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The view of Trunk Bay from the overlook on the North Shore Road is without a doubt the most commonly photographed scene on St. John. Almost all of these photos are taken on sunny days and the best are probably taken just before sunset, the photographer’s “golden hour.” The photo below shows that scene on a cloudy day with rain squalls in the distance. Still beautiful!

Trunk Bay St. John Virgin Islands National Park

Trunk Bay on a cloudy day

St. John Live Music Schedule for Wednesday 12/17

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
T-Bird
8:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340 244-9713

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Lava Flows Beach, Tortola, BVI

Lava Flows Beach, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

St. John Live Music Schedule

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

St. John Weather

Cloudy with occasional showers, temperatures, as usual, 75 -85 degrees F. Winds out of the ENE at 10-15 mph

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st john sunrise

Cloudy Monday Morning Sky

Skies are cloudy this morning. The forecast is for clouds and scattered showers, light winds from the east and as usual, temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mirkut
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Concordia
Open Mic
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Inn at Tamarind Court
Flipswitch
340-776-6378

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Chocolate Hole Sunrise

Sunday Morning Sunrise

It promises to be a good day to relax and enjoy St. John with moderate temperatures and moderate breezes out of the south; a good day for hiking, snorkeling and going to the beach.

Music on St. John Tonight

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
4:30-7:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Inner Vision
8:30
340-777-4220

Cruz Bay Landing
Jazz
5:00-8:00
340-776-6908

Virgin Islands News

A large wave swept five people off the rocks at Peterborg Point on St. Thomas. Four were able to swim back to shore, but one woman had to be rescued by the Coast Guard and St. Thomas Rescue. Read Virgin Islands Daily News Article

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St. Thomas voted number two Caribbean Cruise Ship Destination

The online cruise ship site, Cruise Fever, published their list of the seven best cruise ports in the Caribbean. The list was determined by a readers vote. St. Thomas came in second place, but he major appeal of St. Thomas, according to the website, was its proximity to St. John.

According to Cruise Fever, St. Thomas has “long been known to be a shoppers paradise, the real paradise is a short ferry ride away to St. John.”

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight:

Cruz Bay Landing
Erin Hart
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

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Trunk Bay St. John USVI

USVI is number ten on the list

The Business Insider Australia published a rating of their pick of the 25 best Caribbean Islands. The US Virgin Islands received slot number ten. The British Virgin Islands were raked number 17. Puerto Rico took first place on their list.

Their ranking criteria consisted of low cost, be easy to get to, and have beautiful beaches and lots of activities….

To rank these islands, we factored in each island’s average hotel room cost, according to Hotels.com; the distance from New York City; the number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor; and the amount of coastline per square kilometer, which we called the beach density score. Read more on our methodology here.

High Surf Advisory for St. John’s North Shore Beaches

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Cuban Tree Frog

Cuban tree frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis)

I found this Cuban tree frog in my outdoor shower. As it’s a creature that makes a loud, shrill, objectionable and annoying noise, I decided to move it to another location. I guess I could have killed it, especially since its an environmental nuisance that kills off our sweet little native frogs who sing melodious songs, nut I don’t like to kill things. Instead I brought it to another location.

I decided to photograph it beig that it was staying very still after I released it. I wanted a closeup shot, so I got down on my knees and photographed away. When froggie had enough of this he jumped up and stuck to my pants with its gooey, sticky, toxic mucus. Yuck!

Enchanted Frog

Kiss me!

I’ve heard stories that many handsome princes have been turned into frogs by evil witches. All a pretty young lady has to do to reverse the spell, which will turn the frog back into a handsome prince, resulting in the subsequent marriage of said young lady to the handsome prince, would be for the lady to kiss the frog. Any attractive young ladies out there that want to kiss this guy?

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Cruz Bay Rainbow

Cruz Bay

Trunk Bay Rainbow

Trunk Bay

Caneel Bay Rainbow

Caneel Bay

Yesterday morning was a great morning for rainbows on St. John and I was lucky enough to be in the right places at the right times to get some photos.

St. John News

Insurance exec found dead in St. John Virgin Islands home

US Virgin Islands elects new governor in runoff

St. John Events

PrintThe 19th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race and the St John Cancer Fund have joined forces to present the 8 Tuff Miles Festival.

The festival will begin on Sat February 21 at 4 pm with “Light  up the Night” an 18 hour, family oriented, community supported overnight event. Light Up the Night offers the best musicians in the VI, activies and entertainment for the whole family.  Light Up the Night provides an opportunity for our community and our visitors to support St Johnians and their families who have been touched by cancer.

February 27 from 5-9 pm a pasta buffet will be held at Cruz Bay Landing $25
February 28 7:15 AM the 19th Annual 8 Tuff Miles Road Race
4 pm – Awards Ceremony at Mongoose Junction
March 1-  11 AM-4PM- 3rd Annual 8 Tuff Miles Recovery Beach Party- Oppenheimer Beach
For more information on the events and the St John Cancer Fund visit our website or email stjohncancerfund@gmail.com

St. John Weather

buffalo

Buffalo NY

She said I can’t go back to America soon
So goddamn cold it’s gonna snow until June
Yeah, they’re freezin’ up in Buffalo stuck in their cars
And I’m lyin’ here ‘neath the sun and the stars (Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, British Virgin islands)

Mañana – Jimmy Buffett -1978

St. John
Rain showers this morning with mostly sunny conditions during the afternoon hours. High 84F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

 

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Peter Bay St. John USVI

Peter Bay 1978

Peter Bay St. John US Virgin Islands

Peter Bay Recent photo

The above photo shows Peter Bay in 1978. At that time the property was owned by the Hall family and there was a small house on the land. The Halls were one of the few families to refuse to sell their land to the agents of the National Park and as a result their relationship with the park was contentious. Mrs. Hall’s son, Victor, kept a few sunfish on the beach there with one sometimes anchored in the bay. Confronted by the National Park as to the legality of keeping his sailboats there, Victor was told that he must remove the boats from the beach and bay. Victor fought back, to the extent of getting Good Morning America to do a piece on his plight. Nonetheless, when the Halls made the decision to sell the land, they first offered to the Virgin Islands National Park. The Park refused the offer citing budgetary concerns of the Reagan years, and only then the land was then offered to developers at a considerably higher price. Today there are many homes on Peter Bay, which is probably the most expensive and most exclusive development on St. John.

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st john birds scaly-necked pidgeon (Patagioenas squamosa)

scaly-necked pigeon

These big birds seem to enjoy flying around my manjack trees eating the ripe berries. They’re so big that they make a lot of noise flying through the leaves looking for a perch where they can get their beaks on the berries. They make their nests in the trees , but only lay one or two eggs at a time.

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Brought to you by Gerald Singer, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)