Throwback Thursday: East End to Maho Bay

Hello folks and happy Thursday! Yesterday was our fourth anniversary here at News of St. John, so we’ve been looking through some of our archives. We found this little video that we took back in 2014. It’s a GoPro video which starts way out on the East End and ends over at Maho Bay. We hope you enjoy it. Have a great day everyone!

Jolly Dog Opens New Store in Coral Bay

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The Jolly Dog Trading Co., the popular clothing and souvenir shop located next to Skinny’s in Coral Bay, has just opened a second location, and we’re super excited about it!

The new shop – called Jolly Dog Virgin Territory – is located in the former Voyages building across from the harbor in Coral Bay. The new space has different items than its flagship store including handpicked items from the owners’ travels, as well as locally-made jewelry by the very talented Kimberly Nogueira. The store also carries popular brands like Quiksilver, Billabong, RBCA, Maui Jim and Chaco sandals.

Check out a couple of pictures of the new space:

Jolly Dog has been opening on St. John since 1997. The hours at its new location – Jolly Dog Virgin Territory –  are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.

More exciting stuff is happening over at the former Voyages building. Stay tuned for more info on that…

New Package Added to News of St. John Raffle!

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Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! We hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend! We’d like to start the workweek off right by letting you know that we have added a third package to our News of St. John raffle! Again, we would like to thank all of the businesses who have donated and especially the three new ones that reached out to the over the past few days.

The new package (Package C) will be given to the third place winner. This package includes:

  • A full day US powerboat tour with Flyaway Charters. Flyaway Charters is one of the longest running powerboat charters on St. John. Its captains have years of experience and are always excited to share their passion for the islands with you. Flyaway Charters is based out of Coral Bay, and they promise a day out with them will be the best day of your vacation.
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Morgan’s Mango
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Thirsty Donkey – This is a new restaurant in Coral Bay, formerly Sweet Plantains. We will tell you all about it later this week. :)
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Flyaway Charters is one of our new prizes added to the News of St. John raffle!

Ok, so here’s how the raffle is going to work. We will pick three winners. All tickets will be entered into one drawing. The first ticket drawn will receive Package A. The second ticket drawn will receive Package B. The third ticket drawn will receive Package C.

Tickets are only $10 each. You can buy as many as you’d like. Proceeds will be given to the new Island Health and Wellness Center. (Click here to read the story we wrote about the Center last week and learn why it’s such a crucial part of St. John.)

The goal is to raise a ton of money for the new health and wellness center, so we are not limiting the number of tickets sold.

The raffle will end at 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2017. The winner will be announced on or about June 10, 2017.

 

Here is the full list of all three packages-

Package A (the first place winner): 

  • A Five-Night Stay at The Penthouse at Sunset Serenade by Island Abodes (Click here to check out their website and Click here for terms)
  • A $200 VISA Gift Card courtesy of St. John Car Rental (to be used toward a Jeep rental, airfare, etc.)
  • A Beautiful “Reef Bay” Bracelet courtesy of VIBE Collection (Click here to see a pic)
  • A Turtle Picnic Snorkel Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • A Sunset Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of Just Beach!
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A Pizza Party for 10 at Joe’s Rum Hut – Unlimited Pizza & Beer for One Hour!
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to UMAMI
  • A $75 Gift Certificate to The Terrace
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Barefoot Cowboy
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Longboard
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Woody’s

Package B (the second place winner):

  • A Three-Night Stay at Gallows Point (Click here to check out their website)
  • A News of St. John Island Tour (Click here to check out our website)
  • A Scuba Trip (two tank for certified divers and one-tank for non-certified) OR a Full Day US Trip on Busy Bee Charters
  • A Sunset Sail on Born to Rhumb (with yours truly as your first mate!)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of St. John Beach Bum
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Waterfront Bistro
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Ocean Grill
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Sun Dog Cafe
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cafe Roma
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Tap Room plus a case of beer! (your choice of flavors)
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to High Tide
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Beach Bar

Package C (the third place winner):

  • A full day US sail with Flyaway Charters. Flyaway Charters is one of the longest running powerboat charters on St. John. Its captains have years of experience and are always excited to share their passion for the islands with you. Flyaway Charters is based out of Coral Bay, and they promise a day out with them will be the best day of your vacation.
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Morgan’s Mango
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Thirsty Donkey – This is a new restaurant in Coral Bay, formerly Sweet Plantains. We will tell you all about it later this week. :)

 

The fine print: All prizes are subject to availability. All prizes are subject to the specific business’s terms and conditions.

More fine print: Once a ticket or tickets are purchased, I Jenn, owner of News of St. John) will personally write all of your names on raffle tickets. I will then put them all in a hat, bucket, etc. and we will pull the winner live on video. That will be posted here on newsofstjohn.com. Raffle tickets will not be mailed to the purchaser. We ask for your address, so we know where to send the winning packages. 

Beach to Beach Swim Happening Sunday

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The 14th annual Beach to Beach Power Swim is happening this Sunday. Here are the details straight from the Friends of the VI National Park:

Imagine the Caribbean sun, azure water, white sand beaches, and vibrant coral reefs that await competitors as they swim through the pristine Virgin Islands National Park waters. Described by Swimming World Magazine as “the most beautiful open water swim in the world”, the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim has also recently been ranked in the top 20 on two reputable open water swimming websites Best 100 Open Water Swims in the World. This year’s event will be the largest ever, with 350 competitors! Hosted by Friends of Virgin Islands National Park, the event raises money for preservation, conservation and education programs in Virgin Islands National Park.

The Beach-to-Beach Power Swim contains four simultaneous events:

  • Short course (solo) from Maho Beach to Cinnamon Beach (1 mile)
  • Intermediate course (solo) from Maho Beach to Trunk Beach (2 ¼ miles)
  • Long course (solo) from Maho Beach to Hawksnest Beach (3 ½ miles)
  • Long course (three-person relay teams) from Maho Beach to Hawksnest Beach. The relay team transition points will be at Cinnamon Beach and Trunk Beach.

Please visit www.friendsvinp.org/swim for complete information on this event. There are reduced registration fees for swimmers 17 years and younger; as well as reduced registration fees for early registration (early registration ends May 5th).

Swimmers can also register:

  • By phone by calling 340-779-4940
  • Or in person by visiting: The Friends of the Park Stores: Mongoose Junction & National Park Service Visitor Center, Cruz Bay … Connections – Cruz Bay, St. John … Caribbean Surf Co. – Havensight and Red Hook, St. Thomas

News of St. John is Holding a Raffle!

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Earlier today, we told you all about the new Island Health and Wellness Center. Well now it’s time to raise some money for this much needed service, so we’re holding a raffle! And it’s a pretty darn good one!

In less than 24 hours, I was able to secure the prizes listed below. That shows just how amazing this small community is. So thank you to each of the businesses listed below. Please patronize them the next time you’re on island. :)

Ok, so here’s how the raffle is going to work. We will pick two winners – one for Package A and then a second for Package B. Tickets are only $10 each. You can buy as many as you’d like. (The goal is to raise a ton of money for the new health and wellness center, so we are not limiting the number of tickets sold.) The raffle will end at 11:59 p.m. on June 7, 2017. The winner will be announced on or about June 10, 2017.

Now on to the prizes…

Package A: 

  • A Five-Night Stay at The Penthouse at Sunset Serenade by Island Abodes (Click here to check out their website and Click here for terms)
  • A $200 VISA Gift Card courtesy of St. John Car Rental (to be used toward a Jeep rental, airfare, etc.)
  • A Beautiful “Reef Bay” Bracelet courtesy of VIBE Collection (Click here to see a pic)
  • A Turtle Picnic Snorkel Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • A Sunset Sail for two on Island Spirit courtesy of Cruz Bay Watersports (Click here for more details)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of Just Beach!
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A Pizza Party for 10 at Joe’s Rum Hut – Unlimited Pizza & Beer for One Hour!
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to UMAMI
  • A $75 Gift Certificate to The Terrace
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Barefoot Cowboy
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cruz Bay Landing
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Longboard
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Woody’s

Package B:

  • A Three-Night Stay at Gallows Point (Click here to check out their website)
  • A News of St. John Island Tour (Click here to check out our website)
  • A Scuba Trip (two tank for certified divers and one-tank for non-certified) OR a Full Day US Trip on Busy Bee Charters
  • A Sunset Sail on Born to Rhumb (with yours truly as your first mate!)
  • Snorkel Gear Rental courtesy of St. John Beach Bum
  • Two Personal Training Sessions courtesy of Love City Fit Club
  • A $100 Gift Certificate to Waterfront Bistro
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Ocean Grill
  • A $50 Gift Certificate to Sun Dog Cafe
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to Cafe Roma
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Tap Room plus a case of beer! (your choice of flavors)
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to High Tide
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to The Beach Bar

 

The fine print: All prizes are subject to availability. All prizes are subject to the specific business’s terms and conditions.

More fine print: Once a ticket or tickets are purchased, I (Jenn, owner of News of St. John) will personally write all of your names on raffle tickets. I will then put them all in a hat, bucket, etc. and we will pull the winner live on video. That will be posted here on newsofstjohn.com. Raffle tickets will not be mailed to the purchaser. We ask for your address, so we know where to send the winning packages.