Posts Categorized: Activities

People-Powered Profile: Jennifer Russ | Reef2Peak Eco-Tours

Reef2Peak Jennifer and Michael whattodovi

Hi, my name is Jennifer Russ and I am the owner of Reef2Peak, an eco-tour company that offers kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and hiking on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. I have always loved nature and I enjoy the company of outdoorsy people. My father taught me to appreciate travel and the environment…. Read more »

The Tap Room’s New State-of-the-Art Music Venue Will Blow Your Mind

Stick Figure St. John

Imagine a sweltering Friday evening on St. John. The sun has set casting bright flames across the clouds. Trade winds drain the day’s heat away, cooling sunburns, and whetting appetites for burgers, beer, and great live music. Board shorts, tank tops, and sandals are the attire of choice as you head up the steps to… Read more »

People-Powered Profile: Steven Petsche | Enkai Sushi

Enkai Sushi Team

Best of the VI  winner four years running, seven years historically, and loved by J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, Enkai Sushi is doing everything right! The story of Enkai is one of luck, skill, and perseverance. It’s inspiring to realize that Enkai just fell into the lap of new owner Steven Petsche. He struggled,… Read more »

3 Ways to Catch a Buzz in the Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Skydiving

Virgin Islands Extreme and Adventure Sports Some of Youtube’s most popular videos are compilations of people doing extraordinary things like free climbing vertical rock walls, wing suit flying, and extreme surfing. Honestly, when I watch people doing the near impossible, I well up a little. The discipline, physical mastery and fearlessness needed to accomplish these… Read more »

People Powered Profile: Tommy Garfield and Ryan Costanzo | Extra Virgin Bistro

Ryan Costanzo Extra Virgin Bistro

Extra Virgin Bistro was named both for their location, in the heart of the Virgin Islands, and after extra virgin olive oil, a staple for Mediterranean cuisine which is the main influence for their cuisine. The dishes of Extra Virgin are inspirations from Italy, Greece, France, Spain and Portugal and include as much fresh and… Read more »

People-Powered Profile: Crystal D’Abbraccio | Mermaid Swim VI

Crystal D’abbraccio Mermaid Swim VI

Crystal D’Abbraccio has been in love with dancing for as long as she can remember. Starting at the age of five, her training was well rounded, progressing through performance, to costumes design, to dance education. Since moving to St. John in 2012, Crystal has taught dance, theater and creative movement to both children and adults. Crystal’s… Read more »

Shipwrecks and Treasure and Pirates, Oh My!

Pirate Jean Hamelin St. Thomas Treasure Museum

The Virgin Islands is a paradise not only full of beauty but also an alluring history. Just below the surface of our ever changing sand and unbelievably blue waters is the story of square riggers battling for their crown, pirates trading goods and hiding in the protection of promises made by corrupt governors of St…. Read more »

People-Powered Profile: Bryan Barnes | Busy Bee Charters

Busy Bee Charters Virgin Islands

During college freshman orientation, Bryan Barnes, owner of Busy Bee Charters was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response, “Run a fishing boat in the Caribbean.” This answer surprised not only the counselor, but Bryan himself! He wasn’t a fisherman, he had no interest in fishing, and he had never been… Read more »

6 Virgin Islands Luxury Resorts That Offer Cheap Summer Rates to Locals

Virgin Island Hotels Summer Rates

One word, Summertime. You know what I’m talking about. If you live in the Virgin Islands, this is the game changer. The mad rush of tourists dwindles to a trickle. The water warms up and the people slow down, way down. If you work in the tourism industry (and who doesn’t) then you are either… Read more »

Most Complete Guide to St. John Festival, Ever!

Cooper Penn Grande Marshall St. John Festival

St. John, US Virgin Islands, affectionately nicknamed “Love City,” is the scene for some of the most fantastic Festival revelry in the Caribbean. The St. John Festival is a month-long celebration that kicks off energetically with live music and performances and ramps up to an awe-inspiring fireworks display in the Cruz Bay harbor on the… Read more »

The Low Down on Low Key Watersports – 31 Years of Extraordinary Scuba Diving

Low Key Watersports

When Bob Shinners imagines the movie of his life it opens with him as a young man standing on a Milwaukee bridge in a thick parka. He climbs the safety rail, closes his eyes, and jumps. As he plunges into the icy water, his steel-toed boots and heavy winter clothes suck him into the murky… Read more »

The Real Carolyn Goodlander – A Peek Behind the Curtain of Fatty’s Empire

Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander

Carolyn Goodlander is truly a woman of the world. When I met with Carolyn to share lunch and words at the Cruz Bay Landing on St. John, she had just returned from her third circumnavigation aboard the sailboat home she shares with her writer husband Captain Fatty Goodlander, the editor-at-large at Cruising World Magazine, author… Read more »

What Kind of Sailor Are You, Yachtie or Cruiser?

Virgin Islands Sailing

Lots of cruising sailors wash over the collective bow of St. John. Many are capable and navigate the Sir Francis Drake Channel like it was a lake. Others fall into the category of quirky and fade quickly from memory. Others just stick because they are so real. John St. John is one cruiser that I… Read more »

Heart of a Mermaid – Diving the Virgin Islands is in My Blood

Leah with Lobster

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Yves Cousteau The Virgin Islands are a rich paradise full of a diverse things to do from hiking, to bar hopping, to photography, to sailing. These are a few of my past times. I find it impossible to… Read more »

What You Want to Know but Are Afraid to Ask About the Virgin Islands

Too much sun

Virgin Island transplants get a lot of questions. Most are easily answered with, “The beach is that way,” or “You know, working hard, mom.” Another type of question, that is not so simply answered, revolves around moving to the islands. If you already live here, these queries come from cyberspace like meteors. You’ve got mail… Read more »