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West Indian Welk

A West Indian sea snail, the welk (or whelk) is also called a West Indian top shell or a magpie shell. They are not at all like the whelks in the US and Europe. Locally, West Indian welks are herbivores, whereas their northern whelk cousins prefer a meatier meal. West Indian welks are edible sea … Continued

Fishing St. John

The waters around St. John are regulated by different agencies. There are National Park and Coral Reef Monument restrictions, territorial requirements and federal regulations. Please follow the rules and be kind to the environment. Recreational Fishing At present, general recreational fishing permits are not needed for recreational fishers in the US Virgin Islands (e.g., fishing … Continued

What To Pack

Our villas are well equipped with the essentials of home. All that is needed when visiting a Windspree villa are the things that you will wear or carry daily. If you are careful, it is possible to fit all of your essentials in one carry-on and one personal item. Read on to learn more packing … Continued

Races on St. John

September 1, 2019 @ 8:00am AT Francis Bay Fives A 5K and a 5-mile foot race over paved roads and National Park trails. Races are separate. Registration required. Race info   November 28, 2019 @ 8:00am AT Turkey Trot A 5k run around Annaberg plantation in the US Virgin Islands National Park. No registration required. … Continued

Best Villa for Couples

Conveniently located in the heart of Coral Bay, Wind Ridge villa is a short drive to shopping, dining, and beaches. Recently renovated, this one-bedroom villa offers epic views, clean and comfortable quarters, and a garden patio with a private hot tub all on one level. Starting as low as $285/night, guests at Wind Ridge also … Continued

Moon Schedule 2019-2020

Full Moon August 15, 2019 Names for the August Full Moon include Sturgeon Moon, Harvest Moon, Grain Moon, Green Corn Moon, Fruit Moon and Barley Moon. The Full Moon in August is hope for a plentiful harvest and sometimes called the Sturgeon Moon because of the great number of enormous sturgeon that were once found … Continued

St. John Freedom Statue

Do you know the story of the statue in Cruz Bay of the man blowing a conch shell? One of several “Freedom Statues” on display throughout the territory, they commemorate the slave revolt and fight for emancipation. 2017 marked 100 years since the US purchased territories in the West Indies (known as the US Virgin … 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

Island Breeze

Tucked on the hillside overlooking Coral Bay is the charming St. John rental villa – Island Breeze. Inside the gated drive is an oasis. Your very own tropical paradise. The gardens, entrance and bright Caribbean colors invite visitors to this warm and relaxing getaway. Enjoy the view while reading or relaxing in the shade on … 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