The 2015 Festival Parade – In Less Than a Minute

This year’s Festival parade was the best one yet! It clocked in around five hours and was a ton of fun from start to finish. Here are some of the highlights in less than a minute. Check it out & turn up your sound…

Now you know that looks like fun! So go ahead and start planning your trip for 2016!!


Here’s a bit of J’ouvert from this morning…

July 4th Festivities!!!

festival 2015 I love, love, love the Fourth of July. Here’s everything you need to know about the festivities happening here on St. John…


The party begins at sunrise with J’ouvert, which is one big crazy street party. I’m not sure the exact route for this one but I believe it starts over near the National Park Visitor’s Center and winds through the streets of Cruz Bay. There’s live music and dancing, and shouldn’t be missed!

The Parade

The parade allegedly starts at 11 a.m. Last year it started around 12:30 p.m. It begins at the National Park Visitor’s Center, past Mongoose Junction and down toward Carnival Village. It goes past the village toward the beach and then past the gazebo and the park. The best performances happen over there because that’s where the governor and all the fancy people sit. From there it goes up towards Woodys and Quiet Mon and then toward the roundabout.

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Good Places to Watch

Virgin Fire: They’re having a traditional brunch buffett for $25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with $5 Bloody Marys, $5 Painkillers and $5 Mimosas all day.
Along with their sister restaurant, the Sun Dog Cafe, they’ll have a grill going on the ground floor with hot dogs, brats and pulled pork sandwiches, fresh watermelon basil lemonade, really cold beer and more. Upstairs, enjoy some shade and relative quiet with the full menu at one of its umbrella tables.

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Barefoot Cowboy Lounge: Great views and no sun – sounds good to me! $5 mimosas and drink specials all day.


Castaway’s: The upstairs deck is a good place to watch the parade. They’re having drink specials too – $2 Bud/Bud Lights, $3 Coronas, 2 for 1 bombs and $6 Jameson Pickel Back shots. They’re also unveiling their burger menu and it looks delish!

Woody’s or Across the Street: Lots of drink specials happening here – $3 Fireball shots, $2 Coors Lights, $3 Cruzan dark and light, $4 Cruzan flavors and $6 side street burgers. Jon Gazi and West Lindy will be playing too!

Quiet Mon: Not sure about any drink specials but great views!

The Fireworks – They allegedly start at 9 p.m. I think last year’s start was more like 10:30 p.m. You can see them throughout most of Cruz Bay, but here are our favorite spots…

DR!NK: It’s going to be catered by Sam & Jacks – Good old backyard food potato salad, pasta salad, sandwiches…. $40 food and drink included. The beach area will be roped off so you’ll have a great private viewing spot.

Cruz Bay Beach: The fireworks happen in the bay, so this will definitely be a good spot.

Live Music – Cool Session Brass will start around 8 p.m.

Villa Spotlight: SeaCruz

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Overlooking the incredible Caribbean Sea and within a mile of Cruz Bay, SeaCruz is a beautiful two-bedroom home with unparalleled views. By day, sunset, or night the 180-degree vista of St. Thomas and the Sir Frances Drake Passage, with its rich history of pirates and treasure, is amazing, inspiring and romantic. This breathtaking view will be your focal point as you enter SeaCruz past the sparkling pool and ascend to the grand veranda.

Enjoy unobstructed views from the pool of St. Thomas, Little & Great St. James, French Cap and the expansive ocean surrounding you. The sea air will draw you across the classic Caribbean porch with comfortable teak and upholstered furniture arranged for relaxation and dining.

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Enjoy hours of serene beauty gazing out to the incredible view or curl up with a good book on your own private veranda. An unlimited number of ways to relax are at your disposal. For those who want to stay close to home, enjoy the entertainment center which includes a 42″ RCA LCD TV with Platinum Expanded Digital Cable, Stereo System with VCR, CD & DVD players, IPOD connection to speakers, all complimented by a surround sound home theater.

SeaCruz is beautifully appointed with oriental rugs, antiques, original art, cherry and wicker furniture. This two bedroom, two bath, air conditioned cottage will wrap you in historic traditions of Caribbean style and luxury.

The gourmet-equipped and richly appointed kitchen will make it easy for you to have breakfast by the pool or enjoy a special dinner on your private veranda with the twinkling lights of St. Thomas in the background. Or, if you choose, you can go out for dinner. After all, you are within a mile of Cruz Bay and all of its great restaurants and shops.

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The Salsa Bedroom, also the master bedroom, which overlooks the pool, has a dramatic four poster queen bed with matching chests in antique white wood and wicker finish. The Salsa Bedroom also boasts a mahogany round table with four chairs, perfect for writing in your journal or playing cards.

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The Palm Bedroom is quietly elegant with antique pine furniture including an armoire, dresser, end tables and game chest. These pieces compliment the stately queen bed with arched headboard and footboard of wood and wicker. In front of the room’s ocean view window there is a private sitting area complete with a chest of games and a large selection of books for reading, enjoyment or just daydreaming.

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Summer rates start at $2,900 per week; however discounts are available. To learn more about SeaCruz, please contact Kathy at Island Getaways at or at (340) 693-7676. You can also visit Island Getaway’s website at

On the Market: Price Reduction in Calabash

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Now here’s a great opportunity for someone looking for a good investment on St. John, and the best part is that this property just had a pretty good price reduction. Here are the details…

Hear the sound of the surf lapping at the water’s edge just a stone’s throw away from this pod-style quasi waterfront family home. Located in Calabash just past Coral Bay, this home features two separate income producing units plus additional space to add on. The lower level features a living room, kitchen, loft bedroom and bathroom while the upper unit consists of one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and living room. The upper unit also has upper and lower decks with water views out toward the East End and British Virgin Islands.

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The home has a fully fenced in yard, making it very dog-friendly, and has an abundance of large trees and native stonework. The home is fully hurricane shuttered.

water view calabash

Another great feature of this Calabash home is its proximity to the shops and restaurants in Coral Bay. Enjoy the cooling tradewinds while you walk on over and enjoy all that Coral Bay has to offer. This location also affords you the ability to moor your boat in nearby Coral Bay harbor, allowing you to keep an eye on it 24/7 from one of your private decks.

All of this can be yours for only $589,500.

Want to learn more? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at