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Mangroves

Blog: Mangroves – Virgin Islands Wetlands

Categories: Nature | St. Thomas Blog Stories

When visitors think of water in the Virgin Islands the brackish water of wetlands isn’t likely anywhere in the lineup of mental images. More than likely those that come to mind include crystal clear beaches and the beautiful blue ocean.  Wetlands however play an important role in keeping beaches clear and clean. In the Virgin […]

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Buck Island

Blog: Buck Island… Buck Islands!

Categories: St. Croix Blog Stories | St. Thomas Blog Stories

The Virgin Islands consists of two groups of islands, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Between them there are 8 major islands and over 90 smaller islands and cays. You likely can name the major islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island in the USVI; and […]

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St. Thomas International Regatta

Blog: St. Thomas International Regatta

Categories: Event

There is a weekend in late March when St. Thomas becomes the place to be for sailors and sailor-wannabes alike; and the reason is the St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Leading up to the three day event, a steady stream of sailboats – big and small – make their way into American Yacht Harbor and […]

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Mango

Blog: What’s growing in the Backyard? – Local Fruit

Categories: Nature

In the U.S. Virgin Islands when home owners are selecting trees and bushes for their gardens a popular choice is tropical fruit bearing trees. These might include a wild array of fruit such as; coconuts, mangos, soursop, sugar apples, guava, papaya – just to name a few. Some of these produce fruit year round while […]

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Flamboyant

Blog: Brilliant Royal Poinciana (Flamboyant)

Categories: Nature

If you have ever visited the USVI during the summer, you would have undoubtedly noticed bold, striking splashes of orange-red standing out from the otherwise green hills. These glorious bursts of color are the mark of the Royal Poinciana. In the USVI it is called Flamboyant, and if you have ever seen this tree in […]

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Blog: Guavaberry – The Christmas Drink

Categories: About

There is a popular Christmas song in the Virgin Islands that goes “Good Mornin, Good Mornin, ah come fo’ me Guavaberry; Good Mornin, Good Mornin to you and all your family”. It was written by the late, Virgin Islands’ composer Bill La Motta and is known as the Guavaberry Song. It is popular and cherished […]

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Spider

Blog: Creepy Crawlies in the USVI

Categories: Nature

Visitors to the U.S. Virgin Islands sometimes ask what insects, arachnids, bugs and creepy crawlies they might come across while on vacation. Mosquitoes are the most commonly asked about and the one most likely to be encountered, however there are many others living in the islands. Just how many? Well I recently had house guests […]

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French Flags

Blog: French Heritage Week in St. Thomas

Categories: Event | History

Bastille Day, celebrated on July 14th, is the national holiday of France. It is celebrated on July 14th because on this day in 1789 the people of Paris rose up against the government of King Louis XVI and captured the fortress of Bastille. This capture symbolized a new feeling of freedom, which spread throughout France […]

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Blog: Islandy Valentine Idea

Categories: Event

Have you been trying to think of a fun Valentine to give your sweetie? Here’s an island themed Valentine idea to help get the ideas flowing. Valentine in a Bottle You’ll need: Empty wine or champagne bottle… or more islandy… an empty rum bottle! A sheet of white paper Tea Bag/Water A Pen to write […]

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Caribbean Dawn

Blog: The Natural Sounds of St. John, USVI

Categories: About | Nature

If you have ever lived or vacationed in the Virgin Islands and sat outside in the late evening you will certainly remember the pleasant sounds of island nights. The crickets, tree frogs, bats, birds and other nocturnal creatures; together perform a magical symphony. Part time residents of St. John Ed and Laurie Boakes found the […]

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