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Caribbean Cocktails at Home : The Painkiller

Caribbean Cocktails at Home : The Painkiller 1

You arrive on St. John.  You disembark the ferry and head where?  Most likely your answer is happy hour!  Why?  Because you have been dreaming of your favorite island concoction since you last left and you can’t wait to get another one in your hand while you watch the sunset.  But, let’s face it, we can’t always run to the closest beach bar whenever we get a hankering for a favorite island treat.  So, I thought we might start helping you build your at home Caribbean cocktail recipe collection…Starting with the infamous Soggy Dollar Painkiller!

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Call to Action – Our Donkey Friends Need your Help!

Call to Action - Our Donkey Friends Need your Help! 2

Hello all.  Unfortunately, I have some pretty upsetting news to share with you this morning.  Yesterday morning, a male juvenile donkey was found near the roadside after being hit by a car.  The incident occurred near the Coral Bay overlook on Centerline Road and authorities were notified in the early morning hours by St. John residents who were unfortunate enough to witness the aftermath of the tragic event.  This is the fifth donkey this year to have been killed by a vehicle on St. John.  One in a year is one too many, but five is deplorable.

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Town and Country Magazine Features Love City!

Town and Country Magazine Features Love City! 3

Last month, a HUGE national publication featured St. John, and some of our favorite stops on island, in a lengthy travel guide style article with the tagline:  Everything you need for an idyllic stay on the hidden gem of the USVI.  The article shines a light on Love City as a “scene- stealingly gorgeous and unique destination” that you don’t have to travel halfway across the world to experience.  But, we already knew that, right? 🙂

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Navigating St. John During a Busy Off-Season

Navigating St. John During a Busy Off-Season 5

Good Morning All!  I wanted to take a moment today to give you a little insight as to what’s been happening on St. John.  Typically, during this time of year, things are starting to quiet down a bit.  But not this year…Things are still bustling and booming on St. John as we enter the peak months of the 2021 Hurricane Season!  In addition to seeing a ton of people coming and going at the edge of the dock and witnessing the continually overflowing beach parking lots, I have spoken to a couple of restaurant managers and owners this week who reported full capacity numbers each night.  With dining establishments slowly closing their doors for some off season break time and weekend and holiday beach curfews in place, things could get a bit difficult as far as traffic goes.

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Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for USVI and Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for USVI and Puerto Rico 6

Good Morning All!  We have talked a lot over the past few months about what to expect while traveling to St. John during hurricane season.  Well, as of Monday evening, a tropical storm warning was called into effect for the USVI and Puerto Rico.  A weather disturbance, currently over the Eastern Caribbean, tracks south of St. Croix and could bring a decent amount of wind and rain to the territory later today.  But, “Don’t Freak Out!” Here’s a bit about what you might see during these tropical storm conditions and some pointers on what to expect and how to prepare out for rough weather while visiting the territory during the peak hurricane season months of August-October.

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National Park Service Opens Caneel Bay Lease to Competitive Bids

National Park Service Opens Caneel Bay Lease to Competitive Bids 7

That’s right.  If you have been following along for the past few years, you know this is BIG NEWS on the Caneel Bay Resort front.  It may still be some time before we are enjoying Caneel Bay once again, but this move is a huge step in the right direction, and fueled by community input!  Yesterday the National Park Service released the following statement.

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Sahara Dust Settles Over St. John

Sahara Dust Settles Over St. John 8

Good Morning!  If you’re on island right now, you might notice a crazy hazy atmosphere dimming the horizon line surrounding St. John.  That haze is, in fact, dust particles from the Sahara Desert that have traveled thousands of miles on the trade winds to settle over the Virgin Islands for a bit.  It’s not an uncommon, or a necessarily bad, occurrence.  But, it might cast a bit of a shadow on the traditional Caribbean sunset views and clog up the air ways just a bit!

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Fourth of July Events Planned for Vaccinated Participants

Fourth of July Events Planned for Vaccinated Participants 9

If you have ever been to St. John over the Fourth of July, you know what a grand celebration it is!  In a normal year, St.John Carnival is the week leading up to, not only the US Independence Day holiday, but also the Virgin Islands Emancipation Day on July 3.  A week filled with late night music and exhausted residents 🙂 begins with the much anticipated food fair and culminates on the morning of July 3 with an early morning/late night Jouvert celebration and a mid-day, very St. John style, parade on the fourth.  Generally, there are also fireworks that evening.

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Island Update: Sunday Rain brings May Flowers!

Island Update: Sunday Rain brings May Flowers! 10

Well, it’s official.  This weekend, someone’s rain dance or water delivery or clothes on the line worked fantastically well.  Because Sunday morning we woke up to the hammering of rain on the metal roof, isolated sounds of thunder, a canceled half day charter and rolling power outages.  It POURED all day long and accumulation rose over an inch in one day!  Which is fantastic news, considering that earlier this month the NOAA declared that the territory was officially in a severe drought.  And the browning hillsides reinforced that proclamation with visual evidence.

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