Sharing the island with brother and sister and their spouses
21 days in St John really gets you in the island mood! We started off stopping in Valpo to see our first grandson Mason and drove to Chicago. Stayed at Holiday Inn park and fly for 100$.
Jan 5th travel day.
Travel to St John from Mid west is long. It involves driving 2 hours to Chicago, spending night, taking shuttle to airport, Landing in St Thomas taking taxi to ferry, taking ferry to Cruz bay getting picked up by jeep rental and finally arriving at place for vacation. All worth it in the end.
Up at 5 and caught 630 shuttle to airport. Ate at Chilli's for breakfast. Watched the movie Taken on the plane. Landed at 330. Took taxi 35$ to red 11hook. Had bushwhacker for 7$ and caught the 5pm ferry. We sat up on top and talked to a couple who stayed on Bush island.Courtsey picked us up 900$ for 2 weeks.
We made a quick stop at Dolphins Market to pick up some groceries and rum and juice. Back to Angels roost and talked to Larry and Jane the owners. It always feels like coming home here. A perfect fit for us. 1400 a week. We usually eat breakfast in, pack a lunch and eat supper out every other night, We bring a polar bear cooler with techni ice and food is still frozen when we arrive.
I crave Aqua Bistro's grouper sandwich for my first island meal in Coral Bay. We each had a drink and key lime pie to go. 52$ back to watch Packer Viking playoff. Packers won 24-10,
Sunday Jan 6th Sunny but very windy
I Love the first morning on the island and hearing it come alive with island sounds with a cup of coffee on the deck. We had eggs and bacon for breakfast. We tried a new restaurant called pickles for a sandwich for lunch to go. We thought Grootpan bay would be a good snorkel since it was so windy. We did not see much as the water was churned up pretty good.
Stopped at trunk overlook
Went to Gibney to read and relax.Had rum drinks and smoked salmon and cheese and crackers. I cooked a turkey breast and made purple potatoes on grill.
Monday Jan 7th, Sunny
Had egg muffins. We went to Great Lameshur Bay. You get there by route 107 heading south. Park at the big tamarind tree. We do the rock scramble to donkey cove on the left. and then snorkel or swim there from the little beach. Great Lameshur is cobblestone beach guaranteed to be quieter than little Lameshur which is sandy.
We sat our chairs up at Little Lameshur and walked to the small ruins there and ate our picnic.
We left beach at 3. Tonight we were eating at La Tapas for first time. We shared a Gorgonzola Cesar salad, mussels in white wine, ,languistinos
Gruyere cheese scallops, flowerless cake with Calvados ice cream, Sauvignon blanc wine all for 107$
Tonight ND is in the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME We are from South Bend and was hoping for a better outcome. We lost 42-12,
Tuesday Jan 8th Windy
Breakfast was eggs, bacon and potatoes. We went to Haulover South and just chilled and read. Went to Vie's for garlic chicken and conch.
Went back to Haulover South
Went to Josephine s to get lettuce, Asian squash and banana bread . Jim grilled steak and squash and had salad.
Wed Jan 9th Sunny
Blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Maho campgrounds is closing after this May. We went up to check it out. Beautiful view from there. Went to Frances from 930-330.
snorkeled to the right saw turtles and rays.
We went to Franks Bay to watch the sunset before dinner.
On Wednesday at Lime Inn they have all you can eat shrimp for 27$ I was not that hungry so I had The Bermuda salad. I love it has cauliflower, olives, red onion, feta cheese and Romain lettuce. Jim had a strawberry shortcake drink, Ice cream, amaretto and strawberry passion.
Thurs Jan 10th Gloomy and rainy day.
Bacon, egg mc muffin, fruit and banana bread. Started off at Cinnamon Bay, Rain till noon. Went to eat lunch at Ocean grill, both had fish tacos that are good there. Stopped at Deli and got a coconut bar aka known as crack bar it is sooo good. Went to Gibney rained some a little sun. Left and stopped at Maho and the sun finally came out. Tonight we ate in and had salmon and pasta and coconut bar.
Friday Jan 11 Sunny & Windy
Drove to Ditliff Point and the gate was open. We have never got to snorkel here. We snorkeled to the left. The middle area is grassy.
We got to Dennis Bay at noon and took the 15 min hike to beach one of my favorites.
We went to Shipwreck for supper. I had a small salad and mussels with tomato sauce. Jim had fish and chips.Jim likes the St John root beer. 48$ We listened to music by island sounds.
Sat Jan 12 Sunny
We went to Salt pond which is conveniently located about 4 miles from Coral Bay. It is a great calm beach if the surf is breaking on the North shore.It is about a 1/4th a mile to beach. We usually spend the whole day here. You can walk over to Drunk Bay which is excellent beach for beach combing or making a rock person. This beach is too rough and dangerous for swimming. The Rams head trail is about a mile long and a must do hike. Blue cobblestone beach is there and a great snorkel. If it is sunny I love to lay on rocks at blue cobblestone and listen to water rumbling over rocks. If you do the Rams head hike take plenty of water for it is pretty much out in the open.
We arrived at 0915 and was the first on the beach. We snorkeled to rocks in the center and then to left.
I love walking over to Drunk Bay, easy walk We left our last name Gadacz I wonder how long it lasts?
We went to Concordia at 330 for happy hour All rum drinks 3$ and 1$ off beer. we had chicken wings and enjoyed the view
tonight we had leftover mussels with foot long bread I had gotten at grocery store.
Sun Jan 13 Very Sunny
We had eggs and toast and fruit for breakfast. Today was the day we were meeting Dorothy. We had met on Cruise critic 6 years ago when we were planning our trip to Tahiti. She is from Canada and was cruising into St Thomas on Emerald Princess. We picked her up in Cruz Bay after she took the ferry over. We stopped at Deli to get sandwiches to take to beach.
We drove to Leinster Bay and walked the easy trail in, We snorkeled at the three mooring balls on the walk in. There is a nice reef about 20 feet about by the mooring balls. Best to snorkel the shallow water out and deeper water coming back. Be careful there can be quite a bit of current here.
We stopped at Annaberg sugar mill ruins.The plantation was first established in 1718.
We took Dorthy back to catch 3pm ferry. We went to Aqua Bistro for grouper sandwich and salad. Love the lime & coconut drink.
Mon Jan 14th Sunny
We went to Donkey Diner for breakfast. I had stuffed french toast and Jim had breakfast burrito. It was under new ownership since we had been here.
We hiked to Brown Bay. We snorkeled to the left and loved it the best snorkel so far. A nurse shark went right by us. I got a couple of pictures.
Brown Bay has some of the extensive ruins on St John To explore them go to the western end of beach and make it further along shoreline until you see the ruins.
We ate our picnic at the ruins.
We hiked out and went to Haulover South, We snorkeled to the right and saw a huge stingray. Tonight we had meatballs from home with bread from Lily's
Tues Jan 15 Cloudy and windy
Went to Cinnamon but it was too windy to kayak. Final stop Maho stayed until 3. We had reservations at Asolare for our fist time at 530 for sunset.
I had moon bow drink
We had chicken egg spring roll
Rack of Lamb 42$
We shared lava cake with raspberry ice cream and coffee was very good.Asolare has mixed reviews. We were happy with it and the view adds to the ambiance.
Wed Jan 16th Partly cloudy and hot
We went to Kiddle bay and snorkeled to the right. It was very calm today . Saw large stingray and turtles.
We got to Miss Lucy's 1230 and had soup, grouper Ruben and extra fries they are very good.The waitress was very good but the cook is very slow. The view is worth the wait and it is my favorite place for lunch.
We was going over to Francis bay when we came upon this group of donkeys. No matter how many times I have seen them it is still part of the charm of St John when you see them.
We stayed at Francis until 415 and then went back and grilled hamburger from home and corn and ice wine from Dorthy.
Thur Jan 17
This morning we went to Kline bay. We snorkeled to the right and saw a huge ray, Jim saw an octopus put he got in his hole before I saw him. We went to Jumbie and stayed till 330. We drove back a rode we had never been on up by Bordeaux Mountain and came out in Coral Bay.
Tonight we ate at Sweet Plaintains in the room by the window. I had the spiced martini and Jim had gauvaberry martini. We had crab with toastinos I had the tomato curry with scallops and Jim had coconut curry with shrimp, He said it was his favorite meal of the trip.
Friday Jan 18th Sunny
We parked at Caneel and walked to Honeymoon. We enjoyed the beach and watching the snorkel boats pull up with cruise passengers and just people watched.
We went back and ate at the bar I had a club sandwich and Jim panini the onion rings were good. I love good onion rings and I am always trying to find good ones wherever we travel. Jackie and Raymond were bartenders We enjoyed hearing about the catering job they did on the big yacht we saw today on Honeymoon.
We snorkeled Caneel over to Scott. then wandered around the ruins at Caneel.
Kevin from cruise critic had invited us over to see Coconuts on gift hill. He had some great appetizers and wine for us. Lisa from Wisconsin and her three girlfriends were there too
Sat Jan 19th
Today is when my brother and sister in law and sister and brother in law are coming. They had spent two days in St Thomas. We left Angels Roost at 0800 turned in our jeep and rented a safari truck from Denzil Cline for 537$ for the week. This way we only had to rent one vehicle for the six of us. We picked them up from ferry at 0930 and went to check into our Villa Capiz. Nancy our greeter met us there. View is to die for, great pool and a jacuzzi, it would be a great place for us.
We went to supper at Rumlines and had great spicy pad thi.
Sun Jan 20th
So lucky to be in paradise and celebrate 56th birthday with my family. We had egg mc muffins with bacon, fruit. We picked one of my favorite beaches to go to Solomon Bay. We parked at Caneel and hiked in through Honeymoon and hit the Solomon bay Spur trail. We arrived about 0930 and had the beach to ourselves for a while.
Dinner at Terrace
Surprised me with a cake
Monday Jan 21st
Woke up at 0615 and electric was off. Sat outside on deck until electric came back on at 0730. We decided to head over to other side of island. We went to donkey diner.
We drove over to Salt Pond and got our spot with some shade and started hike to Rams head.
We came back and snorkeled salt pond to right and center, Left beach about 4 the walk always seems much longer than hiking in, tonight we ate at Banana Deck. I had Greek salad and quesadilla Jim had grilled Maui Maui that was good.
Tuesday Jan 22
Mike makes a great breakfast and it was fun to all be in the kitchen working together. He made potatoes and eggs and sausage and toast, juice and fruit. We left and went to Kiddel a real off the beaten track beach, It is a cobblestone beach on south shore located west of salt pond bay.
Lunch was at Miss Lucy's
We went to Hawksnest for the afternoon
Stayed a Villa Capiz for supper had steak, shrimp salad and pina coladas,
Wed Jan 23
We went to Leiinster Bay, Snorkeled the cay, climbed up to guard house, windy city and snorkeled the grassy bay.
Tonight would be last time we would eat at bar at Zozo's for sunset. They are moving to Caneels next year.
Thurs Jan 24th
Had bacon and egg Mc Muffins for breakfast. Hiked to Brown bay and had great snorkel to the left.
Went to Vie's for lunch
Ran into some donkeys in Coral Bay
Stopped at Maho's for afternoon. Ate at villa grilled pork chops and potatoes.
Friday Jan 25th
Raining hard. Mike made his mess for breakfast. It cleared up and we went to Cinnamon Bay
left and went to Dennis Bay my favorite place to go on last day on island short 15 minute hike down to beach
Back for some villa time on last night
Lime Inn for supper