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Cinnamon Bay

Cinnamon Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Cinnamon Bay

Cinnamon is the place to go for all around facilities, beach activities and water sports. In addition to swimming, sunning, snorkeling and picnicking, Cinnamon offers surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing, volleyball, and camping… read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 3/17

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart

Beach Bar
Quest Theory

Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Cruz Bay Landing

Skinny Legs
Groove Thang

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St. John History: Cinnamon Bay Cattle

cinnamon bay cattle dip
Cinnamon Bay, St. John US Virgin IslandsOn the western half of the beach at Cinnamon Bay just west of the Cinnamon Bay Archeological Museum, there is what looks like a pile of rocks. Looking from the other side one can see that it is was a man-made structure and many visitors to the beach wonder what in the world it was.

This artifact, left over from more than a century ago was in fact a cattle dip.

Cinnamon Bay Cattle
In the early part of the twentieth century, Cinnamon Bay was primarily dedicated to cattle ranching. The cattle from St. John were prized for their beef and were shipped to St. Thomas, Tortola and throughout much of the Caribbean. Without refrigeration, the animals needed to be shipped live as the meat from a slaughtered cow would soon spoil. Therefore, the cattle were driven to the beach and led to the cattle dip, where they were bathed in a solution of chemicals in order to kill any ticks or other unwanted pests. They were then swum out to anchored sailing vessels where they were lifted aboard using a boom, block and tackle. Read more about the history of Cinnamon Bay.

 St. John Weather

A chance of rain before noon, then scattered showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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Virgin Islands History: An 18th Century Alternative to Slavery

Cinnamon Bay Sugar Mill
Cinnamon Bay Sugar Factory (Photo by Dean Hulse)

An 18th century plan to end slavery in the Danish West Indies (now the US Virgin Islands)

In the late 18th Century, Dr. Paul Erdmann Isert, proposed a plan that would effectively have ended slavery in the Danish West Indies and probably in the entire Caribbean. At the verge of being adopted by the Danish King, the plan was thwarted by a conspiracy based on St. Croix that resulted in the assassination of Dr. Isert. Read Article

St. John Events Tonight Saturday 03/16

Gifft Hill School Auction
The 27th Annual Gifft Hill School Auction will be held at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas

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Chocolate Hole DawnSt. John Weather

Another beautiful dawn, promising to be another beautiful day
The High Surf Advisory has been discontinued
Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 79F
Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:29 PM AST
Water Temperature 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
Dave Gerrard

Mikey P 9:00
Dance Party 11:00

Cruz Bay Prime
Mike Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
6:00 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30

7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
779 4982

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St. John Trails: Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail

Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail

Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail
I’ve identified almost 100 trails throughout St. John each with its own advantages, highlights  and challenges. One trail that almost everyone could enjoy is the Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail also known as the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail. It’s relatively easy, only a half mile in length, no real hills and cool forest shade. Moreover, much of it is even handicap accessible. The highlights of the trail include the remains of an historic sugar and bay rum factory, a walk through a aromativ bay rum forest, an old Danish graveyard, a several specimens of dry forest flora including mammee apples, mangos and a cocoa tree, sometimes bearing their red chocolate fruits.

To help answer the question, “which trail should I choose today,” check out St John Off the Beaten Track

St. John News
Maho Bay Blog
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
land update

We don’t know much and the future is still very unclear, but this is the latest newsletter sent concerning the land we sit on:

Dear Campers, Staff and All Interested,

We have just discovered that the property which Maho Bay Camps sits upon has officially been sold.  The only information that has been released, is that a direct sale to an unknown buyer took place on 12/27/2012 for $13,950,000.  No one is releasing any more details.  We do not know who they are or their intentions.  All we know is that we are only taking reservations until we close on May 15, 2013.  We will continue to update you as we find out more.

We hope you have a blessed New Year and get to come visit us one last time.

Cool Article
St. John Surfers Devon O’Neil and Galen Stamford challenge the snow-covered mountains of Colorado
Riding the Wave by Devon O’Neil

St. John Weather
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy.
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 20 to 25 mph
Chance of rain 20%.
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 83 dgrees F
Sunrise: 6:52 AM AST – Sunset 5:57 PM AST

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St. John Happenings: West Indies Bluewater Swim Series

St. John Beach to Beach Power SwimStart of the 2008 St. John Beach to Beach Power Swim

St. John’s Beach to Beach Power Swim will be part of the recently established West Indies Bluewater Swim Series.

The races will begin with The StarMile2.5 Nevis-St Kitts Cross-Channel Swim between the  islands of Nevis and St. Kitts.

The second event is the Beach to Beach Power Swim on St. John with three catagories, the one-mile swim between Maho and Cinnamon Bays, the 2.25-mile swim from Maho to Trunk and the 3.5-mile swim between Maho and Hawksnest Bays.

The third event will be the Race For The Conch Eco-SeaSwim, which will include a 1- mile and a 2.4-mile swim and be held on on 7 July 2012 in the Turks & Caicos.

Finally, there will be the Maracas Bay Open Water Classic, in Trinidad with three categories, a 750-meter, a  2.65-kilometer and a five kilometer race.

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Thursday, March 1

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Just Mike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
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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Improvements on the Cinnamon Bay Self Guiding Trail

Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Cinnamon Bay Self Guiding Trail

It appears that the Virgin Islands National Park is doing some work on the Cinnamon Bay Self Guiding Trail. Concrete pathways are in the process of being installed, making access easier and safer and wheelchair friendly.

bay rum tree lined trail

Flowing gut along the Cinnamon Bay Self Guiding Trail

white tailed deer

Video: Cinnamon Bay Gut

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St. John Trails: Peter Durloo house

St. John Trails: Durloo House

If you look on the east side of the steep hill going down to Hawksnest Bay you should see an old stone stairway. This was once the entrance to a house that at one time belonged to Laurance Rockefeller. The house eventually became the property of the Virgin Islands National Park and was demolished. Nothing remains.

Today if you climb the staircase you’ll notice a trail leading through the bromiliads that takes you to the ruins of a stone structure that is said to have once belonged to Peter Duurloo, born on the island of Statia in 1675 and died on St. John 1746. I have also seen his name spelled Durloo and Durloe. The three islands, Henley Cay, Ramgoat Cay and Rata Cay are collectively known as the Durloe Cays and were undoubtedly named after him

Peter Durloo was one of the original planters who took possession of parcels of land on St. John when the Danes laid claim to the island in 1716. Durloo took up what is now some prime real estate, Cinnamon Bay and Caneel Bay, which he named for the bay rum trees (Caneel in Dutch) that were so plentiful there.

Charlotte Dean Stark, who wrote Some True Tales and Legends about Caneel Bay Trunk Bay and a Hundred and One Other Places on St. John, had this to say about Mr. Durloo:

“He was a colored man from one of the more southerly islands, probably Satia, where the Dutch were struggling to keep their foothold. It seems likely that most of the Dutch planters in St. Thomas were the colored sons of Hollanders who had been brought up by their fathers to learn the business, whatever it might be. Not many women went out with the original explorers who seized islands in the chain to the south of us.”

The site has been cleared by Jeff Chabot and his volunteers, but is unlikely to stay that way. So if you’re interested in a little history and don’t mind the uphill walk from the Hawksnest parking lot, you may want to pay a visit while the visiting is good.Update me when site is updated

First Ball Games Played at Cinnamon Bay

Who in today’s western world has not heard of The Super Bowl, The World Series, The NBA finals, The British Open and the Wimbolton? How many of us have played ball games as youngsters and adults, games like baseball, basketball, soccer, football, tennis, stick ball, paddle ball, punch ball and literally hundreds of other ball games? Where did these games originate?

Before the arrival of Columbus Taino Amerindians played a rubber ball game at Cinnamon Bay on St. John as well as throughout their territories in the West Indies.

Games involving rubber balls were then unknown in Europe.

The Tainos called the game, and the court on which it was played, “batey.” The court was rectangular and was bordered by upright stone. Commoners sat on the stones or on embankments to view the game. Caciques (chiefs) and nobles sat on stools called duhos. Both men and women played, but there were no coed games. Men played with men, and women with women. Winning the game was thought to bring a good harvest and strong, healthy children.

The Spaniards, who had never seen rubber, were amazed by it. They brought the ball and the concept of the ball game back to Europe, and today ball games are an extremely important part of our culture.

Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, who arrived in Santo Domingo with Columbus and was the most prolific chronicler of the Indians, gave us this description of the game:

“The Indians had a plaza located outside the door of the señor (cacique), well swept, three times as long as it was wide, and fenced in with stones. The fence was about one or two palm lengths high. They were penalized if they crossed this boundary. There were 20 or 30 Indians on each team and one team gathered at each end of the plaza. Each one bet what he had, it making no difference if what he had was of more value than that of another; this is how it was, after the Spanish arrived, that one Cacique would bet a red robe, and another an old rag, this was as if he
had bet a hundred castellanos. A player hit the ball and it was returned by the nearest opponent. If the ball came high, it was struck with the shoulder, if it came low, with the right hand. In the same manner they continued until someone erred. It was joy to see their heated play, and much more so when the women played against each other, striking the ball with their knees and closed fists.”Update me when site is updated

Caribbean Travel: St. John USVI an Exotic Vacation Destination

The Seattle Times, The Canadian Press, The Nashua Telegraph and other Associated Press fed newspapers featured the Virgin Islands in their weekend travel sections in an article by Roger Petterson:

“Don’t just sit there. Pick a destination and plan a vacation, maybe to someplace a little exotic, where national parks come with tropical beaches, and boats rather than big RVs are a common mode of transportation…”

In the section about St. John, they chose our website, SeeStJohn.com as the go to website for St. John information:

“…he smallest of the three major islands is St. John -https://seestjohn.com/ – where the snorkeling guide takes you to spots such as Hawksnest Bay, a convenient and popular beach where a reef waits for you just a few yards off the shore, or Cinnamon Bay, a popular windsurfing beach where snorkelers can explore an old airplane wreck. Some of the same spots are covered in their beach guide. And don’t miss their photo and video galleries.

And as the “snorkeling guide,” they refer to, judging from their mention of the light airplane wreck,  it’s got to be the St. John Beach Guide.

Thank you Roger Petterson!!!Update me when site is updated