September in “Paradise”

Written by: Christine O   I often get asked by my stateside friends how much longer I plan on living down in the Caribbean. More specifically, they want to know if I’m planning on living here forever. I find it … Continue reading

Dominican Dictionary

Written by: Jen L   Any place you visit will have a kind of cultural dictionary. And I’m not talking about the 101 terms – the hola or gracias of every language, although of course when traveling it’s good to know those. … Continue reading

Rock Life Realities: Outdoor Showers

Written by: Chrissann   Outdoor showers have to be one of the most brilliantly executed marketing ploys of island living. I have no idea how the ruse transpired, but the evil genius behind it has managed to transform the general … Continue reading

Sick on a Rock

Written by: Roxane   It’s midsummer with a heat index of 104°F, so I knew something must be wrong when I climbed into bed wearing sweatpants and a sweatshirt. Even more so when I woke up still wearing them, since … Continue reading

Life on these Jamaican Roads

Written by: Beverley   Back in the folly of my youth (anytime prior to August 23, 2004), I swore vehemently that I would NEVER EVER get a driver’s license, as I did not want to be a part of the … Continue reading

An Island Girl’s Best Friend(s)

Written by: Roxane   I was halfway through my 479th boat briefing when I realized that one of my new divers, a girl on the port side, was looking way too comfortable, snuggled into a stranger’s dive gear with her … Continue reading

We Want Your Island Stories!

Written by: Chrissann   You’re sitting at the bar, on cocktail number it’s-no one’s-business, and you’re swapping island war stories with the handful of others on the stools beside you. Some tourist or island newbie in the mix has got … Continue reading

We Bought a House! In the Islands!

Written by: Christine O   Yes, it’s true. In April, my husband and I signed the paperwork that officially made us homeowners on the beautiful island of St. Thomas. There’s no turning back now! In signing those papers, not only … Continue reading

Moving Again: My 10 Most Recent Island Apartment Fails

Written by: Sophie   As has been pointed out to me by many a friend, colleague, and eavesdropper, I have seriously bad luck when it comes to apartments. Since 2004 (yikes), I have moved 10 times, not including my 10-month … Continue reading