Fritz the frog

A funny thing happened to St. John lover Derek Abbott one evening at Villa Capiz. A prolonged encounter with a very curious little frog. Derek named the frog Fritz, and happened to have his camera handy. Several great shots, including one, well, head shot. You can read Derek’s funny Fritz the Frog story here.

Fritz, his frog friends and the other little critters are the evening soundtrack on St. John. Forgot what it sounds like? Read Derek’s story, then click below for a slideshow of a couple of Derek’s great photos, and a couple of others kindly contributed to On-StJohn by master photographer Steve Simonsen. Look, and listen here!

Villa video: Perelandra

A note about villa videos. If there’s a video, it means we know the house. Full disclosure: These are paid adverisements, but the comments below are our own.

Welcome our newest advertiser! Perelandra is a very cool, very nicely appointed two bedroom villa overlooking Cruz Bay and Pillsbury Sound. Here’s where it is: Straight up Jacob’s ladder, take a left at the top of the hill, go past Serendip and look for the rock sign at the end of the driveway. Great views, great sunsets, nice pool, well cared for, pretty darn private, and it has the biggest fan palm we’ve ever seen! If you’re honeymooners, or one or two couples, and you want to be close to town, Perelandra would be an excellent choice. Watch the video here!

Cool, cool, cool Website

We got to this link thanks to a posting from “bobcside ” on the usvi-on-line forum. Travelistic is a COOL site loaded with travel videos, and its new, weekly show is called The Map. It is hosted by Liza DeGuia, who is hot. No, she is hawt. She came to The Map from Plum TV (a start-up that does local TV programming aimed at rich people in places like The Hamptons and Aspen.) And

Beach Break: Little Cinnamon

Introducing a new, occasional On-StJohn feature: Beach Break. There is absolutely no worthwhile editorial content to this feature. Just a video showcase of some of our favorite beaches. A minute or so of beach video. Sometimes stagnant shots. Sometimes we’ll get fancy and mix it up a bit. But otherwise just mindless Website entries. Our first Beach Break is Little Cinnamon Beach on a shady late afternoon. Even in high season, this is one of those beaches you may be lucky enough to have entirely to yourself.

Ruth Ernst; St. John’s Spice Girl

Hot sauces, coffees and teas, spices, and of course Cruz Bay Grill Rub fill the shelves at St. John Spice. (And so do T-shirts, hats, coasters, CDs, cookbooks, pirate flags and even lip balm.) But part of the draw to this Cruz Bay institution is also the proprietors. In On-StJohn’s first video interview, we talk with Ruth Ernst about the business, where those spices come from, why she likes being an ambassador to St. John’s constant flow of dedicated visitors, and who the heck Blind Betty is. But no, she didn’t tell us what’s in that grill rub. (I still think it’s weed.) Watch the interview here!

Ocean Runner gets you off the island (and to another)

Say hello to our newest advertiser. Ocean Runner rents power boats out of Cruz Bay. They’re just down the beach from the Beach Bar, and if you’re willing to spend a little money, this is a great way to spend a day. Particularly if you’re looking for a way to get to places like Jost van Dyke or one of the other British Virgin Islands, or if you’re a diver. This isn’t a cheap day. By the time you tip the Captain (if you hire one, and you don’t have to if you have power boating skills) and pay for the fuel, you could spend $600. That said, go with a group, and share the expense. Watch Ocean Runner’s new On St. John ad!