect Blend of Two Worlds”

St. Croix -The Cost of Paradise

We just left St. Croix having not been there in over fifteen years. We scheduled this trip last summer, long before hurricane Maria made a visit. Our original plan was to visit some old haunts and see who was around. Unfortunately this trip became more a series of comparisons between hurricanes Hugo and the recentContinue reading “St. Croix -The Cost of Paradise”

St. Thomas USVI, An American Paradise

St. Thomas was the very first Caribbean island I ever visited and that was over fifty years ago. Over the next couple of years I had reason to go back often and even today I get back to St. Thomas every couple of years. I also frequently return to those times on St. Thomas inContinue reading “St. Thomas USVI, An American Paradise”