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It’s Almost Time for the Green Flash!

Last night’s sunset from the Cruz Bay overlook

Hello everyone, and happy Tuesday! We have some fun information to share today!

I don’t know about you, but I love a good sunset. I watched last night’s sunset from the Cruz Bay overlook, and realized that green flash season is right around the corner. Yes, that is a new season that I just made up a few minutes ago. 🙂 The sun is still setting behind St. Thomas, but within the next few weeks, it will shift far enough to the left that it will set over the water. This gives us all a good chance at seeing the green flash.

Not familiar with the green flash? Well it’s something cool that happens here a few times a year. Just as the sun sets over the horizon, you can see a quick flash of green as the upper rim of the sun falls below the water line. It only lasts for about a second or two, so you really have to be looking for it. I’ve seen it a few times over the year, and it’s pretty cool. My friend Anne Bequette, a photographer here on island, captured the green flash a few years ago. Check it out:

Pretty neat, right?

The green flash can also occur during sunrise, so those of you staying in parts of the East End and Coral Bay also have a good chance of seeing it throughout the year.

The sun shifts further to the right (when looking from Cruz Bay) in the summer months, so the Windmill Bar is also a great spot to watch for the green flash during the summer months.

Random fun fact: Our friends over at St. John Brewers make an energy drink called Green Flash.

If you’re looking to catch tonight’s sunset, it’s happening at 5:41 p.m. Want to know when the sun will set during your trip? Please check out our sunset times page here. You can also find it at

That’s it for today, folks. Enjoy & have a great day!

1 Comment

  1. Donna Hawkinson Dodson

    I’ve seen the green flash once some years ago when we lived on Chocolate Hole. Amazing – thank you explain ‘why’ I saw it! 😊

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