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    ‘Caribbean Life’ Follow-Up with The Sommer Family

    By Kerri Hanley | September 17, 2017

    The very first ‘Caribbean Life’ episode ever filmed for HGTV was that of The Sommer Family in 2013.  It followed their move from St. Louis, Missouri to St. Croix, USVI and search for the perfect home with Broker Chris Hanley.  While the show is now airing its ninth season and The Hanleys have filmed more... Read More

    Characters of the Caribbean: Contractor James Benton

    By Kerri Hanley | September 17, 2017

    1. What is your favorite place on St. Croix and why? I could not possibly choose one favorite place!  I love that for such a small landmass, we have such distinct areas… the north shore; rain forest; Christiansted and Frederiksted towns; beachfronts and mountaintops… all have such unique feels to them.  I love the overall geographic diversity... Read More

    St. Croix’s New Restaurants: Summer 2017

    By Kerri Hanley | September 17, 2017

    Here are some new restaurants to look forward to trying on St. Croix this upcoming season: Uptown Eatery Uptown Eatery is a new restaurant on Queen Cross Street in Christiansted.  Next door to Joyia jewelry, well-known restaurateurs Dave and Jane Kendrick recently opened this quaint restaurant, serving lunch and dinner. Tap Deck Bar & Billiards... Read More

    St. Croix’s We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers Perform in Denmark for 100th Anniversary of Danish West Indian Society

    By Kerri Hanley | August 17, 2017

    The We Deh Yah Cultural Dancers of St. Croix took an exciting trip to Denmark last month.  The purpose of the trip was to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Danish West Indian Society (Dansk Vetindisk Selskab).  21 group members made the 11-day trip, which started with a layover in Oslo, Norway.  Several group members... Read More

    What You Need To Know to Watch Monday’s Eclipse from the U.S. Virgin Islands

    By Kerri Hanley | August 17, 2017

    On Monday, August 21, 2017, much of the United States will be able to view a total solar eclipse. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this has not happened since 1979. estimates the next total eclipse visible from the U.S. will not be until 2024.  So the location-specific experience is fairly rare.  While the U.S.... Read More

    ‘Caribbean Life’ St. Croix: What Happened to the Houses?

    By Kerri Hanley | July 20, 2017

    On Sunday, July 16, 2017, Home and Garden Television (HGTV) premiered a Caribbean Life episode filmed on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Episode 904 (season nine, episode 4) showcased the search for a perfect island family home, led by Real Estate Agent Kerri Hanley.  Filming took place in December 2016. In in order they appeared: “Palm Tree... Read More

    Jumping the Pier Starts the Summer for St. Croix Students

    By Kerri Hanley | July 17, 2017

    Every place has their own graduation celebrations… the quintessential one people picture is throwing the square academic caps you wear with traditional graduation gowns.  But on St. Croix, you celebrate the last day of school by “jumping the pier.”  That is, the cruise ship pier in Frederiksted. As long as no cruise ships are in-port,... Read More

    A Conversation with St. Croix’s B Sweet Honey Man, Stephen Charles

    By Kerri Hanley | July 2, 2017

      Q: How did you get started handling bees? A (Stephen Charles): I spent 22 years in the military [Air Guard, from which he has retired].  I got my start with bees then, because there was a massive hive under a shipping container in the yard [the hive was approximately five feet long and two... Read More

    Endless Summers on St. Croix

    By Kerri Hanley | June 26, 2017

    Summers are hot. It doesn’t matter where you live… when the pleasant spring breezes trade-in for that first still, humid, summer heat, it can almost make winter seem enjoyable. It’s times like this that call for a nice refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea. While you’re floating around in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean,... Read More

    New Frederiksted Hotel “The Fred” Makes Strides In Construction

    By Kerri Hanley | June 26, 2017

    Located on the Strand Street waterfront, The Fred will be a 22-room boutique hotel, one of only two in the town of Frederiksted.  The development broke ground officially on March 9 of this year, making it the first new hotel development on St. Croix in three decades.  According to Developer Christopher Swanson, “Ever since we received our... Read More