Lime Out Is Open!

Exciting things are happening on St. John with the addition of Lime Out! The owners of Lime Inn in Cruz Bay just opened a floating bar on the East End. You will find them at Hansen Bay where they did their grand opening earlier this week.

Opening day!

The owners built this bar using the most eco-friendly and sustainable design they could. The boat is adorned with solar panels for all natural electricity, and there will be no reusable plastics aboard. They have branded insulated tumblers for you to enjoy a cold cocktail, which you can buy or borrow. Everyone is also welcome and encouraged to bring their own reusable cup to fill with a Lime Out cocktail, or two! Their food menu is centered on delicious tacos that they have been testing out at their restaurant, and they are simply amazing. You can choose from short rib or shrimp tacos, and everything in between. The portions are generous and everything is fresh and absolutely delicious.

Pulling up to the new Lime Out!

You will be encouraged to arrive by boat, paddleboard or kayak to Lime Out. Since the bar is a bit far off the shore, swimming is not recommended, but you are able to rent paddleboards or kayaks right off the beach. They will also be offering delivery service to any other vessel in Hansen Bay, or on the shore. You can swim right over to their swim-up bar from your boat, and lounge in the crystal blue waters while enjoying the perfect food and drink pairings to go along with the beauty of the East End of St. John.

Lounging, sipping, and enjoying the view!

Having another hangout spot within the U.S. territory is an amazing way to get the full experience of a boat trip if you prefer to stay local rather than entering British waters. Lime Out will be an awesome way to continue to support St. John, create amazing memories, and have a blast while doing it! They have awesome merchandise available for purchase, so you can show off being one of the lucky few to visit Lime Out during its opening days.

We’ll take one of everything!

Lime Inn is the longest family owned restaurant on St. John, and they are welcome and wonderful members of the community. Everyone is delighted to see them expand, and very excited to have an awesome new hangout spot, brought to St. John by incredible owners. Sunshine Daydream made our inaugural trip on opening day, and it was an incredible experience that we can’t wait to share with our guests.

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The Animal Care Center

Many visitors come to St. John and want to spend some of their time volunteering and giving back to the island. One awesome way you can do that is through St. John’s animal shelter, the Animal Care Center, or the ACC.

The ACC is located just off the traffic circle in Cruz Bay, towards Starfish Market. Their amazing staff has done so much for the furry friends on St. John, and there are so many opportunities to lend a helping hand. The ACC accepts volunteers for morning and afternoon walks. They assign you an adoptable dog to walk and you head off along the roads of Cruz Bay and enjoy the sights and sunshine with your new friend! You can also help clean kennels, cuddle the cats, and any other cleaning or organizing that the staff may need help with that day.

Sweet kittens.
Sweet kittens.

Donating is also a very important and necessary way to support St. John. The ACC uses the vet services at Canines, Cats & Critters, and they can always use help paying off their bill. You can bring down treats, blankets, food, flea & tick medication, and items like that with you on your trip, and hand deliver them to the grateful critters on the receiving end. Sunshine Daydream donates a boat charter to the ACC’s annual banquet each year, and if you own a business and are able to donate a product or service for the event, that is also an amazing way to help!

The Animal Care Center in Cruz Bay.
The Animal Care Center in Cruz Bay.

Another huge help to the ACC is escorting animals back to the states on your return flight. All you have to do is let them know which airport you’re flying into and which airline you’re on, and if they have an animals heading in your direction they will set you up with a carrier and directions on how to transfer the animal to their new home! It’s an awesome experience and an amazing opportunity to help an animal start his or her new life.

There is always something teeny, sweet & furry at the ACC.
There is always something teeny, sweet & furry at the ACC.

St. John is an incredible place that thrives with the help and support from our visitors. There are many ways to give back to the community during your vacation, and by spending some time at the Animal Care Center you can get a sense of the love and care that is provided for the animals, with support from you!

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The Perfect Coral Bay Day

Spending the day in Coral Bay is the perfect way to escape the bustle of Cruz Bay, and there is plenty to do and see when you head to the other side of St. John. When you think of Coral Bay, do you think of a relaxing day in the sun, or a day of exploration and adventure?

Whichever you decide, you are guaranteed to have an awesome day. If you want a more direct route straight through the island, Centerline Road will bring you all the way to Coral Bay. You’ll likely see some donkeys hanging out at the beautiful overlooks, and you’ll pass by some awesome hiking trails like the Reef Bay Trail. If you want to take the scenic route, North Shore Road takes you past the gorgeous beaches, and then drops you off back on Centerline to finish the journey until you hit the Coral Bay sign. 

The Coral Bay Sign

A Relaxing Day In The Sun

When you see the Coral Bay sign on your right, keep driving through the small part of town and head towards the East End. You’ll pass Haulover Bay, which is a great spot for a quick snorkel. Keep going down the road and you’ll arrive at Hansen Bay on your right. There is a large parking area that you are welcome to park in by making a small donation. There are benches, tables, beach chairs and floats that you can use to maximize your relaxation day. If you feel like going for a nice snorkel, there is a small reef over to the left of the beach, and a patch of sea grass just around the point. You will be able to see bright and beautiful coral, and watch the sea turtles munch on the grass while you float in the clear water. 

After you’ve soaked up the sun and you’re ready for a drink and a bite to eat, head back in the direction you came, and stop in at Skinny Legs. Browse through the shops on your way to the bar, and order a classic painkiller or a local beer. Their chalkboard menu features the best burgers on St. John, and be sure to order one of their daily specials. The open air seating, the friendly faces and the local vibes are the best way to end your relaxing day in Coral Bay.

Skinny Legs in Coral Bay

Adventure Time

Coral Bay also has amazing hikes and snorkel spots. When you reach the Coral Bay sign, turn right and head towards Salt Pond. Once you arrive, there is a short walk down to the beach. Once you get settled, you can take the first path on the left towards Drunk Bay. This hike will take you to a beach with endless coral and rock formations, and you can turn them into figures or words, and leave your mark on St. John.

If you keep going straight down the beach, you will reach the Ram Head trail. Ram Head is a somewhat strenuous hike, so be sure to bring plenty of water. The view at the point is unbeatable, and you will feel like you are on top of the world. Sit down and enjoy the view and a picnic, or head back down to the beach for your next adventure. Salt Pond is known for their beautiful sea turtles. The sea grass is plentiful so you can swim along with the turtles and see how they spend their afternoon.

Ram Head Trail

After you’ve worked up an appetite, head back towards town and stop at Aqua Bistro. Be sure to order one of their amazing bushwhackers, and an order of conch fritters to start. You might be lucky enough to catch some live music from one of our many talented local artists, and you can finish your day with some singing and dancing.

Conch Fritters at Aqua Bistro

St. John has so much to offer, so make sure you make a list of all of the places you must-see on your next trip!

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Best Cruz Bay Happy Hours

There is no denying that the best happy hours on St. John have come down to a science. We are all looking for different happy hour experiences, and luckily Cruz Bay provides everything from a quiet cocktail on the beach, to a rowdy party that spills into the streets. Which happy hour are you daydreaming of?

It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint: The Longest Cruz Bay Happy Hours

  • The Lime Inn
    • The oldest family-owned restaurant on St. John has an incredible happy hour, with the tagline “Happy Hour Should Start In The Morning” offering $4 craft cocktails from 11:30am-5:30pm. The “Danger” is their most popular cocktail, earning its name with delicious Thai chili infused tequila and fresh squeezed watermelon juice. If you’re planning on starting early and easing into your day, they also offer deals on Prosecco and Presidente! Lime Inn’s warm, bright, and eclectic vibe instantly makes you feel like you are a part of the island family.

The Lime Inn

  • High Tide
    • Just a few steps in the sand past the Cruz Bay ferry dock, High Tide offers an extended happy hour from 3pm-7pm with an unparalleled sunset view. Grab your $3 Stoli or Cruzan cocktail and find a seat in the sand, or sip on your $3 domestic beer at the wide and spacious bar- and order a round for the kitchen while you’re there. To get the full island experience, sip on one of Kenny Chesney’s Blue Chair Bay rum cocktails and find yourself in the paradise you’ve been dreaming of.

High Tide

Ready For A Bite: Happy Hour Food Specials

  • The Tap Room
    • St. John Brewer’s Tap Room just received a makeover and a menu revamp that is definitely worth adding to your happy hour must-sees. In this gorgeous “Caribbean meets brewery” space, they offer $5 off their entire stone oven pizza menu, and you can wash it down with $1 off handcrafted draft beers.

St. John Brewers Tap Room

  • Café Roma
    • Beat the afternoon heat and escape to air conditioning, $1 off all drinks, and free appetizers! While you browse the new and improved Café Roma menu, the chefs will prepare you a complimentary taste of their incredible and authentic Italian dishes. Roma’s classic Italian atmosphere may make you feel far away from St. John, so just peek out of the giant glass windows and look down on the bustling Cruz Bay streets and enjoy the best of both worlds.

Here For The Party: High Energy Happy Hours

  • Woody’s Seafood Salon
    • When the clock strikes 4pm and the Woody’s bell rings, the party has officially started. Enjoy $2 Coors Lites and $3 well drinks while the country music blasts through the speakers. Settle into a patio chair outside, recruit passersby’s to join the party, or bring your crew inside for a round of Jenga or a shotski, and give in to the good times. Happy hour may end at 6pm, but the party is guaranteed to go all night.

Woody’s Seafood Saloon

  • Tap & Still 
    • This St. Thomas originated burger joint was long awaited in the heart of Cruz Bay, along with their amazing happy hour deals! They have over 6 liquor options for $3 cocktails, including Bulleit Whiskey and Jose Cuervo, along with 10 choices of $3 beers. Not only do they run their daytime happy hour from 3pm-6pm, they also offer the same specials from 10pm-12am! The street facing railing is the perfect spot to watch the party unfold, and you won’t be able to pass by their late night happy hour without stopping in for a drink and dancing.

Tap & Still St. John

No matter where you end up in Cruz Bay for happy hour, you are guaranteed to have a good time. Get ready for your next trip by picking out which spots you have to try, or make it a challenge and check every place off the list.

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Peace Hill, St John

Peace Hill is a short 0.2 mile walk from the paved parking lot off the Northshore road in St John. The trail leads to an open, very scenic grassy overloook with views of the North Shore of St John, St Thomas, Whistling Cay, as well as Jost Van Dyke, Great Thatch and Tortola, BVI’s. There is an old windmill ruin at the top of the trail that dates back to the sugarcane era in St John.

There was, until 1995 a statue of the Christ of the Caribbean next to the windmill. It was commissioned by Colonel Wadsworth in 1953, and was said to have been built to oversee and bless the land and sea. The statue survived many hurricanes through the years, but finally succumbed to Hurricane Marylyn in 1995. You can still see some of the statues ruins, and the dedication plaque remains in place to this day.Views to the Northeast of Mary’s Point, Whistling Cay, Great Thatch and Tortola from Peace Hill.

Looking to the East at Jumbie Bay and Trunk Bay along the North Shore of St John.

Life on St John, USVI one year after Irma

As we quickly approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Irma, here are a few photos to show how beautiful St John is looking. I’m still amazed with the resiliency of these islands and their people. St John, USVI is ready for you to come back and visit! Most of the businesses that survived the storms have reopened, and tourism is coming back nicely. We look forward to seeing everyone in the next year!

The Willy T is back in the BVI’s

Lunch time at the Willy T. Boats “raft” right up to the side, making it very easy for guests to climb aboard for lunch and some drinks.Beautiful lunch views from the top deck of the Willy T!The new Willy T is back in the British Virgin Islands! She has a new home in Great Harbour, Peter Island. A larger version of the old boat, the new boat still offers great food and drinks with an even better platform to test your jumping skills! The Willy T offers a great lunch menu along with some of the tastiest cocktails in the BVI’s. They typically have a fresh catch of the day on the lunch menu, as well as their delicious honey stung fried chicken, and one of the best Roti’s around. While waiting for your lunch to be prepared, make sure to visit the top deck and test your cannonball skills making the 20 foot plunge to the beautiful Caribbean waters below. The new boat has a great ladder, making it very easy to get back up on the ship in time for lunch to be served! Make sure to plan a stop at the Willy T on your next day charter from St John or St Thomas, USVI!

Lunch options in the BVI’s by boat

You are sure to work up a good appetite exploring and snorkeling the crystal clear waters of the British Virgin Islands. The good news is there are lots of amazing places to stop for lunch on your charter from St John or St Thomas.

Pirate’s Bight on Norman Island is our absolute favorite. From the best burger in the BVI’s to authentic Roti and curry fish, Pirate’s Bight is sure to please. They also have a beautiful beach to relax on after lunch!

Hendo’s Hideout in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke is a delicious option for lunch. Fresh grilled lobster (subject to availability), seafood wraps, burgers, conch fritters and much more is sure to please everyone’s appetite. Hendo’s also has a beach volleyball court and corn hole (bags) on the beach to keep everyone entertained.

Stop by Foxy’s for a delicious lunch and the best gift shop in the BVI’s. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see Foxy himself singing a little ditty on the porch. The oldest beach bar in the BVI’s, Foxy’s has been serving food and drink since 1966!

These are a few of our favorites, and there are many more to choose from on a day charter to the BVI’s!

Taking a Boat Charter to the BVI’s

The British Virgin Islands are back in swing! So many of our old favorites are back open. From the Baths at Virgin Gorda to the beach bars on Jost Van Dyke, there is adventure and great food and drinks around every corner. Now is a great time to plan your next vacation to the US and British Virgin Islands!

Hiking on St John

The Virgin Islands National Park on St John offers a plethora of amazing hiking trails. From short view trails to long endurance hikes, there is something for everyone who enjoys working up a little sweat while on vacation. Stop by the Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center in Cruz Bay to pick up a map of the many hiking trails St John has to offer. Don’t forget to bring lots of water, hats, and plenty of sunscreen.

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