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by Brandi L. Brower, Travel Editor

We’re close now. I look out my window and see the water and the thin strip of Caribbean land as the turboprop plane prepares to land. As we hover over the sparkling blue sea, from this vantage point, I can’t imagine how beautiful it will be once I’m swimming in it. We touch down, and the excitement is palpable as everyone on board is happy to be at their tropical destination. 

A car service is waiting to drive me to my final destination, a local by the name of Makoy Romney. He assures me with a wink that he isn’t related to Mitt, as he helps me with my luggage. I ask him what he loves about his island home, this special place. “The people,” he answers quickly. “When Hurricane Irma hit our island very hard over a year ago, we were devastated. Everyone was without power for three months. But we all helped one another, brought our resources together and worked hard to rebuild. The people make our island what it is.” Is it any wonder that the motto of this magical place is: “Unity, Strength, and Endurance”?

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