St. Thomas: a 2-day journal
I took a red-eye flight from JFK with an early morning layover in San Juan, Puerto Rico. All this to celebrate my friend Asabe’s 24th birthday in St Thomas, USVI. Yes, the United States Virgin Islands!
I immediately fell in love with the resort – the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort (pictured below).
I had arrived two days after everyone else,so the group of four girls had already befriended a taxi driver, Etien. Etien, an elderly man with a shock of grey hair, became our personal tour guide of some sorts. He shared with us the history of the landmarks we visited.
The first port of call was the famous Magen’s Bay. Magen’s Bay (say it in a thick caribbean accent) is the most celebrated beach in St. Thomas, and was named one of 50 best beaches in the world by weather.com. Asabe had the grand idea that we hike the nature trail into the beach. Etien took us to the top of the hill, where we got the most breathtaking view. The hike begun.
A quick history lesson here – St. Thomas, a former Dutch colony, was bought by the United States for $25 million in gold. For that sum of money, it’s no wonder there is a heavy American influence. At the beach burgers, wraps and pizza were served with only few Caribbean dishes. I had pizza and a painkiller, aka the best cocktail ever. It truly kills any pain – after the cocktail our soreness from the hike miraculously disappeared. We hung out at the beach for a bit where I fell asleep on the floater pictured above. Told you the painkiller was magic!
We planned to visit St. John later in the day but with the sand, sea and array of cocktails.. That trip was postponed. Back to the resort we went. A quick nap after, we got dressed and hit the town in search of local cuisine.
We ended up at Victor’s New Hideout, which was recommended by a friend. It sits at the top of a hill and overlooks Crown Bay – a prominent marina for yachts and private cruise ships. Victor’s New Hideout is the best place for local cuisine – they have conch! I fell in love with conch during my trip to the Bahamas. Our server was a grandmother type who kept the hot bread coming straight out the oven. I recommend the shrimp and conch paella – a delicious seafood party with rice. We returned to the resort and took a dip in the jacuzzi to burn off them calories before turning in.
Day 2 started off too bright and too early. It was our last day at the island so we packed as many activities as we could into the day. First up on the itinerary was a trip to the famous Petite Pump Room, the place to have brunch if you’re ever in St Thomas. The hibiscus mimosa was to die for and the view was nothing short of amazing. Seaplanes hovered on the water, six feet from us as we dined, while listening to compas – modern Haitian meringue.
Next stop was the long anticipated trip to St. John. It was a 15 minutes ferry ride. We were warmly welcomed to the island with free shots of the local rum at the port! Our intention was to go jet-skiing but to our dismay motorized sports were banned at Trunk Bay, which is to St. John what Magen’s Bay is to St. Thomas. If you’re looking for a beach to lounge around and soak up some rays, Trunk Bay is the place!
Before heading back to St. Thomas, we stopped by a bar that served the yummiest conch fritters – The High Tide. So so good! The rest of the afternoon, we spent at the resort’s infinity pool and pool bar, drinking cocktails out of paint buckets! Later that evening, we went to Asabe’s birthday dinner at Oceana, an iteration of the famous restaurant in Manhattan. The view, the service and the food were top notch! It was a great way to end the trip. (PS. if you ever dine at Oceana, you have to check out the ‘interesting’ art display on the second floor. Thank me later).
Yes, it was a 2 day vacation, my briefest one yet but St. Thomas was definitely worth the trip!
x Aniekeme for TFLA x
Pink & blue bikini – ShopFlynation, White shorts – Francesca’s, Striped cover up – Asabe’s, Blue & white bikini – H&M, Highwaist shorts – American Apparel, Black crop top – Forever 21, Orange shorts – Missguided, Lace-ups – Aldo || Photos – Eyitemi & Asabe