Beach Bar Holding Bar Wars August 12th


Bar Wars is happening this Saturday, August 12th! Here are all the details straight from our friends at The Beach Bar:

Always a favorite among visitors and residents alike, this year’s Bar Wars will take place on Saturday, August 12, on the beach in Cruz Bay. Each year The Beach Bar selects a local cause to be the beneficiary of the event, and this year, all of the proceeds will benefit the newly established Island Health & Wellness Center here on St John. (This is the same health center that all of you helped us raise more than $30,000 for earlier this year. We raised a ton then and we’re going to raise some more this weekend!)

In case you are unaware of the new Island Health and Wellness Center, it’s a non-profit primary care practice dedicated to providing affordable primary and preventative healthcare to all ages and genders as well as providing much needed education in the community. Local or visitor, no patient will be refused service or turned away due to an inability to pay.

Now this is where all of us come in… Our little community is known for its compassion and generosity, so team up with The Beach Bar and help support this incredible, much needed resource here on island.

The cost to participate is $100 (cash or credit) for a team of 4-8 participants. Stop by The Beach Bar or contact Sherry at (340) 777-4220 to sign up!

For those who have never experienced Bar Wars, come out to see your favorite bartender/bar-back/waitress/owner/etc. compete at crazy bar games while completing an obstacle course. Last year’s games consisted of making, serving, and drinking drinks, with a twist. When eliminated – the teams will have the opportunity to “buy back in”.

All of the teams need your support! Plan to hang out with us, cheer them on, and enjoy Corona & Jose Cuervo drink specials all day – The fun begins at 12:30 p.m. I hope to see you all there!

Cruz Bay Restaurant Drops Price to Under $100,000

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Back in April, we told you how Driftwood David’s was up for sale. Well the Cruz Bay restaurant just had a significant price reduction. David is now asking just $99,000. Here’s the listing:

NOW IS THE TIME!!******MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION down from original asking price of 325,000 ********…If you are bored with the rat race and would like to own and operate a profitable water view restaurant..this is it! Come live the dream as I have for the past 7 years! I have another adventure here on St John, so I have to move lost in price is your grain..At this price I am sure it will sell serious folks only..I will finance part of it or take cash and a sailboat..Lets make a deal! 60 seat restaurant with harbor view for sale. low rental monthly payments. Two bars, outside seating and indoor breezy seating. Newer appliances, newer chairs and table, all energy efficiency. Low overhead and low utility cost. We have a ” cult like” following for our food. This is the highest rated, lowest price restaurant for sale!! Email now for more info on this once in a life time offering ..**Just awarded by Trip Advisor 2016 Excellence Award***Just open the new Tiki Bar at street level and have just completed a major renovation inside!

The restaurant received a very nice makeover just last year. Click here to read the story on that and see some additional pics. 

Think you have what it takes to be the next owner of Driftwood David’s? Click here to email for additional info.  

The Latest on the Weather

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Current radar at 7:25am Tuesday

The weather we’ve been experiencing here on St. John over the past 18 hours or so has been crazy. We’ve had a ton of rain, and the amount of lightning I saw last night was unbelievable. Houses have flooded. Roads have closed. (As of 7 a.m., Centerline Road remains closed right after Supreme Corner, so you will have to take another route if headed to Cruz Bay.) People are without power. We know of at least one accident where a truck slid off the roadway, and at least two homes that were hit by lightning. It’s really been scary. And we still have more rain to go. Here’s the latest from St. John Weather VI: 

Good morning !
Happy Tuesday !
Showers before 8am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 8am and noon, then scattered showers after noon. High near 83. East wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Scattered showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 79. East wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 45%.

A Tropical Upper Tropospheric Trough (TUTT) north of the area is interacting with moisture from a tropical wave to create cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms. Some clearing is expected Wednesday and Thursday before another tropical wave spreads showers and thunderstorms over the area on Friday and Saturday. Seasonal night and early morning showers are expected Sunday and Monday along with afternoon thunderstorms in western Puerto Rico.

St. John Weather VI, a Facebook page, is one of the go-to sites to get an accurate weather forecast when on island.

For those of you looking for an app on your phone, Wunderground is my favorite. It gives very accurate radar, tells you about the time rain is expected and gives a good summary of the week’s weather. It’s the app that I’ve been constantly checking as this storm sits over us.

Another good Facebook page to watch during this sort of weather is the US Virgin islands Tropical Hurricane Weather Station page. Click here to check that out. does not work very well here.

A positive from all of this weather (in addition to our overflowing cisterns) is that we had an absolutely amazing sunset last night. Check it out:

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And here’s a quick video we took:

And lastly, here’s a pic of the weather rolling in yesterday. This was taken at 1:13 p.m. at Concordia.

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A Bit of History: The Cannons at Fortsberg

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For years, I’ve heard about cannons that were located out in Fortsberg, a section of the island just beyond Coral Bay. So on Sunday, I set out to find them.

(Full disclosure: When I was looking for the cannons, I thought I was traversing public land within the National Park. I subsequently learned, after contacting a real estate agent, that the land is in fact private. He stated that the “No Trespassing” signs have repeatedly been removed. So while I’m excited to share this very interesting piece of history with all of you, please do not seek out to find it yourselves.)

The arrow points to the Fortsberg area on St. John.

The arrow points to the Fortsberg area on St. John.

The ruins of Fortsberg are that of a typical 18th-century citadel fortress, according to the National Park Service. There are also ruins of a supporting shore battery, which is where I found five cannons, about 1,000 feet southeast of the fort. Check out a few pics:

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From the National Park Service:

“Begun in 1717, (Fortsberg) was the site of a successful slave rebellion on November 23, 1773. Seizing the fort, the liberated African slaves massacred the garrison and occupied most of the plantations on St. John. When two attempts by the Danish authorities failed to suppress the rebellion, 400 French soldiers from Martinique were called in. After six months of fighting, the rebellion was quashed. In 1760, four bastions and a gun deck were added to the fort. During the Napoleonic Wars, the fort and adjacent battery were occupied by the British in 1801, and again from 1807 to 1815.”

For those of you who have been following News of St. John for quite some time, you may recall when workers from Public Works found three cannons while cleaning up Cruz Bay beach. Here is a picture of what they found courtesy of St. John Source:

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Image credit: St. John Source

So as it turns out, this section of land happens to be listed for sale. Contact Tropical Properties at (340) 776-6862 for more information. In the meantime, check out this quick video we shot of the property’s incredible view:

On the Market: Two Bedroom Home Close to Town


Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today we’d like to tell you about a two bedroom home that just listed for sale. It’s one of the less expensive homes we’re written about recently and it’s close to town.

This two bedroom, one bathroom is located on less than five minutes from Cruz Bay on Beth Cruz Road. It has distant water views and lots of potential. It has central air in the main house and a separate kitchen pod with a covered dining area. It also has a good sized uncovered deck and breezeway.

Check out a few pics:

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This home is being offered by 340 Real Estate Co. for $525,000. Looking for more information? Contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at

Starfish Market is Expanding


I stopped into Starfish Market yesterday and the place is really starting to look good! As you may have heard, Starfish is expanded into the space that was previously occupied by Holiday Homes. And, in addition, Starfish’s beer and liquor store which was located just across the hall, has been incorporated inside of the main store. So now you can get your groceries, beer, wine, etc. all in one place when opting to shop at Starfish.

Another new thing happening over at the main store is free samples … yum! On Wednesday, they had wines, cheeses, olive oil and balsamic vinager out for sampling. The dessert section has expanded and there’s a new, much larger magazine section now too. And the magazines were pretty current too! Check out a few pics…

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The former Holiday Homes space – Holiday Homes is now located on the second floor of The Marketplace.

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Looks pretty great, right?

That’s all we have for you today folks! News you can use! Have a great one!