We originally hadn’t planned on even stopping in the Virgin Islands, let alone spend over a month there. We had heard it was very crowded with charter boats. That was true; however, staying put in the Virgin Islands gave us time to order parts duty free, have Pat’s mom come visit, and allow me to travel back to the states to meet my new niece, Ezzy Mae, and to look for areas in the Pacific North West to purchase our “home base”.
We ended up being there for Carnival, which was a special treat. It was a 2 week long celebration with food, drinks, music, rides, and parades. Although we enjoyed our time in St. Thomas, we have the traveling bug and were definitely getting antsy to get moving. We also happened upon a free beach concert with some great new bands and G-Love!
We stayed on St. Thomas for the majority of the time as you can anchor there for free, while on St. Johns you are required to use a mooring ball at $26/night! Although St. Johns is far superior in terms of beaches and hiking, we were there for only about 2 weeks total. We thought about going to the BVI’s, but we would have to check in and out of the countries which is time consuming and an expense. Instead we decided to skip the USVI’s next year on our way North, but spend some time in the BVI’s.