New Taxis Debut at Airport

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You know it’s slow season when… you write about new taxis. Happy slow season folks!

So, I was coming home from a pretty amazing trip in California last week when I noticed that there were a few new taxis at the airport over on St. Thomas. These new taxis have very high ceilings, so you don’t have to crouch down when you get in. They also have very cold A/C, so you don’t have to sweat the entire way to or from the ferry.

So that’s the good news. The bad news is that they still cram more people into these things than they probably should. But you’re in paradise, so why worry. Enjoy your day folks!

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Save the Coconuts Block Party Happening Oct. 14th

woodys-save-the-coconutsIt’s almost October, which means Woody’s annual Save the Coconuts block party is just around the corner!

This year’s event will happen on Friday, October 14th at 7 p.m. It will feature Cool Sessions, DJ Adonis, drink specials, a 50/50 raffle and lots of block party fun! There will even be a late night boat back to St. Thomas, so everyone can get in on the fun.

The event raised $11,000 last year, and we’re hoping to raise even more this year. And as always, all of the money raised will go straight to the St. John Cancer Fund, and all of the money will stay on St. John to be used for St. John residents.

And just like last year, there will also be a great online raffle. As of today, the current items up for auction are:

  • Day charter on Midnight Sun Charters (the black boat)
  • Day charter on Boat Day VI’s Isle Mon
  • Day charter on Boat Day VI’s Sol Searchin’
  • Golf charm with a diamond from Bamboo
  • St. John Car Rental Gift Certificate
  • Two-night stay at a B&B in St. Simon Island, Georgia
  • $200 gift certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • Joe’s Rum Hut gift certificate
  • Cruz Salon gift certificate
  • Rhumb Lines gift certificate
  • Longboard gift certificate
  • Tap n’ Still gift certificate
  • Island Time Pub gift certificate

More items will be added. We will let you know once the link is up and live.

New St. John HGTV Episode Airing Tonight

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For those of you who simply cannot get enough St. John in your lives, you’re in luck because yet another HGTV episode featuring St. John is airing tonight.

Tonight’s episode of Caribbean life will feature Chris and Shawna Dudek, the owners of St. John Car Rental. The episode follows them as they look at several properties on island following the purchase of their business. The episode airs tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST on HGTV. It will re-air tomorrow at 12:30 a.m. EST.

We actually stumbled onto the filming back in February. We were at Joe’s Rum Hut and had just met Steve and Liz Horner, the owners of Barefoot Cowboy. They invited us to happy hour to tell us about buying the business. Then I saw a cameraman walk by, and immediately learned that St. John Car Rental had sold too. Something else pretty fantastic happened that day too, but I can’t give away all of our secrets at once. :)

Chris and Shawna filming Caribbean Life at Waterfront Bistro back in February.

Chris and Shawna filming Caribbean Life at Waterfront Bistro back in February.

Resident Swimming Around St. John for Charity Today

jeffThere is something very cool happening in the waters around St. John today. Jeff Miller, a resident and employee of the Virgin Islands National Park, is swimming around the entire island of St. John in an effort to raise funds for Team River Runner and the St. John Cancer Fund. Here are the details straight from Jeff’s Facebook page.

My goal is to swim around St. John, about 23 miles, in one day (just a suit and goggles, no mask/fins/snorkel) and in doing so, complete a personal goal, and also raise money and awareness for two charities that are very important to me: Team River Runner and the St. John Cancer Fund. I plan to attempt this swim before the middle of October, 2016. (Jeff is completing this today, September 24.)

I have worked in marine science for over 30 years. I’ve logged nearly 7000 dives and I’ve seen amazing things in the water; whales, dolphins, sharks, manta rays, seahorses, coral reefs and tropical fish. But one of the most amazing things I’ve seen was not during a dive, but during the annual Beach to Beach Power Swim sponsored by the Friends of VI National Park here on St. John. In 2015, I stood with many others in amazement as Timothy Payne, one of the Team River Runner (TRR) veterans, without the use of his legs, swam the 3.5 mile long course! Since that time, I’ve met more of the TRR vets and I am amazed by their energy and outlook. I’d like to help more of these amazing veterans travel to and experience the beauty and people of St. John.

Additionally, like many of you, my life has been affected by loved-ones with cancer. Funds raised and administered by the St. John Cancer Fund go directly to help those in this island community who are battling cancer. Please consider helping me, help them.

All the fundswill be split between the Team River Runner and the St. John Cancer Fund. The challenge I face in swimming around St. John is significant, but I find tremendous motivation and energy while swimming believing that I can be helping those with Team River Runner and those assisted by the St. John Cancer Fund.

How amazing is that??!!

As of 8:30 a.m., Jeff swam all the way from Cruz Bay past LeDuck Island. You can follow his progress over on the VI National Park’s Facebook page. He has a tracker on him, but unfortunately it does not appear to be working.

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Jeff’s progress as of 8:30 a.m.

As of this morning, Jeff has raised just under $5,000. Amazing. Click here to check out his fundraising page. 

Flash Sale: Don’t Miss Out

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So last month we told you about a flash sale happening over at Virgin Grand Estates. Our friend John Daly is offering several prime lots in this gated community for sale at a pretty rock bottom price. Since we first mentioned the sale, there has been great interest and there are even a few lots under contract. So we wanted to again let you all know about the sale, so you don’t miss out.

These lots are a great opportunity for those of us living on St. John or repeat vacationers, who have a desire to build a home on island. They are also good for builders and investors looking for raw land investments. Buying a lot in a gated St. John subdivision at such a great price gives investors a great upside potential and little to no downside risk. Just saying…

So, again, here are the details. And please remember, these lots will only be available at these low prices through November.

Originally developed over a decade ago, Virgin Grand Estates is located directly above Great Cruz Bay and the Westin Beach Resort. The lush tropical landscaping and panoramic hillside views are ideally suited for luxurious vacation homes. Situated on St. John’s exclusive southwest shore, homeowners at Virgin Grand Estates are treated to some of the most spectacular island sunsets on St. John and the Virgin Islands. There are 99 lots in Virgin Grand Estates. Of those, some are still available. Check out this map of available parcels:

Updated Lot Map

Lots 8, 9 and 35 are listed for $125,000. Lots 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 94 are listed for $155,000. 

Some of St. John’s finest and most attractive villas are located in Virgin Grand Estates. The villas all face south-southwest and are bathed in sunlight. They also have the most spectacular views that span from Little St. James to Lovango and numerous smaller cays.

Here are a few facts about the lots for sale in Virgin Grand Estates:

What is the average lot size?
Lots in the Virgin Grand Estates average one half acre.

How many lots are in Virgin Grand Estates?
There are 99 lots in Virgin Grand.

How many lots are already built upon in Virgin Grand Estates?
Currently, there are 22 homes either built or under construction in Virgin Grand Estates.

What is the slope of the land?
The Land in Virgin Grand is moderately sloped affording breathtaking, unobstructed views over neighboring villas. (very moderate compared to much of St John)

What are the views?
Virgin Grand Estates Land generally faces West, offering huge views overlooking Great Cruz Bay and beyond to St. Thomas. There are a few select lots with amazing views towards Ditleff Point.

From the high perched vantage of Virgin Grand, the blazing sunsets put on a dazzling show every evening. The sunsets are the most spectacular found anywhere on Earth!

What are the amenities?
Virgin Grand offers many amenities to be appreciated by prospective owners. It is impossible to not notice the picture perfect sunset views the Western facing Land offers. This also keeps sunning decks and pools warm late into the evening. You can walk to the beach and all the facilities of the Westin St. John Resort. A short drive brings you to famed National Park beaches and the shopping and fine restaurants of Cruz Bay.

Privacy and security are assured from our gated entrance that only offers “one way in and one way out” access.

Virgin Grand boasts an involved Homeowners’ Association assuring that the look of development stays true to its island roots. Lush landscaping throughout ensure privacy and “island feel.”

Reasonable restrictions help ensure consistency without interfering with the creative process of building your dream home.

What is the minimum size home that can be situated on our land?
Minimum interior size of a home built in Virgin Grand Estates is 1500 sq ft.

Is there a time period I have to begin building after I purchase the lot?
No, there is no time period that you have to break ground. Once you break ground, the home should be completed within a reasonable time frame with work being done consistently and continuously until build is complete.

What does the land infrastructure contain?
Virgin Grand Estates has fully paved streets for easy access to every lot. We also have underground utilities to eliminate clutter and offer better utility reliability.

Virgin Grand is an electronic gated community. Each guest has a unique access code to restrict entrance to only those authorized to be on the grounds.

slands. On clear days you can see Vieques and Culebra and even further west to Puerto Rico. The sunset views are St. John’s finest with shimmering color and billowing clouds as the sun goes down.

Interested? Want to learn more? If so, please contact John Daly at (540) 435-6659, virgingrandestates.com or visit www.virgingrandestates.com.

Win a 4-Day, 3-Night Stay on St. John

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Gallows Point Resort on St. John

Hello friends! We’ve got something great to tell you all about! We just stumbled on a fantastic four day, three night stay at one of our favorite spots on island – Gallows Point Resort. And guess what… We’ve decided to raffle it off to all of you!

Raffle tickets are only $5, and you can buy as many or as little as you’d like. It only takes one ticket to win folks! The net proceeds from the raffle will be donated to our favorite on island charities, including our very favorite – the Animal Care Center.

The four-day, three-night stay is valid between October 5, 2016 and December 18, 2016, or between April 17, 2017 and December 18, 2017 only. The raffle prize includes the stay at Gallows Point only. The winner will be responsible for transportation, meals, etc.

Want to know more about Gallows Point? Click here to check out their website.

September 28th Update: We’re adding a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant of your choice!

The raffle period will begin on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8 p.m. EST and will continue through 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, September 30, 2016. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 3, 2016.

Ready to win your stay at the beautiful Gallows Point Resort on St. John? Click the “Add to Cart” button below. Once you do so, you can increase the number of tickets purchased if you so choose. All entries will receive a confirmation email. (Please email us at jenn@newsofstjohn.com with any questions.) Good luck everyone!

Click the Add to Cart button below to enter. 

Raffle Ticket for Three-Night Stay at Gallows Point
Win a four day, three night stay at Gallows Point Resort on St. John, USVI
$5.00