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St. John Vacation

Vacation on St. John for the Win! While Americans venture out with caution, one trend is becoming clear when it comes to vacations: family members are staying together and limiting outside social interactions. If renting an RV isn’t on the docket for your next vacation, make the best choice with a private vacation villa on … Continued

Swim St. John

Looking to swim St. John? Swim one beach, swim them all, or swim around the whole island (this guy did!). These amazing water holes are protected and accessible to visitors as part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Home to the world’s most beautiful beaches, St. John’s jagged coastline lends itself to cove after cove … Continued

Seagulls

Knock-Knock, who’s there? It’s the Seagulls! The sound of their distinct call and frenetic laugh set the stage for the start of summer on St. John. Seagulls migrate to the Caribbean from the north and arrive like clockwork at the end of April annually. The pelicans don’t seem too keen on hosting their vocal cousins, … Continued

Blue Latan Palm

Blue Latan Palms are sturdy fan palms with a distinct blue-green leaf color in young plants. Drought tolerant, the Blue Latan Palm Tree flowers periodically with small yellow buds that turn into peach-pit like seeds. It is these seeds that generate new blue latan palms. Scientific name Latania loddigesii and common name Blue Latrania Palm, the … Continued

Folklife Festival

  Join the celebration on February 27-28, 2020 from 10am to 3:30pm on the VI National Park ballfield in Cruz Bay, St. John for the 29th annual Folklife Festival. The theme of the 2020 event is “Sharing Plenty”. Free for all to enjoy!   Since 1996, Friends of the Park has sponsored the annual Folklife … 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

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

Alexandra Palm

Visitors to St. John will see Alexandra palm trees around the island. While not native to St. John, the distinct looking palm trees are popular because of their beauty, speedy growth, and sturdy leaves The Alexandra palm lives in acidic and neutral soil and grows best in dirt, clay, loam and sand. Alexandra palms can … Continued

Palm Trees on St. John

St. John is home to a variety of different palm trees, yet only one is known to be native to Love City: the Tyre Palm. We see so many palm trees that we’d like to be able to differentiate and tell them apart, even if just to sound smart. Did you know.., in 2004, botanist … Continued

Adopt a Turtle

Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves St. John? Adopt an endangered sea turtle! The Caribbean Conservation & Sea Turtle Survival League is a Florida-based nonprofit group dedicated to saving turtles throughout the southern Atlantic and the Caribbean. With a minimum $25 donation, you’ll receive an adoption certificate, a logo decal, a sea-turtle … Continued

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