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Trip Report Back from St John

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We are back from another wonderful week on St John and we are still hopelessly in love with this little island. This was our 7th trip in a few years and we have made some great friends. When I arrive and see the ferry dock, I feel like I am where I should be...

We stayed at Gallow's Point again and I really have nothing negative to say except the cost is getting to be too much with us going so frequently :(. Some of the rooms may be a little dated, but it really suits our needs there. We are actually looking into staying at The Grande Bay resort right in Cruz Bay next time. It is not finished and there is still some construction going on. Having said that, they are brand new and the price is right during construction. They don't have a pool and some other amenities, but really, who needs a pool on STJ. Unfortunately, I didn't even use the pool at GP once this trip although it is very nice.

Beaches-
STJ had a LOT of rain before we went and although we missed the worst of it, the skeeters were bad. We were given a can of OFF when we checked in. They really weren't bad at GP at all or in town. Then, some areas were bad. We stopped at a couple of places on Centerline Road and when we got back in the rental there would be a swarm of them. We did start closing the windows, but you get the idea. Luckily, I am not one of those people that get huge welts or I would have been in trouble. I had many bites, but just little pink dots that didn't itch. DH got none.

So, back to the beaches...
Hawksnest, we stopped here with our friends from STT as they came over for the day. We didn't have a lot of time due to later plans. This is a beautiful beach with good snorkeling but the water was rough near the reef and we were picking mosquitoes off of each other like monkeys and laughing about it :).

Honeymoon, We parked at Caneel and walked over to Honeymoon to meet a group of friends. This is a really beautiful beach and a great place to spend the day! Much fun here this day. The skeeters weren't bad at all and we wondered if they sprayed since it is on Caneel property.

Maho, One of my favorite beaches. It was overcast and the skeeters were out! Lathered up with bug spray and DH went for a snorkel and we made the best of it. How can things be bad on Maho??? We then decided to go to Skinny Legs for lunch. On the way, I suggested to go to the Annaberg School ruins. We actually drove right past it and missed it. In spite of many trips, we still had a few roads uncharted. We were never lost because there are only so many roads on STJ, but we ended up going up the road to The Maho Campground. I was getting the "where the hell are we going" look. I must say, that road is not the best and would be a little crazy at night with some rain.

White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, We took the ferry over the day before we left. Good weather all day and no skeeters. What more can I say about Jost Van Dyke other than it is a slice of heaven.

Food-
We ate at Rhumblines, very good, love the Pu Pu Platter. La Tapa, just got appetizers here our first night. Banana Deck, great lunches and steak dinners. Cafe Roma, always excellent and plenty for leftovers. Skinny Legs, can't miss their burger, must do. Cruz Bay Pizza Shop, got a medium pizza for $20, thin crust, yum, and a good price for dinner for two. A couple of new finds....

The Tourist Trap, I had been been wanting to try this new place out by Salt Pond for a while. It is a bit out of the way from Cruz Bay but it was worth it. This is basically a liitle shack located by the entrance to Concordia Eco Tents right before Salt Pond. If you "get" STJ, you will "get" this place. Great people, great food. Very friendly atmosphere. You can't really help but get to know others there because the seating is very close under some tarps for shade. I really had a "this is what STJ is all about" feeling while I was there. Larry the owner pretty much makes everything homemade. I had the lobster roll on a grilled, buttered bun and DH had the special of the day which was BBQ pork loin with red onion on a bun. Both were delicious!! They also have a signature drink called Drink right, Keep Left which is a frozen yummy concoction. I can't say enough good things about this place.....

Sheila's Pot, Located right by the ferry dock, this is a home cooking kind of place. This is basically just a little stand by the dock open whenever she wants to be open, I really don't know the hours, but think she closes by dark for sure. We got off the ferry from Jost our last day and I think we were both craving some home cooking. We saw pork chops on the chalkboard menu and looked no further. We placed our order and she said, "I'm closing". We must have looked disappointed and said, "bummer, we really were craving pork chops". She said OK, she would help us. "Do you want rice?". Us, yes, whatever you have :). She gave us loads of rice, emptied the pork chop pan and threw in some meatloaf. I think she cleaned out her leftovers. She said, "give me $10 and I will be satisfied". Yikes, we gave her a nice tip and left very happy :). This was enough food for both of us and very yummy! We will definitely return.

Jost Van Dyke, We just kind of snacked here. I wanted to eat at Seddy's One Love but DH wanted a burger. We split a lobster quesadilla there, DH got a burger at Jewel's and we split conch fritters at The Soggy Dollar Bar. The first two being just OK and the conch fritters pretty darn good. No complaining here, everything is good on White Bay. Maybe were are getting a little picky after eating at restaurants all week.

One final one, Hook, Line and Sinker on St Thomas. We have friends on STT, so met them here twice. We love this restaurant for the food and atmosphere right on the waterfront in Frenchtown. Very, very good.

We had a wonderful time and can't wait to go back, hopefully the end of November.

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