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The real adventure began the next day. All the islanders I met were very friendly. Our driver, Karl, a native islander, has manners that surpassed anyone I have ever met anywhere in the world.

What a gentleman! Karl was polite, engaging and extremely knowledgeable. We spent most of our time boating and swimming. Here’s a few other things that stood out for me during the trip: white powdery sand, breathtaking sunsets, shopping, great food, cocktails by the pool, lobster dinners and the Painkiller cocktail. The Painkiller Cocktail is the most popular mixed drink in the Caribbean.

Legend has it that the drink was first prepared at the Soggy Dollar Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke. The drink is made from Pusser’s Rum, orange and pineapple juice, sweetened coconut cream and shaved ice with a topping of granulated nutmeg. After drinking one I found myself swinging in a hammock under a coconut tree, enjoying the feeling of the sun on my face and completely and
utterly feeling no pain. So, it works!

I could have used a drink when I was “swimming with the fishes” – and I don’t mean Godfather style. I put on snorkeling gear and jumped in the water as my TV producer threw food in the water to attract yellowtails. Soon I was surrounded by hundreds of fish that were as curious about me as I was freaked out about them. If you go, that’s probably the only activity I wouldn’t recommend.

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