by Melanie Peterson
Growing up on the east coast and living on the west coast Melanie Peterson, owner of Pirates Paradise Adventures, spent a great deal of time on the water...fishing, skiing, and just cruising the coast. For her, most vacations included some form of water...in it, around it, or on it. That has been her life's theme. So after 15 years of being landlocked in Texas it was time for her to get back to the water.
Melanie has been an entrepreneur for most of her life and owned multiple picture framing businesses over the years. She had always dreamed of owning a business where she could live near the water and be a part of the sun, sand and sea. She recalls sitting in her office listening to Kenny Chesney sing about boats and knew that was what she wanted. By selling her business in Texas she was able pursue her dream. She started by looking at Belize and Costa Rica. Eventually an ad about a charter business for sale piqued her interest. She made a trip to the Virgin Islands to check out the business and decided right then and there that this was the place she wanted to be. Now it is hard for her to imagine living anywhere else.