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Frank Bay Pond, St. John USVI

Frank Bay Pond Marine Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

Pin Tail Duck

Frank Bay Pond was dedicated as a bird sanctuary in March 2000. It’s an easy walk from Cruz Bay, just one half mile southwest of the Ferry Dock.  Just walk along the road keeping the bay on your right.

On September 13,2013 the governor of the Virgin Islands, John deJongh signed an agreement with the Virgin Islands Audubon Society that will permit the Audubon Society to build an observation pier at the preserve.

For now there are two wooden benches, where you can sit and enjoy the birds and the native vegetation surrounding the pond.

Egret

Look for families of Great White Egrets and  Pintail Ducks that have made the Frank Bay Pond their home.

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Where to go to the beach ion St. John in light of the National Park closure.

The Virgin Islands National Park is one of the casualties of the US federal government shutdown. For St. John, that means all park lands and facilities on the island are now closed. That’s trails, beaches, the Visitors Center, the children’s playground, the mooring balls and anything else that has to do with the park. The worst part, in my opinion is not being able to legally access the beaches.

If you don’t want to take a chance of running afoul with some park enforcement personnel, here are four beach alternatives, which are not on National Park land:

St. John Happenings

Beach Bar
Tonight October 4 and tomorrow  Oct 5 Breath of Soul – 8pm 777-4220

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Frank Bay Sunset

St. John Live Music for tonight, Sunday, January 22

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – Don Dilego Band – 4:30 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – Sunday Brunch 10:00 am
Driftwood Dave’s – Carly Powell’s Trio – 1:00 – 4:00 – 777-4015
Miss Lucy’s – Samba Combo – 10: 00am – 2:00pm – 693-5354
Ocean Grill – David Laab – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay  – 7:00 – 10:00

See this week’s live music schedule

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Frank Bay Sunset

I took a swim at Trunk Bay this afternoon, which, by the way is a delightful experience especially late in the day, when there’s hardly anyone around. There was a wedding happening when I arrived at the beach. Two musicians were performing for the wedding party. I took a long swim and then changed my clothes. (For those of you who like the Trunk Bay afternoon experience, but like me would rather not drive back all sandy, remember that the showers are turned off somewhere around 3:30. With no running water to wash off with, you might want to bring a bottle of fresh water as an alternative.)

I had a nice conversation about Reggae music with taxi driver and music promoter and old friend, Spencer, who I met on the way to the parking lot, after which I headed home.

The sun was going down and it promised to be a beautiful sunset. I kept looking for an appropriate spot to get a clear photo, but it wasn’t until I reached Frank Bay that a real opportunity presented itself.

I braved an attack of sand flies that seem to enjoy the beach in the late afternoon and notwithstanding, caught a few good shots.

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