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Adopt a Turtle

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves St. John? Adopt an endangered sea turtle! The Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League is a Florida-based nonprofit group dedicated to saving turtles throughout the southern Atlantic and the Caribbean. With a minimum $25 donation, you’ll receive an adoption certificate, a logo decal, a sea-turtle … Continued

Guavaberry Wine

Guavaberry trees (myrciaria floribunda) can be found growing wild on various islands throughout the Caribbean. Guavaberry is similar to guava (myrtaceae) only in that both are tropical fruit trees with smooth bark. Unlike guava, guavaberry is rare and not commercially grown. Guavaberry (aka rumberry) is primarily known in the Caribbean for making rum. Early settlers … Continued

Cruzan Rum

Did you know… Natives of St. Croix are called Crucians/Cruzans Cruzan Rum began on St. Croix in the late 1790s by the Nelthropp family. Local mills crushed the sugar cane that was eventually distilled into rum. Visitors to St. John will find Cruzan rum in abundance, filling the shelves of bars and grocery stores with … Continued

Rum Light or Dark?

What is the difference between light and dark rum, anyway? Real rum begins as sugarcane that is then distilled. The color of rum comes from the ingredients and the aging process. Dark rum is aged in oak barrels while light rum is not. Dark rum may also have burnt sugar or caramel added for color. … Continued

Protecting Your Trip

Windspree is not in the insurance industry (thank goodness) but we are in the travel industry and helping visitors have the best experience possible is our goal. Sometimes trip planning can include more than booking a kayak tour or deciding what beaches to visit. Preparing for the “what ifs” can be arduous and often overlooked … Continued

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