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

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. […]

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Stick Figure St. John

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

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 […]

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Enkai Sushi Team

People-Powered Profile: Steven Petsche | Enkai Sushi

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, […]

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CimmaronStJohn Dave Robin

People-Powered Profile: CimmaronStJohn Vacation Villa and Condo Rentals

David Conro and Robin Eldridge are baby boomers. They grew up in small farming communities. Dave in the Catskill Mountains of New York and Robin in Northeast Iowa. Dave completed service in the Marine Corps. Robin graduated from college. Both set off for new adventures beyond the small towns of their youth. Near the end […]

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Hurricane Hole St. John

The Virgin Islands Boater’s Guide to Hurricane Preparation

– This guide is dedicated to the sailors and boaters of Coral Bay. Through their collective knowledge and wisdom, this work was possible. If you are a new boat owner in the Virgin Islands, the approach of hurricane season can be a confusing time. Your hair is guaranteed to be raised by the stories of […]

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Chrissann and Diago on boat

Quiz: How long will you last in the Virgin Islands?

Considering island life? Welcome to the Virgin Islands! This might be the perfect home for you. Then again, a short vacation at a luxury all-inclusive resort might be the better choice. Take this quiz to find out how long you will last in the Virgin Islands.

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Coral Bay Dinghy Battle

A Remembrance: The 2008 Dinghy Brawl for Safe Hurricane Moorings

This is really a story about how we come to call a place home. It is also a story about a day when an ill conceived dinghy rodeo took place in Coral Bay. It was one of those days that everything went so upside down that it left me wondering where in the world I had […]

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Virgin Islands Skydiving

3 Ways to Catch a Buzz in the Virgin Islands

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 […]

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Karen Samuels painting ocean scene

People-Powered Profile: Karen Samuel | Kareso Studio

Kareso Studio takes its name from the traditional folk music of the Virgin Islands. Kareso, or cariso, comes from the Carib word carieto which means joyous song. Now located at Estate Eden, the neighborhood where owner Karen Samuel grew up, this art studio showcases the culture and traditions of St. John from an insider perspective. […]

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Tree Limin Extreme St Thomas

People-Powered Profile: Tree Limin’ Extreme

Zip lining is fun for the whole family and we are proud to supply the USVI with the one and only zip line! We are also honored to say that we have been awarded “Best of the VI Tourist Activities” four years in a row. In 1996, Julie, co-owner of Tree Limin’ Extreme, spent a […]

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Ryan Costanzo Extra Virgin Bistro

People Powered Profile: Tommy Garfield and 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 […]

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Vanessa Campsey Mumbo Jumbo

People-Powered Profile: Vanessa Campsey | Mumbo Jumbo

I grew up in the retail business. My mother started her first store in New York when I was six selling vintage clothing (a.k.a. her old clothes). After a few different ventures, she opened Flashbacks in Sag Harbor, New York where the entire family was involved in the business. In 1991, after my sisters visited […]

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Crystal D’abbraccio Mermaid Swim VI

People-Powered Profile: 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 […]

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