We initially were going to stay at a hotel, however since I wasn’t sure if I was going to go or not until the last minute, my parents decided to rent a condo. That way nothing would be lost if I decided not to go. This turned out to be a great idea as the condo we rented had a breathtaking view.
Since it was low season rate, they ended up paying less than what we expected. We found the condo through VRBO.com (Vacation Rental By Owner) and decided to send a check to the lady who owns it, we arrived and sure enough the keys were inside as promised and we found ourselves constantly gazing outside.
Our beach (which was a 30 second walk from the condo) was beautiful. There was rarely anyone there as this was a private beach just for the condo residents. We had our own beach chairs and towels to use, a very friendly lady was managing this (how nice to have a job where you spend your life on a beach!)
The majority of the days we spent relaxing during the daytime and during the evenings we would go out for walks or to restaurants. One day we decided to drive around St Thomas and explore the whole island.
We stopped by to see several beaches, including Magens Bay:
Then we drove to another part which presented us with an amazing view of the island.
On another day, we took a car ferry to St John. The ride was about 20 minutes, we spent the day in St John on its beautiful beaches.
The water was so clear that you didn’t need any snorkeling equipment to see the fish and turtles.
St John is mainly a national park which is why it is so beautiful. St Thomas happens to be the capital of the US Virgin Islands which explains why it is not as clean as St John. For example, we didn’t see a single piece of trash on St John, whereas on St Thomas there were tiny bits all over the place. The national park service must clearly be doing a good job in maintaining St John, because the views were literally like out of a catalogue.