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St. Thomas- a Foodie’s Delight

I’m constantly amazed that visitors to St. Thomas are so surprised by the unique and reliably delicious cuisine served on this “rock”. St. Thomas has been hosting travelers and vacationers for hundreds of years. It was a dependable inn at sea for explorers, the refuge for weary seamen, a natural stop-off for inter-island travelers and […]

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A Day at the Marriott Frenchmans Cove

In the recent past, the Marriott was one of the biggest and most sought-after resorts on St. Thomas. It had three tiers and options for accommodations. Whether you owned a timeshare, booked it as a regular hotel room, or wanted a more home-like stay on the beach- the Marriott had you covered. Unfortunately, since the […]

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Recommendations on What To Do in the Virgin Islands

Top 5 Things to Do This Summer in St. Thomas

Being that we are in the thick of the summer season, we thought it would be appropriate to put together our Top 5 recommendations on What To Do in the Virgin Islands. This week we will cover the Top 5 for St. Thomas…but don’t worry we will cover all of the USVI! Whether you are […]

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St. John Carnival

St. John Carnival Schedule 2018

  Yes, it is that very, very happy time of year again! We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable carnival! Here is your 2018 St. John Carnival Schedule: EVENTS JUNE 28 | FESTIVAL VILLAGE OPENING 7PM | St. John Village JUNE 30 | CHILDREN’S VILLAGE OPENING 6PM | St. John National Park JULY […]

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An Island of Entrepreneurs– Grit and Resilience in the Face of Catastrophe

We’ve mentioned before just how impressed we are with the local businesses that have either reopened or opened completely new businesses post-hurricanes IrMaria, and we will say it again. Going into the next hurricane season, we want to applaud the resilience that has been made so apparent of the Virgin Islands. It is not the […]

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New Ownership of What to Do VI

What To Do VI is Under New Ownership

What To Do – VI has been sold to CD Paradise, an Economic Development Commission (EDC) member and business management and consulting firm with a depth of experience in the development and marketing of businesses, including Virgin Islands business services. Outside of the EDC, CD Paradise built the Pirates Treasure Museum in Havensight, acquired the […]

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Holding Back Progress Since Forever – Weird and Wonderful Coral Bay

It has been over four months since the hurricanes have passed. I know, with a fair degree of certainty, that I will not return to the islands to live. I envision myself visiting my old haunts, many years from now, as a tourist. My friends will have aged. Businesses and houses from my past will […]

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In Celebration of Linemen

The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have a new kind of hero. These men and women possess all the traits of myth. They are brave and selfless. They work in dangerous conditions. They give power back to the people – literally. They are the linemen who are restoring lights, refrigeration, computers, and all the conveniences […]

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What to Expect – The Realities of St. John Recovery, in First Person

Republished with permission By Fiona Russell Everyone who’s ever lived on St John has a story about their love affair with this stunning island of eclectic, creative people. I first visited from Puerto Rico with my family when I was 9 years old. I felt a deep peace here that called me home. Following Irma […]

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Big New Year Plans for What To Do’s Family of Restaurants

At What To Do – VI, we take pride in our family of advertisers. This group of restaurateurs and food service professionals has amazed us with their resilience and creativity. In the face of one of the worst disasters most of us have ever experienced, these heroes of the industry have bounced back with charity […]

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5 Last Minute Gift Ideas That Support the Virgin Islands

The Virgin Islands and many other Caribbean travel destinations were badly damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Based on research conducted by Virgin Holidays, many repeat visitors to the islands say that they will not be returning in 2018 because they believe the islands have not recovered sufficiently to support tourism. Whether this is true […]

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Bizarre Bazaar Coral Bay 2017

Astonishing Holiday Event Brings Brotherly Love to Coral Bay

Holiday spirit in the US Virgin Islands is as resilient as ever post-Irma/Maria. A shining example of this brotherly love happened a fortnight before Christmas this year in the tiny community of Coral Bay. The tight-knit town on the island of St. John was not daunted by ninety days without phones and power when it […]

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Island Dog Rescue

Hundreds of Pets Saved From Peril by Island Dog Rescue

After the destruction of Irma and Maria, Island Dog Rescue evacuated hundreds of dogs and cats out of the Virgin Islands and we are still doing it now. This is our story. Days before Irma hit, the St. Thomas Humane Society was overwhelmed with owner surrenders. I attempted to relocate thirty dogs to safety, but […]

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Bittersweet St. John Thanksgiving

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving for Displaced St. John Families

Becky Ward will be home on St. John for Thanksgiving, but it’s a homecoming tinged with heartache. Though she; her partner, Patrick Rooney; and their two-year-old daughter, Hazel are returning, Patrick’s 10-year-old son, Jack, is staying behind in Virginia where he is now living with his Mom and grandparents and is enrolled in a new school. […]

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Lucrative Virgin Islands Tourism Website is FOR SALE!

Live in paradise and work from home! Imagine working from the sunny deck of your home overlooking the Caribbean sea. You set your own hours, you work in your swimsuit or pajamas, your income is high and steady, best of all, you are accountable to no one but yourself. This can be your bright future […]

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Virgin Islands Recovery Volunteers

How to Volunteer in the Virgin Islands!

When I agreed to write about volunteer tourism, I thought it would be a straight forward article on how to join a group to help rebuild the Virgin Islands. As it turns out, volunteering is a complicated subject. Like most things, you can go through the official chain of command, or you can go directly […]

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UPDATE: Nov 13 Results of Water Quality Testing at St.John Beaches

Here are the latest risk levels on St.John beaches as of November 13th, provided by Love City Strong and the Surfrider Foundation. This post also contains the original press release with the October 31st water quality results.  Please heed recommendations for safe swimming.       —————————————————————- OCTOBER 31ST PRESS RELEASE FROM: SURFRIDER FOUNDATION AND […]

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Update From St.John Community Foundation

St. John CommUNITY Update – 10/26/17 This update is brought to St. Johnians by Love City Strong, The St. John Community Foundation, Coral Bay Community Council, St John Rescue, Virgin Islands Relief Fund, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and Help.NGO‘s DIRT. Curfew update: 11p-5a until November 2. Party in the park! […]

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