Day 1 - 18 Feb 2018
Content: With my family, I planned an amazing trip to the U.S.Virgin Islands. It covers water islands such as St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and other surrounding little islands. We combined both adventure and leisure on our trip. We arrived at St. Thomas airport which served as a hub for all major airlines from various cities of US mainland. The airport was very busy packed with many tourists. It contains two departure areas which were easy to navigate. The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix is another option to reach the island. From the airport, we grab a taxi to our accommodation. It was very easy to find a licensed taxi. The country bus service is the cheapest way to reach the town and renting a car is another option for getting around the island.
Content: Checked in to the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, a beautiful property located at a sandy bay along the Caribbean Sea. It attracted guest with its location. The place was filled with a Caribbean atmosphere, we could breathe a fresh breeze of the ocean. The rooms were quite good with natural beauty right outside the doorstep. The vibrant shoreline lined with coconut trees and beautiful sandy beach were the highlights of the location. We got a beachfront room on the first floor which features a king-size bed and eco-friendly bath items. The property contains a three-story outdoor and indoor restaurant.
Content: After spending some time to explore the resort we headed to town for our dinner. We needed to purchase some snacks and drinks in advance for our upcoming days. The groceries were more expensive because everything is imported.
Content: We grabbed our dinner from Mim's Seaside Bistro. The restaurant was easily reached by walking from the resort. They offered dining in a romantic seaside ambience. Their menu featured lobster items most striking were coconut curry lobster and baked stuffed lobster. The food was delicious and kid’s friendly menu was also available.
Day 2 - 19 Feb 2018
Content: We set this day to explore the island's most important city. To get the feel of history and culture of the island we took a walk around the Charlotte Amalie. We started from a wooden bridge and continued to the other side. The path leads us to the Charlotte Amalie, a busy road with wide footpaths. We checked a visitor's centre located at the Waterfront on Tolbod Gade where we got enough pieces of information about the island and tour maps. Then we walked straight through the pathway.
Content: We passed through Fort Christian, the oldest structure in the city. A brick red fort we got admire about the history of the place. Then we walked towards a small garden where many benches were placed. We relaxed there for a while.
Content: Then the next major attraction we saw was Frederick Lutheran Church. The city was highly packed with many historical sites. This was a church which was believed as the first religious spot erected on the island. It was a stunning building with beautiful architecture decorated with stained windows. We passed many other sights includes Grand Galleria, a complex that houses many shops and eateries.
Content: Charlotte Amalie is popularly known for its unique step streets. We climbed through the most picturesque stairway, both sides were decorated with wildflowers. The landscape offered a beautiful choice for photos. Actually, it stretches from the Government Hill to the Lille Tarne Gade. It was one of the several step streets built by the Danes to solve the difficulty of getting around the town. We climbed up to the top where we found the way to Blackbeard’s Castle
Content: We hit a watchtower, one of the most iconic historical sites. We climbed up the castle which offered great and lovely scenes. The place was surrounded by beautiful views of island and water moreover we saw many collections of life-sized pirate statues.
Content: By afternoon we stepped back to Havensight Pier where we start Skyride to Paradise Point. We purchased our tickets from the base of the mountain. We got our wristband, and then walked to the loading area. We joined in a long queue, after an hour we got placed in a cable car. We could view the sceneries through the windows around the cabin. The journey took only about 5 to 10 minutes but it was incredible. Once the car reached Paradise Point we deplaned and wandered through several platforms to enjoy the view. It featured many shops, a nature trail, a restaurant and a bar too.
Content: We get a lot of time to explore Paradise Point. Paradise Point is also famous for a drink they serve called a Bushwacker which consists of Rum. We had dinner too and get the cable car back down.
Day 3 - 20 Feb 2018
Content: We started our day with a healthy breakfast from the Oasis Restaurant. Their salads and sandwiches were rich in flavour and freshness. Then we headed to town in search of a rental car to explore the day. We met many Taxis and shuttles at the Havensight. Renting a car at the port was the first option we considered. We found a budget rental car company right at the cruise ship pier. We created a perfect plan for the day by combining both adventure and leisure.
Content: We set Magen’s Bay Beach and Park as our first destination to visit. We drove along the Skyline Drive road, the travel was very pleasant with stunning views. Along the way, we spend some time to click photos from the top of the Mountain. We reached the Mountain top through winding roads which is the highest attraction on the island. The spot was very busy with many tourist vehicles. There was a large gift shop, a bar and an observation deck. The bar in the Mountain top featured famous Banana Daiquiri. Then we drove towards Magen's Bay Beach.
Content: Along the way, we stopped at Drake's Seat for overlooking and pictures. Magens Bay is a most famous for its white sand beach, the spot is located at the north end of St Thomas. We entered the area after paying a small amount of entrance fee. There is a parking lot available at the Magens Bay Park. We walked further in search of a perfect table. The visitors could rent beach chairs, floats, windsurfers and small sailboats for an additional fee. We rented lounge chairs, beach chairs and umbrellas. The beautiful calm water in the sea made the time very pleasant. We enjoyed a lot chatting and paly with some friends we met there.
Content: We drank tropical island drinks and pizza from a snack counter. The food was average, not worth for money. It is better to carry some snacks. The beach area consists of restrooms and showers so that we could get fresh up. We got ready to go back to our car.
Content: We reached another popular spot on the island, Coral World Ocean Park. It was the perfect spot to enjoy the grace and magic of Caribbean marine life. We entered a complex filled with pools and aquariums. The trip around the entire complex was very informative that presented learning about many exotic marine animals. The park features an underwater observatory, a natural trail, aquarium and embedded coral reef tank. The main point that attracts many people was the underwater observatory. We could examine beautiful animals swim by out in the open channel. We saw animal shows performed with animals made by the staffs. On the touch pool, they presented an interactive session of sea lion and turtle feeding. We headed to the turtle pool where large green sea turtles floating in the water. Sea trek was the popular activity in the park in which we could explore ocean floor without training. A guide accompanied us throughout the journey. It was an incredible experience that we walked in the zero-gravity surrounded by aquatic animals. Many beautiful and colourful fishes swam right to us. The helmet and handrail they provide helped us to walk. From the Undersea Observatory, others could see our trek through the water.
Content: Then we went to Coki Beach which was very close to the Coral World Ocean Park. It was a perfect spot for relaxation, lined by wood beachfront bars and restaurants. We saw many people lay out on the sandy shore with family and friends. The calmness of the water allowed us to swim elegantly. There is a dive shop called Coki Dive Center on-site that offers introductory drive options.
Content: We grabbed our supper from Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville Restaurant located close to the beach. Their menu was very rich with great dishes. We had stuffed chicken which was not up to our expectation. After dinner, we found our way back to accommodation.
Day 4 - 21 Feb 2018
Content: After breakfast, we headed on a day trip to St. John. The fact that 60% of the island is National Park was the thing that pulled us to visit. We took a taxi to the ferry point. We arrived at Redhook to catch a ferry to Cruz Bay Ferry Dock in St. John. Car ferries are also available to drop our car on the island. Actually, we planned a hiking trip so decided to catch a people ferry.
Day 4 - 21 Feb 2018
Content: The ride took about 20-minutes from the Red Hook Ferry Terminal in St. Thomas to the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock in St. John. The harbour was lined with many small shops. We saw the visitor's centre for U.S. Virgin Islands National Park located just nearby the dock.
Content: The visitor's centre for U.S. Virgin Islands National Park is the best spot to start the trip. We collected a route map and got pieces of information about the hikes and activities. We got prepared to explore the day around the island.
Content: After visiting the visitor's centre we headed to grab our brunch at North Shore Deli. It was located right at the Mongoose Junction. We had some healthy and fresh salads and sandwiches.
Content: We started with a popular activity on the island, Reef Bay Hike. It was suitable for adventure lovers as well as very beautiful in sceneries. It was considered one of the most difficult trails in the park. We started from the Centerline Road on the Reef Bay Trail. In short, it was hardly the 2 hours 30 minutes journey from the South Shore Road to the Reef Bay Sugar Mill. The path was descending through a steep valley into a subtropical forest. Along the way, we saw many signboards describing various trees. Somewhere on the way, we saw some ruins. We could take some side routes to view the landscape from different angles. We saw many big trees just like the trees in Jurassic parks. We hit a signboard representing the direction to Petroglyphs. Soon the tall trees disappeared and mangroves were begun. We hit an old factory known as the old Reef Bay Rum Factory where we saw a rusted cane press. In the end, we saw some sugar care plants and water. We spend a few minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Content: Along the way, we grab our lunch from the Caneel Bay Beach Resort. The food was delicious but too costly.
Content: We headed to Trunk Bay topmost place on the island. The atmosphere got changed we walked through the most scenic shoreline on the island. It is one of the most photographed beaches we enjoy the leisure time on the shore.
Day 4 - 21 Feb 2018
Content: We ended our day with dinner from Fish Tails Bar & Grill. We caught a ferry from St John return to Cruz Bay. We had a fish grill which totally disappointed us.
Day 5 - 22 Feb 2018
Content: We started this day early in the morning, packed some snacks and some accessories in our backpack. From St. Thomas, we hired a ferry to Virgin Gorda ferry pier. The ferries that connect directly to the Virgin Gorda were limited, so it is better to start as soon as possible.
Content: We reached the dock, the journey was very smooth and calm. We met some local friends who helped us to plan the day wisely. We have begun our day with some magnificent views of the island. The island of Virgin Gorda sits in a vibrant place that implants with beach and coves. We headed to a restaurant to grab our brunch. LSL Baskery was suggested by one of our ferry mates. We had strong coffee with egg sandwich.
Content: We walked towards the next point of attraction. We check the Baths visitor centre to get some information about the destination. A guide took us to the Baths. The walk from the parking lot to the Devil's Bay was very gentle from some point the way was a little rocky. Finally, we hit a beautiful beach with crystal clear water. We couldn't able to explain the beauty of the place in words.
Content: Then we walked further from Devil’s Bay to the Baths, the route was narrow. We climbed up and down a couple of steep ladders. On the island of Virgin Gorda, a trip to the Baths in Devil’s Bay is a must activity. We walked up the wooden steps which led us to a deck where took a break for a while. The white-sand beach at the Baths with its blue water is an idyllic place for adventure lovers. The enjoyable walking route leads to the Bath’s most photogenic hidden pools and rock passages. We left our things at the beach and walked around the place to discover more points. We walked through a series of inlets filled with water and surrounded by caves. We climbed a large rock and crawled through a cave entrance. We enjoyed every hours. We stayed there for a while, enjoying drinks and snacks from our backpacks. Then we spend some time at the beach watching crashing waves and headed back to the entrance of the Baths.
Content: We checked in to a restaurant which is located at the heart of the Spanish Town. It was a perfect spot to relax and enjoy. Just minutes from Virgin Gorda’s iconic Baths, the location was great. They offered a fusion of delightful flavours of South Asian and America with a touch of the Caribbean. The menu was very wide filled with exotic options. Their tofu was outstanding, lightly fried soft tofu served with flakes and veggies. The food was delicious in the classy ambience. The next day we winded up and headed back to the airport.