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Souvenirs: Anatomy of a prized possession from the road

Souvenirs: Anatomy of a prized possession from the road Feb 19th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Souvenirs are difficult for travel writers. We travel too often to be slapdash with souvenir selection, for one. Some frequent travelers focus on a particular thing: snow globes, pens, local magazines, liqueur, rugs, candy. Others ignore the self entirely and redirect the impulse, choosing to make souvenir purchases for their friends, family, and neighbors. Me? I like beach towels. I'm...

Ten budget-friendly Caribbean destinations

Ten budget-friendly Caribbean destinations Nov 22nd, 2010 at 11:30AM: If you get all your information about the Caribbean from travel magazines, you might find yourself convinced that a night's stay in the region will set you back somewhere in the neighborhood of $500. The Caribbean's super posh reputation has its roots in the region's tourism history; until relatively recently, tourism in the Caribbean was largely restricted to the very rich. And as one might...

Daily Pampering: Private sails in St. Thomas

Daily Pampering: Private sails in St. Thomas Aug 24th, 2010 at 4:00PM: Now that you're on the gorgeous island of St. Thomas, why not take some time to explore the island's beautiful surroundings? Hop aboard The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas's private catamaran, the Lady Lynsey, and enjoy a day of private sailing through the British Virgin Islands. The Lady Lynsey, the resort's 53-foot luxury catamaran, offers private charters and sailing excursions through the...

Five idyllic Caribbean backwaters

Five idyllic Caribbean backwaters Jun 3rd, 2010 at 12:30PM: Beyond the Caribbean's all-inclusive resorts, casinos, overpriced restaurants, and huge crowds are a handful of islands that have escaped mass development. These quiet islands, with their tiny populations and scattered tourist facilities, are not headed for mass-tourism overdevelopment anytime soon, and for a range of reasons-in some cases, the absence of an adequate expanse for a large runway; in...

Richard Branson hosts Kite Jam in British Virgin Islands

Richard Branson hosts Kite Jam in British Virgin Islands Feb 24th, 2010 at 8:00AM: British billionaire adventurer Richard Branson is throwing a kite boarding festival in the British Virgin Islands starting this weekend, with top kite boarders from around the world descending on the topical paradise to challenge the big winds, big waves, and one another. Dubbed the BVI Kite Jam, the event kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 27th with a VIP party and fashion show sponsored by...

10 things to do on Jost Van Dyke, the "New York of the Virgin Islands"

10 things to do on Jost Van Dyke, the Jun 24th, 2009 at 3:32PM: Only five miles from Tortola, the main commercial center of the British Virgin Islands, minuscule Jost (rhymes with "toast") Van Dyke is a little island with a big reputation. The scant 8-square-mile island -- dubbed the "New York of the Virgin Islands" because it offers so much nightlife -- probably packs more fun per square inch than any other island in the BVIs. Most of the action occurs on...

New Peter Island wants to help make a new you

New Peter Island wants to help make a new you May 23rd, 2009 at 12:00PM: Peter Island Resort & Spa is celebrating a new look with a fresh deal. The largest private island resort in the British Virgin Islands has refurbished its 32 ocean-facing rooms and 20 beachfront junior suites and wants to show off the new look. Hey, if you just got a makeover, wouldn't you? So, the property is offering up the "New Us, New You" package, which runs through October 31,...

"Sip and Stay" at Peter Island

Mar 29th, 2009 at 2:00PM: When times are tough, $590 a night probably doesn't sound like a bargain. But, when you consider that this gets you a night at the Peter Island Resort & Spa – on the largest private island in the British Virgin Islands – your thinking will probably begin to change. Add to this the fact that complementary beverages are included in the deal, not to mention three meals a day and an...

Through the Gadling Lens: Prepping for a trip

Through the Gadling Lens:  Prepping for a trip Feb 3rd, 2009 at 11:00AM: Recently, I received the following email from someone I'll call "Willy" (because that's his name): "We're going sailing in Tortola this summer with another couple, and I want to take some great shots. How can I prepare in advance of my trip to maximize success? All I can think of now is to look through Flickr and get inspired. Any other ideas?" This is such a great question, Willy -- and I'm not...

Luxurious isolation at Peter Island

Luxurious isolation at Peter Island Dec 16th, 2008 at 2:00PM: Four miles south of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and accessible only by boat or helicopter, Peter Island is occupied exclusively by the Peter Island Resort. Consisting of only 52 rooms and three villas-along with 1,800 acres containing five private beaches-you'll have no trouble finding a genuine retreat from the frenetic pace back home. Guests at this exclusive resort can revel in...

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