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On the Rocks a favorite
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March 2011

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Whether you have visited the islands for years, or whether this is your maiden voyage, you can easily explore more than one island during your stay...with a little help from your friends!


In this month's issue, we'll offer 5 great tips that will add sparkle to your next Caribbean villa adventure! 


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Nancy M. Anderson,
President & Broker
McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
On-island villa rental experts since 1985
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Discover the islands like a pro!
Seaplane photo - Don Hebert Photography Island-hopping - 5 easy tips

1 - Check your status.  All travelers who enter non-U.S. countries such as Grenada and the British Virgin Islands, must present proof of citizenship in the form of passports or passport cards (the latter for land and sea travel only)... even infants and children need passports.  Be prepared to show picture ID at any port;  keep your ID handy!  St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix are in the United States Virgin Islands, and no passport is required for U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents traveling to this U.S. territory.  See also:  Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Special Circumstances for travel requirements.

2 - Take it light.  There is no need to discover every single nearby island in one stay...there are scores of islets and cays to explore.  Start with just one which offers a feature you'll enjoy, like hiking trails or an exceptional dive location.


3 - Use us!  We're here to help!  Your island managers (we and our various colleagues) live here and will offer guidance on ferries, seaplanes, and private charters to get to your daytrip destination with minimal hassle and guesswork.  Our Concierge will provide current information and make reservations if needed, for all that you want to do.

4 - Think comfort.  Sunscreen is very important for all skin hues.  Hats with wide brims, visors and sunglasses will increase your protection.  Wear lightweight clothing in white or light colors and sturdy footwear.  Bring along water to drink, and give the same attention to your children.

5 - Tune in.  You're on vacation, but you will be among people who are going about their daily lives.  A pleasant greeting such as "good morning" or "good afternoon" is the best way to get the attention you need to ask a question on the fly, and you may even make a new friend or discover your next vacation spot!


2011 BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta - official logoNeed a villa for the Regatta?

Since 1972, the annual pilgrimage of stalwart sailors to the BVI Spring Regatta has grown in numbers from just 25 entries to 150... attracting top talent from around the world!  Even with the worldwide attention, Caribbean sailors continue to provide the foundation and spirit of competition that keeps the BVI Spring Regatta among the top sailing events around the globe.

Steele Point, Tortola villa

Steele Point West End Tortola (Don Hebert photo)

The 40th anniversary celebration of the Regatta is set for March 28-April 3 with races, special events and entertainment to thrill all in attendance.

Limited accommodations are still available on Tortola (including Steele Point, pictured at left) for those who would like to enjoy the festivities!


Private, exquisite Isla Vista!

Isla Vista on St. John an instant hit  
Isla Vista St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
2-BR, 2.5-BA
Caneel Hill
Isla Vista pool

Photo by Steve Simonsen 


New to our villa rental program is Isla Vista, and things are looking up for this ultra-private and elegant property.  Recent visitors left an enthusiastic rave, with instructions to share their joy with Isla Vista villa on St. John...!

 Read more St. John villa reviews...

On the Rocks a new favorite

Virgin Gorda villa and team earn high marks!  
On the Rocks Virgin Gorda, BVI
4-BR, 4-BA
Little Trunk Bay Estate
Virgin Gorda villa On the Rocks deck view

Photo by Don Hebert


Within walking distance to an idyllic white sand beach and gently secreted amongst majestic boulders, On the Rocks became a new favorite villa for these seasoned travelers.  They not only praised the property, but the extensive management team, from McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas' Concierge Angela, to the island manager Bernadette and her staff...

Read more Virgin Gorda villa reviews...

The Ritz-Carlton Club® St. Thomas
Beachfront luxury, island style

The Ritz-Carlton Club St. ThomasThe Ritz-Carlton Club® St. Thomas with its well-appointed 2-bedroom Residences, 3-bedroom Residences and 2-bedroom Suites offer superb accommodations and detailed attention to the discriminating traveler.

Here, you will enjoy the privacy of residential living within a fully-staffed resort with Concierge, a European health spa & health club, aquatics center, and access to a 53-foot catamaran for private charters, sunset cruises and daysails; the Ritz Kids program provides constructive fun for the younger set. Fun in the sun is a given - The Ritz-Carlton Club was selected among the Best Caribbean Snorkeling Resorts by Caribbean Travel + Life, too!

Residences feature full kitchens (Saturday to Saturday rentals) and Suites (Friday to Friday rentals) feature bistro kitchens + Dining Club privileges (all-day beverage service, breakfasts, panini sandwiches and salads at lunch, and warm hors-d'oeuvres and desserts at supper).

A lighted tennis court, heated pools (including a kiddie pool) and both in-room and restaurant dining are also available on this gated 15-acre beachfront property. 

Contact Reservations for latest availability at 1-800-537-6246 or 1-800-626-6246 Monday-Saturday or email Reservations:

Why we're special
McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas President Nancy Anderson
Nancy Anderson
We really are villa experts
We live in the islands, but it takes much more than that to become an villa rental and management expert.  Our company was established in 1985 by happy accident.  We began renting out homes for sale as a way to defray maintenance, improvement and upkeep costs, and soon creating spectacular Caribbean luxury villa vacations became a way of life. 
We know our villa and island managers personally, and regularly tour our properties so that we have come to know them inside and out! Our amazing support team now spans 6 islands (and one adorable cay).
Over the years, we've developed a soft knowledge base called Planning a Flawless Villa Experience (PDF download) that's been shared countless times.  You may also check out our list of Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) to acquaint yourself with villa life. 
See you soon!