Five Most Liked Instagram Images of 2016 and the Stories Behind Them

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This annual article about the most liked images on my Instagram page has become one of my favorite posts. I debated this year about whether or not to include images by others that I shared to my Instagram or to include shots from years past that I just got around to posting but decided to stick images that I took from calendar year. As a compromise, though, this year I’m including an addendum of sorts, an “Honorable Mention” section if you will, and am also including the most liked images regardless of who took them or when they were taken. That way, everyone gets some love!

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Unsurprisingly, the most popular images I took were from our recently completed trip to the US Virgin Islands, showing that the appeal of the Caribbean is hard to beat no matter what format you utilize to show it off.

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5. Painkiller at the Beach Bar at Emerald Beach Resort, St. Thomas
I spend a lot of time on my vacations posting cocktails and taking pictures of them because to be honest, it’s a lot of fun. This table at the beach bar at Emerald Beach Resort became not only a staging platform for these images but a popular spot to just hang out and appreciate the moment.

4. Leaning Palm Tree at Iggie’s Beach Bar, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas
I’m still not sure how this palm tree hasn’t fallen over but like a good beach bar bum, it has learned how to lean without tumbling over. As soon as I saw it framing these chairs, I knew I had to preserve the moment.

3. Beach at Trunk Bay, St. John

I took dozens of pictures during our visit to Trunk Bay on St. John, taking advantage of the opportunity to walk up and down the beach snapping pictures of everything in sight. This one might not even be the best one but it’s the one that made it to Instagram. If you get the chance, just go to Trunk Bay and take a long walk along its shore. It’ll be worth it.

2. Towering Palm Trees at Iggie’s Beach Bar, St. Thomas
There are a lot of things that make Iggie’s a great beach bar and the palms that tower over it are just one of then. When I saw the setting sun’s rays streaming through the palm trees’ fronds, I knew I had to capture the moment and somehow pulled it off. I could have spent a lot more time at Iggie’s just taking in the surroundings and it should definitely be on your to do list for any visit to the island.

1. Breakfast View from the Island Beachcomber, St. Thomas
We ate a few breakfasts at the restaurant at the Island Beachcomber and this view is one of the reasons. I loved it so much that I left my bacon unattended (typically unheard of in my life) to try and perfectly frame this shot. I love it and it takes me away every time I allow myself to get lost in it.

Honorable Mention
I took the first three images on trips prior to 2016 while the other was taken by my brother this year. What can I say – people love the Florida Keys as much as we do!

It's not only the people of #KeyWest that are colorful. Even the shops join in on the fun!

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That #KeyWest life. So many choices, so little time – which one are you choosing?

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Author: Tom W.

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  1. Tom, ….”I spend a lot of time on my vacations posting cocktails and taking pictures of them because to be honest, it’s a lot of fun.” you have the best job!! Happy New Year! Catch me up, what is in a Painkiller? It looked more tropical than sedative..

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    • Hey, Andy! Always great to hear from you. I’ve been enjoying the recent updates on your blog. It is a lot of fun but now I just have to figure out a way to get paid for it! Happy New Year to you and yours as well! A Painkiller consists of 2 oz Pusser’s Rum, 4 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz orange juice and 1 oz cream of coconut. Pour into shaker full of ice, shake, pour into goblet full of ice and top with nutmeg. As far as being tropical or sedative, it starts off as tropical but can become a sedative if you have too many. 🙂 Cheers, my friend!

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