Awww, the Virgin Islands. Simply amazing. This Caribbean island was stunning, with crystal clear blue waters surrounded by greenery. If this isn’t high priority on your bucket list… change that.
Let me start by saying the locals are just as beautiful as the island itself. When we got off the plane, we came to a quick realization that Uber was not available. So we decided just to walk the 3+ miles to our hotel at 7 in the morning and in the blistering heat. It wasn’t to dreadful, at least I didn’t think it was. After about a mile, we were greeted by an older gentleman, who I was sure was going to ask for money, I was astounded that he did not. Instead, he told us we looked a bit lost and asked us where we were headed. He gave us directions and the cheapest way to get around. He then went on his merry way. We hadn’t had breakfast, so we went into the first place that had food, which happened to be Subway. When we walked in, we were greeted with welcoming smiles and a good morning from everyone in the shop, and I’m not talking just the employees. Everyone who walked in afterwards was greeted in the same manner. Even as we walked down the street, most of the people we passed acknowledged us. You really feel welcome and not much like a tourist.
The first place we visited was Magen’s Bay, it’s rated one of the worlds most beautiful white sand beaches. We spent the day sun bathing, swimming, collecting seashells, and snorkeling. I absolutely love snorkeling. We saw an octopus and saw an abundance of fish, including Dory and Nemo. It was like an underwater rainbow. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any turtles, but they are often seen around the shores. Snorkeling gear was cheap to rent, $20 and you receive $10 back when you return the gear. There is also kayaks and boards you can rent out for the day. I would strongly recommend visiting this bay.
We ventured to the 99 steps to see the amazing view from higher ground. You don’t really have to be in shape to conquer this. I ran up and down a few times as we snapped pictures of each other.
Black Beards Castle was a good place to do some touring. It’s $15 dollars to do the self tour and you get free rum shots. It’s only open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when the cruise ships are docked at the islands. The castle was built in 1679 by the Danes as a watch tower. It’s original name was Skytsborg until the 18th century when it was renamed Black Beards Castle. We also walked through old houses of the wealthy. The homes were beautiful and had many antiques used during that time were displayed throughout. Something interesting I learned, was that children were raised by the servants in the basement, away from their parents until they were 13 yrs of age. This was when they were deemed old enough to live in the main part of the home with their families. Ghastly.. right?
The Virgin Island rum drinks: This was at the bar, after all the free rum shots. On the right was Black Beards Revenge, made with 4 different types of rum. The middle is called The Pain Killer, and was my favorite. I forgot what the last one I had was called. You can probably guess why.
We also got to see the eclipse from the beach with solar eclipse glasses people were passing around. I made some great memories and built everlasting friendships on both islands that I explored. I wouldn’t trade my memories here for anything.
- Get bug spray, we were eaten alive by bugs.
- It is very touristy so it is not a cheap place to be. A normal sized bottle of the cheapest sunscreen… $20.00
- There are lizards everywhere, huge iguanas as well. Don’t be afraid of them, they wont bother you.
- Drink planty of water.
Everything on this island was amazing. Happy traveling.