Every Caribbean destination offers year-round fun-in-the-sun and breathtaking natural beauty. However, many residents and visitors agree July is an especially magical month on the island of St. Thomas.
For one thing, July is considered off-season, so it is decidedly more peaceful in paradise. What a perfect time to relax on a tropical beach!
Another seasonal consideration is the visual magic provided by Mother Nature’s flowering flamboyant trees.
Each July, these dazzlers come to life in flaming red-orange hues, weaving their way through the island’s lush green hillsides. The effect is fascinating.
Although flamboyants are fairly common in the Caribbean, the trees are particularly abundant on St. Thomas, thanks to the late Ariel Melchior, Sr., founder of the Virgin Islands Daily News.
Back in 1947, the newspaper publisher paid local children to collect flamboyant seeds for him. Then, along with a friend who owned a small plane, Melchior flew over the island, scattering seeds along the way.
Today, due to his efforts, the blossoming flamboyants put on an incomparable show every July. The trees remain in full bloom through the end of summer.
Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas selected its stylized name, in part, because several exquisite flamboyant trees thrive on the seven-and-a-half acre property. The brilliant floral canopies provide colorful shade along the resort’s paths and walkways. What a glorious sight!
An audible companion to the beauty of those flamboyant trees is the return of live steel pan music to the resort. After a lengthy hiatus due to the pandemic, the lilting sounds of Andrew Douglas and his Caribbean steel pans can be enjoyed each Friday at sunset on the upper pool deck. You’ll see a well-deserved spotlight on Andrew in this month’s issue of Coconut Post.
In addition to blooming flamboyant trees and the sweet sounds of Caribbean music, Coconut Post is showcasing the magical murals on display throughout St. Thomas. The artwork can be found along island roadways as well as shopping and dining areas.
Also in this issue, be sure to check out information on exciting activities happening at Coral World — pure underwater magic.
Whether you are on island for a day, week, month, or a lifetime, count on St. Thomas in July to be a totally magical experience. Enjoy!