Sunsets were a big part of the trip so we grabbed a group and took a sail on our second to last day. This is the photo blog.
|Travel Gear - H&M Bathing Suit and Ray Bans.|
In the USVI's the cars are the same but drive on the opposite side of the road. "Stay left" was our mantra. Instead of saying hello, we greeted everyone with the salutation "stay left!" to which they pleasantly replied, "Stay left, mon!" Driving in St. John is exhilarating for the driver and terrifying for the passenger.
Snorkeling Francis Beach
How does one explore the other islands? We hemmed and hawed over this issue but were set on seeing Jost van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda. Do we charter a private boat? Well, we were on a budget. Maybe we could find other couples that are looking for a similar excursion and split the cost? Good luck with that. A group charter...? We called it "the cattle boat". Let's Go!
The boat pulled up to the Caneel Bay's dock, it was packed. We squeezed in with another honeymooning couple and a family of about 12. Attitude is everything, with breakfast and a "Pain Killer" on board, we were in good spirits and ready for a full day of hiking, snorkeling and boating.
We hit Virgin Gorda first and started with a hike through the batholiths (The Baths), giant igneous rock formations that shift one centimeter each year. As you will see below, the top left photo is rather famous, not because we are pictured but because this is the same spot that Tyra Banks had her premiere photo shoot.
After a 2 mile hike, with frequent stops for the children and grandparents who lagged, we stopped for a swim and then hopped on the boat and headed to Diamond Bay for a snorkel. Snorkeling was uneventful but here's a photo to prove we did it:
Lunch was a little more fun. We pulled into Tortola for a bite to eat at a nondescript restaurant called Pussers.