St. John Beaches: Hansen Bay (Vie’s Snack Shack)

Ve's Snack Shack

Hansen Bay is located 3.7 miles east of the Moravian Church on Route 10. Vie’s Snack Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Snacks include conch fritters, garlic chicken, johnny cakes, island style beef patty and home made pineapple and coconut tarts. Sodas, beer and other cold drinks are also available.

Vie’s is truly one of the few really local places left on St. John, not only in its cuisine, but in its friendly, fun, old-time Virgin Islands ambiance. A large boxwood tree emits a delightful aroma when the tree flowers late in the year. Ask Vie about other local flora such as tamarind and calabash trees.

Hansen Bay bush cat snack shackAnd there’s always the animals, birds enjoying the bird feeder, chickens scurrying about, goats and perhaps you’ll see a cat or two at the Bush Cat Snack Shack.

The beautiful sand beach across the road from Vie’s is privately owned by Vie’s family, the Sewers, and a small admission fee is charged to enter the beach by land. A bit further east is Vie’s Campground.

About a quarter mile east of Vie’s Snack Shop is a small private beach also owned by Vie’s family, which is presently available for use by the public free of charge.

Excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track

St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East northeast wind 21 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Favorite Snorkels: Kiddel Bay

Kiddel Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Kiddel Bay Snorkel
Kiddle Bay
Kiddel Bay

Advanced snorkelers with the ability to free dive will love Kiddel Bay.

Snorkel out along the rocks on the western shore of the bay until you come to the reef that extends out off the point. A series of rocks rises above the surface.

The reef is characterized by deep depressions, grooves, arches and tunnels full of colorful corals, sponges and tropical reef fishes. The arches and tunnels are about 15 to 20 feet deep and are usually full of small fish. It’s a great challenge for free divers who can swim through one or a series of tunnels depending on their skill.

For less skilled snorkelers, the rock-lined coasts on both sides of the bay still offer plenty to see and to enjoy.

Another exciting snorkel option is to continue the snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel Bay…. excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track

St. John Events

garbage warrior posterIsland Green Building Association
The Island Green Living Association will show the film “Garbage Warrior” at its Thursday, January 30, Green Thursdays seminar at 5:30 p.m. at Gifft Hill School’s upper campus auditorium.

“Garbage Warrior” is a 2007 film about architect Mike Reynolds, who invented the “Earthship” style of building. Earthships are buildings constructed with natural and recycled materials which are not tied in to utility grids, and are entirely self-sufficient.

The seminar will also feature presentations by St. John resident Kate Norfleet and IGLA board member Doug White, who themselves have used recycled materials to beautify their homes. GHS students, who recently built a bottle wall for their school garden with funds from an EPA mini-grant aimed at mitigating pollution through green infrastructure and sustainable materials management, will also speak at the seminar.

Those who attend the seminar will learn tips on reusing what most consider to be waste, like using wine bottles to build walls and paper to make pots. All are welcome to attend.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Thatch Cay owners appeal permit extension denial
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: January 29, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The owners of Thatch Cay are appealing the St. Thomas Coastal Zone Management Committee’s 2012 denial of a permit extension today….

… Thatch Cay, a rocky 230-acre island about a half-mile north of Coki Point, is undeveloped.

The owners planned to build 101 homes and 24 support buildings on the island. The project included a community center, clubhouses, a yoga pavilion, spa, two dining areas, two tennis courts, sewage treatment plants, a reverse osmosis plant, generators, a 21-slip dock, 25 boat moorings and a helicopter landing area. Many members of the community have opposed the project for years, citing concerns about protecting the environment….

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 21 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St. John Beaches: Grootpan Bay

St. John Beaches: Grootpan
Grootpan Bay

Why Grootpan
Grootpan Bay, like its neighbor Kiddel Bay, is a cobble beach that offers seclusion and calm water on winter days when the ground sea makes north shore beaches uncomfortable. Beachcombers can search through bright white pieces of coral, which can be used as soap dishes and paperweights.

Getting There
Take route 107 south 4.2 miles from the Moravian Church in Coral Bay. Turn left on to the dirt road. Go 0.3 miles and turn right where the road forks. When the road forks again, a little past the first fork, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Grootpan Bay.

Salt Pond
The salt pond behind the beach at Grootpan Bay is the largest on the island and salt can be harvested when weather conditions are right.

Snorkeling
An exciting snorkel option is to snorkel from Kiddel Bay to Grootpan Bay. Starting from Kiddel Bay, snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

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

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

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

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

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Virgin Islands News

U.S. Virgin Islands brings the heat to South Florida
Jan 28, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism concluded a five-day mission in Miami and Fort Lauderdale yesterday to boost travel to the Territory.

Led by Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Deputy Commissioner Chantal Figueroa, consumers, media and travel trade were engaged in the USVI’s unscripted travel experiences.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the USVI was featured at the American Airlines Arena, immersing a capacity crowd of more than 20,000 spectators with the sights and sounds of the Territory as the Miami Heat took on St. Croix’s own Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs for a 2013 NBA Finals rematch. A highlight of the day was the halftime performance by USVI dancers who filled the arena with the color and energy of Carnival, paired with destination ambassadors personally inviting spectators to visit at on-site USVI branded kiosks

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Pillsbury Sound

pillsbury sound sunsetPillsbury Sound US Virgin IslandsReturning back to St. John from St. Thomas yesterday afternoon, crossing Pillsbury Sound with my eyes fixed on St. John, I chanced to turn around just in time to see the sunset over St. Thomas. I stopped the boat and took some photos with my iPhone and then shut down the engine contemplating how fortunate I was to be there.

I’ve always been fascinated by the spectacular scenery surrounding this passage between the Caribbean and Atlantic basins, always a different perspective, nuances in colors and clarity, sometimes with rough seas and big waves caused by winds and currents and sometimes smooth, calm and tranquil. The center of Pillsbury Sound was where the Virgin Islands were born, rising above the surface of the ocean in a fiery volcanic blast.

Pillsbury Sound US Virgin IslandsPillsbury Sound is delineated by big islands of St. Thomas and St. John forming the eastern and western boundaries, while Lovango, Congo, Mingo, Grassy and Thatch Cays lie to the north. On the south are Great and Little St. James, Dog Island and Dog Rocks.

St. John USVI Events

St. John Virgin Islands Events: Love City LiveSunday, Jan. 26 – The Ultimate PowerBoat Party – It’s the ever-sexy wind-down beach party of the Love City Live! weekend. All boats sail to Sandy Spit, then White Bay – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (BVI). It includes: your reserved space on the Power Boat, drinks on board, BVI customs fees, BVI departure tax, fuel charge, captain’s fee and one of the best days of your life!

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Bananaquit

“Yellow bird,
Up high in banana tree,
Yellow bird,
You sit all alone like me…”

St John US Virgin Islands birds: bananaquitThe bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), also called yellow bird, banana bird and sugar bird, is a commonly seen St. John resident.

Bananaquits will suck the nectar from flowers with their curved beaks and will also eat fruit and small insects.

The local Virgin Islands name, “sugar bird,” comes from the fact that setting out bowls of sugar easily attracts them.

Bananaquit Audio

St. John News

Idaho Olympians: Meet Slalom Skier Jasmine Campbell
Boise State Public Radio
By Tom Banse

Jasmine_CampbellTwenty-two-year-old Hailey resident Jasmine Campbell is headed to the 2014 Winter Olympics to compete for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Campbell was born on the Caribbean island and moved to Idaho when she was nine.

Campbell is a student at Whitman College, but she’s taking the year off to train for the Games. “It’s just basically an 18 hour job where I’m always thinking about skiing,” Campbell told the Northwest News Network. “I wake up in the morning, before going upstairs, I watch a ski video. When I go to bed at night I watch a ski video. During the day, I have double training sessions.”

JASMINE CAMPBELL
Hometown:  Hailey, Idaho
Sport:  Alpine skiing
Events:  Slalom and Giant Slalom
Birthdate:  Nov. 8, 1991
Team: U.S. Virgin Islands

Stats: Campbell is the one and only representative of the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She is the first skier from the tropical Caribbean territory to reach the podium in an international ski race, finishing 2nd and 3rd in giant slalom races in China this past December. As of late January, she was ranked 1097 in giant slalom and 1295 in slalom on the worldwide list maintained by the International Ski Federation.

Campbell on the 2014 Sochi Games: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to compete in the Olympics. I want to ensure that I ski to the best of my ability so that I may represent my birthplace in the most honorable way possible.  At Sochi, I want to perform in a way that makes my countrymen proud, and gives the sport the respect and dedication it deserves,” says Campbell.

Why will she carry the Virgin Islands flag?: Campbell was born in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Her family left the Caribbean for Sun Valley when she was 9-years-old. She started skiing soon after her arrival to Idaho. Theoretically, Campbell could have pursued an Olympic berth on either the U.S. Ski Team or Virgin Islands team, though the latter offered a more realistic route to Sochi. Her father, John Campbell, skied for the Virgin Islands in the 1992 Albertville Olympics.

Campbell is taking a year off between her junior and senior years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington to pursue her Olympic dreams. At Whitman, she is double majoring in psychology and philosophy. “This Olympic odyssey may well have helped direct me to a potential career path in sports psychology,” Campbell says.

St. John Virgin Islands Events

Love City Live, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)Saturday, Jan. 25 – Beres Hammond “Live” in Concert at Winston Wells Ball Park (Cruz Bay – St. John) …also performing D Harmani, Unity Band, Fyah Train Band, Final Faze and The Echo People. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Live performances begin at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy the full line-up of performing artists and our festival-like atmosphere of arts & crafts vendors, Ital/vegan food, Caribbean food, fresh coconut and premium bars. Get there early and “indulge” in the full island-roots experience.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 16 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Snorkeling: The Mangroves

Snorkeling The Mangroves

Mangrove Sea Life
You can snorkel right up to the mangroves. Don’t wear fins for this snorkel. Taking care not to kick up sediment, look inside the tangle of roots. You will be astounded by this vast nursery for tiny fish, such as miniature, blue tang, French grunts, yellowtail snapper, butterfly fish, jacks, damselfish, sergeant majors, parrotfish, old wife, fry and barracuda. The dense, shallow environment of the mangrove roots offers an exceptionally wide variety of baby fish safety from the appetites of larger fish as well as a thick soup of nutrients provided by the decay of mangrove leaves and twigs.

The more you look, the more you’ll see – small colorful corals and sponges encrusted to the mangrove roots, oysters, baby lobsters, shrimp, crabs, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and conchs. You may find it amusing to observe the tiny barracudas, some just an inch or two long, exhibiting the same fierce behavior as their larger counterparts, lying almost motionless in the water waiting for the opportunity to dart out and devour fish that are even tinier than themselves…. read more

St. John Events

Cultural Evening in the Park

A weekly changing showcase of cultural pageantry, dance and music highlighting the history of the islands through the arts. Under the supervision of Dr. Edie Bruce; musician, dancers and artists are performing every Friday night December through April at Cinnamon Bay, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Love City Live
Rockers All-White Beach Party at Cruz Bay, St. John beachfront. 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. This ultra-sexy DJ beach event sets the tone for Love City Live!’s high-energy weekend. Attendees will be treated to complimentary Caribbean hors d’oeuvres, premium cash bars and an abundance of hot reggae tunes.

St. John Virgin Islands News

Campbell, Gaspar are Olympians from Virgin Islands
Verge to coach U.S. free-skiing team

The Virgin Islands Olympic Committee announced this week that two skiers with Sun Valley ties, Jasmine Campbell and Veronica Gaspar, have been nominated to represent the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February.

On Monday the International Ski Federation (FIS) officially confirmed that Campbell, 22, formerly from St. John, Virgin Islands, met all qualification requirements to participate in two alpine skiing events, giant slalom and slalom, at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

She is the daughter of John Campbell, who represented the Virgin Islands in alpine skiing at the 1992 Winter Games in France. Jasmine along with parents John and Jen, and brothers Ryon and Ross, moved to Sun Valley when she was nine.

Jasmine Campbell came through the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation program and is currently training with the SVSEF in preparation for the Olympics.

Gaspar, 18, also from St. John, graduated from the Community School and Sun Valley Ski Academy in June 2013. Having been accepted to attend college at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Gas-par elected to take a year off and compile the necessary five FIS qualifying finishes to make the Olympics

Jewels of the Virgin Isles: Victor Provost
By Loán C. Sewer, Special to the Source — January 24, 2014

Jewels of the Virgin Isles is a feature series profiling Virgin Islanders in the diaspora who are excelling in their respective fields and/or positively representing the USVI abroad.

“There was no single moment that launched my career, simply a series of small steps, friendships and lots of hard work,” says Victor Provost, a master steel pan player from St. John who has turned his childhood passion of music into a full time profession.

Provost is a Virgin Islands ambassador, sharing his pride and cultural heritage with audiences around the world, but he always makes time to go back to his source, the Virgin Islands community…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Don Dilego & Bree Sharp
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Chris Klein & the Boulevards
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
Plus Comedian Tim Hofmann!
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Culture: How to Catch a Tarantula

In the above video, Curtney “the Ghost from Jost” Chinnery demonstrates how to catch a tarantula.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Catamaran Ferries Should Be Moving Passengers Soon
By Molly Morris — January 23, 2014

The territory’s two sleek new catamaran ferries, which were christened in a Dec. 6 ceremony at the Crown Bay marina, should be plying the waters between St. Thomas and St. John soon.

Department of Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls said Wednesday afternoon that he met and ironed out details with the franchise operators Varlack Ventures and Transportation Services earlier in the day.

“We went over their contracts and terms of expectation for receipt of the boats,” he said, “as well as considerations of the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration.”

Smalls said that insurance was the holdup. He had said at the December ceremony that he hoped to have the vessels in operation before Christmas.

“I didn’t have the insurance, so the Coast Guard couldn’t go aboard,” Smalls said. ‘I don’t want to jump the gun, but now that we have the government insurance and the contracts executed, we should begin moving passengers between St. Thomas and St. John, once the federal entities give their blessings.”

The handsome two-decker boats – the Red Hook 1 and Cruz Bay 1, both with comfortable seating for 201 – will be a blessing to passengers.

Senate Overrides deJongh Veto of Legislation for Coral Bay Park
Created on Thursday, 23 January 2014 05:30
Written by Tom Oat

St. John Senator at Large Craig Barshinger won a fiscal skirmish with the deJongh Administration, but he is not done fighting to get an accounting of the St. John Capital Improvements Fund.

At the start of the 30th Legislature’s 2014 session on Tuesday, January 14, the V.I. Senate voted to override several of Gov. John deJongh Jr.’s vetoes of legislation which were part of the omnibus bill passed in November at the Legislature’s final session of 2013.

One major provision of the omnibus bill vetoed by Gov. deJongh which was overridden was the measure that provided a $1 million annual appropriation for four fiscal years for the purchase of 170 acres in Estate Carolina for the Coral Bay Park.

The legislation also provided for the construction of a  center for recycling trash by the V.I. Waste Management Authority which would remove the bins from the roadside on the shore of Coral Bay.

The legislation included providing for preservation of the plantation era ruins on the parcel and establishing a “Parcel 7 Remainder Land Trust,” Sen. Barshinger explained.

Envisioning Future of Coral Bay

Sen. Barshinger still envisions the Coral Bay Park as the center of the growing Coral Bay community.

“Coral Bay is going to grow up,” Sen. Barshinger said. “I want to design Coral Bay around this property.”

“(Property owner) Sheldon Marsh’s vision is to have hiking and biking trails that would highlight the ruins,” the Senator at Large said. “A few acres will go to Waste Management on the south side of the property to move the dumpsters from the roadside mangroves.”… read more

Archaeological Dig on Main Street Yields Artifacts
By Source Staff — January 23, 2014

On Monday, Jan. 20, an archaeological team began the excavation of the large Saladoid Era archaeological site on Main Street between the Francis Market Square and the 75 corner. In the first day off cleaning the site in preparation for the start of scientific excavation on Wednesday over 100 Pre-Colombian artifacts were found. There are signs on the fence with information.

For more information, call David Hayes at 277-4072 or visit the site.

St. John Events

Love City Live
Thursday, Jan. 23 – Hush…The exclusive, all-Inclusive Villa Soiree. 7 p.m. to midnight. We convert a private villa into a swanky Caribbean- themed lounge.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Treehouse Band
9:00
777-4220

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

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Get Right Band
5:30
776-6378

Morgan’s Mango
James Anderson
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Marine Life: Glassy Sweeper

St. John Sea Creatures: glassy sweeper
Glassy Sweeper

Glassy Sweeper (Pempheris schomburgkii)
You’ll find these fish is dark or shady areas such as in caves, under ledges, in nooks and crannies in the reef or between rocks. They travel in schools in shallow waters. When they’re young their bodies are almost transparent, so much so that you can see the backbones of live fish, which is probably where the name “glassy sweeper” came from. They diet consists mainly  of zooplankton (animal plankton).

St. John and Virgin Islands News

St. Johnian, Jasmine Campbell, to compete in Winter Olympics in Sochi
Jasmine Campbell was chosen by the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee to  represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She will compete in two alpine skiing events: Giant Slalom and Slalom.

Researchers To Help Secure The Future Of Reefs In The Virgin Islands
Government of the British Virgin Islands
Monday, January 20, 2014 – 4:33pm

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour has authorised a team of marine and social scientists from Newcastle University to conduct research on coral reefs and coastal communities in the Virgin Islands and determine how climate change affects the reefs.

The researchers will be in the Territory for three months and will conduct interviews, organise workshops and communicate with everyone who interacts with coral reefs.  The key objectives are to determine; how people use the sea and the reefs; what changes people have noticed over time; how well people think the coral reefs are being managed; and how important the reefs are to the people of the BVI.

The information collected will be presented to the community through workshops; shared with Government’s decision makers and used at the international level to help scientists understand how reefs might change in the future.

US Virgin Islands Unveils First-Ever Tsunami Evacuation Maps
By the Caribbean Journal staff

As last week’s earthquake in Puerto Rico reminded, the Caribbean is a seismically active region — and particularly the northern Caribbean.

That’s led the US Virgin Islands to debut its first-ever tsunami evacuation map, which covers St Croix, St John and St Thomas.

The maps “delineate coastline inundation in the event of the Territory is impacted by a tsunami, as well as safe areas, evacuation route directional arrows, assembly points and denotes public schools and other public facilities within the inundation area,” according to a statement from the office of Governor John de Jongh.

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St. John Marine Life: Cave Coral & Sponges

St. John USVI Marine Life: orange cup coral
Close up of orange cup coral

The shaded environment within caves and under ledges often supports colorful corals and sponges. These photos were taken just inside the entrance to a cave. With the yellow polyps extended, the corals take on the appearance of flowers and because of this they are often referred to as flower corals.

Cup coaral
cup corals on cave wall

cave entrance

sponges
sponges

St. John News

Police Investigate Suspicious Death
By Source staff — January 19, 2014

St. John Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones confirmed Sunday that police are investigating a suspicious death that occurred at an apartment on Boatman Road.

Dispatchers at the 911 emergency call center notified police of the case at 9:55 a.m. Sunday.

The male victim was found dead in his apartment, according to the deputy chief reported. Detectives from Major Crime and the Criminal Investigation Bureau are investigating the case. Forensic agents were processing the scene. There was no indication from the police about what might have caused the death.

The name of the deceased was not released by authorities.

The investigators urged anyone with any information about the death to call them at 1-340-714-9834 or 1-340-715-5522, or through the 911 emergency call center or the anonymous tip service, Crimes Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 81. East wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Parking for the Lind Point Trail

sunset from lind point battery overlook
Yesterday’s sunset seen from the Lind Point Battery Overlook

Virgin Islands National Park SignThe Lind Point Trail is a favorite hike for people coming to St. John by ferry or for those who don’t have a vehicle. That’s because the trail is within easy walking distance of downtown Cruz Bay and offers not only a great trail experience such as the great views from the Lind Point Battery Overlook, but also access to the beautiful beaches and snorkeling at Salomon and Honeymoon Bays.

But day-trippers are not the only ones who choose to experience the Lind Point Trail and most of these hikers arrive by vehicle. This presents a problem. Finding a place to park near the trail can be difficult, to say the least.

Now the Virgin Islands National Park offers a solution, of sorts. Hikers bound for the Lind Point Trail can go to the National Park Visitors Center located just across the street from the trailhead and obtain a parking permit that allows them to park in spaces reserved for the park employees. You’ll need to show the attendant at the center your drivers license, which they will hold until you get back. They will then issue you a  sign for you to place on your windshield. Be aware that empty employee’s parking spaces are limited and are often unavailable, and that parking anywhere else on the street will put you in danger of being ticketed by enforcement rangers.

Park back wheels to the curb, windshield facing out towards the street and enjoy your hike.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

List of the Friendliest Islands in the Caribbean from the Huffington Post

St. John came in number six, with the annotation: “What’s even nicer than “soft sand beaches” and “water that’s clear like glass”? The “warm, kind locals,” according to our readers—they’re ‘”friendly and welcoming, without pestering you.”‘

St. John was topped by the British Virgin Islands, which came in number five.

Vieques was number nine, and the number one spot went to the island of Saba…. read article

In another list compiled by the Nassau Guardian the Virgin Islands came in fourth:

Report Ranks V.I. Homicide Rate Fourth in Caribbean
By John Baur — January 16, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands rated fourth in the Caribbean in 2013 in the number of homicides per 100,000 residents, according to a study by the Nassau Guardian in the Bahamas.

… the island nation of St. Kitts & Nevis had the highest homicide rate in the region…. Jamaica’s homicide rate was second highest in the region…. and the Bahamas ranked third

Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Fair This Weekend
By Molly Morris — January 16, 2014

It’s time again to gather up family and friends and head out to the rolling green hills of Bordeaux for the 17th annual Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll have no trouble finding it; just head west on St. Thomas and follow your nose. The heady aromas of fresh food will lead you.

The fair bursts with fresh produce, herbs, vegetables, cook pots filled with pumpkin soup, kallaloo, homemade vegan and raw food, pumpkin fritters – it goes on as it has for years, the annual celebration of all that is right with the world. It runs from 10 a.m. to midnight or thereabouts each day.

The fair is the proud product of the Bordeaux Farmers Collective We Grow Food Inc., illustrating the group’s belief: “To lose agriculture is to lose our culture, integrity, self-worth and pride. Without these characteristics, we as a people fail to exist.”… read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Beach Bar
Get Right Band
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
Plus Comedian Tim Hofmann!
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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