Hi all, happy Wednesday. We made it to the middle of the week! Yahoo! Although all the days seem to feel the same when you’re on St. John. 🙂
So we receive a ton of emails and Facebook messages here at News of St. John. And as you know, we do our best to answer all as quickly as we can. Today I am going to give you a quick rundown on some of the more recent questions we’ve received plus some more details you may find helpful.
Let’s start with the government shutdown. Yes, it is affecting St. John, but fortunately, it’s not affecting us too dramatically. The most visible impact is on the restrooms within the park. The majority are closed. Thankfully volunteers with Friends of the VI National Park are opening the restrooms at the Visitor’s Center in Cruz Bay and also the restrooms at Trunk Bay daily. All of the others – Hawksnest, Cinnamon, Maho, Francis and Annaberg – are all closed. So plan according when you leave Cruz Bay or Coral Bay and head to the North Shore beaches.
Speaking of Trunk, the concessions are open once again. Food and drink is being served. There is also a small retail shop that opened last month. And the booth that rents snorkel gear and chairs is open too. The entry fee is still being waived at Trunk. This means that all of our beaches can be accessed free of charge.
Honeymoon beach has become a more popular spot thanks to the dinghy shuttle. One operates all day, every day. All you have to do is look for the dinghy with the hot pink motor pulling up in front of High Tide, which is next to the ferry dock in Cruz Bay. The cost is $5 per person and the ride takes less than 10 minutes. When you reach Honeymoon, be sure you sign up for a time slot to get back to Cruz Bay. We hear they fill up fast. But don’t worry if you can’t get a ride back. You can always walk back via the Lind Point Trail. It takes about a half hour and it’s an easy walk back.
Now let’s move on to Maho. We told you all last month how a new food truck is opening up there. It hasn’t opened up yet, but it looks to be close. The VW bus is on site, which will be serving food, and I’ve seen them working on the tiki bar, which will serve drinks. They cleared an abundance of dead trees, and I have to say, the space looks pretty neat. I’m definitely interested in checking it out when it opens.
I walked down to Denis over the weekend, and it looked great. This beach is a lesser known beach that is accessed from the small trail up to Peace Hill. You will see a trail off to your right. That is the trail down to Denis. It takes about eight minutes or so to get there. Denis is a more exposed beach, so it tends to be much wavier. It’s a long beach, with a fair amount of sand and great views.
And last but not least today, Hawksnest holds a church service every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the western pavilion. This has to be the most beautiful view for any church service in the world.
Well folks, that’s it for today … a Seinfeld story of sorts. 🙂 It was sort of about nothing, but sort of about something. I hope you enjoyed it! And more importantly, I hope you enjoy your day today!