It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the beautiful United States Virgin Islands. Whether you are an island resident, seasoned traveler or first-time visitor, one thing is for certain - You can’t beat a day spent on, in, and under our turquoise waters!


I started vacationing to the USVI in 1999 with my family and fell in love with the landscape, the water, the culture and the fantastic food. I met my husband, Nate, in 2004 and introduced him to these beautiful islands. A year later, we got engaged in a romantic old-world, side alley of downtown St. Thomas, right next to the jewelry store where he bought the ring! In 2006, we returned for our destination wedding, and finally, in 2008, we decided to make the Virgin Islands our home. We quit our corporate jobs, sold the house, sold the cars, packed up several boxes of remaining possessions, and left for the Caribbean. Our Caribbean life has revolved around family, friends, food and fun. And, fortunately for us, they all weave together and we have been able to build a wonderful life here. I am delighted to be able to give you the inside scoop; assisting in your quest to enjoy every delicious treat that paradise has to offer. Since our initial arrival, we have become completely attached to these islands; especially the beaches, the people, and the surroundings. After years of hard work, on and off the water, both Nate and myself became USCG Licensed Captains. With this expertise, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you.


When visiting the US Virgin Islands, the best day of your vacation will, without a doubt, be one spent on the water. From cater-filled luxury excursions to an adventurous day fishing, The Insider has you covered. Situated right in the USVI’s own backyard, you can find excellent fishing, exotic snorkeling, and relaxing white sand beaches to complete your day on the water. Just remember to tell your crew that the Captains from The Insider sent you!


Whether you are looking for Boating, Restaurants, Jewelry, or Adventure … The Insider can help!


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- Suzanne N. Prior, Publisher