I love to travel and am game to go just about anywhere, but my absolute favorite vacations are to a beach somewhere WARM. It’s seriously so hard to beat that. This year, to ring in the start of a new year and a new decade, my family and I traveled to the United States Virgin Islands. I had never been before, and I think it was my favorite vacation EVER! I think I even enjoyed it more than Hawaii and Costa Rica… and that should say a lot!
As usual, our trip began with a 2:45am wake up call. Gotta love those early flights! Unfortunately, our connecting flight was delayed about two hours, but it was a good excuse for a CFA run 🙂
When we finally arrived in St. Thomas, it was POURING rain, and there was no covered walkway from the plane to the airport. So, we grabbed our bags and ran through the rain. It was actually pretty funny. Once we made it inside, we were welcomed by locals with shots of different types of alcohol (haha not joking).
We stayed on St. Thomas (which is the more “touristy” island) at the Marriott’s Frenchmen’s Cove. I highly recommend this place! It was in a great location and offered a beautiful view of the ocean. We were able to see the cruise boats arriving and departing every morning and evening from our balcony.
On our first full day, we went on a catamaran snorkeling excursion. After snorkeling, we went to Honeymoon Beach where we had lunch and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon baking in the sun!
The next day, we went on a bus tour of the island and learned a little bit about its history. The island is absolutely gorgeous! We also had the chance to try St. Thomas’ World Famous Banana Daiquiri, which is actually pretty good.
Although we stayed on St. Thomas, we also wanted to explore the other island during our stay. On our third full day, we ventured to St. John, which is just as beautiful! We visited Cinnamon Bay Beach, which was clearly still being rebuild after the hurricanes hit a couple of years ago. But we enjoyed a walk on the beach and having a few photoshoots 🙂
Later that night back in St. Thomas, we rang in the New Year at the Marriot’s New Years Party. Even though we waited nearly three hours for our dinner (island time must be a real thing), we had so much fun! It was so cool to be able to celebrate the beginning of a new year and new decade from such a neat place. Plus, we entered 2020 before the rest of the United States! Lol!
On New Years Day, we visited Magen’s Bay, which was by far our favorite beach. It is absolutely gorgeous — blue waters, green mountains, and white sand. We arrived around 9am before the crowds, so we were really able to soak it all in. There was a restuarant on the beach where we grabbed lunch and some cocktails, and there was also a Watersport rental place where we rented Stand-Up-Paddle boards and snorkels to entertain us for the afternoon. We loved it so much and had so much fun that we decided to come back the next day and do it all again. My sisters and I had several fun photoshoots on this beach!
We ended our trip with one last excursion: the British Virgin Islands (So, now we can say we’ve been to Great Britain, right?!)! We went on a guided catamaran tour that took us to the Baths, on a snorkeling excursion, and then dropped us off at Jost Van Dyke, a popular beach on the BVI. I think this was my favorite day of the whole vacation! The Baths were SO neat — I’ve never seen anything like it before. I also really enjoyed Jost Van Dyke. It’s kind of a “party beach” (even though all of the Virgin Islands are kind of like that haha), but it was a pretty cool atmosphere. Fancy yachts were anchored right at the shore, music was playing, and there was no shortage of places to eat (and drink lol). We also had the perfect weather, which made the experience that much better. It was a great way to spend our last day.
No vacation is ever quite long enough. But maybe that’s what makes them so good! Our trip to the USVI was definitely one of my favorites. My sisters and I loved it so much; we are dreaming about buying a vacation home on St. Thomas together someday. We’ve always imagined having annual sister trips with our families when we are all grown up — and what better place than the USVI! Maybe one day 🙂