Photo of our chartered yacht, the TriWorld, a trimaran, captained by Jim Eldridge.
Lynhollen Yacht Charters, PO Box 489, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, 800-821-1186, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Hollen is knowlegable, friendly and experienced in sailing herself before brokering yacht charters. Lynne found us a trimaran, TriWorld, with Capt Jim a dive master and Katy the Maty, a superb cook.
Charter a sailboat with captain and crew. Choose with the captain each days stops and anchorages. Since the TriWorld came with master diver and compressors, we litterally fell off the boat to go diving.
VI Eco Tours!! This is a must-see if you have the time. The group provides tours of the local mangrove lagoon. It's run by this brainy bio. major who makes mangroves seem interesting. Throughout the tour, you row your own kayak through the lagoon while the guides point out various flora and fauna. Then, they take you snorkeling in an awesome reef that's been barely explored since it's not open to the public. This was a lot of fun and it helps work off a few of those pina coladas!
Take the ferry to St. John's for dinner one night. You can take the ferry from Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. Most restaurants will reimburse the fare when you come over. Definitely try this one night. The restaurants in St. John rival those in St. Thomas. A lot are right on the beach, plus you get the added bonus of taking a night ride through the harbor and seeing the stars reflecting in the water.
Salt Pond Bay, Lameshur Bay, Francis Bay, Leinster Bay, and other beaches on the North and Eastern coast. The beaches closer to the ferry stop at Cruz Bay are crowded and most often visited by tourists and cruise ship denizens. The beaches that are farther out equally beautiful (and in some cases more beautiful) that those closer to Cruz Bay and just a little harder to get to. Be warned though that some require easy to heavy hiking to reach.
The ruins of the sugar factory at Catherineburg. The factory at Annaburg is more frequently visited, but I the one at Catherineburg is in excellent condition and is less crowded. The road to it is extremely bumpy though.
Here are two books that you might find helpful. 'St. John Off the Beaten Track' By Gerald Singer, published by Sombrero Publishing Company and USVI Park Map published by Trails Illustrated for National Geographic
The beaches I like best are not the most well known ones. Trunk Bay for example is the beach most often photographed, but it is also where they bring all the cruise ship passengers and others who come daytripping from St. Thomas. So I prefer some of the quieter spots; Jumpy, Lameshur, Hawksnest (except on week-ends when the locals are here),Frances, Solomon, Leister and Honeymoon.
Art by Anissa Roth
The National Park Service maintains a number of hiking trails, for which it provides maps and leads weekly hikes on the Reef Bay trail. Lind Trail is a short 1.1 mile trail leading from the main town of Cruz Bay to two beaches, first Solomon Bay (otherwise known as the unofficial nude beach) and Honeymoon Bay. The trail leads through varied terrain of forest, orchids, cactus and lovely vistas. If you go early in the morning you may find yourself alone on these lovely little sugar-white sand coves with water that feels like silk to the skin.
Plan to take the drive to Coral Bay, 8 miles from Cruz Bay. All roads out of town eventually lead to Coral Bay. If you drive on Centerline Road, along the way, you will see the Bordeaux Mountain Overlook. Stop, get out, and have a look at a breathtaking view of Coral Bay and beyond.
When you get to 'The Triangle', you must choose. The left fork takes you to the East End. The right fork takes you to Salt Pond and beyond to Lameshur. Good idea to go one way, then another day, go the other way. Both are beautiful and breathtaking with good roads.
Bring your camera. You can see up the entire Sir Francis Drake Channel to Virgin Gorda, the fat one in the middle, 40 miles away.
Bordeaux Mountain Overlook Enjoy a cool drink at the outdoor refreshment stand. After a while of relaxing in the cool breeze, enjoy the charming island boutiques. Eventually, you will make it to Coral Bay.
Triangle to East End - This drive takes you past Hurricane Hole, Haulover Bay, and all the way to Round Bay. Tortola looks so close that you almost can touch it. See for yourself why so many artists live out this way. Enjoy unusual island shopping.
Triangle to Salt Pond Go right at the triangle and get a look at Coral Harbor and its impressive fleet of traditional and modern sailing vessels. Enjoy the breezes and views. Shop, eat, and swim along the way.
Visit Sopers Hole on the Southwest side of Tortola. Road Town is the big burg on Tortola. Sopers Hole is just a really quaint place with some interesting shops and nearby restaurants. We spent New Year's night there on our yacht charter and were entertained all night by roosters who seemed to be calling 'Happy New Year.'
New pages for St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix are currently under construction. Will have lots of site-specific info when complete.
Meanwhile, please feel free to email me with questions!
uh.... we went to this shark place.... they had a submarine, partially submerged, and other nice things to do and see....
we spent a few hours there...
and made a few friends...
Caroline Gasperri. She laughlingly says anyone with a tan in St Croix is a tourist. Most people who live there protect themselves from the sun's harmful rays.
Caroline (pronounced Car-o-line) Gasperri is the owner of this working cattle ranch. She is a wonderful host whenever we visit.
Visiting our friends at Castle Nugent Ranch. Here we are getting together for some wine, cheese, Italian music, and good conversation.
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