Well folks, I’m back! Happy 2018! I’m super excited to be back on island after spending some time up in the States with my family and friends for the holidays. I’m also excited to see what 2018 brings for all of us. And to be honest, I think it’s going to be an amazing year here on St. John. It’s also an amazing time to visit us, so please start your trip planning! And if you already have a trip planned, wonderful! And thank you!! Here’s a quick overview of why you should visit, as well as some answers to frequently asked questions I receive here at News of St. John.
Why should you visit? Well because it’s St. John! It’s beautiful, warm and, most importantly, we’re open and we’re all eager to have you! I just tossed on a pair of flip flops, walked outside to the beach and snapped that picture above. It’s currently 81 degrees and sunny. Does is get any better that that??!!
So let’s start with how you can get here… I know the flights aren’t working completely in our favor, but they’re still doable. American still only has two flights daily via Miami. Delta only has one flight daily via Atlanta. Spirit flies on Wednesdays and Saturdays via Ft. Lauderdale. JetBlue flies daily via San Juan. So like I said, it is doable. But the flights are limited, so you will have to do some planning. If none of the above-mentioned flights work for you, you can always fly to San Juan. (The airport there is open and working perfectly, so no need to worry about that.) From there, you can hop on JetBlue, Cape Air or Seaborne to get to St. Thomas.
Here is a list of the current flight options courtesy of the USVI Hurricane Information an Assistance page on Facebook.
Current Direct and Connecting flight options to STT:
– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 571 (661)
– Spirit only Wed. & Sat. (Fort Lauderdale) Flight 201
– JetBlue (FLL- SJU-STT) Flight 1053, 1653 then flight 1236
– United (Newark, NJ – SJU) Flight 1523
– CapeAir (from SJU) Flight 8031, 8091
– CapeAir (St. Croix) Flight 8661, 8681
– Seaborne (STX) Flight 3512, 3493
Current Direct and Connecting flight options from STT:
– American Airlines (Miami, Florida) Flight 943 & 1391
– Delta (Atlanta, GA) Flight 307 (former 674)
– Spirit only Wed. & Sat. (Fort Lauderdale) Flight 212
-Jetblue (STT-SJU-FLL) Flight 1035 then 1654
-United (SJU-Newark, NJ) Flight 1173
– CapeAir (to SJU) Flight 8021
Effective March 11, Delta 307 will become #873
Ok, so you have your flight options… Now where do you stay? Well fortunately we have a ton of options for that too. Yes, the Westin and Caneel are closed and will be all year, but we have a ton of other options. Here is a list of our sponsors who are currently open or accepting future reservations:
- Alice By the Sea
- Ami La Vita
- Aqua Bay Villas
- Bay Rum Breeze
- Suite on the Beach at Peter Bay
- Blue Palm Villa
- Casa la Famiglia
- Casa Mare
- Catered To – Please contact to see which properties are available.
- Coconuts villa
- Croix Vista
- Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel
- Espril Villa
- Gallows Point Resort
- Grande Bay Residence Club
- Grande Bay Surfside studio
- Hale Lani
- Island Abodes
- James M. Miller Propety Management – Please contact to see which properties are available.
- Kiddle Bay vacation rental
- Lameshur Cottages
- Mare Blu Villa
- Plumeria villa
- Seaside Vista villa
- Seaview Homes – Please contact to see which propertes are available.
- Sol Cottage
- St. John Inn
- St. John Ultimate Villas – Please contact to see which properties are available.
- Stone Post Estate
- Vacation VI – Please contact to see which properties are available.
- Waterlemon Villa
Now on to Jeep rentals… I highly recommend renting here on St. John, rather than renting over on St. Thomas. There are a few reasons for that. 1. Some of the traffic lights still do not work on St. Thomas. 2. There are numerous large potholes on St. Thomas. 3. Now this is the biggest reason why you shouldn’t rent over there – the car barges. We’re down to two only. If one happens to break or is down for maintenance, the lines can be extremely long, and I’m pretty sure that no one wants to spend their vacation waiting to get on a barge for hours. There are several here who are open including St. John Car Rental and L&L.
Phone/internet/cable services: Landlines are still not working for most business. So if you try to call someone and aren’t getting anyone on the line, that’s why. AT&T service is up and running, although it can be spotty from time to time. Verizon still does not work well here. It didn’t pre-storm either. There is free wifi around the island for you to use. We still do not have cable service here on island, but the Dish network does work. So the properties that have satellite TV are currently the lucky ones. All of this should be fixed very soon from what we hear.
So if you are looking to make a reservation, your best bet is email. Please be patient because internet can also be spotty at times, and I am sure many businesses have been inundated with emails.
You’re also probably wondering what is open. Well the good news is that more places are open than are closed. The majority of the restaurants and shops in Cruz bay are open. Over in Coral Bay, Skinny’s, Indigo, Oasis, Wok on the Beach and Pizzabar are all open. Jolly Dog and the shops at Skinny’s are too. Back in Cruz Bay, Wharfside and most of the beachfront complex remains closed. The Spice Shop, Beach Bum, Freebird and Island Cork are all open, however. Joe DeCourcy, owner of Wharfside, is aiming to reopen his parcel, which includes Joe’s Rum Hut by March 1st. The Beach Bar hopes to open a bit sooner than that. High Tide remains closed unfortunately. According to its owners, its parcel still does not have water. We will keep you all posted on this section of town as more information becomes available.
As we told you last month, the entire National Park is open. This means that all beaches, trails and roads are open. And the beaches are beautiful! And they’re not crowded! I’m heading out for some beach time today, and I’ll be certain to post some pics over on our Facebook page.
So once you’re on island, you’ll want to have some fun, right? Well News of St. John Tours is open, as are numerous charter boats! I would love to take you all on a Jeep tour around the island. We can do some sightseeing, beach hopping, check out some ruins and more! Please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/islandtours to learn more.
Looking to get out on the water? Boat Day VI, Born to Rhumb, Island Roots, Love City Excursions, Palm Tree Charters are all up and running, and ready to take you out! Kekoa is still repairing its boat, but they’ll be ready to take you out later this year.
So I’m not sure about all of you, but I think that 2018 is an amazing time for you all to visit St. John. If you gave any specific questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected]. It may take a bit for me to respond, but I will do my best to answer as quickly as possible.
Thanks everyone and have a great week!