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Island Update Including Exciting Ferry News!

Island Update Including Exciting Ferry News! 1
Snorkelers at Hawksnest Bay Friday morning

Hi all! This is Jenn. Today is Hillary’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY HILLARY!! – so I am filling in with the “news”. I’ve got a lot of random things to share in today’s island update, so let’s get right to it!

A BIG announcement was made earlier this week regarding ferry service to the British Virgin Islands. Inter Island Boat Services, the company that runs the Cruz Bay to Crown Bay ferry, announced that it plans to launch ferry service between St. John and Jost Van Dyke soon … how exciting is that??! They are still hammering out the details, so unfortunately that is the only news on that for the time being. What we do know is that all people visiting the British Virgin Islands must be fully vaccinated. That’s the BVI’s rule, not St. John’s, not the ferry service’s, etc. I’m assuming they’re still working on details regarding negative Covid tests (another BVI requirement), how to return to the US and satisfy those specific Covid requirements, etc. So please stay tuned for more info on this one!

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Which Fancy Yacht or Cruise Ship is Currently Anchored Around St. John?

Which Fancy Yacht or Cruise Ship is Currently Anchored Around St. John? 2
The first cruise ship since March 2020 visited St. John on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

Hello everyone, ands happy Sunday! This is Jenn Manes, owner of Explore STJ island tours. High season is upon us, which means we have so many great boats visiting us here in the US Virgin Islands. I reached out to Hillary to see if I could share some fun info with you all about some of our current and recent visitors, and was thrilled when she said yes! 🙂

I was out and about on an island tour the other day when I noticed that our first cruise ship of the season was anchored just off of Cruz Bay. In fact, it was the first cruise ship that has visited us since March 2020. It was a strange, but welcomed sight. The cruise ship was much larger than the majority that have visited us in our pre-Covid world. I was curious, so I opened my Marine Traffic app to learn more.

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Beach Break: Watching the Waves at Cinnamon Bay

Hello everyone, it’s Jenn! 🙂 I was out and about over the weekend with some island tour guests, and we stopped over at Cinnamon Bay. There was a bit of a swell on the north shore, which brought a lot of wave action to the beach. I took a quick video to share with all of you, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t need a little beach break? Enjoy!

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Real Estate Spotlight: Unbelievable Views from Impeccably Maintained, Turnkey Villa

Real Estate Spotlight: Unbelievable Views from Impeccably Maintained, Turnkey Villa 4
Villa Tiffany is listed for $1.29 million.

Every then and again we come across a home that simply makes us say “wow.” Today is one of those days. Please take a few minutes to check out Villa Tiffany, and see for yourself why this home is such a successful short-term vacation rental.

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A Moment at Maho Bay…


Hello all! It’s Jenn again. Hillary is still sailing back to St. John, so I’m overseeing the site again today. 🙂  So as I mentioned Monday, the island looks absolutely fantastic right now! The seas are so calm and clear, and the island is green and lush. But rather than you take my word for it, I wanted to show you so you all can see for yourselves.

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Real Estate Spotlight: Pool, Views & Walking Distance to Coral Bay Shops & Restaurants

Real Estate Spotlight: Pool, Views & Walking Distance to Coral Bay Shops & Restaurants 7

Today we’re talking real estate. As many of you likely know, there are lots of properties for sale around the island. But there aren’t too many within walking distance to some of the island’s best shops, restaurants and even a market. But one is. Today we’d like to introduce you to Seabiscuit…

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