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Private Charter from St. John to ZoZo’s H20 on Lovango Cay

There’s a new destination in USVI waters, no passport needed and no horrendous BVI customs fees. Lovango has always been a great snorkeling stop on our USVI charters but now you can also get some amazing food there. This is phase 1 of their opening and they will later be opening a beach club and resort as well.

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ZoZo’s H20 on Lovango

has just opened for business earlier this month it is located on the beautiful and tranquil Lovango Cay a short, scenic boat ride from Cruz Bay, St. John. Come for lunch. Come for dinner. Come enjoy a piece of paradise. Create memories that will last a lifetime. OPEN DAILY 11 A.M. – 6 P.M. Check out their mouth watering menu below.

GRILLED SHRIMP BRUSCHETTA    /    $19
ROASTED PEPPER APRICOT CASHEW CHUTNEY, CALABRIAN CHILIES, BASIL OIL
ALASKAN KING CRAB POKE    /    $21
JALAPENO AVOCADO MOUSSE, HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, WATERMELON RADISH, CUCUMBER, WATERCRESS, LEMON CHIVE VINAIGRETTE
CALAMARI    /    $17
FRIED CRISPY, CORNMEAL CRUST, SWEETIE DROP PEPPERS, BANANA PEPPER GASTRIQUE
PIG AND CHEESE    /    $21
IMPORTED BURRATA, AURICCHIO, ’NDUJA TOAST, SWEET SOPRESSATA, PANCHETTA ONION JAM, PEPPERONATA, CRISPY PORK RINDS
FALAFEL PLATTER    /    $19
LEMON CUCUMBER YOGURT, BARREL FETA, GRILLED PITA, ROASTED TOMATO SICILIAN OLIVE SALAD
SEARED SCALLOP CAESAR    /    $26
SUGARCANE SKEWER, TOBIKO CAVIAR, ROMAINE, PARMESAN CRISP, WHITE ANCHOVY FILETS
WATERMELON SALAD    /    $18
FENNEL, PINEAPPLE, ARUGULA, TOASTED PISTACHIOS, GOAT CHEESE, FRESH MINT, TAHITIAN VANILLA BASIL VINAIGRETTE
MEDITERRANEAN GRAIN BOWL    /    $19
FARRO, ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA, CAPERS, PINE NUTS, AVOCADO, CURRANTS, FRESH MINT, ZESTY CHIANTI VINAIGRETTE
1/2 LB. BURGER    /    $19
TOASTED SWEET HAWAIIAN ROLL, AGED CHEDDAR, HOUSE PICKLES AND SPICY MAYO
MAHI MAHI BLT    /    $23
APPLEWOOD-SMOKED BACON, HEIRLOOM TOMATO, LOCAL ARUGULA, SAUCE GRIBICHE
TUNA BAHN MI    /    $23
SEARED TUNA, PICKLED DAIKON & CARROTS, CUCUMBER, FRESH CILANTRO, TOASTED SESAME AIOLI, HOLY JALAPENO SAUCE
MUFFULETTA    /    $24
SWEET SOPRESSATA, CAPICOLA, MORTADELLA, PROVOLONE, WATERCRESS, OLIVE & PEPPER GIARDINIERA, FRIED OYSTERS, CAJUN REMOULADE
1/2 JERK CHICKEN    /    $34
MOLASSES RUB, BRAISED GANDULES, SAFFRON RICE, LEMON CUCUMBER YOGURT
GRILLED SWORDFISH    /    $36
CITRUS MARINADE, SUNDRIED TOMATO BBQ, TOASTED ORZO SALAD, CHARRED BRUSSELS SPROUTS, MANGO CHILI GLAZE
SEAFOOD FRA DIAVOLO    /    $38
HALF CARIBBEAN LOBSTER TAIL, CALAMARI, SHRIMP, BLACK MUSSELS, FETTUCCINE, SPICY ROASTED TOMATO BRODO
ZOZO’S SURF AND TURF     /    $36
ROSEMARY-CRUSTED PORK TENDERLOIN, RUM-GLAZED LOBSTER RISOTTO, FIRECRACKER SHRIMP, SWEET SAFFRON BUTTER

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For parties of six or greater Zozo’s accepts reservations up to 30 days in advance, please email Manager@zozoslovango.com or call 860-450-6649 with name, preferred date and time, good contact phone number and number in your party.

How to get to Zozo’s H2O on Lovango

We can visit Zozo’s H2O on any of our USVI trips, the half day, the 3/4 day or the full day. We do recommend doing it on the 3/4 day trip to allow enough time to explore other sights and snorkel.

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Reserve your private charter to Zozo’s H2O on Lovango

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2020 update

When was your last visit to St. John? Wondering what’s up? Here is the latest

After a relatively uneventful hurricane season 2019 – except for a surprise visit of Hurricane Dorian – St. John is pretty much back to it’s beautiful pre-Irmaria self. Dorian was supposed to be a tropical storm passing well over 100 miles away and ended up being a category 1 hurricane that went right over us. The forecast advisory only changed at 8am in the morning at by noon all hell was breaking loose. Thankfully Captain Steve had secured our 32FS Regulator really well “just in case” and everything stayed in place. We are very grateful for that since he had just given our boat a major makeover buffing out and repairing all the scratches and dents that remained from Irma.

DOWNTOWN CRUZ BAY

The key places that were still closed since Irmaria, Beach Bar and Joe’s Rum Hut (now named Rum Hut with a slightly more upscale menu and look) have just re-opened so Cruz Bay town is pretty much like it was. Beautiful large Coconut Palm Trees have been planted along Cruz Bay beach and it looks great. Planting them was a major undertaking, check out the video here.

The wine shop Island Cork that carries more than 200 different wines now added a Bistro with great snacks it is a great place to unwind and have a terrific glass of wine with some fantastic treats.

The Parrot Club expects to reopen there within the next few weeks, and upscale dining venue  Waterfront Bistro has plans to reopen later this year.

Sushi Bar Umami is gone there now is a Tap & Still which some of you might now from Red Hook, St. Thomas.

The gravel parking lot by barge exit that had been closed for maintenance since October has also just re-opened and parking is currently free there (YAY!). There also is a new paid parking in the place where Lumberyard used to be that is the best / closest parking if you go on a charter for us unless you can snatch up one of the few free spaces by National Park Dock. If you are in that area, also check out the Eco Station St. John which offers recycling and refills for cleaners, shampoo etc a great approach to tackle the trash problem on our little island.

BEACHES AND RESORTS

The Westin is up and running and everything is looking great.

Caneel Bay Resort and Cinnamon Campground remain closed with no opening/rebuilding date. You can park at the former Caneel entrance and pay for a golf cart transfer to Honeymoon Beach or you can rent a paddleboard from us and paddle to the caneel beaches by paddleboard.

Concordia Eco Resort near Salt Pond has new owners and they are rebuilding.

A new bar has opened across the road from Maho (“Maho Crossroads”). Some love it others hate it, overall Maho is busier than before and parking can be a challenge. In return Cinnamon is very peaceful and quiet with ample parking now that there is no campground.

Yes, we are missing a lot of the beautiful Palmtrees at some beaches and sadly the National Park does not consider them “native species” so they are not replanting them. However a lot of the shrubs are gone so many beaches like hawksnest that were narrow before are now much wider.

2020 boating destinations

BVI

Everything for our main destinations in the BVIs is pretty much back to normal,  Corsairs at Great Harbour, Jost van Dyke (pictured below) has been completely rebuilt since the hurricanes and is looking great!

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Foxy’s Taboo (Diamond Cay, pictured below) has also been rebuilt and Pirate’s on Norman Island is back open, Willy T. have moved back to Norman Island so aside from the ever increasing BVI customs fees (at the moment about 75-95$ per person) everything is like before or even better.

We can only imagine how bad the hurricanes and storm surge must have been on one of our favorite places, Anegada, as it is very low with almost zero elevation but you will not be able to tell, everything has been rebuilt and looks amazing and a lot of the big palm trees at Cow Wreck beach (pictured below) survived the storms.

 

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Lime Out

The new Limeout floating taco bar that was located in the East End near Hanson Bay is closed due to permitting problems / deny of mooring permit at the location. It remains closed until further notice while they search for a better location. Abi’s at Green Cay /STT is also closed and it does not look like they will be reopening.

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So for now Pizza Pi the pizza boat remains the only “bar stop” on the USVI trips. So the full day trip can be a pretty long day on the water as you are not leaving the boat except for snorkeling, so we have added a new USVI trip that is the 3/4 day St. John which is 6 hours and enough to bring you to the key sights on St. John in the North and South without going all around the island.

More to come…

New USVI destinations are however in the works among others a new resort/restaurant on Lovango Cay as well as a floating lounge in Pillsbury Sound.

Lovango Resort and Beach Club

New destination on Lovango is opening this week (Feb 2, 2020)

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Phase 1

ZoZo’s H2O Restaurant (opening Feb 2020)

Casual dining at the water’s edge, this is the perfect lunch, full-day or dinner excursion. Lunch and early dinner served daily from 11am-6pm

This is a possible stop on our 3/4 day or full day St. John trip.

Phase 2

The Lovango Beach Club (opening December 2020)

The first of its type in the USVI! The Beach Club will provide restaurant services, an exotic beach destination with services:

Beach facilities, water sports, beach games, large oceanfront swimming pool, cabanas, changing facilities with locker rooms and showers for boaters

Daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal memberships

Phase 3

The Lovango Resort & Beach Club (opening December 2021)

An island resort community with discretely-located accommodations. Your home away from home is designed to maximize your privacy with spectacular views. The resort will include attention to wellness and picturesque wedding venues. Hotel guests may enjoy all the benefits of the Beach Club.

This stunning resort will be fully self-sustainable providing its own solar and wind power for electricity and a reverse osmosis plant for all of its fresh water needs.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE

Follow us on facebook.com/rockhoppin or instagram.com/rockhoppin_charters for updates.

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3/4 day trip St. John

we have a new trip in our line up which is the 3/4 day trip St. John which is is 6 ours and 590$. Different from other boats all our prices already include captain and fuel.

Reason for this new trip: With the limitations of National Park and with limeout being closed for now the only “bar/restaurant stop” is pizza pi the pizza pi.

So you spend much more time actually being on the boat compared to for example Jost where you have many stops where you walk around on land. So for most people 3/4 day is enough time on the water and with lime out being closed there is not much reason to go all around the island

You can see the best spots of North Shore and snorkeling the cays North os St. John and South Shore (like reef bay) in 6 hours.

 

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ZoZo’s H20

A new destination in USVI opening February 6 is Zozo’s H2O on Lovango – casual dining at the water’s edge, this is the perfect lunch, full-day or dinner excursion.

Lunch and early dinner served daily from 11am-6pm

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Book your unforgettable 3/4 day trip here

You can use the calendar below to directly make a booking (select date and hit book now). Not sure yet? Then you can also send us a Booking Enquiry with this form or email rockhoppinusvi(at)gmail.com or text 340-514-5527.


Online Booking

Select your date and pay a 150$ deposit. The rest is due on day of charter (after trip, cash, card or cheque). All prices include captain and fuel. Not included: BVI customs/mooring fees and gratuity

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Pizza Pi re-opening for 2019/2020 season

Mark your calendars, the iconic Pizza Pi boat that serves fresh pizza made on the boat is re-opening for the second season under new ownership.

They have done a complete interior overhaul. These changes will allow them to increase capacity and dramatically reduce wait times. The changes include:

    • Installation of new 20kw generator to support additional capacity.

    • Installation of an additional oven that will increase pizza producing capacity by ~65%.

    • Complete redesign of galley and forecastle for increased refrigeration, storage and overall greater efficiency.

    • Improved space for displaying and storing merchandise.

    • Installation of new sound system with Wakeboard and JL speakers.

Where is the Pizza Boat?

The Pizza Boat is at Christmas Cove off Little St. James. There is great snorkeling nearby or when go there for dinner on a sunset cruise.

How to book a Trip to Pizza Pi

We can visit Pizza Pi within the following trips

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new T-Shirts

Looking for a little St. John Fix at home? We have new T-Shirts in lots of sizes and styles.

We are all for using local businesses and had our first shirts locally screen printed. For a small business like us it however turned out impossible to manage the stock and have the right colors and sizes and shapes available for our guests, when we keep them on the boat they get moist when we keep them at the house the hurricane messes them up and the shipping to the States for orders is expensive and time-consuming (as we have to fill out customs forms).

So we are now printing the shirts states side on demand and they will be shipped directly from there to you. That gives you a much wider choice of styles and colors and super easy online ordering, pay via card or paypal

There are 3 different designs (click on items in list to see all variants):

I am the Captain T-Shirt  (unisex tee, slim fit women’s tee, long sleeve, baseball tee, hoodie and women’s tank)

Rockhoppin Shirts in lighter colors (with dark print) – unisex tee, slim fit women’s tee, long sleeve, baseball tee, unisex triblend tee and women’s tank)

Rockhoppin Shirts in darker colors (with light color print) – unisex tee, unisex triblend tee, long sleeve, hoodie, youth tee and women’s tank)

Hurry this campaign is running for 2 weeks if we print 5 of each of the 3 designs, it will continue for longer

 

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