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Jay Lloyd’s Getaway: Columbus Getaway

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With Columbus weekend on the horizon, adventure beckons. KYW’s Jay Lloyd suggests following a seagoing fantasy in the wake of the 15th century navigator.

Virgin Island Beach (credit: Richard Maloney)

Virgin Island Beach
(credit: Richard Maloney)

If your fantasy takes you to the Caribbean, you can follow the path of Columbus at sea and under sail. Did you know that it was Christopher Columbus who named the Virgin Islands? For whatever reason, he was thinking of St. Ursula and her 11 thousand virgins when he threaded the chain of palm fringed Islands in 1493. Then he was exploring. Now, we sail, sun, swim and scuba dive in clear, green Caribbean waters. Some of us never want to leave. I stayed nearly 2 years. So, how do we do it? Charter a sailboat out of Tortola in the British Islands or on St. Thomas in the American. If you don’t know how to sail it yourself, boats can be chartered with skippers – even a cook if you like. Or just pick a resort on pristine Virgin Gorda, named by Columbus because it’s contour reminded him of a reclining rotund virgin. look up Moorings, Sunsail or CYOA sailboat charters. Then cast off in the wake of Columbus.

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