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
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.'
St. Croix is one of the most relaxing, friendly places to explore in the Virgin Islands, and not as crowded as the other islands. I learned much of the island history by visiting its churches while my husband was working and I always found someone willing to talk. Snorkling is fun off Buck Island, but when we were there, there was quite a current, so it wouldn't have been too good for weaker swimmers. We were lucky to be there during "Jump Up" a great cultural event. We had been warned about going as it is held at night in the city of Christiansted, but if you're at all street savvy, you'll be perfectly safe. Park and walk where it's well-lit and enjoy a great street party!
Perched on top of St. Thomas is the seat that the infamous pirate Sir Francis Drake sat in to overlook the incoming and outgoing vessels coming into the harbour at St. Thomas. This place is off of the beaten path, has a great view, if you are on the island just ask any good tour guide, they'll know where to take you. This dates back to the 1500's.
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.
If you know where to look you can find all sorts of fascinating examples of vernacular artistry. This specimen was hidden away in the palm fronds near the central square of Cruz Bay, the main town on St. John.
The Reef Bay Trail - I would suggest going on a ranger led hike and taking the boat afterwards at the bottom. It's really interesting to see the tropical forest, the petroglyphs, and some sugarmill ruins, but the hike back up the mountain isn't as much fun in the heat.
Some incredible mountain roads and overlooks. Get some take-out (I suggest Garlic Chicken from a restaurant in downtown Christiansted) and head up to the hills.
Excellent secluded beaches. Some require 4x4 SUV or hiking trail for access.
If you're going to be on St John for more than a few days, stop at the Park Visitor Center and buy two books: Feet, Fins and Four Wheel Drive and St John Off the Beaten Track. Thus armed you can explore with clear and accurate guidance.
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...
There are several residences on Castle Nugent. All are owned by Caroline. The curator of a museum on St Croix lives in this house and it is filled with antiques.
When Caroline's Italian husband died, she decided to decorate an old chapel on the Ranch. The main house was just too big for her and had too many memories of her late husband.
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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