Friday, August 17, 2012

St. John

Sandy Cay, BVI's.  The colors in this photo have not been edited at all.  That is actually the color of the water in the Virgin Islands!

This is a gratuitous vacation post, just in case you're only interested in the sewing posts.  Though there were lots of handmade things worn in St. John.  I went in to a sewing frenzy before we left.  I think I sewed a grand total of six different items for our trip in the last two weeks before we left.  To tell you the truth, I was a little drained by the time I was done.  I was frantically finishing a dress late at night before the morning we left at four a.m.  Anyway, I'll post about the things I made later on.  This is just a summary of what we did, what we saw...  mostly for me to look back on more than anything else.

And yes, maybe to be a little bratty, too ;)  It sure was a beautiful place.

After snorkeling around Waterlemon.

The shorts came in handy!  I wore both pairs multiple times.  They were great for all the beach going and hiking around we did.   We did so much walking, swimming and snorkeling everyday that we were worn out at night.  I think we went to bed around nine every night.  

 One more time, Waterlemon.  The water here was absolutely insane. Again, not edited.

We rented snorkel gear the first day we were there and took it everywhere we went.   You could just walk in to the water, put on your mask and go.  The snorkeling was amazing.  I've never seen anything like it.  The first day we were there, we went to Maho Bay.  J was in the water for five minutes and popped up screaming, "Turtle!"  I'm sure we didn't look dorky at all.  We followed about five or six sea turtles as they leisurely munched on the sea floor for the next hour.  It was pretty amazing.

And he wore the shirt!  He's a good husband :)

Hawksnest Beach

All the beaches on St. John are public.  We rented a Jeep for the week and traveled around the island going to a different beach or two everyday.  They were all beautiful.  I'd have to say they are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  We went to Maho, Waterlemon, Salt Pond, Hawksnest, Trunk Bay, and Jumbie.  I'm absolutely spoiled rotten now.

The last day we were there, we chartered a boat and trolled around the British Virgin Islands.  We stopped for lunch at Willy T's.  It's a boat in the middle of the ocean that serves as a bar/restaurant.  And the food was really good!  So were the drinks.

In addition to Willy T's, we snorkeled at the caves at Norman, stopped at Sandy Cay and swam up to The Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke.

My best pirate impersonation.  And I made that cover up-- to be blogged soon.

The boat trip was probably my favorite part of the trip.  Actually, I don't know if I can pick just one favorite part.  It was all pretty awesome.  If you ever have a chance to make it to St. John, do it.  It was absolutely unreal.  We had such a great time.

Until next time, St. John!  


  1. It looks absolutely gorgeous. Such beautiful colours and clear water. Glad you had a fantastic time.

  2. Love those pictures. Wish I had the funds to go away. Jealous lol.

    1. Well, I say "until next time" but that will probably be ten years down the road once we pay off this trip-- lol! It was worth it, though!

  3. I was just telling my husband that I suuuure could go for a beach trip sometime soon. St. John is now at the top of my list. Beautiful photos!! I'm glad you had a great time!

  4. Oh, these are gorgeous! I feel like I got a little mini-vacation just looking through your photos. And I needed that!

  5. Gorgeous scenery! Sounds like a wonderful time (enhanced by your custom wardrobe, of course).

  6. I've been to Sandy Cay and yes it looks just like I remember it! Thanks for sharing your photos!

  7. What a gorgeous place to be. That turquoise water is spectacular! Hope you had a wonderful time :)

  8. It's soooooo beautiful! I'm glad you had a good time at St. John, following turtles with a snorkel is one of my favorite things to do *ever*. :) Thanks for the gorgeous photos.

  9. Wow! what a fabulous holiday!! Your pictures are absolutely spectacular, and I love the shot of you in the hot pink cover-up. It looks gorgeous! Interesting; I had no idea that there were any beaches in the world that were NOT public...

  10. I'm glad your shorts came in handy! And I'm excited to hear about the cover-up; it looks fantastic against the beautiful aqua water.

  11. I'm glad your shorts came in handy! And I'm excited to hear about the cover-up; it looks fantastic against the beautiful aqua water.