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How About a Little St. John Update?

Cruz Bay harbor

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! It’s been a bit since I’ve posted an island update, so here we are!

Let’s start with the good news. Rates for the majority of our accommodations here on St. John recently dropped. How great is that?! Most vacation homes and condos drop their prices in mid-April, so it is now a little less expensive to stay on island.

Island Getaways, for example, lowered its rates between 20 and 30 percent for its “Summer Season” which continues through December 15th. Caribbean Villas also dropped its rates to “Off Season” prices, and that will continue through December 15th as well. Caribbean Villas also is also offering an additional 10 to 15 percent off its already-reduced off season rates for more than 20 properties. This additional discount applies to last-minute trips only. Villa Bonita is offering 20 percent off May 6th through 14th, and Mystical Mermaid is offering discounted rates through June 5th. Click here to get links to all of these businesses, plus others that are offering discounted rates. 

Now on to the not-so-amazing news. That darn sargassum has started to affect some of St. John’s more popular beaches. But there is no need to worry, this should not continue. Normally our winds blow east to west, so the sargassum passes either north or south of us, and it doesn’t typically hit the more popular spots like Trunk Bay, Maho, etc. Well we had a strange westerly wind over the weekend, which blew the sargassum into some places where we normally do not see it. It came into Trunk, Francis and Salt Pond yesterday, for example. I updated this on my new Sargassum Weekly Update page. Check it out at But again, this is not expected to continue, so it is nothing to stress over.

Image credit: Bonvi Hospitality Group

Now back to the positive news. 🙂 The island is starting to green up again! We have had some rain showers here and there over the past few weeks. It’s not enough to ruin any vacations or beach days, but just enough to green up the island. I am seeing buds and new leaves all over the place. I even saw the first flamboyant flowers of the year bloom over in Chocolate Hole. In a few more days or perhaps a week, the whole island should be green again.

The rain seems to have passed too, and the rest of the week looks beautiful and sunny! Want to see for yourself? You can always check out my webcam page at

And lastly, I have a few open spots this week for island tours. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a repeat guest, I promise I can show you something new. Together we can see beautiful sights and beaches, explore centuries-old plantations or maybe snorkel with a turtle or two. We can even stop at a tiki bar near the beach. Explore STJ is rated Excellent on TripAdvisor, and I am super proud of that. Please check out or email me at for more info.

Have a great day everyone!

Explore STJ would like to introduce & thank our newest advertiser Island Getaways. Island Getaways has been creating unforgettable vacations here on island since 1996. They have beachfront and water view villas that range in size from two to six bedrooms.

Please click here to learn more about Island Getaways and to get more details on their vacation rentals.

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  1. Margy Taylor

    Sargassum can be fun to spell out messages to state side friends!
    It’s called the bright side to every thing! 😂

  2. Skip Zimbalist

    Hi Jenn
    In your repirting you mention that rental companies “like Island Getaways” have reduced their rates. At the end you announce them as a new sponsor. I know this isn’t a newspaper, but it still would be helpful to have a little distance between news and advertising.

    • Pamela Stephens

      I REALLY appreciate the recommendations for accommodations from a trusted source on the island! It can be overwhelming when planning a vacation. Thanks so much!

    • Jenn Manes

      Hi Skip, I completely hear what you are saying. I worked with Kathy at Island Getaways for about 6-7 years when I owned News of St. John. (I sold it back in 2020.) Yes, she is a current advertiser of mine, but I would recommend her even if she wasn’t seeing that I have worked with her for so long. 🙂

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