It’s been 10 years since we honeymooned in St. Thomas so it was fun to experience it again! We had to make a few stops for nostalgia sake at places we visited the first time. One was Sapphire Beach where we originally stayed.
We have compared that beach to other places we’ve visited and had to see if it still was as impressive as it was the first time. The answer “Yes” the resort area was under some construction but since we came for the beach that was fine! What we love about it is the ease of snorkeling! There are a couple of decent sized coral reefs right off of shore that offer wonderful views by just walking in the water and swimming over to them. We got to see many colorful fish, sea urchins, turtles (our favorite) and a stingray. I highly recommend Sapphire to anyone looking for beautiful, easy snorkeling with spectacular views from shore as well!
This trip we stayed at the Wyndham Bluebeards Beach Club which we enjoyed just weren’t impressed with the snorkeling.
They do still have a beautiful beach with some rock formations that were fun to climb plus a nice sized pool with a swim-up bar.
Which we utilized quite frequently and thoroughly enjoyed the Dirty Monkey’s made with Cruzan Banana Rum, so much so that we had to make them when we got home!
The resort had almost everything you’d want, a great beach, pool with bar, a store to get some groceries and souvenirs, a small fitness center and an onsite laundry facility, the only thing it was lacking was a great restaurant. We heard that the restaurant was in transition to new owners so hopefully it’ll be great once that happens. We ended up making some meals in our room since there was a little kitchen so that definitely helped. Overall I’d still recommend it to families and couples alike!
Since we rented a car and remembered to “Keep Left!” we made it all over the island. One day we checked out the new Margaritaville Resort to see what they had to offer. Definitely lots to do there they have a huge pool, yard games, the beach and a couple of bar/restaurants. The rooms were beautifully decorated with reclaimed wood (which I’m kind of partial too!) and they have plans for another infinity pool and a fitness center.
The following day we went into town to do some shopping, we stopped at Haven sight first and found the boys some t-shirts and had lunch at the Tap and Still. We loved the burgers there so much so that we ended up eating there 3 times, one being in Red Hook! After lunch we headed to Charlotte Amalie and walked around all the little shops and vendors.
We had drinks at a little outdoor bar that had breathtaking views of the water. Downtown is very busy with lots of traffic and congestion, especially when the cruise ships are in but it’s still fun to see the old architecture and the Fort Christian all set right along the water.
Some of the other beaches we visited were Brewers Bay on the southwest side, Magens Bay and Hull Bay on the north side and Lindquist Beach on the east side. Although Brewers Bay is right next to the airport it is still a beautiful beach to visit. Very picturesque with all the boats anchored just off shore a large open beach that was not very crowed, partly I’m sure is because there’s not a lot of amenities there just public restrooms. So if you plan to stay awhile make sure you pack a lunch!
We were hoping to get to see a bunch of turtles at Hull Bay but there was a riptide that day so snorkeling was out! 🙁 But on the way there were got to go past Magens Bay and I can totally understand why it is photographed so often, it is absolutely breathtaking! Perfect turquoise waters and white sandy beaches that stretch on and on.
The last beach we stopped at was Lindquist, that day we didn’t swim but wanted to see what all the fuss was about with commercials being shot there and I can see why! Long, long sandy beach with beautiful trees arching out and other islands in the distance…it’s definitely what pictures are made of!
Lets talk food! Some of our top picks are Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar in Red Hook, Island Time Pub also in Red Hook has awesome pizza and Mim’s Seaside Bistro is know for their lobster curry but I went for the Mahi Mahi and loved it! Unfortunately we had a miss, on our honeymoon we ate at Gladys’s in Charlotte Amalie and brought home some of her hot sauce so we thought we’d try it again…yuck! I had a Mahi Mahi sandwich that tasted like rotten tuna!
We hopped on the ferry and headed over to St. John for the day and had such a blast! Once we docked we jumped in a taxi and had them take us over to Maho Bay. The only amenity was a bathroom but that didn’t matter because the snorkeling was fabulous! We finally got to see our beloved turtles, all different kinds at that! Plus stingrays and of course lots of colorful fish. If I would have had a lounge chair I could have stayed there all day but since we were only in St. John for the day we decided to head to Cruz Bay.
We stopped at Mongoose Junction and had lunch at St. John Brewers which was excellent and we loved their root beer! Grabbed a few more souvenirs and headed back to catch the ferry later that afternoon.
Overall we are so happy that we decided to take a trip just the two of us to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and to go back to where we honeymooned was fantastic!