The trip to and from st john was utter hell. HELL I tell you. Flights in both directions were delayed and each way was about a 16 hour travel time. SIXTEEN HOURS. That’s enough sleep for TWO DAYS. But no, you can’t sleep, because your drinking
beam and ginger from nips you brought water and waiting to hear any news on what freaking gate your flight is now at. You’re also praying that the broken door on your airplane isn’t such a huge deal and someone was just an idiot and didn’t know how to use a handle. Right?
If you don’t know anything about St John, let me tell ya… It is part of the USVI and you can’t get to it by plane. Just a boat. Or if you’re loaded a helicopter. (Spoiler alert: I’m not loaded). It’s a SMALL island. We drove across it in about 40-55 minutes. It takes me longer to travel down Comm Ave in Boston sometimes!
60% of the Island is protected national forest. This means that most of your leisure time will be spent hiking, swimming, snorkeling, boating, kayaking…. looking at the ancient ruins… drinking lots of painkillers, bushwackers and other frothy, sugary drinks.
NOT TOO SHABBY IF YOU ASK ME!
Just a few little places we went to, I loved, and I need you to go to soon.
If you want to take a trip to BVI definitely go to B-Line Beach Bar. It’s on Little Jost van Dyke and it’s heaven. I almost want to tell you there’s no need to go anywhere else… but let’s face it there is. Anyways so our boat ride to this island in BVI took around an hour. Definitely a lot more time than it should have been but the water was SUPER choppy and we had to go pretty slow. B-Line is this tiny, 2-walled bar in the water. An old dude opens beer bottles and let’s you shoot the caps into a jug on the back wall. If you get it in, beer is free!
They have a grill up at someone’s house behind the bar. There’s only about 3 things on the menu but the food is UNREAL.
But back to St John… where I actually stayed. We did two amazing hikes/beach trips/ snorkeling.
We hiked up a flat trail to waterlemon beach and then about 10 minutes upward to two ancient ruins spots. Absolutely breathtaking. The views were unbelievable and the snorkeling was AMAZING.
We also drove to the opposite side of the island from where we were staying in Cruz Bay. After driving wayyy south past Coral Bay and stopping at the DELISH The Tourist Trap, whose owner is the former exec chef of Chez Henri in my home town, we hiked up Ram’s Head to an elevation of 200+ feet and soaked up the view.
Me and the man loving life. The hike was definitely tough and the wind was SUPER strong but we loved every minute of it. We passed 2 beaches during the hike. One perfect crescent, white sands with tropical fish galore in it. The other one was full of smooth rocks and had the most blue-green water I have ever seen.
Ok the end. Go visit. Go visit now. Get a copy of The Last Trail Bandit Guide to the Hiking Trails of St John, VI.
Grab some drinks from Beach Bum Bar… or hang out at Drink for a cocktail and beach views. I have plenty more suggestions so if you are heading that way… shoot me a message and ask!