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Cruz Bay Music Presents: The 6th Annual Jam Festival Kicking Off March 7th

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In 2024, St. John remains true to its reputation as “The Jam Band Mecca,” a title coined by JamBase, a digital music magazine. Fresh into the new year, Cruz Bay Music has announced their 6th annual VI Jam Fest. Scheduled for March 7th-9th, the festival is hosted by the iconic Windmill Bar, which is known for its spectacular views of Pillsbury Sound. 

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Local Musicians Catalog

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Good morning!

Are you planning a vacation to St. John soon, and you have a mental checklist of everything you need before your arrival?

What do you have so far?

  1. plane tickets (I always recommend buying these as early as possible!)
  2. accommodations – villa, airbnb, or hotel?
  3. car rental, if necessary
  4. and of course, reef safe sunscreen

Now that you have all the essentials out of the way, the fun part of planning can start. What about a unique live music experience that could come to you? Or a sunset concert on a catamaran? Going into Cruz Bay to listen to some late-night live shows is a must do, but what if you want a night in with a similar experience? With an eclectic group of talented artists on this island, ranging from blues to psychedelic rock, there is surely something for everyone that can make your vacation unforgettable.

We’ve created a local musician’s catalog (in alphabetical order) to help you find exactly what you’re looking for and to make bookings easier. This list is constantly being updated. If you are a musician local to St. John and would like to be added to the catalog, please reach out to  [email protected]

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Season’s Greetings from St. John!

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Our Annual Holiday Card Is Here!

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    Happy Holidays from Lovango Rum Bar!
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    a BIG thank you to Slim's this holiday season!
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    Gotta love the Woody's crew!
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    How photogenic is the staff at Bamboo?!
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    Charles from Turquoise Turtle wishes you all a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! (and yes, this photo did take some convincing!)
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    Raffle AND a ladies' night?! Love Parrot Club and can't wait to ring in the New Year with them!
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    Professional looking group right there.. Seasons greetings from the Longboard staff!
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    Can't wait for their NYE party in a couple of weeks! Also, how festive is that DR!NK sign?!
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    I don't know who was more excited for this photo.. Chris or Maria! Merry Christmas!
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    If you're on St. John, stop by High Tide to see all of their festive decorations and an even more festive staff!
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    The Landing staff wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!
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    Our very own Santa Claus, Trista at Connections, thank for your tireless efforts (especially during holiday season)!
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    Dulce Vita Sails wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

A big thank you to all the News of St. John readers, and to the tourists that visit St. John year after year. We appreciate your business and want to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

The Legend of the Cartanza Senora

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Good morning and happy holidays! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving yesterday. How many of you tuned in for the annual Macy’s Parade? I know I did!

If you are a history buff like me, then you are going to love the story of the Cartanza Senora, a former WWII freighter that has been transformed into one of the most popular diving sites in the Caribbean. Resting in about 45 feet of water off the coast of Buck Island, this maritime relic serves as a sanctuary for vibrant fish, colorful coral, and the occasional sea turtle or octopus. It’s also an ideal diving spot for adventure enthusiasts. Broken into three pieces, this haunting vessel tells a tale that began around 80 years ago. 

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Looking for an Incredible Winter Getaway? “Villas for the Park” Auction Kicks off this Friday

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Good morning! Off season certainly dragged on, but we made it! High season is fast approaching, which means business as usual. Tourists are arriving to escape the incoming cold back home, and our favorite restaurants, annual events, and fundraisers are back in full swing.

This upcoming Friday, Friends of the Park will begin hosting their 7th annual “Villas for the Park” fundraiser. This unique auction offers nearly 40 hotels or villas, generously donated by their philanthropic managers and owners for an incredible vacation in paradise. Luxurious villas will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to conservation efforts made by Friends of the Park.

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Halloween Events This Upcoming Weekend

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It’s that time of year again, dust off those brooms and scary masks because spooky season is upon us! Get ready for a frightfully delightful Halloween that will surely be one for the books, because next weekend is jam packed with trick or treating, costume contests, parties, and one undoubtedly memorable night of karaoke!

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Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Drunk Bay

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Good morning and Happy CARNIVAL!

As a resident of this beautiful island, I love spending my days off beach hopping along the North Shore, but every now and then, I really enjoy stepping off the beaten path and doing a little exploring. A couple of weeks ago, on a picturesque, sunny day, a few friends and I drove out to the southeast part of St. John. 

We parked at Salt Pond and walked down the short trail to the beach. I love this area of St. John, because it has a different climate and altogether feel that distinguishes it from the rest of the island. Whereas the north side and closer to Cruz Bay tend to be lush and green, walking the trail to Salt Pond beach reminds me of the deserts found in Utah and Arizona. Cactus and frangipani line the path and the soil is reddish brown, very different from the powdery white beaches of Trunk Bay. 

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Reclaiming Paradise: St. John’s Mangrove Restoration Project

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Tucked away near Annaberg and Leinster Bay is a collaborative initiative between the National Park Service, Friends of the Park, and Iowa State University. Students and community members alike have been hard at work revitalizing the local ecosystem by planting mangrove saplings around the existing Annaberg salt pond. 

When Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, a majority of the mangroves were destroyed, and a once thriving coastal forest was almost completely wiped out. Since October of this past year, Friends of the Park employees and Iowa State University students have been restoring this area. What are sometimes referred to as “rainforests of the sea”, mangroves protect our shorelines from erosion, maintain a biodiverse marine life, and encourage carbon sequestration, all vital to the balance of a healthy ecosystem here on St. John. 

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Friends of the Park Celebrates 20th Anniversary Power Swim

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Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Power Swim, hosted annually during the last week of May. The Power Swim was created to support sea turtle protection, marine conservation, and youth swimming programs. This is one of the nonprofit’s biggest events of the year and a kick off to the summer season.

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Stuff Depot this Saturday (4/29) in Coral Bay

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Good morning, good morning! 🌞

Spring is in full bloom (if your sinuses didn’t already let you know) and you might be feeling an urge to start spring cleaning. Instead of taking your old things to the dumpster, bring them to Coral Bay’s Stuff Depot next week.

Next Saturday, on April 29th, there will be a community wide yard sale, coined “The Stuff Depot” from 9am – 12pm at Oasis in Coral Bay. The Stuff Depot is a triannual event hosted by the Coral Bay Community Council to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill and to repurpose forgotten/unused items around your home. Community members can either donate their items to the CBCC directly or sell them at the Stuff Depot independently.

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