We’re back with some more recapping of our trip to the Virgin Islands! This post covers my favorite day of the whole trip, so get ready for a lot of pictures. This one is another long one, but I love being able to put some of the details down in a place where I can look back someday. It might also be helpful if any of you are planning a trip to the islands any time soon!
Saturday morning started off like most of my Saturdays- playing with a dog and eating eggs for breakfast.
After a lazy morning, Italo took Riley and I up to the top of the mountain to get some pictures and shop at Mountain Top. The place is normally packed when cruise ships are in port, but we basically had the whole place to ourselves!
Saturday afternoon we headed to the capital town of Charlotte Amalie to check out a slide competition festival. Restaurants from all over the island came to show off their stuff and they even had a slider eating contest. We grabbed some beers and walked around for a couple hours, sampling the awesome island food. I had sliders with pork, salmon, spicy beef, and more. It was easy to get full, so we split a lot of them so we could try as many as possible.
After a couple hours, we were stuffed and way too hot, so we left and headed to a beach bar called Iggies for some drinks.
Iggies was awesome! Laid-back and right on the beach, which is totally our style. Riley and I loved the place, especially their VooDoo juice, which was served in a bucket.
I saw the writing on the wall if I drank one of those things, so I stuck with beer! We hung out at Iggies for a little while, catching up and enjoying the breezy beach.
After Iggies, the rest of our crew was down in Red Hook hanging out at Island Time Pub, so we headed over to meet up with them.
The town of Red Hook is super cool. Right by the marinas and the ferry, there are a ton of bars, restaurants, and apparently it’s where all the locals go to hang out. Italo ended up taking us from place to place until we finally convinced him to go home. We knew we had a big day the next day, but we definitely enjoyed our evening partying in Red Hook.
Sunday was the day I had looked forward to the most- BVI Day! When I was 18 my friend Mary brought me on her family’s sailing vacation to the British Virgin Islands and I’ve been dying to go back ever since.
Sunday morning we met up nice and early with our group and about 20 others for a day on the Breakaway. The crew was amazing and served us breakfast of banana/blueberry/chocolate bread and fruit while we sailed off to our first stop, Virgin Gorda.
The Baths at Virgin Gorda are famous for their huge volcanic rock formations that you can explore. We hiked through the park to see the sights, then spent some time on the beach hanging out with our group and swimming in the perfect water. Can you spot me?
After The Baths, we hopped back on the boat and headed over to Marina Cay for lunch at Pussers. The tiny little island was so gorgeous and there was a great back story of how a young couple first came to the island years ago when it was uninhabited. It still felt as if someone just discovered it yesterday!
Lunch was followed by a quick boat ride to Monkey Point for snorkeling.
We had about 45 minutes to snorkel and once we were all back on the boat, that’s when the party started! Painkillers and beer were included in our price, so we took full advantage.
Our last stop was White Bay in Jost Van Dyke, home of the famous Soggy Dollar Bar, which is apparently where the painkiller (the official drink of the BVIs) originated from.
After another boat ride of drinking and laughing on the boat, we were back in St. Thomas, just in time for an early dinner. We were all nice and buzzed from the afternoon, so we decided pizza was necessary. I didn’t snap any pictures, but we had an awesome meal and made sure to all call our moms for Mother’s Day before heading home to take showers and crash for the night.
Stay tuned for part 3, which recaps our final two days on the island!
Do you like to snorkel? If so, what’s the coolest thing you’ve ever seen?