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    If you’re interested in booking St. John Virgin Islands rentals, the best resource is Windspree Vacation Homes, renting Virgin Islands vacation rentals for over 30 years. Book your St. John vacation rental from people who live there and know the island best! For more information on Virgin Islands rentals and St. John USVI … Continued

Books About St. John US Virgin Islands

One of the many wonderful perks of St. John is the relaxing nature and the time to read. Read, as in read something you like. Can you imagine? Whatever your desired St. John subject, there’s a book with real printed pages you can enjoy on your next trip to the US Virgin Islands. Which ones … Continued

Sleeping Fish

Have you ever seen a sleeping fish? A lounging lemon shark? Or maybe an octopus yawning?  How do underwater creatures get their z’s? When it comes to exactly how fish sleep underwater, methods vary. Some fish float in place, letting the ebb and flow of the current move the oxygen through their gills. Others will … Continued

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

Sargassum Science

Also called “gulfweed”, Sargassum survives thanks to antibacterial chemicals called phenolics and stays afloat thanks to clever air bladders. While the free-floating (planktonic) species may be the most notable, floating freely after detaching from the sea floor, two species (natan and fluitan) have adapted by becoming holopelagic, which means they now reproduce vegetatively, without needing … Continued

St. John Wildlife

On St. John, observing wildlife is a legitimate pastime. The slow life of St. John fosters living in the now. From watching a lizard spar with The Largest Spider I’ve Ever Seen to listening to the excited chirps of sugar birds, there is much life existing all around. If you have the time, Mother Nature … 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

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

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

Bake Red Snapper

If you’re not lucky enough to catch your own red snapper, you can find fresh red snapper in local markets and restaurants throughout the Virgin Islands. When you do find yourself with some, here’s a recipe for how to make it a delicious meal! Ingredients Olive oil 1/2 white onion, diced 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1T … Continued

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