Welcome to The Virgin Islands!
Hi, I’m from St. Thomas, the main island of the United States Virgin Islands. When people learn this fact, many of them share their St. Thomas tourist experiences with me. I’ve heard tales of curious exploits and thought to myself, “you went where?” No offense, but I suppose I have a slightly different perspective.
While I wasn’t born on St. Thomas (see Author) , I was born to a St. Thomian family and lived there for over 14 years. Allow me to take you on a slightly different tour – one that doesn’t involve duty free shopping. Touristy, but with a twist. My twist.
First let’s start with a view from Mom’s porch on Crown Mountain. Not bad huh? This view is of the Cyril E. King Airport and the University of the Virgin Islands where I went for undergrad (herein after referred to as the University).
(The University appears towards the middle of the picture and to the right of the airport runway – white roofed buildings overlooking the sea.)
Trivia Question: Where have you seen the above picture before?
Answer: It’s the header image of Today’s Thought – you know, my blog!
If you answered correctly, you get a free rum punch at the gift shop… uh – no, not really. Moving on…
A quick drive down Crown Mountain will take you to the University.
From the Student Activity Center you also have a view up Crown Mountain towards Mom’s house. Hi Mom!
The following picture is a view down to John Brewer’s Bay, the beach just west of the University. I assure you, I never cut class to go to the beach. There was no need. Beach going was part of my curriculum … I cut for other reasons.
There’s a rockin’ little waterpark at Limberg bay which is near the airport and east of the University. Great Fun! And yes, the University is pretty much sandwiched between two beaches. Once again, cutting class to go to the beach – didn’t happen. Well, I know some other people who did…but that’s another post.
A great option for an excursion: Take the Red Hook ferry to the sister island of St. John. The ferry ride lasts about twenty minutes. Pictured below is the Auto ferry. If you’re renting a car while on St. Thomas, you can take it with you! This is one of my favorite things to do. Not to fear, if you don’t have a car you can ride the regular ferry and take a taxi/safari once you get to St. John.
Once on St. John there are many beaches to visit. One of the most popular is Trunk Bay, but my favorite is Cinnamon Bay.
Trivia tidbit: Did I mention that the Virgin Islands are volcanic in origin and are belived to be the top of a mountain range? The islands are really hilly with great ocean views all around.
The above picture was taken at the far end of the beach. You have to go into the water and around a rock formation to get to this spot. It’s sort of a mini beach. The kids loved it. We packed a picnic lunch and spent the day on Cinnamon Bay. Then we took the last Auto Ferry back to St. Thomas.
I hope you enjoyed our short tour. Do come again! For more information visit USVI Tourism.
PS: This trip was taken in 2004 when the kids were a lot younger. Needless to say, they’ve aged a lot better than I have.
(hibiscus photo from here)