Archive for March 2016

Springtime blooms above the water

Spring is in the air and nothing says spring more then the sweet scent of blooming flowers. The Virgin Island is known for their painted landscapes with lush foliage and some of the most beautiful flowers on earth. Although there are too many to list, here are just a few of the wonderful species that sprawl across the island. The Hibiscus This is one of the most popular flowers in any Virgin Island garden. Although it blooms all year round, its beauty really shows in the spring and summer months. There are over 20 different species of this bush that…

Night Kayak in the Lagoon

Imagine a night-time paddle around the Virgin Islands. With this type of paddling, you have the opportunity to see all types of fish and marine life. A lot of tours will start 30 minutes before sunset, but that can differ based on the time of the year. Kayaking in this way, you can kayak while watching the sunset over tropical paradise. After the sun has set, some companies will turn on the lights and treat their customers to a show. Because of the lighting, a lot of undersea wildlife will be attracted to the lighting. What fish can you find…

Commemoration of United States’ Purchase of the Virgin Islands

The United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark March 31, 1917 for 25 million dollars. Transfer Day, the official holiday commemorating the sale, is celebrated on St. Croix every year on that date by all of the islands. The main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, but there are other smaller islands. While the leading source of income is tourism, the production of rum is a close second, and there has been a recent resurgence of farming. The primary language is English, but a small percentage of the population speaks French and Spanish. It is a…

Expansion of US Virgin Islands

Encompassing an area of 15,135 acre on the islands of St. John and Hassel Island in the US Virgin Islands is the National Park. The park includes lush forests with over 800 species of plants surrounded by pristine, white, sandy beaches. Also included within the park boundaries are the beautiful, yet fragile coral reef ecosystems. Recently the park has acquired more land, which is a huge win not only for the park but for the people visiting it. Protection of this valuable land ensures that it will not be cut down for development, preserving both its rich cultural history and…