Price Reduction: Beautiful Villa Overlooking Chocolate Hole (with no storm damage)

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For those of you looking to own a home on St. John, you may want to learn more about this villa that recently had a nice price reduction. It’s beautiful, turnkey, has views of Chocolate Hole, had no structural storm damage and even better – it’s a successful vacation rental that just housed guests for the Christmas holiday. Check it out…

Villa Divertimento is a beautiful, custom-built home that faces east into Chocolate Hole harbor. This masonry and stone villa offers one one level, and two air conditioned bedrooms with en suite bathrooms complete with outdoor stone showers. A great room, dining room, kitchen, laundry and half bath complete the home. There is a sleeping loft in the great room, offering two additional twin beds for guest overflow.

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living space

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kitchen

dining area

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stone shower

A pool cabana sits beside the 30-foot swimming pool, which offers an additional sitting area. This cabana can easily be converted into another bedroom should the buyer choose to do so. There is also room to add an additional master suite.

Custom mahogany windows and doors, poured concrete counter tops and a large parking area are just some of this villa’s many features. The insulated roof has a solar net metering system on it to greatly reduce and zero out your electric bills.

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outdoor stairs

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large parking area

Villa Divertimento is now listed $1,150,000. For more information, please contact Tammy Donnelly at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

Please Take an Island Tour with Us! -News of St. John Tours

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Well folks, today I am very happy to tell you all that News of St. John Tours are up and running! And if you are lucky enough to be able to visit St. John this year, I would love to take you out!

You may be wondering what exactly News of St. John Tours is, or perhaps you’re wondering why you would need to or want to take an island tour here on St. John. Well here’s the answer to that and much more…

For starters, News of St. John Tours is St. John’s only private island tour. The tour is five hours long, and I promise it will be the best day of your entire vacation! (We’ve received a ton of five-star reviews to back that up! Click here to read them.) All tours are conducted in my clean, four-door Jeep Wrangler, and most importantly, I am a licensed tour guide here on island. That basically means that I successfully jumped through a ton of hoops for the government, all so I can show you why I love this island so very much. :)

So what exactly do we do on these tours? Well we pretty much can do whatever you’d like! We can do some sightseeing, and stop and take pictures at one of several beautiful overlooks here on island. Or perhaps you’d like to visit a centuries-old old sugar mill or plantation ruins. We can stop at one of the island’s world famous beaches for some snorkeling, lounging, beach combing, or simply for some fun in the sun. We can grab a bite to eat along the way and even imbibe in a few cocktails or cold ones – you, not me of course! We can do one of these activities or all of them – it’s completely up to you!

Trunk Bay Wednesday afternoon

Trunk Bay Wednesday afternoon

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Francis Bay Tuesday afternoon

Annaberg sugar mill in December

Annaberg sugar mill in December

Taking a News of St. John Tour is a great way to get yourself acclimated to the island at the beginning of your vacation. That’s why we recommend that all first timers book us for the beginning of your stay. And for those of you who have come here more than once or even for years, we promise that we can show you places you’ve never seen and we can tell you tidbits about the island that you have never heard.

The cost of a News of St. John Tour is regularly $400 for up to four people; however we are currently offering a discounted rate of $300 while the island continues to heal. We provide beach chairs, a beach umbrella, boogie boards, noodles, and a Yeti cooler filled with ice and water. And no need to worry, we never combine groups. Lastly, gas is included.

And new for 2018…

We’re now offering a combination land/sea tour! We’re super excited about this! Here are all the details on that!

For those of you looking to see the island’s best spots by land and then take a little boat ride, we’ve got you covered! Our new News of St. John Land/Sea Tour will begin in Cruz Bay where you will hop in my Jeep and we will cruise up the North Shore. We will stop at the overlooks, beaches and can even visit Peace Hill and Annaberg ruins along the way. From there, we will head across the island and down to Coral Bay where we will grab a quick bite to eat. Then we will meet up with Flyaway Charters and they will whisk you out on the water. You can opt to take a relaxing cruise along the South Shore, stop for a snorkel or two, or even head up to the Petroglyphs via the bottom of the Reef Bay Trail. Just like our land tours, you get to decide which activities you do!

Flyaway Charters will drop you off in Cruz Bay, right where we began the tour. I will be there to greet you of course, and to answer any last questions you may have about your time here on St. John.

Our News of St. John Land/Sea Tours are approximately six hours long and cost $600. You will spend approximately 2-3 hours on land and approximately 3-4 hours on the water. Fuel for the boat is included in the cost.

Doesn’t all of this sound great?! Well it sure does to me!

If you’re ready to book your tour, or if you have any questions on the land tour with me or the land/sea tour I will be conducting along with Flyaway Charters, please feel free to contact me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com or call/text (203) 376-3786.

Thanks everyone! I hope to see you soon!

St. John Catering Moves into The Fish Trap

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The Fish Trap – file photo

A few months back, we told you how the owners of The Fish Trap had listed the restaurant for sale. Well we’ve recently learned that the restaurant is no longer for sale and that a very popular chef has rented the space instead.

Mathayom Vahcarat, owner of Mathayom Private Chefs & St. John Catering, announced yesterday that he will be taking over the former Fish Trap space, which is great news in our book. Mathayom lost his previous space, Windy Level, during Hurricane Irma. Since November, he’s been working out of the Little Olive food truck in Cruz Bay.

Here’s what Mathayom had to say on his website:

The move represents a huge move forward for us after losing our previous space, Windy Level, in Hurricane Irma last September. Since then the team, under Chef/Owner Mathayom Vacharat, has been working hard to rebuild taking over the Little Olive Food Truck in December and the Fish Trap starting in 2018. We have also continued to provide the best in catering and private chef services across St. John and the Virgin Islands and are now taking reservations for the 2018 season.

As for our new space at the former Fish Trap restaurant owner Mathayom says, “We are going to make some big changes and hope to have our new space up and operating by mid-February,” so stay tuned for the grand unveiling in 2018. “And a big thank you to all the friends, family, and clients who have helped us get back on track so quickly; we look forward to serving the community once again.”

We’ll keep you all posted on this as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, if you’d like to request more information, please contact Mathayom at 340-777-5464 or request@stjohncatering.com. You can also visit his website at https://stjohncatering.com.

2018 Is Going to be a Good Year…

Cruz Bay beach, Jan. 2, 2018

Cruz Bay beach, Jan. 2, 2018

Well folks, I’m back! Happy 2018! I’m super excited to be back on island after spending some time up in the States with my family and friends for the holidays. I’m also excited to see what 2018 brings for all of us. And to be honest, I think it’s going to be an amazing year here on St. John. It’s also an amazing time to visit us, so please start your trip planning! And if you already have a trip planned, wonderful! And thank you!! Here’s a quick overview of why you should visit, as well as some answers to frequently asked questions I receive here at News of St. John.

Why should you visit? Well because it’s St. John! It’s beautiful, warm and, most importantly, we’re open and we’re all eager to have you! I just tossed on a pair of flip flops, walked outside to the beach and snapped that picture above. It’s currently 81 degrees and sunny. Does is get any better that that??!!

So let’s start with how you can get here… I know the flights aren’t working completely in our favor, but they’re still doable. American still only has two flights daily via Miami. Delta only has one flight daily via Atlanta. Spirit flies on Wednesdays and Saturdays via Ft. Lauderdale. JetBlue flies daily via San Juan. So like I said, it is doable. But the flights are limited, so you will have to do some planning. If none of the above-mentioned flights work for you, you can always fly to San Juan. (The airport there is open and working perfectly, so no need to worry about that.) From there, you can hop on JetBlue, Cape Air or Seaborne to get to St. Thomas.

Here is a list of the current flight options courtesy of the USVI Hurricane Information an Assistance page on Facebook.

Current Direct and Connecting flight options to STT:

– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 571 (661)
– Spirit only Wed. & Sat. (Fort Lauderdale) Flight 201
– JetBlue (FLL- SJU-STT) Flight 1053, 1653 then flight 1236
– United (Newark, NJ – SJU) Flight 1523
– CapeAir (from SJU) Flight 8031, 8091
– CapeAir (St. Croix) Flight 8661, 8681
– Seaborne (STX) Flight 3512, 3493

Current Direct and Connecting flight options from STT:

– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 307 (former 674)
– Spirit only Wed. & Sat. (Fort Lauderdale) Flight 212
-Jetblue (STT-SJU-FLL) Flight 1035 then 1654
-United (SJU-Newark, NJ) Flight 1173
– CapeAir (to SJU) Flight 8021

Effective March 11, Delta 307 will become #873

Ok, so you have your flight options… Now where do you stay? Well fortunately we have a ton of options for that too. Yes, the Westin and Caneel are closed and will be all year, but we have a ton of other options. Here is a list of our sponsors who are currently open or accepting future reservations:

Now on to Jeep rentals… I highly recommend renting here on St. John, rather than renting over on St. Thomas. There are a few reasons for that. 1. Some of the traffic lights still do not work on St. Thomas. 2. There are numerous large potholes on St. Thomas. 3. Now this is the biggest reason why you shouldn’t rent over there – the car barges. We’re down to two only. If one happens to break or is down for maintenance, the lines can be extremely long, and I’m pretty sure that no one wants to spend their vacation waiting to get on a barge for hours. There are several here who are open including St. John Car Rental and L&L.

Phone/internet/cable services: Landlines are still not working for most business. So if you try to call someone and aren’t getting anyone on the line, that’s why. AT&T service is up and running, although it can be spotty from time to time. Verizon still does not work well here. It didn’t pre-storm either. There is free wifi around the island for you to use. We still do not have cable service here on island, but the Dish network does work. So the properties that have satellite TV are currently the lucky ones. All of this should be fixed very soon from what we hear.

So if you are looking to make a reservation, your best bet is email. Please be patient because internet can also be spotty at times, and I am sure many businesses have been inundated with emails.

You’re also probably wondering what is open. Well the good news is that more places are open than are closed. The majority of the restaurants and shops in Cruz bay are open. Over in Coral Bay, Skinny’s, Indigo, Oasis, Wok on the Beach and Pizzabar are all open. Jolly Dog and the shops at Skinny’s are too. Back in Cruz Bay, Wharfside and most of the beachfront complex remains closed. The Spice Shop, Beach Bum, Freebird and Island Cork are all open, however. Joe DeCourcy, owner of Wharfside, is aiming to reopen his parcel, which includes Joe’s Rum Hut by March 1st. The Beach Bar hopes to open a bit sooner than that. High Tide remains closed unfortunately. According to its owners, its parcel still does not have water. We will keep you all posted on this section of town as more information becomes available.

As we told you last month, the entire National Park is open. This means that all beaches, trails and roads are open. And the beaches are beautiful! And they’re not crowded! I’m heading out for some beach time today, and I’ll be certain to post some pics over on our Facebook page.

So once you’re on island, you’ll want to have some fun, right? Well News of St. John Tours is open, as are numerous charter boats! I would love to take you all on a Jeep tour around the island. We can do some sightseeing, beach hopping, check out some ruins and more! Please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/islandtours to learn more.

Looking to get out on the water? Boat Day VI, Born to Rhumb, Island Roots, Love City Excursions, Palm Tree Charters are all up and running, and ready to take you out! Kekoa is still repairing its boat, but they’ll be ready to take you out later this year.

So I’m not sure about all of you, but I think that 2018 is an amazing time for you all to visit St. John. If you gave any specific questions, please feel free to email me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com. It may take a bit for me to respond, but I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

New Year’s Eve Happenings

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I simply cannot believe that it is almost New Year’s Eve. There are several fun things happening on island. Here’s a quick rundown…

The Beach Bar: The Beach Bar is opening for one night only, and we’re pretty certain they’re going to throw a great party! (Don’t worry, they will be open full time soon enough…) Here’s what they had to say on their Facebook page:

The Best NYE Shindig on St John is just a couple of days away!! THE ISH…LIVE on Cruz Bay Beach at Wharfside Village!! NO COVER CHARGE….NO CUSTOMS FEES…$1 Coronas and Red Stripes, $3 Cocktails & Shots, $9 Lamarca Bubbly Splits!!! COME REVEL WITH US….COLD BEER, HOT ROCK, EXPECT NO MERCY!!!

The party starts at 8 p.m. at The Beach Bar.

Drink: Drink recently reopened, and we couldn’t be more excited about that! They’re having their annual party too complete with a ball drop. Here’s what they had to say on their Facebook page:

Counting down to 2018 and the great NYE party at DR!NK!! We’ll be rockin out with our favorite DJ Top Notch, with drink specials, the ball drop, and did we mention no cover charge?! See you there!!
#drinkstjohn #drinknewyears #newyears2018 #djtopnotch #virginislands #stjohn #letsdrink

The party starts at 9 p.m. at Drink.

Lime Inn: Lime Inn is getting in on the action too this year, and their party sounds like it’s going to be a blast. Here’s what they had to say over on their Facebook page:

After a crazy 2017, we at the Lime Inn will be having a New Years Eve Block Party. There will be a 100ft ball drop from a BBC truck, drink specials, music by DJ General Kuntry, and more fun tings. Come ring in the New Year the right way, with lots of bubbles.

The party starts at 8:30 p.m. at Lime Inn. Admission is $20 and includes a split of Mionetto.

Looks like it’s going to be an other great New Year’s Eve on St. John!!

Taking Some Time Off…

Hi folks, I hope you had a great holiday. We’re taking a few days off this week. We will be back this weekend. Have a great week everyone!