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PHOTO GALLERY: Views from the Virgin Islands

 

A Caribbean kind of blue

By CINDY LARSON of The News-Sentinel

Pick your favorite word to describe the color blue. Aqua, turquoise, azure, cerulean, sapphire. They all apply to the Caribbean Sea, and yet none of them quite do justice to the cleanest, clearest, bluest waters I've ever seen.

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This is a beach on St. John, just a short ferry ride from St. Thomas. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Lots of boaters put their anchors down at Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. It's also accessible by ferry or water taxi for those who don't have their own boats. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
This beach bar on Jost Van Dyke is just down the beach from its more famous neighbor, the Soggy Dollar Bar. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Duffy's Love Shack in Red Hook on St. Thomas specializes in funny drinks in funny glasses with funny names. This was the Funky Monkey. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Watch out for the donkeys on St. Johns. They'll get right up next to your car window looking for a handout. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
If you take the ferry to Jost Van Dyle, there's a little mom and pop shop right by where you catch the ferry where you can order a drink or even food while you wait. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
The Virgin Islands are known for their turquoise waters and spectacular views. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Be prepared to share the beach with iguanas in St. Thomas. Don't worry - they'll mind their own business, as long as you mind yours. And please don't feed them. It makes the aggressive. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
Don't be alarmed if you look up in a tree and see an iguana or two. They most likely will leave you alone. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
On St. John you can explore the ruins of a sugar cane plantation. This structure used to be a windmill. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
The views are spectacular, although the roads are steep and curvy on St. John. (Photo by Cindy Larson of The News-Sentinel)
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