Instead of spending time on St. Thomas, we booked a trip to St. John (recommended by a friend of mine who visited and loved it!). We were met by a guide who took us straight to a ferry over to St. John, and when we arrived, we sampled flavored rum on the dock. Since it was lunch time, we stopped at a local restaurant called De’ Coal Pot, which serves authentic Caribbean cuisine – I got the Veggie Roti (which had a taste similar to Indian food but served in a tortilla-like wrap) and Nick tried the Braised Oxtail. We also sampled more rum – the “Knockout Punch” to be exact, with pineapple rum, passion fruit rum, local juice blends, and a Myers rum float.After eating, we took a private tour all the way around the island, stopping at various sites to take in the beauty of the turquoise waters, watch the sail boats, and bask in the sunny weather. We also explored the Annaberg Sugar Mill Historic Trail, which was a once-working sugar mill back in the 1800s. Since we didn’t have time to snorkel at Trunk Bay (see first photo!), which costs about $5 per person and has a popular underwater trail, we walked through a wooded campground filled with deer before finding the beautiful Cinnamon Bay beach.
Before heading to the ferry to get back to St. Thomas, we had a drink at The Tap Room, which was started by two former college roommates who quit their jobs in the US (one as a scientist for NASA) to move to St. John, where they now brew homemade beers and sodas served at the popular restaurant.
The boat docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico fairly early, so we decided to sleep in a bit and hit the island a little later in the day. It was pretty muggy, so instead of walking, we decided to take a taxi tour around the island to see everything in a short amount of time. We drove through the small streets of Old San Juan, by the capitol building, and stopped to take photos at Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery, which dates back to 1863, and is right next to El Morro – a 400-year-old fort. Before getting back on the ship, we had Miami Vice blended cocktails (1/2 piña colada & 1/2 strawberry daiquiri) at Señor Frogs, because what cruise would be complete without a trip to the iconic tourist trap?
The last day of the cruise was another fun day at sea, so we slept in, had our last breakfast buffet, and enjoyed the last 24-hour pizza, piña coladas (can you tell this was my drink of choice for the trip?), unlimited ice cream, and all of the other things we’d really miss about being on a cruise ship. We had one last dinner with Nick’s family, walked around the ship pretending to be Jack & Rose, and the next morning, we were back in Miami!I’m not sure if we’ll be doing another cruise any time soon – seven days is a lot of time to spend in an interior state room, but we definitely want to come back to the Caribbean! First on my list would be a luxurious, possibly all-inclusive property on either St. John or another part of Turks & Caicos!
Have you been on a cruise lately? Or visited the Caribbean? If so, let us know what your favorite & least favorite parts of the trip were in the comments!