My family had the fortunate and serendipitous experience of taking a catamaran ride on the island of St. Vincent one day in December. As our friends and relatives were fighting snow at home, we were picked up on the dock by a beautiful catamaran to tour the island. We started out with the warm sun on us and our tour guide, Sherlock Josef, introduced our captain and crew to all of us aboard. The wind filled the sails as we set out on our adventure and Sherlock explained the island, the roads, and the island which included the history of the carved steps which were used by the prisoners and lepers of many years past. The banana and mango trees fill the coast and hillsides as we rounded the island. We sailed past the former set of Pirates of the Caribbean and heard the tales of the filming and the incredible rock formations. As if they day wasn't perfect enough with the breezes and sunshine, the captain then beached the catamaran on the deserted, palm tree lined black sand beach. We stepped down the roped ladder into the warm Caribbean to swim and snorkel with the tropical fish. The crystal clear water was perfect for viewing all that deemed us worthy of seeing us up close. It was magical! After we had our fill of the wildlife and beach we were then taken back while we enjoyed stories and the island's rum punch. We have traveled to many islands, but St. Vincent is still an untouched, pristine island that is a most memorable addition to anyone's travel diary.