Today I’m re-capping the first couple days of our vacation to the Virgin Islands. It’s a long recap, so I’m breaking it into a few parts, but I wanted to make sure I get all these memories down for later.
Our trip to St. Thomas began with a long flight from Richmond on JetBlue. If you’ve never flown with JetBlue, I highly recommend it! It’s seriously the best airline we’ve ever flown with and our trip down was relatively painless. All our flights were on time, there was free TV on each flight, and there were free snacks.
After arriving at the St. Thomas airport, our friend Italo greeted us and gave us each a cold beer for the road, because apparently you can drink just about anywhere on the island.
We stopped a couple places along the way so we could take pictures and I was blown away by how beautiful the island is. The coolest part is how high up the mountains go. You can see all the houses dotting the trees up high, but you never really see the roads.
After a pit stop in Charlotte Amalie for some drinks, we arrived at Italo’s house, where he lives with a couple named Reed and Paula, who were both really cool. We had a chill evening at home to recover from our long trip.
Thursday morning, I woke up bright and early, put on the coffee, headed to the balcony. Their view of Magen’s Bay is incredible and I loved how peaceful it was high up in the mountain.
After breakfast, we headed down to Magen’s Bay for a beach day, which was so much fun.
The water was perfect and we spent the day lounging, reading, napping, and drinking rum punches.
Like my beach glamour shot? haha.
During the day, another friend from home, Keith, flew down and joined us all for the week. Thursday night the six of us headed to a restaurant called Thirteen, which had amazing views of the island. I had a lamb burger and fries for my dinner.
I didn’t take many pictures of dinner because….well, because I was drunk. Like, the whole day drunk. I paced myself much better after that first day, but let’s just say Riley was really glad when I went to bed that night. Warning: rum punches are deceptively non-alcohol-y tasting.
Friday morning, Riley, Italo, Keith and I headed down to the town of Red Hook to grab some coffee and take the ferry over to St. John.
Once on the island, we drove to the other side to visit a beach and do some snorkeling. St. John is 75% national park, so there are a ton of hiking trails and quiet little beaches. I wish we’d had an extra day so we could go back. We pulled over a couple times to snap pictures and the views were just ridiculous.
After we arrived, we parked the car and made the 1 mile hike down the Leinster Bay Trail to get to Leinster beach, or Watermelon Bay. The hike took us along the water and was so pretty, despite the heat.
The snorkeling here was really fun. I swam with sea turtles, starfish, and a whole bunch of colorful fish for over an hour. It was a good workout, too, cause some of the currents were crazy despite the calm look!
After our beach time, we packed up and headed out in search of food. We ended up in Coral Bay for lunch at Skinny Legs.
I had a turkey sandwich, which hit the spot. The guys had burgers, which looked equally good, but I just couldn’t eat anything heavy after so much time in the sun.
After lunch, we headed back to the ferry, but got totally lost on the way. After turning around, we ran into some donkeys, so of course we rolled down the windows to ask for directions. 🙂
They were so friendly and let us pet them, but once they realized we didn’t have food they peaced out. We eventually made our way back to the ferry and to the house.
We were all wiped out when we got back to the house, so we spent the evening grilled turkey burgers and relaxing before turning in for the night.
Stay tuned for Part 2!!
Have you ever been to the Virgin Islands?
Do you prefer lazy vacations or active ones?