Don't think outside the box for your Virgin Islands keepsakes. Instead, put them inside a unique box with original artwork from Elaine Estern, a St. John artist. Handcrafted from cedar scraps by Caribbean artisans, the boxes (pictured here) feature Elaine's favorite prints of her paintings adhered on top of the lids. The sizes range from 3 by 2 inches to 4½ by 6 inches, perfect for holding the seashells you gathered in Hurricane Hole or bottle caps from Skinny Legs. When selecting your box, share a sunset, too. Beginning in November and continuing through April, Elaine shares her creations at weekly sunset parties. Each Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., enjoy warm hors d'oeuvres, wine and a flute duet while perusing artwork & admiring the sunset right from Elaine's front yard. coconutcoaststudios.com
If you're looking for an easy move to an island, with the possibility for cheap real estate and few legal hurdles, consider the USVI. Our photo gallery of life on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John shows why the U.S. Virgin Islands are on our ranking of the Best Islands to Live On.
Some people actually do sail off onto the sunset. Take Mark and Liesbet Collaert. The Bay Area couple first sailed away from San Francisco in 2005, but their monohull boat wasn’t right. They set sail again in 2007 aboard their 35-foot catamaran Irie, and have been at sea ever since, visiting more than 100 islands. So we asked them: Which were your favorites? That drew a silence. So we shrunk our question. Here Liesbet ranks their Top 10 Caribbean islands. And yep, they saw most all of ’em.
Islands contributor Hart Roberts is big on fishing. But after a stay at Fly Fish Guanaja, he couldn't stop talking about the other offerings that make this private island a nature lover's paradise. From snorkeling to surfing (oh, and the best sunset views), here's why Guanaja is more than just a fishing destination.