Once in awhile, a very great while, the barge captain will say “Get that last guy on,” and that means “that guy” gets to drive head on, no backing up, to squeeze into that itty-bitty space that’s left.
Unfortunately, for this “that guy” this time, he ultimately did not quite clear the ramp.
Next barge in 30 minutes. Or maybe an hour. Or maybe 15 minutes.
The elongated white seat, i.e the piano key look, on the black toilet is no more. Someone complained (someone with no sense of humor and no understanding of the rarity of elongated black seats in the Virgin Islands retail world). They said it looked tacky.
“The snorkeling is absolutely amazing…It’s a postcard like setting…”
Here is why you should always take TripAdvisor reviews with a grain of salt though.
Among the 18 “average” reviews of Maho Bay are comments like “Greasy and blah food,” “very little sun exposure,” “crowded and no sea turtles as promised,” “attractions are the planes coming in to land,” and “my kids were quickly bored here.”
You will see no planes, restaurants or bored people at this Maho Bay. Revisit, if it’s been awhile, below…
The Ricci family from Northern California filled Bongo’s guest book with renderings of the logos of their favorite restaurants.
Woody’s, Morgan’s Mango, Vie’s and the Tap Room.
(Note: The Tap Room is now the “Temp Room” in the Mongoose parking lot after January’s fire, and St. John Brewers will soon re-open The Tap Room on the opposite side of its former kitchen while its old space is rebuilt.)
Nailed the signs guys.
Everybody leaves St. John with memories and pictures. Here’s one of the Ricci’s. (You can click it.)
Mongoose Junction restaurant Virgin Fire is now selling its house-made hot sauce and if you’re not a big fan of really hot hot sauces, this one might be for you.
“I like to call it more of an aggressive condiment,” says owner and hot sauce recipe creator Michael Barry. “The first thing you taste is the passion fruit, then habanero heat balanced by the roasted vegetables.”
The recipe is passion fruit, habaneros, roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions, vinegars and spices.
The name “Virgin Fire” has a bit of a St. John history. First a hot sauce, then a boat, then a restaurant, and now a hot sauce again. (Read about it here.)
Virgin Fire hot sauce is sold at the restaurant, the Westin deli, St. John Spice and Pickles in Coral Bay.