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Southern Stingray
Common stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca)

This common stingray is a sea creature we often get to see on St. John, swimming about close to the bottom in shallow waters. Although it possesses a stinging barb on it’s tail it is generally not a threat to human beings given the clear nature of the seawater  off of  St. John allowing the ray and the person to be aware of each other each one desiring to avoid contact. In less clear waters or in the case of mounds of sand with look suspiciously like a ray may be burrowed beneath, it’s recommended that waders use a shuffling motion when wading through the water, thus alerting the ray to the presence of a creature that might inadvertently step on them. Read more about stingrays

St. John News

Caneel Bay Says Goodbye to Management Company
By Lynda Lohr — September 3, 2013

Caneel Bay Resort will no longer have Rosewood Hotels and Resorts as its management company effective Oct. 13, managing director Nikolay Hotze said Tuesday. He said Caneel’s owners, CBI Acquisitions, decided not to renew the Rosewood contract. CBI will manage the resort itself.

“We feel confident with our marketing team,” Hotze said.

He said Caneel always had its own marketing team and partnered with other companies like American Express to get the Caneel name out to the public.

Chantal Figueroa, deputy commissioner at the territory’s Tourism Department, said that the Rosewood name was not linked in a major way to Caneel. The Rosewood name was never listed before Caneel’s as other hotel management companies often do and was marketed as Caneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort.

“Caneel stands on its own,” she said.

Caneel, which sits within V.I. National Park, opened at the same time as the park in 1956.

The management of Cinnamon Bay Campground and the concession at Trunk Bay Beach, both within the park, will remain with Caneel Bay, Hotze said.

Hotze said the Little Dix Bay property on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands will continue to be known as Rosewood Little Dix Bay because Rosewood owns that property.

Rosewood has been Caneel’s management company since 1993.

Hotze will remain in his current position. He said there will be no changes with the staff.

Caneel closed Aug. 26 for its annual fall maintenance. Hotze said soft goods are being refurbished and the gift shop is getting a complete facelift.

When the hotel reopens on Nov. 1, it will have a coffee and gelato shop called Cannella.

Zozo’s Restaurant, which was located at Gallows Point Resort in Cruz Bay, will relocate to Caneel’s sugar mill restaurant location. It will open Nov. 1.



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St. John Snorkels: Seagrass Creatures

Snorkeling the St. John Seagrass

Although most snorkelers head immediately out to the reef, there’s really a lot of cool stuff to be seen right off the beach in a sand and seagrass environment.

St John seagrass snorkel: conch

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Cucumber
Sea Cucumber

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sting Ray
Southern Sting Ray

St. John Snorkel: Trunk Fish

St John Seagrass Snorkel: Starfish

St. John Seagrass Snorkel: Sea Turtle
Green Turtle

St. John News

St. John’s own, Mimi Roller, finished in second place at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association’s Singlehanded National Championship Regatta in Long Beach, Calif.

ST. THOMAS – Mimi Roller’s busy schedule is paying off.

The St. John native and 2012 Virgin Islands Olympian has been sailing in regattas every weekend this year and the routine has led to yet another major accomplishment for the college senior. Read more from the Virgin Islands Daily News

Photos by Ed Gibney

Ed Gibney’s Islands and Cays Photos are always a treat. They certainly are unique as I don’t know anyone else who has landed on these islands, explored and photographed them.
See Ed’s Awesome Photos

Cool St. John Photos from Florida Photographer

See Tropical Trippical and In the Wild, by Tripp Vetrone

St. John Live Music Schedule – Saturday 11/10

Mikey P at 9:00
Dance Party at 11:00

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

 Morgan’s Mango
6:00 – 9:30

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

7:00 – 10:00

6:00 – 9:30

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St. John Snorkeling: Leinster Bay Snorkel

Leinster Bay Snorkel: baby lobster
Small Spiny Caribbean Lobster

The beach at Leinster Bay can only be reached by hiking from Annaberg or by boat. Although most snorkelers make their way to the colorful reef surrounding Waterlemon Cay, there are things to see right off the beach. The sea floor is mainly seagrass and sand. The following photos show were taken just off the beach in the late afternoon yesterday.

Leinster Bay Snorkel

Sea Cucumber Leinster Bay St. John USVI
Sea Cucumber


darker colored starfish

Southern Stingray

Seed Conch
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