St. John News

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.

January 10, 2014

A Major Addition to Virgin Islands Park

While Maho Bay Campgrounds has been closed and sold (to an individual) this past […]
January 8, 2014
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Tired of Winter Already? Head to St John Where We Have A Special Seat For You!

We hope our January 2014 Newsletter keeps you warm: Winter Has Arrived — St […]
January 7, 2014
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USA Today Advises What To Do if Flights Are Cancelled

USA Today by Kathryn Walsh, Demand Media Over 4,000 flights have been cancelled — so […]
January 6, 2014

10 Tips for Booking Cheap Flights

We often get asked about how (and when) to book airfare that does not […]
January 2, 2014

Islands Magazine names St John’s Trunk Bay ‘Best Beach in the Caribbean’ for 2013

Trunk Bay, St John Best Beach in the Caribbean: Trunk Bay, USVI Zach Stovall […]
December 30, 2013
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Friends of Virgin Islands National Park releases 2014 Seminar Series

If you are lucky enough to be on St John this winter you should […]
November 27, 2013
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Thanks to The Inn at Tamarind Court for this list of restaurants that are […]
November 8, 2013
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According to USA Today: Where to Stay on St John

Reprint from USA Today View this email in your browser Aldeth Lewin 11:37 […]
October 21, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving Hurricane Style

The third Monday in October marks the ‘Hurricane Thanksgiving Day‘. This year that is […]
October 10, 2013

Love Woody’s Seafood? Now You Can Have a Piece of Woody’s in your Home! All for a Great Cause.

The folks who own and manage Woody’s Seafood Saloon have always been great supporters […]
October 7, 2013

St John Beaches are OPEN for Business (Oops – Pleasure)!

  Enjoy our October newsletter (& the re-opened beaches, waters, & trails of St […]
September 26, 2013

St John Dogs & Cats on the Move…Want to Help?

One of our all time favorite organizations on St John is the St John […]
September 24, 2013
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Love the Virgin Islands? Love Rum? Now You Have a Great Excuse to Drink More to Help the USVI

Cruzan Rum is made in the US Virgin Islands  Each year the US Virgin […]
September 23, 2013
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USVI Tops list of ‘Bargain Destinations for Fall 2013’

Thinkstock photo of popular Trunk Bay Smarter Traveler names USVI #1 destination on their […]
September 20, 2013
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Snorkeling in Paradise

Enjoy our September newsletter… Snorkeling Around St John is Worth the Trip   The […]
September 19, 2013

Celebrate ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ by learning about the Real Pirates of the Virgin Islands

Today, September 18, is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day‘ so when better to learn […]
September 16, 2013
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St John to Get Wildlife Sanctuary Walkway and Pier at Frank Bay

Great Blue Herons are known to visit St John’s Frank Bay Friday, September 13 […]
September 5, 2013

Best St John Snorkeling Pictures

‘Isabel Traveler’ captured this fabulous turtle photo last month  St John is fortunate to […]
September 4, 2013
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This Christmas Bush you do not want to mess with

Christmas Bush is the Virgin Islands equivalent of Poison Ivy & is really, really […]
September 3, 2013
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Summer Over for You? Not For Us on St John!

Averaging 80 degrees year round, truly!  St John weather is ideal!  Spring March – […]
August 29, 2013

Foxy is turning 75!

The one and only Foxy is having a major birthday! This Saturday, August 31st, […]
August 26, 2013
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Farmer’s Almanac Predicts a ‘Bitterly Cold’ Winter! What to do?

This weekend the famed Farmer’s Almanac released its forecast for this winter and it […]
August 22, 2013

US Virgin Islands makes short list of ‘Best Islands to Raise a Family’

We know the US Virgin Islands, and in particular St John, to be one […]
August 20, 2013
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Cafe Roma Rises from the Ashes (Literally), Plans to Reopen November 2013! The Owner has created his Own Kickstarter-Type Program…Help Make it Happen!

Work is well underway for the New Cafe Roma As many of you know, […]
August 19, 2013
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“A Piece of Heaven in the Caribbean”

We are proud that on Trip Advisor Great Expectations has been rated the #1 […]
August 16, 2013
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National Rum Day – Life is good indeed!

Today is National Rum Day so we now have a great excuse to enjoy…
August 14, 2013
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Tell the World How Much You Love St John!

Renowned St John Photographer Steve Simonsen recently captured this guyon film and challenged us […]
July 24, 2013
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St John: New Beginnings & New Special Discounts (4th Couple Stay Free!) at Great Expectations

Enjoy our July newsletter: New Beginnings  Steve Simonsen captured these amazing photos as baby […]
July 8, 2013

St John Artist & Filmmaker Seeks Crowdfunding

Repeating Islands reports that St Johnian artist & filmmaker, Andrea Leland, is at it […]
June 28, 2013
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Enjoy Carnival Music This Coming Week on St John

June 25, 2013
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St John Sailor Takes ‘Top Girl’ During International Optimist Regatta

113 Sailors competed during this past weekend The 21st International Optimist Regatta took place […]
June 24, 2013
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Khadijah Lee Crowned St John Festival Queen and Faith Sweeney Princess St John 2013

Khadijah Ashiya Ann Lee as queen and Faith Marie Sweeney as princess – both […]
June 21, 2013
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Get Your Appetite Ready – St John Carnival Food Fair Opens this Sunday!

Enjoy the best of Caribbean cooking at the St John Food Fair! No diets […]
June 20, 2013
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USA Today puts St John on Yet Another List

No US passport = no problem for you to enjoy St John Trunk Bay […]
June 18, 2013

Parrots in the Wild Around St John

The blue, blue sky was a perfect backdrop to capture this parrot Many people […]
June 17, 2013

St John Film Debuts ‘The End Of The Line’ — An Ocean Without Fish?

A Fish-less Ocean – We cannot allow that to happen! On June 19 @ […]
June 14, 2013
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Join in the St John Carnival Festivities – Bike Race this Saturday AM – Ride or Root for the Riders

While this year’s course has not been detailed, we can use last year’s route […]
June 13, 2013
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Time for Action on St John is NOW, not this Fall, or next Winter!

This section, one of 5 along a two-mile section of Centerline Road, is being […]
June 12, 2013
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Want a Pain Killer Island Style (for either $800 or $8.00 can’t decide)?

Sign on St Thomas – St John Barge The other day we wandered up […]
June 11, 2013
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When do you want to be on St John?

Enjoy our June newsletter (to subscribe go to lower, left section of this page): […]
June 10, 2013
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First (Now Annual) St John Ribs Cook Off a Sold Out Event!

They had all the ingredients the good people from St John need in order […]
June 8, 2013
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Best Ribs on St John? Come out Tonight to Help St John Rescue and Devour Some Fabulous Ribs! What is not to like?

If you are lucky enough to be on St John today then do we […]
June 7, 2013
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Get it on tonight! Beach Jam 2013 on St John…It is Carnival Baby!

The complete St John Carnival schedule for 2013…if you cannot make the Beach Jam […]
June 6, 2013
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St John Carnival 2013 Schedule of Events – This Year’s Theme is “Come and Explore the Culture Scene for Festival 2013”

If you have questions or want more information about any of these events you […]
June 5, 2013
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Cruzan Rum Unveils New Campaign “The Don’t Hurry” Which Could Have Been Filmed On St John

Ever See this guy on one of the St John beaches?  Speaking of rum (and, […]
June 4, 2013
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Carnival Season on St John Begins!

The Carnival flags went up (as tweeted by Gretchen Labrenz, owner of Cruz Bay […]
June 3, 2013

St John Waters Get Invaded Every Year (and not only by Tourists) And This Year You Can Participate

Steve Simonsen captured the migration  Love them or not, hermit crabs are prevelent on […]
May 31, 2013

Satellite That Tracks Atlantic Weather Systems Fails on Eve of Hurricane Season Start Leaving Much of the East Coast and Caribbean in the Dark

This composite satellite image from Sunday shows a lack of data from GOES-13 over […]
May 30, 2013
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Caribbean Rum Wars Continue and and Bring in Vice President Biden to ‘Brutal’ Discussion

 Rum produced in the Virgin Islands has been at the center of a debate […]
May 29, 2013
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Virgin Islands National Park Waters Now a ‘No Anchor’ Zone

Joe Kessler, President of the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park recently wrote the […]
May 28, 2013
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St John Beach to Beach Swimmers Fought Big Waves But No Rain

308 Swimmers Registered for the 10th Annual Power Swim The 10th annual Friends of […]
May 23, 2013
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Favorite snorkeling spots around St John?

  Snorkeling spot in Solomon Bay, St John Right up there debating the ‘best […]
May 22, 2013

Bush Tea becomes the ‘Official’ Local Beverage of the Virgin Islands McDonalds (France has Wine and Germany Beer)!

Lemon Grass serves as one of many types of ‘Bush Tea’   Bush tea […]
May 21, 2013
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Movie time on St John featuring ‘Rain’ (under the stars)

Where else in the world can you watch a movie, eat the world’s greatest […]
May 20, 2013

Dog Gone Crazy Over St John

One of the best things that has happened on St John over the last […]
May 16, 2013
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Green Flash appears to bid Maho Campgrounds Goodbye

May 15th was a feared date for many who love the Maho Bay Campgrounds. […]
May 15, 2013
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St John tops ‘best of’ lists (once again)!

Enjoy our May newsletter: Islands Magazine Best Beach 2013 Photography Contest HasSt John in Top Spot Island […]
April 26, 2013
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Kenny Chesney ‘Paying it Forward’ to the Virgin Islands Donates Portion of New Album Aptly Named ‘Life on a Rock’

Kenny Chesney‘s new album, Life On A Rock, is available in stores this next […]
April 25, 2013
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St Thomas – St John to have New Ferry Boats this Year

One of two 85-foot Catamarans being built for specifically for  the St Thomas – […]
April 22, 2013
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Trunk Bay Free April 22 – April 26 in Celebration of National Parks Week

No admissions charge for Trunk Bay in recognition of National Parks Week Not that […]
April 17, 2013
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Beach to Beach Power Swim – Bring it on St John!

There are courses for all levels of swimmers If you are going to be […]
April 16, 2013
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We are all ONE with Boston

The Boston Marathon is always a wonderful celebration and this year started no differently […]
April 12, 2013
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Wikipedia puts the US Virgin Islands at top of another ‘Tops of World’ list but this one is NOT one we want to be on!

What do the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the US Virgin Islands have in […]
April 5, 2013
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St John newsletter – March and April happenings around the island

Our monthly St John newsletter for April which we distribute to all those who […]
April 2, 2013
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St Croix goes all out wining and dining April 14 – 20, 2013

Sunset BBQ takes place on the Pier in historic Frederiksted town Interested in wining […]
March 29, 2013
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Trip Advisor names St John as one of the World’s 10 Best Islands!

Trunk Bay St John, one of the most photographed beaches in the world With […]
March 28, 2013

Movies on St John – Learn about the Jamaican Underground Music Scene and Voodoo-Inspired Marching Music

St John Film Society presents:  4th TRAVELLING CARIBBEAN SHOWCASE OF FILMS  Spotlight on Caribbean […]
March 25, 2013
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Perfect weather around the Virgin Islands for the 40th Rolex Regatta

This weekend’s weather cooperated nicely for the 40th Rolex Regatta. Not a hardship to […]
March 22, 2013
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Is there a such thing as a Free Ferry? Maybe, soon come between St Croix and St Thomas

If  Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone has her way this Alaskan ferry will become a […]
March 21, 2013
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Support St John’s kids and Enjoy a Day on the Water and Beach

This Saturday, March 23rd, the St John’s Coral Bay Yacht Club is once again […]
March 19, 2013
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Soon come: a Jimmy Buffett Original ‘Virgin Islands Margaritaville’ St Thomas Style

Thanks to the Virgin Islands Daily News reporting of Aldeth Lewin: Buffett,Wyndham share  vision […]
March 12, 2013
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Support St John and sail away

Every year the prizes get better and better and this year is no exception. […]
March 8, 2013
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Beloved Woody’s on St John is sold

Sure we expect restaurants to come and go, especially on an island 1,000 miles […]
March 7, 2013

Whales, Whales, and more whales — around St John

From our March newsletter….   Whale sightings are all around St John The website […]
February 25, 2013
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Folk Life Festival comes to St John US Virgin Islands

For history buffs this year’s Folk Life Festival will be a dream. The theme […]
February 16, 2013
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St John Arts Festival 2013 – music & dancing is filling the island!

February 14, 2013

All news and fun facts about the Caribbean and Tropics (and St John, of course)

After you have come in from the cold having shoveled the snow that blanketed […]
February 6, 2013
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Best BBQ on St John? There is a new contender on island!

Reggie’s BBQ is a bright, clean, outdoor setting right across from Island Blues (with […]
February 5, 2013

Movies under the stars on St John, USVI

What could be a better way to watch the movies than being on St […]
February 4, 2013

Cuba comes to St John, USVI — at least on film

Support the St John Film Society’s 2013 season opening screening: Films from the 4th TRAVELLING […]
January 28, 2013
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It is that time of year around St John & St Thomas – look out for the whales!

This whale was spotted off St John, near Jost Van Dyke, during last year’s […]
January 18, 2013
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Love animals? Love St John? Then this party, raffle & auction are for you!

If you are on-island then party with the animals Saturday night! An Evening in […]
January 14, 2013
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Trunk Bay St John from the Front and Back

There is something magical about St John and pictures of Trunk Bay capture this […]
January 11, 2013

Sail Evenstar: St. John and USVI National Park, Part II

Sail Evenstar: St. John and USVI National Park, Part II Welcome to St John! […]
January 10, 2013
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These are just for you if you love the colors – and views – of St John

Hot off the press the January newsletter from Great Expectations: Artist Sloop Jones captures […]
January 8, 2013
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The 2013 Film Series kicks kicks off on St John

Can’t you just feel the waters and hear the waves break on the shore? […]
January 2, 2013

The last day of the year on St John…a mixed day but both of the ‘book-ends’ were pretty! Check out our St John webcams

The day started off with threatening skies note the rain shower on in the […]
December 31, 2012
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If you love the colors of the St John sunrise or sunset or waters then this blog is for you! And, as a bonus, you can now work directly with the artist.

Sloop Jones captures the beauty of our sunrises in his clothing St John is […]
December 13, 2012
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Caribbean skies light up with meteor showers

An E-Space reader captured this shot of the Geminids meteor shower St John is […]
December 10, 2012

Great deals and good deeds for Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park

Once again St John business owners and lovers of St John’s fabulous National Park […]
December 4, 2012
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So you think you’re a photographer? If you love St John this contest is for you!

This is your chance to promote St John and win $15,000 at the same […]
November 30, 2012
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Christmas Trees decorations helping the kids of St John

Mrs Larson and her class, with mom Petrolina and son Zack. The students are […]
November 14, 2012
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Our November newsletter highlights new additions and St John (USVI) news

Great Expectations has a new pool (and bedroom)! One of our favorite repeat guests, […]
November 5, 2012
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Love St John? Love great food? This is an event for you!

The Rotary Club of St John throws a mean party! This event, Flavors of […]
October 29, 2012
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What do you do when a guest won’t leave your St John Villa?

Steve seems to be living in our new pool We actually have no complaints […]
October 24, 2012
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October Newsletter: St John has a new swimming pool!

Clouds reflecting off the water of our new pool in the early morningoverlooking Chocolate […]
October 8, 2012
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Our new St John swimming pool is finished and fabulous!

Early morning view to the west overlooking Chocolate Hole Harbor from our new pool […]
October 1, 2012
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Progress continues on our new pool; the infinity edge has been tiled!

The mosaic glass tile arrived last week by ship and has been installed  We […]
September 27, 2012

Our new St John swimming pool project is on the home stretch!

The pool has been ‘unveiled’ (aka the wooden concrete forms have been stripped away) […]
September 24, 2012
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Starfish (recycled glass ones) have been placed in our new St John pool — can water be far behind?

This past week, after receiving our building inspection sign off, we had another big concrete […]