Internet speed on St. John

April 24th, 2014

Not long ago, the top question visitors would ask was “does the villa have Internet.”

Today, one of the top questions is “how fast is the WiFi.” Understandably so.

The answer is “it’s okay. it’s St. John.”

Villa guests want -really demand, – high-speed Internet connections, but expecting stateside speeds is unreasonable.

Above, the best you’ll get on St. John. That’s plenty for email and Web browsing, and, if you’re patient, some light video loading. And that’s also tons better than it was just a couple of years ago.

Below, a great stateside connection.

The difference is clear, and you should know this if you’re Type-A. Like all things, St. John’s slower. Leave your intense work behind, and go with it.

Test yourself, here.







Jeep Cam: Privateer Point

April 23rd, 2014

Go to Sloop Jones, and then keep going. You don’t get further away from everything than here.

Lots for sale. But not cheap. If you can afford it, you won’t have very many neighbors.







How much does your St. John trip cost?

April 22nd, 2014

A St. John vacation is worth every penny, but it is not a cheap vacation.

We see families – mom and dad and three or four teenagers – in the Starfish parking lot loading two carts full of provisions into their rental SUV to take back to their villa and think “How can they afford this?”

The answer is probably that mom and dad have very good jobs and the kids are very fortunate.

Add up your air fare, your lodging costs, your grocery and restaurant spending, costs for your excursions and your rental vehicle, what you’ll spend hitting the stores and whatever else there is, and figure out how much one week on St. John costs you per person.

And then start saving for your next trip.








The Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel

April 21st, 2014

We needed a place to stay for one night. The Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel had an opening and we took it.

The hotel didn’t know who we were and this is not an advertisement.

It was a great place.

We had a micro-tiny room, but it was clean, air conditioned frosty and secure.

We also had free breakfast at its common deck overlooking the street: pastries, yogurt, instant oatmeal and pretty good coffee.

It was about $200 a night.  We’d stay there again for sure. Just so you know, the rooms are Euro-size small, but it’s a great in town location.







Villa Video: Peace and Plenty

April 20th, 2014

Peace and Plenty is a beautiful 4-bedroom villa in Catherineberg. That means awesome North Shore views.

You can buy it for $3.9 million here.

Or rent it for $5,250 to $9,625 a week here.

Or you can spend a couple of minutes at Peace and Plenty below, absolutely free.







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