“Cool” Shop Set to Open in Cruz Bay

Irie Pops ShopHello everyone and happy Valentine’s Day! Today I am super excited to tell you how Cruz Bay is about to get a little sweeter…

For those of you who have been lucky enough to be in Cruz Bay recently, you may have noticed some work happening at the building beside Maragariria Phil’s. Well we are excited to tell you that our good friends Laura Tawes and William Fernandez, owners of Irie Pops, are working to open up their first shop. How exciting is that??!

Laura and William (2017 file photo)

Laura and William (2017 file photo)

For those of you who are not familiar with Irie Pops, they are handcrafted ice pops made from all natural, local and organic ingredients. All of the pops are dairy free, gluten free and free of added sugars. They even have “boozy” pops like for the 18 and older crowd.

“Irie” (pronounced eye-ree) is a Jamaican term that is used to describe something nice, good or pleasing and is the perfect way to describe enjoying one of these icy pops on our beautiful island.

But the great thing about this shop is not only can you scoop up one of these delicious pops, you can also get a variety of other items including local and craft beer, wine and spritzers, ice, cold brew coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks.

Laura is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design in New York City and spent 15 years working in the fashion industry before moving to St. John. So I am pretty excited to see some of the t-shirts, hats and other island-inspired lifestyle merchandise that she brings into the shop.

Irie Pops is expected to open soon. We will keep you all posted on that. And in the meantime, you can grab their pops at Sam & Jack’s which is located on the third floor of the Marketplace. Also look for the Irie Pops mobile cart at our community events. They’re even available for private events.

I’m not sure about all of you, but I’m excited about this. I love to tell you all about great things that happen to great people. :)

Have a great day everyone, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Get a Glimpse of St. John

The view from the St. John Spice Cam

The view from the St. John Spice Cam

So I was just looking at the weather up north, and I saw that there is a good amount of snow, ice and cold temps affecting many of you up north. So rather than a typical story today, I wanted to remind you how you can see St. John live.

There are more than a dozen webcams around the island. You can watch people come and go at the ferry dock with the St. John Spice Cam. You can even see the happenings at the Westin and check out the amazing sunsets over Great Cruz Bay with the News of St. John webcam. We have that and many others listed here on the website at www.newsofstjohn.com/islandwebcams

So please, take a few minutes out of your day today and warm up with some island images. And then perhaps, you can peruse some airfare because we would love for you all to visit!

Have a great day everyone, and stay warm up there!


New Commercial Opportunity in Coral Bay

coral bay overlook nov 7 2018

Coral Bay

Well folks, an interesting opportunity just listed in Coral Bay. Curious? Want to know more? Then please read on!

The Pickles in Paradise complex just listed for sale. The asking price: $1.5 million.

This opportunity includes the entire complex. The parcel itself is just over three-quarters of an acre, including waterfront land across the street. It also includes the building that Pickles operates out of, as well as the Dancing Rooster building next door. The businesses themselves are not included in the sale, but their leases are.

Here are the details straight from the listing:

Pickles in Paradise Complex! Rare opportunity to own valuable B-3 zoned flat property with 30+/- feet across the street of water access. Income producing property with tenants. Large kitchen with bar and restaurant. Covered band stand for music and morning yoga. Lots of potential to continue as is or expand. Open mike night every Thursday brings in 200+ people!

The Pickles in Paradise building

The Pickles in Paradise building

The land beside the Pickles building

The land beside the Pickles building

The waterfront land across the street

The waterfront land across the street

This property is being offered for $1.5 million by Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Tammy at at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com


New Restaurant Set to Open Soon

Shambles is set to open next month.

Shambles is set to open next month.

Hello everyone and happy Monday! We have such great news to share with you all today! Dave, of Driftwood Dave’s, is set to open a new restaurant … how wonderful is that!

The restaurant is going to be called Shambles “’cause I was left in Shambles for 18 months trying to find a place to rebuild,” Dave told us last night. It’s going to be located around mile 2 on Centerline Road, adjacent to St. John Repair Shop and just after Paradise Lumber if you’re coming from Cruz Bay.


Dave plans to make most of the food items from scratch including pizza, burgers, ribs and several vegan selections. He also plans to have a salad bar and a large selection of to-go foods.

Shambles will feature a large outdoor bar with both barstools and swing seats (how fun!). They will serve draft beer, which isn’t the norm here, as well as “yappy” hour specials.

Dave also has plans to build a hydroponic farm next door called Living Roots, so it truly will be a farm to table experience. The vegetables grown at Living Roots will also be available for sale.

living roots

Dave hopes to open sometime next month. We will keep you updated on his progress. In the meantime, have a great day everyone!

News of St. John Island Tours: New Offerings including Half-Day Tours!

Jeep Rainbow Feb 2019

Well folks, you spoke and we listened! We are now offering half-day island tours in addition to our full day tours, and our combination land and sea tours. Come and spend the day with us! Not familiar with News of St. John’s island tours? Well here are all the details!

We started conducting island tours nearly two years ago, and the reception has been amazing! I absolutely love this island, and I love sharing that love with all of you. Whether this is your first visit to the island or if you are a repeat guest, I guarantee you will see something new. In fact, the majority of my guests are repeat visitors to the island! In addition to seeing the beautiful sights this island has to offer, you will also get the inside scoop on what’s happening here on St. John.

During your tour, we will do a little sightseeing – St. John has some of the most beautiful views in the world. We will check out some of the island’s stunning beaches – who doesn’t want to dip their toes in our beautiful Caribbean waters! We can stop at one or more of the island’s sugar plantation ruins, and we can even do some light hiking if you’d like. I can guarantee some sea turtles sightings and we usually stumble on the donkeys too! I will tell you about the history of the island, and I can share with you the current happenings on island. Most importantly, we will have fun!

So you may be wondering what makes my tour different from the other island tours? Well, what makes us different is that we are the only, personalized tour on St. John. I will take guests pretty much anywhere they want to go. The taxi tours are sometimes limited in where they are able to go, but not us. I enjoy taking my guests off the beaten path and to out-of-the-way spots that they would typically never see. Another difference is that I can only take up to four guests and I never combine groups, so it’s a more private and personal tour. When I am out and about with my guests, it’s more like I am out with friends. And I love that.

So what types of tours do we offer? Well here are the details:

  • Half-Day Tours: New for 2019! We are now offering three-hour tours. These tours are great for those of you who would like to see the island from the eyes of an insider, but you do not want to commit to an entire day to touring the island. During this tour, we can still do some sightseeing, we can check out the beaches, ruins, and do some light hiking while learning about the island’s history and current happenings. The only difference with this tour is that the stops are a bit shortened when compared to our full day tours. We offer half-day tours from 9 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for a half-day tour is $300.
  • Full-Day Tours: Our full day tour is five hours long and includes a lunch stop in Coral Bay. During these tours, we can see nearly the entire island if you’d like to. We can check out the beaches, ruins, hiking trails and more! If you’d like to spend some time snorkeling with the turtles, we can do that! Want to see the more obscure, out of the way places? We can do that too! Again, all tours are completely customizable, so we will do exactly what you want? Don’t have an itinerary? Well we’ll provide options and you can choose what you would like to do and see! The cost for a full-day tour is $425.
  • Land and Sea Tours: We offer St. John’s only land and sea tour. For this tour, we partner with our friends at Flyaway Charters in Coral Bay. These tours are six hours long. For our land and sea tours, guests spend the first half of the tour exploring on land with me, and then they spend the second half of the day on the water with Flyaway Charters. These tours are really the best of both worlds for someone who wants to see all that St. John has to offer in just one day. For the sea portion, you can visit the petroglyphs at the bottom of Reef Bay. This includes a short swim and a roughly 30-minute hike on flat ground, but it beats walking down the 2.6 mile trail and walking back up, which is currently the only other way to see the petroglyphs. You can do some snorkeling at some great offshore spots and even visit Pizza Pi, the Caribbean’s floating pizza boat! Flyaway Charters can also provide a great deal of history of the island. The cost for a land and sea tour is $600. Fuel for the boat is not included, and costs between $100 and $150 depending on where you choose to travel.

All prices are per tour.

Don’t they all sound great! Whose ready to book??! :)

If you are staying in the Cruz Bay area, I will happily pick you up right at your villa, condo or hotel. If they are staying outside of the Cruz Bay area, we can arrange a meeting point. We’ll pick you up with a cooler filled with water and ice, and if you’d like, we can bring along a jug of Painkillers for a small fee. We have beach chairs, a beach umbrella, sunshade, noodles and boogie boards for you to use throughout the day. And to make your day even better, we can even take the top off of the Jeep!

You can book directly with me either by emailing me at jenn@newsofstjohn.com, by messaging me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newsofstjohn, or by texting my cell at 203-376-3786. Please let me know which tour you prefer, as well as your preferred date.

Want to know what other guests have said? Then please check out my reviews on TripAdvisor.

I look forward to meeting you all and showing you just how amazing this little island is! Thanks everyone, and have a great day!

Feel the breeze with our awesome convertible top!

Feel the breeze with our awesome convertible top!

ACC’s Auction Happening Now!

The view from Sunset Serenade at Island Abodes

The view from Sunset Serenade at Island Abodes

Well folks, we know how much you love the dogs and cats of St. John, so please join us and help raise some money for them!

The Animal Care Center, St. John’s nonprofit no-kill shelter, is currently holding its annual auction to raise money to care for the animals’ daily and medical needs. There are currently 10 items up for grabs, which include villa stays, boat trips and more. Bidding is open now and ends on Saturday, February 9th at noon EST.

The following items are up for bid:

  • A one-hour photo shoot with Yelena Rogers
  • A 2-night stay at Hotel Cruz Bay
  • A full day trip on Ocean Runner
  • A 5-hour trip on Sunshine Daydream
  • A full day trip on Residensea
  • A 4-night stay at Calichi Villas
  • A 2-tank dive with Busy Bee Charters
  • 10 daily snorkel rentals from Just Beach
  • A 3-night stay at Island Abodes
  • A 5-night stay at Sirenusa

Click here to bid on these great items.

The Animal Care Center is also holding its annual gala this Saturday at Sirenusa. This year’s theme is the Great Catsby, a play on The Great Gatsby. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $100. They will be available until noon Friday at the ACC, STJ Hardware, Connections and Chelsea Drug Store. If there are tickets left over prior to the event, they will be available at the door for $125.

Shuttle service available from the upper parking lot of Marketplace, as parking at Sirenusa is limited. The safaris will leave the Marketplace at 5:30, 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. They will return from Sirenusa at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:15 p.m. The shuttle service is free.

For more information, please contact the ACC at (340) 774.1625.