Lunch of the Week: The airport

February 8th, 2013

If you’re not up to the hot protein and starch offerings (the local dishes range from tasty to strange), just grab a salad. They’re fresh and not bad. Like the breaded chicken Caesar salad for $7.

By the way, this is high season. The airport is busy, so plan accordingly.

When you land, they’ll probably tell you to be back 3 hours before your flight leaves. That’s excessive, but two hours is not a bad idea this time of year.

What was your most recent memorable airport meal? We’re certainly willing to stand in line for it.







The $9 cauliflower

February 7th, 2013

Add cauliflower to the mundane elevated to gourmet by St. John pricing.

A head of cauliflower at Starfish Market, for $9.39.

Smuggle a few in your suitcase next time you come down and sell your stateside cauliflower on the black market. You’ve got a healthy profit margin.







Where do Caribbean travelers come from?

February 6th, 2013

New York ranks No. 1 on the list of where Caribbean vacationers in North America come from, followed by Florida. But number three surprised us.

It’s Ontario.

That’s among findings in a survey of Caribbean travelers by TripAdvisors’ vacation rental site FlipKey.com.

The week before Christmas, President’s Day week and late-April are the three most popular weeks for travel in the Caribbean, and one week, followed by 8 to 10 days are the most popular Caribbean vacation lengths.

The data doesn’t drill down to St. John levels, but it does rank Puerto Rico and St. Thomas as the No. 1 and No. 4 Caribbean destinations.

Lots of fun facts abut Caribbean travelers from FlipKey.  Check out some of the graphs, here.

How long do you stay on St. John and where are you coming from?







The Catherineburg Ruins

February 5th, 2013

The Catherineburg Ruins site, or the Catherineburg-Jockumsdahl-Herman Farm, is among the best-perserved Danish era ruins on St. John.

Head out of Cruz Bay on Centerline Road for about 10 minutes. When you see a National Park sign on your left, turn down the bumpy road.







DCA to STT almost nonstop

February 4th, 2013

The new US Airways Flight 1000 from Washington Reagan National to St. Thomas is about as close to a nonstop flight from National as you can get.

You have to be an early riser. Flight 1000 leaves DCA at 5:45 a.m., and makes a 45 minute layover in Charlotte without Washington passengers getting off the plane.

Total flight time: about 5 hours and, even with the one hour time difference right now, that still gets you to St. John in time for a late lunch.

The only true nonstop Washington to St. Thomas flight is seasonal, but operating right now: United Flight 1443 that leaves Dulles at 8:30 a.m. and also gets you there in time for lunch.

Where do you fly from…and what’s your flight like?







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