Scoops on St John

Scoops ice cream, Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, St John, USVI

Where: Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay
Hours: Open daily from 9am – 11pm

Big kid or small, everybody loves ice cream! So where can you get ice cream on St John? The answer is simple …Scoops!

Located on the eastern end of Mongoose Junction in Cruz Bay, is a tiny shop that puts out some HUGE flavor! So lets check d’em out.

WOW! Adult Flavor – Stoli Orange Creamsicle!

Because these sweet concoctions are hand-made each day – flavors change almost daily! On our visit there were some old favorites and some really interesting island-inspired choices. We tried the Vanilla Bean. Full disclosure: I’m a vanilla snob. Scoops vanilla bean was sweet but not overly sweet with a really nice “real-vanilla” flavor! I would get that one again! My friend tried an adult-flavor Stoli Creamsicle. Mmmmm, another great choice! The taste of your childhood-favorite orange creamsicle with a tingly sensation of alcohol! Another round bartender …I mean ice cream lady ; )

Not in the mood for ice cream? Scoops also creates incredible raw superfood smoothies, hot and iced coffee and green tea and salt water taffy!

They post their flavors on their Facebook Page. Check it out here > Scoops Ice Cream Flavors

Secret Beaches on St John

st john virgin islands secluded beaches

Ever heard of Cololoba Beach, Limetree Cove or Mermaid’s Chair?

If you haven’t … no worries. You’re not alone. Discover these and other “secret” beaches of St John. Some are surprisingly easy to get to. While others present a bit more of a challenge! Happy beaching!

Here’s our map of St John’s “Secret Beaches”

It’s no wonder that St John’s beaches are more popular every year. As travelers bring their stories, pictures and videos back home – others are inspired to make St John their next vacation destination. But all of that popularity comes at a price and that price can be crowds. During high season St John’s top beaches like Trunk Bay beach, Cinnamon Bay and Caneel Bay see large numbers of visitors. Some are staying on island while others are cruising the Caribbean and come over from St Thomas for the day. For most of us “sharing” a beautiful beach is no problem; but for some … they seek the private adventure of a secluded beach. And St John has several destinations … so pack a lunch and set out for a day at the beach …

St John Secluded Beaches: An interactive and mobile-friendly Google Map


North Shore Beaches

It’s tough to hide a beach on the North Shore! That said, the following North Shore Beaches aren’t on everybody’s beach radar. And with world-class beaches like Trunk and Cinnamon drawing most of the attention; these beaches go relatively unnoticed! So if you’re looking for a spot away from the crowds – give one of these gems a try! We can’t promise you’ll be alone …but you just might be …!


Mermaid's Chair Beach on St John US Virgin IslandsMermaid’s Chair Beach

This secluded St John beach is well know by the local charter captains but rarely visited by anybody else. One of the reasons – it’s tough to get to by any other means than a boat. But for the adventurous, just snorkel/swim/kayak to the east side of Hawksnest Bay. About 200 yards from the beach at Oppenheimer, along the eastern shoreline, is a gem of a pocket beach. Mermaid’s Chair Beach is tiny – perhaps 25′ wide with soft white sand. NOTE: It does get shade in the first half of the day – and the beach is very narrow at high tide.


Litlle Cinnamon Bay Beach on St John

Little Cinnamon Beach

lies to the west of Cinnamon Bay beach. It’s best reached by going west along the Cinnamon Bay beach. At the end you’ll pick up a narrow trail that leads to Little Cinnamon Beach. Snorkelers will enjoy searching for the sunken airplane that’s just off the eastern section of the beach.

 

 


Little Hawksnest Beach on St JohnLittle Hawksnest Beach

lies to the left of the popular beach at Hawknest Bay. A short hike through the thicket to the left of the parking area brings you to a little pocket beach. Most travelers don’t even know it’s there. The path isn’t the easiest since it will require you to navigate across some sharp rocks and stones. But just take your time and plant each foot carefully. No rush. You’ll get there in no time. Stake out your spot and enjoy!

 


Little Maho Beach on St JohnLittle Maho Beach

lies between Big Maho and Francis Bay Beach on St John’s North Shore. You can swim/snorkel, take a dinghy or hike down from the former Maho Bay Campgrounds. This little crescent of beach gets plenty of shade – but does provide a bit of easy-to-get-to adventure if you’re tired of the crowds at Maho or Francis Beaches.

 

Click for our Complete List of North Shore Beaches


East End Beaches

White Sand Beach on St John, US Virgin IslandsWhitesand Bay

located in Hurricane Hole just past Coral Bay. you’ll need a kayak to get to the couple of sandy beaches that line Whitesand Bay. Enter where the mangroves meet East End Road. Head out and back to the west ( toward Coral Bay and Fortsberg). Just around the first point you’ll see several narrow sandy beaches. Wonderful spots to grab some beach time away from the more crowded beaches of the North Shore.

 


Limetree Cove, Saint John, US Virgin IslandsLimetree Cove

located on St John’s East End is Limetree Cove. You can reach it from Haulover South or Vie’s Hansen Bay Beach by kayak. There are several small pocket beaches; but the only sandy beach lies right in the middle of the cove. Because the properties surrounding the cove are private – you’ll have to swim/snorkel/kayak to this little gem! No worries about the little cottage right above the beach – you are free to use the beach right up to the high water mark ( where the vegetation starts) throughout the US Virgin Islands.


Mennebeck Bay, St John, US Virgin IslandsMennebeck Bay

while not technically the East End of St John, Mennebeck Bay is really only accessible via the East End. Located just west of Haulover North, this rugged coast is lined with treacherous coral reefs and high surf. If you’re looking for the ultimate adventure location, Mennebeck would be on the short list. It does have a sandy beach; but only a narrow bit of sandy access to the water! Lots of current, steep access and a nearly impossible spot to anchor make this one of the few places we don’t recommend visiting!

 

Click for our Complete List of East End Beaches


South Shore Beaches

Cololoba Beach

Located between Fish Bay and Reef Bay is a “best kept secret” among residents here. For the adventurous, you’ll discover a secluded sandy beach with dramatic waves and a small cay, Cololoba Cay, just off shore. It’s not a good swimming beach because of rocks, surf and urchins,; but  a decent snorkel and a wonderful spot to enjoy St John all to yourself. Check out this off-the-beaten-path location on Flash Earth before deciding to make the trek … Map of Cololoba Beach, St John or reference our Secluded Beaches of St John Map [ above or via the link].


Europa Bay Beach on St JohnEuropa Bay

Looking for a breathtakingly-rugged spot that’s doesn’t get crowds? Then this off-the-beaten-path “beach” might be right for you. But first you should know, the beach is cobblestone and coral, requires a 4X4 drive and hike and the bay can be subject to rough waves. Still reading? Then Europa awaits you. Pack a lunch and drinks and make a day of it. Snorkeling is best toward the eastern shoreline.

 


Kiddel Bay on St John, US Virgin IslandsKiddel Bay

lies just west of Salt Pond. It’s “beach” is pebble and stone – but it’s a great spot to spend a secluded day. Snorkeling is best along the western shoreline ( right) and treats snorkelers to dramatic structure, arches and caves teaming with fish and corals. Kiddel is reached by taking the first left after Salt Pond and then bearing left at the fork in the road. There are villas out here but this is definitely a 4×4 kind of adventure!


Grootpan Bay Beach on St John US Virgin IslandsGrootpan Bay

a couple of bays west of the ever popular Salt Pond Bay lies Grootpan Bay. It’s reached by taking the left just after Salt Pond. The road itself is narrow and poorly maintained – but well worth the trip. The beach at Grootpan is sand turning to pebble the farther you go from the parking. The water is beautiful and the bay is surrounded by a dramatic windswept landscape.


Genti Beach on St John, US Virgin IslandsGenti Bay

For the more adventurous ( and physically fit ) there’s Genti Bay. You’ll need to arrive by sea or, as is more common, hike the Reef Bay Trail. The beach is white sand but the water is a mix of coral and sea grasses. Take great care when entering the water. We recommend watersocks!

 


Parrot Bay Beach St John USVIParrot Bay

Another remote beach that is for the adventurous! Parrot Bay has a white sand beach and some wonderfully private spots for sunbathing. However, the water is shallow with a strong surf break just off shore. We do not recommend swimming or snorkeling here. Just soak up some sun and pretend you have the island to your self!

 

Click for our Complete List of South Shore Beaches

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Relax + Play at Honeymoon Beach

Honeymoon Beach All Day Pass - St John USVI

Save on St John travel promotions, deals, discounts

 

Honeymoon Beach Relax + Play Day Pass / Discount Package Deal
50% OFF Expires Dec 15th, 2014

Honeymoon Bay Beach, St John mapRELAX

Relax and spend a day at beautiful Honeymoon Beach on St John. Our All Day Pass allows you to enjoy our luxurious foam float. Need some relief from the sun? Rock yourself to sleep under tropical coconut palms in one of our hammocks! Or just sit back and watch the waves come in at Honeymoon Beach from the comfort of your beach chair. You’ll have access to flush toilets and a wide variety of cold drinks, ice cream and gifts at the Honeymoon Hut water sports shack. And relax … your valuables will be safe in your own locker!
Food and Bar Beverages are available through Caneel Bay Resort.


 

PLAY

Ready for some activity? Then you’ve come to the right place! The Honeymoon Beach Relax + Play Day Pass includes all the toys for fun at the beach. Discover the amazing world underneath the water with our snorkel gear. Or perhaps you’d like to venture farther in one of our kayaks? Need more adventure? We include a SUP, or stand up paddle board, so you can explore St John from the water.
The Honeymoon Beach Day Pass includes:
•locker •beach chair •snorkel gear: mask, snorkel, fins & flotation •floating matt • standup paddleboard • kayak •hammock
All of the above water sports equipment, including chairs, lockers and underwater cameras, can be rented individually if available.  During season, space fills up quickly for the limited equipment, so reserve early to avoid disappointment!
If you have any questions please call us toll free at 1-877-845-2925.

Relax & Play Pass details and Rates

The ALL DAY Relax & Play includes all day use of:
snorkel gear, kayak, standup paddleboard, float, life jacket, lockes, beach chair, hammock, restroom facilities.
Hours Of Operation:
9:00 to 4:00 pm 7 Days A Week.
Location:
The honeymoon hut at the Caneel Bay Resort’s, honeymoon beach.  The beach just one mile from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock, on the Scenic North Shore Road. Its very easy to get to!
Rates: [ subject to change without notice]
Adults $49.00, Children 12 and under $10

Reservations

Space is limited! Please reserve early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to book now…

Getting to Honeymoon Bay Beach
Hiking from Cruz Bay: you pick up the Lind Point Trail which starts at the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center on the east side of Cruz Bay. The approx. 1 mi. hike is not particularly challenging – but plan on 20 to 30 minutes each way. Along the way you’ll have several scenic overlooks to stop and take a break and just enjoy the view.

Drive and hike: The second way to get to Honeymoon Bay beach is by taking a taxi to the Caneel Bay Resort and making the short hike along the western shoreline of Caneel Bay. You must check in at the gatehouse and pay a fee ( refunded with a $20 purchase at the Resort). Then you can either hike back along the Lind Point Trail to Cruz Bay – or call for a taxi from Caneel.

St John beaches: An interactive and mobile-friendly Google Map

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St John USVI Web Cameras

St John Web Cams

Book your St John vacation rental directly with Villa Owners and managers


St. John Ferry Dock

LIVE IMAGE! – St John Spice Cam – Cruz Bay Ferry Dock, St. John

OUR FAVORITE ST JOHN WEB CAMS – VIRGIN ISLANDSSt John USVI web cameras map
The Beach Bar – Cruz Bay
Estate Lindholm  Cruz Bay WebCam
East End of St John – East End Cam
Coral Bay St. John – East End Cam
Chocolate Hole / St John – Chocolate Hole Web Cam
Rendezvous Bay, St John – Rendezvous Bay, St John Web Cam
Peter Bay – Peter Bay Web Cam
Catherineberg  – Catherineberg Web Cam

>>> See Our Complete List of St John and Virgin Islands  Web Cameras!


Our list ( see below ) of the Most Popular St John USVI Web Cameras – including the St John Spice Cam at the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock and Estate Lindholm’s sunset cam!

There are lots of reasons to love or hate the technology-rich time we live in. We’ll save our disdain for cellphone obsessed texting teenagers for another post. What we want to focus on ( forgive the pun ) is the growing number of web cams on the island of St John in the US Virgin Islands.

>>> Click for a List of St John and Virgin Islands  Web Cameras!


SEE FOR YOURSELFWeb cams on St John in the US Virgin Islands

The most popular web cam is the St John Spice Cam. Ruth and Ron run one of St John’s most popular shops, St John Spice, located just outside the ferry dock. Their popular web cam has had 10s of millions of visitors since it was installed! That’s right over 20 million as of the writing of this article! The camera is pointed at the Cruz Bay Ferry and dinghy dock. It’s a great spot to watch visitors come and go AND to gauge the weather in Cruz Bay.

A reader wrote: This is my secret for escaping a long winter here in Connecticut – a quick “visit” to St John!

Know before you go … using St John’s web cams! Many people ask about the weather and our favorite answer includes … “Check out one or more of the web cams on the island”. Using web cams in Cruz Bay or Coral Bay and across the island it is possible to judge the weather and rate snorkeling and beach conditions on the North Shore vs East End or South Shore. For instance, using one of the East End web cams we can see what the snorkeling conditions are likely to be at Haulover North. Nothing else comes close to providing this level of up-to-the-minute information – short of driving out and seeing for yourself. So, before you load the family and beach and snorkeling gear into the rental Jeep …you can assess conditions around the island.

…judge the weather and rate snorkeling and beach conditions on the North Shore vs East End or South Shore

Daydreaming
A huge number of you have either visited St John and are “bitten by the bug” or want to visit. For you our list of web cams is a great diversion from a snowy day or tired work week! For just a moment you can check out Cruz Bay or sink into your chair and daydream with a view over Peter Bay or Coral Bay or just people watch the shoppers at Mongoose Junction. A couple of minutes is enough to recharge anybody! Think of it like a cup of coffee in the morning!

Virgin Islands Web Cams

My Eyes on the Island
Saint John weather low seasonEven if you live on St John these web cams can provide a great service. Just like the vacationer, residents can use this collection of cameras to survey the weather and/or choose a destination for a day in the sun and water. We use the East End and Coral Bay web cams to see what kind of weather is coming from the east ( the most frequent direction for weather affecting St John ). Combine the visual information with a quick look at our Wunderground doppler map and you can more accurately predict what type of day is ahead.

Bookmark the List
We hope you”ll find our list of St John web cams a valuable resource. If you do, don’t forget to bookmark it or add it to your Favorites. That way St John will never be more than a couple of clicks away. Enjoy!

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Chrome / Firefox / IE / Opera or Safari: Ctrl-D

Snorkeling Waterlemon Cay on St John

Waterlemon Cay St John snorkeling


Waterlemon Cay and Leinster Bay panorama. Mouse-over scroll left and right!


Sea turtle at Maho Bay beach
About Waterlemon Cay
Waterlemon Cay is the  #1 “St John attraction” on Tripadvisor. It’s also one of the top spots to snorkel in the Caribbean! In general, the water is clear, the reef, corals and marine life are healthy and thriving. Colorful Caribbean tropical fish of all species are abundant! Waterlemon Cay should be on every snorkeler’s “bucket list”.

#1 Snorkeling Destination on St John!

Snorkeling among the rich diversity of corals and fish is the reason so many people choose to snorkel at Waterlemon Cay. Each year thousands of people make their way here in search of the best snorkeling on St John. And Waterlemon Cay is truly one of the best snorkeling  spots to see schools of fish, rays, turtles, star fish, conch as well as beautiful hard and soft coral reef formations. Access to the water is fairly easy via a sandy beach or a coral stone beach closest to Waterlemon Cay. This location is famous for the variety and density of sea life. You see lots of mustard hill coral, yellow and red sponges, huge purple sea fans, fire coral and large elkhorn. The variety of fish is equally as rich – with schools of blue Atlantic Tangs, parrotfish, blue runners, Sergeant Major Damsels and an assortment of colorful and inquisitive wrasses species. Leinster Bay and its sea grass beds are a great place to spot turtles, rays and Queen conch.

…the real draw is the panoramic view of Leinster Bay and the British Virgin Islands!

Ruins and Scenic Overlooks – so often overlooked ( forgive the pun) are the amazing ruins on the hill above Waterlemon Cay. Take a short spur trail and just a couple of hundred yards up the path are the Old Danish Guardhouse Ruins. A beautiful stone arch frames Leinster Bay. And a bit further up the trail is a destination not to be missed. The Windy Hill Ruins are an impressive collection of walls and stonework. But the real draw is the panoramic view of Leinster Bay all the way around to Tortola and the BVIs! Truly not to be missed. Check the above map for directions.

Waterlemon Cay, St John mapWhere is Waterlemon Cay?
[ see Google Map above ] From Cruz Bay – head west ( left as you face St John) up the hill on Rte 20 ( North Shore Road). You’ll follow the twisting road for about 5 mi – passing Caneel Bay Resort, Hawksnest, Jumbie, Trunk, Cinnamon and Maho Bay beach. After Maho the road turns to a single lane. Follow it until you come to a “Y” intersection. Bear right – signs for Annaberg and Leinster/Waterlemon Cay. There is a parking area about 500 yrds down on your right. The trail starts at the end of the road nearest the shoreline. The hike is flat and approx. .5mi / each way.

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.

A Word of Caution

CAUTION! - Depending on the weather, tides and moon phase – there can be a strong current on the western edge of the Cay. Use common sense and never exceed your abilities and always snorkel with someone.

St John’s Top Snorkeling Spots

Waterlemon Cay - by far the most popular snorkeling destination on Saint John
Henley Cay – our STAFF PICK for Best Snorkeling on St John
Haulover North – on the East End but well worth the drive!
Vie’s / Hansen Bay – East End. Wonderful beach and snorkeling
Honeymoon Beach – Watersports “shack” with SUP, kayak, snorkel gear, etc.
Salt Pond - Very good snorkeling on the rocky patch reef in the center of the bay.

Our complete list of St Johns Best Snorkeling Locations

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Donkey Diner Now The Indigo Grill

The Indigo Grill bar + restaurant, Coral Bay, St John, USVI

For all of you that ate there …loved it …and looked forward to visiting DD on your next visit to St John … our condolences. Donkey Diner, the venerable and ever popular Coral Bay eatery is no longer! The news that Donkey Diner was closing came as a shock to many. A listing on Craigslist USVI briefly offered the restaurant for sale. That posting no longer exists and the landlord has confirmed to us that the owners of Donkey Diner will not be reopening at this location.

Donkey Diner Coral Bay

Donkey Diner is Now The Indigo Grill!
The space previously held by Donkey Diner and Sputnik II is Coral Bay’s newest bar and restaurant! After months and months of renovation they’ve finally opened for business!

With plenty of covered outdoor seating, and outdoor bar, The Indigo Grill opened for business – ending a year or more of social media buzz about the fate of Donkey Diner. And although we’ll all have a special place in our hearts for Donkey Diner, the new Indigo Grill is a welcome addition to Coral Bay’s restaurant and bar scene.

So What’s It Like?
Hippster-casual, rustic, island, modern, and stylish! An eclectic conglomerate of styles that somehow seems to work. Outdoor dining and bar – because, hey, you’re in paradise! Enjoy the tropical breeze, people watch and enjoy a cold drink and some terrific food – sky overhead and palms rustling amid the sounds of the Coral Bay community.

The Indigo Grill Menu
The eclectic style extends to the menu. From the appetizer Hot & Nasty Nuts, $4 to Local Tini’s Fire Hot Sauce Wings and Tots to fresh Soups & Salads ( including local island favorite Josephine’s Greens), Pizza and hot sandwiches. We recommend the Indigo Grill Blue Cheese Pizza with Bacon. In the mood for a really creative sandwich? Try the Goat Cheese Meatball Sub, $10. Or a healthy, fresh Bacon Avocado Chicken Sandwich, $14, on toasted flatbread with spicy East End Aioli, red onion and a side of fries!

Pizza served 3pm – 6pm. After 6pm, full dinners.

Next time you’re visiting St John you’ll should give them a try!

Happy Hour is 2pm – 5pm every day!
$2 Presidente and Presidente Light
$3 Cruzan Drinks
$5 Patron Shots
…and more!

Not sure where their located?
When you get to ” the intersection” at the bottom of the road [ Rte 10 / Centerline Road ] leading into Coral Bay you’ll continue straight about 150 yards, just past the Moravian Church on your left and the ball field on your right.

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Spotlight on: STJ Creative

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STJ Creative cameraDisclosure: We received compensation for this article and its timing. As a for-profit company in a niche travel location, we have local businesses that are also advertisers on our site. When we bring you items of interest, written by us, with editorial rights given to the featured advertiser you’ll see this disclosure. We do not receive commissions.

We spent the day with Anne of STJ Creative. Join us as we give you a behind-the-lens look at a-day-in-the-life of one of St John’s top photographers.

STJ Creative is the professional identity of Anne Bequette. A professional photographer for over 6 years – Anne moved to St John the first time in 2005, left to finish college in 2006, and returned in 2012 to launch STJ Creative, a life-long dream of hers. Since then she’s been using her creative eye to capture subjects with a modern mix of formal, candid, and photo-journalistic styles. Whether she’s shooting for a wedding, family portraits, commercial / real estate / or shooting an event – Anne manages to capture the beauty in every moment and convey it as a compelling image.

Anne’s day starts at 6am. A quick look at the day’s weather forecast and “flight check” of her equipment.



”I try to shoot during the magical times of the day: morning and dusk.” – Anne

Packing a dizzying array of photographic equipment into her black duffle, she’s off early to scout the location of her morning shoot. In this case – beach portraits for a family from Massachusetts visiting St. John on vacation. The location: world-famous Trunk Bay Beach on St John’s beautiful North Shore. Black volcanic rocks jut out over sugar-soft sand juxtaposed to the aquas and blues of the bay. The sun is just beginning to pull soft shadows. A quick survey of the light, shadows and natural forms, perfect! Anne is satisfied that the eastern end of Trunk will be ideal; and we head off to meet the family at the entrance.

STJ Creative photographer

The shoot combines her photographic skills with a honed ability to get the best from her subjects without inducing stress. We watched as she lead them through various poses; combining the natural forms and colors of St John with the characters and dress of a couple with two young girls. Between smile inducing humor and professional “tricks” for keeping people from blinking, Anne was pure professional. The shoot lasted just over an hour and a half – and culminated in some pictures that were decidedly fun and spontaneous.

“It’s amazing what can come out of these casual end-of-session images!” – Anne

Next stop Cruz Bay to shoot head shots for one of the busiest wedding planners on the island. The drive back to “town” was along St. John’s North Shore Road. We talk about Caneel Bay Resort and share a story or two about the crazy driving on these winding island roads. The commercial shoot shows off Anne’s wide range of specialties behind the lens. She slips into the creative, selecting props and lighting to bring the images to life. A few hours will pass as she wraps up her second shoot, and heads home to begin the post production process of all the images taken today. Just another day in paradise for those of us that live and work on this exquisite little rock!

To view the results of Anne’s morning shoot, as well as her portfolio, please visit her site at www.stjcreative.com.
Interested in having STJ Creative capture your special St. John memories?
Give Anne a call at 314.258.9120 or email her at anne@stjcreative.com

Snorkeling Henley Cay

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Henley Cay map


 

BEST SNORKELING on ST JOHN
- STAFF PICK

St John is renowned for its shallow water snorkeling. With top snorkeling destinations like Waterlemon Cay, Trunk Bay, Salt Pond and Haulover North …St John certainly has its share of great places to snorkel that are easy to get to while on vacation. So it’s no surprise that one of the least talked about but most impressive snorkeling spots takes a little work to get to. That place is Henley Cay.

> CHECK OUT OUR LIST of ST JOHN’s TOP SNORKELING SPOTS <

 

Getting There
Henley Cay sits within sight of Caneel Bay Resort on St John’s North Shore. There are several kayak tours that visit the cay; but we chose VI Ecotours out of Honeymoon Bay for our day of snorkeling. We found the relatively short paddle over to Henley Cay provides just the right amount of adventure – and shouldn’t prove too challenging for most people. And our guide used the time to share information about the history of Henley Cay, Lovango and St John’s North Shore – before we ran the kayaks ashore on the tiny crescent of sand and stoney beach that makes upper the western edge of Henley Cay.

The sheer variety of corals and fish puts Henley Cay at the very top of snorkeling destinations on St John!

Snorkeling Henley CaySnorkeling Henley Cay
The snorkeling is shallow water …typical of most of St John’s snorkeling destinations. Much of the reef is in 3′ to 15′ of water – providing excellent visibility. Heading along the beach toward Caneel you’ll see plenty of sea fans, gorgonians and colorful reef fish. Just past a short concrete and stone jetty, as you near a rocky outcropping, the number and variety of corals and fish will rapidly increase as will the current. This marks the “edge” of the protected cove. Stay just out of the current and circling back about 60m off the beach you’ll follow a patch reef and coral outcroppings heading toward the north western end of the cay. As you near the rocks at this end of the beach there’s a marked increase in the variety, density and color of hard and soft corals, sea fans, gorgonians and colorful Caribbean reef fish. The health of the reef here is stunning. Everywhere you look Atlantic Blue Tangs, Surgeonfish, parrotfish, Angelfish and wrasses swim! And beneath you is a “forest” of rhythmically waving sea fans, gorgonians and soft corals. Dotting the underwater terrain are well developed brain corals in mystical shades of greens. Look closer and you find a wide range of tunicates …from the simply colorful to the down right bizarre! And every nook and cranny is home to colorful sponges and encrusting corals. As we said, the sheer variety and apparent health of this location is just amazing!

A Bit of History
And when you come ashore you can wander about the 11-acre cay. At the far end of the beach is a short stone and concrete jetty. Follow it back a short way into the thicket and you’ll discover a small concrete structure built in the late 1940′s. The history of their tiny cay is surprisingly rich. During St John’s 1733 Slave Revolt it was used as a safe place for woman and children before moving them to St Thomas. In the late 40′s the son of the island’s owner crashed a small plane on the island. The wreckage is still visible on the island. More recently, during the early 1950′s, the Gibney’s lived on the small island before buying a small stretch of land on Hawksnest Bay [ Gibney Beach ]. And today it is part of the Virgin Islands National Park on St John.

You Might Also Be Interested In:

> OUR LIST of ST JOHN’s TOP SNORKELING SPOTS
> OUR ST JOHN SNORKELING MAP and GUIDE

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Tradewinds Cottage – 1 or 2 Bdrm

Tradewinds Cottage 1 or 2 bedroom St John villa rental

Tradewinds Cottage: Can be rented as a 1 or 2 bedroom, 2 bath.Located high above John’s Folly Bay in the quiet area of Concordia, St John, USVI

“Tradewinds” is a Caribbean wooden cottage style house, decorated simply but eclectically in original art and crafts against white walls and natural wood.

Enjoy panoramic ocean views!

The floor plan features a large, light-filled livingroom/ eating area/kitchen, one bedroom, and one bathroom on the upper floor. Downstairs, reached by an outdoor stairway, is the second bedroom and bathroom, with a separate balcony overlooking the ocean. There is also fold-out sleep sofa if needed in the livingroom.

The downstairs bedroom, also overlooking the ocean, is bright and airy, with terrazzo tiles, crafted wood finishes, unique art pieces, sitting area, and large sliders opening onto a small private balcony. Fall asleep to gentle warm breezes and the sounds of waves and tree frogs, and watch the moon rise out of the ocean.

Tradewinds Cottage, St John, US Virgin Islands

Cottage can be rented as a one-bedroom for two people, with downstairs bedroom and bathroom locked up. Or, it can be rented as a two-bedroom for four people.

Rates start as low as $179/night!
During high season (Dec 15-April 15) a one-week minimum stay is required.
During off season (Nov 15–Dec 15 and April 15-Aug 1), only a four-day minimum stay is required.
Most of our guests arrive/depart on Saturdays or Sundays, but ask about other days of the week.

Contact for Availability and Rates

Availabilty & Rates: www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p102215
Website: www.tradewindscottage.com

email:
tradewindscottage@gmail.com

Tel#: Lois or Doug at (781)934-9070

Fatty Crab St John – Restaurant Review

Restaurant review - Fatty Crab , Cruz Bay, St John

Like Fatty Crab’s West Village, NYC and Hong Kong locations – Fatty Crab on St John combines rich Malasian style seasonings using local ingredients. The chef uses Josephine’s Greens [ organic] and locally caught deep water fish along with local fruits, veggies and meats!

A must-eat place in St. John if you are a genuine foodie. – surfonmt

True to their Malasian inspiration, Fatty Crab’s menu is a wonderful, even playful, combination of sweet, sour and spicy! Using wonderful curries, chillies, fermented condiments and coconut milk – each dish is a volcano of flavors! Supporting this play of flavors and culinary textures is a unique menu concept where portion sizes encourage diners to order several dishes to Fatty Crab on St. Johnbe shared by the table rather than the more traditional main entree selection. We found this to be delightful on so many levels. It allows you to taste a range of dishes. It promotes and encourages literal sharing of a meal. And the end result is a more intimate dining experience. One not to be missed when on Saint John.

Our Experience
We like the international-hippster atmosphere of the place. Great lighting and interesting furnishings and artwork. Booth style or open table layout [ we love booths]. The service was flawless – even while training another staff member! Each “course” came out perfectly timed and we never felt rushed or over served. We started off with the Green Mango Papaya Salad – yum! Fresh and the perfect balance of sweetness. Next up, Watermelon Crispy Pork – take our word for it and try it! Then on to the Brisket. Not like the brisket you know …this is something almost reinvented. Moist, tender and full of flavor. We all agreed this was our favorite dish!

But don’t take it from us. Check out the restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor …
Fatty Crab on St John

But enough talk – here’s a peek at their dinner menu and specialty drinks.

Fatty Crab St John Menu

T’ingz
Green Mango Papaya Salad | palm sugar, chili, nuts, cilantro | 11
Crispy Shrimp | sweet chili sauce | 27
Fatty Sliders | mini spiced beef & pork burgers, chili aioli, pickles| 10
Vegetable Tempura | local veggies, fish palm glaze | 8
Josephine’s Greens | creamy green peppercorn dressing | 11
Crab Ramen | pork, peekytoe crab, Smoked lobster broth, egg, sprouts | 14
Local Sautéed Vegetables | chili, smokey pork jus, lemon | 10

Fatty Specialties
Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork | 24
Yellow Curry Chicken | freebird organic chicken, coconut rice, pickles, poached egg | 24
Indonesian Fried Rice | shrimp, pork, chicken, fried egg | 22
Roti | green curry, local vegetables, rice | 17    add chicken | 4

‘Cue
(smoked in-house, low-and-slow)
Pork Ribs | Indonesian long peppercorn, fish-palm | 12
Pulled Pork | smoked BBQ pork shoulder, sweet rolls, pickle | 17
Brisket | calamansi-chili rub, sweet rolls, chili jam | 16

Sides
Coconut Rice | 3
Kim Chi | 6
Pickled Local Vegetables & Fruits | 10
Crispy Potatoes | curry spices, aioli, sweet chili sauce | 10

Dessert
Coconut Panna Cotta | cucumber, rum raisin, chili-sugar-salt, lime | 10

How to get to Fatty Crab

in Cruz Bay, St. John , US Virgin Islands – Google Map with Directions

18-11A Enighed, Cruz Bay
St. John, VI 00831
ph: 340.775.9951 | fax: 340.775.9770

Wednesday – Monday | Dinner, 5PM to 10PM
Sunday  | Brunch, 11AM to 3PM

Closed Tuesdays (from July 1 to October 31)

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