The theme for this month’s newsletter is inspired by a recent special visitor to St. Croix — Hugh Jackman! The celebrity visited Mt. Victory Camp to learn bush skills in early June. He posted a very complimentary video on Facebook thanking St. Croix and saying he had THE best time! Hugh’s visit was closely timed with the newest season of Alone, a survival reality show in which Matt, of Mt. Victory Camp, was a participant — another islander putting St. Croix on the map!
Two other types of visitors are coming out in huge numbers: sea turtles and tourists! We’ve been enjoying updates on Facebook from St. Croix Sea Turtle Project. They are reporting more than 130 Leatherback nests, 16 Hawksbills and 21 Greens! And all you have to do is walk through town to see how busy things still are, even beyond our typical peak season. It’s fantastic!
The St. Croix Real Estate Market Watch at the bottom of this email speaks for itself as we are seeing huge interest in Virgin Islands real estate. The market has been very active and we’d be hugelyappreciative if you’d consider Team Fedeles to list or buy a home on St. Croix.
The Buccaneer had huge news this Spring. The 4-star hotel has joined the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts family as part of their Trademark Collection. Local ownership, management and staff will remain in place, while the destination will gain exposure to the 86 million Wyhdham Rewards members. Here’s a fun article giving a sneak peak of the epic bathroom in the Beach House at The Buccaneer.
Like many places around the US, things are starting to feel a little more normal in the Virgin Islands. Our community still respects a mask mandate, while other restrictions have loosened up. Governor Bryan has a goal of 50,000 people vaccinated by July 1 and, so far, more than 42,000 have received their first dose. If you have not yet been vaccinated and would like to, you may schedule an appointment here. Visit the USVI Department of Health for complete COVID-19 details.
If you’re planning travel between St. Croix and the U.S., be sure to check for updates on the USVI Travel Portal and use it to submit your test results. Currently, travelers are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result within five days or a positive antibody test within four months to come to the U.S. Virgin Islands and no test result is required to travel to the U.S. (unless required by a specific state).
We’d be remiss not to mention that we are now in hurricane season. VITEMA has excellent resources for hurricane preparedness, including an emergency supply checklist. Here’s hoping we’ll have an unremarkable — or shall we say un-huge — storm season.
Finally, huge congratulations to my Coldwell Banker St. Croix Realty colleague, Pamela Hunt McFadden, on the opening of her new shop, The Hunt. She has impeccable taste in decor, no doubt from her years in real estate, and will be curating and selling a selection of gently used furnishings. If you’re decorating your new island home, stop in to see Pamela and tell her Team Fedeles sent you!