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Reef Bay Great House Over the Years

Photo by Jack Boucher 1960




(1933 photo by Jack Boucher, 2009 photo by Gerald Singer, 2011 and 2012 photos by Shaun O’Boyle)

Reef Bay Great House
The Reef Bay Estate House, also known as the Par Force Great House was built in 1832 and reconstructed in 1844. In 1994, it was partially renovated by the National Park Service. After being cleared in 2009, the condition of the historic estate house has been left to deteriorate.

The great house can be accessed via a spur on the Lameshur Bay Trail

Love City Live Tonight
Love City Live – The Ultimate Power Boat Party – White Bay, Jost Van Dyke BVI 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. It’s a beach party only accessible by boat. As one writer put it “A late night of live music and quality rum deserves a proper cool down the next day.”

St. John Weather
High Surf Advisory
Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F.
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%.
Full Moon
Sunrise: 6:53 AM AST Sunset: 6:10 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor St. Thomas) 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30

Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

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

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00

Miss Lucy’s
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00

7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm

See Weekly Schedule

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St. John Beaches: Lameshur Bay

Lameshur Bay St. John VI
Lameshur Bay

Ruin at Lameshur BayLameshur Bay
Lameshur Bay, the next beach to the west of Salt Pond Bay is another good option for those seeking to escape the waves that occasionally effect the beaches of St. John’s north shore. It’s a good choice for those who would prefer not to have a hike to the beach as, unlike Salt Pond Bay, you can park right alongside the beach. Lamesur also has ruins to explore and access to two hiking trails, the Lameshur Bay Trail and the Bordeaux Mountain Trail.

Wondering which beach to go to today? Check out the St. John Beach Guide

St. John News
V.I. Government Addresses AA Liquor Box Charges
By Lynda Lohr — January 2, 2013
Fearing that a change is afoot in American Airline’s policy of waiving the checked bag fee for one box of liquor, Gov. John deJongh Jr. wrote to an airline official urging that the free checked box continue to be allowed.

“There have been lots of rumblings by visitors who understand the waiver may be removed,” Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson Doty said Wednesday. Doty said liquor purchased at the airport store located past the passenger inspection area can be carried onboard, but people who buy it elsewhere have to check the box because it contains more than the three ounces allowed to be carried on in a quart-sized plastic bag.

Making people pay to check their liquor box will have a big impact, Doty said. “It becomes a significant cost to the traveler.”… read more

St. John Weather
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers.
High of 84 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the North at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon.
Chance of rain 20%.
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor) 84 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule Friday January 4

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00

Beach Bar
Inner Vision

Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

High Tide
Inner Visions

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Island Blues
776 6800

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
6:30 – 9:00

Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

James Milne
5:00 – 8:00

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:30 – 9:30
779 4982

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St. John Trails: Europa Point Revisited 1/31/2011

St. John Trails: Europa Point TrailSpectacular Views – Relatively Easy Hike
The Europa Point Trail, which is the first spur trail off of the Lameshur Bay Trail, leads to a vantage point high up on the point from where you can enjoy beautiful views of St. John’s south shore.

This is a great hike for those that are looking for a relatively easy hiking experience. Begin the hike at the eastern entrance to the Lameshur Bay Trail, where you’ll find the ruins of a hundred year old bay rum factory and an older sugar mill.

Europa Point Trail SignHere the Lameshur Bay Trail runs through a low lying area adjacent top the shoreline. It’s easy going, flat ground and lots of shade. You’ll pass by an old tamarind tree, on your left, split in two by lightning years ago.

Not far after passing the tamarind tree and before the trail begins its incline you’ll come to the entrance of the Europa Point Trail, now marked by a trail sign.

The approximately one-quarter-mile Europa Point Trail runs through a flat dry forest environment before rising into cactus scrub and guinea grass.

View east from Europa Point
View East

The trail ends at a lookout next to a narrow gorge.

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St. John Trails Update: White Cliffs Revisited

St. John Trails: White Cliffs
View of White Cliffs from the trail
St. John Trail Map: White Cliffs
White Cliffs Trail

Yesterday I hiked one of my all time favorite trails, the White Cliffs. As this is an unofficial trail within the National Park, it is not maintained by park personnel. This is a beautiful trail with outstanding views and provides an interesting alternative route to Reef Bay as well as really cool and challenging loop using the Lameshur Bay Trail for your return to the trailhead .

I wanted to see the condition of the trail after last summer’s collection of severe weather events. The trail was still in fairly good condition and in most parts easily followed. Of course a Trail Bandit map or even better a Trail Bandit map loaded GPS will always be a good friend.

It looks like as log as some hikers continue to use the trail on a somewhat regular basis, it will remain open, even better if you were to bring along a small clippers to cut back the unfriendly catch and keep, which appears from time to time along the trail.

The Route
The White Cliffs Trail begins at the Lameshur Bay Trail. Walk along the flats past the big old tamarind tree that looks like it was split in half by lightning some many years ago. You’ll pass the entrance to the Europa Point Trail, which to my pleasant surprise is now marked by a trail sign. Shortly after the Lameshur Bay Trail begins to rise, you’ll come to the Europa Bay Trail, which you’ll follow past a beautiful salt pond and on to the Europa Bay Beach.

Walk along the beach almost to the point at the end where you’ll find a narrow trail leading into the bush. This steep trail will take you to the ridge top from where there are some excellent views down into the Europa Bay Salt Pond, the Europa Bay Beach and onward to the east and south.

From the ridge, you can also walk out to the eastern point for views of the southern coastline of St. John out to Ram Head Point.

The trail leads through the forest on the ridge top eventually taking you through a guinea grass covered passage through some large rocks. After passing this the trail runs right along the edge of ridge with constant dramatic views of the coastline below.

The trail descends into the eastern portion of the rocky beach at Reef Bay.

To get to the Lameshur Bay Trail from here, walk west on the beach for as far as you can. At some point you’ll need to either get wet or head into the lowlands and make your way through the mangroves either back to the beach from where you can easily access the short trail to the Reef bay Sugar Factory ruins or inland to the Horsemill area of the ruins,

Then its a 1.1 mile easy going hike up the relatively flat section of the Reef Bay Trail to the more difficult 1.8 mile Lameshur Bay Trail, with it initial hill climb back to the starting point.

Challenging, but lots of fun. Let’s keep this trail open…

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St. John Virgin Islands Trails: New Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook

St. John Trails: Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook
View from new overlook on the Cinnamon Bay Trail
New Cinnamon Bay Overlook
view to the east

There’s something new to view for hikers on the Cinnamon Bay Trail.

Jeff Chabot group leader and volunteers working with the Appalachian Mountain Club in a cooperative venture with the Virgin Islands National Park and Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park have cleared an overlook along the trail, with views extending from Jost Van Dyke to St. Thomas and the northwestern cays.

Some years ago there was an overlook higher up on the trail near the top, which has long since overgrown.

The trail crew did an excellent job creating this new overlook. The view is spectacular!

Other overlooks that have now been cleared are the Lind Point Battery Overlook,  at the bench almost to the top of Caneel Hill on the Caneel Hill Trail, one on the Bordeaux Mountain Trail and another on the Lameshur Bay Trail.

We’ll be posting photos of these overlooks shortly…

Soon come… one on the Reef Bay Trail, the Francis Bay Salt Pond and two on the Johnny Horn Trail….

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