St. John, USVI
St. John, USVI
We are thrilled to feature our first post from our dear friend and world traveller, Pam Lach
St. John, USVI is the perfect location for my husband and I and our family. There are so many options for every age range: swimming, snorkeling, sailing, paddle board, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, etc. We often wake up to see the magnificent sunrise, visit one or two beaches every day.
Here are a few reasons why the island is a coveted travel destination and why so many visitors come back every year.
Those are the facts, now I will share with you my personal experience. We have been going to St. John for ten years. We first heard about St. John when our son, was invited to the island for a High School senior trip. He arrived at night and when he woke up in the morning, he called and said: “Mom and Dad, this is the most beautiful place I have ever been. You need to come here”. At that point in time, our son visited Florida Keys, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, so he had a sense of what a tropical vacation was all about. However, he said “St. John is different”. He was right. Within the year, we booked our first visit.
During our first trip to St. John, USVI we fell in love with the island. After several trips where we rented villas, and sailed the BVI’s, we simply had a yearning for more. Like many visitors, St. John became our destination that we wanted to visit again and again.
It has a laid-back vibe that stays with you from the time you set foot on the island until you head back to the airport on St. Thomas. It is only 9 miles from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, so you can get acquainted quickly. Although it is the smallest of the USVI, there is so much to do.
When on “island time” you can do as much or as little as you want to do. With all of the scheduled activities: Friends of the Park events, featured bands and singers, fundraisers including 8 Tuff Miles, Coral Bay Flotilla, Beach to Beach swims…., yoga, Carnival, one can quickly get immersed as a member of the community.
Ruins at Annaberg Plantation
Petroglyphs off Reef Bay Trail
Rams Head Hike
Each of us have hopes, dreams and desires for ourselves, our family, our lives and our future. One of ours was to own a home in warmer climate. Although, we looked at villas on St. John to buy, (in our price range) on that first trip, we were not in a position to make a purchase. After a few years, we were nearing the end of college tuition and other expenses, so we seriously started looking. Our search included different areas in Florida and St John.
In 2012 we purchased our villa, Someday Isle
It was ironic that it’s name is Someday Isle because it represents our hopes and dreams for something more as we were planning retirement.
St. John is the perfect location for my husband and I and our family. There are so many options for every age range: swimming, snorkeling, sailing, paddle board, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, etc. For my husband and I, we often wake up to see the magnificent sunrise, visit one or two beaches every day. Sometimes, I sit and read a book while he tries to catch the elusive bone fish. We are avid snorkelers and we go to our favorite spots a few times per week.
We enjoy watching clouds, seeing the moon rise and enjoying the light island trade winds with a book or a glass of wine. Sometimes both!
We enjoy a late day float in our pool or at one of our “soaking beaches” Maho or Francis. We either cook at home in our villa or head out to one of the many restaurants in Coral Bay or for date night, we may hike over to Cruz Bay.
We have owned Someday Isle for four years and each time we leave, we get the St. John blues and look forward to our next visit.
We really think St. John is a fantastic destination and we think you will to. If you are looking for a memorable island experience you should consider St. John. And if you need a place to stay, we invite you to be our guests. https://www.vrbo.com/507506
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