My husband and I jumped in the taxi at the Red Hook Ferry terminal. We were headed for the rental car company that had confirmed a car for us for the next few days.
Ten days earlier, when we had arrived in St. Thomas, Budget Rental car at the airport had confirmed a car for us, but they had not saved us one. That is not the way it is done in the States, but I do understand. St. Thomas is such a small island and there are an overwhelming number of tourists. The rental car companies have to do the best they can. There simply is not enough physical space on the island to hold all the rental cars that are needed. If they hold a car for someone, then if that person does not show up, they lose a significant amount of money. I understand the system, I simply wish they had told me that when I made the reservation. To get off the airplane, tired and hungry from the long trip, expecting to have a car, and not have one, is a bit disconcerting. Yet, in the end, it saved us a lot of money to do taxis for the first week we were there. Also, it gave us time to get used to the roads and the flow of traffic. In the end I was very happy.
So now, here we were walking into the Dependable Car Rental Agency on St. Thomas recommended by our bnb. Would they have a car for us? Yes! They did! They were very kind and had an extremely comfortable and clean SUV waiting for us. We were off!
The bnb (Casa Grand View on Airbnb – check it out!) that we had booked for our last few days was up on top of the mountain with a fantastic view out over Megan’s Bay, out to Tortola, and beyond. But, to get there we had to follow some very interesting directions. Drive past the Fort, take a left at the light, follow the road up the hill (there was a left turn not mentioned but we figured it out). Follow the winding road till you come to an arch and a burnt-orange wall. Hmm, several arches, but no orange wall. Finally, after a few more zigs and zags, there appears before us a huge burnt-orange wall on our left, and lo and behold an arched doorway just before it. There we take a left. A few more zigs and zags, then a stop sign that is very well hidden. Oops. Didn’t make a stop as the road turns very quickly up to the right around a sharp corner. Next came Sib’s restaurant. (Great place to eat.) Take a right. Watch for the lime-green school and the Catholic church. There we take a left. Looking for a grey house with green shutters. A mile or so down the road and we are “home”. Great directions.
The view is fantastic! We stand on the deck and just stare. God’s creation is beyond belief!
Once we have settled in, we drive down to the Fruit Bowl grocery store. We hear it is a bit on the expensive side but they have lots of fruit and a fantastic salad bar. We picked up some hot food and a few salad choices for our evening meal, much cheaper than going out to eat again and the food was delicious. We returned the next day because we loved it so much.
One day we drove down to Hull Bay. It was quiet (no cruise ship people) and pretty, but not much of a swimming beach. We sat and watched the surfers for awhile and ate at the restaurant. Great food!
Another day we drove down to Megan’s Bay. Absolutely gorgeous!! We went early and staked out some shade under a palm tree. Follow the beach down to the left and it won’t be so crowded. We had great fun watching the pelican’s diving for fish right in front of us. On the way back up the hill from there, we stopped at a restaurant called Brooks Restaurant and Bar. The food was incredibly delicious and the portions were gigantic! You have to go there.
We visited the Mountain Top view spot. The view was great, but not any different than our bnb. The gift shop was lots of fun. There was a wonderful pirate on the wall which I wanted to buy, but the lady just laughed at me and said he was not for sale.
One other beach we visited was at Secret Harbor. Most of the beach is for the resort, but go down to the end on the right and you can rent lounges and umbrellas. We got there early so the parking was easy and the umbrella available. Before long, the cruise ship people came and they were out of luck. The snorkeling was good, and the best part was the restaurant had a beach waitress so we didn’t even have to move from our chairs to get drinks and food. Loved it!
And so our Caribbean Trip came to an end. As one sign said, we had “Sandy toes and salty kisses.” The Caribbean is a fantastic place to visit – but we are always glad when we reach home.
There’s no place like home!