Tag Archives: St. John

Maho Bay, The Place to See Turtles

I know I’ve said it before, but if you want to see sea turtles, just snorkel Maho Bay. You will not be disappointed!

I believe that we can thank the powers that be here.

To begin with, once turtles were routinely caught in turtle nets and now they are now protected. Catching them is illegal.

Secondly, not only are the turtles protected, but there habitat is also. The turtle thrive on seagrass (especially turtle grass) and the seagrass bed at Maho is lush and healthy. In great part this is due to the mooring program and the prohibition of anchoring in the bay. This prevents the seagrass from being torn up by anchor chains scraping the sea floor as the anchored boat swings to and fro.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Thursday 3/12

Aqua Bistro
T-Bird
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Flipswitch
9:00
340-777-4220

Banana Deck
Steel Pan
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
8:00
340-201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela One Love
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
James
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumblines
Shane Meade
7:00
340-776-0303

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Rendezvous Bay

Rendezvous Bay St John USVI
Rendezvous Bay

Rendezvous Bay is the greater bay encompassing, from west to east, Hart, Monte, Klein and Ditleff Bays.

Supposedly, Rendezvous Bay got its name because it was reputed to be a rendezvous location for pirates.

There’s also a shark story about Rendezvous Bay. The story goes that there were two fisherman that often fished in the bay. It was said that they drank a lot and were prone to argue with one another. One day only one fisherman returned from the day’s fishing. He said that his friend had fallen overboard and was eaten by a shark. Whether his story was true or not was never investigated and no body was ever found.

St. John Events

St John School of the Arts
Tomorrow, Tuesday 3/3
7:30 pm

Still Dreaming
Still DreamingWith visiting filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller
95 – minute documentary

Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, a group of elderly Broadway actors, musicians and dancers bravely dive into a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and find that nothing is what it seems to be. These former Broadway stars, who reside at the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, embark on a journey through the magical play at the urging of the Home’s administrators. The staff of the Home sees this as an opportunity to boost quality of life for the residents. The residents are not so sure.

As the rehearsal process unfolds, the actors find themselves experiencing both the pain and exhilaration of re-immersion in their life’s work amidst the vagaries of old age. At the same time, the troupe’s young co-directors, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody of NYC’s celebrated Fiasco Theater, struggle to maintain forward momentum with this over-80 acting ensemble.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and even minor issues such as sight and hearing loss create constant crises and obstacles for all involved. As the troupe pushes forward, the play’s themes of perception, reality vs. dreaming, and memory become relevant in sharp relief. Ultimately the performance of the play turns out to be surprising, mysterious and resonant, and a vital reminder of the value of engaging in our dreams no matter the circumstance.

Stay for the discussion with filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 3/2

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

Beach Bar
Miss Fairchild
9:00
340-777-4220

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

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

Virgin Fire
Mark Wallace & Broheem
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Mangroves

The Interaction of Mangroves, Coral Reefs, Salt Ponds and Beaches

Ecological environments everywhere depend upon one another for their survival. This is elegantly and plainly illustrated in the mangrove habitats of St. John as they quietly preside over the orderly transition of life between land and sea…. read more

Read a National Geographic article on the importance of mangrove forests

St. John Weather

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Scattered showers. Highs around 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM AST SATURDAY.

* WAVES AND SURF: NORTH-NORTHWEST TO NORTH SWELLS OF 8 TO 10 FEET WITH PERIOD OF 12 TO 14 SECONDS WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF BETWEEN 12 TO 16 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 2/13

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Get Right Band
9:00
340-777-4220

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
8:00
340-201-1236

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

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

Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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St. John Beach Bum

St. John Weather

...DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS EXPECTED THROUGH MID-EVENING...
.LARGE NORTH SWELLS WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BREAKING WAVE ACTION TODAY WITH A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS AT ALL ATLANTIC BEACHES.

* WAVES AND SURF: NORTH SWELLS OF 7 TO 9 FEET AT 13 TO 14 SECONDS WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES BETWEEN 10 TO 14 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM MONDAY MORNING TO MONDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 2/2

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

Beach Bar
Chris Klein & the Boulevards
8:00
340-777-4220

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
Rita Aguila of Flipswitch
6:00
340-776-6378

Virgin Fire
Mark Wallace & Broheem
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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St. John Flora: Pineapples

pineapple flower
the first pineapple flowers emerge

St. John pineapple fieldI’ve been cultivating pineapple slips in my garden, not only because they produce a deliciously sweet fruit, but also out of frustration with iguanas. It seemed that every time I started an edible plant an iguana would discover it even as a small sprout and finish it off. Pineapple plants, however, are tough and spiny right from the start and not desirable to iguanas and that is how they came to dominate much of the area of the garden.

I know of two ways to propagate pineapples. One is to cut off the crown of a mature fruit and plant it and the other is to plant a slip that comes off a parent pineapple, much like the way bananas are propagated. Grown from the crown, it could take as much as three years to produce a fruit, whereas pineapples grown from slips might bear in less than a year.

Ever since I initiated the pineapple project, I’ve been waiting to see that first sign of the pineapple flower emerging from the center of the plant, and this morning I was rewarded with the first signs that I’ll should have a good pineapple season this summer.

An interesting thing about the pineapple is that it is not one fruit, but rather a cluster of individual flowers that fuse together.

After bananas, the pineapple is the most popularly consumed tropical fruit, with an annual worldwide production of more than 19 million tones (39 billion pounds), but there is a dark side.

Commercial growers on the average use almost 18 pounds of particularly nasty pesticides for every acre devoted to pineapples, which potentially could adversely affect the health of pineapple workers, who are notoriously low paid, as well as contaminating nearby water supplies.

My pineapples are grown without pesticides, but picking them is no picnic as anyone who has ever had a close encounter with that tough spiny plant can testify.

On the good side, pineapples are a great source of viamin C and manganese and are if you get organically grown pineapples, which are available from local farmers here in the Virgin Islands, they are tastier and sweeter than the commercial varieties and potentially provide anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits as well as providing antioxidant protection and immune system support.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 2/1

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

Beach Bar
hris Klein & the Boulevards
8:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Brunch with Bo
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
340-693-5855

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

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz Brunch
10:00 am-2:00 pm
340-693-5244

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

Virgin Fire
Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Mark Wallace
7:00-10:00
340-244-9713

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Abe’s by The Sea

Abe's Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands
Abe’s by the Sea, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Abe’s by the Sea is one of my all time, world class, favorite restaurants. Specialties include fresh lobster and conch in creole sauce and the ambiance can’t be beat!

 

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 12/24

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

Beach Bar
Barefoot Davis
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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St. John Trails: Cabritte Horn Point Trail Revisited

Cabritte Horn Point Trail

cabritte horn overlook

cabritte horn tral articleA few days ago, I read a travel article mentioning the Cabritte Horn Trail. I hadn’t walked that trail in some time and I was under the impression that because it s not maintained by either the National Park or by Friends of the Park volunteers that it would be overgrown and not easily passable. Having a travel writer describe it intrigued me, so yesterday I ventured out to Coral Bay and headed up the Tektite Trail to the Cabritte Horn intersection.

guinea grassAs I suspected, the trail was overgrown, but just in small sections and mostly by Guinea Grass, so it was no big problem to stay on the trail and walk through the areas of tall Guinea grass.

Having said this, there are along the way, narrow goat trails and old trails leading to a number of beautiful overlooks, of for which, the Tektite Trail is probably unequaled on St. John. Because of this and because, as I mentioned before, that the trail is overgrown in sections, I would strongly recommend using a GPS loaded with the Trail Bandit Map or take advantage of the St. John Off the Beaten Track App on your iPhone or Android device.

St. John Off The Beaten Track App Location Option
The blue dot indicates “My Location” on the St. John Off the Beaten Track App

Cabritte Horn Tektite IntersectionThe Cabritte Horn Spur leads south and is marked by a cairn.

gorge-9Along the way to the point, you will pass several areas of spectacular views to both the east and west and will pass by a deep rocky gorge just before reaching the dramatic summit of the Cabritte Horn Point that extends out to the sea on St. John’s south coast.

Following is a short video that I took while enjoying the view from that windswept hilltop:

 

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The Wild Tamarind Makes an Attractive Flower

St. John Flora: Wild Tamarind
Wild Tamarind Flower

On my website, I once wrote:

“I hate wild tamarind. They’re ugly, untidy and unruly. They spread rampantly and take over the place. They’re prejudiced and intolerant. They grow close together and won’t let any other plants live in their neighborhood.

They’re resilient and tenacious. Their sturdy taproot goes straight down into the earth and holds on tight. They can withstand drought, flood and even come back after a fire. There are no insects, predators or diseases that can cause them any significant harm.

They’re hard to get rid of. If you cut them down, they’ll grow right back. If you try and pull out the small one, you’d better have a lot of time and a lot of patience. If you try and dig out the big ones, you’d better have a good hoe-pick and a strong back.”

Nonetheless, their flower is kind of pretty!

The Ghost vs the Wild Tamarind

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Sahara Dust Impacts Territory
By Source Staff — May 28, 2014

Dust from the Sahara Desert has caused an air pollution alert to be issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Alicia Barnes, commissioner of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

The dust causes the skies around the Virgin Islands to be hazy, reducing visibility and resulting in poor air quality, Barnes said in a statement issued Tuesday night.

The cloud is raised from dust storms in Africa and a rise in the warm air. These sandy dust particles are transported by prevailing winds from the North African desert westward over the Atlantic Ocean across the Caribbean.

Carlos Anselmi, a meteorology intern at the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, confirmed that there are traces of Sahara dust over the territory and that the satellite indicates it will show a stronger presence over the next week.

While the haze may not be an immediate threat, people with allergies or respiratory ailments should remain indoors when possible and consult their physicians or health care professional for further guidance, Barnes warned.

Sahara dust storms pass through the region several times a year, but mainly in the spring and summer months. While the dust can be a nuisance and even a health threat, it is also known to hamper the development of tropical storms…. read more

 St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
6:30 -9:30
340-201-1236

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

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
340-776-6908

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
340-714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-3304

Pickles
Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00
340-776-6908

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
340-776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00
340-693-5640

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St. John USVI Wildlife: Iguana Burrowing

Iguana burrowing in rocky soil – Chocolate Hole, St. John, Virgin Islands

On April 15, I wrote a blog in which I presented a photo of an iguana burrow, which I found in the sand by the boat ramps in Great Cruz Bay. At the time, I didn’t actually see the iguana making the hole.

Yesterday, however, I did catch an iguana in the act of burrowing and captured some of the project on video. This time it was in back of my house in Chocolate Hole, a more difficult endeavor for the iguana due to the rocky nature of the land. At one point it actually looked like the iguana was thinking about moving the big rock that was in its way.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
6:30 – 9:30
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Watson Roc feat Andy
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
340-777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 9:00
340-714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
340-776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
340-776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-7755

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30
340-693-8141

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
340-693-3304

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St. John USVI Weather

Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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