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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

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

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

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

St. John Star Gazing

Looking to stargaze on St. John? The Perseid meteor shower begins July 17 and ends August 24, with the peak falling August 12-13. Perseid Meteor Shower July 17 – August 24, 2020 The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers that occurs every year in mid-August. The exceptional meteor shower is space debris from … 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 March 1, 2020, the … 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

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