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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

Easter Bun Recipe

A traditional Caribbean delicacy, raisin buns, similar to hot cross buns, is essential to any Easter Sunday meal. They are often eaten with cheese. If you like Raisin Bread, you will love these Raisin Buns. Ingredients 2 cups brown sugar, plus extra for sprinkling 3 tablespoons active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water (115 … Continued

Coral Bay’s Own Opens New Restaurant

Raised in Coral Bay, Ryan Costanzo, opens new restaurant in Mongoose Junction. He along with his partners currently own and manage Extra Virgin and will be opening the doors of their new venture soon. Their reputation has been built on providing fresh cuisine and it will continue in their new spot. Their roof top garden … Continued

Rock the Roti

Travelers around the Caribbean will recognize “roti” from local menus. A roti (pronounced ro-tee) is a West Indian flat bread. Put something delectable inside said roti, and bwam! Best lunch ever. It all starts with the unleavened bread (i.e., roti with a small “r”). Fill it to make a Roti! roti bread 2 ½ cups … Continued

Jazzed about Jellyfish

Jellyfish are at home in the water. There are many varieties of jellyfish and each is more fascinating than the next. Jellyfish are not fish. They are symmetrical planktons. Jellyfish are found in every ocean on the planet at varied depths and water temperatures, even in some freshwater lakes and ponds. Bloom, swarm, or smack … Continued

Boogie On, Painkiller

The Painkiller, that classic rum drink of the Caribbean that rose to fame nearly 50 years ago at the famous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. The popular tropical drink is a bucket list for many who arrive at White Bay and make the swim to shore. Without a boat dock, most folks obviously … Continued