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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

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 Vacation Discount

Looking for a Discount on your St. John Vacation? Save on your weekly Virgin Islands vacation rentals from Windspree Vacation Homes! See all the current specials on St. John Virgin Islands rentals from Windspree. Come back often to see new special offers on St. John USVI rentals. Call or text Windspree today! (340)201-3002 When are … Continued

Alexandra Palm

Visitors to St. John will see Alexandra palm trees around the island. While not native to St. John, the distinct looking palm trees are popular because of their beauty, speedy growth, and sturdy leaves The Alexandra palm lives in acidic and neutral soil and grows best in dirt, clay, loam and sand. Alexandra palms can … 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

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

Christmas Winds

St. John and the surrounding islands lie in the belt of what’s called the Easterlies, or Trade Winds. Visitors to the US Virgin Islands from December through February may sense something stirring with the wind and sea. It’s a phenomenon called the Christmas Winds and it’s when the trade winds blow the strongest. It is … 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

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