Villa Spotlight: Faith Full View – Win a Week Stay Here!

Outside Faith Full View

Win a week at Faith Full View, a great, one-bedroom, cottage in Coral Bay.

Hello everyone and happy Friday! How does a vacation in an adorable, one bedroom cottage with some of the island’s best views for only $285 a night sound? Pretty great, right??! How about for a mere $25 for a whole week?? For one of you, that will happen! Interested? Want to know more? Than please read on!

As you know, we’re in the midst of a pretty amazing raffle. For just $25, you can enter to win a complete St. John vacation. Villa, airfare credit, Jeep rental, wine, gift certificates… you name it! But the raffle ends tonight at 9 p.m. EST, so you need to get your tickets now. :)

To entice you all just a little bit more (we are sooooo close to our goal!), we’d like to spotlight the villa that’s up for grabs. We’d also like to thank the owners, John and Helen Faith, for their generosity which helped us raise an enormous amount of money for Bahamas relief. Now without further ado, please check out Faith Full View…

Faith Full View is a one bedroom cottage with spectacular views of Coral Bay, the British Virgin Islands and beyond. The cottage sits in a very private setting with its own private pool that’s situated among lush gardens. It’s pretty easy to start relaxing the moment you walk into this comfortable and well appointed home. Its 180-degree views can be enjoyed from the shaded covered porch while you dine or enjoy your favorite cocktail. You can also lounge comfortably on the deck while watching the sun rise up from the sea. And even better, the breezes on the mountain will keep you comfortable all day long. ​

Faith Full View Pool View

Sunrise Faith Full View

Tea Faith Full View Drinks Faith Full View

Sunset Faith Full View

This new cottage is beautifully furnished to give you a relaxed island feel. The air conditioned bedroom boasts a comfortable king bed that will allow you to watch the sunrise from your bed. You will find the toiletries you need from your very large bathroom with a view from your shower you won’t find anywhere else! You will find everything you need to prepare your meals in the well equipped kitchen that includes, stove, microwave, large refrigerator, toaster and coffee maker. You have a very comfortable couch to enjoy your favorite TV shows on either Apple TV or Roku if you decide to stay in for the evening. You will also have a washer and dryer for your convenience. ​ ​

You will have the same amazing view from your own private pool and sunny pool deck that is surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees. How amazing does all of that sound? And again, it can be yours for only $25! All you have to do is enter our raffle!

Bedtoom Faith Full View Kitchen Faith Full View Bath Faith Full View Shower Faith Full View

Quaint Coral Bay is less than a five minute drive down a paved road to enjoy the music, restaurants or groceries. Beautiful white sand iconic beaches of the North Shore are a 10-minute drive away. ​

Rates for Faith Full View start at $285 and vary deepening on time of year. Want to learn more? Please visit their website at www.faithfullview.com.

Reminder: The raffle ends tonight, September 20, 2019, at 9 p.m. EST. You can purchase your tickets below.

News of St. John’s Pay It Forward Raffle: One Grand Prize

Tickets are just $25. To purchase a ticket, please choose the number of tickets below. You can buy up to 10 at a time. Then click the Buy Now button. This will bring you to a secure PayPal page where you can check out. (All entries will be treated as donations to Bahamas Relief.)

You will not receive a paper ticket. We will print a spreadsheet of all the entries. We will then mail merge those names into a sheet of labels. I, Jenn here at News of St. John, will personally cut the labels. All entries will be put in a box/bag/bin, and the winner will be announced on or about this Sunday depending on how we’re affected by Tropical Storm Jerry. If you have any questions, please email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com.

Again, please help us reach our goal. We join us in paying it forward! Thank you and good luck!

The raffle period has ended. 

Be A Part of Something Amazing

Cruz Bay September 2019

So back on September 6th, we announced our Pay It Forward raffle. We created this raffle on the two year anniversary of Hurricane Irma as a way to pay it forward and help the people of the Bahamas who were affected by Hurricane Dorian.

In just 24 hours, we raised more than $80,000. We were stunned as were many of you. Well today, I am excited to tell you that we have already sent $150,000 to All Hands and Hearts, a nonprofit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We chose to support All Hands and Hearts because of the tremendous impact they had on this island following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

So today, I am asking you to be a part of something amazing. Our raffle ends tomorrow, so please purchase your tickets soon.

When I created this raffle, I was hoping to raise $30,000 over the two-week raffle period. I now hope to top $200,000. We’re so close folks. Please help me make that goal!

News of St. John’s Pay It Forward Raffle: One Grand Prize

Tickets are just $25. To purchase a ticket, please choose the number of tickets below. You can buy up to 10 at a time. Then click the Buy Now button. This will bring you to a secure PayPal page where you can check out. (All entries will be treated as donations to Bahamas Relief.)

You will not receive a paper ticket. We will print a spreadsheet of all the entries. We will then mail merge those names into a sheet of labels. I, Jenn here at News of St. John, will personally cut the labels. All entries will be put in a box/bag/bin, and the winner will be announced on or about this Sunday depending on how we’re affected by Tropical Storm Jerry. If you have any questions, please email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com.

Again, please help us reach our goal. We join us in paying it forward! Thank you and good luck!

The raffle period has ended. 

 

Well I’ll Be Darned!

VI Park Sign June 10 2019

So yesterday, we told you all how the Virgin Islands government may soon require backseat seatbelts. We also joked about the irony of being able to have a beer in the backseat, but only if you had your seatbelt on. I know that got a chuckle out of many of you. :) Well we received an email from the Chief Ranger of the Virgin Islands National Park yesterday, and he provided us with some information that we never knew.

“As always, I appreciate your posts and your regular contributions to raising awareness of issues here on St John,” Chief Ranger Rick Gupman wrote. “I wanted to write today because I saw your article as an opportunity to start a conversation about some common misunderstandings, and issues that we regularly encounter in the park.”

According to Ranger Rick, you actually are already required to wear your seatbelt in the National Park, which as you know is two-thirds of the island. It is also against the law to have an open container in any vehicle while driving through the Park. Who knew! Ranger Rick pointed out that existing federal laws supersede territorial laws. And existing federal laws specifically state that we need to wear seatbelts, and we cannot have open containers when we are in the Virgin Islands National Park.

He continued, “I realize that these references may come as a surprise, as I literally can not count the number of park users that I have contacted with open containers of alcoholic beverages in their vehicles –  and the response is pretty universally, ‘I have been doing this for my entire life and I have never heard of this before.'”

Wow. Well there’s more “news” you can use today, folks!

And yes, we are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Jerry. We will keep you all posted on that.

In the meantime, have a great day everyone! And buckle up!

Backseat Seatbelts Soon May Be Law

jeep top open park sign (1)

(Jeep file photo)

You know it’s slow season when… When you write about seatbelt laws. :)

I know that many of you enjoy vacationing here, and some enjoy some of our lax laws. Passengers in the backseat are currently not required to wear a seatbelt. Well that may soon change.

A Bill calling for all passengers to wear seatbelts passed through the Senate last night and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signing. This Bill does not address seatbelts in Safari taxis, which will continue to be seatbelt free. The Bill also doesn’t address people riding in the back of trucks apparently.

You can still, however, have an open container in your vehicle. So feel free to pop open that beer in the backseat… just make sure you have your seatbelt on. :)

That’s all we have for you today, folks. “News” you can use!

Now go and buy a raffle ticket! Only a few more days left! Get yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/raffle

 

Live On St. John For Free! Well Kinda, Sorta, In a Way…

Maho and Francis bays

Maho and Francis bays

Who wants to live on St. John for free?? Well you can! Well kinda, sorta, in a way… :)

The Virgin Islands National Park is looking for “Bay Host Volunteers” for the 2019-2020 season. What does that exactly entail, you ask? Well it means that if you have a boat, and are not currently engaged in commercial activities operating in the Virgin Islands National Park, you can live on a mooring for free for a period of three to six months between December 1st and June 1st. I don’t know about you, but the thought of waking up every morning in one of these beautiful bays sounds simply delightful to me!

The Park is looking for hosts at Caneel Bay, Honeymoon Bay, Maho/Francis bays, Leinster Bay, Lameshur Bay and Salt Pond. The host must educate fellow boaters on safe mooring practice, distribute materials and educate boaters on park rules and regulations, watch the bay and report any illegal or suspicious activity to the Park while simply enjoying themselves. Each volunteer must commit to at least 40 hours of volunteer work each week, and they must have their own vessel with a holding tank.

In exchange, the hosts will receive a free mooring and fuel for their dinghy. The host must reside in their own vessel with a Virgin Islands registration and complete a background check.

Sounds pretty good, right??

If this is something you would like to do, please email Andrea_ Joseph@nps.gov for more information, or visit the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay.

Have a great Monday everyone!

Have You Entered Our Raffle Yet? If Not, Please Enter!

The view from Faith Full View in Coral Bay

The view from Faith Full View in Coral Bay

In case you haven’t heard, we’re holding a raffle. And it’s pretty great. For just $25, you can enter to win a full vacation to St. John. The vacation package is valued at more than $6,500 and includes everything from a villa to airfare credit to a Jeep and more! And even better, the proceeds are going to support Bahamas relief.

In February 2018, All Hands and Hearts – a nonprofit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters – arrived on St. John. They stayed 18 months and helped residents put their lives back together following hurricanes Irma and Maria. They did everything from muck and gutting to roof repairs and rebuilds. They were instrumental in our recovery, and we’re pretty certain they’re going to be instrumental in the Bahamas’ recovery too. So we want to support them in that endeavor. It’s our way of paying it forward. 

So far, we have sent All Hands and Hearts $100,000. Pretty incredible, right??!! What’s even more incredible is that Norwegian Cruise Lines is matching that amount. So, with the help of all of you, we have been able to give $200,000 to All Hands and Hearts for their relief work in the Bahamas. Now is that doesn’t make you smile today, I’m not sure what will.

I am so appreciative of all the businesses that donated to this raffle, and all did it without hesitation. So if you are looking for businesses to support during your next trip, please add our donors to your list. (Listed below.)

So again, tickets are just $25. They can be purchased through the link below, which will bring you to a secure PayPal page. Please make sure the email address you provide is current because that is how we will notify the winner. You will not receive an actual ticket. We will personally print each name on a ticket. Your PayPal receipt is confirmation of entry. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com. The raffle continues until Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9 p.m. EST. We will announce the winner on or about September 22, 2019 on NewsofStJohn.com. (Click here to see complete rules and fine print. Scroll to bottom of link.)

News of St. John’s Pay It Forward Raffle: One Grand Prize

To purchase a ticket, please choose the number of tickets below. You can buy up to 10 at a time. Then click the Buy Now button. This will bring you to a secure PayPal page where you can check out. (All entries will be treated as donations to Bahamas Relief.)

The raffle period has ended. 

Good luck!!