Posts Categorized: Local Advice

Holding Back Progress Since Forever – Weird and Wonderful Coral Bay

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

5 Last Minute Gift Ideas That Support the Virgin Islands

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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… Read more »

Astonishing Holiday Event Brings Brotherly Love to Coral Bay

Bizarre Bazaar Coral Bay 2017

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… Read more »

A Bittersweet Thanksgiving for Displaced St. John Families

Bittersweet St. John Thanksgiving

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…. Read more »

6 Ways to Use Your Unique Abilities to Rebuild the Virgin Islands

Hurricane Irma Maria Virgin Islands Senator Janelle Sarauw

We all react differently in a disaster. Some hit the ground running. Within minutes, action-types are doing something to help. If not clearing roads or checking on injured neighbors, these first responders are making plans to get the basic necessities to the affected. Others step back to reflect, nurture, and plan. These organizers are our… Read more »

Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

Hurricane Irma Maria Kids and Families

The opening of Gifft Hill School to all kids offers more than just education, it allows parents to get back to the work of rebuilding the island. By Andrea Milam Tuesday, September 5, should have been the first day of school for St. John children. Instead, that day was spent in a terrifying rush as… Read more »

Update on St. John Hurricane Irma Relief: How to Help Find Loved Ones on Love City

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*This article was originally published on 9/9/2017, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* LOVE CITY STRONG AND RESILIENT Today was a good day,  folks. More than just a Cat 5 has come our way. Love City is also receiving Cat 10 LOVE and support from world class search and rescue teams,… Read more »

Hurricane Irma Relief for St. John in the US Virgin Islands: How You Can Help

Devastation from Hurricane Irma on Gifft Hill area of St. John

*This article was originally published on 9/8/2017. It was last updated at 12:30 am EST on 9/11, and will be updated continuously for accuracy and new developments.* We’ve put together this article to consolidate accurate, locally-sourced information on how you can help the Hurricane Irma relief efforts on St. John, US Virgin Islands. Several different… Read more »

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

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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

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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

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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 »

People-Powered Profile: CimmaronStJohn Vacation Villa and Condo Rentals

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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… Read more »

The Virgin Islands Boater’s Guide to Hurricane Preparation

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– 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… Read more »

3 Ways to Catch a Buzz in the Virgin Islands

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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 »