The first day we took the ferry over to St. John to go to the beach. It was gorgeous – almost like it wasn’t real.
We went to Cinnamon Bay, which is the beach attached to the National Park campground – it was so empty in the morning! Nice and not that tourist-y.
In the afternoon we headed back to the hotel on the ferry again:
The next day, we rented a car to drive around the island by ourselves. Otherwise we would have been paying for taxis everywhere we wanted to go. The weird thing about the Virgin Islands is that you drive on the left side of the road, but they use American cars, so the driver is off in the ditch. The roads are pretty narrow and really hilly, since the whole island is an old volcano (I think) and the whole thing is fairly developed. It was very different. I didn’t really get used to it – I kept thinking we were going to hit someone when they came around the corner on the wrong side of the road.
There were these bright orange flowering trees everywhere and they were so pretty! I need to look those up…
Wildlife! Wild iguanas and pelicans!
Looking down on the city of Charlotte Amalie, which used to be a pirate town (I think), and a pirate ship in the harbor! (ok, not really)
I had a really good time, and it was totally different from any other vacation I’ve taken – thanks Shannon for planning most of it!