Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Sailing is the one adventure we undoubtedly knew we would embark upon while visiting St. John. My dad has always wanted to sail through the Caribbean, and has yet to do it, so this was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. We opted to do a private charter on a regular sailboat, versus a catamaran, which proved to be an excellent decision. Cloud 9 Sailing Adventures is the company we used and chose a sailing trip to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, which included a snorkel stop in Lovango Cay.

We started in Cruz Bay and headed to Lovango Cay, where we snorkeled for a little while before sailing to Jost Van Dyke. This was my 4 year old’s first snorkeling experience. She can swim but since she was not able to tread water for a long time, she used a mat to float on while checking out the beautiful tropical fish. This was awesome.

St. John, US Virgin Islands - Lovango Cay

Snorkeling in Lovango Cay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

When we arrived on the island, we first went through customs then walked to the world famous Foxy’s for lunch. Foxy’s has so much character! It is also worth noting that the Chicken Roti at Foxy’s is unbelievably delicious!

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Welcome to Jost Van Dyke, Britsh Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Customs – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Foxy's - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Foxy’s – You must try the Chicken Roti

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Swinging in the tree outside of Foxy’s while waiting on lunch

Great Harbour - Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

more of Great Harbour – Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

When finishing lunch we sailed over to White Bay and swam to the beach. It was a beautiful day to bask in the Sun and be entertained by an interesting crowd. After a few painkillers at the Soggy Dollar Bar, we enjoyed a calm and perfect sail back into Cruz Bay.

Caribbean Sailing

Sailing back to St. John in the beautiful Caribbean

My dad had a perma-grin on his face the entire day, we all had a blast and the trip turned out to be one we will never forget.

St. John, US Virgin Islands

When searching for a place to go for our family vacation this year, the Caribbean was at the forefront of our search. My husband, Caleb, and I had not been to the Caribbean since our honeymoon, which was over 7 years ago, and some of the other family members had never been. It was time to go back.

After an exhaustive search, St. John began to look like this year’s spot. We rented a house overlooking Fish Bay and the views from all areas of the house were stunning. These are a few photos from the balcony at different times of day.

Fish Bay, St. John, USVI

panoramic shot at sunset from the balcony

St. John, USVI - Fish Bay

St. John, USVI – Fish Bay

St. John is a quintessential location for relaxation time spent on the beach. A must see while visiting St. John was the infamous Trunk Bay, which is located in Virgin Islands National Park. It did not disappoint.

St. John, USVI - Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay – St. John, USVI

A couple of the other beaches we checked out were Cinnamon Bay and Honeymoon Beach. Each was beautiful, had its own vibe and provided options for water sports and activities. We all agreed Cinnamon Bay had the best snorkeling.

St. John, USVI - Cinnamon Bay

My daughter having a blast at Cinnamon Bay.

St. John, USVI - Cinnamon Bay

panoramic view of Cinnamon Bay

St. John, USVI - Honeymoon Beach

panoramic view of Honeymoon Beach

Distinctive flowers were scattered throughout the island. These are a few which made an impression.

St. John, USVI - Flowers

Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)

Orange Flamboyant Tree - St. John, USVI

Orange Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia) – Caneel Bay

Umbrella Tree - St. John, USVI

Umbrella Tree or Octopus Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

While waiting to board the ferry back to St. Thomas, I snapped a few final shots of Cruz Bay.

St. John, USVI - Cruz Bay

St. John, USVI – Cruz Bay

St. John, USVI - Cruz Bay

St. John, USVI – Cruz Bay

St. John, USVI - Cruz Bay

St. John, USVI – Cruz Bay

St. John was an amazing vacation and the views were breathtaking. It’s never easy to leave such a beautiful location. Check back for the next post which will detail our day sailing trip to Jost Van Dyke, BVI!