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 sun-soaked skin, there are safe sunscreen options. Safe sunscreen contains non-nano minerals that protect you against the sun but do not harm coral.

  • GOOD zinc oxide
  • GOOD titanium dioxide
  • GOOD organic/natural ingredients

The best way to protect your body and our environment against harmful chemicals is to wear UV protective clothing.

  • BEST rash guards
  • BEST swim shirts
  • BEST board shorts
  • BEST swim pants
  • BEST wetsuit

When you are packing your bag to enjoy a week at one of Windspree’s beautiful villas on St. John in the US Virgin Islands, remember to bring protective swimwear and reef-safe sunscreen. All living things thank you!

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Read more about reef-safe sunscreen and the law here.

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 on St. John and know the island best. For more information on Virgin Islands rentals and St. John USVI rentals, checkout Windspree.com, or call or text (340)201-3002.

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