Planning and Preparation: Two Weeks in St. John, USVI

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We had a long overdue trip this past summer and along with it had many questions about where we went and what we enjoyed.

Planning Tools

  • Past trips with family
  • Packing lists (Wendy with beach and vacation food)
  • Tripadvisor was extremely helpful – more helpful than Yelp, Google Maps, etc.
  • Kids beach and snorkel kit

Day 0 / Saturday:

Day 1 / Sunday:

  • Love City Excursisions
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    Daily ocean swimming and snorkeling made a big impact on our pod of four snorkel pups!

    boat trip

  • Maho Beach
  • Waterlemon Cay
  • Caneel Bay Lunch
  • Lovango and Congo
  • Cook @ house
  • St. John Market*

Day 2 / Monday, July 4:

  • Great Cruz Bay Beach*
  • Dinner at the Westin

Day 3 / Tuesday:

Day 4 / Wednesday:

Day 5 / Thursday:

  • Hawksnest Beach
  • La Tapa for dinner*

Day 6 / Friday:

  • Friends of US Virgin Islands National Park – Reef Bay Hike*
  • Petroglyphs*
  • Guide to the flora and fauna
  • Cane Mill
  • Reef Bay Beach
  • Sadie Boat Ride Home
  • Longboard for dinner*

Day 7 / Saturday:

  • Skinny Legs stop
  • Saltpond Bay Beach*
  • Walk to the salt pond
  • Miss Lucy’s for dinner*

Day 8 / Sunday:

  • Breakfast at Dog House pub (?)
  • Cinnamon Bay Beach
  • Craig left for work.

Day 9 / Monday:

  • Bad Kitty
  • BVI
  • The Baths
  • Cooper Island Beach Club
  • The Aquarium
  • Jost Van Dyke bars*
  • Sushi (dinner in Cruz Bay, St. John)

Day 10 / Tuesday:

  • imageOverhaul Beaches = No.  We went out to these beaches and they were too rocky for our group.  So we returned to Saltpond Bay Beach.
  • Saltpond Beach
  • Skinny Legs

Day 11 / Wednesday:

  • Honeymoon Beach – This was outstanding.  I wish we’d gone here earlier and more often.  Go park at Caneel, pay the fee (which is refunded with purchase) and make the 15 minute walk out to the beach.
  • Kayak and float rentals
  • North Shore Deli 2

Day 12 / Thursday:

  • Trunk Bay – Wendy and Fred
  • Trunk Bay – Everyone
  • Doghouse and Rib takeout

Day 13 / Friday:

  • Trip #2 with Love City
  • Reef Bay
  • Lameshur
  • North Shore Deli v3
  • Honeymoon
  • Jumbie = No
  • Lovango and Congo
  • Thatch drive by
  • Sunsei on St. Thomas
  • Packing
  • Late night Sushi

Day 14 / Saturday:

  • Return trip and departure from St. John
  • First jeep out at 7.40
  • Dodge and Carrie help leave at 8.10
  • Everyone at Ferry at 8.40 for 9 am departure!
  • Flights changed to 12.30 (from 1) and then to 12.15 with a gas stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Rain delays in CLT

Daily Beach Checklist

  • Snorkel gear
    • Mask
    • Fins
    • Snorkel
    • Booties
  • Cooler
    • Water (2 per person)
    • Wine in cooler
    • Pre-mixed cocktail
    • Ice
    • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • Dry clothes
  • Beach chairs
  • Entertainment (Book, Music, Balls, etc.)

 

 

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