Having dipped our toes in the shores of several different Caribbean islands, I began to feel that I was really developing my sea legs. At least I thought that I had. For many years now, much of my spare time is often spent exploring the www, and traveling, albeit virtually, to a new and different island with only the click of a mouse.
I often pour over brochures, blogs, and websites, developing a sense of each islands unique characteristics. One island excels as an eco-tourism destination, another as a sport and active travel hot spot, and yet others may be noted for shopping or dining. Happy is the traveler that finds a destination that matches their personality and objectives. Destitute is the traveler that avoids a destination, simply because of its perceived shortcomings. Especially when the perceptions are misplaced. Such was the case on my own personal assumptions about St. Thomas, USVI.
I had delayed a St. Thomas visit for some time, thinking it held no appeal to me. An over-crowded cruise ship destination, filled with neon lights and fast-food chains. At least that was my perception. We decided to target St. Thomas, a couple years ago as we continued to investigate more and more of the diversity the Caribbean has to offer. I am happy to report that my assumptions were sadly misplaced, and that St. Thomas in the USVI has much to offer even the well traveled island hopper.
We did indeed find bright colorful lights, but the view of the Charlotte Amalie Harbour from Bluebeard’s Castle left us begging for more.
The bright lights of the harbor however held little in comparison to the natural beauty to be found at every turn. The island was literally covered with brilliantly colored flamboyants.
Shopping was easy to find, but we opted to stray a bit off the waterfront. In doing so we found simple pleasures like these quirky bar stools at Mountain Top.
And lest you think you can’t find a nice meal in a quiet corner of the island, this is Romance with a capital “R”!
But to our happy surprise, we found the gem of the island to be very much to our liking.
Take a lesson from this now humbled traveler, and given the chance, indulge yourself in all that St. Thomas has to offer. It is easy to get to, and is a great stepping off base for other nearby islands. The island has more than enough to offer in dining, shopping, or just beachin it! And never, ever, judge a book… without reading it!
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