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Sunscreen Savvy

Earlier this year the official ban on sunscreens containing ingredients deemed harmful to the environment took effect in the US Virgin Islands. Aimed to protect the coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, the new law prohibits the use of sunscreens containing chemicals that harm marine life. BAD octocrylene BAD oxybenzone BAD octinoxate For those who seek … Continued

Sunday Strolls

Sundays on St. John are meant for strolling. Take a walk through the beautiful Virgin Islands National Park and be apart of nature. With dozens of well-maintained hiking trails, you never know what the day will bring and what you will see. Island wildlife on St. John includes the unexpected – from a sly mongoose … Continued

Sargassum Science

Also called “gulfweed”, Sargassum survives thanks to antibacterial chemicals called phenolics and stays afloat thanks to clever air bladders. While the free-floating (planktonic) species may be the most notable, floating freely after detaching from the sea floor, two species (natan and fluitan) have adapted by becoming holopelagic, which means they now reproduce vegetatively, without needing … Continued

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

Seagulls

Knock-Knock, who’s there? It’s the Seagulls! The sound of their distinct call and frenetic laugh set the stage for the start of summer on St. John. Seagulls migrate to the Caribbean from the north and arrive like clockwork at the end of April annually. The pelicans don’t seem too keen on hosting their vocal cousins, … 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 Gardens

Too much time on your hands? An excellent opportunity to dive into rewarding, earthly activities like gardening. Propagate your own houseplants from simple cuttings placed in water (clear containers that allow for sun work best). Seeds harvested from local fruits and vegetables is an inexpensive way to spring an edible garden. No pots? No problem! … 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

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