Is the Mister B Back Up & Running?

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Mister B – March 1, 2017

More great news on the car barge front!

We received this pic (above) earlier today, which shows a few cars loaded onto the Mister B. After loading a handful of vehicles, the Mister B left Enighed Pond. That’s definitely a good sign!

For those of you who may be a bit late to the party on this, the Mister B was seized by federal agents back in January 2016 after its owners, Boyson Inc., failed to make payments on a pretty hefty loan. Boyson was able to get the Mister B back last month.

For those of you looking for daily updates on the car barge schedule, there’s now a Facebook page where you can check out or post daily updates on wait times, etc. Click here to view the St. John Car Barge Schedule page on Facebook. 

Gifft Hill School Auction Happening Now!

A three-night stay at Caneel Bay is one of the items up for auction. Photo credit: Bluegrass Photography

A three-night stay at Caneel Bay is one of the items up for auction. Photo credit: Blueglass Photography

Gosh, it truly feels like it’s auction/raffle season! We’ve got another one to tell you about folks! The annual Gifft Hill School auction is happening now! Here are all of the details…

Each year, the Gifft Hill School holds its annual gala which supports the school’s scholarship fund. More than 70 percent of the students who attend Gifft Hill receive some sort of scholarship assistance, so this is a pretty important event. This year’s gala is happening on Saturday, March 11th. Can’t make it? No need to worry! You can get in on the action from the comfort of your own home.

You can participate two ways: 1. Bid in its online auction. 2. Purchase a Golden Ticket.

Online Auction

Here is a sampling of the current items up for auction:

  • Kiawah Sanctuary Stay + Golf in South Carolina 
  • Sunset Staycation Package – Grande Bay on St. John & more
  • Caneel Bay Getaway
  • Sunshine on St. John – Sirenusa on St. John & more
  • Four-night stay in Park City
  • Flying Viking Four-Night Sailing Charter
  • Bruno Mars in New York City

Click here to view the full list of items. 

Bidding is open now. It will close at on Saturday, March 11th at noon.

Golden Ticket

You can also participate and support the school by purchasing a Golden Ticket. Golden Tickets cost $100 and only 200 will be sold. The Golden Ticket will be drawn at the start of the Live Auction. The winner need not be present to win. The winner chooses their prize from the list of 25 items. That item is then pulled from the list of offerings and not auctioned off at the event, but instead given to the winning ticket holder. Here is a list of the 25 items the winning Golden Ticket winner can choose from:

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Click here to purchase a Golden Ticket. 

For those of you looking to attend the gala, there is currently a wait list. You can add your name to that list by calling 340-776-1735. Tickets are available, however, for the Silent Auction/cocktail hour portion of the evening, which lasts from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The cost for that ticket is $25.

This year’s theme is Carnival, so it will be colorful and fun! R&I Patton is again creating a new gorgeous set of jewelry to be raffled that evening. The school will also have its famous Wall of Wine – guests can purchase chances to play the “Heads or Tails” game to win the entire wall of wine, about 100 bottles.

And after the event, everyone is invited to head on over to Drink for an afterparty. All proceeds of that event will benefit Gifft Hill School.

Men’s Journal Names St. John 1 of 22 Places to Go in 2017

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Cinnamon Bay

Wow, you know you live in a special place when a pretty popular magazine names your tiny island one of only 22 places in the world you should visit this year! Woohoo!

Men’s Journal just released “The 22 Places to Go in 2017” and St. John made the cut. Here’s what they had to say about us:

Why now: The rundown facilities at Saint John’s Virgin Islands National Park will get a major revamp in 2017, most notably in Cinnamon Bay, where new dining options and eco-tents will liven up the park’s only official lodgings. The island is also in the midst of a major conservation battle to prevent two large marina projects from mucking up the ecologically sensitive Coral Bay Harbor.

What to see: Rent a kayak or SUP at Cinnamon Bay’s water sports facility to explore the coast. Then snorkel at nearby Waterlemon Cay, hike the Reef Bay Trail to Taíno petroglyphs, and finish the day with a Cruzan rum and coke on Gibney Beach.

Pretty cool, right?

This isn’t the first time Men’s Journal has taken a liking to St. John. Back in 2014, it named Joe’s Rum Hut one of America’s best hidden beach bars. Click here to read all about that. 

Other destinations that made this year’s list of places to visit are: Denver; the Peruvian Amazon; Mongolia; Via Dinarcia; San Antonio; Chengdu, China; Ferrari Land; the Adirondacks; Western Washington; Hokkaido, Japan; Rwanda’s Volcano National Park; Nashville; Kangaroo Island, Australia; Ottawa, Canada; Philadelphia; Salient, Colombia; Finland; San Luis Potoso, Mexico; the Northwest Passage; Lombok, Indonesia; and Maine’s North Woods.

Click here to read the full article.

Exploring Water Island & Fort Segarra

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Sometimes when you live on a tiny island, you like to go and explore other tiny islands. I had family in town for the past couple of weeks, and I decided to take them exploring last Friday. So we hopped on Busy Bee Charters and headed out to Water Island.

For those of you unfamiliar with Water Island, it’s actually considered the fourth Virgin Island. Who knew! It’s located just south of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. Check out the map:

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United States acquired Water Island for just $10,000 back in 1944. They purchased it so they could begin constructing a military base of sorts, which was intended to protect military installations on the neighboring island. So they started to build Fort Segarra, although it was never actually completed. Plans called for barracks, gun emplacements, watchtowers and underground bunkers, but World War II ended before its completion so naturally work stopped.

What was constructed, however, still stands today and it’s pretty darn cool. We checked it out Friday and took some pics for you all. Check them out:

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Southernly view toward St. Croix from Fort Segarra

Southernly view toward St. Croix from Fort Segarra

Easterly view toward St. Thomas and St. John

Easterly view toward St. Thomas and St. John

One of the very cool things about Fort Segarra, in terms of exploring, is its underground tunnels. When coming up to the fort, you will see a small path to your right. Walk down the path for about two minutes and take a left. You will see an entrance to the tunnels. Be very careful though as it appears to have been used as a party spot, so there is some broken glass and uneven floorboards.

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Entrance to the tunnels

Entrance to the tunnels

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After walking through the tunnels, you will come to an old ladder made of rebar. You can climb up this if you choose, but be careful. If you opt to climb up, you will end in the middle of the fort. You will then have to either climb back down or squeeze through a narrow opening to get out.

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Pretty neat, right??!!

And here are the details on how Water Island went from being a military base to the fourth Virgin Island courtesy of vinow.com:

In 1950 the Department of Defense turned Water Island over to the Department of the Interior who then leased it to a private developer by the name of Walter Phillips. The annual rent for the island was $3,000 dollars. The lease was for 20 years and the developer constructed a hotel and homes. Walter Phillips sold the master lease for Water Island in December 1965 to the Water Isle Hotel & Beach Club under the ownership of Edward McArdle. McArdle expanded the hotel and built/sold some private homes. The lease was renewed in 1972 for another 20 years. In 1989 Hurricane Hugo severely damaged the hotel and it subsequently closed. The lease ran out three years later and was not renewed.

Water Island was transferred by the federal government to the USVI territorial government on December 12th, 1996; making Water Island the 4th member of the US Virgin Islands. Residents living on Water Island during the transfer were allowed to purchase the land and homes that they occupied.

Today Water Island exists as a somewhat private island to its 161 residents (2000 Census). The island remains largely un-commercialized and is maintained by members of the Water Island Civic Association and residents along with intermittent assistance from the Virgin Islands’ government.

For those of you looking to visit Water Island, you have two options: private boat or ferry. The good thing about taking a private boat is that you can visit at your leisure. Oh and you don’t need a passport to visit Water Island, so it’s great for those of you looking to get on the water but stay in US waters. You can also take a ferry from St. Thomas. Here is the schedule:

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Once you get to Water Island, by private boat or ferry, the only way to get to Fort Segarra is by renting a golf cart. There are a couple on island, so Google will be your friend for this one. :)

Happy exploring and happy Monday everyone! Have a great week!

Your Daily Dose of St. John: Honeymoon Beach

Hello folks and happy Friday! We have a super special visitor in town, which is why we’ve been light on the news over the past couple of days. However, we do know how you all need your daily dose of St. John to get you through the day … especially on a Friday!

So today we’re turning to our friend Christian Wheatley, who is an amazing photographer here on island. Christian recently created this mini tour of Honeymoon Beach, and it’s pretty spectacular. And for those of you watching from work, no need to worry – sound is optional. Enjoy!

You can check out more of Christian’s work here.

On the Market: $100k Price Reduction on Successful Short Term

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Hello and happy Thursday! Who out there is looking to purchase a very private, spacious, and well-crafted home here on island? How about one that’s close to Cruz Bay, but far enough to where it truly feels like a home? Well if that sounds like you, then you may be interested in this home that recently had a $100,000 price reduction…

Bismarkia is a two bedroom, two bath home located in the heart of Fish Bay here on St. John. It’s surrounded by beautiful palms, flowers and a flat grassy lawn. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet, a king sleigh bed and double sink ensuite master bath. The second bedroom has a king bed (or two twins) with ensuite bath. The villa is equipped with central air conditioning throughout and solar panels on two roof sections with net metering. The large great room flows beautifully into the gourmet kitchen and dining area, and out to the large pool deck, which is covered and open. It has a BBQ, lounges, a dining area and spa. Bismarkia has a large basement with the potential for a rec room or work out area etc.

Check out a few pics:

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Looks great, right? Bismarkia is now being offered by for $1.395 million. Want more information? Please contact Tammy at 340 Real Estate Co. at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com