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Find out more about the Virgin Islands and what great opportunities await you. In this section you will find articles about Virgin Islands events, history, culture and more!

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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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Beer Drinking Pig, St. Croix

Blog: St. Croix’s Famous Beer Drinking Pigs

Categories: St. Croix Blog Stories

“A rainforest in the Virgin Islands… A truly local bar, complete with thatched roof and compact dirt floors… Beer drinking pigs… Where are we?” Tucked into the rainforest on the west side of St. Croix is a little bar, Mt. Pellier Hut Domino Club. A thatched roof covers what is in all accounts a jungle […]

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Iguana baby

Blog: Iguanas – Take a Closer Look

Categories: Nature

If you have spent time in the U.S. Virgin Islands, particularly St. Thomas and St. John, you have likely come across the popular resident, the iguana. And if you have not – maybe you will see one on your next visit. Iguanas are a type of lizard; they are native to tropical areas of Central […]

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Reichhold Center

Blog: Reichhold Center for the Arts 2010-2011 Season

Categories: Event | St. Thomas Blog Stories

The Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas recently announced its 2010-2011 season boasting an All-Star line-up of Grammy winners, chart toppers, and legends in R&B, pop, reggae and World music. “This is undeniably one of our strongest seasons ever,” said Pamela Toussaint, co-Director of the Reichhold Center. “Usually each season we feature at […]

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Blog: David Hamilton Jackson Day

Categories: History

November 1st is a local holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands, David Hamilton Jackson Day. David Hamilton Jackson was born on September 28, 1884 on St. Croix in what was then the Danish West Indies. His education began at East Hill School where both his parents were teachers. He went on to earn a law […]

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Virgin Islands Territory Quarter

Blog: Quarters for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Categories: History

On September 28th the Virgin Islands Territory Quarter will be released. This quarter is part of the American Territories Quarter Series which was preceded by the successful State Quarter Series. While this quarter is just two weeks away from making its way to purses, piggy banks and collectors, the U.S.  Mint has announced another quarter […]

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ST. JOHN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Includes 200 full color photos

St. John off the Beaten Track is your guide to the beaches, trails and hidden attractions of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Find quiet beaches, the best snorkeling spots and abandoned sugar estates. Learn about the islands history, geology, culture, people, ecology, plants and animals. National Park trails include detailed maps, information on historic ruins, and description on natural environment along the trails. Off trail adventures are also explored including secluded shorelines, pristine seasonal streams in the mountains (also known on island as guts), fresh water pools, seasonal waterfalls and more.

This is a must have book for every visitor going to St. John, and also for every resident. The information is excellent; you will learn, laugh and be intrigued by the wealth of details shared on the treasures and secrets of exploring St. John.

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ST. JOHN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

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