Please Help Us Raise Money to Get Wounded Veterans to St. John

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The wounded veterans during their annual visit last November.

Happy Friday everyone! We need your help today…

If you’re an avid News of St. John reader (and a huge thank you to those of you who are), you probably know that each November a group of wounded veterans spend the week on St. John. During their stay here, they are treated like royalty by local businesses and they simply relax, which is much needed. It’s an awesome opportunity for the island and one of my favorite weeks of the year.

Well it obviously costs money to get these veterans here. And please let me point out that this has zero affiliation with the Wounded Warriors program; it’s actually a Team River Runner program.

So each summer, St. John holds a race called the Chaotic Kayak race. The purpose of this event is to raise the funds needed to get these incredible men and women down here for a well-deserved week of rest and relaxation. This is where I am personally asking for your help.

This year’s race happens on July 10th at Oppenheimer, and we’re trying to raise some funds prior to the event. This is where you all come in…

Thousands of people read this site every day. Again, a huge thank you for that. If every one of you donated $5 or even $1, we could raise a decent amount of cash. So that’s what I am asking you all to do today, if possible. Please donate to the News of St. John team. Please click here if you would like to donate to the News of St. John team and help with the costs of getting these wounded veterans to our island this November.

All donations are tax deductible. You will be emailed a receipt immediately after donating.

For those of you not familiar with the Chaotic Kayak race, it’s a wildly entertaining event in which teams from local businesses compete in a zany kayak race at Oppenheimer Beach. It’s not your ordinary kayak race. Teams are armed with water guns and do their best to not only beat the other teams, but soak them in the process. It’s super fun and a great event. Participating teams raise money in an effort to get a head start during the race, and all of the money raised is donated to Team River Runner, the organization that brings these wounded veterans to St. John each November.

So again, this year’s race will be held on Sunday, July 10 at Oppenheimer Beach. The race begins at noon. The public is welcome and invited to cheer along their favorite team. Food and drinks will be available.

Click here to donate.

On the Market: This Owner is Looking for Offers!

frank bay poolThinking about moving to St. John? Perhaps you’re looking to own a vacation rental on the island? We’ve told you about this one before, and the owner is extremely motivated to sell – so much so that they just reduced the asking price by more than $175,000! Interested? Please read on…

The Frank Bay Cottage is a two bedroom, one bath masonry home with lush gardens and beautiful views over both Frank and Turner bays. Just a few minutes away from Cruz Bay and Frank Bay beach, this cottage features terra cotta floors throughout, a large screened in porch, and is located in a quiet neighborhood. To make it even better, it has a nice pool with a spacious deck and a wet bar.

The Frank Bay Cottage is professionally landscaped and features off-road parking. It’s zoned R-4, which allows for multiple dwellings on the property. Check out some pics…

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Frank Bay Cottage is now being offered by 340 Real Estate Co. for $749,000. Want more information? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at

Driftwood Dave’s Gets a Makeover


Last Saturday was a fantastic day here on island. I took the folks out to Trunk Bay for the morning and afterward, we were pretty hungry. I heard that Driftwood Dave’s had a grand reopening party the day before, so we decided to check it out.

For those of you unfamiliar with Driftwood Daves, it’s located in the lower part of the Lumberyard next to the gym, underneath Barefoot Cowboy and across the street (and up the hill a tad) from Cool Breeze. It is very reasonably priced and has great food.

When I walked in on Saturday, I was pretty impressed. The place looks great. Dave changed the bar up, added more seating and you now have lots of new places to sit and people watch, which is always a fun afternoon activity. Check out some pics:





A very delicious burger

A very delicious burger

They also have a pretty good happy hour. So the next time you’re in Cruz Bay, be sure to swing by and check it out.


On the Road: Upper Monte Bay to Sol Inclination Villa

We love getting fun vacation videos from you, our readers. Today we’d like to share a video sent to us from Michael S. of Connecticut. Fun fact: Michael happens to work in the town I grew up in … small world!

Check out this video Michael took while driving from Upper Monte Bay to Sol Inclination Villa in Fish Bay. Enjoy!

New-ish Bar Alert: Hendo’s Hideout

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A few weeks back, we were invited out for another fantastic day on the water with Born to Rhumb. We hit a lot of fun spots, including a new-ish bar over on Jost Van Dyke – Hendo’s Hideout.

Hendo’s Hideout opened a several months back in White Bay. It happens to be located right next to one of our personal favorites – the Soggy Dollar Bar.

Honda’s Hideout is a chill little spot that was beautifully constructed. They has a decent little menu, although we have to warn you that service was definitely on island time. However when we did receive our food and drinks, they were good.

Check out a few pics of the place and the menu:

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So, would I go to White Bay specifically to hang out there? Probably not. Would I go there when I go to White Bay? Probably.

How about all of you? Who’s been there? What did you think? Let us know in the comments section or over on our Facebook page. 

And Your Favorite Happy Hour Spot Is…

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Joe’s Rum Hut! Congrats!

According to you all, Joe’s Rum Hut takes the cake! With 1,310 votes, it took 36 percent of your votes. Coming in second with 904 votes was Woody’s and The Beach Bar took third place with 389 votes.

Mama and Papa News of St. John are on island, and we’re going to celebrate the wins at all three of these bars today in honor of all of you! 😉