St. John Hurricane Irma Global DIRT arrive

St. John Irma Relief Update 9.11.17

Residents of St. John – on island and off – continue their massive community effort of pulling together to save, feed and shelter one another in classic Love City spirit but say they still desperately need help from the federal government for security, food, water, gas, medicine, equipment and more.   So many reports coming […]

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Coral Bay heart

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

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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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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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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Volunteers Virgin Islands Car Wash

Summer Is the Best Time to Volunteer in the Virgin Islands

Summertime is often associated with idle hands and lemonade stands, but if you’re looking for an opportunity to stay active, volunteering in the Virgin Islands is always a good option. Volunteering your time not only helps the community, but also enriches you personally.  It can be as simple as helping a neighbor with yard work, […]

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Pirate Jean Hamelin St. Thomas Treasure Museum

Shipwrecks and Treasure and Pirates, Oh My!

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. […]

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Haircut while sailing

The Strange Life of Delivery Captains and Crew

I’m always at a bit of a loss when people ask what I do for a living, or whether I travel for business or pleasure. Basically, I get paid to move other people’s boats around for them. Sometimes it’s fun and sometimes it is the worst job in the world. If you think that a […]

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Virgin Island Hotels Summer Rates

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

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 […]

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Virgin Island Tiny Home

The Macabre Parable of the Island Tiny House Craze

The tiny house craze seems to have enveloped the Virgin Islands and the joke about tiny houses and their rentability just keeps getting bigger. Stained Glass Irene, who is almost always right, told me never to relate this following true tiny house story in print. Did I listen to her? Nope. This tale is macabre […]

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Cooper Penn Grande Marshall St. John Festival

Most Complete Guide to St. John Festival, Ever!

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 […]

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Low Key Watersports

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

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 […]

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Virgin Islands Bride

A Virgin Islands Bride’s Guide to the Final Countdown

Fourteen days has never sounded like such a big number, that is, until it’s fourteen days before your wedding day! Like most brides you are probably running around like a chicken without a head wondering if you’ve completed all that has to be done. Guide to Getting Married on St. John If you’re here because […]

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St. Thomas Rum Tours

Rum, Rum, Rum, We Love Virgin Islands Rum

Rum is very much a part of Caribbean drinks culture. This is the home of rum and where some of the world’s best are made. So you probably won’t be surprised to find out that the Virgin Islands are home to more than a few excellent rum distilleries. Rum drinkers should definitely add the Virgin […]

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Fatty and Carolyn Goodlander

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

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 […]

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