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Island Update: The Latest & Greatest from St. John

Saltwell Bottom on St. John’s East End

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I apologize for not posting a ton last week. I was having a bit of a staycation, and you know what? It was lovely! So I figured now that I am nice and refreshed that I would give you a little island update.

Let’s start with the island itself. It is definitely getting busier, but it is not too busy where it isn’t fun. We seem to have just the right amount of people on island in my opinion. It’s pretty easy to find parking at the beaches in the morning and a spot at most restaurants at night. In fact, I was sitting at the Windmill Bar the other day around 2 p.m., and the couple next to me was able to make a dinner reservation for 6:15 p.m. that night at a pretty fancy restaurant here on island. (Just to compare: You would have had to make a reservation two weeks out at this same restaurant last year.) Parking is relatively easy to come by in town, as well. You will likely have to pay, but at least there are spots to find.

(Want to know where all of our parking is located in Cruz Bay? Click here to check out Island Tidbits’ Logistics map. It shows everything from parking to restrooms to grocery stores and more.)

I mentioned to you earlier this month how there are a ton of great airfare deals happening right now. They are more so for dates within the next couple of months, rather than summer dates, for example, but there are deals to be had. And because this is a much slower season (so far) compared to the last two years, lots of villas are on discount too. Most are for last-minute trips like Mystical Mermaid, for example. It’s one of my favorite villas on St. John and they are offering 25 percent off for all new bookings on stays through January 29th. It’s a beautiful, private two bedroom villa with a pool and a hot tub. Click this link to check it out.

I’m sure you’re thinking, but what about a last minute car rental… I have seen some availability for that as well, but admittedly, that could be a tad trickier. You do have a pretty amazing alternative though – Book an island tour with me! (Shameless plug, I know! haha) But seriously, please consider taking an Explore STJ island tour. I promise it will be the best day of your vacation. Click here to learn more.

A recent Explore STJ review

Oh my goodness, can we talk about the rainbows? I honestly have lost count of how many rainbows I have seen one the past week. It’s been amazing! We’ve been getting quick little bursts of rain here and there, and then it’s been rainbows galore! Check out a couple of pics I took:

Gorgeous, right?!

And I know I mentioned this last week, but it’s worth mentioning again. The humpback whales have made their annual debut! Whales have been spotted a handful of times in the waters around the islands this month, and more are likely to arrive in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to keep your eyes open when you’re near the water. And if you’re able to capture any pics or video, please share them with me. I absolutely love when the whales are here!

Ok, so let’s recap what we’ve covered in this post – quiet island, discounted airfare & villas, rainbows and whales. It doesn’t get much better than that now does it folks?!

I think I will end this post here. As always, if there is anything you would like to know about, please email me your thoughts and/or suggestions at I would love to hear them.

Thank you so much, and have a wonderful day everyone.

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