Hello, and happy Tuesday! I have some great tidbits to share with you all today. Our friends over at High Tide recently expanded, which means there is more room for you to enjoy the spectacular views!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with High Tide, it is located right beside the main ferry dock in Cruz Bay. They open daily at 8 a.m. and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a great happy hour too.
So as I mentioned, they recently expanded and their new seating area looks great. Check it out for yourselves:
Looks pretty great, right??!
So in addition to this great new seating area, High Tide has lot of bar seating and even a few Adirondack chairs on the beach, so you can enjoy the beautiful Cruz Bay views with your toes in the sand.
Not a terrible place to eat, drink & be merry. 🙂
If you want to see exactly where High Tide is located and where all of our restaurants on St. John are located, please check out our restaurant map at www.IslandTidbits.com/restaurantmap
Here on St. John, we are super lucky to have so many amazing restaurants to choose from. We have delicious local places; fun, cool, casual spots; great fine dining restaurants; and everything in between. Food plays a big part in everyone’s vacation planning, so I created this little map to help you when planning your next St. John vacation.
Our restaurant map includes more than 70 bars and restaurants here on St. John. You can view it one of two ways:
Click the box with the arrow in the top left corner of the map. That will open a drop down menu with all of the listed restaurants. Simply click on the name of the establishment you are interested in, and its location will be highlighted on our restaurant map.
Simply zoom in, and click on the markers around the map to see where a specific restaurant is located.
Hello everyone, and happy Friday! So many of you, like me, have probably seen the not-so-good airline/airfare news that came out this week. I awoke yesterday to not one, but two, text messages about American Airlines and its decision to cease morning flights out of St. Thomas this winter season. (Morning flights were originally scheduled to resume November 4th. That is no longer happening.) Afternoon flights out of STT will continue as normal on American, thankfully. Then there was the good ‘ole inflation news. Apparently airline prices are at near record highs currently. Well guess what? If you really look ahead at the calendars, there are still many deals to be had. And that’s exactly what we’re going to chat about today. 🙂
When flying back and further between the States and STT (which is the airport you need to fly into when visiting St. John), my best piece of advice is to buy one-way tickets. This allows you to jump airlines, if necessary, and that really helps to save some cash.
Tri-State Area – New York, Connecticut & Northern New Jersey
Now let’s start with our friends in the Tri-State area. You all are super lucky, because I routinely see some of the best prices out of JFK. And this winter is no exception. Here’s what I found:
One way out of JFK on Delta is only $220 (main cabin seat) on November 26th, December 31st, January 1st and December 4th. Prices drop dramatically in January. You can fly for only $155 one way on Delta on most Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from January through March. Using miles, it gets even better! There are numerous dates through the end of March where it will only cost you 10,500 miles for a main cabin ticket. Again, these are one-way fares, but they’re pretty darn good! Don’t care about picking your seat? A Basic ticket costs just $110 one way or 6,500 miles for these same dates in January, February and March. Amazing!
I know we have a ton of visitors from Minnesota, and I have great news for all of you! Sun Country will resume its direct flights on Saturdays beginning December 17th. These direct, one-way fares are only $220 every Saturday from December 17th through April 1st. Sunday flights will be offered in March 2023, as well, for the low cost of only $220 one way.
If you live in or around the Orlando area, you are super lucky! JetBlue is offering daily flights from MCO to STT (with a layover in San Juan) for only $101 from November 25th through March 25th – every single day! Want to skip the layover? No problem! Spirit is offering flights starting at $138 one-way in November and December. That price increases to $188 one-way in January 2023.
We all know that New England loves St. John… and thank you for that! As you all probably know, JetBlue offers direct flights from Boston to STT on Saturdays only. Prices drop to $174 one way October 29th. That price increases to $189 one way on December 17th. Daily flights will be offered December 23rd through January 2nd, and again, for just $189 one way. That $189 is available for these Saturday, direct flights for the foreseeable future.
We’ve been getting a lot of visitors from the West Coast post-Covid, especially from the northwest corner. So thank you to all of you who don’t mind traveling super far to visit us! Now these prices are pretty unbelievable… Beginning on January 9th, you can travel from SEA to STT on Delta for just $179! Prefer to use miles? Well it will only cost you 11,500. That’s crazy! In a good way! These flights include a quick layover at JFK airport in New York.
Now I can’t forget our friends over in Texas. I don’t have amazing news for you, but it’s also not terrible! I found a few dates in January, February and March for just $298 out of Houston. These prices are on Delta with a layover in Atlanta. Live on the Dallas area? I have bad news for you. American Airlines has clearly lost its mind. They want over $3,000 for a direct flight on December 17th. What??!! The price dips down to $1,774 for its direct Saturday flights after that. Ridiculous. Dear American Airlines, I hope you enjoy flying those empty planes. Love, America. Spirit, on the other hand, has some decent prices, but most have pretty long layovers in Ft. Lauderdale.
So as you can see, there are a good amount of deals to be had, folks. If you are looking for anything specific, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also post the question on our Facebook page here or on Instagram here. I feel like I missed my calling as a travel agent. 🙂
And when you are planning your St. John vacation, please consider taking an island tour with me. Explore STJ has an “Excellent” rating on TripAdvisor. I offer both full and half day island tours. Please email me at email@example.com with any questions.
Hello everyone, and happy Thursday! Today’s story will be short, sweet and to the point. 🙂
I just wanted to let you know that I just updated the Island Tidbits Calendar to include several Halloween Happenings. This is a running list, and other events will be added, including the return of Halloween at the Parrot Club! You can check out the calendar at www.IslandTidbits.com/calendar or by clicking the Info tab at the top of this screen. On a mobile device? Click the three lines at the top of your screen to open the menu.
When you open that Info tab, you will also see that we placed information on how to get to St. John and details on the cruise ships under this tab too. This is going to be a handy spot for those of you planning a St. John vacation. Additional information will be added here in the upcoming weeks, so please check back often.
Finally, you will see tabs for the Island Tidbits Webcams page and also our Videos page up in the menu bar. Keep these pages handy if you need to feel like you’re on the island when you’re unable to be.
Let’s be honest, we all love The Beach Bar. There’s something about strolling off of the ferry, walking down Cruz Bay beach, splashing your feet in the gentle waves and then parking yourself in a comfy barstool over at The “world famous” Beach Bar. Unfortunately we all can’t be there every day, but did you know that there is a way to feel like you’re at The Beach Bar while in the comfort of your own home or office, or both! It’s true!
So a couple of weeks ago, we posted The Beach Bar’s webcams over on our webcam page. Well today, I wanted to let you know that The Beach Bar also has its very own radio station… how fun is that??!!
The Beach Bar owners Reed and Sherry Compton launched the radio station earlier this year, because they wanted their friends and customers to be able to listen to the same exact music as those who are lucky enough to be lounging in a Beach Bar barstool. Not only can you log in to hear some great tunes, but you can also hear snippets from people on island including yours truly and our friends over at Palm Tree Charters.
So, if you want to feel like you’re at The Beach Bar when you’re unable to physically be there in person, all you have to do is pull up The Beach Bar’s webcam and turn on Beach Bar Radio, and it’s almost like you’re there! Almost… 🙂