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Why Visit St. John

While millions of people may visit the US Virgin Islands, few venture to the quiet side of St. John, where donkeys and sheep roam the streets and you’ll be hard pressed to find a restaurant serving food after 9 at night. Welcome to Coral Bay! Coral Bay: #1 Place to Visit in the US Coral … Continued

Colorful Hawskbill Sea Turtles

Named for their narrow head and beak over-bite, the Hawskbill sea turtle is a descendant of a group of reptiles that as existed for more than 100 million years. One of the largest populations of Hawksbill turtles is in the Caribbean Sea, commonly seen along coral reefs off the shores of St. John. Not to … Continued

Not-so-Green Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtles are actually not green, but so named for the green fat found underneath their carapace (shell). There are two genetically distinct populations of green sea turtles found in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The US Virgin Islands have been identified as one of only a few major nesting sites for Green sea turtles. … Continued

Humpback Whales in the Caribbean

Do you want to see whales while you’re visiting St. John? Best chances are to get a villa that sits high on a mountain with a clear view of the water (Windspree has several) during the peak of winter season (January-March). Humpback whales migrate to the Caribbean during the winter and have been spotted in … Continued

Coral Bay Halloween

 October 31 is a big day on St. John. Not only marking the end of the season “that shall not be named”, but also launching a new season of hard work. Residents let loose in ways you never dreamed possible. Skinny Legs holds a big party every year with a costume constest – a great … Continued

Love City Triathlon & Aquathon

The 18th annual Love City Triathlon & Aquathon will take place at 7am on Sunday, September 3, 2017 and the competition is expected to be fierce!         The Triathlon starts and ends at Maho Bay and includs a half-mile swim, a gruelling bike course to the Smoothie stand at Centerline and back, and a “flat for St. John” 4.15 mile … Continued

The Amazing Octopus

The octopus is a coral reef marine animal with 8 arms. In the Caribbean, adult octopuses* weigh about 3 pounds and can change both color and texture to blend into their surroundings and avert predators. Mating for just a month or two around January, a female octupus will lay up to 500 eggs and sit … Continued

Seagulls of Summer

The sound of seagulls around St. John is a seasonal joy from about May to September.  The pelicans, who reside here all year, look like they could do without the annual visit from these flighty guests. Laughing gulls in particular will gang-up and hover over, around, and even on the pelicans while they eat. Before a … Continued

Calendar of Astronomical Events

2017 Astronomical Events July 9 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 04:07 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck … Continued