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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

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 Wildlife

On St. John, observing wildlife is a legitimate pastime. The slow life of St. John fosters living in the now. From watching a lizard spar with The Largest Spider I’ve Ever Seen to listening to the excited chirps of sugar birds, there is much life existing all around. If you have the time, Mother Nature … Continued

St. John Living

Like almost every corner of the globe, Coral Bay folks are sheltering in place and trying to stay sane. Longtime St. John residents know how to pass good time using only what they have, Islanders are familiar with the isolated life. The tacit expectation that the electricity will go out or the car won’t start … Continued

Blue Latan Palm

Blue Latan Palms are sturdy fan palms with a distinct blue-green leaf color in young plants. Drought tolerant, the Blue Latan Palm Tree flowers periodically with small yellow buds that turn into peach-pit like seeds. It is these seeds that generate new blue latan palms. Scientific name Latania loddigesii and common name Blue Latrania Palm, the … Continued

VI Jamfest

The 2020 VI Jam Fest is coming to St. John March 5-7 with a great lineup of guest and local musicians. Held annually at Neptune’s Lookout, tickets can be purchased to attend daily shows or to camp on-site for the festival. A secret gem of a good time, we hope to see you front and … Continued

Sea Anemones

Sea anemones are animals that live in the ocean and are closely related to corals and jellyfish in the group Cnidarians, all of which have stinging cells used for protection and to capture prey. Sea anemones sometimes attach themselves to hard surfaces, likes rocks or boulders, while others burrow into sand or mud on the … Continued

Areca Palm

The Areca palm has multiple cane-like shoots that grow from the base (up to 40ft) with large, stiff fronds with narrow leaflets sprouting from the tops. How many have you spotted on St. John? Native to Madagascar, Areca palms are popular houseplants for their air-purifying, easy-care, & non-toxic properties. While all plants clean air borne … Continued

Folklife Festival

  Join the celebration on February 27-28, 2020 from 10am to 3:30pm on the VI National Park ballfield in Cruz Bay, St. John for the 29th annual Folklife Festival. The theme of the 2020 event is “Sharing Plenty”. Free for all to enjoy!   Since 1996, Friends of the Park has sponsored the annual Folklife … Continued

Brain Coral

Brain coral is a hard coral made of calcium carbonate, or limestone, which hardens into a rock-like exoskeleton. Slowly over time, the growing skeletal structure forms together in a wavy clump that resembles a real brain. Be brainy about brain coral by reading these cool facts: Corals are part of the phylum Cnidaria (related to … Continued

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