- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Manatee Press; 7 edition (June 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189364359X
- ISBN-13: 978-1893643598
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,121,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Explore the Virgin Islands Paperback – June 1, 2008
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"...an indispensable resource...Organized by island, the entries give a superb overview of the highlights..." -- Midwest Book Review’
"...right on target.... Pack it, read it, use it---the book won't disappoint.”--Gay Nagle Myers, Travel Weekly
About the Author
Harry S. Pariser is an author, artist, and photographer residing in San Francisco, California. He has authored a number of travel guides to Central America and the Caribbean.
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Here is my take -
1) He has a very dry writing style. You can also sense an underlying, cynical tone towards the deterioration of beautiful St. John. I totally agree and recycle EVERYTHING, but his subtle, snarky writing was a turn off.
2) It had a lot of extraneous details (history, native plants, etc.), but was missing practical details and left me needing more info. For example, every attraction/trail was given a few sentences in attention. Practical tips on how to get there, best time to go, etc. were lacking. I got better tips from Trip Advisor reviews - like Friday's are often a good day to hit St. Thomas because cruise boats are not docked.
3) I also did not see much "inside", "best of" info. As a another poster described, there isn't much "qualitative" substance. I often travel with short time frames so I want to know the "must do's" for a place. His suggested 1,2, etc. day itineraries were literally as vague as... "spend 1 day in St. Thomas, 1 day in St. John"
On the positive side, it does provide the most basic info and maps you will need, but I would have opted for a run-of-the-mill Lonely Planet then and got some colored pics too! :)
As I perused the book, I read about familiar places, like Francis Bay on St. John, Sandy Cay off Jost van Dyke, and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda; all places close to my heart. But then I noticed much more information I had not known about all the islands. Several decades brought changes and the more I read, the more I realized the author had captured the flavor of each and every island.
"Explore the Virgin Islands" by Harry S. Pariser includes information only a person truly familiar with these islands might possess. This volume tells about places and events the casual tourist could miss. You'll find maps and photos, lists of activities available, and insider tips. History and culture of the areas is covered, as are all the conveniences and aids a tourist would need.
If you wish to familiarize yourself with any or all of the American or British Virgin Islands, pick up a copy of "Explore the Virgin Islands," seventh edition, by Harry S. Pariser.
Filled with interesting tidbits, like the one on page 248 titled "BVI Conduct", you get a feel for how life is there. This particular one ends with "learn to groove with it".
By the time you finish reading this book, you will know everything you wanted to know and lots more about these beautiful islands in the Caribbean.
If you are planning a trip to the Virgins, or even if you just want to learn about them, this book will take you there and show you around. I've traveled the islands and still learned quite a bit from Harry's book. It is the most complete travel guide of the area I've ever read.