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Island Update: Stunningly Clear, Flat Seas & Super Busy Everywhere!

Cruz Bay, Dec. 26, 2023

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday! We did over here at the Manes-Hedy household! I thought I would take a quick moment to catch you up with a little island update.

Let’s start with the obvious – the crowds. Christmas and New Year’s are the busiest weeks of the year, and this year is no exception. It is unbelievably busy here on St. John, which is great seeing that St. John’s economy is based on tourism. Yesterday was the first day this season that I saw ridiculous parking at pretty much every beach I drove past. Here’s a quick rule of thumb: If your tires are on the road or if two vehicles cannot pass each other simultaneously due to your parking job, please move your vehicle. Chances are that a National Park ranger will write you a ticket anyway, which is a quick way to ruin a day at the beach. I hope that didn’t come across as preachy; I am simply trying to help your bank account (while helping myself better traverse the roads here lol).

Now let’s talk about the beauty of St. John. Tuesday was remarkably clear and unbelievably flat, especially on the south side of the island. It looked like I could waterski to St. Croix. It was that flat! Usually, we get the Christmas winds that blow through this time of year, but the winds are almost non-existent at the moment. It’s great boating weather!

Looking to get on the water? Check out our friends at Dulce Vita Sails, Flyaway Charters, Island Roots Boat Charters, Palm Tree Charters, or Sunshine Daydream Boat Charters. All are great!

We are officially in the midst of high season, so absolutely everything is open on the island. It’s such a great time to be here!

I took a quick peek at airfare over the next few months, and it’s actually not that terrible. It’s not too late to book a winter vacation to paradise!

It’s also not too late to book an island tour with me this winter! I still have some January dates available. February is quite full, but I have a few dates here and there. Please reserve your day earlier than later, so you do not miss out!

Want to know more about my top-rated island tours? Please visit I offer both full and half-day island tours.

That’s it for today, folks. I hope you have a fantastic holiday week!

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