06.01.2009 - 21.01.2009
First of all I need to tell you how this trip came about. Last year on our cruise we met a couple who owned a home on Tortola. When our cruise stopped at Tortola port they showed us the island and offered to let us rent in future. We took them up on offer and booked for the following year.
Tuesday Jam 6th
We got up and left home at 430 we drove to my son's house and left our car. My son dove us to Chicago. We made our 0830 flight and had to wait in line to be de iced. We were flying in the air about a hour when the pilot came over the speaker and said we are going to have to land in New York due to engine light problem. We landed safely and the whole runway was lined with emergency vehicles with their lights on. I guess the problem was more serious than we knew. We had to wait about 3 hours for a new plane. We arrived in San Juan at 7pm and had to wait until 1030 for plane to St Thomas.
Ron Lochardt the owner of Chrystel palace had been following our delay picked us up at airport. What great service picking up his customers. We got to bed and breakfast and had a drink at the honor bar. We were very tired due to long travel day but very happy to be in St Thomas.
Wed Jan 7th
Up for sunrise at 0630 and went out on large deck to watch sunrise and cruise ships come in. We walked down to shore and walked for about a hour. We went back to Chrystal Palace and had coffee, fruit, cereal and a roll. We went back into town to shop.
We left on 1245 speedy ferry to Tortola. Arrived in hour and went through customs. We were supposed to be picked up by Albert their driver and Iris housekeeper. We waited about 45 min and they showed up to take us to get our rental. We payed 50 a day plus 15 for collision insurance. We later found out our insurance covers us we just have to show proof of insurance. Live and learn.We ate at Pursers and I had Maui Maui sandwich and Jim had Cod fried fish. We got our first lesson in island time. There were hardly any customers but they made us wait forever for bill
Thursday Jan 8th
We had eggs and muffins at home and started out to explore. We headed West. our first stop Smugglers Cove and walked the beach.
Went by Apple Bay and Carrot Bay
Cane Garden Bay we enjoyed a painkiller drink on beach.
We stopped at boathouse restaurant and had appetizer. conch and lobster cakes.We went bock and enjoyed the deck at the house. We headed to the east end to Marina Cay. We took the free ferry over and met couple on ferry that live on Tortola. We sat with them and enjoyed the Michael Bean Pirate show.
After the show we at supper at Pussers. I had salad and ribs,Jim had ceaser salad and crab cakes.It took a half hour to drive back.
Friday Jan 9th
Up early for sunrise. We went to Road town to catch ferry to Virgin Gorda.We left at 0900 and it takes about 30 min to get there. You take a taxi to Baths.
We ate at the Top of Baths restaurant. Have the best onion rings and coconut chicken sandwich. and the view is great up there.
We took taxi at 3 to catch 330 ferry back When we snorkeled at baths my mask broke so we went to dive shop to get new snorkel and mask. We stopped at a pub in Road town and shared chicken and ribs. Jim had bushwhacker and I had pina colada.
Saturday Jan 10th
We went to Apple Bay to Sebastian's for breakfast. I had rum french toast and Jim had banana pancakes. So good. We went to Smugglers Bay to spend the day and snorkel.We snorkeled and got caught up in shallow coral. Had painkiller drinks at beach bar.Stayed at beach all day.
We went to full moon party at Tullis Bay. Had fireballs lit up on beach and two bands playing. Had drinks in lit up martini glasses. Somebody slipped me a mickey when he fixed my drink. It was not a good feeling.
Sunday Jan 11th
Up at 700 and went to church at 0900 in Roadtown at St Williams church. What a great experience, the choir was so good.We shopped and found carry out Chinese dinner. We went back and enjoyed the house.We went to Pegs Landing to eat had blackened grouper sandwich. We watched playoffs at bar.
Monday Jan 12th
Made egg mc muffins , We went to Sage Mountain and did trails for 2 hours.
We went to Cane Garden Bay. We rented chairs and umbrella. We ate burgers and onion rings at Stanleys on beach.
We went to watch sunset at Banankeet and ate supper. We had fish fritter and shared a shrimp dinner and enjoyed the sunset.
Tuesday Jan 13th
We went to Sopers Hole and had breakfast. We went to Brewers Bay. Loved this beach, sandy and plenty of shade. Stayed all day.
We stopped at a beach where they were surfing and overlook for Roadtown.
We went back and enjoyed last night at house.
Wed Jan 14th
We cleaned up house, turned in car. Iris picked us up and took us to East End to catch ferry for 30$.
We went through customs and Mike met us. Owner of Sailview. He took us to get our jeep at Curtsey. We was on our way to second part of island adventure. Which island would we fall in love with? Time would tell. The driveway is not for faint of heart. Mike built the house and did wonderful craftsmanship in the beautiful suites. that are below their home. There is a lovely deck with prep kitchen if you want to grill or make a simple meal.
The suite is spotless with a deck right outside of your room. It was stocked with pop, coffee, 1/2 & 1/2, chips, snack bars, yogurt , homemade banana bread , apples, bananas, juice. Eileen showed us around. We went to eat at skinny legs and had Maui Maui sandwich, blackened hamb, pineapple bushwhacker ,
Thursday Jan 15th
Enjoyed breakfast at sunrise out on deck. We stopped at dei and got a grinder sandwich to share for beach.We went into Cruz Bay to start Lind trail about a mile each way. Went to honeymoon bay we got there at 0915 the first snorkel groups started to arrive from cruise ships at about 1030. We hiked over to Salomon Bay.
We went to Hawksnest and walked the beach
Stopped at Gibney and Oppeheimer
We hiked up to peace hill and enjoyed the view then went down to Denis bay.
Went out to Sweet Plantains.i had pork tenderloin, slow roasted with jerk seasoning with yucca root fries. Jim had shrimp and scallop Creole . Enjoyed crispy to-stones with vegetables. Guava martini and coconut flan with ginger and caramel.
Friday Jan 16th
To Trunk bay at 0800. We walked the beach for a hour. We snorkeled the trail at o915. I had did this trail on an excursion 29 years ago when we came to St John from our Cruise. Not much left to trail. This had been the first time I had ever snorkeled and I did it with a group because Jim did not want to try to snorkel then.
We left when the cruise ship crowd started coming. and went to Jumbie the beach you can see from trunk. We stayed until 130 and then went into Cruz Bay to Deli grotto for lunch. I shopped and loved Ruth spice shop. We got my hook bracelet at St John Bracelet Co for 250. We had a salad and grilled chicken out on deck at Sail View.
We could hear music and went to Island Blue in Coral bay to have some bushwhackers and listen to music.
Saturday Jan 17th
Up early and hiked Salt Pond at 0830
Walked to Drunken Bay
Salt pond snorkel turtle and octopus
We went to Skinney's legs had blue cheese burger and Jim had Cheddar burger. Both were good.
We stopped at Maho and liked you could drive right up and park close to beach.
Shipwreck for supper I had Greek salad and Jim had fish and chips.
Sunday Jan 18th
Went to Miss Lucy's for brunch Get there before 1000 because it gets packed. Jim had pina colada pancakes and I had egg Benedict they both came with home fries and fruit.
We went to rental for next year Angels Roost we loved it and booked for next year,
We went to Cinnamon Cay to left and snorkeled the cay
We went to Aqua Bistro for supper and had the grouper sandwich. Loved it.
Tues Jan 20th.
We went to Waterlemon and snorkeled the cay. Saw lots of starfish.
Went back to Dennis Bay for afternoon. What a quiet place.
Supper would be at Zozo's for birthday dinner. The view at the bar at sunset was priceless and what a wonderful ending to trip.
Up early to turn jeep in and catch 6 am ferry for 840 flight. We are already booked for next year. St John is our island of choice. Love the hiking and remoteness. Love Coral Bay side. Best snorkeling. Can not wait till next January.