17 days in paraidise
Wed Jan 5th, We left home at 2pm and drove to Chicago. Stayed at Comfort suites park and drive. One free week parking then 10 dollars a night. Brandon our oldest son was working in Chicago so he picked us up and we ate at McCormick. The seafood was great.
Thursday Jan 6th
Up at 315 and had pick up at 4am to go to the airport. 555 am flight to Atlanta. One hour layover, arrived at St Thomas 250 island time, Jackie was driver and we caught the 4 pm ferry for the first time. We had to call Curtsey when we arrived. Rented 2 door jeep for 17days for 1100. We were on our way to Angels Roost in Coral Bay for our second stay. Supper would be Aqua Bistro for our traditional first dinner.
Friday Jan 7th
Parked at Caneel resort, We wanted to hike Turtle trail but was told it was closed, We went to Salomon after Honeymoon beach, easy trail. Only two other people on beach, Snorkeled to Honeymoon beach.When we left had Mango drink and Caribbean iced tea. Validated our parking ticket and stopped at Maho till 4pm, Had pasta salad and grilled chicken at Angels Roost.
Snorkel around cay
To night we went to eat at La Planche Del Mar in Mongoose station. We had the best waitress Mary Kay. We both had a Passion fruit Margaretta
I had seafood provincial linguini.Tiger prawns, muscles, seas scallops, cherry tomatoes, capers in white wine butter sauce, Delicious
Jim had paella ale plancha! Tiger prawns, mussels chorizo sausage, braised chicken crispy saffron risotto cake and smoked paprika tomato sauce.
Excellent!! Had table out on terrace.
Had fresh fruit, poppy seed cake and bacon and egg MC muffin for breakfast. We left at 0830 for Brown Bay. Mod trail it takes about 1/2 hour each way. We snorkeled to the right. Good visibility but it needs to be calm. Some current. lots of beautiful fans. We went to Haulover south to read. Very hot today so we left 130 and stopped at Skinny legs. Jim had Maui Maui blackened and I had wings and veg.
Breakfast was light yogurt and toast.Went to Trunk Bay and arrived at 0820. Love walking the beach. each way is 1/4th mile.
Stayed until ll30. Took the short hike down to Denis Bay. Very windy and a very relaxing day. Enjoy listening to waves crashing over rocks and watching the water spray over them. This is one of our favorite places to veg out.
We ate at Shipwreck we remembered to call for reservations and got better seats. I had lemon, spinach, shrimp, scallops and crab-meat in fettuccine,
Tuesday Jan 11th
Pancakes and bacon for breakfast. We went to Great Lameshur beach. We did the rock scramble over to bay. I saw first spotted ray here. We snorkeled to left but current was too strong to make it to bee hive.
Supper tonight at villa grilled salmon leftover fettuccine and lemon bar.
Wed Jan 12th
We got to Hawksnest at830. We had this pristine beach all to ourselves. There was a 5 min rain that left us with a beautiful rainbow.
We went to Francis snorkel but it was not good. Very murky, We ate at Rumblines had Caribbean lobster with rice and fresh vegetables. I had guava Margaretta and Jim had pineapple mojito. and spicy scallops. We talked to couple from Choc hole who were staying at Villa Bijou that we would end up renting next year when we came to St John with our family.
Woke up to rain and electric off for 45 min. Had English muffin for breakfast. We had booked a 3 hour kayak tour for 65$, We called because weather was still iffy but they said tour still on. We had never kayaked before and found it easy except getting back on from out in the water. Chad was our guide. We snorkeled long point and pelican rock both new places for us.
We went to Vie's and had garlic chicken and Johnny cakes with honey.We went to Hanson beach and snorkeled to Pelican Rock again, Supper was pork chops and potatoes on the grill.
We went Westin and walked around Chocolate Hole.
Gibney is where we spent our afternoon. We saw sting rays close to beach and talked to family from New York we had sat with yesterday at Vie's
Supper was at Lime Inn. I had Maui Maui with mango pineapple sauce. Jim had a whole snapper fish.
We got to Salt Pond 0830 and did Ram head hike. Beautiful!! We snorkeled blue Cobblestone and Salt Pond. Stopped at tourist trap for Boom Boom drinks.Awesome!
Supper was grilled steak and potatoes and corn.
Love Donkey Diner for breakfast. I had stuffed french toast with mango sauce. Jim had the donkey scramble. We went to Denis bay to relax.
Supper was a pizza from Donkey Diner
Up early and enjoyed fried potatoes , eggs and left over steak for breakfast. We took a short walk to Annaberg Plantation.
We snorkeled for the first time at the three mooring balls. Our favorite snorkel yet. We talked to couple from Russia there.
We went to Frances bay for afternoon. Supper was pasta and hamburger
We had banana bread and egg Mc Muffins.
We went to Trunk Bay and walked the beach and stayed until 1100, We went to Tourist Trap and had Boom Boom's and some of Larry's pulled pork sandwich very good. Had second Boom Boom and I was bombed. We went to Haulover North but to rough and I fell asleep. Tonight we went to Aqua Bistro and I began my love affair with their grouper sandwich with salad and homemade blue cheese dressing.
Had bacon, eggs and fresh fruit. Went to Haulover North but again too rough. We did the rock scramble to Northeastern shore. We met the Russian couple again who lived in Boston and snorkeled the bay with them. Beautiful yellow Coral and mangroves along shore. We walked back by road that came out Dreekets Drive.
Haulover South snorkel to right saw another spotted ray.
We spent the afternoon at Maho. Supper was in had sausage and fried potatoes.
Thursday Jan 20th
54th Birthday, Up early and read. Had fruit, toast and yogurt.We went to Caneel and parked and walked to honeymoon beach. Stayed all morning and enjoyed watching people come and leave on snorkeling excursions. Had our drink at bar and validated our parking ticket. We went to Maho and floated in our chairs.
ZoZo's view at sunset is a perfect setting for birthday dinner, I had Maui Maui with goat cheese salad. Jim had stuffed sole. We enjoyed talking to 3
couples at bar.
Going home North shore we were treated to full moon radiating over water.
Friday Jan 21
Went to favorite snorkel again at 3 mooring balls Leinster Bay.
Saturday Last day we had leftovers for breakfast. We went to Haulover South to snorkel and back to Gibney. I snorkeled over to Hawksnest from Gibney and there is lots of stalk horn coral.
Tonight Jane and Larry Angel Roost owners took us to dinner at Shipwreck, Jim loves the fish and chips here. We packed because have early flight.
Sunday Up at 430 caught the 6 am ferry. Got to air port at 7 am for 840 flight. Ate a great breakfast there. Until next year Goodbye