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Volunteer Vacation

Love St. John? Volunteer + Help Love City! CLEAR HIKING TRAILS + BEACHES If you like to hike, St. John is the place to share your time and talents by helping to maintain hiking trails, preserve historical sites, and cleanup beaches.  Friends of the VI National Park organizes volunteer work for Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet … Continued

Hangover Cures

We’ve all been there. A night of total joy and celebration that leads to a morning of nausea and fatigue. What do you do when you’ve overindulged in last night’s libations besides curling up in the fetal position and praying for it all to pass? Let’s look at what got you there in the first … 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
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Mango Hurricane Drink Recipe

December 1st officially marks the end of hurricane season, so we thought we’d celebrate with a drink of the same name, the Mango Hurricane. Recipe for Mango Hurricane 1 part Cruzan Mango Rum 1 part Cruzan Aged Dark Rum Orange juice Splash of grenadine Combine ingredients with ice in a hurricane glass. Add a splash … Continued

Shopping in Coral Bay

Shop for Gifts in Coral Bay Choose from a fine selection of local custom goods, services and adventures during your visit to Coral Bay, St. John. Windspree Gallery: Local fine art. All pieces hand picked and sized for carry on travel. 340-201-3002 Windspree Activity Information Center: Adventures and trips on St. John – Plan and … Continued

Rum Runner

One of the most popular rum drinks in the Virgin Islands is the Rum Runner. Here’s the recipe we use with no complaints. Rum Runner Ingredients 1 oz Light Rum 1 oz Dark Rum I oz Banana Liqueur 1 oz Blackberry Brandy 2 oz Orange Juice Dash of Grenadine Blend with ice until smooth Garnish … 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

Halloween in Coral Bay St. John

On Halloween, St. Johnians don’t “trick or treat”, they just treat. And treat they do, with costume parties on both sides of the island. The annual Halloween bash at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay is incredibly visually stimulating, as is the later party at Morgan’s Mango in Cruz Bay. Both parties have costume contests worth … Continued