La Jolla Caribe Today
On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma destroyed our home La Jolla Caribe, on the island of St. John, U.S.V.I. Originally built in 1972 by the Bass family, we had owned and enjoyed our lovely wooden home since 2005. Family, friends and guests had spent countless hours sitting on the decks, mesmerized by the most beautiful views on St. John (in our unbiased opinion, of course). We are fortunate to have shared so many memorable times with loved ones at La Jolla Caribe - anniversaries, summer vacations, college breaks, birthdays, and best of all, our daughter's wedding. Even when we were not there we viewed our webcam often and counted the days till our return. After Irma passed we waited for news of our home and closely followed the Facebook pages. It wasn't until we saw Catherineberg from a video shot from a helicopter days later that we knew it was gone.
We were able to see the destruction wrought by Irma and Maria in person in October, 2017. We were heartbroken not only for ourselves but for all those affected on the islands. Just the cleanup was a tremendous amount of work and the thought of rebuilding seemed insurmountable in many ways. However, we could not say goodbye to St. John or those views. Thanks to the hard work of many on island who helped complete our rebuilding project, we welcomed our first guests to the new La Jolla Caribe in December 2021. We are grateful to have a St. John home again!
La Jolla Caribe ~ After Irma
La Jolla Caribe ~ Before Irma