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The capital of St Thomas is Charlotte Amalie. The city is the largest of the United States Virgin Islands. Located on a side street in Charlotte Amalie are the 99 steps to Blackbeard’s castle. The steps are a popular tourist (and exercise) spot.

According to Trip Advisor, the 99 steps were built from the ballast bricks of the tall ships coming from the old world, which would then return to Europe loaded with products from the islands.

2053064655 castle was closed due to the recent hurricanes, but it was still neat to see the famous steps. A little frog leaped from behind me to say hello 🐸

The overlook areas where you can see Magen’s Bay were breathtaking. I saw the view of the turquoise blue water and shape and movement of all the islands in the water and immediately wanted to move in! 😉

After Magen’s Bay, I made my way into town. It was hard to pass up photo opportunities along the way, as the blues of St Thomas are mesmerizing 🌊

Getting into town, one of the more immediate and hard to miss sights is Fort Christian. It dates back as early as 1671, and is the oldest standing structure in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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The main road in town is rightfully named “Main Street.” Here you can find jewelry stores and quaint alleyways containing cafes and shops with views to the ocean. I saw a cool building that housed a Rolex store and some other high end stores including Tiffany & Co, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

Had such an amazing time in St Thomas. Can’t wait to return one day

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Skirt and bandana from Romney Manor in St Kitts.

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In St. Kitts, almost every road is along the coastline which makes for a great scenic drive for those who love the ocean. St. Kitts was named after St Christopher (Kitt) Columbus.

The first stop I made at St. Kitts was Romney Manor. It is a quaint and colorful botanical garden on a former sugar plantation. It was such a peaceful walkthrough with ocean views and an awesome, colorful, well organized store where I bought a dress, skirt, and a bandana. The fabrics are so colorful and all the sales benefited the locals.

Oh the way to the next stop, I came across this run down truck. Vines had started to grow over it and it just shows the power of nature, eventually reclaiming everything back.

The next stop was Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park. This fortress was made mainly from volcanic rock and 100 years of slave labor. It is a sight to behold with its views, canons, and pure strength. You feel a rich sense of history and can imagine battles between the French and British in the 1700’s.

BrimstoneHillFortress.org is the website for the fortress. There’s some drone footage on there that gives you a good full scope of the fortress and surrounding views.

I wanted to stop for a photo with the Mount Liamuiga volcano in the background and ended up with this cool tall grass shot. Mount Liamuiga is a 3,792ft tall non active volcano, with it’s last eruption being over 1600 years ago.

One of the cutest beaches I’ve seen was Cockleshell bay. The sand and water were absolutely beautiful and the addition of the little rainbow umbrellas made for great photos. Cockleshell bay has a wonderful view of Nevis. From the beach it’s right in front of you.

Nevis is the second half and second island to St Kitts. The word Nevis means snow because the clouds are low. Alexander Hamilton was born in Nevis.

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Martinique was one of my favorite Caribbean islands. From its rainforest with beautiful waterfalls to its pristine beaches and rich history, this island has so much to offer.

Napoleon’s first wife was born in Martinique. She wasn’t the best wife to him, or the best person in general. Even though slavery had been abolished at that time, she reinstated it. A statue of her now stands near Fort St. Louis, beheaded of course.

Martinique is home to Mount Pelée, a volcano that still shows seismic activity.

The volcano is at the top right, and according to the locals, often covered with clouds. I took a stroll on “black sand beach” to get some more views of the volcano 🌋

The last massive eruption in 1902 wiped out the entire island. It was the third deadliest volcanic eruption in history. A prisoner by the name of Ludger Sylbaris miraculously survived due to the fact that his prison cell was completely concrete with just a tiny opening. The prison cell is open to visitors and is fascinating to see it along with what remains of the rest of the prison.

Sacre-Coeur is a beautiful church on a high point of the island. It has such a scenic overlook and is a replica of the famous larger version in Paris.

Most of the Caribbean islands accept U.S. dollars except for Martinique. Only Euros work here 💶

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Barbados, Caribbean

Barbados was absolutely stunning. The island has a couple high points but is not made by volcanic activity as most other islands in the Caribbean are.

I started out at one of the main lookout points which was absolutely beautiful.

From there I visited both Welchman Hall Gully and Harrison’s Cave. The gully was amazing, I just loved seeing all the hanging vines and various plants and trees. Saw some monkeys and also some lizards and centipedes 🐒🐛

Harrison’s Cave was really awesome. Was hard to capture as the cave just gets darker as you go in but seeing the stalactites and stalagmites was so special. The cave has a sparkle to it. Just so amazing to see such an incredible creation of nature.

From there I went to the highly recommended Bathesheba beach. This beach has giant boulders up and down it’s Coast which makes for incredible photos. Barbados was an incredible island that inspired me to want to visit more islands and see more caves like Harrison’s cave 🇧🇧

St Lucia, Caribbean

St. Lucia is pretty magical and worth a visit.

The main draw to this island I feel would be the massive “pitons.” Two mountains overlooking the sea. There are many beautiful spots to view them on land and also from the sea. The tallest piton is called the Gros Piton. The Gros Piton rises to a height of 786 m (2619 ft). It is the second highest peak on Saint Lucia, after Mount Gimie.

One of the most fascinating things I’ve seen is the volcanos activity happening in St. Lucia. The volcano you can visit is bubbling and emitting smoke and sulfur. The bubbling sounds were so cool to hear.

Seeing many parts of St. Lucia (rainforest, active volcano, waterfalls) reminded me of childhood movies “Never Ending Story”, “Labyrinth”, etc.

The first proper waterfall I’ve seen was in St. Lucia. It was very magical. The waterfall itself was a bit touristy but I was able to get a moment to myself to take photos and enjoy it.

I heard of other waterfalls in St. Lucia so I definitely would love to go back and explore them all.

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