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

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 […]

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Private School Needs Help to Cover Free Hurricane Tuitions

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 […]

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

*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, […]

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

*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 […]

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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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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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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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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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