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Saint Thomas – The Caribbean Pearl

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

st thomas vacation rentalsSaint Thomas is a beautiful Caribbean Island that along with other smaller islands conform the unincorporated territory of the United States Virgin Islands. The island holds the capital port of Charlotte Amalie. As of the year 2000, the total population of Saint Thomas was 51,181 living in approximately 32 square miles of astonishing Caribbean landscape. White-sand beaches, crystal clear waterfronts and a sophisticated dining and shopping scene, offer travelers unlimited outdoor recreation. Diving, snorkeling and other water sports are also extremely popular on the island.

Aside from outdoor activities and nightlife, Saint Thomas offers many historic attractions. Visit Blackbeard´s Castle, built in 1679 by Danish soldiers as a watchtower to protect the harbor. Nowadays, the castle is surrounded by a small hotel, restaurants and a swimming pool. Fort Christian, built in 1672, is the oldest building in Saint Thomas and today houses the Virgin Islands Museum. Take a ride on the Paradise Point Tramway and ascend 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie for a breathtaking view of the harbor and the whole island.

When it comes to water sports, nothing surpasses Saint Thomas´ beaches and aquatic adventures. Visit the Hull Bay, or watch the sunset at the beautiful Brewer´s Bay. If you are into snorkeling, go to Sapphire Beach, an open-public resort where you can swim in nice clear water and coral. The best snorkeling beach in Saint Thomas is Coki Beach. With normal underwater visibility of more than 100 feet, this is a great beach for kids to learn to snorkel. It’s very calm and you can feed the swarming fish in about 3-4 feet of water. Windsurfing and kayaking are also very popular in untamed locations as the secluded Vessup Beach.

You can arrive to Saint Thomas by airplane, flying from major US Cities into the Cyril E. King Airport, or by cruise ships. Saint Thomas is a very popular stop for cruise lines, gathering between 4 and 8 ships on the harbor any day of the week. Check the most important cruise lines to find scheduled trips and arrival dates. If you are thinking of visiting other major US Virgin and British Virgin Islands, take the ferries that run regularly between them. If you are looking for an affordable and intimate place to stay in the islands, don´t forget to check out our Saint Thomas vacation rentals.

Helen Phillips Should Go to the Caribbean

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Although I have to admit that I am tired of reality shows and contests that make participants live through hell in a ferocious competition for money, I would also say that The Biggest Loser Season 7 from NBC has been a true inspiration and a reality contest that I feel like recommending. While I have never been overweighed myself (I think thanks to my digestive system more than anything else), I do feel empathy for people that struggle with weight, especially in a society like ours with so many double standards and contradictions. We are constantly bombarded with images of happy people, skinny, beautiful with perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect everything and on the other hand there is always the Big Mac, the Big Coke, and the famous Starbucks Venti (I still don’t understand why can’t they use regular size names).  How can a normal mortal keep a normal weight with so many “Tall,” “Grande,” and “Venti” options?

This is why I have liked the Helen Phillips and the Biggest Loser story. I truly admire Helen Phillips and all the participants particularly the finalists. Yes, I still think that this kind of shows are no more than marketing tools and another of our “perfect world” representations where there is always a happy ending, but this show, in my opinion, it’s a little different.  While other reality contests seem to be a disloyal and unfair competition of what they call talent; in the Biggest Loser participants are truly battling with themselves and there is nothing they can do or say to make the other look bad, at the end the scale decides.

This week we saw the 3-hour season finale of Biggest Loser; revealing that 48-year old Helen had lost the largest percent of weight (55%) therefore winning the challenge and a very likable $250,000 grand prize. Season 7 was unique compared to previous seasons because it had the heaviest, the oldest, the sickest and the youngest contestants throughout the history of the show. Season 8 of this show will start in September and casting for season 9 is now open. For now, as a travel enthusiast I believe that Helen Phillips should book a luxurious Caribbean vacation rental and enjoy her triumph in a paradisiacal beach while listening to the sound of waves. She has gone through great lengths to win the challenge. She deserves it!