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St. John’s King of Drones

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Meet Jason Hubert, the guy who has been shooting much of the awesome drone videos of St. John you’ve been seeing.

If you’re a longtime OSJ reader, you actually met Jason about six years ago, when he moved to St. John from Baltimore for a long break before law school.

Since then, Jason returned to DC to get his law degree and is now back on St. John preparing to take the Virgin Islands Bar this summer.

He has also mastered the art of the drone, and is shooting charter boats, villas, weddings and anything else you can think of. Click here if you have a project for him.

Shooting drone video is not easy. “I waited until I had about 100 hours of flight time before I took it over the water,” Jason says, “and I still get nervous every time.”

Check out the amazing sample of Jason’s St. John drone videos, below…

All Aboard for the Virgin Islands (1937)

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Here’s a fun British tourism video from 1937 for the Virgin Islands, featuring St. Thomas.

Bluebird’s Castle is “the principle hotel, as modern as the other fellow’s motor car and run by the government.”

“In this Earthly paradise, one of the greatest joys is bathing. In winter as well as summer – and that’s the long and the short of it.”

Mermaid sighting at Trunk Bay

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

OSJ reader and frequent St. John visitor Maddie Mele, from Philadelphia, got a mermaid tail for Christmas and brought it with her on her recent St. John visit.

“She put it on all the way to the right at Trunk Bay and then swam to the underwater trail and freaked people out,” says Maddie’s Mom, Claire. “It was a lot of fun. Kids and adults were taking pictures.”

Take a swim with a mermaid at Trunk Bay for a minute or so, below…

Villa Video: Dove Cottage

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Dove Cottage is located in Dreeket’s Bay on the East End.

The villa is both for rent and for sale.

Whether you stay for a week or buy for a stay as long as you like, you’ll get absolutely awesome views and serious East End privacy.

Check out Dove Cottage, below…

St. John Vistas: Great Cruz Bay

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

If you’re staying at a villa in Great Cruz Bay, you’re in for great views. There is lots to look at.

See for yourself. Great Cruz Bay, below…

Maho makes TripAdvisor Top 10

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

TripAdvisor’s new Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Caribbean Beaches includes Maho Bay.

“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…

St. John Vistas: Dreeket’s Bay

Friday, February 6th, 2015

You’re not at the end of the line at Dreeket’s Bay, but you’re pretty close.

Paved roads, not many neighbors and awesome BVI views. See for yourself…

St. John Vistas: Hart Bay

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Hart Bay is a wonderful view for the Chocolate Hole North villas.

But it is even more mesmerizing when you’re actually down on Hart Bay. See for yourself…

January WAPA bills should be lower

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has reset rates for the first six months of 2015 to 39.1 cents per kilowatt hour, down from 48.6 cents.

The decrease is thanks to the worldwide drop in fuel costs, and WAPA’s forecast for savings from its switch to propane starting this year.

“We are pleased to pass along these initial cost savings to our customers, and look forward to further rate decreases as our propane conversion project becomes fully implemented,” said WAPA executive director Hugo Hodge, Jr. in a statement.

You can read WAPA’s announcement here.

And watch an animation of its propane conversion project with partner Vitol below…

Sunset Ridge promotional video

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Sunset Ridge owners have put together a great video (thanks to the filmmaker sons of one of the owners, one son who’s now among owners too), including some Steve Simonsen drone video.

Sunset Ridge owners are very proud of the property they share. Watch the video and you’ll see why…

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