Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after vacation? I normally feel like that a lot once I get home from a non-stop, fun vacation. However, after visiting St. John over the 4th of July, I felt rested and still in vacay mode going back to work this past week. The process of getting to and from St. John is tiring (one plane, two decent car rides, and a ferry), but once you are there the beauty of this island makes you forget any of the traveling troubles and all you can see is blue skies and crystal clear waters. If it's not on your bucket list, add it.
This vacation was a long time coming. We were supposed to go last year but I ended up getting pregnant and was due the week we were set to leave (yikes!). We moved the trip to this year, and I'm so glad my little guy was able to join us. Even though he won't remember, we will have lots of photos to show him of his time in the USVI. We rented a house on Peter Bay (a private and very secluded beach), which is right in the middle of several public bays with great snorkeling and swimming. We were traveling deep with 12 of us total; 9 adults and 3 kids under 6. The house we stayed in, Villa Delfina, was plenty big for all of us to have our own space and the views... man the views were simply stunning.
While in St. John, we celebrated my baby boy's FIRST birthday! What a special treat for him (and us) to be able to celebrate in such a beautiful spot. We made him a little homemade cake and he spent the day playing in the sand and bulldozing himself into the ocean! It was perfect.
[[My overalls are coming to Vestique soon! Contact your local store to get on the waiting list for these. They are so comfy!]]
The second night we went to Cruz Bay and managed to catch one of the islands' prettiest sunsets all year. It was serious cotton candy skies. We knew it had to be a good one when the locals were stopping to snap a pic.
My sister-in-law, Ally, is wearing the Coast Along top. I can't tell you how many compliments she received!
We didn't get put on regular clothes very much during our vacation, which was awesome! However, I managed to snap few pics on the nights we decided to put on a little more than PJ's!
I wouldn't say this is really "dressed up" but this Land of the Free top is my favorite go-to throw on tee. It was perfect for the Fourth paired with my Beach Bum shorts! And good news: both are on SALE!
The best things to do while in St. John (in my opinion) is visiting their various beaches. We had four really close to us that we bounced between during our stay:
1) Peter Bay (photo above + below) - a private bay with a small beach, but beautiful waters easy to stand in (I would recommend taking water shoes if visiting Peter Bay since some of this beach is a little rocky)
2) Cinnamon Bay - a public beach within the Virgin Islands National Park. Great snorkeling just 100 yards off shore and easy shallow-entry waters. This beach is much bigger and great for a big family.
3) Maho Bay - This public beach is known for its snorkeling. We saw sting rays, touched sea turtles (!!!), and viewed lots of beautiful fish.
4) Trunk Bay - If you can say one bay is more picturesque than another (I'm not sure that's even possible) then MAYBE Trunk is the most beautiful for photos. However, they are ALL so beautiful and must-see destinations. Trunk has an underwater snorkeling trail with signs that guide you -- it's really neat and a fun daytime activity.
I am certainly no tour guide or travel agent, but I promise you... make plans to visit St. John and you will not be disappointed. Awesome food, friendly locals, and some of the most beautiful beaches you have ever seen.