November 13, 2017
National Park Update
After Hurricane Irma, Reef Bay offers hikers more view, less shade – for now. Experience new views of the water all the way down Reef Bay trail on St. John. Visitors can follow the clear path from Centerline Road down to Reef Bay and enjoy the history of the sugarmill and petroglyphs, as well as the stunning beauty of the bay. Perfect for cooling off, snorkeling, or exploring more on-foot, Reef Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park is a great half or full day excursion to take when you visit St. John. Until the forest brings back some shade, be sure to bring lots of water to stay hydrated (and a camera to catch the newly revealed views. Grab your stuff, Reef Bay trail is officially back on the hiking map!
Thanks to hardworking volunteers, the Lind Point trail to Soloman and Honeymoon beaches is now clear! Caneel’s Snack Shack and VI Ecotours are cleaning up for a reopening this December, although Caneel resort is expected to be closed until April 2018. The main entrance to Caneel is off limits, so get to Honeymoon beach from the water, or by hiking Lind Point trail. Begin at the National Park Visitor’s Center in Cruz Bay, or connect to the trail head atop the first hill on North Shore.
Electric Power Status
The VI Water & Power Authority (WAPA http://www.viwapa.vi) continues restoration work on St. John and hundreds of new lineman are expected to arrive this week. According to published updates, the areas of Estate Cruz Bay, Estate Enighed, Estate Grunwald (including the Westin Resort), and Estate Pastory have been energized. Crews continue to work on restoration in the Gifft Hill, Bellevue and Pastory areas. Primary circuits need to be rebuilt and crews are working from both the Coral Bay and Cruz Bay directions. WAPA remains committed to its goal of restoring 90% of all areas across the Virgin Islands by Christmas 2017.
Hotels in Recovery
Both Caneel and Westin resorts on St. John were heavily damaged by hurricane #Irma, although reconstruction efforts are already underway. Caneel still offers hotel rooms, while the Westin remodeled recently where all suites are time-shared. Both resorts have indicated at least a year before they will be prepared to re-open in parts.
Vacation Villas Available
Vacation villas remain the most popular option among those who visit St. John. Offering the luxury of a hotel, the comfort of a home, and the privacy every vacation deserves, villas to rent of all shapes are available. Want the best deal on your next vacation villa? Don’t waste your time weeding through all the different travel websites, go direct to a recommended villa management company on St. John:
Carefree Getaways: http://www.carefreegetaways.com
Caribbean Villas: https://www.caribbeanvilla.com
Catered To St. John: https://www.cateredto.com
Viva Vacations: http://www.vivacations.com
Serendip Vacation Condos: http://www.serendipstjohn.com
Windspree Vacation Homes: http://www.windspree.com *Serving Coral Bay”