Visiting Memorial Day weekend? Sign up to swim

March 27th, 2012

That’s Barb Crowder and Bryson Mays, winners of last year’s long course in the Beach-to-Beach Power Swim.

16-year-old Bryson, from St. Croix, set a course record last year at 1:10:32. That’s a long lunch hour of doing nothing but swimming! He also won in 2010.

Now it’s your turn.

The 9th annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim is set for May 27, the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and it’s open to anyone, not just islanders.

If you’re up to it, go for the long course: 3.5 miles from Maho Beach to Hawksest. If you’re not quite that fit, consider the 1 mile short course: Maho to Cinnamon. There’s an intermediate course and a relay as well. And, in the assisted category,







Hey Boat Captains: Here’s your Saturday trip

March 26th, 2012

Sidney’s Peace and Love on Jost van Dyke is celebrating its 40th anniversary Saturday with a Lobster Fest.

If you’re a guest going out on a boat charter, suggest a stop on your trip. If you’re a captain, suggest it to your guests. Some of the best lobster you’ll find.

Sidney himself passed away two years ago, but his family has carried on the tradition.

If you missed our interview with Sidney in 2009, it’s worth watching.







A stay at Grande Bay

March 25th, 2012

Since Grande Bay Resort advertises with us now, we thought we’d sneak a few pictures in from our latest check-in there.

We had ourselves a nice studio with a bed and a sofa bed.

A little kitchenette. The bigger units have full kitchens.

And the view from our covered balcony.

And the shared pool. Parking was included. So was mid-week housekeeping, free WiFi, and free coffee, tea and danish every morning.







OSJ Reader Update: YouTube Video

March 24th, 2012

We’re posting all future videos on our YouTube channel and embedding them here, so you can watch them on your iPads and iPhones. Let us know if this is helpful.

We’re also moving some of the 400+ videos we’ve posted here in the past to YouTube, so future generations can see how awesome we were.

If you watch here, we don’t get view credits for awhile, so feel free to watch directly on YouTube.







Lunch of the Week: Margarita Phil’s

March 23rd, 2012

Today’s lunch takes us to Margarita Phil’s, one of St. John’s longest-running restaurants.

Here we have the shrimp Chalupa, on house-made Chalupa bread, with cheese and guacamole, homemade beans and cilantro rice, for $19.99.

And the flank steak baked enchilada, topped with cheese and baked en casserole, also with beans and rice, for $17.99

Try a margarita too, but it the server says ‘small or large?’, do yourself a favor and say small, unless you’re really, really







St. John Brewers’ big TV commercial

March 22nd, 2012

Beer guys Kevin and Cheech have hit the big time, TV commercial-wise, and their ad may soon show up during your favorite shows.

St. John Brewers worked with long-time Virgin Islands video producer Eric Zucker in December to create a new TV commercial that they plan to land on networks like ESPN, CNN and Bravo, and they’ve already bought local airtime in the Virgin Islands, where the ad is airing during college basketball playoffs.

“Eric came up with the idea to team up with Angel’s Rest, the party boat out of Coral Bay, and create a fantasy story line about two friends on vacation who come up with a way to move to the islands,” says Kevin. “It was a great experience, and there’s a lot of local talent and familiar sites that went into it.”

Actors Melanie Spitzer, Chelsea Stathopoulos and Marvin Ward (the bartender) all came from St. Thomas. And the tortoise you’ll see sitting on the bar, named Torty,







Guest Jeep Cam: Big Red

March 21st, 2012

Here’s your chance to take a ride in one of those beautifully beat up island Jeeps you admire.

Take a ride in Big Red, a 1989 Jeep Wrangler owned by Coral Bay resident Larry, aka Captain Ron. The running commentary, courtesy Larry’s partner, and our favorite artist, Annie Caswell.

Note the Fred Flintsone floorboard views and the hot line phone to, um, the Kremlin? (Larry assures us Big Red continues to pass inspection.)

Guest Jeep Cam..Big Red…below!







What should this sign say?

March 20th, 2012

This sign along the road toward Gallows Point has been blank for a very long time.

It is time this sign said something.

What’s your suggestion? We have a big, red Sharpie ready to make it so.







St. Paddy’s sweet tooth

March 19th, 2012

Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is another one in the books, and the Flag Football Association knew a packed Cruz Bay was a good time for a fundraiser.

Cupcakes galore at their bake sale.

Check out the bake sale pictures here…And people pictures on parade day by photographer Yelena Rogers Rogers here.







Our Newest Advertiser: Copeland Boat Charters

March 18th, 2012

Our boat Captains all know each other and all refer to each other, and On-StJohn.com’s newest Captains are Kevin and Robin Copeland, California transplants who love full day charters too.

But Copeland Boat Charters also offers something a little different.

Kevin and Robin will run half day charters, for those of you who prefer to sleep in late, and even shorter, open boat snorkel tours.

If you go out with Kevin and Robin, be sure to ask why their boat is named Beer Cooler.

Meet Kevin and Robin of Copeland Boat Charters, and take a ride on Beer Cooler, below…







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