St. John Virgin Islands

8-Tuff Duffer–The popular annual foot race across St. John attracts athletes and antics

It’s 5am on a Saturday and not only am I up and dressed, I’m headed to town, a.k.a. Cruz Bay.  The early bird catches the sunrise, after which I’ll be hoofing it over the mountainous terrain of St. John for 8.3 miles with almost a thousand other souls, or in this case, soles. I’m neither … Read more

Where Have All the Hippies Gone? Find Hippies of all ages living life to its fullest in Coral Bay, St. John

While every community supports those within it, residents of St. John island takes that spirit to a different level. No where can that be seen more clearly than in the frequent celebrations in the gloriously rustic and peaceful harbor town on the east side of St. John called Coral Bay. St. Johnians are a loving … Read more

Moose: A Love Story (Hope and love conquer all at the St. John Animal Care Center)

One thousand six hundred twenty eight days. That’s how much time passed for Moose before he found his forever love. And what a love it is! After being abandoned at a young age, Moose began his journey as a fortunate resident of the St. John Animal Care Center, the Caribbean’s only no-kill animal shelter. Moose’s … Read more

February is for Lovers–St. John Offers a Warm Welcome to Lovebirds

February is a time for good loving on St. John. The island offers a warm welcome to all the winter lovebirds looking to escape the grey skies and cold weather of winter. St. John is the ultimate romantic escape, whether you choose to indulge in the duty-free shops, head over to Coral Bay for a … Read more

Meet Me at the Marketplace–Cruz Bay’s main shopping center offers shoppers convenience

The Marketplace shopping center on the outskirts of Cruz Bay towards the Westin makes the ultimate meeting place. Two parking lots (one on each level and each with ample spots) at a convenient retail center that sports Starfish Market grocery and liquor store, FirstBank with ATM, Papaya Café (a fabulous coffee shop and bookstore), Chelsea … Read more

St. John Gym is Free for All–Miles of hiking trails and hundreds of places to swim make St. John the best natural gym

The first month of every year brings out the eager in all of us. Gyms across the country are packed with anxious humans lifting this and bouncing that. In a few weeks the classes will thin out and the machines will be available again. The ebb and flow of active participants is not something you’ll … Read more

St. John in the Headlines–New York Times puts Coral Bay St. John in the Spotlight

The smallest of all the US Virgin Islands, and mostly National Park, rarely makes the news, but this week things were different. Coral Bay, the quiet “other” side of St. John, was featured in the New York Times! The smart editors of the Times ranked our little Coral Bay 4th of “52 Places to Visit … Read more

Planes, Vans, Ferries, and Jeeps, Oh My! (Or How to get to and around St. John)

Everyone going to St. John first arrives on St. Thomas and travels to St. John by ferry or private boat (unless you’re Kenny Chesney, who zips in and out via helicopter from the Myrah Keating Clinic just outside of Cruz Bay). Commercial flights and private charters go in and out of the Cyril E. King … Read more

Villa, Hot Tub, Massage – Oh My

St. John has more vacation villas than hotel rooms. In fact, only Caneel Bay resort and a few independent condo owners rent rooms by the night. Almost all visitors to St. John are here for a week and learn pretty quickly the advantages of a villa vacation. Having taken them myself, I can tell you: … Read more

Bid Adieu to Buster

The news of the death of Buster, St. John’s domesticated one-eyed rooster, spread quickly across the island earlier this month. Owner Cheryl Geller notified close friends of the news and the sadness was shared by all who knew him. Cheryl rescued the battered chicken from a road accident in 2013 and two were inseparable ever … Read more