Do you know that feeling you get when you think of a place and you feel a tug on your heartstrings? I’ve never had that feeling before, up until a couple months ago. For some people its a country or a city or a relative’s home.
I always envied people who lived in the same house their whole lives. Where ‘going home’ means to that same house you’ve known since you were a child, where you know the creaks in the stairs and which doors stick, etc.
My parents’ hobby is building homes so we moved a lot (actually they just moved – again) growing up. I’ve loved every home I’ve lived in and home really is where the heart is (and where my Mom bakes). But this post is about where I got that feeling.
So by now you know my boyfriend Tom and that we like to go away together. Last April he had time off work, I had time off school and we were looking to get away. We looked for days at all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean but nothing felt right. Out of the blue Tom googled ‘eco-tourism Caribbean’ and of course the first place that popped up was amazing.
After ooh-ing and ah-ing over Concordia’s website for no more than ten minutes we booked ourselves a tasty little 10 night getaway on the island of St. John, part of the US Virgin Islands. Voted as the best island on Tripadvisor this place does not disappoint. Our only regret was not going for longer.
St. John is in a word, breathtaking. Any direction you look you are met with stunning views. Green mountains, rolling hills, azure water, other islands. Its just beyond words. I will say that never in my life have I felt more relaxed, happier or more in love. Not only with Tom but with the people, nature and of course, the food. Feel free to eat your face off because everywhere you go is a hill and you will feel the burn walking (but rent a jeep, seriously, driving there is like no where else).
The beaches are just stunning and most are quiet, some require a hike to get in. Tourists stick to Trunk Bay (beautiful!) but go just before sunset and have the place to yourself.
Eat at Miss Lucy’s, Fatty Crab, Cafe Concordia, Vie’s Snack Shack, Uncle Joe’s Barbecue and the Tourist Trap. Basically eat anywhere and leave happy, full and amazed at the quality and love that went into the meal you just ate. Colombo’s smoothies are the best and their iced coffee is amazing.
If you’re into diving you have to go to Low Key in Cruz Bay, Anne Marie and her team are incredible and I had the best instructor in the world, Isaac to certify me. Say ‘Hi’ to Cooper too. If you don’t dive at least go snorkeling, they have some amazing reefs and marine life it would be a shame to miss that.
If you are looking for a place that is largely undeveloped (two thirds of the island is national park) and full of charm, where you are free to go where ever you please, where the rum flows freely, where people are truly friendly go to St. John. And then thank me.
I’ll leave you with some pictures of the best place on earth, St John.