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Adopt a Turtle

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves St. John? Adopt an endangered sea turtle! The Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League is a Florida-based nonprofit group dedicated to saving turtles throughout the southern Atlantic and the Caribbean. With a minimum $25 donation, you’ll receive an adoption certificate, a logo decal, a sea-turtle … Continued

Mango Hurricane Drink Recipe

December 1st officially marks the end of hurricane season, so we thought we’d celebrate with a drink of the same name, the Mango Hurricane. Recipe for Mango Hurricane 1 part Cruzan Mango Rum 1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum Orange juice Splash of grenadine Combine ingredients with ice in a hurricane glass. Add a splash … Continued

Guavaberry Wine

Guavaberry trees (myrciaria floribunda) can be found growing wild on various islands throughout the Caribbean. Guavaberry is similar to guava (myrtaceae) only in that both are tropical fruit trees with smooth bark. Unlike guava, guavaberry is rare and not commercially grown. Guavaberry (aka rumberry) is primarily known in the Caribbean for making rum. Early settlers … Continued

Shopping in Coral Bay

Shop for Gifts in Coral Bay Choose from a fine selection of local custom goods, services and adventures during your visit to Coral Bay, St. John. Windspree Gallery: Local fine art. All pieces hand picked and sized for carry on travel. 340-201-3002 Windspree Activity Information Center: Adventures and trips on St. John – Plan and … Continued

Rum Runner

One of the most popular rum drinks in the Virgin Islands is the Rum Runner. Here’s the recipe we use with no complaints. Rum Runner Ingredients 1 oz Light Rum 1 oz Dark Rum I oz Banana Liqueur 1 oz Blackberry Brandy 2 oz Orange Juice Dash of Grenadine Blend with ice until smooth Garnish … Continued

Cruzan Rum

Did you know… Natives of St. Croix are called Crucians/Cruzans Cruzan Rum began on St. Croix in the late 1790s by the Nelthropp family. Local mills crushed the sugar cane that was eventually distilled into rum. Visitors to St. John will find Cruzan rum in abundance, filling the shelves of bars and grocery stores with … Continued

Rum Light or Dark?

What is the difference between light and dark rum, anyway? Real rum begins as sugarcane that is then distilled. The color of rum comes from the ingredients and the aging process. Dark rum is aged in oak barrels while light rum is not. Dark rum may also have burnt sugar or caramel added for color. … Continued

New Vacation Rental Villa Nesta

Welcome the new vacation rental Villa Nesta! Perched on one of the highest peaks on St. John, the views from Windspree’s new vacation rental Villa Nesta are breathtaking.The large deck overlooks Coral Bay, Bordeaux Mountain, and surrounding islands. On the other side of Villa Nesta, views extend towards Tortola, St. Thomas and the North Shore … Continued

Caribbean Stuffing

Sweet potatoes in the Caribbean are a common dish all year, but around the holidays they become the most popular potluck dish at the party. Sweet potatoes, raisins, pureed tomato, onions & sugar make up this traditional dish. Checkout this site for some wonderful native dishes. Sweet potatoes come in a variety of colors, from … Continued

Protecting Your Trip

Windspree is not in the insurance industry (thank goodness) but we are in the travel industry and helping visitors have the best experience possible is our goal. Sometimes trip planning can include more than booking a kayak tour or deciding what beaches to visit. Preparing for the “what ifs” can be arduous and often overlooked … Continued