Today was the day!!! We woke up bright and early to catch the 8:15 am shuttle to the neighboring beach, Sugar Bay Beach. It was finally happening! A full seven hour day of sailing on the Coconut. A 49′ ft custom built trimaran. After getting everyone loaded on the dinghy and settled in, we made our way to the back side of Lavango Cay. It was too windy on the front side. Lavango Cay is a privately owned island made up of three families.
All of the beaches in the Caribbean are public, but not all the land or islands are. The mooring ball’s availability varies based on the color of the ball. I learned the blue (insert the word mooring here so not to be confused 😉) ball’s are for commercial use. The red and white ball’s are first come first served. Our captain Ross was an amazing tour guide, weather predictor, and personal chauffeur. His first mate Andrew did an exceptional job as our chef, waiter, and an all around hospitality guide. They were very gracious and fun. It was amazing to spend the day with them. They truly were awesome!!!
Next stop was Mermaid’s Chair on St. John.
It is supposedly the smallest beach in the Caribbean. It is a smaller beach within Hawksnest Bay. We enjoyed lunch at this anchorage. It was much calmer than Lavango Cay.
We were glad to have the chance to get washed up on this cute little beach. The only way to access it really is by boat/kayak or swim/snorkel. We got to see a few sea turtles and several different kinds of fish.
We had lunch at Hawksnest Bay. It was a great spread as you can see below:
Lastly, we made our way over to Honeymoon Bay on St. John.
We saw so many fun sea creatures: turtles, sting rays, Angel Fish, and “Barry” the Barracuda.
The girls finally warmed up to the only other little girls on the boat by our third stop. After they hit it off, they were inseparable the rest of the trip!
Molly, Heidi, and Zoe Heidi, Patushka, Zoe, and Molly The water was so clear! It was beyond amazing.
Felipe and I had been snorkeling at this beach on our honeymoon. Ha! I recognized it right away! We got married on a pirate ship at anchorage here. It was great to relive the memories. I wish he was with us this trip.
After 6.5 hours sailing/snorkeling around, we had to call it a day! We threw up the spinnaker and headed downwind.
Goodbye St. John. We will return!
We made our way back to where we were dropped off and said our goodbye’s. A few numbers were exchanged and we were on our way! A quick dip in our hotel pool and we were done!
We went back to our villa and washed up for the night. Ordering pizza in, was exactly what the doctor ordered! Thanks Señor Pizza for some excellent food! The pizza, salad and garlic cheese bread were amazing! If you feel the need for pizza and you are near Red Hook, this is the place to go. However, a few things to know before you go! They only accept cash, they have free delivery and the picture on the website is not the actual interior of the place. Rather, it had video games and slot machines, along with more of a rustic look. Don’t let the picture fool ya!
While myself and the little ones nestled in for the night, Monica caught up with the captain of Coconut for a few more rounds of painkillers! (A local -favorite, rum-based drink)
Making new friends was a great way to end our quick vacation.
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