June 3, 2012 Graduation trip to the USVI
As promised, here is the post about the trip to the US Virgin Islands Yufei and I took after graduation!
We stayed at Sugar Bay Resort and Spa in St. Thomas, and despite the mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, we had a wonderful time there. We chose the all-inclusive option, and it was fine for us since we only stayed 4 nights and didn’t rent a car; if we had stayed longer the food might start to get repetitive. The grounds were beautiful and well-kept, and it is a cat-friendly resort so much to my delight there were many kitties running around!
We arrived in the afternoon so we just took it easy that day and rested. The next morning we took a taxi to Red Hook in order to take the ferry to St. John. It was quite cloudy that morning, but by the time we arrived in Cruz Bay in St. John, the sun was peaking through the clouds.
From there we took another taxi to Trunk Bay. We hadn’t planned on where to go when we got to St. John, but Trunk Bay looked nice on the map, wasn’t too far away, and lots of people seemed to be going there so we decided to check it out. It turned out to be the best beach I had ever seen! The water was so clear and the sand so soft and fine, and it was not crowded at all. There was a $4 per person charge to get into the beach area, but it was well worth it!
We swam in the ocean, went snorkeling (and even saw a stingray!), enjoyed the sun on the beach, and had an overall lovely day.
The next day, we decided to just take it easy and stay on the resort. The morning was spend swimming, lounging by the pool reading and having tropical drinks, and watching the iguanas trying to steal lemon slices from people’s drink cups.
After lunch, we went to the beach of the resort. The beach, while lovely to look at, was actually quite rocky and the waves were a bit rough, so it wasn’t so great for swimming and snorkeling. But lying on a beach chair watching the ocean wasn’t bad either.
To take full advantage of everything on the resort, we even played mini golf! It turns out we were both pretty bad at golf and I even lost a ball in the pond, but we still had fun.
The day after was our last full day on the island, and we went to Charlotte Amalie, the capital city of the USVI, after brunch. We were dropped off at the top of the 99 steps, and the location offered gorgeous views of the sea below.
Walking down the 99 steps:
It turns out downtown was mostly a shopping area (TONS of jewelry stores), and since we didn’t plan to spend any more money on this trip, we just walked around and enjoyed the charming allies before leaving the area.
Coki Beach was our next destination. The beach was quite small, but it was great. Again not very crowded, beachy reggae music, and the best snorkeling ever!
The next morning we checked out of hotel, went to the airport, and reluctantly left St. Thomas. We had a wonderful time on our trip, and this Caribbean experience was quite different from what we had before in Mexico. I would love to come back in the future, maybe stay on a different island or even the British Virgin Islands!