ST JOHN ISLAND: HURRICANE IRMA / MARIA NEWS / INFO
UPDATED MARCH 05, 2018:
ST JOHN IS READY FOR TOURISTS
It’s been over 6 months since hurricane Irma hit St John, USVI. In that time power has been restored to 99.9% of the island. The Virgin Islands National Park beaches are open. Cruz Bay and Coral Bay business have reopened in large numbers. Restaurants, bars, shops, grocery stores, services, activities … have reopened. While there are still some St John vacation rentals that have been deemed a completed loss – many villas suffered little or no damage … and resumed welcoming guests!
See current photos from around St John on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnvillarentalscom/
On September 6, 2017 at approximately 11:00 am EST HURRICANE IRMA barreled through the Virgin Islands. This CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE packed sustained winds over 150MPH and gusts over 185MPH! As you might imagine the islands of St John and St Thomas were heavily damaged. In the days since IRMA passed over the Islands, US Military, National Guard, FEMA and private organizations and citizens have supplied aid.
What does this mean for your existing St John vacation rental?
On-island managers and owners have done a great job getting their properties repaired. While some properties suffered a complete loss … the vast majority of rental villas have completed repairs … and some suffered no damage at all! That said, it will take some time for owners to get new photos up on their listings. In the mean time, please reach out to any owner/manager to confirm the property is accepting guests and what condition you can expect for your visit.
What does this mean for travel to St John during the coming 2017/2018 Season?
St John is ready for Tourists. Virgin Islands National Park beaches have reopened. Shops, grocery stores, gas stations, bars, restaurants, activities, Jeep and car rentals … have reopened for business.
“We have already heard from some of our Villa Owners – that their homes have only minor damage – while others will require extensive repairs.”
What Can I Expect? You’ll find that St John still has some visible “scars”. The number of majestic coconut palms that grew along the beach at Honeymoon Beach, Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, Gibney Beach and Hawksnest Beach have been greatly reduced. Maho, especially, lost most of the towering palms! Oppenheimer’s iconic Palm Tree rope swing is gone! Cinnamon Bay Campground is months and months from repair. Concordia may never reopen. The Westin St John is closed through 2018. Caneel Bay Resort is closed while they decide the best plan for reopening. One thing that hasn’t changed … everywhere you go you’ll find beauty. The beaches are wider, more white sand, and generally flatter. The island is green and lush from many months of rain. And the people of St John, they’ve weathered the storm and found a new strength and warmth!
ST JOHN AID DONATIONS
Here are the two established and trusted St John aid organizations we recommend. Donate directly …and avoid the fees charge by sites like GoFundMe!
St John Community Foundation
The St. John Community Foundation is committed to collaboratively identifying and addressing community needs to enhance St. John; A True Paradise in which to live, work and visit!
Their website: http://thestjohnfoundation.org/
St John Rescue, Inc.
is an all volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives and building a better community through participation, education, and community spirit. St. John Rescue, Inc. was officially launched on November 30, 1996 when it was granted status as a 501(C)3 corporation by the United States Virgin Islands government.