Joy of Life

The Joy of Life.

Yes, it’s a lovely one-bedroom home for rent in Coral Bay. (Summer special: Stay six nights, get the 7th night free.) But it’s also something we’ve been thinking about a lot these days.

Joy of Life villa for rent in Coral Bay, St. John, USVI

Embrace the Joy of Life at this one-bedroom rental villa in Coral Bay.

As St. John continues to rebuild from hurricanes Irma and Maria, we are more focused than ever on all the things that make our island so special. Number one on the list is the people–the residents, the people who live here part-time, the vacationers who come year after year, the tourists who day-trip, and, now, all the relief workers who are helping us rebuild. There’s an amazing community of people who love St. John. That’s the reason they call us Love City.

We are so grateful to everyone who is choosing to vacation here right now. Your tourist dollars are helping us recover.

If you plan to vacation on St. John, please consider renting local. Our rental business, stjohhhouserentals.com, is based right here on St. John. We put you directly in touch with our island homeowners and local property managers. Browse through our listings and if you see something you like, you’ll also find contact information to email the homeowner or property manager directly. He or she will be the best person to tell you the state of the house and the surrounding area.

For the latest information on hurricane recovery efforts, check out this recent post from the St. John Community Foundation. Find out what’s happening at Virgin Islands National Park at the park’s website, and on their Facebook page. You can read a more personal account of how some residents are faring HERE. And you can keep up with general news courtesy of the News of St. John and the St. John Tradewinds.

Thank you again for your continued support. We can’t wait to see you!

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Family Fun Day

Fun for all 10:00am to 3:00pm on Martin Luther King Day.

The Triple B ( https://goo.gl/9JDCkQ ) invites all to join them Monday January 18th, 2016 for a Family Fun Day with live music featuring Ward from SOL DRIVEN TRAIN!!! If you haven’t experienced The Triple B’s food you are in for a real treat.

Family-Fun-Day

Christmas on St. John

One of my favorite times on St. John is the week before Christmas.  Everyone is happy, the music has started back up, the restaurants are open and ready for the new season.  The beaches are not as crowded and the charter boats are ready to take you out.  Here are some homes that are still available for Christmas.

ISLAND COTTAGE

Private Hot Tub at Island Cottage

Looking for that last minute booking to spend Christmas with us here in the Islands? Island Cottage in Coral Bay is offering a 1 Bedroom, with a Queen Bed + Convertible bed, 1 Bath that sleeps 3-4 and a hot tub with a view.  Available for Christmas 12/17 – 28th, $200 off December rental of one week or longer.

Sunrise from Island Cottage
An Island Cottage Sunrise

Wake up Christmas morning here.

View from Bed

COCONUT RETREAT

Coconut Retreat

Available for Christmas and the New Year,  Coconut Retreat is a well equipped one bedroom, one bath small cottage perfect for 1- 2 people across the street from the water in Coral Bay. Great grocery shopping next door at Calabash Market and Shipwreck Landing Restaurant for lunch and dinner just over the hill.

Coconut Retreat in Coral Bay

Beach across the street.

Spend Christmas with us on St John in the US Virgin Islands

St John Events

The Third Annual Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar
December 12th, 11 AM to 4 PM
Pickles in Paradise, Coral Bay, St. Johnbizzare-Bazaar

On December 12th, the Coral Bay Bizarre Bazaar returns for its third year to Pickles In Paradise on Route 107 just past the Coral Bay Triangle. Hundreds of USVI residents and island visitors alike enjoyed this festive event of the season. Come and join us for non-stop music, dancing, eating, drinking, shopping, and a surprise visit from Santa Claus, all while helping support the Coral Bay Community Council.

The past two years have raised over $12,000 (annually) through fundraising raffles, contests, auctions, and a yard/plant and we hope to raise more in our third year. The CBCC has donated a portion of the last two years funds to the renovation of the Coral Bay Agriculture Center, in cooperation with the American Legion Post.

More entertainment! More shopping! More kids activities! More prizes! More Bizarre! More Bazaar! Each year, the event continues to expand.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Naughty or nice, find the prefect handcrafted island gift for everyone on your list. Browse the wares of vendors offering unique art, crafts, jewelry and edibles suited to every taste. Share your island life
with friends and family by shipping home locally made specialties.

Bizarre Bazaar Face Book Page

SANTA GIFTS: CBCC is getting the Coral Bay Carole Sing and Santa event on the basketball court again this year. Tentative Date is Dec 17th, 6:30 pm. Please buy some gifts for children in Coral Bay, wrap and drop by the CBCC office or bring that night – mark with Boy or Girl and age range appropriate. Get your neighbors together to come sing our traditional carols! Santa is on his way.

For more St John Events check out  Virgin Island On Line Events Page

Update on Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park

OOPS!!!! Our sincere apologies, but we made an error when scheduling the FULL MOON HIKE SEMINARS!!!!! Changes will be made to the seminar schedule on the website, but unfortunately the printed brochures/posters cannot be changed. SO SORRY!!!
NEW FULL MOON HIKE DATES ARE:
SUNDAY JANUARY 24
MONDAY FEBRUARY 22
WEDNESDAY MARCH 23
FRIDAY APRIL 22

Check out friendsvinp.org Events Calendar

Coral Bay Labor Day Parade

Coral Bay St John Virgin Islands

On September 7, 2015 the Coral Bay Labor Day Parade starts around noon at the Oasis Bar and Grill,across from Island Blues and ends around the triangle on Route 10 at the Fire Station.  After the Parade there will be live music and food. Heard tales of a motorcycle and car show. Short, funny and fun.

Moko Jumbies

Artwork by Jennifer Robinson

St John Off Season Restaurant Information

St John Rental Information

Thanks to newsofstjohn.com here is the rundown of the restaurants that are staying open and those that are closing for the season:

420 to Center: Staying Open
Across the Street Bar: Closing briefly. Dates TBD.
Aqua Bistro: Staying open
Asolare: May close for a few days; TBD
Baked in the Sun: Staying Open
Banana Deck: No info.
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge: Staying Open
Beach Bar: Closing for a week. Dates TBD
Cafe Concordia: Closed for the month of September
Cafe Livin’: Closed permanently.
Cafe Roma: Closing September 6; Reopening the first week of October
Caneel Bay Resort (including restaurants): Closing August 26; Reopening November 1
Castaway’s Tavern: Now Dog House Pub – Dog House is staying open
Château Bordeaux: No info.
Chester’s: Staying Open
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis: Closed; Reopening September 1
Cruz Bay Landing: Staying Open
da Livio’s: No info
De’ Coal Pot: Staying Open
DR!NK: Closing August 15 – Drink the bar dry party scheduled for August 14
Driftwood Dave’s: Staying Open
Etta’s West Indian Cuisine: Staying Open
Fatty Crab: Closed permanently
Food Truck across from gravel lot: Closed; Reopening in September
High Tide: Staying Open
Indigo Grill: Staying Open
Jake’s: Staying Open
Joe’s Rum Hut: Closing September 8; Reopening October 1
La Tapa: Closing this Saturday; Reopening the first week of November
Lemongrass at the Westin: Staying Open
Lime Inn: Closing August 22; Front bar reopens September 27; Full restaurant reopens November 1
Little Olive: Closed; Reopening in September
Margarita Phil’s: Closing end of August; Reopening either late September or mid-October
Miss Lucy’s: Closed; Reopening in NOvember
Morgan’s Mango: Closed temporarily due to fire
Motu Bar: Closed permanently; Now DR!NK
North Shore Deli: May close for one week; TBD
Ocean 362: Closed; Reopening September 22
Ocean Grill: Last day is August 30; Reopening September 23
P & P’s: No info
Pickles: Staying Open
Quiet Mon: Closing August 26th; Reopening around September 21st
Rhumb Lines: Closing September 15 through October 21
Ronnie’s Pizza: Closed: Reopening September 15
Sam and Jack’s Deli: Staying open; Will be closed on Sundays only during September & October
Shipwreck Landing: Closing at the end of August; Reopening the first week of November
Skinny Legs: Closing August 16; Reopening October 4
Sogo’s: No info
St. John Scoops: Staying Open
Sun Dog Cafe: Staying Open
T’ree Lizards Restaurant (Cinnamon Bay Campground): Closed September & October
Tamarind Inn: May close for a few days during the first week of September; TBD
The (New) Tap Room: Staying Open
The Fish Trap: Closed; Reopening September 15
The Longboard: Staying open
The Terrace: Closed; Reopening in September
Tourist Trap: Closing either later this week or next week; Reopening around October 1
Uncle Joe’s: Staying Open
Vie’s Snack Shack: Closed for September & October
Virgin Fire: Closing September 8; Reopening October 1.
Vista Mare: Closing October 8. Reopening date TBD.
Waterfront Bistro: Closing September 8 through October 8
West Indies Delight: Staying Open
Woody’s: Closing briefly. Dates TBD
Zozo’s Ristorante: Closing August 26; Reopening November 1

Skinny Legs Pitch n Bitch 2015

2015-Pitch-n-BitchSunday is Skinny Legs fun women’s horse shoe tournament Pitch n Bitch. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Have fun with some of them most amazing St John women you will ever want to meet.

If you are on island Saturday they will be watching the Belmont Stakes.  Another great weekend on St John. Don’t forget the PAN-O-RAMA 6th JUNE 4:00 pm at Winston Wells Ball Field is happening too.

Skinny Legs Derby Day and Commodore’s Cup Weekend

First Saturday of every May at Skinny Legs in Coral Bay, the Kentucky Derby! Are you ready for a weekend full of sailing fun, Derby hats & racing, and awesome live music? Hang with the sailors during the Commodore’s Cup Regatta, watch the horses in the Kentucky Derby, dance to Chris Carsel on Saturday and boogie down with Butter & John Magnie on Sunday! And of course there are those wonderful burger!

Skinnys Burger