Steve Butcher

Local News about St. John and our villa

We’re not just remote villa owners. We’re on island nearly monthly, and our property manager, Kristen Cox, is a long time St. John resident who has raised her family on island. We are constantly keeping up with news of St.John and try to relay pertinent information about our rental villa and the island in general on to you.

November 10, 2018

Trying to Reason with (2018) Hurricane Season

Yes, it cleans me out and then I can go on. Interesting. Great Expectations […]
August 21, 2018
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Month 8: Lightly-seasoned Villa Owners

Well it’s been just under 8 months since we took over the reins at […]
April 26, 2018
Jimmy & Bridgett Key from Palm Tree Charters

Day charter around the USVI and BVI with Palm Tree Charters

Virgins to Boat Charters in the Virgin Islands We got married on St. John […]
February 20, 2018
5 Tesla Powerwalls at our St. John Villa Rental

A greener St. John + a greener (and more resilient) St. John villa

It’s been nearly 6 months since hurricanes Irma re nightnd Maria blew through the […]
January 27, 2018
Swimming in Francis Bay, St. John, off Soulshine Charters

Taking a few days to let your Soulshine

Our closing date for purchasing Great Expectations was scheduled for December 29, 2017. Legal […]
January 4, 2018
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New Year, New Island, New Owners!

Well it’s official – Great Expectations has changed hands to longtime visitors Steve & […]
November 30, 2017
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The Rebirth of St. John has happened

And, boy, is she beautiful both inside and out! First, the obvious beauty — […]
October 9, 2017

 St. John on the mend!

Amy Roberts, reporter for St. John Tradewinds, recently wrote about the team from the U.S. Public […]
October 2, 2017
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Ship of Utility Poles arrives St. Thomas

Never have people been so excited to receive a ship of utility poles as […]
September 30, 2017

Oh, that coconut water tastes so good!

We have plenty of coconut water to keep our great staff going to get […]
September 28, 2017
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Blue skies are here again!

Steve Butcher, our extraordinaire Webmaster, took the photo (above) earlier this week showing that […]
September 19, 2017
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What a difference a bit of time makes!

Author and long-term St John home owner, Homer Hickam, has a great way of […]
September 19, 2017
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St John — Post Irma status report (Sept 18)

Thanks for all your messages and good wishes!  There have been numerous press reports […]
September 13, 2017
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St John post Irma credible non-profits and news sources

There are so many ‘false’ stories (exaggerated statements) that are not helping the situation […]
September 8, 2017
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Help is on the way to the US Virgin Islands

The US Navy announced today that the USS Wasp, USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill […]
September 5, 2017
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Great Expectations and St John is braced for Hurricane Irma

Great Expectations should be okay; the Villa is constructed of 8-inch thick reinforced concrete […]
September 4, 2017

Watch Hurricane Irma on these webcams

September 3, 2017
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Another perfect ‘St John Day’

Our webcam overlooking St John’s Rendezvous Bay shows another perfectly beautiful day. However, behind […]
September 2, 2017
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The latest Caribbean storm information

Here are some great websites to keep up-to-date information about what is happening in […]
April 8, 2017
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United Airlines increases flights to St Thomas

For those wanting to fly to St. John this summer and fall, the trip just […]
March 28, 2017
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St John tours: self-guided or guided so you can kick back

The New York Times article posted March 28, 2017 nails it about the beauty […]
March 12, 2017

Island time — no changes ‘mon

No changes ‘mon in our time on St John (USVI). No Daylight Savings time; […]
March 11, 2017
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Music City Mashup on St John

If you are in the Virgin Islands in early April you will be in […]
January 27, 2017
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Maho Beach makes Trip Advisor’s 2017 ‘Beach Beaches in the World’ list!

Enough said…now the world knows about our St John secret best beach —  Maho […]
January 9, 2017

Stepping out on St John — Frist Fridays

It might seem like every night is a Friday night on St John since […]
December 22, 2016
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Fun things to do with kids on St John

Stand-up Paddle Boarding is a fun activity for kids as well as adults Shell […]
December 8, 2016
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December is a great month to be on St John

Lots of fun – and delicious – things happening on St John this month. […]
November 23, 2016
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Great Thanksgiving Day Topic — Plan your next St John vacation & we suggest you skip the politics!

Start the New Year on St John where green magically becomes red fireworks! Hawksnest […]
September 13, 2016
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St John — Always Something to Do?

Enjoy our September Newsletter: A lot of people ask us what there is to […]
August 25, 2016
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Here is the cure for the Dog Days of Summer on St John

Help the St John Animal Care Center (SJACC) cool its home for all their […]
August 22, 2016
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Stunning scenes on St John beach this week!

The flamingos have arrived on St John and they are breathtakingly beautiful.  Here are […]
July 25, 2016
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St John’s Cinnamon Bay beach on exclusive New York Times list

St John’s popular Cinnamon Bay beach  recently made the exclusive New York Times Travel […]
July 5, 2016
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St John — How to Lend a Helping Hand (Volunteer, Donate or Fundraise)

Over time, we have experienced that people who visit St John become passionate about […]
June 8, 2016
solomon beach st john puts St John on list of ‘7 Most Remote Beaches in the Caribbean’

We are never surprised when St John beaches make the ‘top’ lists concerning their […]
June 6, 2016
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A Revolution is coming to St John & it will be mighty tasty

Mongoose Junction’s Virgin Fire is about to be transformed in more ways than just […]
April 11, 2016

Complete your SCUBA certification while vacationing on St. John

So you love Snorkeling around the beaches of St. John but have always wondered about […]
January 8, 2016
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St John makes the New York Times list of ’52 Places to Visit in 2016′

  St John’s Coral Bay St John is listed in the #4 position on […]
December 9, 2015
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Santa Should Bring You a St John Villa Trip for Christmas

No Reindeer required to get Santa to St John We hope Santa brings you a […]
November 12, 2015
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The Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner Table Conversation Topic — St John!

Winter ‘Soon Come’ to St John Your beach chairs await What better topic to […]
October 14, 2015
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Preparing for Fall & Winter – You compared to St. John

How do you want to prepare for Fall and Winter?   snowblowers and rakes or  […]
September 2, 2015
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7 Nights on St John for the Price of 5 and Hundreds of Dollars of Gift Certificates (for dining and rental cars)

Enjoy our September newsletter and check out these savings! 2 free nights and up to $500 […]
July 29, 2015
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New Years eve on St John in the middle of the summer?

Exclusively for our newsletter subscribers — a rare opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve […]
June 10, 2015
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The Virgin Islands are Magical

We could not resist sharing Steve Simonsen’s recent Facebook photo and posting. It is […]
June 4, 2015
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Summertime is Time to Plan Your Winter Trip to St John!

Enjoy Summer? Plan your Trip to St John this Winter! The Warm Waters of St John […]
April 3, 2015
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St Thomas USVI Carnival 2015 – Culture to the Extreme

April 2, 2015
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April 2015 News from St. John

Rx to Survive Winter Enjoy the winter winds — St John style Congratulations – you survived the […]
March 2, 2015

St John Where The Swimming is Great For All…Winter or Not!

Please enjoy our February newsletter….. Hitching a ride — St John style (photo by […]
February 19, 2015
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St John Blues Blowout Festival in ON!

The  St. John Blues Society was formed by co-founding members Ronnie Klingsberg (AKA owner […]
January 25, 2015

What Is It Like To Spend a Week On St John? Check Out: ‘One day — St John’

We often are asked ‘what is it like to spend a week on St […]
January 14, 2015
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St John – last minute discount for February; not too late to get out of the cold

Baby It’s Cold Outside, but not on St John! Enjoy the warmth of the our sunset […]
December 8, 2014
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The Only ‘Shoes’ Needed in Our Closet on St John

If you feel the same head on to St John to warm your toes…..
November 21, 2014
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November 2014 News

St John Offers Amazing Sunset Views The Sun and Clouds Melt into the Pool […]
November 3, 2014
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St John Waters are full of Fabulous Fall Colors

This photo is courtesy of Steve Simonsen who captures the beauty of St John’s sea life. […]
October 23, 2014
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Summer Over? Never on St John

Our October Newsletter is published for your reading enjoyment: St John Offers Amazing Views […]
October 21, 2014
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Mark Your Calendars for Coral Bay’s Bizarre Bazaar

October 18, 2014

Trunk Bay is Beautiful & Calming Even After a Passing Storm

St John’s Fabulous Photographer Steve Simonsen’s video of Trunk Bay the morning after Hurricane […]
October 13, 2014

St John Battens Down as Tropical Storm Gonzalo Approaches

This is the last bit of sun and blue sky we will see until […]
October 3, 2014
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Halloween on St John is Always Fun But This Year it is Being Kicked Up a Bunch!

September 17, 2014
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All Roads Lead to St John

Enjoy our September newsletter:  The views go on forever and ever St John’s remote […]
August 8, 2014
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St John – where much has changed and much has stayed the same

Our August newsletter for your reading enjoyment:  St John — before and now St […]
July 2, 2014
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US News and World Names the US Virgin Islands ‘The #1 Place to Visit in the Caribbean’!

Each year the US News and World Report issues a ranking of ‘best places […]
June 30, 2014

Beneath the Waters Where St John is Truly Magical

 Turtles, squid, puffer fish, and even nurse sharks! CBS Sunday Morning featured St John’s […]
May 30, 2014
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Let the St John Festival Begin: Dancing, Drums, Food Will be Plentiful!

Last minute change of location. NEW LOCATION is the CRUZ BAY PARK and, don’t […]
May 28, 2014
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Where better to have a Beach Festival than St John — home of the world’s best beaches! The party is ON this weekend!

This Saturday, May 31 – Come and enjoy the first annual Beach Bar Beach […]
May 22, 2014
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Trip Advisor Awards St John Villa Great Expectations their 2014 ‘Certificate of Excellence’ Award!

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has just announced their 2014 Certificate of Excellence […]
May 19, 2014

Here are the Names We do NOT want to Hear Between Now & November 30

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1st (and runs through November 30). […]
May 15, 2014
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Even more of a Throwback Thursday – St John, Cruz Bay dock ~ 1941

May 14, 2014
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St John Chaotic Kayak – July 27, 2014

  The island community of St. John will be out again in force this […]
May 12, 2014
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St John Carnival Special!!

St. John Carnival Week for 8 nights from Sun, Jun 29 to Mon, Jul […]
May 9, 2014
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WAGAPALOOZA, the ‘showtime’ for the Doggies of St John, postponed until MAY 24

May 8, 2014
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Throw Back Thursday on St John – Cruz Bay dock 1967

Thanks to St John Historical Society (SJHS) for this great shot of the Cruz […]
May 7, 2014
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USVI Carnival 2014

Carnival is alive with brilliant colors & music St John’s Carnival season begins early next […]
April 30, 2014
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St John Film Presents: One Lucky Elephant

St. John Film presents a very special film about man and his best friend, […]
April 25, 2014
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Swim or Volunteer at St John Beach to Beach Power Swim

All can participate in this year’s swim. Either swim yourself or volunteer to support […]
April 9, 2014
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Love St John and Love Your Kids?

This Children’s Photographer Can Capture The Best of Both For You Kids just want […]
April 7, 2014
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Celebrate National Park Week with Free Admission to Trunk Bay on April 19 and April 20 (2014)

Celebrate National Park Week 2014 from April 19 through 27! Visit a park and […]
April 4, 2014
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Get Ready to Party: St Thomas Carnival Officially Starts Tomorrow – April 5 – and runs through May 3 (2014)

April 2, 2014

Dolphins play in St. John waters

  dolphins play in our waters mother & baby dolphins in St John waters  (photo courtesy […]
April 1, 2014
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St John Film – and Filmmaker – Presents Original Film Yurumein: Homeland

  St John Film Society presents and original film tonight! TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 […]
March 31, 2014
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Best $25 Million Spent By US Government — Happy 97st ‘Birthday’ to the US Virgin Islands

Today – March 31st – marks the 97th anniversary of the day the Danish […]
March 25, 2014

St Thomas International Regatta Has Full Slate of Boats

The St. Thomas International Regatta kicks off Wednesday with five days of events including […]
March 21, 2014
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St John’s Coral Bay will be filled with fun, sailing, music, and art this weekend – all for great causes

  Tomorrow – Saturday, March 22 the Coral Bay Yacht Club is hosting the […]
March 21, 2014
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St John Makes the Destination Weddings List for ‘Best Caribbean Islands for Perfect Wedding’

Destination Weddings Magazine names the Virgin Islands one of the 10 Best Caribbean Islands […]
March 17, 2014
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St John Blues Blowout: Bring it On and All for a Great Cause

 The headliners of the all blues fest will be:  Samantha Fish – Kansas City based […]
March 14, 2014
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This Year Everyone Can Join in and celebrate the St John (USVI) St Patrick’s Day Parade Whether You are on Island or Far Away Thanks to Live Streaming

This year our St Patrick’s Day parade will be live-streamed thanks to St John […]
March 6, 2014
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The Virgin Islands National Park Has Organized a New Hike – L’Esperance Hike Ending at Reef Bay

  The Friends of the VI National Park announced a new ranger-led hike by […]
March 5, 2014
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Fire Hot Sunrises of St John

  Hope this photo of this morning’s red-hot sunrise warms the hearts of all […]
February 27, 2014
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The Biggest Fete Ever Seen, Carnival 2014!

The schedule for St Thomas Carnival 2014 has been released and its theme is […]
February 26, 2014
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USA TODAY names St John One of 10 Romantic Islands To Fall In Love With (we agree!)

USA TODAY names St John to yet another list. This time love is in the […]
February 21, 2014
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St John’s 18th Annual 8 Tuff Mile Race Tomorrow – Walk, Run, or Watch and Celebrate Those Who Do!

If you have ever driven from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay you know that […]
February 19, 2014
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St John is all about wonderful Art; don’t miss this week’s Opening Reception featuring Caribbean – Japanese Fusion in Art Exteriors and More!

February 14, 2014

It Does Not Get Better than Valentine’s Day on St John!

This is why we call it “Love City”… If you are on St John […]
February 13, 2014
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St John Arts Festival Begins Tomorrow – February 14, 2014. Get Ready for Great Music, Dancing, Film and Shows

Get ready to enjoy the 14th St John Arts Festival starting February 14 (Valentine’s […]
February 10, 2014
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Jet Blue TSA Pre-Check Now Available at St Thomas (STT) Airport

TSA pre-check is a wonderful process. At most US airports that have it if […]
February 7, 2014
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Love is in the Air on St John & Now So is Homemade Ice Cream

Aimed at ‘opening’ on Valentine’s Day – Friday, February 14 (yes, this year) – […]
February 3, 2014
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St John Film Presents: Rican-ing of White Boy

St John is a fabulous jewel in the middle of the Caribbean.  Most every St […]
January 29, 2014
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St John — Unadvertised Special for our Newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter Recipients!

January newsletter: Leave Winter BehindEnjoy St John’s Warm WatersPhotographer Steve Simonsen captured a fabulous […]
January 17, 2014
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Trunk Bay is FREE for Martin Luther King Day!

The St John Source announced: Trunk Bay beach will have no admission fee for […]
January 14, 2014

Boston Globe Highlights St John’s Eco-Resort

Boston Globe Travel Section,by Boston Globe Columnist Jack Sullivan, January 12, 2014: The ‘eco-tents’ […]
January 13, 2014
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USA Today’s 10Best Puts St John in ‘Top 10 Favorite Caribbean Destinations’ List

St John once again is named to the ‘Top 10 Caribbean Islands‘ List, this […]