If you don't know what it is, don't touch it!
There are a number of plants and creatures both on land and in the sea to be wary of here. Obviously, some things are difficult to avoid but a little common sense can go a long way. (We would joke amongst ourselves when I lived here that many people vacation and leave their brains at home).There are corals in the sea that can burn you (you shouldn't be touching coral anyway!), urchins, jellyfish, and some things called 'sea lice' (yuck!) that cause a terrible skin irritation.
On land there are wasps that can cause a huge amount of soft tissue inflammation if they sting you, scorpions (non lethal, treat like a bee sting, unless you are allergic to bee stings), fire ants and a number of other less noticeable but equally inhospitable hosts.
Plants to avoid. Christmas Tree plant causes a terrible dermatitis. And there is a plant called 'manchineel' that exudes a potent alkaline substance that is powerful enough to blister your skin. Don't touch it and don't take shelter under it in a rainstorm!Related to:
These "folks" drive on the WRONG side of teh roadw
As a "hold over" from when these island belonged to Denmark, the USVI drive on the left side of the road instead of the right. Denmark "saw the light" MANY years ago and "switched" but for some reason the USVI has not, so BE CAREFUL if you rent a car to drive down there, You might forget or almost worse yet you might encounter another driver who forgot!Related to:
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Be careful of the Coral
When snorkling it's best to look, but not touch the coral. I accidentally bumped up against a piece with my neck while taking photos underwater. It left a scrape that lasted for a few days, and it felt like an iron burn. Be careful!
Keep a close eye out for Jellyfish too.Related to:
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If you are out for a hike and happen to see a tree with a red stipe of paint on the trunk, beware.
It is the Machnell Tree and you must not touch it. The sap as well as the fruit is poisonous.Related to:
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Keep left when you are driving and slow down. Goats, Donkeys, Cows and Humans may be around the next switchback.
Roads can get really rough so make sure you have a four wheel drive if you plan on going off of any main roads.
Saw a few pit bulls tied to trees so if you are walking or running be aware.Related to:
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