Quick Tips for a Trip to the Caribbean [VIDEO]
It wasn't too bad being stuck in the Virgin Islands while everyone else was shoveling. Took some pictures and video for you and gathered some useful tips to make your trip a lot less expensive.
We all go once a year to The Virgin Islands. BVI (British Virgin Islands) and the US territory, St. Thomas as well.
Stop by Bumpa's Sandwich Shop and get a delicious wrap and cold beer. The couple picked up and moved to St. Thomas from Massachusetts after one trip and have been there since the 1980s. You can eat under the canopy watching the cruise ships slide into harbor then do some shopping downtown. Park around the back, there is plenty of space there.
This is a typical view you will see no matter where you are in the islands. This just happens to be Magen's Bay in St. Thomas. Magens is one of THE most beautiful beaches in the world with the best mango Pain Killer i've ever had. Their beach bar is fantastic with an amazing view and fabulous staff. Ask for Jason, he even gave us a free Bushwhacker.
A Pain Killer is the famous drink of The Virgin Islands. I recommend the Mango, it's extra sweet and fruity. They are a bit more expensive here but taller glasses so it all works out. The Pain Killer was invented at Soggy Dollar, my favorite spot in the islands on Jost Van Dyke (BVI). You can hop a ferry there from St. John for a magical day of living in a post card for about $50.00 roundtrip. If you have a few more dollars to spend, charter your own boat and stay as long as you wish. That can get expensive, unless you have a few friends to split it with. That can be quite affordable and fun too. At the end of the beach, visit Seddy's One Love Beach Bar. They have delicious Bushwhackers (another island drink) that tastes like a milkshake. You may be lucky enough to see some magic tricks he does. I still have no idea how he puts a piece of string back together in his mouth after cutting it, but I was half drunk.
The most expensive island? St. John. But it is also beautiful and unindustrialized. Losts of pristine, sandy white beaches and extremely narrow winding roads.You will see a donkey or two, watch out for goats in the middle of the road and visit Skinny Legs for an affordable lunch. The Key Lime Pie is to die for. Remember, they drive on the other side of the road in all the islands, so "KEEP LEFT!" I recommend staying in St. Thomas and taking your car to St. John for a day trip. There is a car ferry and a people ferry. The car ferry is more expensive but you will save a boot on your car or possible tow for showing up late after falling asleep on the beach.
Lastly, get a hook bracelet. They are an island tradition. The open part of the hook faces your heart if you are unavailable and faces out if you aren't. You can get a great deal on these in Charlotte Amalie (downtown St. Thomas). It's duty free, free shipping and a great stop before your flight takes off back to reality.
As for airlines, I got a great deal on Jet Blue. Nonstop from Boston for $385.00 roundtrip! American and US Airways also fly to the island.