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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

8 Tuff Miles 2020

The popular 8Tuff Miles foot race across St. John is back for its 24th year on February 29, 2020! A rite of passage for all who love Love City, consider a visit to Coral Bay, St. John over February 29, 2020! Windspree has you covered, with more than 20 villas to choose from. Register for … 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

How to Make a Mango Margarita

Have mango, will eat (or drink)! Mangoes are juicy tropical fruits that drop off the trees in August and land in the mouths of anyone with taste buds.  There are what seems like endless varieties of the fruit, which makes for a competitive community when it comes to which is the best. For those not … Continued

Labor Day in Coral Bay

Labor Day in Coral Bay is a local affair, not only celebrating everyone’s hard work, but rejoicing in how far those efforts have taken us. On Labor Day Monday 2019, the parade line forms at the parking lot of Love City Mini Market and begins to move at 11:00am. There’s also a fun car show … Continued

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 Star Gazing

Perseid Meteor Shower August 12-13, 2019 In 2019, the Perseids will peak on the night between Aug 12–13. The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers that occurs every year in mid-August. The exceptional meteor shower is space debris from the Swift-Tuttle comet and appears to hail in the sky from the constellation Perseus … Continued