Price Reduction: Two Turnkey Rentals with Panoramic Views

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Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today we’d like to tell you about not one, but two turnkey homes that just had a substantial price reduction. And to make this property even better, it has some of the best views on island! Check it out…

Coconut Hill Cottage and Tropical Tree House are two very successful, fully equipped, short term rental homes. Each has traditional Danish Caribbean architecture and the homes are situated on a .522 acre parcel with mesmerizing views that begin with Coral Bay harbor and go all the way out to Virgin Gorda and beyond.

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The homes are very private and are separated by lush foliage. The upper masonry home has two air conditioned bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, and three bathrooms. There’s also a screened and covered porch with dining and lounging areas and a pool. The fully air conditioned lower house has a sleeping loft, bathroom and a screened and covered porch.

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Cooling breezes, sunrises and just a short drive down the hill to the shops and restaurants in Coral Bay make this home a fantastic deal. And one of the best parts – it’s only minutes to our famed North Shore beaches. You can choose to continue to run the property as two successful short terms, or occupy one and rent the second.

This property is now being offered for $885,000 by John McCann at 340 Real Estate Co. Please contact John at john@helloimjohn.com for more information.

Viva Cantina Closing; Greengo’s Moving In

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Last week we told you how Greengo’s, a successful Mexican restaurant with locations in St. Thomas and San Juan, was coming to Cruz Bay. Well today, we can give you the full scoop.

Michael Barry, owner of Sun Dog Cafe and Viva Cantina over in Mongoose Junction, reached out to us yesterday afternoon to share the news. Viva is currently under contract to be sold to Greengo’s. The new restaurant is expected to open in late summer.

“We appreciate the many guests who supported us and the efforts of the staff who have been honest, loyal and helpful in building the Viva Cantina brand, as well as those that enjoyed Virgn Fire Grill,” Michael said. “We’ll continue to serve St. John at the Sun Dog Cafe and look forward to seeing you there. Greengos is a very good operation, a welcome addition to the St. John dining scene and we look forward to having them as friends and neighbors”

Michael and his wife Barbie acquired the Viva space back in 2013. Formerly La Plancha, Michael introduced us to Virgin Fire. From there, the space transformed into Viva Cantina. We’re excited to see what happens next. :)

Luxury Powerboat Charter Up For Sale

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For those of you looking to make a living out on the water everyday, this may be for you…

El Gato, a 37-foot luxury power catamaran, has just listed for sale. The asking price? $219,000. Here is the complete listing:

Have you ever dreamed of moving to the caribbean and owning your own boat charter company!!! Now you CAN!!

2009 Robertson And Caine Leopard 37 PowerCat – El Gato is currently running charters in the USVI and the BVI. She is licensed to run up to 12 guests and 2 crew. A mooring in Great Cruz Bay on St. John is included along with the website www.GatoVI.com and all marketing material and merchandise.

We have a great relationship with our current captain who also maintains the boat. Our charter booking agent would like to keep booking El Gato for you, if desired. We’ve updated the boat with tons of comforts for charter guests. El Gato gets great reviews on TripAdvisor and blows the competition away for a great day on the water. Her two Yamar engines are stingy on gas and very reliable. Comes with new Caribe dinghy and new Yamaha 9.9 four stroke motor.

Interested? All inquiries should be directed to this email address.

The Saharan Dust Has Arrived

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A small “haze” is starting to overtake St. Thomas.

For those of you here on island and those of you who’ve been checking out our webcams from the States, you may have noticed that our skies have had a bit of a haze over the past few days. Well that’s not haze you’re looking at, it’s actually Saharan Dust, and it looks like we have a bit more to come in the near future.

It happens every spring and summer. Over the past two years, the dust arrived during the last week of April, so we’re a bit luckier this year that it held out until now. What happens is that dust from the Saharan Desert travels west and clouds up the skies over the Virgin islands. It occurs when an increase of warm air causes sand particles to rise above the desert. Those particles are then transported over the Atlantic Ocean and across to the Caribbean. When the dust arrives in the territory, the islands’ typical bright blue skies are replaced by a haze. Visibility is reduced, and the air quality becomes poor. It also becomes very hot, something those of you on island may have also noticed over the past few days.

Here’s a better explanation that Eleanore Gibney gave us back in 2015:

“What we are seeing is the effects of desertification as the Sahara has been spreading south. The fine particles of soil from formerly fertile lands are easily blown off, unlike heavier sand particles. The process accelerated in the past 40 years, prior to that visible dust was never noted in the VI.”

This satellite image shows the amount of dust that’s currently near the Territory. As you can see, there is a large swath to our west. That will inevitably arrive in the Territory.

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Want to know the status of the Saharan Dust? Click here to view current satellite images. 

To give you a better idea of what the dust looks like when it arrives, check out this pic that we took last year:

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And here’s a pic without the dust:

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One good thing: The dust creates great sunsets. So check out those webcams around 6:30 p.m. or so. We’ll post pictures over on our Facebook page.

New Ferry Service to Begin June 1st

Beginning June 1st, there will be additional ferry service between St. John and St. Thomas.

Interisland Boat Service will begin ferry service between Crown Bay Marina and Cruz Bay. Crown Bay is the closest marina to the airport – roughly a five minute or so drive – so this is great for people traveling to and from the airport. Here is the new schedule in its entirety:

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Angel’s Rest Named Top Extravagant Bar

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Angel’s Rest – the US Virgin Islands’ only floating bar – was recently named one of the world’s top extravagant secluded island bars … how cool is that??!!

Supercall, an online publication that celebrates cocktails and culture, just released its best tropical bars list and named Angel’s Rest to the list. Congrats Peter! Here’s what they had to say:

There’s nothing more relaxing than sipping a frozen beverage or cold beer while watching the waves roll in on a beautiful beach. But oftentimes, oceanfront bars get overly crowded, which kind of spoils those sought-after, tranquil beach bum vibes. Fortunately, there are plenty of secluded beach bars around the world whose stunning and secluded locations also prevent large crowds. Far from the hustle and bustle, these tropical hideaways offer refuge from everyday life with cold drinks and beautiful scenery.

And specifically about Angel’s Rest:

Helmed by Captain Peter Hoschl, Angel’s Rest is a 40-foot pontoon boat bar that floats off the shore of St. John’s East End. Swim or boat up to the bar, where you can enjoy a variety of cooling beverages like an icy beer or the captain’s famous rum punch.

Angel’s Rest has become our “home away from home” of sorts ever since we launched News of St. John Tours. We’ve been visiting Peter several times a week and our guests have been having a blast. In fact, we’re headed out there again today!

So the next time you’re on St. John, make sure to swing by Angel’s Rest out in Haulover Bay. And if you need help getting there, we would be happy to take you!