February 29, 2012

Visiting St. Thomas and Snorkeling in St. John

Dear Epic Readers,

I hope this post finds you well. As promised, here is the fourth issue in my Travel Tuesdays series. So grab a pirate’s punch and let’s hoist off on an epic adventure to serene St. Thomas and St. John.

Located in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea is the beautiful gem of St. Thomas. For centuries, the island has been a notable pirate refuge, as evidenced by historic sites like Blackbeard’s Tower.  Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas has been one of the busiest ports and trading centers in the Caribbean since the 19th century.

We chose to take the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John and go snorkeling.  St. John was an untouched breathtaking vista of loveliness. It was lightly populated and quiet. We did the St. John Champagne Catamaran Sail-away excursion and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. We took a catamaran from St. Thomas to St. John, had two hours for snorkeling, where you could either dive directly off the anchored catamaran or get ferried to the beach and go snorkeling from there. This excursion lasted four and a half hours, 90 minutes of which was sailing back to St. Thomas, sipping on champagne and nibbling fresh bread and cheese. Since we were on St. John, we could have also opted to spend a day in the U.S. Virgin Island National Park and experience the beaches and bays, while exploring the ancient rock carving and hiking trails.

 Here are some of the most exciting highlights of the island:

  • Eco Boat, Hike & Snorkel of Cas Cay
  • Donkey ride in Coral Bay via Carolina Corral; you can also rent horses.
  • The National Park Service offers a guided hike that lasts 5 and a half hours. You will see part of the park’s rain forest, the Reef Bay Plantation ruins and at the base of the trail, you can see their famous rock carvings.


From the beautiful islands of St. Thomas and St. John,

Char a.k.a Epic Mom


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