I’m always trying new things to increase rentals. So I recently read where some owners are putting out newsletters that focus on the unique aspects of their rentals. I put out the following – what do you think about it?
Regardless of where you stay – whether with me or elsewhere and if you’ve never been to St. John, dreaming about a trip or making your tenth visit. The Number 1 activity associated with the beaches and no, not drinking Pain Killers (although that comes a close 2nd) is SNORKELING!
So here’s a little information that might aid you in your snorkeling adventures.
WHERE TO RENT EQUIPMENT? – (Alphabetical Order)
Cruz Bay Water Sports – Located at the Westin – so if your staying there probably a logical choice for equipment. Contract them at 340-776-6234 firstname.lastname@example.org
Low Key Water Sports – Just turn right at the ferry dock and you’ll run into them. They have rentals, snorkel, sailing and dive trips. Contact them at 340-693-8999 email@example.com
Lumber Yard – Can’t remember the name of the place, but there’s an addition location, just as you turn into the Lumber Yard (don’t worry, you’ll find it) on the right. Good equipment and nice people.
Paragon Dive Center – Don’t know much about them but unless you are staying at Caneel Bay Resort or other North Shore villas they are probably too far out for those staying in Cruz Bay Area. I suspect most of the snorkeling is done on-site and not one of the better locations. Contact them at 340-776-6111 ex 7290.
Cost for a week rental depending where you rent should be from $50.00 to $65.00/ week. All of the above also have various PADI Certification Classes and offer daily dive trips both in USVI and BVI’s
WHERE TO GO? – There are numerous choices depending on experience, endurance, ability.
Trunk Bay – This North Shore Beach is the Number 1 snorkel and beach destination on St. John. Which means it gets very crowded starting around 10:30 am when cruise passengers arrive from St. Thomas to spend a few hours on this famous beach. So get there early or after 2:30 pm to have a little privacy. Take the underwater trail out to the island. (I’ve always wondered how they got the fish to stay in the same place each day)? Good place for children snorkeling, has all amenities and lifeguard. But honestly, not much in terms of fish.
Maho Bay – A little further down past Trunk is Maho. Park in the new lot or if your lucky by the edge of the road. This is my favorite “beer drinking” beach. Wide, usually no people and likely to see some turtles out about fifty yards or so.
Leinster Bay – Located on the East End near Coral Bay. This is gonna be a hike! Almost a mile from the end of the paved road is the bay and also Waterlemon Key. But well worth it. You’ll likely have company with several wild donkeys that call this area home. Go to the right and swim along the rocks here you will likely see turtles and rays.
Francis Bay – My personal favorite. At end of paved road head down the bumpy dirt road for about a quarter of a mile. Try and get there early during season cause there’s only about eight parking places but if full just park by the side of the road. Usually calm with some overnight boats in harbor. I usually go to the right at end of beach by rocks – lots of turtles, rays, and many types of fish.
Make sure wherever you stay the villa has coolers and chairs for the beach. Take plenty of bottled water and of course, other favorite drinks. See you on St. John and HAVE FUN!
Mike Mullen – Owner of Sopra Mare VRBO 251854, Bordo Mare VRBO 465589