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Alexandra Palm

Visitors to St. John will see Alexandra palm trees around the island. While not native to St. John, the distinct looking palm trees are popular because of their beauty, speedy growth, and sturdy leaves The Alexandra palm lives in acidic and neutral soil and grows best in dirt, clay, loam and sand. Alexandra palms can … Continued

Palm Trees on St. John

St. John is home to a variety of different palm trees, yet only one is known to be native to Love City: the Tyre Palm. We see so many palm trees that we’d like to be able to differentiate and tell them apart, even if just to sound smart. Did you know.., in 2004, botanist … Continued

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

Christmas Winds

St. John and the surrounding islands lie in the belt of what’s called the Easterlies, or Trade Winds. Visitors to the US Virgin Islands from December through February may sense something stirring with the wind and sea. It’s a phenomenon called the Christmas Winds and it’s when the trade winds blow the strongest. It is … 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

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