Sea Glass Virgin Islands real estate statistics consist of MLS and non-MLS data for Sea Glass Companies.
#1. We finished #1. in sales in the USVI: $80,792,495
#2. We finished #1. in number of transactions in the USVI: 350
#3. We sold $38.6m more in real estate than the nearest STT/STJ competitor.
#4. We had 129 more transactions than the nearest USVI competitor.
#5. We added Holiday Homes of St. John, established in 1960, to our family.
#6. We sold 9 more properties over $1m than the nearest USVI competitor.
#7. We generated over 40,000 visits to our websites per month.
#8. We have over 50 homes listed above $1m.
I am blessed to be able to say I live in the US Virgin Islands all year around. As I sit in my office I can see tourists getting on a sailboat for a day trip snorkeling in the beautiful blue Caribbean waters that are less than 5 minutes from me at any time. I can see a cruise ship that hosts thousands of people – each one looking for a little bit of the beautiful sunny days I get to enjoy all of the time. I can see the gorgeous mega yachts with their spiffy crews always making sure the boats are clean for their owners. I have been on a few and they are just as wonderful inside as they are outside. I moved to the USVI over a decade ago to live in the sun and fun and I still love waking up every day looking at the blue sky and even more blue Sea. I have beautiful views even from my office window. Contact me if this is what is on your mind.
Spring Break is a great time to visit St. John. When the cold winter months are really beginning to wear on you, planning a warm, tropical getaway is a great way to hit the refresh button! St. John has gorgeous beaches – you could visit a different beach every day during a week long vacation and still not go to every one! With over 75% of our island being National Park, the beaches are pristine, protected and clean with crystal clear water! In addition to beaches, St. John has a great beachside bar and dining scene in Wharfside Village that will make for the perfect Spring Break vacation! Some of our favorites include:
– Joe’s Rum Hut: a great happy hour right on the beach, offering you the quintessential ocean front bar. Happy hour is from 4-6pm with $3 “you call it” (meaning anything on the menu or that you order is $3). Our favorite: don’t miss the Lime in Da Coconut frozen drink or a Dark ‘n’ Stormy!
– The Beach Bar: another low key spot right on the beach in Cruz Bay. Stop here for the sunset and pull up a chair on the beach, play some cornhole and enjoy what island life is about! Our favorite: the “Tuna Down Now” is a great snack or app and we love to order a Light Cruzan Rum and Ting (local grapefruit soda)! You can also view the live webcam here to help you get through those cold days until you are in paradise!
– Waterfront Bistro: Waterfront Bistro offers a beautiful beachside location, combining fine-dining with a laid back atmosphere. The wine list is extensive, menu is light and fresh with local fish and a number of gluten-free items! Our favorite: we love the local green papaya salad and the octopus tartine. The Swann is a great specialty cocktail!
Kick back and enjoy some time on the beach in Cruz Bay at some of these great bars and restaurants during your Spring Break!
If you are looking for some things to do on your spring break (or in general while on a vacation) you have come to the right place! Below is a list of top 5 things to do on St Thomas! As always feel free to post comments or questions!
1.) Start your trip off right with a visit to the world famous Magens Bay Beach located on the North side of the island. Click here to hear what others have to say about this beach!
2.) Do some duty-free shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie! Our favorite thing to shop for is the beautiful jewelry!
3.) Hit the links at Mahogany Run Golf Course
4.) Play with Sea Lions and view colorful sea life at Coral World located at Coki Point
5.) Take the tramway up to Paradise Point and take in some truly spectacular views
by Chris Lampe
Why Choose Sea Glass? At Sea Glass Vacations, the number one priority is to make your vacation enjoyable, fun and a wonderful experience. That comes with impeccable planning and attention to detail on our part. As you may know, we have been busy shooting a number of videos for our villas (you can view a few here, such as Marea, Rivendell or Capri). Recently, a few of our staff got together to talk about what goes into making your vacation a memorable experience! Take a look here:
With a knowledgeable staff that has either grown up in the Virgin Islands or lived here for years, Sea Glass offers a local knowledge and approach to your vacation. We also pay attention to all the details, ensuring that nothing is overlooked during your stay! OR if you are a villa owner and want to effectively market your home, our team has the knowledge and expertise to put together great campaigns, stunning videos and other collateral to showcase your home in an eye-catching, professional way!
Reasons to Come to the Virgin Islands – Community!
This month we are sharing some of our top reasons to come to the Virgin Islands. The perfect white sand beaches, warm tropical breezes, beautiful views and crystal clear ocean waters are obviously at the top of the list! That said, there is so much more to these islands than being a tropical paradise. One of our favorite parts of living here is the sense of community that the Virgin Islands offers. Long-time residents, “snow birds,” new residents and even tourists see these islands as home and a place where one can make a difference, give back and get involved. The Virgin Islands are so small and we depend on community involvement for a slew of events, charities and organizations to function and operate. At Sea Glass, we understand the importance of giving back and being a part of the community and help in many ways with our Sea Glass Cares organization.
As a visitor or new resident of the Virgin Islands, there are so many opportunities to get involved and be a part of the community that allows our islands to thrive! Whether it is volunteering with the Friends of the National Park, helping to walk dogs at the St. John Animal Care Center or St. Thomas Humane Society, pitching in for a beach cleanup or donating your time to help St. John Cancer Fund, there are countless ways to get involved!
Sea Glass recently donated a 3-night stay at Sirenusa for a 3 bedroom villa to St. John Animal Care Center for their online auction. Have a look now and bid on this incredible villa, along with restaurant gift certificates, boat trips and more! If you are on island Saturday January 24, attend the winter gala fundraiser, The Buccaneer Ball at Eden’s Whim from 6-9pm.
As you can see, the Virgin Islands community really comes together to give back, get involved and make these islands a special place to live and visit. What more reason do you need to come to the VI?
With so much to do in the Virgin Islands (we will cover this throughout the blog)it is hard to get bored, and as a vacationer–I’d say it’s impossible. However, despite all of the excitement and beauty (no, we never get tired of the beauty), when you live here full-time –sometimes a change of scenery is, yes a luxury, but also much needed. Some people blame this on a conundrum they like to call “rock fever”. I’ve been here a little over a year and have yet to experience this query–knock on wood– but I’m still considered green. My reason is that with so many islands and cays nearby it’s so easy, so why not? We are all about adventure over here. Anyways, I digress, and as noted above, don’t worry–we have plenty of time to get to the meat and bones of everything you can do on your vacation in the Virgin Islands and what the islands have to offer.
Last week I decided to hop a plane with a co-worker and take a quick (20 minute flight!) trip to Old San Juan, Puerto Rico for a day and a half. Although we were there for such a short amount of time, we were able to pack in a lot of fun activities and had barely any down-time. Before I was approached with this trip, I was fully prepared to have a weekend strictly dedicated to R&R, errands, and work. Turned out, I was pleasantly surprised with this action packed, go-go-go weekend.
A couple San Juan “musts” if you are in the area.
1.) Castillo Del Moro
Located in San Juan, overlooking the entrance to San Juan Bay, you will find the Castillo Del Morro. The six level fort was built in 1539 and named after Spain’s King Philip II. Walking around this marvel and learning all about it’s history is a must!
2.) Nuyorican Cafe-Old San Juan
After a nice dinner on Fortaleza Street, the Nuyorican Cafe is a great stop. It’s near all the action, has a great vibe, and live music almost every night. We were able to watch some traditional salsa dancing which was impressive to say the least.
3.) Zip-lining in Orocovis at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park
This was exhilarating for someone who is somewhat scared of heights. Let’s just say that my main piece of advice is that on the 8th zip, pay special attention to the instructors and take them very seriously when they ask you to “scrunch up into a ball shape”. Otherwise, you will get stuck hundreds of feet out…. like me. Terrifying. Otherwise, you may need to take advantage of the restaurant/bar post the adrenaline rush of your life, and try one of their coconut mojitos to chill you out.
4.) Plaza Las Americas
Abercrombie & Fitch, Abercrombie Kids, Adidas, Aerie, Aéropostale, Aldo Collection, Amado, Amado Salon & Body, American Eagle Outfitters, Ancestros, Ann Taylor, Antiques, Applebee’s, Arte Arte Arte, Madera y Cristal, Arte Religioso, Arts & Crafts, Atención Atención, A|X, Armani Exchange, Baby Gap, Bakers, Banana Republic, Banco Popular, Bared, Bath & Body Works, BCBG Maxazria, BCBGeneration, Bebe, Bellapierre Cosmetics, Bora Bora, Bose, Bostonian, Brooks Brothers, Brookstone, Brush Collection, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Burger King, Burritos, Caché, Candy Planet, Candy Planet, Caribbean Cinemas, Carla’s, Sweets, Carolina Herrera, Champs Sports, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Charlotte Russe, Chico’s, Chili’s, China Imperial, Chiquitín, Church’s Chicken, Claire’s, Clarks, ClaroClaroClaro, Coach, Cohen’s Fashion Optical, Colaito, Collector House, Disney Store, Eclectic El Botin del Coleccionista El Mesón, Everything But Water, Exentrix Jewels, Express, Express Men, First Bank, Foot Locker, Forever 21, Forever Crystals, Game Stop, Game Stop, Gap, Gap Body, Gap Kids, GNC, Godiva Chocolatier, Gordon’s Gravity, Guess, Gymboree, Hot Topic, Hugo Boss, Pollock, JCPenney, Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Karen Millen, Kelly’s Cajun & Grill, KFC, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, La Favorita, La Fonda, La Gran Via La Parrilla Argentina, La Patisserie de France, La Placita en PLAZA, Lacoste, Las Corbatas, Le Petit Bistro Cafe, Lenscrafters, Lido Lids, Link Collection, Lucky Brand Jeans, Lugano Lunanativa, M.A.C, M.Q.Mundillo de Moca, Macy’s, Magritte Chocolatier, Mango, Manicurissima, Marciano Marki, Massimo Dutti, McDonald’s, Michael Kors, Microsoft, Mobi Gear, Modérnica (Apple), Mother Earth Spot, Motherhood Maternity, Mr. Pretzels Names & Plates, Naturalizer, Nine West, Novus Novus, Oakley, Obey Your Body, Obey Your Body II, Old Navy, Ondademar, Open Mobile, Oriental Palace, Origami Sushi Coming Soon!, Orogold coming soon!, Pac Sun, Pandora, Pasaportes y Servicios, Paseo Cultural Ricardo Alegría, Pashminas Pashminas, Payless Shoe source, Pearle Vision, Pequeña Ola, Perfumania, Pizza Hut, Playero Ponte Fresco, Pozzazz Preciosa, Pretty Girl, Puma, Qué Pasta, Radio Shack, Reinhold Reinhold, David Yurman, Relojes y Relojes, Rodeo, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Santander, Sbarro, Scotiabank, Sears, Sears Automotriz, Sears Home Improvement, Security Shop, Sephora, Seven by lu, Shampoo Shop & Beauty Factory, Simply Nuts, Sony Spec’s, Sports Authority, Spy Gallery, Starbucks, Subway, Sunglass Hut, Sunglass Station, Sunny Planet, Sweet Talk, Sweet World, T-Mobile, Taco Bell, Taco Maker, The Cheesecake Factory®, The Children’s Place, The Hot Potato, The Pen Shoppe Company, The Shampoo Store, Ticket Center, Tierra del Fuego/Fueguito, Tobacco Shop, Torrid Totto Tous, Treats Triple, Valija, Victoria’s Secret, Vitamin World, Walgreens, West Elm, Wet Seal, Wet Seal Plus, White House/Black Market, YES YOU CAN Diet, by Alejandro Chabán, ZaraZen Spa.
There are almost too many to name and this list sounds borderline ridiculous, but even if you aren’t a big shopper, it’s a must-see. We ran out of time to stop in, but did get to run into the Premier Outlets in Barceloneta. Much smaller scale–but a nice variety!
What is the Carnival?
- The month of June and the week of July 4th, is an exciting time to be on St John. Experience the West Indian culture with its food fairs, music, races, parades and fireworks. You will get a feel for the culture and the island truly comes to life beaming with colors, sound and of course, delicious food!
History of the Carnival
- VI NOW explains the history behind the carnival “Carnival celebrations as we know them today in the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, are the result of various festival traditions being introduced, interpreted, invented, reintroduced, reinterpreted and reinvented – starting a few hundred years ago.
- In the mid-1600s and 1700s Europeans from countries such as Spain, Portugal, France, England and Denmark colonized the islands of the Caribbean. They brought with them the celebrations and festivals that were familiar and naturally tried to replicate the familiar in the New World. European celebrations included religious holidays and came in a variety of forms such as dress balls, parties, house to house visits and street processions. European nations sought the islands for developing plantations and the primary source of labor was enslaved Africans from West and Central Africa. They too brought with them the celebrations and festival traditions that were familiar and tried, often with difficulty, to replicate them. Their festivals were organized around certain deities or spirits, to mark a transition in life or in the community and in recognition of changes in seasons whether related to climate or to agricultural production. They incorporated a variety of forms, quite often including singing or chanting, drumming, masking and a form of street theater with performer and audience participation.”
When is the Carnival?
- The carnival starts in June and has its grand finale the week of July 4th.
- We hope to see everyone there for this fun celebration! –Sarah
Whether you are on vacation, have just moved to the island, or are a long-time resident, you may not be aware of ALL of the beaches that are on the island. Here is a short list of some of our favorite beaches on St. Thomas, and what each one has to offer:
Magen’s Bay: Known as one of the WORLD’S most beautiful beaches, Magen’s Bay is our claim to fame on St. Thomas. However, this beach sure does live up to it’s reputation of beauty. Located on the North Side of the island, Magen’s offers pristine blue waters, plenty of picnic tables and space for your group, and a restaurant/bar where you can find your typical beach-day foods and drinks. Magen’s is a must see and it is particularly attractive if you are looking to cookout on the beach.
Sapphire Beach: Sapphire beach, located on the East End of the island is one of my personal favorites. This expansive beach with stunning views is a good place to go if you have both a large group of people, or you prefer a little more privacy. If you walk North past the Crystal Cove development you will come to, almost always, your own private beach. Another area to explore at Sapphire is “the point” that is located closer to the marina. Feel free to bring a beach chair, sit back, enjoy a book, and watch the waves crash against the rocks!
Secret Harbor: This beach has arguably some of the best snorkeling on island. Surrounded by plenty of coral you will see a plethora of fish and marine life. Also on the beach is the Sunset Grill where you can enjoy the gorgeous view of the harbor and indulge in some sumptuous food (my favorite is the Ahi Tuna nachos)!
Lindquist: Lindquist beach is another private, and secluded beach located on the East End of St. Thomas. Entry to this beach is only a few bucks, and it is definitely worth your while! Come to this undeveloped beach if you want to get away from it all.
Coki: Coki is another great spot for water activities such as snorkeling and scuba. This beach has a very local vibe to it, and there is always reggae music playing for your listening pleasure. Plenty of food trucks and restaurants are on this beach, and the servers will come take your food and drink orders so you do not have to move an inch. After the beach, stop by Coral World to swim with dolphins and learn about sea life. Admission is $19/adult and $10/child.
Listed below is a comprehensive list of our beaches on St. Thomas!
Northside: Dorothea Bay, Hull Bay, Little Magens, Mandahl Bay, Magen’s Bay
Southside: Bolongo Bay, Limetree Beach, Morningstar, Lindberg Bay
East End: Water Bay, Sugar Bay, Vessup Bay, Bluebeards Beach, Turtle Cove, Cowpet Bay, Coki Beach, Sapphire Beach, Lindquist Beach, Secret Harbor
West End: Brewer’s Bay, Botany Bay
Happy beach days,