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.
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 2022 (By a Local)

23 Best South Florida Beaches for 2022 (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 2022 (Ultimate Guide)

Driving in the US Virgin Islands in 2022 (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 2022)

Where to Stay in Miami (Best Areas & Places for 2022)

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 2022)

Where to Stay in St. John, USVI (Best Places & Areas in 2022)

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 2022)

Virgin Islands National Park (Ultimate Guide for 2022)

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…

33 Best Things to Do in St Thomas, USVI (in 2022)

33 Best Things to Do in St Thomas, USVI (in 2022)

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…

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 2022)

17 Best Places to Visit in US Virgin Islands (in 2022)

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 2022)

13 Best Beaches in St Thomas, USVI (for 2022)

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 beaches, and amazingly, each of the best beaches in St….

47 Best Things to Do in Miami, Florida (in 2022)

47 Best Things to Do in Miami, Florida (in 2022)

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…

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

21 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 2022

The Best Time to Visit Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2022

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 2022 (Picked By Locals)

23 Best Beaches in Florida for 2022 (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,…

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale in 2022 (By a Local!)

Where to Stay in Fort Lauderdale in 2022 (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 2022 (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale in 2022 (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…