Feb 022014
 

The L’Esperance Trail is located off Centerline Road.  From the Hummingbird Hill Villa you make a left out of the gate and right onto Centerline Road.  Travel on Centerline road for about 1.2 miles and the entrance to the trail is on your right.  There are a few parking spaces at the top of the trail.    On this day we would only hike about a mile in, but enough for some great sights, as there are ruins L' Esperance Trail head sign of an old house at the beginning of the trail.

L'Esperance trail head.Excerpted from St. John Off The Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer

The L’Esperance Road runs between Centerline Road and Reef Bay. The foundation of an old house can be seen at the beginning of the road.  This is not an official Park trail.

History of the EstateLEsperance Map
The sugar industry in St. John was at its peak at the very end of the nineteenth century. In 1797, seventy one people lived on the estate, 92% of the land was improved, 156 acres were planted in sugar cane, 25 acres in provisions and 25 acres were used as pasture land where 38 cows grazed. Only 19 acres of the L’Esperance plantation were undeveloped and classified as woodland.

In 1830, the plantation stopped its sugar production operation and became a cattle and provision growing farm. This was a hardship for the slaves living on L’Esperance as they were removed from the plantation and from their families living on nearby estates.

By 1836, only ten acres of L’Esperance were developed and the population had fallen to 13.

L’Esperance was purchased by the municipal council for the residence of the local doctor for the island of St. John. The law at that time required the plantation owners to pay two cents per person for the services of the doctor, who was called doctor two-penny.

Records from 1875 report L’Esperance to have been abandoned.

Several Structures are located just past the stone bridge.

L'Esperance Ruins L'Esperance Ruins 2 Grave of Louise Sommer 1861L'Esperance Ruins 4 Grave of Louise Sommer 1861 bridge

A short Video of the L’ Esperance Ruins: http://youtu.be/Tc5k6mc7D_Y

Other helpful L’Esperance Links:

www.stjohnbeachguide.com

www.seestjohn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 022013
 

Salt Pond Beach, St. John USVISalt Pond is a personal favorite beach. The calm water, great snorkeling, wonderful hiking and white sand make for the perfect day.

Salt Pond is on the southeast end of St. John.  Like most of theHummingBird hill to Salt Pond Island, the scenic ride from Hummingbird Hill offers great views along the way.

There is a small parking lot at the trail head to the 0.3 mile walk to the  beach.  Once at the beach you can break from sun-bathing and swimming in the clear calm waters of Salt Pond beach.  If you like, you can  take a short walk past the actual Salt Pond over to Drunk Bay.  The entrance to the salt pond is at the far end of the beach.  It is an easy walk past Salt Pond to Drunk Bay.

At Drunk Bay  you will encounter great plant life, marvelous views and unique coral sculptures (feel free to add you own).    The ocean hits the shore  a bit harder here and its easy to see why drunken sailors  wrecked off its shores.

Drunk Bay St. John USVI CoastDrunk BayBeautiful Plant life

 

 

 

Rocky coast at Drunk BaySlat Pond View from Drunk BayCoral on Drunk Bay

If you would like to add a more adventurous hike to your day you can walk the 1.2 miles to RAM’s Head where you can experience panoramic views of the Caribbean.  (See more trail info here hosted at see St.John)

Rams Head panoramic

At the end of the day – stop for conch fritters and a Bushwhacker at Shipwreck landing – on the way back to Hummingbird Hill.

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Aerial view of Salt Pond Beach, Salt Pond, Drunk Bay and Ram’s Head.

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Feb 022013
 

Much of the Artwork in the Hummingbird Hill Villa was created by homeowner and artist, Roy Imhoff.  St. John being his favorite vacation spot is often the subject of his work.  He has been sketching and painting the island for over 4 decades.  His work can be found on St. John at Bajo el Sol – Under the Sun – Gallery Art Studio in Mongoose Junction.  Visit the Gallery on line at http://www.bajoelsolgallery.com/artists/painting/roy-imhoff.

Love City, St. John USVIJewell's Kitchen, St. John USVI

Additional work can be found at http://royimhoff.com/.

 

Apr 232012
 

The St. John wildlife adds to the charm of your visit to the island.  Whether seeing the cows, goats, pigs, chickens, or donkey’s roaming freely on the roadside or experiencing the soothing sounds of the tree frogs at night, the wildlife  always entertains.   For bird watchers, Hummingbird Hill’s covered deck is equipped with feeders for the beautiful  Hummingbirds and Bananaquits.  Filling the feeders is easy and quickly attracts the birds.

 

Aug 302011
 

A trip to Vie’s is a treat.  Not very much on the menu – but who cares – the conch fritters are great.   A quick snack and pay a few dollars to sit on Vie’s beach- A great day and true Island experience.

Vie's Snack Shack a must for Conch Fritters

Vie's Snack Shack a must for Conch Fritters

Vie's Beach

Vie's Beach