New Webcam Alert!

CocoPlum Webcam

This new webcam is located at Coconuts & Plumeria, two villas on Gifft Hill.

Who wants a little more St. John in their life? I know you all do! Well I have great news for you today… There is a new webcam on island, and the view is spectacular!

The island’s newest webcam is located up at Coconuts and Plumeria villa on Gifft Hill. The view shows the hillside down to Great Cruz Bay, out to St. Thomas, the outlying cays, Caribbean Sea and more. Click here to check it out.

The owners of Coconuts and Plumeria, Kevin and Danielle McCarthy, are always trying to enhance their guests’ experience when visiting the island. They provide weather forecasts including Saharan Dust forecasts, marine forecasts, planetary forecasts and more. Click here to check those out.

Kevin even created a skee-ball machine for his guests pre-storm, but sadly, it did not make it through the aftermath. How cool does this look??!

We just added the Coconuts and Plumeria webcam to our webcam page. Please click here to view all of our webcams. 

Have a great day everyone!

 

She’s Back.

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Image credit: Kekoa

It took 19 months of hard work, love and dedication, and today we are excited to tell you that Kekoa is back sailing the waters around St. John. With every day that passes, life gets one step closer to normal. Here’s what the owners had to say earlier this week:

This week marks the end of our recovery from the 2017 Hurricane Season. What began as two historic hurricanes, resulted in a nearly twenty month recovery for the Kekoa family. Starting with a five week salvage digging Kekoa out of Hurricane Hole, to sixteen months of reconstruction on Hanson beach, two months on Tortolla for paint and rigging and finally the finishing touches right here in Cruz Bay. We are proud to say we are officially done. Kekoa is back. Thank you all for sticking with us through this epic adventure and we look forward to sailing with you. 

By now most of you likely know the story. Kekoa was abandoned at sea during a storm while en route to St. Thomas many years back. Her owners, Jamison and Ryan, found her adrift and restored the 50-foot catamaran before bringing her down to St. John. She was one of the island’s most popular and recognizable boats with her signature black sails. And after nearly 20 months of hard work, Kekoa will once again be one of the island’s signature charter boats.

We bumped into Jamison, his girlfriend Katherine and their adorable daughter Coco (who Dalton absolutely loved to smile at!) last night at The Tap Room, and they said that they had just completed their first trip back to Jost Van Dyke. How wonderful is that…

Kekoa offers day sails around St. John, trips to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and also sunset sails around Cruz Bay. Please visit its website to learn more. 

With every day that passes here, things get better and better. So go ahead, book that trip. We’d love to welcome you all to the island.

Admission to Resume at Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay April 12 2019

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! We’re back! It’s so nice to be home! Today we’re talking Trunk Bay. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world has had free admission since the 2017 hurricanes, but that will soon near an end. Here are are the details straight from the National Park…

The National Park Service will resume collecting the facility use fee at Trunk Bay starting June 1, 2019. While services at Trunk Bay resumed several months ago, the National Park Service has delayed the collecting of fees since Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in 2017.

The fee collected at Trunk Bay is not an entrance fees, but rather a facility use fee. The fee specifically pays for the cost of producing water through the park’s reverse osmosis plant, particularly for the shower and restroom facilities at that location. The facility fee is only collected when the water is turned on and available for use at Trunk Bay.

The cost to enter Trunk will be $5 per person. It will be charged daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Annual passes are available for $20 per person, and an annual family pass will cost $30. The annual family pass is good for up to four people per visit (must be the same four people) for a period of one year.

Trunk is pretty much a full service beach. It has showers and flush toilets, and a rental hut when you can rent chairs, snorkel gear and more. There is also a food truck, a retail shop and a full bar. Click here to read all about that. 

Can’t get to Trunk, but wish you were on St. John? Well we have the next best thing! Purchase a copy of St. Johnopoly today, and pretend you’re on the island. Check out www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly to get your copy.

The Legend of Easter Rock

Easter Rock, July 2018

Easter Rock, July 2018

We originally printed this story in 2017. We thought it was good enough to share again. Enjoy!

How may of you have driven past the large boulder on North Shore Road between Gibney beach and Peace Hill and wondered what its backstory was? At least a few of you, I’m sure. Well this Easter weekend we’d like to share with you the legend of Easter Rock.

Legend has it that every year on the night before Easter, Easter Rock makes its way down to Hawksnest Bay where it takes a drink of water and then rolls back up to its perch on North Shore Road. This all happens before the sun rises over the hill, according to the legend, so no one is around to actually witness it. So even during the driest of droughts, which is happening now, Easter Rock will still be wet on Easter morning.

I’m currently up in Connecticut, so I didn’t get the chance to check it out this morning. If anyone did and happens to have pictures, we’d love to see them!

So legend aside, curious as to how Easter Rock came to be? Here’s its geological backstory straight from See St. John:

Although geologists have not yet succeeded in explaining Easter Rock’s propensity to go down to the sea on Easter Sunday for a drink of water, they can tell us about the origin of this massive boulder, which is the only one of its kind in the valley.

The outer crust of the Earth consists of large masses of slowly moving rock called tectonic plates. About 100 million years ago, one of these plates, called the North American plate, which was moving towards the west, encountered another tectonic plate called the Caribbean plate, which was moving in the same direction.

Life in the Caribbean has long been classified as slower moving than in the fast-paced world of continental America. This phenomenon apparently has a historical and geological foundation because a significant factor in the creation of many of the Caribbean islands, including St. John, is the fact that the Caribbean plate happened to be moving at a slower pace than its continental counterpart.

Consequently, when the North American plate overtook the slower moving Caribbean plate, the American plate, being denser and heavier, slid under the Caribbean plate and pushed it up. The friction from the two giant masses of solid rock grinding against one another produced a heat so intense that it melted some of the rock between the two plates. The fiery, liquefied rock, called magma, built up in enclosed pockets, called magma chambers, and exerted an ever-increasing pressure on the surrounding rock. When that pressure became so great that it could not be contained any longer, the magma broke through its rocky chamber and spewed forth violently into the ocean. This event is called a volcano.

Normally, when super-hot magma comes in contact with cold ocean water, the magma explodes and is dispersed over a great area. In this case, however, the eruption occurred at a depth of 15,000 feet, or nearly three miles, below the surface of the ocean. At this great depth the water pressure is nearly 7,000 pounds per square inch, a pressure that was sufficient to keep the magma from exploding on contact with water and instead causing it to be deposited on the ocean floor in giant solid sheets.

Coinciding with this volcanic activity and the laying down of rock, the action of the American plate sliding under the Caribbean plate caused the latter to bulge at the edges. The combination of these events resulted in the beginnings of a mountain range that was to become the islands of the Greater Antilles. This process of volcanic activity and uplifting continued for millions of years and caused the newly formed mountains to move closer to the surface.

It was during the next period of St. John’s development that Easter Rock was born. A series of volcanoes erupted in the area of what is today called Pillsbury Sound. This time the water was relatively shallow and the volcanoes erupted explosively. The shower of rocks, solidified volcanic ash, and molten lava added substance and height to the older solid sheets of rock and, in conjunction with the continued uplifting of the area, eventually brought parts of the rocky underwater mass above sea level to form islands.

The awesome power of these violent eruptions also served to break off huge chunks of the older rock, heaving them into the air. One of these massive fragments ended up just above what was to become Hawksnest Bay. That majestic boulder, now known as Easter Rock, not only goes down to the sea every Easter for a drink of water, but also serves as an enduring reminder of the fiery beginnings of the island of St. John.

And there you have it. News you can use today, folks! Happy Easter! We’ll be back on island tomorrow!


St. Johnopoly – Monopoly, but for St. John – is now available and shipping! If you would like to purchase a copy, please click the Buy Now button below. That will bring you to a secure PayPal site. Games cost $50 plus shipping. Shipping is automatically calculated based on location. (Shipping is a tad pricier than we’d like, but the post office determines the rates, not us. :) )

St. Johnopoly, 2019 Edition – $50 – Get Yours Today


 

Only a limited number of games are available, and all sales are final.

I Feel Like a Mini Amazon.com…

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Hello everyone and happy Saturday! I apologize for being absent the past few days. I have actually been acting like a little Amazon.com factory up here in Connecticut the past few days, all in effort to get St. Johnopoly out to you! You may be wondering why I’m shipping them from Connecticut… The games were manufactured in Cincinnati, so it’s much easier and more cost effective to ship them to all of you from the great state of CT, rather than putting them on a boat to St. John just to ship the majority back to you all in the states. :)

So I finally saw the game in person Thursday, and it looks great! Everything from the brand new board to the brand new money to the brand new tokens that we custom created for all of you, which include a petroglyph, a heart for Love City and even a map of St. John … it all looks amazing!

A BIG thank you to all of you who preordered them! The very last of the preorders ship today, so you will have them within the next few days. And for those of you who have yet to order yours, if you order it this weekend, you can have it by mid-week. After this weekend, we will be doing a once a week shipment out, so get yours today!

Here are a few pics we’ve taken the past few days…

2019 Board Box Top

2019 Game Tokens

 

Box Bottom

Shipping

Priority Mail Boxes

Thank goodness the local post office up here loves me!

Playing St. Johnopoly is kinda like being on St. John, right??! All you have to do is turn up the heat, grab a cocktail, throw on some Kenny Chesney perhaps and play the game… it’s the next best thing!

We will begin selling games on island in a few weeks. They are currently en route to the island and very well may be somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean at this point. :) Once they arrive, we will sell them exclusively at St. John Spice, which is located upstairs right next to the ferry dock.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please click the Buy Now button below. That will bring you to a secure PayPal site. Games cost $50 plus shipping. Shipping is automatically calculated based on location. (Shipping is a tad pricier than we’d like, but the post office determines the rates, not us. :) )

St. Johnopoly, 2019 Edition – $50 – Get Yours Today


 

Only a limited number of games are available, and all sales are final.

On the Market: Beautiful Views from this Fish Bay Home

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Beautiful views from this Fish Bay home

A beautiful home located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Fish Bay just listed for sale. It would make a great full time home or vacation property. The home has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and great views of Fish Bay and the Caribbean Sea.

This private, uphill property has a paved driveway with a large turnaround area near the house. The living areas are all on the same level, and there is a pool with a view on the deck. There is a storage area on the lower level which gives the possibility of adding extra living space. Check out a few pics…

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This home sits on .71 acres and is located less than 15 minutes from Cruz Bay on St. John’s south shore. It is being offered for $1.2 million by Mary Moroney of 340 Real Estate. For more information, please contact Mary at mcm.340realestate@gmil.com