Ital Delroy Anthony – St John Arts & Craft

Ital Delroy Anthony St John local crafts and art

Ital delroy Anthony crafts on St John at Salt PondItal Delroy Anthony grew up on the island of St John. As a small child his mum began to teach him about the unique history of St John, the islands and their Afro-Caribbean heritage. Part of that teaching included handing down local knowledge of the importance of nature and plant medicines and their healing abilities.

Carved calabash gourds come to life with images of goats and lobsters and people and island life. Wind chimes sing in the wind. Jewelry of shells and seeds and stone and wood …

In school, Ital learned about native arts and crafts from the legendary and much loved, Mr. Herman Prince of Estate Zootanvahl. Mr. Prince is famous the world over for his traditional St John woven baskets – one of which is in the collection of The Smithsonian American Art Museum.

From there, Ital’s interests grew to include St John’s early history and Afro-Caribbean culture, music and spoken word. Any one who meets him will immediately feel his energy and connection with the greater World. His eyes see things beyond his sight … to that bigger “picture” of how we all fit into this world around us.

One way he connects with all of us is through the arts and crafts he makes and sells. You’ll find him set up past Concordia Eco Resort -  near the entrance to Salt Pond Beach on St John’s rugged south east shore. In the shade of a tent you can browse his creations. Carved calabash gourds come to life with images of goats and lobsters and people and island life. Wind chimes sing in the wind. Jewelry of shells and seeds and stone and wood and glass of more colors than we can describe. It’s a great spot to connect with St John and bring home a special piece that will remind you of your time on the Island.

Want to know more about Ital Delroy Anthony?
Website: http://italdelroyanthony.wix.com/italdelroyanthony

St John Resorts Information

Caneel Bay Resort - St John, US Virgin Islands

Unlike the rest of the Caribbean, St John boasts just two resorts on the entire island! The venerable Caneel Bay Resort and the Westin St John. Each has it’s own special charms and repeat guests. However, unlike other islands in the Caribbean, neither resort is all-inclusive.

So, which St John Resort is right for me?
That depends on what type of vacation you have planned. Are you looking for a beautiful pool with drink service? Or perhaps you prefer a white sand beach and snorkeling? Or tennis lessons followed by a spa treatment? Watersports and family activities more your speed?


Caneel Bay Resort grounds and beaches

Caneel Bay Resort

This lux’-relaxed resort boasts 7 beautiful beaches and spans some 170 acres surrounded by the Virgin Islands National Park. Caneel Bay opened its doors to guests in 1956; quickly becoming “the” destination for upscale travelers to the US Virgin Islands.

Enjoy 7 beautiful white sand beaches!

Today, Caneel Bay Resort is made up  of 166 accommodations – from ocean view and beach front rooms to suites and cottages. Each lovingly decorated in island-style furnishings and artwork. And outside your door …grassy open spaces give way to the shade of specimen trees and flower plants. Two things you won’t find in the rooms … a telephone or television! In the spirit of Caneel’s benefactor, Laurance Rockefeller, relax and enjoy St John’s natural beauty!

Amenities include – shopping, massage, water sports, tennis, basketball, Airport greetings, feature movies, nannies & babysitting services and more! Or at an additional charge – snorkeling tours, art lessons, fishing charters, tennis instruction, laundry, pilates, scuba diving and instruction.

Romantic wedding location and tailored guest services!

SPECIAL OFFERS: Save on a Caneel Bay Resort vacation.

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Website: http://www.caneelbay.com


Westin St John resort - grounds and pool and beach
The Westin St John

With 96 guest rooms, some with water views of Great Cruz Bay and poolside rooms as well as villas, it’s easy to see why so many visitors choose the Westin St John as their destination. Enjoy dining, tennis, watersports, pool, spa and more all on the tropical grounds of the Westin St John. And if you’re looking to discover more of St John – you’re just 10 minutes from Cruz Bay; and just 15 to 20 minutes to St John’s beautiful North Shore beaches like Trunk, Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest and Honeymoon Beach.

Romantic wedding location and tailored guest services!

Awards
2016 U.S. News & World Report Rankings: Best Hotels in U.S. Virigin Islands: #5 in U.S. Virgin Islands
2016 Best of Virgin Islands: Health & Wellness Program
2016 Best of Virgin Islands: Banquet Hall
2016 Best of Virgin Islands: Spa/Health Club

SPECIAL DEALS: Westin St John SPECIAL OFFERS

Website: Westin St John Website

Phone: (1)(340) 693-8000
Fax: (1)(340) 779-4500

Westin St John map

Spice it up St John

St John spices - Kitchen Creole - Chef Jim

Uniquely St John highlights the people, places and things that make St John such a unique destination.

Kitchen CreoleChef Jim, St John spice

Nothing carves itself into our memories quite like tastes and smells. Here on St John our very own Chef Jim is handcrafting gourmet tropical spice blends sold on his website and at several locations across the island.

Inspired by “New American cooking”, Chef Jim, traveled extensively throughout South America, the Yucatan Peninsula as well as Nepal and Thailand before settling down on St John in 2001.

Fresh from his travels he began combining and testing his unique blends of spices and regional flavors. Those small batches of handcrafted blends became the foundation of the Kitchen Creole spices he sells today. Combining the smells, flavors and spices of culinary traditions, history, locations into his own “story” of spices!

Use it as a rub or marinade – just as the Taino Indians have done for thousands of years!

What makes them so special?
We’ve been fans of Chef Jim’s spice blends for years! Quick. Easy. Tasty. We flavor everything from soup stock to a meat and fish rub to dressings and sauces! They are that versatile!

A personal favorite is Bourdeaux Mountain – a gourmet blend of dried porcine mushrooms, herbs, spices and seasons from around the world. It’s our go-to for grilling fish or meats. Simply dust the meat with seasoning, grill and serve.

Want a bit of warmth?
Try Jamaican Irie – a mild blend of pimiento, smoked alder wood salt, black peppercorns, granulated molasses and orange peel. Use it as a rub or marinade – just as the Taino Indians have done for thousands of years!

Perhaps the best part of using Chef Jim’s spices while on St John is that they free you to enjoy a stress-free evening “in” while serving your family a tasty and island-inspired meal!

Take some home and let the sweet smell of Condado Adobo or Quintana Roo gently remind you of your time on St John.


ORDERING
Chef Jim’s spices can be ordered online by visiting www.kitchencreole.com .
They are also available in Coral Bay at Shipwreck Landing, Keep Me Posted, Pickles in Paradise and Sloop Jones.
In Cruz Bay at Pink Paypaya (next to The Lime Inn), Papaya Cafe (The Marketplace).

St John SUP Guide

St John SUP stand up paddle board guide

Stand Up Paddleboard, aka SUP, is enjoying a huge surge in popularity. Over the last 5 or 6 years it’s gone from relative obscurity to be enjoyed by millions! So what’s behind the craze; and what makes St John such a great spot to enjoy stand up paddle boarding? Read on, and we’ll share everything with you.

Beginner to Experienced SUP, there’s a St John for you!

St John’s beaches bays and cays are as varied as their names! And each has a character that SUP riders will enjoy. From the calm waters of Maho Bay to the dramatic blue water off Lameshur Bay; there really is no better place to enjoy paddle boarding, than St John.

SUP paddle board rental St JohnBeginner SUP St John Beaches

If you’re just learning to SUP or just need to dust off your sea legs – you’ll want to find a nice, calm, shallow beach to practice. Here’s our list of great beaches to learn to paddle board on St John.
Maho Bay Beach – This is our TOP PICK. The beach is close to parking; so you won’t have to lug the board very far! Just about anywhere along the beach is good. But avoid the shallow rocky areas at the extreme ends of the beach. You’ll find that most days the water and wind are calm. The beach is sandy and the water is shallow out 10 to 20 yards or more – making it the ideal spot to learn SUP.

Francis Bay – Located just around the point from Maho Bay Beach lies Francis. Like Maho, parking is close to the water. Unlike Maho, the water is a bit deeper just off the beach. But most days you’ll find calm water and relatively little wind. Another great spot to learn to stand up paddle board.

Salt Pond Bay – Located on St John’s south-eastern shore is a small bay with a crescent of white sand. It’s location and orientation to wind and waves means the bay is calm most days. The white sand beach and shallow water entry make for a terrific spot to get comfortable climbing onto the paddle board.

Little Lameshur Bay – This off the beaten path beach enjoys a parking close to the beach, a protected cove, white sand beach and shallow water. Another wonderful spot to gain some confidence on a stand up paddle board.

St John’s beaches, bays and cays are as varied as their names!

Intermediate Paddle Boarders

St John has something for you as well. From the relatively calm aqua blue waters of St John’s north shore and east end beach, to the open water experience of visiting the cays and hard to reach beaches – there’s adventure ahead! Here are our top picks for experienced paddlers.

Hawksnest Bay – with 6 named beaches to explore, this is our TOP PICK for the intermediate stand up paddle boarder. Parking at Hawksnest is fairly close to the beach. From there you can survey, from west to east, Caneel’s Hawksnest Beach, Little Hawksnest Beach, Gibney Beach, Oppenheimer Beach and a tiny pocket beach called Mermaid’s Chair.  Go out around either point and you’ll see an marked increase in wind and wave height.

Cinnamon Bay – St John’s longest beach delivers plenty of aqua blue water and white sand! There’s a small cay just off the beach. Paddle west and enjoy LIttle Cinnamon Beach with the grand villas of Peter Bay dotting the hillside. Head east and around the point to explore Maho Bay and Whistling Cay. Paddle Board rentals are available at Cinnamon Bay Resort Water Sports - making this a super convenient location to get out on the water!

Experienced Paddlers

South Shore – From Salt Pond to Reef Bay there’s plenty of open water to challenge the more experienced paddle boarders. Winds are usually blowing from the east; and the shoreline is mostly rocky with the few beaches separated by dramatic rocky points.

Experienced paddle boarders will also enjoy St John’s East End. From Coral Bay east to Hurricane Hole and out to Haulover South and even Hansen Bay. There’s plenty to see while you get a good workout!

SUP Yoga

The popularity of SUP / stand up paddle boarding has even made it to yoga. Enjoy the serenity of yoga on the beautiful water of one of St John’s amazing beaches.

SUP yoga classes are offered by …

SolShine SUP Yoga – Call 850-371-0837 or visit: www.solshinesup.com/

Sup St John – Call Lucy at (340) 514-5527 or visit: www.sup-stjohn.com

SUP Rentals and Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons on St John

There are several water sports rental companies on St John. They vary by the types of equipment they carry, price, availability and service. Check them out …

SUP St John
Owner, Lucy, is an ISA certified SUP instructor. Her company SUP-stjohn.com offers lessons, SUP rentals, Gopro rentals, Easybreath Mask snorkel gear rentals, and they even offer led paddles for night SUP adventures! Daily / Wkly rates and complimentary delivery available.
Call (340) 514-5527 or visit: www.sup-stjohn.com/

Virgin Islands Ecotours
This kayak, hike and snorkel tour company is located on St Thomas and St John. VI Ecotours / Honeymoon Beach Hut offers a range of SUP / stand up paddle board rentals including yoga boards! They also rent Gopro cameras, snorkel gear and kayaks. Daily / Wkly rates and delivery available.
Call (340) 779-2155 or visit www.viecotours.com

Cinnamon Bay Resort Water Sports
Located along St John’s longest beach, Cinnamon Bay Beach, visitors and guests can rent everything from stand up paddle boards, kayaks, kite surfers, wind surfers and gear. Visit: http://cinnamonbayresort.com/explore/water-sports/

Arawak Expeditions
This St John-based tour company also rents SUPs. They offer half day, full day and weekly rates. They offer lessons as well as soft racks for your rental or delivery.
Call (340) 693-5312 or visit: http://arawakexp.com/

The Beach Bar – Cruz Bay

The Beach Bar - Cruz Bay, St John, USVI

Perfect Spot for that 1st Drink on St John!

Every tropical destination has a beach bar; but only St John has The Beach Bar. Located on Cruz Bay harbor, about half way down the beach, is one of St John’s favorite watering holes. It’s a place where locals and visitors share stories. With thousands of devoted fans; this place makes the short list for the perfect spot for your first drink on St John. Famous for their Bushwacker and Beach Bar Painkiller they also have a great selection of local ( you read it right), domestic and foreign beers. So grab a seat at the bar. Cool drink in hand. The sounds of Caribbean waves lapping at the beach as the sun sets over St Thomas. Pure paradise!The Beach Bar, Cruz Bay, St john, US Virgin Islands

Toes in the sand. Drink in ya’h hand!

The Beach Bar Menu
Hungry? The Beach Bar serves up some tasty eats. Our favorite appetizers are Beach Bar Nachos. Who doesn’t like nachos?!! Crabmeat Wontons with a nice Thai chili dipping sauce. Still hungry? Head over to the entrees for Flying Shrimp, lightly fried and tossed in buffalo hot sauce. Or Mix-and-Match Sliders. With a choice of BBQ Beef Brisket, Mini Burger, or Cuban shredded pork and melted Swiss cheese!

The Beach Bar Live Music
Looking for a great spot to have a cold drink and hear live music in Cruz Bay, St John? The Beach Bar has live music and entertainment almost every night! From local favorite reggae band Inner Visions to the acoustic guitar of Erin Hart to local and visiting funk, blues and rock ‘n roll musicians – you’ll find them at The Beach Bar.

Click here for the Beach Bars Music Calendar

Can’t Be Here?
Visit via the Beach Bar webcam. Check out what’s happening at the bar or watch the waves come in …

The Beach Bar web cam, Cruz Bay, St John, USVI

The Beach Bar “Catering”
Did you know that The Beach Bar offers To-Go Coolers?! They’ll prepare and pack a lunch and drinks for a day at the beach or a day on the boat!

Best St John Snorkeling Spots

Best Snorkeling on St John, US Virgin Islands

St John Villa Rentals

[ Check Out Our St John Snorkeling Map at the Bottom of the Page ]

Snorkeling 101 mask and finsSt John island is a top snorkeling destination with visitors to the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean – and for good reason. With roughly 2/3rds of the island, approx. 7,000 acres, protected by the Virgin Islands National Park and protection for the island’s coral reefs – St John offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving locations in the US Virgin Islands.

So what makes St John island such a snorkeler’s paradise?
First and foremost is the fact that St John’s reefs and Cays offer some of the finest shallow water snorkeling in all of the Caribbean. Easy access and relative few skills or experience are required to see some amazing marine habitats and sea life! Second, many of the top snorkeling destinations are off sandy beaches – making water entry a breeze for young and old! Third, and perhaps most important is the quality and amazing diversity of the marine life that lives within the protection of the Virgin Islands National Park. Unlike some other locations in the Caribbean, St John’s waters are teaming with colorful fish and incredible coral formations!

Check out which St John’s reefs and Cays offer some of the finest shallow water snorkeling in the Virgin Islands.

Numer oneWaterlemon Cay St John snorkeling information#1 Snorkeling destination on St John is Waterlemon Cay.
The Leinster Bay Trail to Waterlemon Cay leaves from the lower parking area of the Anneberg Ruins on St John’s north shore. The short hike takes you along the shoreline of the beautiful aqua-blue waters of Leinster Bay. The best spot to enter the water is along the coral rubble shoreline – nearest the little island or Cay just off shore. Snorkel out to Waterlemon Cay and you’ll likely see lots of huge red and yellow cushion starfish. WARNING: Waterlemon Cay can be subject to strong currents on the far side of the cay. Never exceed your experience and physical abilities – and ALWAYS snorkel with a buddy.
Find out more about snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay >


number 2 destination St JohnHenley Cay snorkeling in St John Virgin Islands#2 on our top spots to snorkel on St John is Henley CaySTAFF PICK
Henley Cay, located off St Johns North Shore and within sight of Caneel Bay Resort is a tiny island with some world-class snorkeling. Although you’ll need to kayak or charter a boat for snorkeling at Henley Cay – it’s well worth the effort! Along the protected western cove of this tiny spit of land is one of the Caribbean’s healthiest reefs. “Forests” of sea fans and gorgonians wave in rhythm to the waves and currents. Schools of blue tangs swim along side colorful parrot fish, wrasses and snappers. WARNING: Henley Cay can be subject to strong currents on the north and south sides of the cay. Never exceed your experience and physical abilities – and ALWAYS snorkel with a buddy.
Find out more about snorkeling at Henley Cay >


Voted number 3 St John destinationHaulover Bay St John snorkeling information US Virgin Islands#3 on our top spots to snorkel on St John is Haulover North - STAFF PICK
Haulover North, located on St John’s far East End is our number two choice for snorkeling. Because of its location visitors will need to rent a Jeep/car to see this spot. Haulover is a stoney beach – not great for sunbathing …but fantastic for snorkeling! It’s a short walk from the road along a narrow island path to the beach. Entry is best at the very apex of the beach where the sand comes closest to the shore. The best snorkeling is to your left ( west) and is in 5′ to 20′ of water.
More information about snorkeling at Haulover North >


number-fourTrunk Bay St John snorkeling information#4 Snorkeling spot on St John is Trunk Bay
St John’s most famous beach and the crown jewel of the VI National Park is a fantastic place to snorkel. With the islands only underwater snorkeling trail – it’s easy access, amenities, lifeguards and abundant marine life make this our number three choice. Trunk Beach is on the North Shore and easily reached by car or taxi. Since it is the most popular beach – crowds are largest during the middle of the day – tapering off into the afternoon.
More information about Trunk Bay and snorkeling >


number-fiveVie's Beach on St John snorkeling travel information#5 on our list of Top Spots to Snorkel is Hansen Bay / Vie’s Beach
This is another of the East End spots that require a rental Jeep/car to visit. But trust us, it’s worth it! Located on East End Road, past Coral Bay, you’ll come to a tree that splits the road. Just after it is Vie’s – parking is on the left. There is a nominal fee that covers parking, beach chairs and access to the beach. You’ll find a wonderful south-facing white sand beach with plenty of sun. Snorkeling is best just a short distance from shore and to your left ( east).
More information about Vie’s Beach / Hansen Bay >


St John Snorkeling Map

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340 Real Estate

340 Real Estate Co, St John, US Virgin Islands

Tammy Donnelly 340 Real Estate Co, St John, USVIOh, how time flies in Paradise!

Tammy Donnelly, owner of 340 Real Estate Co., came to St John in 1978. She and her husband Jeff, also a long-time resident and owner of Jolly Dog stores, have lived, worked and raised a family here. She started out in retail at the Dockshop ( that should take some of you back in time!). And over the years Tammy’s worked as a restaurant manager, owner/builder and construction manager before becoming a real estate agent.

Tammys’ assistance did not end with the closing. Tammy continued her support, when ever asked, with professionalism and timeliness. – Michelle and Ron

In 2000, Tammy earned her real estate brokers license. Over the years she’s built a solid reputation among buyers and sellers on St John. She’s served on the St John Board of Realtors for seven years. Tammy served two terms as Board President. She’s a Board member of the Fish Bay Owners Association; and past President of the St John Antilles Parent’s Association.

Through the process of buying and furnishing the property, Tammy has become a good friend. She has our complete trust, and we hope to continue working with her for many years. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Tammy Donnelly as a realtor and property manager. ” – Eric and Teresa

Today Tammy is the owner and manager of 340 Real Estate Co. She provides expert real estate representation and marketing as well as villa management services. She currently manages the following villas and island cottages - Island Fever, Coconut Retreat, Villa Bismarkia, Fish Tales and Villa Mear. Check out Tammy’s site for more details … www.340realestateco.com

For those readers interested in owning a piece of Paradise – here’s Tammy’s contact information:
Tammy Donnelly
340 Real Estate Co.
Call 340-643-6068
or email her at  340realestateco@gmail

www.340realestateco.com

St John Travel Tips

St John travel tips Virgin Islands vacation

Like most Top Caribbean Vacation Destinations, St John has many unique qualities. Its tropical latitude and its laid back attitude draws tourists to these shores. Her beautiful beaches and the protection of the Virgin Islands National Park help St John to rank among the world’s top Caribbean destinations.

So, before you get on that plane and head down here – we’d like to share a few helpful tips so that you can truly enjoy your time on St John.

First T’ingz

St John enjoys an average Winter Temperature of  77F and averages 80 > 84F through the Spring, Summer and Fall. With the exception of Summer, you’ll usually find cooling Tradewinds that increase with the end of each day.

What to pack?

St John is a pretty casual place. Since the main activities are beaches, snorkeling, and watersports – you should pack a couple of bathing suits. Shoes? We suggest flip flops, boat shoes and perhaps a pair of sneakers or light hiking shoes. A couple of pairs of shorts and several tee shirts will get you through a vacation. If you plan to enjoy fine dining – pack something dressy but not formal. Men: kakis, a loose dress shirt and boat shoes will be fine anywhere on island. Women: Sundress or tropical kakis and blouse and you’ll be dressed for just about any restaurant.

There are plenty of places that rent snorkel gear – so unless you have your own equipment or need a prescription mask – you might find it more convenient to rent instead of pack gear.

The sun is hot and many people are traveling during winter months. Be sure to bring sun protection – lotions, hats and coverup.

Bugs, Mosquitos and Illness

Like most tropical locations, St John has its share of insects. Most are harmless unless you stand on, sit on or provoke them! Insects to watch out for are the Jack Spaniard Wasp, centipedes and spiders.

Mosquito-borne illnesses – like Dengue Fever and Chikungunya are on St John. These diseases are spread by mosquito bite. While they are rarely fatal; there is a risk associated with each of these diseases. Here’s a great resource provided by the CDC.

Will my cell phone work?

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon have coverage on St John. Each seems to be better in some locations than in others around the island. And you should consult your carrier before travel to make sure you understand that roaming charges may apply and what those rates might be.

Driving Rules

We drive on the left side! You read correctly – we drive on the left side of the road. It’s easy to forget until you encounter a bus or safari taxi or rental Jeep coming at you!

Speed limits are low and the island’s winding roads aren’t suited for high speed. But you might encounter someone that didn’t get this memo! So always keep your eyes out for cars that cut a corner, buses and large trucks that require more room and those adorable donkeys that love to stand in the road!

Island Time

This is the West Indies. The sun is hot and nobody is in a rush to do anything. It’s a part of the tropical culture. And it’s a part of what draws tourists to the island. “Island Time” means sloooooooow. So just remember why you’re here; and don’t get up tight if the line at the gas station isn’t moving very fast.

Island Etiquette

People enjoy different customs in the Virgin Islands. One of the most important is your greeting. Start any conversation with a “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” or “Good evening”.  Ask if they are doing well. Then move on to your “business”, be it a question or request.

It is generally frowned upon to walk around in swimwear unless you’re on the beach.

Crime on St John

Like anywhere else there is unfortunately crime in Paradise. Unlike some Caribbean destinations, St John’s crime is predominantly theft / burglary. With that said, don’t pack expensive jewelry, watches, electronics, large sums of cash, etc. And don’t leave valuables in your rental Jeep / car. There are ATMs on both sides of the island.

Cash or Credit?

Many St John businesses prefer cash. Most take major credit cards. And there are several ATMs located around Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. Fees are general in line with Stateside fees.

There has been some credit card fraud on St John. It’s poorly documented – but it exists. To reduce the chances of loss -  use a credit card and not your debit card. Check your card activity against purchases when you return home.

Well, that should do it.

You’re now armed with information that should lighten your luggage and help you be prepared for all the fun and sun you can soak up on your visit to St John and the US Virgin Islands.


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Top 10 Things to See and Do

Top 10 Things to do on St John US Virgin Islands

The US Virgin Islands are a world away from the hustle and bustle of Stateside life. With a history and culture that’s distinctly Caribbean; the Virgin Islands really are more like visiting another country.

The US territory of the Virgin Islands is made up of St Croix, St Thomas and St John. Each island has its own unique charms and character. Little St John is largely undeveloped – with the VI National Park protecting over 2/3rds of the island and surrounding reefs! So come discover the unique charms of St John with our TOP 10 List of must – see activities!


Top 10 Must – Do List
for St John Virgin Islands


#1 on our list has to be Trunk Bay St John!

Trunk Bay is the most popular beach and most photographed beach in the Virgin Islands. Wonderful white sand, aqua blue waters, majestic coconut palms and an Underwater Snorkeling Trail secure it our top spot among St John beaches !

Factoid: The National Geographic Society labeled it the most beautiful beach in the world.


#2 Swim with a sea turtle.

There’s nothing like swimming with one of these amazing creatures! The best spots to see a turtle are Maho Beach, Francis Bay, Saltpond Bay and Waterlemon Cay.

Factoid: Green Sea Turtles eat mostly sea grasses and algae and can live up to 80 to 100 years.


#3 Enjoy a tropical drink.

Vacation means relaxing with a cold island libation! We recommend a Virgin Island’s favorite Painkiller or Bushwacker or a Lime’n a Coconut or tropical Margarita. Best served at one of the island’s beach bars! We recommend you try The Beach Bar, Joe’s Rum Hut, Motu and High Tide Bar & Grill. They all share wonderful views of Cruz Bay harbor. Or look for St John’s only floating bar, Angel’s Rest. Capt Pete is usually anchored up in Hansen Bay!

Factoid: Reputation has it that the original Painkiller® was created in the 1970s at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay on the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.


#4 Kayak or SUP.

St John is largely undeveloped. To put some perspective on it get out on the water and discover St John the way the earliest settlers did. By sea. There are several great kayak rental and ecotour operations on St John. Check out our ecoutours and watersports listings for recommendations.

Factoid: The US purchased St John, St Thomas and St Croix from the Dutch in 1917 for $25 million in gold.


#5 Hike and snorkel Waterlemon Cay.

If you do and see nothing else …Waterlemon Cay has it all … ruins, hiking, snorkeling and a good chance to see a sea turtle …all in one excursion! NOTE: the Cay can be subject to strong currents. Always snorkel with a buddy and never exceed your level of  experience or physical conditioning.

Factoid: At its peak in the early 1800s the Annaberg Plantation produced over 300 gallons of sugar cane juice per hour!


#6 Ram Head Trail hike.

The trail begins at one of the most popular beaches on St John, Saltpond Bay. The hike to the top of Ram Head is strenuous – so bring water and try to go early in the morning. The view from the top is of St John’s rugged southern shoreline. Stunning. And you can add a short hike to Drunk Bay to see the many stone and coral sculptures that dot the rocky shoreline.

Factoid: This 1.0 mi. trail takes you to 200 feet above sea level.


#7 Shopping at Mongoose Junction.

Enjoy duty-free shopping at over 3 dozen shops, galleries and restaurants all set amid beautiful Caribbean-style stone architecture! We recommend an ice cold beer at St John Brewer’s Tap Room, a wonderful dinner at Virgin Fire Restaurant or a quick bite at Deli Grotto. And don’t miss the amazing arts and crafts galleries with stunning fine jewelry!

Factoid: Mongoose Junction started out with just 5 stores including R&I Patton Goldsmithing ( still in business and located on the main level)!


#8 Rent a Jeep and see the island.

The only way to really see St John is by renting a 4×4 vehicle. The island is 9 miles of twisting and turning roads; with scenic overlooks dotting much of North Shore Road. So get out and explore!

Factoid: Originally called the “GP”, short for General Purpose military vehicle. In the late 1940’s the cartoon character Popeye poked fun at it, calling it a “Jeep” and the same stuck.


#9 Skinny Legs – famous bar and grill.

It’s the fate of every popular spot. With fame comes “touristy”; but no worries, they still deliver their burgers with the famous “same day service” that made them famous!

Factoid: Opened in 1991, the Skinny Legs logo was modeled after the founders, Moe Chabuz and Doug Sica, own legs.


#10 Brunch at Miss Lucy’s.

This off-the-beaten-path restaurant  is located right on the cobblestone beach of Friis Bay. Their brunch is almost as famous as their Full Moon Parties!

Factoid: The moon’s distance from Earth increases by 3.8 cm each year. Scientists theorize that the moon started just 14,000 miles from the planet. That distance has increased to over 230,000 miles!


Snorkeling Etiquette

Snorkeling on St John US Virgin Islands

Are You Reef Friendly?

Each year millions of people travel to the US Virgin Islands on vacation. And one of the top vacation activities is snorkeling our world-class shallow reefs. But all of that human traffic can have a negative impact on coral, fish and marine eco systems. So, here are few snorkeling tips to help you enjoy these wonderful experiences; while minimizing your effect on sensitive marine life, coral reefs and sea grass beds.

#1 – DON’T STAND ON CORAL. Standing on or inadvertently kicking coral can kill decades of coral growth. Adjust your mask and snorkel BEFORE you go out. Use a commercial anti-fogging agent or spit method to reduce fogging. And if you get tired or need to adjust your equipment – find a shallow sandy spot to put your feet/fins down. If you are a poor swimmer or just enjoy a more relaxed adventure – consider wearing a life jacket or other floatation.

Sea turtle at Maho Bay beach#2 – AVOID SHALLOW AREAS. Coral is home to millions of bacteria and stinging coral cells. Even minor contact can leave you with cuts, scrapes and a nasty infection or stinging “burn”. In addition to being painful,  these toxins can even induce an allergic reaction in some people.

#3 – SEA TURTLES – They are amazing creatures; but avoid the temptation to touch them or ride them. If you stay motionless they will actual go back to feeding and you can watch them for hours!

#4 – AVOID COLLECT SOUVENIRS. The coral, starfish and shells you find are an integral part of the eco system. Shells are reused by other creatures for protection. The calcium and minerals of dead coral dissolve and are used by living coral to build the reef.

#5 – DON’T FEED FISH – It alters their natural feeding habits, diet and can help you and others avoid potential injury from aggressive feeding.

#6 – SEA GRASS BEDS – In many places it is illegal to damage sea grass beds. They are an important marine eco system . Sea turtles, conch and fish rely on the grasses for food. They also act as a nursery for many small fish, larval coral and crustaceans.

#7 – POLLUTION – Be sensitive to your “chemical impact” on marine life and aquatic plants. Retrieve plastic bags and bottles that blow into the water. Not only do they take many years to degrade; but countless creatures die each year because they mistake the plastic for food. Never discharge human waste or bilge water into the sea. And take care not to spill fuels, oils, lotions or other chemical contaminants.

#8 – USE CAUTION – When it comes to snorkeling, know your physical limitations and experience level and NEVER exceed them. Always snorkel with a buddy. Check local weather conditions, currents and surf advisories.

Snorkeling is a wonderful way to discover the amazing world beneath the waves while on vacation. And with a bit of care we can all experience the beauty and diversity of marine life that lives and depends on the coral reefs and sea grasses for their existence.


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