We've been to St. Thomas twice before, the first time we got a
tour of the
island and snorkeled off of one of the beaches.
The second time we took
the more adventurous bike tour and ended up
at Megan's bay for a few
hours of swimming. So this time, we
decided to brave the transportation
system and catch a ferry to St.
John. All we can say is WOW...
This island is going to
compete with St. Maarten for our next vacation!
We had about 23 minutes
till the ferry left from Red Hook (which gets us to St. John in 15
minutes). A cab driver spotted us... could he get us there in time, or should we wait for
the ferry that leaves from the closer-by dock (takes over 45 minutes
to get to St. John)?
Of course he could get us there!
Although he drove so fast that we weren't sure we'd
get there alive! Luckily, the
ferry was on island time, even though it was a U.S.
out 10am does not mean exactly 10am. My kind of time!
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Lovingly referred to by Greg as "Trunkie,"
we spent five heavenly hours here.
Joseph wants to live here
forever. Laila wants to retire here.
The water was so clear that my own shadows would startle
me! The sand was as fine and
soft as baking flour. And other than Joey's screams of
delight, all you heard were the
waves and the breeze blowing through the trees.
Joey's quote of the cruise was on the drive down
to the beach from Cruz Bay...
he asked if the water was salt-water here too. He
"does the water company add pepper to the salt
Riding the waves with daddy. The waters were the calmest and
clearest here. Joey was in heaven!
2-hour nap right on the beach... he kept on his
swimmy vest since he was going to jump into the water as soon as he
It was a battle getting Joey to stay out of the water long enough
for us to pack up and leave...
We heard from
everybody else on the beach that the snorkeling near that little
the best they'd ever experienced. With a prego-mama
and a 3-1/2-year-old, we
didn't get to try it out ourselves this
time... but there will be a next time!
Ferry Ride Back & the St. Thomas Shoreline
Give mommy a smile?
Eastern shoreline of St. Thomas
Our ship docked at
Southwest of Charlotte Amalie...
...and to the southeast
more majestic Royal Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas... docked in
front of us, and about 3 times the size of our ship!