Caribbean Buzz Helicopter Tours US Virgin Islands activities

Caribbean Buzz Helicopter weddingAnybody that’s spent any time on St Thomas or St John has surely looked up to see the iconic yellow helicopters of Caribbean Buzz. Looks like a great way to see the islands, right? So we decided to get some information and share it with you!

Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is more than a helicopter tour operation. So we sat down with Charlotte, of Caribbean Buzz, to hear about their range of services and tours, including charters, day trips, Helicopters-Adventures, weddings, corporate experience, aerial filming and even flight training!

SJVR: Like so many people … I’ve seen your familiar bright yellow helicopters flying over St John, US Virgin Islands and wondered what it must look like from that height. Can you tell us something about your helicopter tours, destinations and pricing?

CB: [Charlotte] We are limited by your imagination and will work with you to make a unique memory. Otherwise, our basic tour is 30 minutes. This takes you across St. Thomas, North show of St. John, West end Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and adjoining islands, back to St. Thomas. We can customize what you see during 30 minutes: you tell us what you want. We can land on most of the the islands in the BVI (still trying to find a decent spot on Cooper Island), and also fly to Vieques, Culebra, Puerto Rico, St Marten, Anguilla, St Barts, and other down island destinations.

Caribbean Buzz Helicopter tourSJVR: How many passengers do your helicopters accommodate?

CB: We have 2 three passenger helicopters, Robinson 44 Clipper II, and an Airbus H145 which can seat 8 passengers.

SJVR: If the weather is bad, what happens to my tour?

CB: We give you a call and based on availability for both parties try to reschedule the flight or push it later in the day. We want everyone to have a great time!

SJVR: Can you share a few memorable guest flights?

CB: [Charlotte] Ha! We maintain the privacy of all of our clients. But,, since you ask; we’ve had some very funny marriage proposal flights. We were once tasked to make a scavenger hunt across a deserted island and the last clue led to the engagement ring that was buried in the sand. We were very worried that the ring would disappear before it was found! Or one time we flew a few pro basketball players and weren’t quite certain they would fit. They showed up and their feet were so big they almost couldn’t get through the door!

SJVR: It sounds like fun! I’m interested in a Day Trip; but I don’t see any pricing on your website. How much do these trips cost … and how do I make a reservation?

CB: The cost of trips range based on what exactly you would like to do, our minimum is a 30 minute tour for 550.00 USD for the 3 passenger helicopter. Day trips start at around 2100.00 USD for the smaller helicopter. Rates are per helicopter not per seat.

SJVR: [Charlotte] thanks for your time and sharing your unique island service with our readers.

Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is the only FAA approved helicopter co. in the USVIs and BVIs. Their team consists of highly experienced pilots. Caribbean Buzz operates Robinson 44 and H145 helicopters. The R44 accommodates 3 passengers plus pilot. The H145 accommodates 8 passengers plus pilot. And you can relax and enjoy your flight – their pilots have over 25,000 flight hours accident, incident and violation free!

Considering a unique perspective on Paradise or a WOW-me proposal/engagement or wedding? Give Caribbean Buzz a call. And set that memory in motion…

Caribbean Buzz Helicopters
8202 Lindbergh Bay
St. Thomas USVI
00802

You can send them an email or call to book.
And they also have a contact form on our website.

https://www.caribbean-buzz.com/

E: info@caribbean-buzz.com
T: +1 (340) 775 7335
T: +1 (347) 284 6335
F: +1 (340) 774 7133

[Cover photo: Don Hebert]

Calichi Yacht Charter, St John USVI

Vacation plans. Check.
Beautiful island. Check.
Aqua and blue waters. Check.

St John is a perennial favorite on most of the TOP CARIBBEAN ISLANDS and TOP BEACHES LISTS.

What makes St John island so popular?

Just 7 miles long and 3 miles wide …and over 60% of the island is protected by the US Virgin Islands National Park! The Park’s protection means less development and more land and resource preservation and management! This includes the famous North Shore beaches like Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, Waterlemon Cay …

Enjoy over 3 dozen beautiful beaches!

From world-famous Trunk Bay Beach to lesser know pocket beaches and secret beaches; St John has been blessed with lots of beach options! While many of the beaches enjoy easy access and parking – there are some beaches and top snorkeling spots that you can only get to by water.

St John Day Charters

OK, so you’ve set a side a day to be on the water. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend a vacation day on St John. Most charters offer half day and full day tours. Most captains can plan an itinerary to match your activities wish list. Want to do a full day USVI and BVI snorkeling trip? Snorkel stop at Henley Cay and Watermelon Cay, St John and then on to Sandy Spit and/or The Indians. Looking to hit some of the world-famous beach bars? Head straight to the BVIs … and Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s Taboo, B-Line and Ivans Stress Free Bar on Jost Van Dyke or Pirates Bight on Norman Island. And don’t miss Bikinis on the Beach Bar & Grill, Honeymoon Beach, St John, USVI.

Calichi Day Charter St John snorkeling tours

Looking for a Luxury USVI Charter?

Look no further than Calichi. This 2009 53’ SunSeeker Portofino will make you feel like a multi-millionaire for the day. Powered by twin 800-HP MAN Turbo Diesels … gives Calichi the range to comfortably transport you to a host of island destinations. Choose from stops at St john, Peter Island, Cooper Island, Jost Van Dyke and The Baths at Virgin Gorda.

Calichi Private Charters
Start at $2,595 for up to 6 Guests w/ $150pp for guests 7-10

All charters include:

  • Continental Breakfast of croissants and fruit.
  • Complimentary Snorkel Gear
  • Towels and Sunscreen
  • Captain and First Mate Fees
  • Fuel
  • Open Bar (after the first snorkel!)
  • Just bring your swim suit, sunglasses and a great attitude!

To inquire or book a day aboard Calichi please contact them at:

Calichi St John Yacht Charters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call 340-228-3534

or visit: Calichi Charters web site

 

Rum Shop Ryan at Maho Beach, St John US Virgin Islands

Caribbean Travel Blogger: Rum Shop Ryan

SJVR: Welcome Ryan. For our readers that haven’t heard of you – can you tell us a bit about who you are and how you’ve risen to the top of the Caribbean Travel Blogosphere?

RSR: First of all, let me thank you for the opportunity to talk about a passion I think we all share, the Caribbean, especially after the hurricanes of Sept/2017. A little bit about me, hmmmm – I was born and raised in a small town just south of Kansas City, KS. Go Jayhawks! Ever since I was a small little pirate, I knew I wanted to live by the ocean. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. In 2001, after graduating from Pitt State, I loaded up a Uhaul and drove to to southwest Florida. No job, no friends, just knew I wanted to live on the coast of somewhere beautiful.

Living in Florida and traveling to the Keys was great, but I didn’t shake hands with the Caribbean until 2007. One of my friends decided to get married and St John Island was the destination. We were all big Kenny Chesney fans and his album Be As You Are, was a soundtrack to our lives. When I first stepped off the plane in St. Thomas I was blown away. The smells, the mountains, the water – it was like being smacked in the face with beauty. Then being able to stay on St. John, I was hooked. I told myself before I left, I needed to figure out a way to visit St. John and all the Caribbean islands as much as possible. That is where the idea of RumShopRyan.com was born.

I knew how to build websites a little, and I loved to write. So the natural progression was to build a blog and work really hard to build a community of other salty pirates that had a passion for Caribbean travel and culture like I did. The site grew a following rather quickly and here I am. The site launched in 2009 and It’s been one fantastic ride.

Rum Shop Ryan at Trunk Bay St John US Virgin Islands

SJVR: Obviously it’s not all about the rum. But you definitely love your rum drinks! Would you mind sharing a few favorites …?

RSR: True, it’s definitely not all about the rum, but rum is fun and it’s goes hand in hand with the Caribbean. What are a few of my favorites? That’s a tough one. I tend to connect drinks to special memories, thus making the drinks special. So every time I sip one of those drinks, it’s like taking a trip down memory lane.

Love the Goombay Smash from the Bahamas. Castaway Crystal and I just got back from a trip to the Bahamas and this delicious island drink was being ordered quite a bit.

Always have to say the Painkiller. During that 2007 wedding trip to St. John, we did a catamaran day sail around the North Shore. We snorkeled, we laughed and we we drank Painkillers all day. It was just one of those days you’ll always remember.

The Killerbee is also a favorite. This drink can be found at the famous Sunshine’s Beach Bar on the island of Nevis. I took a sailing trip with Island Windjammers several years ago and we dropped anchor just of of Pinney’s Beach, where Sunshine’s is located. I had only 3, and could tell that I needed to get back to the boat so I didn’t fall asleep on a palm tree and get left behind. Tasted great though!

SJVR: You list over 40 Caribbean island destinations on your web site. That’s a lot of travel. Care to share a few of your favorite islands …?

RSR: I probably get asked this question the most. It’s hard to say. It’s kind of like asking, which child do you love the most. Each island is different and has a unique personality. Some are large, some are small, some have mountains, some are flat, some are great for shopping and parties, some are great for fishing and escaping the world.

I will say that St. John will always have a special place in my heart. It’s where this journey began and there’s just something magnetic about the people, the hills, the beaches…it has a hold on me.

Love the blue waters of the Bahamas too, I’ve never seen water so blue and clear. It’s almost as if the water is plugged into an outlet, it just glows like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Especially in the Exumas.

SJVR: Our readers may not know … you were recently married. Crystal, the newest Castaway, seems like a great addition to the Castaway Family. Traveling with a partner … do you see things in a different light …?

RSR: She is the best! I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life, or better partner with RumShop.

Do I see things differently now that I travel with my wife? It’s a good question and one her and I just talked about in the Bahamas.

Before Castaway Crystal, I would mostly travel alone, going on press trips and experiencing the islands. It was great, don’t get me wrong, but there was no one there to share it with. I’d be sitting on a stunning beach or on the bow of a boat just amazed I was there…true pinch me type moments, but something or I should say, someone was missing. That someone was her.

Castaway Crystal is a great photographer and writer, so it’s a match made in salty heaven. Plus, I think people like to read more about a traveling couple instead of a soggy single guy, little more relatable I think.

SJVR: Nothing reminds us of a destination like food and drink. You publish a Castaway Cocktails Recipe eBook. Where can our readers order it?

Coconut Castaway Rum Punch recipe

RSR: Yes, it’s called Castaway Cocktails. Great name right?! There are 52 island drink recipes in it, one for every week of the year. Each drink has a beautiful photo and a fun little story to go with it. If you like to drink paradise out of a glass, then the Castaway Cocktails recipe ebook is for you!

People can get one here – http://www.rumshopryan.com/product/digital-download/castaway-cocktails-recipe-book/

SJVR: Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself, the other islands of the Caribbean, and your experiences here on St John island, USVI.

 


Rum Shop Ryan is a successful Caribbean Travel blogger and rum expert! He brings his island adventures to over 30,000 monthly website visitors, 150,000+ Facebook Fans, 20,000 Twitter Followers and over 18,000 Instagram Followers. You can join him by visiting www.rumshopryan.com

Captain Awesome Food Truck Hansen Bay, St John East End

Hansen Bay Food Truck

HOLD EVERYTHING!
Capt Awesome just announced he’s got to move!

Stay tuned – we’ll tell you where he and his amazing Texas Tacos land …

The time has come, the wait is over. The official announcement is here, Hansen Bay Beach is proud to announce the Grand opening of Captain Awesome, yummy eats on the beach, Food Truck. Opening day is May 5th, also known as Cinco De Mayo. We are aiming for an 11:00 am opening on Saturday the fifth. Texas-style tacos and more! At the present time it will be cash only, we are working hard to make it Credit Card friendly as soon as possible. As requested by the Health inspector and as required by the V.I. code, our pups must be leashed and maintained away from the Food truck for a distance of 25 feet. We are in the process of roping off the area to avoid any confusion. Also, smoking is only allowed in posted areas, no smoking whatsoever in the area of the Food Truck or on the beach, as per V.I. code. We have worked ever so hard to make this dream come true, we are counting on all of you for your support and compliance.


Captain Awesome Food Truck, Hansen Bay, St John owner


Captain Awesome’s Hansen Bay Food Truck Menu

STARTERSCaptain Awesome Hansen Bay Food Truck tacos

House Salsa
Rick House Guac
Dune’s Shrimp Ceviche
Salsa + Guac Combo

TACOS

Awesome “T” Steak
24 hr marinated steak, grilled to Texas standards topped w/fine diced onion + cilantro

Sunshine Chicken
Stewed Chicken blended with the Mexican Trinity ( tomatoes, jalapeños, onions). Topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and house-made avocado-lime crema.

Southern Crunch Chicken
Hand-battered Southern chicken tenders fried to golden perfection, topped w/shredded lettuce, pickled red onion and house-made chipotle crema.

Captain’s Catch
Captain’s Signature beer battered Mahi-Mahi, fried until golden, topped w/tangy cole slaw + house-made chipotle crema.

Vacation Veggie
Creative Vegetarian option using Morning Star Farm grillers, topped w/shredded lettuce, black beans, diced tomatoes + avocado crema.


Menu items and specials may change. But here’s a sampling to give you an idea of the tasty foods available from the Hansen Bay Food Truck.


GETTING TO HANSEN BAY

Located past Coral Bay on St John’s East End is a wonderful crescent-shaped white sand beach. Repeat visitors may already know the location as the former Vie’s Campground. Visitors will take Rte 20 ( North Shore Road ) or Centerline Road to Coral Bay. At the bottom of the hill you’ll come to a 3 way intersection. Proceed straight. Follow this road for several miles as it winds, climbs and dives along the rugged East End. At the bottom of a steep hill you’ll enter the VI National Park with Haulover South on your right and Haulover North ( EDITOR’s PICK for best snorkeling on St John ) on your left. Continue another .5 mi and you’ll see the entrance and parking to Hansen Bay Beach on your right.

Concordia Eco Resort post hurricane Irma

Concordia Eco Resort

September 2017 saw two Category 5 hurricanes, Irma and hurricane Maria, slam the island of St John. 200+ mph winds and rain left widespread destruction across much of St John. The Westin St John and Caneel Bay Resort, at the time of writing, are both closed through 2018 … with Caneel’s future the subject of much on and off island debate!

Lost among the news headlines is the loss of Concordia Eco Resort. This much loved collection of soft and hard sided tents and hard-walled suites was the vacation home of many of the former Maho Bay Campground visitors. After the lease at Maho ended, owner Stanley Selengut, focused his attention on a major renovation of most of the infrastructure at Concordia.

For those that don’t know about Concordia Eco Resort, it’s a 20 acre resort, bordering the Virgin Islands National Park above Salt Pond Bay and Drunk Bay. With expansive views of both bays and Ram Head, Concordia was the perfect location and destination for eco-minded travelers and clamping fans! More sophisticated than the former Maho Bay Campground and amenities that included the Concordia Cafe with live music!

Where to Stay

With the loss of Maho Bay Campgrounds and Concordia Eco Resort – what alternatives are there for comparable places to stay on St John?

The unique qualities, character and guest experience of Maho Bay Campgrounds and Concordia have no equal on St John. But there are alternatives … and we’ve brought together a great selection of affordable, eco-friendly island cottages and camping options.

What Compares to Concordia Eco Resort?

Looking for a place to stay on St John that’s family-friendly, where you can connect with nature, feel good about your impact on the island and spend between $195 – $285+/nt ( Concordia’s rates for 2017 )? Here are some possibilities …

LILLE PARADIS VILLALille Paradis Villa St John US Virgin Islands
Click to view Lille Paradis Villa
1 MASTER BDRM, 1 BEDROOM (LOFT), 2 BATH, POOL, A/C, WASHER/DRYER, OCEANVIEW, KIDDEL BAY ACCESS!

Lille Paradis offers a private pool and spa and private walking path to secluded and gorgeous Kiddel Bay, a rocky beach that is one of St. John’s best-kept secrets.  The house is surrounded by the green of the National Park and its unadulterated beauty. The covered decks at Lille Paradis are the perfect retreat from the sun, a priceless peaceful location.

Rates start at just $310/nt


TROPICAL TREE HOUSETropical Tree House Cottage, St john vacation rental
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1 BEDROOM (LOFT), 1 BATH, SCREENED PORCH, A/C, WASHER/DRYER, MOUNTAIN / WATER VIEW!Tropical Tree House porch view, Coral Bay, St John US Virgin Islands
NEW SOLAR POWER & TESLA POWERWALL BATTERIES!!

Rates start at just $135/nt


COCONUT HILL COTTAGECoconut Hill Cottage, St John vacation rental

Click to view Coconut Hill Cottage
SLEEPS 6, 2 BEDROOMS W AC, SLEEPING LOFT, 3 BATHS, SCREENED PORCH, POOL, W/D
BRAND NEW SOLAR SYSTEM INSTALLED WITH TESLA POWERWALL BATTERIES

Rates start at just $250/nt


REBECCA’S FANCY COTTAGERebeccas Fancy Cottage St John vacation rental
Click to view Rebecca’s Fancy Cottage
1 BDRM, 1 BATH, POOL, A/C, WIFI, OCEANVIEW, HANSEN BAY ACCESS

Located on St John’s East End . Hansen Bay, this spotless air-conditioned, one bedroom, one bath cottage has full kitchen with dishwasher, decks and patio with chaise lounges and gas grill. Rebecca’s Fancy was designed and equipped with full amenities for your comfort and convenience. Nature provides all the sights, sounds and smells. Just steps from Hansen Bay Beach, Hansen Bay Food Truck and some great snorkeling!

Rates start at just $285/nt


WINDWARDSIDE GUEST COTTAGEWindwardside Guest House Coral Bay St John

Click to view Windwardside Guest Cottage
Windwardside Guest Cottage, a charming little cottage that enjoys gorgeous views of the east end of St. John, the neighboring British Virgin Islands and Coral Bay. This home can be rented in conjunction with the main house at Windwardside or alone as your own little piece of paradise. The lush tropical plantings, built in privacy screening and the orientation of the buildings seclude them from one another. The guest cottage is very appealingly furnished, has a private hot tub, an airy enclosed shower garden and a comfortable front porch overlooking the sea.

Rates start at just $190/nt


TORTUGA COTTAGE CORAL BAYTortuga Cottage, Coral Bay St John vacation rental

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1 bedroom, 1 bath, Ocean Views, Spa
Tortuga Cottage, the newest edition to Calabash Cottages. Tortuga is a cheerful and welcoming cottage with a gorgeous view of Coral Bay Harbor. This cottage has wonderful breezes, beautiful sunrises and moonrises, covered and uncovered decks plus a “hammock garden”. There is a private hot tub overlooking the Caribbean sea.

Rates start at just $220/nt


SAGO COTTAGE CORAL BAYSago Cottage Coral Bay St John vacation rental

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1 bedroom, 1 bath, spa, outdoor shower, ocean views
Sago Cottage, a charming home nestled into the hillside above Coral Bay on St. John, Virgin Islands. Sago Cottage is a traditional west Indian structure – open and airy with brightly painted shutters and covered decks overlooking a gorgeous view. From its intimate and tasteful furnishings to its private hot tub under the stars, it is the perfect spot for a romantic holiday for two.

Rates start at just $250/nt


CORAL CARIBECora Caribe Cottage St John vacation rental

Click to view Coral Caribe, Fish Bay
1 bedroom, 1.5 bath, ocean views, children welcome, A/C, washer/dryer
Coral Caribe Villa is nestled on a hill overlooking beautiful Fish Bay on the southern shore of St John. This beautiful 1 bedroom upper villa has everything to make your vacation complete in a nice quiet area of St. John.

Bedroom has a king size bed. Queen size sofa bed for additional guests.

Rates start at just $150/nt


 

STONE POST ESTATE B&B / SMALL INNStone Post Estate B&B St John small inn

Click to view Stone Post Estate

Be a welcome guest at Stone Post Estate. Enjoy lovely views in every direction from sunrise to sunset. Stroll ever-changing, extensive tropical gardens designed to be especially attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Relax midst charming, comfortable furnishings indoors and out. And remember, Cruz Bay shopping and restaurants are only an easy 5 minute drive away. Beyond the tiny town an island of fabulous beaches and hiking trails invites your exploration. Every Stone Post Estate guest finds a unique and happy way to use it all for a delightful experience and memories to cherish.

Rates start at just $200/nt


The Crow’s Nest + Aft Cabin + Forward CabinCrows Nest Coral Bay vacation rental
Click to viewThe Crow’s Nest + Aft Cabin + Forward Cabin
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, A/C, Walk to Coral Bay!

The Crow’s Nest is a fully air-conditioned efficiency studio apartment that can be rented alone, or together with 2 other studio apartments in the same building (Aft Cabin and Forward Cabin).

The Crow’s Nest is a chic, comfortable, tastefully-appointed, affordable studio. Newly remodeled, The Crow’s Nest is air-conditioned and features beautiful teak furniture with tropical ambience. Watch your favorite movies in the evening or read a book under the breeze of the overhead fan.  Or, walk to one of the many local eateries in Coral Bay

Rates start at just $140/nt


WIND RIDGE VILLAWind Ridge Villa vacation rental views over Coral Bay, St John, USVI

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1 Bdrm, 1 Bath, Oceanviews, Spa, outdoor Shower

Welcome to Wind Ridge, a sweet 1-bedroom, 1-bath villa with an outdoor garden shower. Wind Ridge sits majestically on the ridge overlooking Coral Bay harbor, Hurricane Hole, East end of St John and south to the tiny island of Leduc. The water views at Wind Ridge Villa are amazing any time of the DAY OR NIGHT.

Rates start at just $285/nt


 

Banana Cabana VillaBanana Cabana Villa St John USVI vacation rental
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2 Bedroom, 2 BATH,  WASHER/DRYER, OCEANVIEW

Banana Cabana is a delightful island home of Caribbean style design, with two separate pods, nestled on a hill overlooking the emerald green and aqua blue waters of Coral Bay and Hurricane Hole. Within easy driving distance to St. John’s most beautiful beaches and hiking trails, Banana Cabana is a private, peaceful vacation hideaway and a perfect love nest.

Rates start at just $210/nt


SAIL VIEW VILLASail View Villa St John USVI vacation rental
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3 Bedroom, 3.5 BATH,  A/C, KIDS, WASHER/DRYER

Formerly a popular bed & breakfast, we now invite you to enjoy the main floor as well. Large outdoor kitchen and dining area so everyone can keep the grill master company. An easy place to relax with friends and family, enjoy the sun, a casual meal or refreshing drink.

A gourmet kitchen with Vulcan stove and breakfast bar.

Rates start at just $225/nt


VILLA CELESTEVilla Celeste, Coral Bay St John villa rental
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1 BEDROOM, 1 BATH,  A/C, OCEAN VIEWS, WASHER/DRYER

Open your gate to breathtaking views of Sir Francis Drake Channel, the Caribbean and the luscious valley of Coral Bay. Perfect for honeymooners or couples looking for an amazing island experience. This NEW cottage is built for your privacy, comfort and will leave you with sweet memories for a lifetime.

Rates start at just $250/nt


Rate information was accurate at the time of publication. Prices subject to change without notice. Prices may reflect promotional pricing or seasonal discounts. Please see listing rates for current pricing and availability.

Bikinis on teh Beach Bar & Grill at Honeymoon Beach St John USVI

Irmaria Drink Bikinis on teh Beach Bar & Grill at Honeymoon beach St John USVILooking for a St John Beach Bar?

As many visitors to the US Virgin Islands know … if you want to go to a true beach bar you have to go to the BVIs. Places like Soggy Dollar, Foxy’s and Pirates Bight serve tropical drinks on beautiful white sand beaches. Try to find that on St John and the only spot that’s even remotely like these … is The Beach Bar on Cruz Bay. A great bar … but not located on a beautiful white sand beach with aqua blue water inviting you to cool off.

Well, that’s no longer true!

Virgin Island Ecotours recently opened up Bikinis on the Beach Bar & Grill. Located on one of St John’s famous North Shore beaches and inside the Virgin Islands National Park – just west of Caneel Bay Resort! Visitors can enjoy beach pub foods and island style drinks just steps from the inviting aqua waters of Honeymoon Beach!

All Day Water Sports Pass

Looking to enjoy a day of water sports? VI Ecotours has an incredible deal. Enjoy all day access to SUP, kayak, float, snorkel gear, chair and locker for just $49/pp! You can save 10% by reserving your Pass online. Honeymoon Beach All Day Pass reservations

 

Getting to Honeymoon Beach

With Caneel Bay Resort closed until further notice – there are really only 3 ways to get to Honeymoon Beach / Bikinis on the Beach Bar & Grill. Want to make it an adventure? Or, want to get there and start relaxing? Either way … here are your choices …

  1. VI Ecotours has a Zodiak water taxi that runs from Cruz Bay to Honeymoon Beach and back … You can book it online here.
  2. Local charters from St Thomas and St John routinely stop at Honeymoon Beach, St John. Ask your captain if it’s on your itinerary.
  3. Hike the Lind Point Trail. Approx 1.1 mi. each way. Moderate elevation change. Trail starts at the VI National Park’s Cruz Bay Visitors Center. See map below …

 


Boat from Cruz Bay to Honeymoon Beach

Call
Local: 340.779.2155
Text Us: 1.340.690.2540

St John USVI current conditions post hurricane recovery

MARCH 5, 2018 UPDATE

It’s been over 6 months since hurricane Irma and hurricane Maria swept across the Caribbean and crossed St John, St Thomas and St Croix, US Virgin Islands. For several months, your evening news brought you some incredible footage of the destructive power of a CAT5 storm. And many islands including Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the BVIs suffered some unbelievable damage. So, what can you expect when deciding to plan your next visit to St John?

The Good …

Over 99.99% of the island has power restored. Visitors will see lots of new power lines, poles and wires. A big thanks to the local WAPA lineman and a heartfelt thank you to the BBC Electric crews from Joplin, Missouri. Without their hard work the Island would not have recovered so quickly!

The Virgin Islands National Park beaches have reopened. Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest Beach, Maho Beach, Waterlemon Cay … are open and welcoming beach goers with fewer coconut palms; but wider and flatter white sand beaches! Please note that Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Hawksnest Beach and Maho Bay all have damage to the Park infrastructure. At the time of this article, the Park had not announced a schedule for the infrastructure to be repaired. But, basic services are in place. And Trunk’s snorkeling gear and chair rentals  have resumed.

Many Cruz Bay + Coral Businesses have reopened. The basics … gas, groceries, Jeep rentals, bars and restaurants have, for the most part, reopened; and are eager for guests/patrons. The shops at Mongoose Junction are bustling with visitors going in and out of shops. The St John Brewers Tap Room is open, albeit much smaller, while they continue to work on their expanded bar. A fan favorite, Morgan’s Mango just reopened after months of repairs!

Hiking trails inside the VI National Park are cleared and passable. And the “clipped” vegetation affords some new vistas!

Moorings at the Park bays are repaired and accepting boats.

The Sad …

Visitors first glimpse of Cruz Bay will be the mostly closed shops, bars and restaurants of Wharfside Village. The infrastructure/buildings at Trunk, Cinnamon and Maho are, for the most part, in pretty poor shape.

Coral Bay is still in very rough shape. Mountains of debris are being sorted and trucked out. The dumpster area by Love City Market is still getting wood, metal, appliances dropped off. There’s still plenty of repair work that needs to happen. But, you’ll also find busy hands … businesses reopening, things being fixed and lots and lots of fresh, bright paint ; )

ST JOHN UPDATED PHOTOS

St John after hurricane Irma

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/


DONATE DIRECTLY TO ST JOHN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION


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.


DONATE DIRECTLY TO ST JOHN RESCUE

Air BnB VRBO guest service fees

“Airlines do it. Car rental agencies do it. Online vacation rental giants do it.”

What are they all doing?

They all have “hidden fees” tacked on to your transaction that drive up your bill!

What “Hidden Fees” do the online vacation rental sites add?

Before you click that BOOK NOW button on VRBO, HomeAway, Air BnB, you should know that all of the major online vacation rental sites charge what they call “guest service fees” or booking fees. They range from 5% to 16% of your booking total. Some generously cap your booking fee at $399.00. Others aren’t so generous and the fee can exceed $500 or $600!

Why do they charge a fee?Air Bnb booking fees guest service fees

Great question. Here’s what VRBO/HomeAway says …

“The service fee is paid by the traveler when booking through the HomeAway websites. This fee helps cover the costs of operating the websites for owners and travelers. Some of the costs to run HomeAway include: facilitating secure transactions, developing our products and services, and providing 24/7 customer service.”

Now I don’t know about you – but that sounds like a lot of revenue from each booking just to cover their web site! I mean, really …! Hundreds of dollars from each transaction just to facilitate that transaction?

Where are the fees hidden?VRBO guest service fees - HomeAway booking fees

Another great question! The mega rental sites will tell you they aren’t hidden. And to some degree they are right. They’ve hidden them in plain sight. With HomeAway/VRBO you’ll need to click the details text link. Air BnB has them as a line item in your quote.

How can I avoid booking fees?

If you’re traveling to St John, US Virgin Islands, you can connect directly with St John vacation rental owners and on-island managers to get the Lowest Prices and avoid the “guest service fees” charged by the mega rental sites! In fact, browse our listings and you’ll be doing just that … because we don’t charge owners a commission on bookings. And we don’t charge guests a service fee or booking fee! So start browsing knowing you’re dealing directly with St John vacation rentals by owners and on-island managers! BAM! You just save 5% to 16%!

St Thomas airport to Red Hook taxi service

Let’s face it the worst part of any vacation is the travel to and from your destination. From the lines at the airline boarding gate to stuffing your luggage overhead to the taxi ride to your hotel or accommodations. Well, we’ve got a solution to the waiting and multiple stops and shoulder-to-shoulder taxi service out of St Thomas Cyril E King airport to Red Hook ferry to St John.

St Thomas airport to Red Hook ferry taxi service USVI

You can now book private airport transportation to get to the dock as soon as possible from St Thomas Airport to Red Hook Ferry or St Thomas Airport to Charlotte Amalie Ferry; so you can make your continued trip from Red Hook Ferry to St John or Charlotte Amalie Ferry to St John with minimal wait time. This service is ideal for individuals, couples, families, or groups. The number and type of vehicles are assigned based on the size of your party and availability, and all of our drivers and vehicles are fully licensed and insured. Best of all, unlike St Thomas airport taxi services that charge for bags and carry-on items, there are NO BAGGAGE OR LUGGAGE FEES with our service.


Use our easy online form to check availability and book your airport transportation now!

Book online to reserve your Private Airport Transportation from STT to Red Hook ferry


Services offered: One Way Arrival, One Way Departure, Roundtrip

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Serving St Thomas Airport, Cyril E King International Airport
  • Private Airport Transportation
  • Quick Stop at Market or Convenience Store Upon Request
  • Non-stop Service
  • One-Way or Round-Trip
  • Service for Red Hook Ferry Dock or Charlotte Amalie Ferry Dock
  • No Baggage or Luggage Fees
  • No Waiting for Regular Shared Airport taxis to fill up
  • Perfect for Individuals, Families, Couples, and Large Groups
  • Type & Number of Vehicles Assigned Based on Party Size and Availability

INCLUSIONS

  • One-way or round-trip service to or from St Thomas Airport
  • Vehicle for private transportation
  • Quick Stop at market or convenience store upon request

EXCLUSIONS

Gratuities not included

CANCELLATION POLICY

Service must be canceled within 24 hours of your scheduled pick-up. If your flight is canceled, please contact your driver to reschedule or cancel service and receive a refund. If you booked a roundtrip, you may only cancel 24 hours prior to the first leg of the trip. As a roundtrip is considered one service, you may not cancel any individual part of a roundtrip. All contact details provided upon confirmation of your booking.