Field Trip — Island Time
Spring 2009: St. John, USVI
We had only visited St. John, the smallest of the US Virgin Islands, on brief stops (usually to go through customs) on our way to and from sailing trips in the British Virgin Islands. So, our decision to commit to a land-locked week on this speck of land was met with some hesitation, but also a sense of adventure. Little did we know that a week wasn’t nearly enough time to explore the many nooks and crannies of this wonderfully diverse and self-sufficient island. We opted to stay on the opposite side of “touristy” (hardly!) Cruz Bay and rented a hill-top house on the quite Coral Bay side. We had a mere five minute walk to a pristine rocky bay with no one else in sight and the best snorkeling to be found on the island! Amazingly, we had incredible restaurants on “our” side of the island. While most were open air or seemingly run-down shacks during the day, they all sparkled with twinkle lights and tiki torches at night…and the food was phenomenal at each one, many supplied by the island’s only organic farmer. YES, there are farmers on St. John, tucked in the nooks and crannies of the hills. We had the pleasure of meeting Josephine and Hugo of Coral Bay Garden Center who are bringing this island it’s own Local Goodness…check out this video to learn more about them and their farming efforts on the island.
Being landlocked ended up giving us the time and opportunity to truly explore this gem of an island. We’re anxious to return again to continue the discovery!