Angel’s Rest, located in St. John (US Virgin Islands), is a bar that is as unique as they come. A 40 ft. bright yellow pontoon boat, Angel’s Rest is a floating alcohol dispensary, featuring a full service bar, seating on two levels (a second level sun deck!), plenty of outdoor space (albeit in the water) for all of your friends and a hole in the floor for admiring the beautiful colors of Coral Bay. To be honest, the hole is probably used most often as a handy serving access for the adventurous bar patrons who hang out underneath the boat but sure, you can also view the pretty colors. Owned by and captained by Peter Hoschl, Angel’s Rest is often found anchored in the waters outside of Vie’s/Hansen Bay. It has no cover charge so don’t worry about your swim being in vain – you just have to get to it. Trepid swimmers have no fear – the boat will get as close as possible to the beach to shorten the length of your swim. No Olympian level skills are required. And for a last resort, dinghy pickup is offered.
It’s highly rated among Trip Advisor reviewers. With a total of 15 reviews, 13 of them are five stars with the only one star review purportedly written by someone with poor swimming skills and a strong disdain for the color yellow. One reviewer states: “My husband and I were visiting St. John with our friends who introduced us to Pete. We spent the afternoon on the boat having cocktails parked at Vie’s. Pete was a so hospitable and fun I wish we had done this earlier in the vacation. Definetly next time we visit St. John we will be looking for Pete!!!”
Want to make sure Angel’s Rest will be anchored nearby when you’re in the area? No worries, mate. You can check their Facebook page for daily updates or contact Captain John directly at 340-514-6270.
Still not convinced? Drinking at Angel’s Rest may help you lose weight! If you figure in the amount of physical exertion required to swim out to it and back, you might actually lose a pound or two depending on what you drink. Multiply that over a week or two and BAM, you’re ten pounds lighter. Yeah, you can thank me later for that little nugget as you admire your newly toned physique in the mirror.
Angel’s Rest is also available as a charter for day cruises around Coral Bay (gourmet meals included), custom cruises, sunset tours and cleaning if you want to get your hands dirty.
A very special thanks to David at St. John On Island Times for providing the photos and making me very jealous of his life. You can find out all you want about the island of St. John at his following sites: