I escaped the bitter New York winter aboard a small cruise ship bound for a series of unspoiled locations in the Virgin Islands. Far from the beaten path and free of mega-cruise ships and sprawling resorts, they are among the most beautiful and appealing of all the islands in the Caribbean.
Highlights included Jost Van Dyke, just four miles by three miles in size, and home to only 300 islanders. Neighboring Tortola, where one of the last surviving rain forests in the Caribbean remains. Hiking 1,000 feet above sea level in Sage Mountain National Park while a double rainbow arched through the sky. From there I visited Peter Island, largely undeveloped the way most of the Caribbean was before the arrival of mass tourism.
This trip was also my first adventure in underwater photography and I worked with a GoPro to capture the sea life. I’ll never forget snorkeling alongside a sea turtle while letting the camera roll.