In this modern technological age, we all have our smart phones or Garmin Navigators to assist us when we are in unknown territory. At times however, we are in a place or position when using such devices is impossible. Then, we tend to rely on word of mouth. What is peculiar about word of mouth directions in the Virgin Islands is the way in which local Virgin Islanders give them.
I was reminded of this most recently at a dear friend's wedding. The host said "you will never hear a street name when a local gives you directions." Being a local myself, this peculiarity hadn't dawned on me. I laughed really hard because I instinctively knew that he was telling the truth. If you ask a local directions he or she more than likely will give you landmarks, many of which have been in existence for decades, but do not show up on any maps. For instance, "drive about 100 ft and turn right by Ms. Greta's shop, then you will see the big mango tree a few yards up the street with the newspaper man sitting underneath. When you see him you are almost there." Notice, no street names. We tend not to use them. Maybe it is as a result of our size or the familiarity with our surroundings and our knowledge of where everyone lives or which mango tree we climbed as a child.
Perhaps as the territory becomes more modernized, this will change. Until then, I encourage you to use your maps. However, still ask questions of locals. But don't be dismayed or surprised. With the landmarks given by locals and the maps in your possession and maybe even your cell phone and Garmin Navigator you will find your way.
Have fun! We love having you in the Virgin Islands.