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Summer Plans

Looking for some shelter relief this summer? The US Virgin Islands anticipates welcoming guests back to the territory as early as June 1 under Governor Bryan’s plan revealed late last month. Windspree looks forward to welcoming you back to St. John, maintaining extensive villa cleaning practices prior to each guest’s arrival. See what’s available when … Continued

Sunscreen Savvy

Earlier this year the official ban on sunscreens containing ingredients deemed harmful to the environment took effect in the US Virgin Islands. Aimed to protect the coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, the new law prohibits the use of sunscreens containing chemicals that harm marine life. BAD octocrylene BAD oxybenzone BAD octinoxate For those who seek … Continued

Sunday Strolls

Sundays on St. John are meant for strolling. Take a walk through the beautiful Virgin Islands National Park and be apart of nature. With dozens of well-maintained hiking trails, you never know what the day will bring and what you will see. Island wildlife on St. John includes the unexpected – from a sly mongoose … Continued

Sargassum Science

Also called “gulfweed”, Sargassum survives thanks to antibacterial chemicals called phenolics and stays afloat thanks to clever air bladders. While the free-floating (planktonic) species may be the most notable, floating freely after detaching from the sea floor, two species (natan and fluitan) have adapted by becoming holopelagic, which means they now reproduce vegetatively, without needing … Continued

Spa Treatments

St. John lends itself to letting go and there’s no better way to let go than to welcome what nature offers to heal. Two widely available resources include Aloe Vera and Sea Salt. Aloe vera is a medicinal plant that’s been used to treat various health conditions for thousands of years. Aloe is abundant in … Continued

Sounds

Coral Bay is a quiet area of St. John that can be tracked over time by a few unique sounds. To local islanders, the arrival of seagulls marks a time of celebration and rebirth, as young local birds begin to fledge their respective nests. The Kestrel Couple that has lived above my rafters for 15 … Continued

Seagulls

Knock-Knock, who’s there? It’s the Seagulls! The sound of their distinct call and frenetic laugh set the stage for the start of summer on St. John. Seagulls migrate to the Caribbean from the north and arrive like clockwork at the end of April annually. The pelicans don’t seem too keen on hosting their vocal cousins, … Continued

St. John Exercise

Enjoy plenty of exercise on St. John. Not even closed beaches and trails can stop locals from letting their bodies do the talking. Road walks to live streaming yoga, there’s no excuse for not breaking a sweat. Swimming and snorkeling are still fair game in this time of isolation.Disco dancing at home is strongly encouraged. … Continued

St. John Trade

The barter trade economy is alive and well on St. John. Recently a friend pulled into my driveway with a soon-to-be-ripe papaya bigger than my head. It was perfect and I tried not to drool. A gift? Possibly. Barter? Definitely. Brushing the potting soil off the side of my upcycled plastic container, I handed over … Continued

St. John Internet

St. John has high-speed internet from two local internet providers and two satellite providers. St. John island is well connected to the world-wide-web. Provider Type Speed Viya DSL, Fiber, Cable, and Fixed Wireless 1,000 Mbps Broadband VI Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps SmartNet Fixed Wireless 50 Mbps HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps Mobile phone service providers in … Continued

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