Summer on St Croix means that things slow down just a little, mangoes are dripping from the trees and sea turtles are getting frisky off shore. Three out of 7 species of endangered sea turtles can be found nesting on our shores in the summer and early fall: Leatherback, Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbills. (We also infrequently have Loggerheads that make landfall!). Sea Turtles … [Read more...] about St Croix Summer Lovin: Sea Turtle Nesting Season
St Croix may be a little island only 26 miles long and at it's widest about 6 miles across, but we are blessed with THREE National Parks ensuring that we preserve and protect our beautiful environment while enjoying the great outdoors and learning about the island's history. Whether you've got a National Parks Pass or not - be sure to make each of these a stop on your next … [Read more...] about 1 little Island with 3 National Parks!
Part of the allure of St Croix and the US Virgin Islands is the underwater marine life abundant off of our shores. You don't have to be a certified PADI Scuba diver to experience these wonders. The Virgin Islands are surrounded by coral reefs that can be explored by snorkeling. Teeming with life, St Croix itself is surrounded by one of the largest island barrier reef systems … [Read more...] about Best Snorkeling on St Croix and the Virgin Islands
Having moved to the Virgin Islands myself in order to avoid chilly New England winters, I completely understand the draw for snowbirds (winter island residents). There's a strong connection between St Croix and the New England area. Enjoy a meal at Duggan's Reef Restaurant with all of the Massachusetts college and university pennants lining the ceiling and listen to owner Frank … [Read more...] about Humpback Whale Migration in the US Virgin Islands
Three-quarters of St Croix is surrounded by the largest living barrier reef in the Caribbean. And then we have the incredible reefs just off shore surrounding Buck Reef National Monument. These reefs provide homes for a myriad of plants and animals, including the colorful fish we love to see snorkeling and endangered sea turtles. Our community relies on the beauty of the reefs, … [Read more...] about Sunscreens a Threat to Coral Reefs
Invasive. Poisonous. Devastating. Got your attention didn't I?! Well these aliens in our waters are no joke. Lionfish are native to Indo-Pacific waters where they are kept in check by their natural environment and predators like grouper who are familiar with hunting them over thousands of years. However, here in the Caribbean, they are a new and alien species who multiple … [Read more...] about Alien Invaders :: Lionfish, Alien Predators of the Reef
Last week I took the plunge and conquered my fears and after 10 years of SCUBA diving, I experienced a night dive. What drew me in finally was the possibility of witnessing the coral spawning. I'm still not sure if I saw it, but what I did experience was something surreal and out of this world … the nighttime, magical world of bioluminescence. Perhaps its that I watch too … [Read more...] about My Absolutely Bio-rific Week