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Coral Bay Views Jan 27 2019

Coral Bay as seen from Bordeaux Mountain

Well folks, today’s story is happy and sad at the same time. We’re happy that one of you may have the opportunity to run a successful restaurant on this beautiful island of ours. But on the flip side, we’re sad the current owner has decided to sell. As always, we’re going to focus on the positive. :)

Wok on the Beach, the delicious Asian fusion restaurant located in the recently renovated Isola building across from the harbor in Coral Bay, recently listed for sale. The asking price: $550,000. Here are the details straight from its listing:

Enjoy your buiness as you watch the boats sail Into the harbor

This is an ideal opportunity for a chef, experienced restaurant operator or just an entrepreneur searching for the tropical life style. Turn key operation on a highly popular establishment boasting 5 star reviews on all social media. Take advantage of the timing as we are entering what is promising to be a highly successful season.

Inventory, operational manuals, recipes are all included as well as owner training as needed. Make use of the enormous tax advantages by operating within a US Territory.

Wok on the Beach

Wok on the Beach (2016 file photo)

Wok on the Beach outside dining area

Wok on the Beach outside dining area – Image taken from the listing

This is a great opportunity for the right person. And as we’ve mentioned before, numerous businesses mentioned on this site have sold to News of St. John readers. Maybe the next owner is you!

Click here to view the listing in its entirety and to contact the owner.

Getting Here: Logistics & Airfare Deals!

Ferry Dock January 2019

Ok friends, it is getting c-o-l-d COLD up there! And naturally, we are here to help! We know that your St. John daydreaming is likely in overdrive lately as many of you deal with frigid temps and snowy weather. So today, we are going to do our best to entice you all to come and visit us where you can enjoy temps in the low 80s. Sounds great, doesn’t it? If so, then please read on!

First, let’s talk about logistics. If you want to visit St. John, first you must know that we are in the US Virgin Islands. Some people confuse us with St. John’s, Antigua. They have a “s” and we do not. I have actually had tour guests call me in a panic in the morning because their taxi didn’t know where the Red Hook ferry was. Well that’s because their cruise ship docked in Antigua … oops!

Ok, so now that we have that squared away, you may be wondering about airports. In order to visit St. John, you must fly into St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The airport code is STT. The airlines that fly into St. Thomas are Delta, JetBlue, American, United, Spirit, Cape Air, Liat and Seaborne (who recently merged with Silver).

Once you land, you need to get to the ferry. This is how 99 percent of people get to St. John. (The other one percent take a helicopter which can be pricey.) These days you have two ferry options. The main ferry leaves out of Red Hook on the hour, every hour. If you opt to take this ferry, you simply need to tell your taxi driver to take you to Red Hook. The ride is about 30-45 minutes from the airport. The ferry takes about 15 minutes.There is a new ferry operating out of Crown Bay, which is five minutes near the airport. That ferry ride takes about 35 minutes. Click here to read details on that. Both ferries will take you to Cruz Bay.

Ok, so there are the logistics for you. But before we move on to the great airfare deals we’ve found, let’s talk about leaving St. John. When you arrive at the airport on St. Thomas, you will have to go through US Customs before going through security. You do not have to fill out a form anymore, but you will have to answer a few simple questions about where you’re been, where you’re going and whether or not you are taking anything home with you. Because you have to go through Customs and security, you may want to allow yourselves some extra time.

Ok, now on to the airfare! Over on our Facebook page last night, we asked you all which airport you tend to fly from when visiting us. We looked over the top responses and searched for some great airfare deals. As always, we used Google’s airfare matrix, which is the best way to shop for flights in my opinion. And a little tip: look at one way tickets too. Sometimes you can save money that way.

So here is what we found when searching on January 28, 2019. We searched for the best roundtrip fares for a seven-night stay over the next 30 days.

New York: This deal we found was simply amazing!!! You can fly roundtrip on Delta, which is a direct flight out of JFK, for just $266 from February 25th through March 4th. Go and scoop this one up fast!

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Washington Dulles: More great airfares from Dulles! You can fly roundtrip, direct for just $325 leaving on the 21st, 22nd, 26th and 27th on United.

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Boston: JetBlue is resuming its direct flights from Boston to St. Thomas next month. But from what we see, they are only offering one-way tickets to St. Thomas. You will have to stop in San Juan on your way back to Boston. One-way fares to St. Thomas are just $152 on February 25th, 26th and 27th on JetBlue.

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Hartford: I have flown this route a lot. Usually your best bet is to make a quick stop in San Juan when flying JetBlue. The best fares I have found for this route is $225 one-way on JetBlue on the 20th. The majority of these flights are overnight flights. So if you live in this area, it may be better o drive to Boston or New York.

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Memphis: Sadly, we were unable to find any good deals for you all. Looks like roundtrip tickets are just under $1,000 for this route. :(

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Philadelphia: You can fly pretty inexpensively, but only if you don’t mind spending a full day in Orlando. Perhaps you’d like to see Mickey on your way home? The good news is that if you are willing to do so, you can fly here for just $218 roundtrip!

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Atlanta: I’ll never understand why it is more expensive to fly here from Atlanta than it is to fly through Atalanta when starting from somewhere else. Delta is charging a whopping $438 for a one-way ticket to St. Thomas. That’s ridiculous. Sorry Atlanta friends. :(

Orlando: Spirit flies here direct on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and has flights as low as $72 each way during the month of February.

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Detroit: Your best bet is to choose one-way flights. You can fly to St. Thomas on the 26th for just $144 on Spirit. You can fly home on the 5th for just $176. I was only able to get these fares when I chose one way tickets for some reason. So you get to St. Thomas for $320 roundtrip from Detroit, which is absolutely amazing!! Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 7.59.15 AM

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Milwaukee: For those of you living in this area, you also should look into one-way tickets. You can fly for just $286 on American on the 19th. You can then fly home on the 26th for $290. So the total cost roundtrip would be $576, not too shabby.

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I wish I had time to pull more airfares for you all, but I have an island tour to get ready for! Come see St. John with me! Learn more at www.newsofstjohn.com/islandtour

But before I leave you…

Soon you will have the chance to travel to and stay on St. John for just $25… Stay tuned!!!

 

Great News from Trunk Bay!

Trunk Bay Sign Jan 2019

Well folks, about a month ago we told you how the concessions were set to return to Trunk Bay. They’ve since opened – yay for that! – and to be honest, the place looks pretty darn good. We stopped by yesterday to take a few pics for you all.

But first, let’s talk about the weather. Temperatures this week are expected to be in the low 80s. I know that it’s pretty darn chilly up north, so now would be a great time to start scouring the web for some decent flight prices. But now back to Trunk…

Saturday afternoon at Trunk Bay

Saturday afternoon at Trunk Bay

As of today, the entrance fee is still being waived. From what we hear, it’s because the beach still does not have lifeguards. (None of the beaches on St. John have lifeguards.)

The new bar, food truck and retail shop are located to the right of the entrance if you’re looking toward the water. They’re right next to the old snack shack that was open in our pre-storm world. There is a nice variety of food and drinks being served. For those of you who enjoy having an adult beverage at the beach, you can make any drink “big” simply by paying an additional $4. And they even offer drink specials for those of you who live on island.

The food truck

The food truck

Food truck menu

Food truck menu

The bar

The bar

The bar menu

The bar menu

There is also a nice retail shop on site that sells everything from t-shirts to hats to sunscreen to water bottles. And for those of you who visited Cinnamon frequently over the years, you may recognize Ms. Gertrude who is working in the retail shop. Ms. Gertrude worked at Cinnamon Bay for more than 30 years!

Ms. Gertrude at the retail shop

Ms. Gertrude at the retail shop

The retail shop

The retail shop

Another view of the retail shop

Another view of the retail shop

How great does it all look??!!

The food truck, bar and retail shop open daily at 10:30 a.m. They close around 4 p.m. All three will be open until at least April. At that time, some permanent renovations of the old snack shack will likely take place. We will keep you all posted on that. In the meantime, have a great day everyone!

Ferry Service Set to Resume Between STJ and BVI

Cruz Bay Creek Customs Nov 2018

Plans are in the works to make it easier to get over to the British Virgin Islands.

According to the St. John Tradewinds, the Virgin Island Port Authority has plans to begin construction on a new customs building in Cruz Bay. The old customs building was destroyed and torn down. A temporary office, set in a modular building, opened back in June. This allowed boats to clear customs in Cruz Bay, however it has not allowed ferry service to resume. Currently ferries only go between Red Hook and the British Virgin Islands.

The building is expected to be completed by November. At that time, ferry service between St. John and the BVI will resume.

During construction, a portion of the customs’ lot will be used to store materials, therefore parking will be limited. Fortunately, we have additional parking options in Cruz Bay. Click here to read the article we wrote on that yesterday. 

More “news” you can use today! Have a great one everyone!

More Parking Options Available in Cruz Bay

Lumberyard Parking Jan 2019

Lumberyard parking

Parking in Cruz Bay just got a little easier…

So as you all probably know by now, the Lumberyard was destroyed during Hurricane Irma. The building was demolished back in August, and many have been wondering what would be built in its place. Well at the time being, nothing is being built, but the space is being put to good use as it recently opened up as paid parking lot.

From what we hear, this will not be permanent, but it’s good for now. It adds a significant amount of additional parking in town. The cost is $5 for the first hour-and-a-half, $10 for up to three hours (from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and $30 all day. They also offer a nighttime rate of $10 for two hours or $15 for more than two hours. Those rates are good from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Whatfside also reopened its Pay2Park yesterday. This option is more affordable as they only charge $15 for a full day – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This adds roughly two dozen additional spaces along the road and under the garage near Island Cork. This area was a paid lot prior to the storms, yet has been available for free on a first-come, first-served basis since September 2017. This, in my opinion, is a good sign that Wharfside is preparing to reopen in a full capacity.

Pay2Park at Wharfside

Pay2Park at Wharfside

Our buddy Slim also has a paid parking lot across from Wharfside. He is also running a lot across from Woody’s behind the old first bank. You can always guarantee service with a smile when you’re parking with Slim!

For those of you looking for free parking, you can do so in the custom’s lot, the gravel lot and at the lot beside the tennis courts. The gravel lot is dimly lit, so we do not suggest parking there at night.

That’s all we have for you today, folks… “news” you can use! Have a great Wednesday!

Love City Live Returns This Weekend!

Image credit: Love City Live's Facebook page

Image credit: Love City Live’s Facebook page

By now, you all probably know how much I love to share good news. Well today is no different. I am so excited to tell you that one of the island’s hottest music events is returning this weekend after a one-year absence. And you know what? We could not be more excited about this!

Love City Live is coming back for the seventh time this weekend and will be holding events Thursday through Sunday. (Sadly, the event organizers were forced to cancel the 2018 event following the dual hurricanes.) Love City Live describes itself as being “a Caribbean-centric lifestyle brand born on St. John, US Virgin Islands; raised in Caribbean culture; and groomed by Roots Reggae music.”

“St. John is our home,” Love City Live states on its website. “The ocean is our playground. The beach is our refuge. Reggae is our soundtrack. One Love is our Vibe…Join us and Indulge.”

Here is a list of this weekend’s events, also dubbed Summer in January:

Thursday, January 24th: Hush Soiree
The official VIP welcome reception. Cocktail lounge type atmosphere, live DJ, top shelf bar & gourmet Caribbean hors d’ouevres by Oasis Private Chefs. This event is exclusively for Love City Live’s VIP clients and Summer in January VIP weekend pass holders.

Friday, January 25th: The All White Beach Party
Indulge in this upscale tropical dance party experience on the beach in Cruz Bay. The vibe is island chic, the tempo is pulsating, the dress code is “All-White.” This event runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be special return ferries to Red Hook (St. Thomas) after the event. You must purchase a ticket in advance for this event. Please click here to buy tickets. 

Saturday, January 26th: Reggae in the Ruins featuring Romain Virgo
Let your hair down and enjoy this “Rootsy” one love Reggae extravaganza amidst the historic Estate Susannaberg Ruins. It will be a mystical night of live Reggae bands, featured local artist, local food, Ital/vegan food, island-style bars, arts & craft vendors and good vibes. Headline performance by international Reggae star Romain Virgo. (Chairs and blankets allowed, no coolers). This event runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be special return ferries to Red Hook (St. Thomas) after the event. You must purchase a ticket in advance for this event. Please click here to buy tickets. 

Sunday, January 27th: The Powerboat Party
The PowerBoat Party!!!!…All ocean roads lead to Pirate’s Bight (Norman Island, BVI) for a mega beach party with live DJ!!! The boats departs St. John 9am “sharp.” Grab a space on one of the powerboats, sail your own or charter one and join us for an amazing day of beach, boating and one love vibes. Book your space on our fleet for the full Love City Live! experience. Each boat pass includes drinks onboard, lunch and BVI customs & immigration fees. Please click here to buy tickets. 

Want to know more about Love City Live? Visit its website at www.lovecitylivellc.com.