My First Time in St. Thomas
My name is Jewel Davis and I would like to share my first time visiting St. Thomas. It is a beautiful Caribbean Island in the US. Virgin Islands. The first time I went was ten years ago-around 2005. I stayed with my college buddy, Janeesa. At the time she had a vacation home high up in the mountains. Getting up to her 3 bedroom, island home was an adventure in-and-of itself. Imagine travelling dark, bumpy roads with no railings, at night? Yes, it was scary and though I held on for dear life as we drove up the mountains in a jeep-it was an amazing experience.
I could have stayed at a resort in a heavily populated tourist area but staying with someone who lived there makes for a more enjoyable, local experience. I’m a jogger, so jogging the hilly terrain presented a challenge-and I loved it. The local markets are nice, fresh fruit every day for my smoothies, conversing with the locals-very nice.
Looking down from Janeesa’s balcony onto the Caribbean Sea at night, with the dark velvety blue sky, a white full moon shining light down below on the sea created a sparkling, magical effect. No picture taken could capture that view. It is a must see for yourself experience.
The food is delicious-and anybody that knows me, know that any food that I didn’t have to make is delicious. If you can ask a local the best foods to try, that’s a big plus. I found myself over indulging on pate’s, jerk chicken and red beans and rice. You have to try the conch fritters, with a side of slaw. Omg. The conch chowder is pretty darn good as well. Tropical drinks are a must as well-my favorite, banana/pineapple colada’s.
Other popular drinks
Rum of course, it’s one of their staples
The nightlife isn’t any different from any other night on the town like in bigger cities. It’s not my scene anymore-but asking locals of the best ones to go to is helpful.
The locals are friendly and helpful-be sure to ask them where the best beaches are that are less tourist-y and beach comb for pretty shells to take home. Also, little lizards and iguana’s are everywhere.
Jewel Davis, owner of EnNaptured. Natural hair guru and fitness junkie.
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