fbpx

Love City Virtual Concerts

 

For those of you who are not on island during these times, there is a new way for you to bring the sights, sounds and people of St. John into your living room twice a week!  Silver linings in the midst of a pandemic.

Love City Virtual Concerts 1
Lauren Jones Magnie and her kiddos in the first “Homebound Open Mic” video.

As you know, when the stay at home order began at the end of March, it left most people in the ranks of the unemployed (or underemployed).  Musicians are not exempt from these unfortunate circumstances.  The music industry, like the majority of the economy, has been rocked (pun intended) by this shut down.  But, musicians of all genres and levels of stardom all over the world have developed creative ways of sharing their magic.  And some of our St. John musicians are resiliently plowing through this pandemic in similar ways.

Have you ever been to the Thursday night open mics at Miss Lucy’s in Coral Bay?  This long standing open mic has changed location several times….Most recently it was on Thursday nights at Pickles in Paradise.   If you have been lucky enough to happen upon this weekly event over the years, you know St. John has some unique and musically talented characters in attendance!

The Pickles open mic grew into something really powerful post Irma recalls Lauren Jones Magnie, hostess of the open mic and amazing songstress of St. John.  “People needed a reason to let loose.  To be together.  To enjoy life.”

And, in another difficult time, music is bringing artists together again.  This time, in a virtual platform that lets everyone…on or off island…participate in and appreciate the collaboration.

Lauren started a virtual open mic that airs via Facebook on Thursday nights at 5:30-ISH.  She coordinates the ENTIRE thing…collecting and editing the videos, coordinating the artists and even creating a virtual dance floor for the weekly event with dancers submitting their videos from afar for inclusion.  Featuring the talents of many St. John residents, this weekly video has become a creative outlet for those performing and a St. John fix for those watching from home.

Love City Virtual Concerts 2
Virtual Open Mic

Tune in on Thursday evenings on Lauren and her husband Bo’s facebook page  or tune in now to check out the archived performances. Lauren wanted to give some love to the regular contributors who have helped to build this amazing weekly event.  Her husband Bo Magnie, Otis Magnie, John Magnie, Pam and Broheem, Laz Liburd, Charlie, Rich Greengold, Joy, Ken Betts, Ital, Kerrin Buckley, Johnny B and Channing are just a few of the faces you will find familiar throughout these streams.

A few highlights I’d recommend are

  • ELENA!!!  Lauren and Bo’s daughter is ten years old and performs her original music with a fire inside her little soul!  –Check out the May 21 (open mic #7) for her performance of her original song “If I Could” with her grandfather
  • Allegra Miles- finalist in “The Voice” submitted a video for the May 7 episode!
  • May 14 – Pamela Leverett-Love and Broheem on the Sax with Lauren and Bo!
Love City Virtual Concerts 3
Fans enjoying St. John sunset concerts from home

IslandGirlMusic- Erin Hart is another ambitious STJ based musician who has taken her talents to to the world wide web.  If you have ever wandered through the park in Cruz Bay on a Friday evening, you may have had the pleasure of hearing the sweet island tunes of Erin Hart ringing through the courtyard from Cruz Bay Landing.  Erin has played Friday nights in Cruz Bay for the past ten years, beginning at Rhumb Lines and began her weekly stint at the Landing in 2018.  When live music was cancelled everywhere this spring, she continued this tradition with a Friday Night Sunset Concert Series from her deck overlooking Cruz Bay and St. Thomas.

Both Erin and Lauren reported overwhelming responses from their online followings.  Erin said “I didn’t anticipate that the shows were going to be as impactful to the people watching as they were to me. It gave us all something to look forward to. For an hour and a half every Friday we could tune out the chaos together and just soak in some good feeling music and a beautiful St. John sunset.”

Love City Virtual Concerts 4
IslandGirlMusic- Erin Hart – Live from Love City!

You can tune in for a private living room concert with a LIVE St. John sunset every Friday night at 5:15 on her facebook page.  If you need a Love City fix now, the performances are archived on her new feed as well!

Both of these lovely ladies plan to continue these virtual traditions at least until the live music ban (what is actually happening right now?) is lifted.

I hope that you can find a little time to tune in and enjoy a slice of St. John in your living room this week.  The Governor’s recent orders have stated that while he is relaxing the social distancing protocol for bars and restaurants, live music will still not be permitted quite yet.  So we will be enjoying these streams right along with you.

The Restaurant Report – What’s Open? What’s Not?

The Restaurant Report - What’s Open? What’s Not? 5

We generally update you on seasonally scheduled closings a bit closer to the peak hurricane season months. In light of the reopening of St. John to tourism, and A LOT of variations as to what business owners are deciding to do, we thought this might be a good time to clue you in as to what your restaurant options are this month!

We are excited to say that MANY of your favorite restaurants are bouncing back immediately! The majority are operating with full service and full menus seven days a week. Some, however, are sticking to take-out for now while others are postponing the announcement of a reopening date until we see how this goes. This list was updated as of June 1st, but be sure to check their websites or social media pages for updates as we move through this next transition together!

Also, please keep in mind when visiting your favorite Love City establishments that all businesses are required to follow current VI Social Distancing protocol. Jenn posted a great recap on the overall rules for the territory last week. We are currently in Phase Blue – Open Doors.

The Restaurant Report - What’s Open? What’s Not? 6
VI Recovery Phases towards a “new normal”

To recap the restaurant and bar specific rules:

  • Establishments may operate at 50% capacity or 50 people. Whichever is less.
  • All employees are required to wear masks. Patrons may be required at the discretion of the business owner….All other commercial entities are on a strict “No mask, No service.” policy. (Stores, taxis, the passenger ferry, etc.)
  • All tables and bar stools will be separated by the staff according to social distancing measures.
  • No parties larger than 6 people will be permitted to sit together.
The Restaurant Report - What’s Open? What’s Not? 7
The sign in front of Beach Bar gives patrons a heads up on social distancing protocol.

Please be patient with restaurant owners and staff with these regulations in mind. They are in jeopardy of losing their business license if they are non-compliant.

The following restaurants are OPEN! —Or scheduled to reopen soon!

The Tap Room – 7 days a week, 11am-11:45PM

North Shore Deli – 7 days a week, 8AM-3PM

Greengo’s Caribbean Cantina St. John – 7 days a week, 11AM-8PM

The Sun Dog Café – 7 days a week, 9AM-9PM

Shambles – Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Weds-Sun 12PM-8PM

Beach Bar- 7 days a week, 11AM-?

Café Roma- Closed Saturdays, Sun-Fri 4PM-8PM

The Restaurant Report - What’s Open? What’s Not? 8
Serving up a cold one at Skinny Legs.

Cruz Bay Landing- 7 days a week, 7AM-9PM

Dr!nk St. John – 7 days a week, 5PM-10PM

High Tide Bar and Grill – 7 days a week, 8AM-11PM

Lime Inn –Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 4PM-9PM

Kati Ligo – Island Cork – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-8:30PM

Little Olive Food Truck – Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-3PM

Maho Crossroads – 7 days a week, 11:30AM-4PM

Bikinis on the Beach at Honeymoon – 7 days a week, 9AM-6PM

Morgan’s Mango – 7 days a week, 5:30PM-10:30PM

La Tapa – 7 days a week, 5PM-10PM

St. John Provisions – Closed Saturday & Sundays – Mon-Fri 6AM-1PM

Our Market Smoothies – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM

Pizza Pi (located in Christmas Cove) – Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Weds-Sun, 11AM-6PM

Sam and Jack’s Deli – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 9AM-3PM

Shaibu’s Grab and Go – Closed Saturdays and Sundays, Mon-Fri 8AM-3PM

Skinny Legs – 7 days a week, 11AM-8PM

St. John Scoops – 7 days a week, Noon-8PM

Tap & Still St. John – 7 days a week, 11AM-10PM

The Restaurant Report - What’s Open? What’s Not? 9
High Tide is open for full service!

Dave and Jerry’s Island Steakhouse – Opening June 8, Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat 5PM-9PM

Uncle Joe’s BBQ – 7 days a week, 11AM-8:30PM (Closes at 6:30 on Sundays)

Longboard – Open Thursday, June 4, 7 days a week, 3PM-11PM (Kitchen closes at 10PM)

Woody’s – 7 days a week, Noon-11PM

Lovango Rum Bar – Closed Sundays & Mondays, Tues-Sat 4PM-9PM

Oceans 362 – Closed Tuesdays, Weds-Mon 5PM-9PM

420 to Center/G-Spot – Bar open 7 days a week, 11-?, Kitchen Noon-?

Irie Pops – Closed Sundays, Mon-Sat Noon-4PM

18⁰64- Takeout Only – Closed Mondays, Tues-Sun, Noon-6PM

Lime Out – Boat Pickup/Drop off at Coral Bay Dock only- Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays, Fri-Tues 11AM-5PM

Gwen’s – Call at least 24 hours in advance to special order Conch, Fish, Chicken or Shrimp – Take-out only.

P and P’s by the Sea – Pre-order take-out on scheduled days only.

Banana Deck – Re-opening mid-late June

Miss Lucy’s – Tentative plan to re-openmid-June

The following restaurants have not determined a reopening date as of yet. Everything is changing quite rapidly and restaurant owners are deciding a lot of “what’s next” based on the safety of their staff and their VERY valued guests. They appreciate your patience and your support.

Aqua Bistro

Joe’s Rum Hut

Rhumb Lines

The Terrace

Pizzabar in Paradise

Quiet Mon Pub

Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis

Extra Virgin Bistro

We will continue to update you as these transitions occur. But hopefully, our favorite spots will continue to re-open their doors throughout the summer until regularly scheduled off-season closures begin.

As we mentioned above, things are changing daily. If you have information on any establishments that you do not see listed above or corrections to the ones you do, please email us or post it in the comments!

Details on the June 1st “Reopening”

Details on the June 1st "Reopening" 10

Hello everyone, and happy Friday! I just wanted to give you a quick update on St. John’s June 1 “reopening.” But before I do so, I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who left such beautiful comments and those of you who emailed me the other day. You sure know how to make a gal feel good! I promise to respond to each and every one of you. Again, thank you. 🙂

The Governor held a press conference yesterday and provided some additional information regarding the Virgin Islands’ June 1 “reopening.” We’re using quotation marks because the Territory was never really closed. Accommodations, however, were unable to check in new guests. That ban ends Monday.

On Monday, June 1, the US Virgin Islands – St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix – will move to the blue Open Doors phase. This means that visitors are, once again, welcomed to visit St. John.

Details on the June 1st "Reopening" 11

Our restaurants reopened for in-person dining this past Tuesday. The number of people permitted in bars and restaurants is limited to 50 percent capacity or 50 people, whichever is less. You will not have to wear a facial covering when visiting a bar or restaurant. The staff, however, will all be wearing masks. Parties will be seated at least six feet apart to maintain social distancing, and no parties larger than six will be permitted to sit together. The majority of the island’s restaurants and bars have reopened or plan to reopen next week.

You will be required to wear facial coverings when entering all other commercial entities including shops, grocery stores, etc.

At this time, mass gatherings greater than 50 people are not permitted. The Governor stated yesterday that he expected that number to increase to 250 people this summer.

Regarding flights, the Governor stated that only 15 percents of the flights available prior to the pandemic are currently flying into the Territory. He does not anticipate seeing an increase in that number until next season (which is anytime between October and December).

The Governor stated that he does not expect cruise ships to return to the Territory until August at the earliest.

Temperature screenings are occurring at the airports, and heat sensing cameras are being installed as well.

Details on the June 1st "Reopening" 12

Boat charters are operating, although all trips will take place in US waters. The British Virgin Islands is closed to visitors and will continue to be closed through September.

Taxis will be available and capacity will be restricted to 50 percent. Car rentals are open and available too.

As we mentioned Wednesday, the new News of St. John owner takes over the site June 1. We plan to chime in later next week to let you all know how the “reopening” is going. In the meantime, have a great day everyone!

Details on the June 1st "Reopening" 13

The Latest on What’s Happening on St. John

The Latest on What's Happening on St. John 14
Francis Bay

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! We made it to the middle of the week! It’s been a bit since we’ve updated you on what’s happening around the island, so here’s a quick little update.

As of today, May 13th, there have been 69 positive COVID-19 tests in the US Virgin Islands. There were two on St. John back in March. Since then, there have not been any positive cases on the island. St. Thomas has had 38 confirmed cases, and St. Croix has had 29. There have been six COVID-related deaths in the US Virgin Islands. Three of those deaths were from the same family, which is absolutely tragic.

As of today, the US Virgin Islands plans to move to its “Open Doors” phase on June 1. At this time, accommodations will, once again, be able to accept new guests. (Currently hotels, villas, Airbnbs, etc. are unable to check in new guests. This began back on March 24.) This means that tourists can once again visit the island per the government beginning on June 1. Gatherings will be limited to 50 people at that time, which we believe will include all restaurants and bars. The move to the Open Doors phase on June 1 is subject to change. Should that happen, we will let you know immediately.

The Latest on What's Happening on St. John 15

I’ve received numerous emails asking about restaurants and what specifically will be open. As of today, it appears that the majority (if not all) will be open on June 1 and moving forward. Numerous restaurants are open today and are offering to-go food. Beginning June 1, restaurants will be able to offer in-house dining once again. But again, it is likely that they will be limited to 50 people at a time and that includes staff.

Regarding our annual seasonal closings – many restaurants and bars close because of hurricane season which starts June 1 – it is too soon to know who will close and when. We just need to get through this first, and then businesses can make a decision on that.

The British Virgin Islands government announced that non-residents will not be able to visit their islands – Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Norman Island, Cooper Island and Virgin Gorda are all part of the British Virgin Islands – until sometime around September 1, 2020. This means that charter boats are not allowed to bring guests to the BVI until then.

I’ve been asked repeatedly how residents feel about visitors returning to the island. Truthfully, there are mixed feelings. On one hand, residents are ready to welcome visitors as our economy relies heavily on tourism and the island has been suffering financially due to COVID-19; And on the other hand, many people are extremely apprehensive about the idea of visitors returning and potentially, if not likely, bringing the virus with them. As of today, the majority of residents still have not received a stimulus check; the majority of residents have not received unemployment checks (although I do know some that received their first check this past Monday, so that’s progress!); and the majority of small business owners have yet to receive a PPP or SBA loan. So in that regard, people are looking forward to tourism resuming. But are people fearful that St. John will see an increase in COVID-19 cases once visitors return? Unequivocally, yes.

Now let’s talk flights. As with everywhere, flights to the airport on St. Thomas (STT) have been scaled back dramatically due to COVID-19. As of today, American Airlines looks like it will resume daily service from Miami on June 5. Currently they are flying here roughly 5-6 times a week. Delta does not appear to be resuming its daily service from Atlanta or New York until July 2 and July 3 respectively. United is also offering a flight between Newark and STT, and a flight between Washington DC on seven days in June. Spirit is flying its Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas route on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays only for the month of June. JetBlue has scaled its flights back too. So it may prove challenging initially to visit the island from a flight perspective should you choose to.

The Latest on What's Happening on St. John 16
Delta’s current calendar as of May 13, 2020.
The Latest on What's Happening on St. John 17
Spirit’s flight calendar as of May 13, 2020.

(These are examples and are subject to change.)

And with that, I think I will end this post right here. I will do my best to answer your questions in the Comments section or over on our Facebook page. Have a wonderful day everyone.


Have you entered our 2020 raffle? For just $20, you can enter to win a five-night stay at Aquamare at Grande Bay plus $1,000 courtesy of 340 Real Estate Co.! All proceeds will benefit the Animal Care Center. Get the details and buy tickets here: www.newsofstjohn.com/were-holding-another-raffle


Governor’s Update: Lots of Information Today!

Governor's Update: Lots of Information Today! 18
Trunk Bay

Well folks, the Governor just concluded a press conference and we have lots of information to share with you!

Let’s start with the topic I know you all want to know about the most – when can you return to St. John. According to the Governor, tourists will likely be able to return to the US Virgin Islands beginning on June 1.

The Governor announced a five tier alert system Wednesday afternoon, which will help manage the Territory’s reopening. The system is color coded and can be seen below:

Governor's Update: Lots of Information Today! 19
St. John is operating as “Orange” as of April 29, 2020.
Governor's Update: Lots of Information Today! 20
St. John will move to “Yellow” on May 4, 2020 and is anticipated to being operating as “Blue” on June 1, 2020.

As of today, April 29, 2020, St. John (and the entire Virgin Islands) is operating as Orange. Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, St. John will move to Yellow. It is anticipated, per the Governor, that St. John will move to Blue on June 1, 2020.

“We anticipate moving from this yellow Safer at Home status to the blue Open Door status on June 1st,” the Governor said Wednesday afternoon. “That’s when we will be opening up the reservation systems, and welcoming tourists back, leisure travelers into our Territory. We figure this month we will be able to see where our weak points are, reinforce our airports which we have found to be where the virus is coming onto the Territory. At the same time, being able to get more reinforcement at both hospitals…”

When St. John begins operating under the Blue status, restaurants will be able to offer dine-in services once again. Currently, restaurants are only able to offer take out, delivery or drive through. For the time being, all bars remain closed.

There seems to be an outstanding question regarding whether or not people entering the US Virgin Islands are required to quarantine. I reached out to Government House via Facebook and was told:

“Temperatures are taken at the time of arrival to the Territory and those individuals are also monitored. The 14-day quarantine following travel is not mandatory.”

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, face coverings will be required when entering all commercial establishments. It is uncertain whether that will continue or expire when travelers are invited to return June 1.

Not everyone will agree with the Governor’s plan. Some think the reopening is too soon; some think it is too late. Whatever your feelings may be, let’s be kind to one another. Love always wins. Hate does not.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 21
The view from Murphy Great House

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! We are so happy to tell you all that the beaches and trails reopen today. And to celebrate that, we’re going to take you all on a little hike over to the Murphy Great House, which is located off the Johnny Horn trail, high above Waterlemon Cay.

But first, I’d like to tell you a bit about James Murphy, the man who the Great House was named after. James Murphy was a St. Thomas merchant, shipowner and slave trader. Murphy bought Waterlemon Bay in in 1796 and renamed it Leinster Bay, according to David W. Knight, Sr.’s writing on the St. John Historical Society’s website. “Within the year, Murphy also went on to acquire the neighboring Annaberg and Mary’s Point estates, along with a portion of the former deWintsberg property known as Betty’s Hope that joined the two parcels.” Following the acquisitions, Murphy started to construct what was then considered a state-of-the-art sugar factory at Annaberg.

“In 1803, James Murphy once again set out to expand his landholdings with the acquisition of the Munsburry plantation, which lay along Annaberg’s southern boundary,” David W. Knight, Sr. wrote on the St. John Historical Society’s website. “Then, in 1807, he purchased the Brown’s Bay estate on the far eastern boundary of Leinster Bay — thereby amassing a total of 1,245 contiguous acres, of which 494 were planted in sugar cane. It was the largest amount of sugar land ever controlled by a single individual in the history of St. John.”

The Great House was Murphy’s residence perched high atop a hill overlooking Annaberg, Leinster Bay and Tortola. The hike to the Great House takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes from the Annaberg parking lot, depending on how many times you stop to take pictures or enjoy the beautiful scenery. You could wear flip flops for this hike, but I recommend wearing sneakers and bringing a bottle of water.

So as we mentioned, please park at the Annaberg parking lot when visiting the Murphy Great House. After parking, proceed to the Leinster Bay Trail which starts beside the water at the bottom of the hill to Annaberg.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 22
The parking area at Annaberg is to the right of this sign.
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 23
The beginning of the Leinster Bay Trail that leads to the Murphy Great House.

Follow the trail alongside the water until you get to the beach.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 24
The path is sometimes rocky.
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 25
Sometimes it leads through beautiful, tree-covered spots.
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 26
The beach area

When you reach the beach, walk to the far end. There you will see an opening in the trees. This leads to the Johnny Horn Trail. There is a large rock near the entrance of this trail.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 27
This path leads to the Johnny Horn Trail.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 28

“The Johnny Horn Trail was named after Johan Horn who was second in command to Governor Gardelin in St. Thomas and Commandant of St. John around the time of the slave rebellion in 1733,” according to seestjohn.com. “He was the Chief Bookkeeper and Chief Merchant of the Danish West India and Guinea Company on St. Thomas. According to John Anderson in his historical novel, Night of the Silent Drums, Englishman John Charles, a former actor who became a small planter on St. John, said the following of Horn:

“He had a grimace for a face, lies for eyes, noes for a nose, arse cheeks for face cheeks, fears for ears, whips for lips, dung for a tongue, and to all who knew him it seems strange that he has but one horn for a name.”

Well clearly he wasn’t the most liked individual…

Once you get to the rock, walk to the left. You will then follow the trail uphill. The first set of ruins you will reach is of the Guardhouse. It’s purposefully located in a strategic location where guards could keep an eye on the the Fungi Passage, between Whistling Cay and Mary Point, and the Narrows, which separate Great Thatch and St. John. The Guardhouse was complete with cannons and was manned by 16 soldiers, according to See St. John.

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 29
The entrance to the Guardhouse site
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 30
Guardhouse ruins

Continue uphill once you leave the Guardhouse. You will come to an intersection with a sign for the Murphy Great House. Take that left. The Great House is right around the corner. (If you continued straight on the Johnny Horn trail, you would eventually reach Coral Bay near the Moravian Church. This is a very challenging hike.)

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 31
Take a left to get to the Great House
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 32
The steps leading to the Great House

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 33

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 34

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 35

Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 36
Views of St. John’s north side, the Sir Francis Drake Channel and Tortola
Explore STJ: Leinster Bay Trail to Murphy House 37
One of the most picturesque picnic spots on the island…

Check out this quick video we took:

How gorgeous are those views??!! Not a bad way to start the week!

As you can see, there is so much to do, see and learn about on St. John. The next time you are on island, you should definitely Explore STJ.


St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


Want to get News of St. John updates emailed directly to you? Please go to www.newsofstjohn.com/signup to sign up.


For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus

 

April 17 Update: Beaches, Reopening & More

April 17 Update: Beaches, Reopening & More 38
Hawksnest

Hi all, the Governor just held a press conference. As we told you earlier this week, he holds several a week which you can watch live on Government House’s Facebook page. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • The beaches are expected to reopen on Monday, April 20th. The Governor cautioned against going into the water until Thursday, April 23 when water quality results will be completed. He especially stressed staying out of the water in bays that have seen a recent influx of boats.
  • It is “more than likely” that alcohol will be prohibited from all beaches when they reopen on April 20.
  • If you visit a beach, the Governor stated you can only visit with immediate family members.
  • The restrictions on mass gatherings remain in place.
  • The Territory is working to provide taxi and grocery delivery service to seniors.
  • The government has received infrared thermometers and is checking incoming passengers for temperatures at the airport.
  • Discussions have began regarding reopening the islands “internally,” the Governor said.
  • The Governor also stated “We are well away from opening our economy.”

The next press conference is at 1 p.m. Monday AST. It is expected that he will address the accommodations ban at that time.

Tag: USVI COVID-19


St. Johnopoly is available and shipping daily. It’s about to sell out, so please get yours today!

St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


Want to get News of St. John updates emailed directly to you? Please go to www.newsofstjohn.com/signup to sign up.


For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus

 

 

 

The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!)

The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 39
The Inn at Tamarind Court

Well folks, we have great news to share with you today! But before I begin, I need to admit that I am little late to the party on this one. But nevertheless, this is great news to share with you!

The Inn at Tamarind Court sustained tremendous damage during the 2017 hurricanes. After more than two years of remodeling, the Tamarind reopened its standard rooms to guests back in February, and the place looks great!

For those of you who are not familiar with the Tamarind, it’s an affordable spot that’s located just five minutes from the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. Rates start at $81 a night in low season and at $90 a night during high season … you can’t beat that, folks!

The Tamarind currently has 14 rooms that will be available once the Governor lifts the current accommodations ban. (As you likely have read, villas, hotels, inns, etc. cannot accept new guests though April 24.)

The Tamarind has eight standard rooms that were completely rebuilt following the storms. Of those, five have a queen bed and a private bath; two have two twin beds and a private bath; and one has two queen beds and a private bath. It also has six economy/single rooms that were renovated following the storms. This is a dorm-style building with two shared bathrooms. Each of the six rooms has one twin bed.

All rooms have cable, wifi, USB ports, ceiling fans, mini fridges and air conditioning.

Check out a few pics:

The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 40
Upstairs exterior
The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 41
Upstairs walkway
The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 42
Two queens room
The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 43
The Tamarind’s dorm-style building.
The Tamarind Remodeled, Reopened & is Ready for You! (When Guests are allowed to return of course!) 44
A single room

Looks nice, doesn’t it?

There are eight additional rooms that are still under construction. Discounted rates are being offered while construction is ongoing.

Work continues on the Tamarind’s onsite restaurants. They hope to have that open by next season (mid to late fall), if not sooner.

For more information on the Tamarind, please visit its website at www.innattamarindcourt.com


St. Johnopoly is available and shipping daily. It’s about to sell out, so please get yours today!

St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


Want to get News of St. John updates emailed directly to you? Please go to www.newsofstjohn.com/signup to sign up.


For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus

Tag: Tamarind St. John

April 15th COVID-19 Update

April 15th COVID-19 Update 45

We received an email the other day asking why we haven’t provided a COVID-19 update in roughly a week. Well sometimes no news is good news. There aren’t too many new changes to report. Here is what’s currently happening:

As of today, April 15, there have been two confirmed COVID-19 cases on St. John. There have been 51 confirmed cases in the US Virgin Islands, which includes St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix. As of today, 417 people have been tested territory-wide.

The beaches remain closed through April 20. All trails are currently closed.

Accommodations including hotels, villas, Airbnbs, etc. cannot accept new guests through April 24.

There is a declared State of Emergency and a Stay at Home order that continues through April 30.

It is possible that some of these restrictions may be extended. If that happens, we will let you know.

There have been changes to our ferry and barge scheduled. Please click here to read our April 7th article that discusses that. 

Many of you have emailed me asking about upcoming trips, asking whether or not you think you can visit. Truthfully, I do not have an answer. All I can say is to listen to the advice of our Governor and the federal government’s advice pertaining to travel.

People have asked about seasonal closings. As many of you know, a fair amount of our restaurants close during hurricane season. Some close for a few weeks; some close for a few months. To my knowledge, none of the restaurants have made a decision regarding their seasonal closures yet. When those decisions are made, we will let you know.

Want to receive updates regarding COVID-19 cases in the US Virgin Island and other pertinent information? Just text COVID19USVI to 888777.

You can also visit our government’s website at www.vi.gov for the latest information on COVID-19.

Our Governor holds press conferences live on Facebook several times a week. He also holds question and answer sessions. Please visit www.facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI for more information.

We’re pretty much all in a holding pattern right now. I want you all to visit again, but when the time is right. I look forward to showing many of you the island during one of my island tours. I’ve got some free time lately, so I’ve been working to rebrand my island tour business. I am excited to show you all the results! 🙂

In the meantime, please keep reading and keep loving this little island of ours! Stay safe and healthy everyone!

Tag: USVI COVID-19


St. Johnopoly is available and shipping daily. It’s about to sell out, so please get yours today!

St. Johnopoly is just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


Want to get News of St. John updates emailed directly to you? Please go to www.newsofstjohn.com/signup to sign up.


For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus

 

St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More

St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 46
Trunk Bay

Well folks, it was only a matter of time.

The Governor announced Monday that all beaches in the US Virgin Islands will be closed through April 20 in an effort to further enforce social distancing. The release went on to say:

“Persons known to have the virus who willfully violate the directives as determined by the Health commissioner can be criminally charged under Title 14 of the V.I. Code, according to the Attorney General.

“Title 14, subsection 886 states “[w]however willfully exposes himself or another afflicted with any contagious or infectious disease in any public place or thoroughfare… shall be fined not more than $200 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”

The Virgin Islands National Park followed up the Governor’s announcement with a release of its own that stated all trails and parking lots in the Virgin Islands National Park will be closed too. All park waters remain open. “Mariners using park moorings and anchorage areas can expect further guidance and safety requirements later this week,” the release said.

The ferries and barges have altered their schedules as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is the current passenger ferry schedule:

St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 47
The current passenger ferry schedule between St. John & St. Thomas.

Three barge companies provide service between St. John and St. Thomas – Love City Car Ferries, Global Marine and Big Red Barge Co. Here are their updated schedules:

St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 48
The current schedule for Love City Car Ferries (Grand Vic)
St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 49
The current schedule for Global Marine (General II)
St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 50
The current schedule for Big Red Barge

The Virgin Islands Port Authority released the following information yesterday regarding flights to the Territory:

St. John Beaches Closed, Trails Closed, Changes to Business Schedules & More 51

The Governor announced that all incoming passengers are being screened for COVID-19.

And to reiterate, the US Virgin Islands are currently under a State of Emergency and will be through April 30. All non-essential businesses are closed through April 30. Hotels, villas, Airbnbs, etc. are not allowed to accept new checkins through April 24. If any of these dates get extended, we will be sure to let you know.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 and how it relates to St. John, please visit www.newsofstjohn.com/virus.


St. Johnopoly is available and shipping daily. It’s just like the traditional Monopoly game, but it is completely customized for St. John. If you would like a bit of St. John to arrive at your doorstep, order yours at www.newsofstjohn.com/stjohnopoly


Want to get News of St. John updates emailed directly to you? Please go to www.newsofstjohn.com/signup to sign up.