I realize that this is the time of year that most of you are aching to head down south to lavish in there warm weather. So for my next few posts, I will be describing some of the "Hot Spots", that I felt were a must of the islands. And perhaps giving you some background information on each of the destinations, just in case you may to want to frequent there. Shall we begin?
St. Thomas is considered part the United States Virgin Islands (USVI); The three main USVI are St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. St. Thomas is located in the Eastern Caribbean, just east of Puerto Rico. It is 13 miles long by 4 miles wide, equivalent to the size of Manhattan. The temperature is a fantastic 73 - 89 degrees year round.
Alright, enough of the history lesson! A must see in Saint Thomas is the fabulous Magens Bay. It is considered one of the top 10 beaches in all of the world to visit. It was a 30 minute ride away from the port and would cost you $4.00 per person for admission (unless perhaps you are of considerable wealth and can cruise your yacht up to the shore line).
The waters were brilliant! You could see all the way to the bottom sands, infact that is were HH found his lava rock. If you are a seashell extraordinaire as I am, there was a vast aray shells that were available to the public just laying on the beach. I must confess I have an obsession, each time I visit a magnificent beach, I collect some shells, and then when I return to the states, I find a fancy see through jar put my treasures in it and label it accordingly. A great way to remember and reminisce.
If you prefer to stimulate the economy, as do I. The shopping district is one of pure excellence! The majority of the islands in the Caribbean are "Duty Free", which basically means, you exempt from paying those pesky taxes on merchandise. So ladies for this reason alone, you may want to check out the jewelry stores. You can find some amazing deals, some of the jewelers will have the actual stone lad out for you in the display case, along with the pictures of the mines it was found in (deal with those dealers). Tanzanite, is widely available and can be found to suit any price range.
One of my favorite finds was Cariloha! Where everything is made from Bamboo, no lie! And believe it or not, they turn "hard bamboo into ultra-soft apparel". Well in our case, bedding! Softer then 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton, go ahead close your eyes and picture yourself nestled into pure bliss. Free shipping, and will arrive at your home in less then a week. Needless to say, I had surreal night of slumber last night, AMAZING.
Lets just say, "Once you go Bamboo, you never go back!"
If you have a birthday to celebrate, you may want to visit the legendary Senor Frogs. At this establishment, they will torment the birthday goer with an assortment of activities such as; Giving them a cake, setting napkin on fire on the cake, blowing out the napkin, respectively thrusting the cake in the recipients face, and them graciously demanding that they take a shot of tequila. In my family we consider this to be fun, yet each to their own.
Well, I hope you found this post to be informative and edgy. And not the alternative of dull and disturbing. But overall, this is the second time that I have frequented St. Thomas and would recommend it to anyone.