Author: Andrew Bloem

Andrew Bloem is an adventure travel writer from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A pirate at heart, his travels usually don’t stray too far from a palm tree and an ocean view. When he’s not writing guides for Travel Lemming, you can find him typing away at the local tiki bar for his site, OceanWide Explorers.
23 Places to Travel Without a Passport from the US (in 2023)

23 Places to Travel Without a Passport from the US (in 2023)

Whether you lost your passport, forgot to renew it, or haven’t gotten around to even acquiring your first passport, it doesn’t matter – there are still some fantastic places to travel without a passport from the United States. From snow-capped peaks to white-sand beaches, you’ll be amazed at how many beautiful, culturally vibrant destinations you…

Christiansted National Historic Site (Ultimate Guide)

Christiansted National Historic Site (Ultimate Guide)

Christiansted National Historic Site is a seven-acre park managed by the US National Park Service on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. The grounds include five historic structures, including Fort Christiansvaern, that served as an integral part of the island’s deep and complex history. Walking the district might have been one of my favorite…

St. Croix Hiking Guide (7 Best Hikes & Trails in 2023)

St. Croix Hiking Guide (7 Best Hikes & Trails in 2023)

Hiking in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands is a great way to glimpse into the deep history and natural beauty of the Caribbean.  The hiking trails in St. Croix lead to sugar plantation ruins and old lighthouses, descend to glistening tide pools and white sand beaches, or climb to green hilltops and cliffside…

Buck Island Reef National Monument (Ultimate Guide to Visiting)

Buck Island Reef National Monument (Ultimate Guide to Visiting)

Buck Island Reef National Monument is a federally protected island off the northeast coast of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to visit Buck Island: how to get there, things to do, useful tips, and some fascinating history. Buck Island is home to…

11 Best St. John Boat Tours (By a USVI Captain)

11 Best St. John Boat Tours (By a USVI Captain)

As a local USVI Captain, I’d highly recommend hopping aboard one of these 11 amazing St. John boat tours! A trip around the waters of St. John is unlike anything you’ll ever witness. You’ll visit secluded bays, snorkel vibrant coral reefs thriving with marine life, and skim across turquoise waters against the tropical forest backdrop…

US Virgin Islands Itinerary Planner (10 Days in the USVI)

US Virgin Islands Itinerary Planner (10 Days in the USVI)

If you’re looking to go beyond the beachfront resort during your upcoming trip to the US Virgin Islands, I’ve carefully crafted an amazing US Virgin Islands itinerary for you to see everything else these gorgeous islands have to offer!  My wife and I have been living and working in St. Thomas for quite some time…

34 Best Things to Do in St Thomas, USVI (in 2023)

34 Best Things to Do in St Thomas, USVI (in 2023)

Salt, sun, and sand – the most sought-after things to do in St. Thomas, USVI. I mean, why else would you be escaping to the Caribbean, anyway? So lucky for you, we have an abundance of all three!  In St. Thomas, you’ll find salty ocean adventures like sailing, paddling, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Every day…

Water Island, USVI (Things to Do + 2023 Travel Guide)

Water Island, USVI (Things to Do + 2023 Travel Guide)

If you’re visiting St. Thomas, a day trip to Water Island is an absolute must. Often considered the 4th US Virgin Island along with St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John, Water Island is a thrilling adventure as you explore its winding hills on a golf cart, take in panoramic Caribbean views, investigate the insides…

Is St. Thomas Safe to Visit in 2023? (Honest Advice & Tips)

Is St. Thomas Safe to Visit in 2023? (Honest Advice & Tips)

Considering a trip to St. Thomas and the US Virgin Islands? Or have you ever wondered if you could live down here in paradise? If so, you might be curious as to “is St. Thomas safe?” It’s a fair question to ask. After all, if you’ve ever looked up the crime rates of St. Thomas…

US Virgin Islands on a Budget (How to Do It on The Cheap)

US Virgin Islands on a Budget (How to Do It on The Cheap)

I’ll be honest, by no means are the US Virgin Islands a true budget travel destination. There are too many mega yachts, mansions, and high-end resorts. Simply put, luxury dominates the tourist sections of St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.  However, that’s not to say you can’t cut costs while you’re visiting. It is…

How to Go from St. Thomas to St. John (in 2023)

How to Go from St. Thomas to St. John (in 2023)

One of the coolest parts of staying in St. Thomas is its close proximity to St. John. Many visitors go from St. Thomas to St. John for an entire day exploring new beaches, sugar mill ruins, and hiking trails in Virgin Islands National Park.  And if you want to keep things simple, it’s even doable…

13 Best Beaches in Fort Lauderdale (By a Local)

13 Best Beaches in Fort Lauderdale (By a Local)

The rumors are true — the beaches in Fort Lauderdale are seriously incredible. It’s a growing destination for travelers seeking a tropical, beachside getaway right within the confines of the United States. And after living here for four years, I completely understand why. Our beaches are gorgeous – the water is turquoise blue, crystal clear,…

23 Best South Florida Beaches for 2023 (By a Local)

23 Best South Florida Beaches for 2023 (By a Local)

White sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush tropical greenery, and year-round warm weather – it’s no wonder millions of Americans flock to the best South Florida beaches year in and year out. Honestly, why do you think I moved here in the first place? The beaches are simply stunning. Just see for yourself below. And…

Driving in the US Virgin Islands in 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Driving in the US Virgin Islands in 2023 (Ultimate Guide)

Driving in the US Virgin Islands is an intimidating venture for one main reason: driving on the left. But trust me, as someone who was a first-time driver in the US Virgin Islands not too long ago, it’s much easier than you think. This handy guide will help you navigate the most challenging aspects of…

Where to Stay in Miami (Best Areas & Places for 2023)

Where to Stay in Miami (Best Areas & Places for 2023)

With so many neighborhoods and choices, it’s not easy to decide where to stay in Miami. The city is eclectic (to say the least) with many subcultures, tourist spots, and neighborhoods to choose from.  Latin culture is dominant – evident from the cuisine, the music, the art, and the Spanish-speaking majority. Visiting the city is…

Where to Stay in St. John, USVI (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Where to Stay in St. John, USVI (Best Places & Areas in 2023)

Nestled in the eastern corner of the US Virgin Islands is the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Caribbean: St. John. It’s a beautiful place to visit, but finding where to stay in St. John is a difficult challenge. After all, more than two-thirds of this island is protected as a US National Park! But honestly, that’s…

Virgin Islands National Park (Ultimate Guide for 2023)

Virgin Islands National Park (Ultimate Guide for 2023)

Virgin Islands National Park is an American National Park covering two-thirds of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The park is famous for its tropical forests, hiking trails, white sand beaches, secluded bays, historical sites, and colorful coral reefs. As someone who lives in nearby St. Thomas, I make a point to explore Virgin…

Where to Stay in St. Thomas, USVI (Best Places & Areas)

Where to Stay in St. Thomas, USVI (Best Places & Areas)

It’s ironic. For such a small island, the task of deciding on where to stay in St. Thomas looms large. And how could it not? With so many resorts sprinkled amongst separate and distinct districts, the differences between areas are stark with many pros and cons for each. But that’s why we’re here with this…

17 Best Places to Visit in US Virgin Islands (in 2023)

17 Best Places to Visit in US Virgin Islands (in 2023)

Considering a trip to the Caribbean? Come experience the many fun things to do in the US Virgin Islands! After all, in today’s day and age, where else can you travel relatively headache-free and still discover a mesmerizing tropical paradise? Our trio of islands – St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix – have everything…

13 Best Beaches in St Thomas, USVI (for 2023)

13 Best Beaches in St Thomas, USVI (for 2023)

It’s amazing that such a small island can offer so many different beaches. St Thomas, USVI has it all: hidden coves, secluded shores, lively stretches of sand, active waterfront parks, and plenty of beach bars lining them all. All in all, we have about 40 of the best beaches in the USVI. And amazingly, each…

47 Best Things to Do in Miami, Florida (in 2023)

47 Best Things to Do in Miami, Florida (in 2023)

Let’s be honest, Miami is overwhelmingly eclectic: the bright lights, the lively nightlife, the stunning beaches, the hidden nature, the unique history, and the cultural identity. But in a way, that’s what makes the city so remarkable – you never run out of fun things to do in Miami no matter how much time you…

22 Best Fort Lauderdale Boat Tours (By a Local Captain)

22 Best Fort Lauderdale Boat Tours (By a Local Captain)

With more than 300+ miles of navigable waterways, it’s no wonder Fort Lauderdale has earned the nickname, ‘the Venice of America’. The city offers 26 miles of glimmering coastline boasting coral reefs, shipwrecks, ideal sailing conditions, and plenty of fishing opportunities. So naturally, with all that water just waiting to be explored, many boat tours…

The Best Time to Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2023

The Best Time to Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2023

The best time to visit Fort Lauderdale is the spring months between March and May when the temperature isn’t exceedingly hot and the rain typically holds off. Of course, with a year-round subtropical climate, it’s never a bad time to visit Fort Lauderdale. And after living here for a few years, I’ve come to know…

23 Best Beaches in Florida for 2023 (Picked By Locals)

23 Best Beaches in Florida for 2023 (Picked By Locals)

The choices are many, yet the answer isn’t so obvious: what are the best beaches in Florida and which is right for me? We’re two Floridians, one from South Florida and one from Central Florida, with years of experience exploring the best beaches in our home state.  We’ve carefully selected our favorites: small island getaways,…

21 Fun Things to Do in Jupiter, FL (in 2023)

21 Fun Things to Do in Jupiter, FL (in 2023)

The Town of Jupiter, Florida is an enchanting beachfront village evoking feelings of nostalgia from an era I wasn’t even alive for.  It’s an odd thing. But yet, the 19th century lighthouse, the wildlife trails, the crystal blue water flowing through the town, and the sightings of untouched nature make it hard not to feel…

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale in 2023 (By a Local!)

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale in 2023 (By a Local!)

A lot of people are searching for a tropical getaway within the confines of the United States right now. Unsurprisingly, Fort Lauderdale, FL has become a hotspot for travelers who may have vacationed elsewhere in years past. This uptick in visitors does make choosing where to stay in Fort Lauderdale a bit of a challenge….

33 Best Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale in 2023 (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale in 2023 (By a Local)

Fort Lauderdale often gets overlooked for the glamorous city to its south. And, although Miami is certainly worth exploring, don’t sleep on all the fun things to do in Fort Lauderdale!  After calling Fort Lauderdale home for the last four years, I’d argue that Fort Lauderdale is even more worthy of exploring actually.  That’s why…

15 Epic Day Trips from Fort Lauderdale (By a Local)

15 Epic Day Trips from Fort Lauderdale (By a Local)

Fort Lauderdale has it all: gorgeous beaches, crystal blue water, vibrant city life, and a subtropical climate. There are a lot of epic things to do in Fort Lauderdale for travelers and locals alike. But the best part about the city is its unique position as a launching point for day trips from Fort Lauderdale…