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St John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar – Don Dilego Band  – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Guitarist James Milne – 700 -1 0:00 – 777-4015
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – Lauren – 7:00
Shipwreck Landing – Mike Miknut  – 6:00 – 9:30

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St. John Live Music Schedule Friday Night January 20, 2012

Hear the sounds of the St. John tree frogs serenading each other in the Virgin Islands night

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace & Rich Greengold  – 5:00 – 8:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Mikey P – 9:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Mark Wallace – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – T-Bird – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304

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Line for customs at the St. Thomas Airport

All the way to Baggage Claim

The afternoon line up to pass through customs inspection at the Cyril E King Airport on St. Thomas has been longer than I have ever seen it.

The line shown in the above photo began at the baggage claim area and extended to the doorway that leads to the customs area. From there it passes through the alcove where you normally fill out your customs forms and then leads into the actual customs area. Here there is a maze of four long lines defined by roped off paths, which extend the length of the room. You walk down the first line, switch back to the next, down that line switch back and so on until you are finally called to one of the customs desks and are cleared to enter the TSA area.

You’re not finished. There’s still the agricultural inspection, which is fast and easy and the security scan lines, which may not be that fast and easy.

All in all, I would say that the customs, agriculture and security people are fast and efficient, however, there’s no way that you’re going to breeze through all  in no time at all.

The message here: Give yourself plenty of time before your flight out of St. Thomas, especially in the afternoon.

St. John Music Schedule Thursday 1/19

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Beach Bar – Don Dilego Band – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Jante Samuel’s Caribbean Band – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Skinny Legs – Lauren – 6:00 – 779-4982

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St. John makes the Frommer’s Top 10 Favorite Spots list
The recently released Frommer’s top 10 favorite spots list includes: Sanibel Island, Florida; Island of Bali, Indonesia; Paris; St. John in the U.S. Virgin Island; Cairo, Egypt; Bonaire, one of the ‘ABC” islands of the southern Caribbean; Chiang Rai, Thailand; New York’s Greenwich Village and Kenya’s wildlife….
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Frommer’s favorites
1. Sanibel Island: “Idyllic haven of white-sand beaches …excellent restaurants, good shopping” and the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
2. The Island of Bali, in Indonesia: “Inhabited by some of the most gracious people on Earth, who invite you to witness their religious processions, wedding ceremonies and joyous funerals.”
3. Paris: “I can never get enough of this glorious capital, whose beauty has been so well-captured in Woody Allen’s recent ‘Midnight in Paris’ film.”
?4. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: “One of the Caribbean’s less developed islands (90 percent of it is a national park).”
5. Cairo, Egypt: Sites such as the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum with its relics of Tut, the Nile and its river trips to Upper Egypt “come as close to being indispensable destinations as any I know.”
6. Bonaire, southern Caribbean: A “scuba diving capital” and “a small, laid-back and lightly populated island.”
7. Yachats, Oregon coast: “A tiny seaside town, and yet with several gourmet restaurants.”
8. Chiang Rai, Thailand: “The Hill Tribes, living much as people did during the Stone Age, are fascinating.”
9. New York City’s Greenwich Village (and its off-Broadway theaters): “Many of the most important new trends and causes in America …got their first hearing in these small theaters.”
10. Kenya: “You are guaranteed to see tens of thousands of animals — wildebeest, giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinoceros and more.”
SOURCE: frommers.com

Lonely Planet Ranks U.S. Virgin Islands as top U.S. Travel Destination for 2012
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is pleased to start the New Year with news that the Territory has been ranked number one on Lonely Planet’s list of “Top 10 US travel destinations for 2012.”…
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St. John Music Schedule for tonight Wednesday 1/18

Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast Studios – St. John Flutes – 5:30-7:00 – 776-6944
Driftwood Dave’s- Carly Powell’s Caribbean Band – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Sun Dog Cafe – Wednesday Night Jam – 7:30-10:00 – 244-9713

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Paddle boarding is one of the hottest new sports on the planet. Problem is that if you’re a visitor to St. John, bringing your own board might be be a little inconvenient. But problem solved: you can rent boards at Cinnamon Bay Campground and Maho Bay Camps and Caneel Bay Resort and the Weston offer rentals to guests.

A new entry to the St. John paddle board world, Love City Paddle Boards, has stepped it up a notch.

Owner and founder of the company, long time resident, Karen Jarvis now offers top of the line boards, delivered right to where you choose to paddle. If you’re new to the sport, she’ll give lessons. Got me going in about five minutes.Karen is totally in love wit the sport and says things like:” Paddleboarding sets my spirit free. The feeling of gliding along the surface of turquoise Caribbean Sea with a 10 foot mantaray as my companion is indescribable. Sometimes, when I’m out there on the water at the end of the day, as the sun is setting, I simply stop, sit down on my board, close my eyes and breathe deeply. The serene feeling that follows is AMAZING….. Paddling is a lifestyle of inner peace, strength of body and mind…

The great big manta, by the way, is real and has been frequenting Maho Bay in the last weeks. Standing up on a board is a great way to see it.

Contact Karen at 340 642 9419
e-mail: islandgirlkaren@gmail.com

Karen at the Finish Line - San Juan Paddle Board Race

Karen

Paddling Maho Bay

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We’ve got it pretty good here on St. John

A beach somewhere in Asia

Trunk Bay, St. John

Bathers at Asian beach

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