St. John Strong

The tropical breezes and sandy beaches
are calling your name!

8/6/18 – 2:00pm  – It’s another Monday and in Maine today it is a warm one!  Very humid!  My co-worker says it’s warm on St John but there is a nice breeze!  I wish I was there instead!  We have another new home we have added to our vacation rental portfolio – It’s a colorful and fun villa called Sapphire Breeze!  This is a 3 bedroom home plus a loft with a pool and hot tub!  The views are gorgeous and you are only about a 5 minute drive on paved roads in to Cruz Bay!  Check out this beautiful home and make your reservations now!

Sapphire Breeze
Come enjoy the pool &
hot tub at this fun
tropical home! Make
your reservations

8/3/18 – 1:00 pm – We wanted to highlight one of our favorite homes in our rental portfolio.  Le Lapin is a 4 bedroom 4 bath home with a pool.  This home has great privacy but is only about a 7 minute drive in to Cruz Bay.  One of my favorite features is the dual views!  From the living room side your views look out over Hart Bay and even though you are high up, you can still hear the surf below.  Such a wonderful sound when you are in the Caribbean!  On the kitchen/pool side of the villa, your views look back across sot St Thomas.  There is nothing better enjoying a meal, looking across to the twinkling lights beyond.  This home is perfect for families, as the bedrooms are all inside access yet, couples also enjoy it as all the bedrooms can be set up as kings as well.  Take a look at this beautiful home and making you reservations today!

You should be here
taking a dip in the pool,
and enjoying the views
& warm tropical breezes
from Le Lapin!

08/01/18 – 3:00 pm – It’s hard to believe it’s August 1st but Happy August everyone!  We wanted to share a special that Virgin Island Ecotours is offering.  They posted it on their Facebook page!  They have 50% off all “On Your Own” kayaks rentals until November 15th, 2018.  Book online using promo code 241OYO.  If you are going to be on island this fall and will be there prior to November 15th, why not do this fun water sport at 1/2 the price!

7/25/18 – 12 noon – There is a new restaurant open in Cruz Bay called the Tap & Still.  They are located across from Woody’s.

News of St John just posted the schedule for the Restaurants that will be open and closed this coming Fall.   Her list is below.  She also has updated information about volunteering on her site.  She always has great information to share!!

  • 420 to Center: Staying open
  • Aqua Bistro: Staying open
  • Asolare: Closed permanently due to storms
  • Banana Deck: Last day is August 26; Reopening date TBD
  • Barefoot Cowboy Lounge: Closed due to storms
  • Beach Bar: Closed due to storms; Will reopen this fall
  • Bikinis on the Beach: Staying open
  • Cafe Concordia: Closed due to storms
  • Cafe Roma: Staying open
  • Candie’s: Closed due to storms
  • Caneel Bay Resort: Closed due to storms
  • Château Bordeaux: Closed due to storms
  • Chester’s: Closed
  • Cinnamon Bay Campground: Closed due to storms
  • Columbo’s Smoothie Stand: No info yet.
  • Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis: Last day is July 20; Reopening October 1
  • Cruz Bay Landing: Staying open
  • da Livio’s: Staying open
  • De’ Coal Pot: Closed due to storms
  • Dog House Pub: Staying open
  • DR!NK: Closing August 11th through mid-October
  • Driftwood Dave’s: Closed due to storms
  • Extra Virgin Bistro: Last night is August 25; Reopening date TBD
  • Gecko Gazebo: Closing September 6 through 11 for maintenance
  • Greengo’s: Staying open
  • Hercules: No info yet.
  • High Tide:  Staying open
  • Indigo Grill: TBD
  • Island Cork: Staying open
  • Jake’s: Closed due to storms
  • Joe’s Rum Hut: Closed due to storms; Will reopen this fall
  • Knox & Ollies: Closed due to storms
  • La Tapa: Closing August 12; Reopening in October
  • Lemongrass at the Westin: Closed due to storms; Restaurant will reopen January 2019
  • Lime Inn: Last night is August 25; Reopening October 8
  • Little Olive: Closed for season; Reopening in October
  • Lucky Chops: TBD
  • Margarita Phil’s: Closing last week of August; Reopening last week of October
  • Miss Lucy’s: No info yet.
  • Morgan’s Mango: Staying open; Will continue to close on Wednesdays until week of Thanksgiving
  • Nella’s Lounge: No info yet.
  • North Shore Deli: TBD
  • Ocean 362: Last day is August 27; Reopening October 10
  • Ocean Grill: Closing August 24 through October 5
  • Our Market Smoothies: No info yet.
  • P & P’s: No info yet.
  • Pickles: No info yet.
  • Pizzabar in Paradise: TBD
  • Pizza Pi (Located in Christmas Cove): Last day is July 21; Reopening mid-November
  • Quiet Mon: TBD
  • Rhumb Lines: No info yet.
  • Ronnie’s Pizza: TBD
  • Sam and Jack’s Deli: Staying open
  • Shipwreck Landing: Closed due to storms
  • Skinny Legs: Last day open is August 25; Will reopen on Halloween with a big party!
  • Slimman and the Snack Dragon: Closed due to storms
  • Sogo’s: Closed due to storms
  • St. John Provisions: Staying open
  • St. John Scoops: Staying open
  • Sun Dog Cafe: Closing September 6 through 11 for maintenance
  • Tamarind Inn: Closed due to storms; Reopening date TBD
  • The Bowery: Closed due to storms
  • The Tap & Still: Will be open
  • The Tap Room: Staying open
  • The Thirsty Donkey: Closed due to storms
  • The Fish Trap: Closed permanently; Lucky Chops is now in that location.
  • The Longboard: Closing July 29 through August 1
  • The Terrace: Last day open is August 1st. Reopening mid-September
  • The Triple B: Closed due to storms
  • UMAMI: Closed due to storms
  • Uncle Joe’s: Staying open
  • Waterfront Bistro: Closed due to storms
  • West Indies Delight: No info yet
  • Wok on the Beach: No info yet.
  • Woody’s: Staying open (closed on Sundays)
  • Zozo’s Ristorante: Closed due to storms

7/23/18 – 9:00 am – It’s another Monday!  It’s hard to believe July is almost over!  If you are starting to dream about your fall or winter vacation – start dreaming about St John!  To help you start dreaming – we just added another beautiful villa to our rental inventory.  This home was completed 5 years ago and it is located in Coral Bay.  The views are gorgeous!  The home is called Almost Heaven – it’s a 3 bedroom 3 bath with a pool and hot tub.  There are two screened in porches and all 3 bedrooms are inside access.  This layout is perfect for everyone!  Check it out!

Make your reservation now for
a stay at Almost Heaven!

7/12/18 – 12 noon – One of our guests sent us this amazing sunset photo that was taken this month from the beautiful 5 bedroom home Solare!  We wanted to share it with every one as it is truly a stunning picture.   A huge thank you to our guest for allowing us to share this photo with everyone!

You too could enjoy this
amazing sunset from

7/11/18 – 10:00 am – We just added a beautiful new home to our rental inventory!  The home is called Calypso del Sol and this amazing 3 bedroom home is located in Chocolate Hole!  The home has a/c throughout, a pool, a hot tub, plenty of deck space plus a screened in porch!  I don’t know about every one else, but I love a screened in porch!  Check it out!

Come enjoy this beautiful
vacation home! Make your
reservations now!

Your beautiful sunset view from Ciellodonna!

Imagine yourself on vacation,
looking at this evening sky…
with a cold drink in hand…
You could be – St John is
just waiting for you!

6/15/18 – 12 noon – Happy Friday Everyone! We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

6/13/18 – 9:00 am – Some good news!  The National Park Service is again offering its Garden Tours at Annaberg!  Charles is offering the tours Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The gardens are located up the hill and to the right when you enter Annaberg.

The Virgins Island Port Authority announced they will begin processing pleasure boats and charters at the Victor W. Sewer Marine Facility located at “The Creek” in Cruz Bay.  Custom Officers will be available daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  They will operate out of the trailer near the black fence on the bulkhead at the Creek until the damaged Customs Building has been replaced.  Passenger Ferries cannot be cleared at this checkpoint and will continue to be cleared at the Customs Facility in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas.

Come Celebrate
with us!
Make your reservation

06/07/18 – 2:00 pm – In just a few weeks it is Carnival on St John!  This is such a fun time on the island!  On July 4th there is a parade which you will not want to miss!  It’s time to pack your bags & book a trip to St. John!  We have availability and we have deals!!  If you want to be in Cruz Bay so you can walk to everything, we have Bougainvillea Villa available.  This beautiful home can be rented as a 5 bedroom or as 2 – 2 bedroom & 1 – 1 bedroom condo!   If you want to be close to town but outside all the activities we have Tennis Cottage available.  This is a 3 bedroom 3 bath home with a pool.  It’s only a 5 minute drive to Cruz Bay.  These are just a couple of homes that are open!  Check them out and make your reservations now!

Do you want to know which villa
this picture was taken from?
Call us to find out – 800 338-0987!
You too could stay here!

06/06/18 – 1:00 pm – We heard a new Day Spa will be opening up at the Palm Plaza complex, which is right down from our St John Office!  We don’t know the name yet but they have a tentative opening date of July 1st!  If you want even more pampering when on vacation, you can get a facial, manicure and pedicure!  We are very excited!  We read last night on line that the Captain Awesome Food Truck has to find a new home.  They were parked at Hansen Bay but their contract negotiations are not going well.  The owners are very disappointed as they have worked hard to get it back up and running.   We hope they find a new home soon!  We will keep you updated as we hear more!

06/04/18 – 2:00 pm – It’s Monday and the week is just beginning!  Instead of working, you could be on St John staying at one of our beautiful villas and then swimming, snorkeling or doing absolutely nothing while the stress of every day life just melts away!  Doesn’t that sound wonderful!?  We all think so – 🙂

And we heard this weekend the Willy T is officially open!  Just another example of Caribbean determination!  Don’t forget – they are no longer at Norman Island but are now anchored off Peter Island.  If you feel like a day trip excursion, it’s a fun place to boat to and have lunch and drinks!

06/01/18 – 1:00 pm – Happy June 1st Everyone!  The summer months can be beautiful on the island and you can save money by traveling during the Off Season!  We have availability and for those of you who can travel at the last minute – we always have specials!  It’s time to come back to St John!

We want to highlight one of our beautiful homes.  Bombalassy is an upscale 2 bedroom 2 1/2 bath private villa with a pool.  When you walk through the front door, the picturesque harbor views will immediately draw your eye, while the serene and tranquil setting will instantly relax you.  Any stress you have will be left outside the door. Come enjoy this amazing home and take advantage of the 10% discount being offered for travel this summer!

Bombalassy awaits you….

….make your reservation now!

5/29/18 – 9:00 am – We wanted to share the photos sent to us by one of our guests who just returned from the island.  They had a wonderful time and we thank them for sending us their pictures!  We love hearing from our guests before, during and after their stays!  If you want to share your pictures with us from your vacation, we would love to see them!!

Come snorkel & see some turtles…

….and fish at Maho Bay!

You should be laying under a palm tree on St. John!

5/25/18 – 10:00 am – Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and thank you to everyone past and present for serving in our country’s armed forces!

5/23/18 –  We have great news about one of our beautiful villas that is ready for rentals!  Rainbow Beach House, which is located in Coral Bay sustained roof damage from the hurricanes last fall.   The renovations and repairs have been completed!  The home has all new furnishings, new vanities, a brand new kitchen, new appliances, new outdoor furniture, new railings on the pool deck and all new split a/c units in all of the bedrooms plus more!!  As an incentive, the owners are extending rates from the 2016-2017 time period.  Below are photos reflecting  some of the improvements.  Once our photographer is on island we will have all new photo’s of this beautiful, beachfront home!  Make your reservation now!!

5/22/18 – 3:00 pm – Good Afternoon Everyone!  I was on vacation last week and am a bit behind updating some of our island news!  On May 9th,  I mentioned the Willy T was on her way back to the BVI’s.  She made it, but Norman Island would not allow the owners to use the same anchorage.  We could not believe this news when we first heard it!  But rest assured, the Willy T is moving to a new location.  She will now be located in Great Harbour on Peter Island.  They are now working with the government to get the necessary permits so they can resume operations.  As I hear more, I will post additional information!

Lucky Chops is now open – they are located where the Fish Trap Restaurant used to be in Cruz Bay.  Go check it out!

Little Switzerland has officially reopened.  They are located at Mongoose Junction!  I have purchased several items from them!  Their jewelry and designer watches are beautiful!

You should be sitting here!

5/9/18 – 11:00 am – We have guests asking about volunteering on St John.  There are many ways you can contribute to our beautiful island.

a.  The Animal Care Center – They always like help walking dogs and giving all their animals attention.  Personally, there is nothing better than giving love to an animal.  What you give to them, they give you back double!  All you have to do is look in their eyes.  Their phone number is 340 774-1625.  And don’t forget, their animals are always looking for their forever home.  Maybe you will add an addition to  your family when you are on vacation!?

b. Friends of Virgin Islands National Park – they can always use a hand with beach clean-ups and trail cleaning.  Please go to their website to check on volunteering.

c.  The St John Community Foundation – this is a great resource for the island and volunteering opportunities.

And for those that love the Willy T – she is finally on her way home!  If you are around at the end of this month, she should be back!  The new Willy T will be bigger and better than ever.  The replacement vessel is almost an exact replica of the original.  For those of you that have not heard of the Willy T.  She is a floating bar and restaurant and has been a popular tourist attraction in the BVI’s for the past 35 years.  She is located on the southwest corner of the Bight off Norman Island!  If you want to go, be sure to bring your passports!!

5/3/18 – 11:00 am – There is going to be a new restaurant opening where the Fish Trap Restaurant used to be in Cruz Bay.  St John Catering took over the space and the new restaurant is being called Lucky Chops!  Though the restaurant is not open yet, their catering services have been up and operational since December.   For complete information visit their website to find information about their catering services and their new restaurant venture!

For everyone who LOVES Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay – their Sunday Brunch is coming back!!  On Mother’s Day, May 13th they will be serving their Sunday Brunch from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Definitely go enjoy!!

5/1/18 – 3:00 pm – Can you believe it is May 1st?  Summer is on its way!  Don’t count out a vacation to St John though – the summer months can be beautiful on St John!  We have availability so why not book your vacation now!  Check out our vacation homes….we have something for every budget and if you don’t see it, ask us!  800 338-0987 and

4/27/18 – 11:00 am – If you are going to be on island on Saturday, May 5th head over to Hansen Bay Beach on the East End.  They are having their grand opening of the Captain Awesome Food Truck!  Go relax on the beach, do some swimming and snorkeling and enjoy some snacks from the food truck!  It is cash only right now but they hope to be able to take credit cards in the future!  Enjoy everyone!!

4/25/18 – 3:00 pm – We wanted to share some links to live webcams on the island.   Grande Bay Resort Webcam.  We have Grande Bay – Memory Maker and Grande Bay – Buena Vida ready for rentals!  Walk to Cruz Bay from these beautiful condo’s!

Bordeaux Mountain Webcam.  We have Summerwind and Orchid Knoll which are located on Bordeaux Mountain.  Both are currently under repair but will be ready for rentals later this year.  Keep them in mind for the future!

The Beach Bar Webcam – watch the rebuilding take place!  We can’t wait for one of our favorite hangouts to reopen!  We know many of you agree!!

The Ferry Dock from St John Spice webcam.  Don’t you wish you were arriving now!? You can … book your dream vacation to St John!  We have availability in our beautiful homes and condo’s!

And last but not least – for everyone who LOVES the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke, check out their webcam.   You too, could be on this beach – boat charter companies are up and running, ready to take you on an adventure!