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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

Queen Conch

Locally, welk can be confused with conch, which are both herbivores, but have different uses.We scoured the internet for some of the most interesting facts about queen conch. Enjoy! The exterior of queen conch are colored to help them blend with their sandy surroundings under water. Adult queen conch develop a flared lip once they … Continued

Private 1-Bedroom Villa Walk to Beach

1-bedroom, 1-bath, sleeps 4 Lille Paradis Villa St. John US Virgin Islands Walking distance to a quite beach with great snorkeling Tour Lille Paradis right now! “The house is SPECTACULAR! … We wanted to be off the beaten path and experience a private and secluded beach, and this house and Kiddle Bay did not disappoint! … Continued

Sunscreen Ban in the Virgin Islands

Research has shown that the ingredients in most sunscreen, octocrylene, oxybenzone and octinoxate, are damaging to marine life. With the huge numbers of tourists that visit the VI and swim daily in the water, the amount of sunscreen and its harmful ingredients has a huge impact on the local eco-system. On June 26, 2019, Virgin … Continued

Choose the Best Snorkel

There’s a new mask in town and it’s pretty different than what we’re used to. The “full face” snorkel mask showed-up on a few heads 3-4 years ago and has proven to be more than a passing fad. Early adopters did experience some setbacks, namely leakage and the inability to dive below the surface while … Continued

Caribbean Blue Tang

Prevalent in the clear waters that surround St. John, the Blue Tang Surgeonfish (Acanthurus coeruleus) begin as yellow juveniles, turn pastel blue as adolescents, and bright blue as adults. Called “Atlantic Blue Tangs” or “Caribbean Blue Tangs”, they can grow to be up to 15 inches long. When snorkeling, you’ll most likely see the yellow … Continued

15 Reasons to Summer on St. John

Looking for a fun family vacation this summer? Consider St. John in the US Virgin Islands! Low off-season rates and a wide selection of vacation villas from Windspree make planning a trip to St. John a great decision. Consider these 15 reasons St. John makes the best summer vacation destination around! Beaches.  St John beaches … Continued

Easter In The Virgin Islands

Easter in the Virgin Islands is more about worship, celebration, family and food than it is about bunnies, candy and colorful eggs. The Caribbean is predominately Christian and so Easter church services are heavily attended. Only fish is served for Easter Sunday dinner and only black and white is worn. No red meat is eaten … Continued

Explore Salt Pond

If you haven’t hiked to Salt Pond, it’s a classic and highly recommended. On the Southern point of St John’s Coral Bay side there exists a different world where lots of adventure awaits. It is a quiet part of the island where one can get lost in their thoughts and the beauty of their surroundings. … Continued

Annual Beach to Beach Power Swim

Don’t miss the Beach to Beach Power Swim on St John Sunday May 26th, 2019. Teams and individuals compete in the annual fundraising event sponsored by the Friends of the Park. Swimmers can enter on of three races as unassisted (no snorkel + fins) or assisted (with snorkel + fins). 1 mile short course (from … Continued