Try these activities during your visit:

local community religious services, storytelling tours, hiking & nature trails

Imagine a warm day on a tiny tropical island. The kind of warmth that demands a trip to the beach. But there are no footprints in the sands, because no one is there.

Now, picture a crowd of a few hundred Caribbean islanders. They are gathered in a fellowship hall. It is too warm for comfort, but not too hot for praise and music. Lots of and lots of lively music. Arrangements of songs familiar and new liven up the gathering. Musicians who feed off each other play by ear primarily. As a result of this improvisations transform familiar melodies into lively, public jam sessions. The persons present respond with swinging heads, clapping hands and boisterous, complimentary harmonies.

Everyone is fanning in a losing effort to combat the heat, but no one minds. There is lively singing all around, but you can still spot one or two elderly folk who have nodded off to sleep in the pews. The preacher seems in no rush to stand behind the platform, and no one seems to mind.

Above all this, you sense an undeniable purity. These people are truly sincere. Their sorrows and struggles are real, but so is their celebration. Their expression is authentic and very accessible, even to visitors of their fellowship. Before you know it, you are singing as well. What a wonderful, shared experience.

Such is the practice of Christian worship in the Caribbean when it is done right. It warms your heart more than the sun heats the sand, and cools the soul more than the breeze off the Caribbean sea.

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Island hopping is worth it for the marine life alone! The Caribbean is known for great food. Particularly it’s amazing sea food. But seeing these amazing creatures in their amazing environment is an amazing experience.

The incidental and unexpected encounters are perhaps the best. I understand that it does not happen very often, but my wife and I had some unexpected visitors one Sunday afternoon at a beach picnic on Statia. I was in the sea when I saw something darting over the water. Perhaps I was mistaken. It could have just been s few silvery waves as they were nearing us on the shore. But looking more closely, we noticed that those were not waves. Rather, a school of flying fishes were making their way though the sea near our part of the beach! It was really unexpected and quite a sight. Their trek by our section of the strand lasted about 10 minutes. But that was a very, VERY cool 10 minutes!

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