Written By:

Rebecca Anderson

Current Rock of Residence:

St. Thomas, USVI

Island Girl Since:

2001

Originally Hails From:

Georgia

Rebecca falls into the classic category of “permanent vacationer”. She first arrived in St. Thomas with friends in 2001, and after seven days of vacation, she waved goodbye to her friends as they boarded the plane back to the states. She knew this was where she was meant to be. Her life on a rock began with learning the ropes in the charter boat business where her first original title was “Swab”. Here, she perfected the art of toilet foreign object eradication, wrote a book called 1,001 Answers For ‘Do You Live Here?’, and discovered through distant family members that she is actually related to Anne Bonny. Being a natural free spirit (and related to a pirate), she has collected a few interesting happy hour topics over the years: hanging out with Kenny Chesney on the beach in Jost Van Dyke, getting caught in a tropical storm at sea, and of course, waking up in the morning and trying to remember which island she was on (and why is the rum gone?). After 12 years of hoisting sails and weighing anchors, she decided it was time to step down and let the next generation take the helm. She now lives on her boat (named Annie B, of course) and writes stories about her adventures, secretly comparing herself to Bilbo Baggins and his tale There and Back Again. Rebecca spends her free time exploring the mangroves in her dinghy and often wonders if her former life in the states was all just a dream.

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