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Coral Bay #1 Place to Visit in the US

The New York Times recently ranked the Top 52 Places to Visit for 2016 and our very own Coral Bay came in 4th of all the world, and #1 among US destinations. Pretty nice! But not surprising.               The quiet east side of St. John island has been the perfect getaway for many. … Continued

Donkeys in Coral Bay

Wild donkeys on St. John roam the roads and wooded areas in and around Coral Bay, the less developed, quiet side of the island. After so many photographs, these asses take it all in stride.     Donkeys on St. John are beautiful, and wild, so please do not pet or feed them! It is believed … Continued

Reef Fish Rule

Why are fish along a coral reef more exciting than the fish you find in other waters? The coral reef and surrounding grass bottoms are the ultimate feeding ground for sea turtles and reef fish. Reef fish look different from open water fish because their bodies are designed for a different purpose. Open water fish … Continued

St. John Staycation in Coral Bay

Now you can escape to St. John and rent a small villa, cottage, or studio apartment by the night! Windspree Vacation Homes has vacation rentals to fit every group size, budget, and length of stay.  Checkout these awesome places to rent in Coral Bay for 1 or 2 guests by the night: The View, 1-Bedroom, … Continued

Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower

In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower probably ranks as the all-time favorite meteor shower of the year. This shower is visible in the Southern Hemisphere, too, though to a lesser extent. No matter where you live worldwide, the annual Perseid meteor shower occurs for several days in mid-August.  Before dawn viewing … Continued

Sargassum Weed

Every year, usually in the summer months, large chunks of seaweed unleash from the floor of the Sargasso Sea (an area of the Atlantic that makes up part of the Bermuda Triangle) and heads to the Caribbean. Ocean currents carry Sargassum weed as far as the northern Gulf of Mexico, where it accumulates in shallow … Continued

Coral Bay’s Bizarre Bazaar

CORAL BAY BIZARRE BAZAAR  On the first (sometimes second) Saturday in December, Coral Bay and ALL its residents descend upon Pickles Deli for a celebration of life, love, music and art. With more than 3 dozen vending tents, locally brewed beer tasting, and live music and dancing all day, the Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar is … Continued

15th Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim May 27, 2018

Modified, But Definitely On On Sunday, May 27th, 2018 Friends of Virgin Islands National Park will host the 15th Annual Power Swim, Hurricane Version on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result of the hurricanes of September 2107, Virgin Islands National Park is still in a state of recovery and there will … Continued

World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What the St. John St. Patrick’s Day Parade lacks in distance, it makes up for in spirit.  At just under 100 yards, the parade claims to be the shortest in the world, starting at the Fire Station and ending at the infamous Quiet Mon pub in Cruz Bay, St. John. Hundreds participate in the celebration, … Continued

St John Island Carnival Dancing at J’ouvert

St John Island J’ouvert at Carnival From the French word for day break, J’ouvert (pronounced ju-vay) is a large Carnival street party and parade that begins well before dawn on the morning of July 4th. The energetic celebration includes costumed dancers and calypso bands.   According to Wikipedia, “The origins of street parties associated with J’ouvert … Continued