Another Webcam Is Up & Running!

sunset ridge webcam

Wow, what a week to get your St. John fix! We have yet another webcam that is up and running!

Sunset Ridge is located in Cruz Bay and is comprised of six, two-building units. They have great views of Cruz Bay, Turner Bay, Pillsbury Sound and beyond. And just like their name says, they have amazing sunset views too!

Click here to check out their webcam.

Click here to check out the new News of St. John webcam. 

And click here to see all of our webcams.

Our Webcam is Back Up & Running!

news of st john tours webcam

Hello everyone and happy Labor Day! We’re back!

I just wanted to quickly let you all know that our webcam is back up and running. So if you’re bored today or just need a little St. John in your life, please check it out at www.newsofstjohn.com/webcam

Our view overlooks the Westin and Great Cruz Bay. So for all of you Westin lovers out there, you can actually see the rebuilding process in real time. And for those of you looking for a great sunset, keep an eye on our webcam between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and you will see some great sky color shows. The sun is slowly shifting to the left of our view, so soon you may even catch the green flash in the next few months!

We initially launched our webcam last night, but then it went down due to some internet issues. Those seem to be fixed, so we are good to go!

Want to see all of webcams? Check them out at www.newsofstjohn.com/2018webcams

Have a great holiday everyone! Be safe and have fun!

New Flights Being Added!!

airplane

Well everyone, we have fantastic news to share with all of you today! The airlines are finally adding more flights to St. Thomas … how exciting is that??!!

The US Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association announced Wednesday that the following airlines will begin service to St. Thomas:

  • Spirit will inaugurate service between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas (STT) with three flights a week beginning November 8th.
  • American – which already serves St. Thomas with flights twice daily from Miami – will begin daily service between St. Thomas and Charlotte on November 4th.
  • American will resume flights between Philadelphia and St. Thomas on December 19th.
  • American will also resume flights between New York and St. Thomas on December 22nd.
  • United Airlines will offer daily nonstop service between Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) and St. Thomas this winter (date tbd).
  • JetBlue Airways will resume its daily Boston to St. Thomas route between February 14, 2019, and April 22, 2019.

What great news!

And here is a list of current flights courtesy of the USVI Hurricane Information and Assistance Facebook page:

Current Direct and Connecting flight options to St. Thomas:

– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 571
– Delta Airlines (New York City JFK) Flight 465
– Spirit .(Fort Lauderdale) Flight 201
– JetBlue (FLL- SJU-STT) Flight 1053, 1653 then flight 1236
– JetBlue (BOS-STT via SJU) Flight 861 (short stop at SJU)
– United (Houston) Flight 1123
– United (Newark, NJ – SJU) Flight 1523
– United (Washington DC) Flight 1443
– CapeAir (from SJU) Flight 8031, 8091
– CapeAir (St. Croix) Flight 8661, 8681
– Seaborne (STX) Flight 3512, 3493

Current Direct and Connecting flight options from St. Thomas

– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 307
– Delta (New York City JFK) Flight 676
– Spirit (Fort Lauderdale) Flight 212
– Jetblue (STT-SJU-FLL) Flight 1035 then 1654
– JetBlue (Boston, MA) Flight 462/562 (short stop in SJU)
– United (Houston, TX) Flight 1124
– United (SJU-Newark, NJ) Flight 1173
-United (Washington DC) Flight 1445
– CapeAir (to SJU) Flight 8021

Happy airline ticket shopping everyone! Hope to see you all soon!!

More Parking Options Available in Cruz Bay

cruz bay overlook
Ok folks, so we get a ton of emails here at News of St. John. And one topic that comes up quite a bit involves parking in Cruz Bay. So today we’re going to let you know who is currently open, and where you can and cannot park.

So anyone who has been to St. John knows that parking comes at a premium. The good news is that the parking lot behind the old First Bank has reopened, adding a good amount of paid parking downtown. We hear that Slim is running the lot, which is great news. This lot is located across from Woody’s and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

old first bank parking lot

first bank parking lot prices

Now there are a few other options for parking in Cruz Bay. Here is a quick rundown:

Free Parking

One small-ish free option is next to the tennis courts in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles lot. This is where the Little Olive food truck is. There are roughly 20 spaces, I believe, but they go fast.

You can also park for free at the customs lot across from the Post Office.

customs area parking lot

Lot near the old customs building

 

The small lot across from the BVI ferries in Cruz Bay is also free, as is the teeny lot beside it near the walkway to the National Park Visitor’s Center.

secret parking

(Pre-storm pic)

national park dock parking area

There are a handful of spots across from Mongoose Junction on the road that leads behind the National Park Visitor’s Center. Be careful over there, however, as some spots can only be used at certain hours and others are for permitted vehicles only.

parking across from Mongoose

(The gravel lot is free, although I am hesitant to park there as we’ve been hearing some stories regarding vandalism lately. So I would stay away from there until that gets cleaned up.)

Lastly, there are a handful of spots in front of Wharfside that are currently available for free. However I believe this will be changing once more businesses reopen in the waterfront complex. We will keep you posted on that.

Free Parking if You’re Using a Business

There are several parking options you can use if you are visiting a business. Parking at Mongoose Junction, Bayside Mini Mart and Lucky Chops/convenience store are all reserved for customers. If you park in these areas and are not using a business or use a business and then walk around town, you will be at risk for getting a ticket, booted or towed.

mongoose junction august 2018

bayside parking

Bayside Mini Mart (pre-storm pic)

Paid Parking

There are currently a handful of paid lots in Cruz Bay. You can park at the lot behind the old First Bank, which we mentioned above, Slim Man’s which is across from Wharfside Village, or L&L Jeep Rental’s lot which is across from the ball field and next to Extra Virgin Bistro.

Slim Man's paid parking

Slim Man’s paid parking (pre-storm pic)

L&L Jeep Rental's paid parking lot

L&L Jeep Rental’s paid parking lot (pre-storm pic)

So there you have it folks. News you can use today! Ps: Can you tell that it’s slow season??!! :)

Animal Care Center Needs Canned Cat Food

ACC

Hello all! I just wanted to make a quick post to help out our friends over at the Animal Care Center. They are in desperate need of canned cat food. If you are able to, please send some to:

Animal Care Center
5000 Estate Enighed
PMB 471
St. John VI 00830

The Animal Care Center (ACC) is a registered nonprofit. They do amazing work for our community and for our island’s cats and dogs.

Here are a few pics of Charlie, my adorable little ACC rescue pup. :) charlie 2

charlie storm chasing

feb 1 charlie

Charlie!!

Charlie!!

Cruz Bay Business For Sale

mongoose junction sign august 2018
Hello everyone and happy Monday! We had an amazing weekend celebrating St. John at the Kenny Chesney shows in Foxboro, but now it’s time to get back to work!!

We get a lot of emails here asking about businesses that are currently for sale. And currently, there aren’t too many, which I think is a good thing because it means that our business owners are happy. :) But there is one business that has been listed for a bit, and I think it would be a good opportunity for someone wanting to own a retail store on one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Bamboula is a neat little boutique located in Mongoose Junction. It sells clothing, accessories, unique decor and artwork. In a recent visit to St John, cartoonist/artist Maggie Roswell called Bamboula “the best store in the world.” See for yourself:

bamboula

bamboula clothes bamboula gifts

bamboula jewelry

Looks great, right??!!

Bamboula is currently listed for $125,000. For more information, please contact Karye Carney of Holiday Homes at Karye@holidayhomesvi.com.