Business Spotlight: A Fun Day for the Whole Family on Salt Deck!

I’m sure that everyone has been wondering what’s going on with the British Virgin Islands….Well , right now they stand as CLOSED until at least September 1.  But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan to get out on the water while you’re here.  And one of St. John’s newest boats, The Salt Deck, offers a unique experience in and of itself!

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Real Estate Spotlight : Seagrass Villa and New Site Navigation!

Good Morning and a happy weekend to you all!  This morning, we are sharing the amazing Seagrass Villa info with you once again in order to highlight some fresh changes we have made to the site.  Now you can find all of the Real Estate info in one place!

New Real Estate Listings tab^^ Click through on the photo to go straight to that page.

Additionally, we have added tabs in the navigation bar for Vacation Rentals, Local Livin’ Profiles, Bars and Restaurants, Boat Charters and Virus Updates.  We have sorted the most recent stories under each of these categories for easy viewing of YOUR favorite topics!  But don’t worry, they will all still be found on the main NOSJ page as we release the most current posts.

For more information on Seagrass Villa, contact Tammy Donnelly via email at 340 Real Estate!

We will be making continual updates to the site in order to help improve the overall reader experience.  Thank you to all for your continued following of this page and for sticking with me while I’m getting the hand of things 🙂  I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Business Spotlight: Island Roots Charters

Looking for a day on the water while you’re visiting St. John?  Well, Captain Jason Siska and his company, Island Roots Charters, is a great option if you really want to get to know St. John and her surrounding waters!

Captain Jason was born on St. John and has spent most of his life exploring our local waters and the BVI.  A VI Fire Fighter and First Responder, as well as a previous contestant on the hit reality TV show, Survivor, we’re confident he’ll make sure you have a safe, informative and exciting day in the VI!

Captain Jason on Survivor!

Now, let’s talk about this gorgeous vessel!  Island Roots is a 32 foot World Cat with ample, comfortable seating for up to 12 guests.  The extended Bimini is perfect for catching some shade on the rear seats while the wrap around bow seating is ideal for upping your daily dose of Vitamin D.

Comfortable seating in the sunshine on Island Roots.

A state of the art Bluetooth stereo system lets you customize your soundtrack for the day.  The swim platform and oversized boarding ladder in the back allow for easy re-entry after a perfect snorkel or float.

And as far as unique snorkeling experiences are concerned, Captain Jason and his team has you covered!  Island Roots is ONE OF SIX tour operators with permitted access to the Coral Reef National Monument waters.  That includes Hurricane Hole on St. John’s East End, voted into the top five places to snorkel in the Virgin Islands in 2020 by “Outside Pursuits.”

Underwater exploration – Photo by Steve Simonsen.

Much of the over 18,000 acres of protected, submerged lands within the National Park and Monument’s waters are only accessible by boat.  The Island Roots team and Captain Jason’s YEARS of experience in our waters will definitely help you discover some new favorites to explore!

Hurricane Hole.St. John.U.S. Virgin Islands

Looking for more than snorkeling?  They’ve got you covered there too!  Island Roots is home to an array of water toys!  If you want to try your hand at kitesurfing, the boat has training kites for the beginners and they know some of the best spots to take you to catch the breeze.  Looking to add to your underwater exploration?  They carry Subwings for a fast underwater ride and lion fish hunting spears and lobster snares if you want to return from the day with a fresh caught dinner.

Saving the underwater world, one Lionfish at a time!

Cliff jumping stops and numerous land based excursions further extend adventurous offerings you’ll enjoy on Island Roots.  If you’re a first timer at any of this, the crew, backed with years of in and on the water experience, will happily show you the ropes.

If you’re simply in search of a relaxing day of floating and sipping, you can do just that on one of Island Roots’ oversize pool floats.  Zip out to Christmas Cove and float the day away with a slice of pizza in your hand.  Or, cruise over to Coral Bay to do the same with some tacos and tequila from Lime Out.  Between those and MULTIPLE land based bars and restaurants accessible by water, you can experience the fun of a day spent bar hopping on Island Roots without ever leaving the USVI.

Float away with Island Roots.

Take advantage of their current summer specials! Contact Captain Jason today to customize your perfect day on the water with Island Roots for an unforgettable experience in the USVI.

Check out their website for more information or to book directly online or contact Island Roots Charters directly at  340-643-5000 or [email protected].  Want to keep up on their adventures?  Follow them on Instagram and Trip Advisor to see the full guest experience!

 

Business Spotlight: Lovango Rum Bar is Open!

Lovango Rum Bar is finally open for business!  We highlighted this new venue back in December which was scheduled for a grand opening the weekend of March 21st.  For obvious reasons, this was pushed back.

The custom pizza oven and open air kitchen greet you as you walk in the door.

They have been open on and off for takeout throughout the pandemic and Stay-At-Home orders so I can say I’ve been lucky enough to try their amazing Neapolitan style pizza in the meantime.  But they are now open for full-service!

In addition to a great visual appeal on the delicious pizzas (with perfect crust in my opinion!) and GIANT charcuterie boards, Lovango Rum Bar offers nearly 200 different types of rum.  Including their own signature light and dark rums which are used in their rum-based cocktails on a menu designed by master mixologist, Will Forsythe.

Lovango’s signature light and dark rum blends.

Can’t decide on a rum?  No problem!  They offer flights of rum on an attractive hand-crafted board.  It’s a great presentation and experience that allows you to start sampling the large selection they have to offer behind the bar.

Now, let me tell you about this bar….It is absolutely stunning.

Comfy seats and ornate light fixtures add to the comfortable ambiance at Lovango Rum Bar.

Locally carpentered wooden shelves frame the bottles of rum with a backsplash reminiscent of aqua mermaid scales with a shimmery finish.  A stunning contrast to the otherwise dark grey interior.  The bar top itself stretches the length of most of the dining area and is made out of distressed copper that resembles an aerial satellite picture of the Caribbean Sea.

A massive charcuterie board on the copper bar top.

The inside of Lovango Rum Bar has a great ambiance with Steve Simonsen’s videos of mermaids, fire dancers and Mocko Jumbies on the large screens and a beautiful copper still behind glass in the corner.  A stage setup near the patio doors with full concert lighting and sound equipment promise a good time now that we are able to have live music again!

The copper still to the right with the stage in the background

 

If you’re looking for some Caribbean blues and sunshine, head out to the patio that overlooks the Cruz Bay waterfront.  Take in the view and the boats slowly moving in and out of the harbor with a rum drink or a glass of wine in your hand and enjoy a sunset serenade.  The venue hopes to have live music scheduled for the evenings inside and during sunset on the patio outside Tuesday through Saturday.

Check out Lovango Rum Bar, located above Dr!nk St. John and Low Key Watersports, next time you are on island!  They are open Tuesday through Saturday with dinner service from 4-9PM and bar service from 4-11PM.  Due to capacity restrictions, reservations are HIGHLY recommended.  Reserve your table today!

If you have been to Lovango Rum Bar, we encourage you to scroll down and leave a review.

 

Lovango Rum Bar
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Pros
  • Delicious Neapolitan style pizza
  • Very large rum selection and carft cocktails
  • Cruz bay view and outdoor patio
  • Beautiful interior design
  • Live music with full concert lighting and sound equipment
Cons
  • Smaller venue so reservations are highly encouraged
  • Hours currently limited, restaurant opens at 4:30 pm
Summary
The new Lovango Rum Bar in Cruz Bay is a must-visit. They specialize in Neapolitan style pizzas and feature a selection of almost 200 types of rum as well as craft cocktails and other beverages. Lovango's friendly and knowledgeable staff will make a recommendation if you need help deciding. The interior of the restaurant and bar area are beautifully designed. Their outdoor patio has great sunset views, which could make for the perfect date night. Lovango regularly features live music on its stage which has full concert lighting and sound equipment.
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