We recently came across this in our own Boston Globe...
"Favorite vacation destination? St. John in the US Virgin Islands is my favorite spot. I love to spend time in the water and the snorkeling there is by far the best: You can swim off any of the world-class beaches and quickly find amazingly colorful fish around the vibrant coral reef, and swim with families of sea turtles any time, any day. My most exhilarating water experience was while I was swimming in Maho Bay, when a Giant Spotted Eagle Ray — about 16 feet in width — swam directly at me and averted me at the last second. There are no cruise ships to the island, which keeps it private in many ways. It’s full of New Englanders and kind-spirited natives. The food is diverse — from casual to upscale, with beautiful water views. St. John is the best place to relax, hike, snorkel, and explore the surrounding islands and British Virgin Islands. I had the opportunity to catamaran through the BVIs and snorkel throughout Tortola, Necker Island, the caves around Virgin Gorda, and other very cool spots."
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