Like so many who visit her shores, Sean and Shelli Stacey, share a special bond with and an appreciation of the people, culture and beauty of the U.S. & British Virgin Islands. Longtime visitors to the islands, Sean and Shelli purchased a condo near Cruz Bay on St. John in early 2019 – Three Mangos Villa – with the intention of moving to Love City once the last of their four children are grown and off to college. Later in 2019, fed up with his 20-year desk job in corporate America, Sean resigned, and Sandy Paws was born.
Our goal of establishing Sandy Paws is to give back to this special place that has given so much to us. We are energized by the opportunity to invest in the U.S. Virgin Islands and are optimistic about what the future holds for our family in these magnificent islands. Our mission is to exceed our guests’ expectations by providing all our charter guests with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime, while being good stewards of the wonderful natural resource known as the Virgin Islands.
Always with a free and independent spirit, Jared's love of travel, adventure, and different cultures has led him to live or travel to 23 different countries. He became a PADI professional Dive Master in Honduras and learned to sail in the San Fransisco Bay area. But when he moved to St Thomas in 2005, he knew he had found a special place. His love of the water led him to work as a Scuba Dive Instructor and he has over 2000 dives in Virgin Islands waters. From teaching and leading new Divers he went on to become a USCG Master Captain where he transitioned to working as a Day Charter Captain and Professional Fisherman. He has been the owner of a 25ft Formula powerboat as well as owning and living aboard a 38ft Ericson Sailboat for 9 years. More than just a Captain, Jared has also most recently been building two independent houses on St Thomas, one finished in 2017 the other will be finished early in 2020.
In his free time you can usually find Jared spending time on the beach with his 2yr old dog, Monkey, or telling stories and making friend's laugh at a local watering hole. With over 14yrs experience living in the Virgin Islands he knows all the spots and it's his passion to share the beauty and unique culture of the Virgin Islands with his guests.
Jared's Alter Ego Bio
Born as the mysterious love child of a mermaid and a pirate, Jared has always found himself at home on the water. Having worked as a Scuba Instructor, Professional Fisherman, and on-water tour guide and Captain for both the innocent as well as the drunk and disorderly, Jared is sure to show your group a good time. He is known for his dry sense of humor, killer looks, and ability to call fish to the surface with a sound that can only be heard by fish and certain dogs. With over 2000 dives and nearly 3000 days at sea in Virgin Islands waters, there is no place that Jared doesn't know. Any day out on the water with Jared is sure to be a memorable one and the best day of your vacation!