I genuinely don’t have the words to describe the beauty of the US Virgin Islands. We came back from our trip just a few days ago and I still cannot comprehend how gorgeous everything was. Let me start by saying that St. Thomas is, in my book, ten times more picturesque than Hawaii. So if you’ve been to Hawaii you can start to imagine how these island must look.
Not knowing much about the US Virgin Islands going into this trip, we decided to take the easy route and just stay on St. Thomas. Everyone flies into STT airport and then typically takes a ferry to St. John or other nearby islands. Getting off the plane at STT you immediately feel like you’re about to enter Jurassic Park with all the lush greenery.
Everywhere on St. Thomas is accessible by taxi which is always a set fare per person. The taxi prices did seem pretty high to me but you do have to realize you are on an island and tourism is their main source of income/jobs. You can rent a car from the airport, but after one taxi ride on the island I would definitely not recommend it… The roads are extremely winding, sometimes not even paved, hardly any street signs or lights AND they drive on the left side of the road. I’d stick with the taxis.
We stayed at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef. The resort was definitely the most luxurious Marriott I’ve ever stayed at and the prices reflected that. There aren’t too many resort options on St. Thomas so you are limited if you’d like a quality hotel. Our room was upgraded to a balcony facing the island which was the cruise port… the view was unreal!
The resort has several pools and two infinity pools which made for some great photos during sunset.
We found ourselves taking the ferry to St. John more than spending time on St. Thomas. There are 2 ferry locations and we went to Red Hook versus the cruise port area. In Red Hook they have a bunch of restaurants and bars. St. Thomas has a really lively night life and we had a blast mingling with locals.
One restaurant spot that was constantly recommended to us is Iggie’s, about a 10 minute taxi ride from our hotel. Iggie’s is an outdoor restaurant and bar connected to Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Joe & I split a pound of crab legs and a pound of peel shrimp… it was amazing!! Great drinks, great food and a great atmosphere- highly recommend Iggie’s! When we walked in they were playing James Bond on a giant projector on the beach… so cool! Sidenote: the bar has a dice game called “shake of the day” and for $2 you can roll the dice for a chance to split the pot and pay for your vacation.
Our favorite restaurant spot is connected to our hotel (but privately owned) and it’s called the Sand Bar. The way our waitress explained the menu to us: you select your protein, a sauce and a side. We both ordered the skirt steak and I had mine with a chimichurri beurre blanc sauce and mashed potatoes. This was hands down in the top 5 of best steaks I’ve ever had. A little more expensive and I know you don’t expect to get steak on an island but trust me it was worth it!
We’ve decided the next time we find ourselves in the US Virgin Islands we plan to skip St. Thomas and stay on St. John instead. Stay tuned for my next post all about our island hopping.