Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI

Today we took cab into town.  St. Thomas is a very popular stop for cruise ships, but today there was only one ship in the harbor.  We discovered that many shops and businesses close if the ships are not in.  Plenty, but not all were open today.

We walked along streets like this, stopping in many stores.

Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie

As our humans wandered, we found Emancipation Garden and Educators Park.  We saw a smaller version of the Liberty Bell,

Smaller Liberty Bell and plaque for Virginia Settlers

Smaller Liberty Bell and plaque for Virginia Settlers

with a plaque honoring the Virginia Settlers.  The settlers stopped for three days in St. Thomas on their way to the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States.

Educators Park featured statues of famous early residents of St. Thomas.  There is a statue honoring Edith Williams, an educator; another dedicated to Rothschild Francis, an educator and author

Statue

Statue honoring J. Antonio Jarvis

with a third statue recognizing J. Antonio Jarvis, a founder of The Daily News.  Also enjoying the park, we admired this prancing rooster.

He has an attitude!

He has an attitude!

Shopping and wandering around Charlotte Amalie makes humans hungry and thirsty.  We stopped at Blackbeard VI Brewing Co

Blackbeard

Blackbeard Virgin Island Brewing Co

and at Big Kahuna Rum Shack.

Humans were energized so we visited this market.

We love markets

We love markets

We saw the souvenirs and crafts of St. Thomas, but we saw a lot of Larimar.  This is a blue stone, famous in the Caribbean.   Larimar is a rare pectolite found only in one location in the Dominican Republic.   Many pieces of beautiful jewelry were on display here.

Charlotte Amalie is big, so buses carry tourists to some locations.

Charlotte Amalie is big, so tourists can get rides

Charlotte Amalie is big, so tourists can get rides

Our humans purchased a few souvenirs and then we went back to our resort.  Something special was happening tonight.  We will tell you about it in our next post.

Charlotte Amalie is a nice town with lots of shopping and eating, but you could find many other things to do.  We decided to take advantage of our beach since in a few days we leave the Caribbean and return to Denver.

St. Thomas Sunset Dinner Cruise

We are on another sailboat!  My Alaska cousin, I, Zeb the Duck, my Alaska uncle and my mom are on a sailboat where we will see the sunset and have dinner.

 On a sunset dinner cruise!

On a sunset dinner cruise!

This is great!  We love boats.  This is New Horizons Dinner Cruise.  It is good tonight.

Mark is the captain of this boat.  Mark is nice, friendly and a great captain.  He talks to all of us, explaining where we are going tonight and what we should and should not do.  John is the second crewmember.  John helps us leave the dock, and brings us drinks.  The humans are drinking champagne with a strawberry!  It looks so pretty.

We pass homes and many yachts as we leave Sapphire Marina.  Everybody is happy and smiling.  So wonderful.  Some people are sitting on the back of the boat; several on the front of the boat and some are inside the boat.  Captain Mark said we could sit on any blue cushion.

We sail toward St. John, but we are not going to dock there.  St John is a beautiful island and part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  See our post about our day in St. Johns.  This beautiful evening we sail past St. John.  While we enjoy the gentle movement of the boat and the ocean greeting the mountains, John brings us more beverages and starters.  First we have tomato and basil bruschetta, followed by smoked salmon and caviar over cream cheese rounds.  The sun is setting now and the sky is gold.

Beautiful Caribbean sunset

Beautiful Caribbean sunset

We sailed to Christmas Cove for dinner.  Anchoring in the calm water we enjoy the beautiful island scenery.  Captain Mark gets the food ready for us.

Captain Mark

Captain Mark

Our menu for tonight consists of fresh mahi mahi, island-style Caribbean chicken breast baked in a sweet and sour sauce,

Everything is fabulous, but we love chicken and mahi mahi best

Everything is fabulous, chicken and fruit here

and peel and eat shrimp.  Yum!  We also have classic Caesar salad with toasted croutons; green beans tossed with crumbled feta cheese, spices and Italian dressing, fresh cut fruit, and assorted fresh breads.  For dessert they present fudge brownies and New York style cheesecake.  We are offered fresh coffee, soft drinks or beverages from the open premium stocked bar.  Captain Mark and John pamper us and we love it.

My Alaska cousin and I take a turn driving back to Sapphire Marina.

Ducks driving the sailboat!

Ducks driving the sailboat!

We are not the only passengers that love this cruise.  We talked to a couple that has taken this sunset dinner cruise from New Horizons four times.  They said it was perfect every time.  With a recommendation like that, you should check www.newhorizons.daysails.com   On the left side, click on sunset dinner cruise.   You will want to get on this boat.  It is fantastic!

St. John, USVI

We are on a ferry going to St. John.

We love this ferry

We love this ferry

St. John, another U.S. Virgin Island, is about 3 miles from St. Thomas.   60% of St. John is a national park.   I, Zeb the Duck, and my Alaska cousin love boats.  We did not know how much fun they were until this vacation.  Our humans love them too.

On St. John we hired a taxi to take us around the island.  This taxi was a truck.

What a great taxi

What a great taxi

We had so much room and we could see so much.  Leaving Cruz Bay, we rode along the coast, stopping at beautiful beaches.  This is Caneel Bay and beach.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

We saw the very exclusive beach resort.  It is owned by Laurance Rockefeller.  He also bought and donated much of the land for St. John National Park.

Virgin Islands National Park in St. John.  Park is 60% of island

Virgin Islands National Park in St. John. Park is 60% of island

So glad he did.  Now we all can see and enjoy this beautiful island.

Trunk Bay, white sand meeting the blue Caribbean water, is said to be the most beautiful beach on St. John.

Wow!  Love these beaches

Wow! Love these beaches

We thought it was beautiful!   Continuing along the gorgeous coastline, we saw Annaberg Trail

Annaberg Trail

Annaberg Trail

and restored ruins of the Annaberg sugarmill.  The fork in a tree trunk held what appeared to be a large pile of mud.  This is a termite hill or house.

Termites?

Termites?

Always something new to see.

We acquired some additional passengers during our tour.  One couple from the cruise ship in St. Thomas, took a ferry to St. John because they wanted to snorkel at their favorite reef.  St. John’s beaches and reefs are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

On the way back to Cruz Bay we saw some wild donkeys.

Wild but friendly donkey

Wild but friendly donkey

They were right next to us on the road.  So nice to see them!

The town square in Cruz Bay had a gazebo, iguanas and chickens.

My favorite chicken

My favorite chicken

The people and animals all get along fine.  They even like the Colorado Traveling Ducks.

After a little shopping, we stopped for beverages and coconut shrimp at the High Tide Seafood Bar and Grill.

Coconut shrimp are tasty here.  Relaxing by the Caribbean Sea is very nice!

Our kind of place

Our kind of place

Soon it was time for our ferry back to St. Thomas.

Ferry is waiting for us

Ferry is waiting for us

We loved St. John, but we enjoyed the boat ride back and our resort is beautiful also.  You will love to visit St. John.  We hope you go soon and enjoy the beach and maybe some snorkeling or diving.  Visit www.visitusvi.com/stjohn/homepage  for more information.

Iguanas are our new best friends

Iguanas look strange but they liked my Alaska cousin and me, Zeb the Duck.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

Zeb the Duck with Alaska cousin.

On St. Thomas we stayed at Bluebeard’s Beach Club.  That is where our iguana friends live.

Our first day at Bluebeard’s Beach Club, we explored the grounds.  We found iguanas.  Mom and my Alaska uncle put us on the ground to see if the iguanas were curious.

Ducks first view of iguana

Ducks first view of iguana

Yes they were!  One iguana raced toward us.

This is really close

This is really close

Getting closer.  We were a little (OK, a lot) nervous.  Oh!

Kissed by an iguana!

Kissed by an iguana!

We were kissed by an iguana!   Several seconds later, the iguana strutted away and we resumed breathing.

The iguana kisses and leaves

The iguana kisses and leaves

What an experience.

Our iguana friends patrolled the grassy areas, lounged by the pool and supervised the beach.  They liked the pool bar area and sometimes the employees awarded the iguanas with bread.

One morning, eating breakfast at the pool bar, mom felt a nudge on her heel.  Our iguana friend was begging.  Mom is a push over for animals, so Mr. Iguana devoured most of her toast.  Satisfied, he lumbered into the grass for a nap.

Often we would see our reptile friends climbing or descending a tree.

Iguanas like trees

Iguanas like trees

They liked all trees.  We watched them in palm trees and mango trees.  Other human resort guests liked to watch the iguanas.  We were glad they were at our resort, but please, no more kissing.

Kissed by this iguana

Kissed by this iguana

Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten

Alaska cousin and Zeb the Duck head for the PeliDeli with our humans.

We love the Peli Deli

We love the Peli Deli

We climb on the bus toward Phillipsburg, St. Maarten.  This bus is provided by Ama Jewelers.  Ama has several stores in St. Maarten.  The have really cute pendant necklaces with jeweled flip-flop sandals.  That is so like the beach!  Ama jewelers also specialize in colored diamonds.  I think all human females love colored diamonds.

We stop for breakfast at an outside café.

Breakfast being cooked

Breakfast being cooked

With full stomachs, the humans wander through many shops.  The streets are lined with stores, and this clock caught the duck eyes.

Shopping street

Shopping street.  Need to reset clock

Phillipsburg, St. Maarten is one of the busiest shopping areas in the Caribbean.  In additional to traditional stores, we enjoyed this market.

We love these markets

We love these markets

Many cruise ships stop here, for shopping, for beautiful beaches and of course, the many great spots for lunch.

We don’t want you to think that shopping is all there is.  We saw this church, St, Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic Church

St. Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic Church

St. Maarten of Tours Roman Catholic Church

and other historical and government buildings.  The street near the beach has so many human opportunities.  Segways are for rent, as are many beach accessories.

Beach is on a shopping street

Beach is on a shopping street

We saw shoppers, swimmers, boaters and people lounging on the beach and many humans in the cafes.

This Pirate Sports Bar was interesting and had great figures to cause humans to notice the establishment.

Great for Pirate Sports Bar

Great for Pirate Sports Bar

At this café, we could see the gentleman grilling this chicken.

Watching our food cooking

Watching our food cooking

It smelled wonderful.  We did have another snack here.  Very tasty!

St. Maarten has guavaberries.  This store specializes in guavaberry products.  This sign promotes guavaberry liqeur.

Famous in St. Maarten

Famous in St. Maarten

This is best enjoyed on St. Maarten as it is difficult to transport liquids on the airplane.   Tomorrow we leave St. Maarten and fly to St. Thomas so we did not purchase additional liquids today.

Phillipsburg is a busy port with great shopping.  We ducks loved it, but were ready to get back to our beach and pool.  The humans got a taxi and we headed back to our resort.

Feet on the sand

Feet on the sand

We loved the shopping and activities of Phillipsburg and we think you would enjoy some time here also.  Maybe some blue or canary diamonds??

Saba by Boat for a Day

I, Zeb the Duck and my Alaska cousin are getting on a boat again!

Edge II  Our boat to Saba

Edge II Our boat to Saba

We love boats.  Today we are leaving St. Maarten to spend the day on the island of Saba.  Saba is a Dutch island also, but we needed to show our passports.

Riding to Saba

Riding to Saba

Loving the boat ride for 90 minutes and now we see Saba.   It looks different.  A giant rock rising from the ocean.

Saba from the boat

Saba from the boat

No sandy beaches in sight.  Maybe that is why we did not bring swimming suits and towels.  This sign makes ducks and humans feel welcome.

We are docking at Saba

We are docking at Saba

First stop is immigration and passport control.  Now, ready for a new adventure.

The road is a miracle.  It was built by hand; no heavy machinery available.  Local men started building the road in 1938 an it was finished in 1958.  Previously crossing the island involved a 7.5-mile staircase.  Everywhere is steep up or steep down.

Saba is a rocky island!

Saba is a rocky island!

WOW!

Our first stop after leaving Fort Bay is The Bottom.  The Bottom is the capital and largest city.  This Sacred Heart Church, 1935, is beautiful inside and outside.

Inside Sacred Heart Church in Saba

Inside Sacred Heart Church in Saba

Sacred Heart Church, The Bottom in Saba

Sacred Heart Church, The Bottom in Saba

We shopped here also.

Craft store in The Bottom in Saba

Craft store in The Bottom in Saba

Nice craft items available.

In Windwardside we shopped a little, visited Holy Trinity Church (Anglican Episcopal 1878) and cemetery.

Church with cemetery

Church with cemetery

We liked this sign.

Liked the sign

Liked the sign

While shopping we found a relative.

Shopping in Windwardside in Saba

Shopping in Windwardside in Saba

Little Saba Surfer Duck is now part of our family.  Here we are posing by bananas.

Alaska cousin, Zeb and Saba Surfer Ducks

Alaska cousin, Zeb and Saba Surfer Ducks

These streets are narrow and very steep.  Our humans had a real workout just walking through town.  Lunch at the Tropics Café was great.

Lunch time at Tropic Cafe

Lunch time at Tropics Cafe

This swimming pool was available for our use,

Chairs in the pool!!

Chairs in the pool!!

but we were busy looking at everything else.  This is a great location.

By Tropics Cafe with Caribbean behind

By Tropics Cafe with Caribbean behind

Looking from the road, the roofs are far below us.

Houses in town

Houses in town

From certain views, we saw other Caribbean Islands.  Now the time has come to return to Fort Bay and ride the Edge II back to Sint Maarten.

Leaving Saba

Leaving Saba

We ducks and our humans had a great time on Saba.  We think you would enjoy Saba also.  If you go, tell us what you liked best.

Our Caribbean Dinner Cruise

A dinner cruise on the Tango sailboat!

The Tango before sails are up

The Tango before sails are up

St. Maarten has everything.  On the boat by 5:30 and we were ready for fun.  Here we are with Alaska uncle.

We are nervous but ready for fun

We are nervous but ready for fun

Ready for our first sailboat cruise.

We are really cruising.  Far behind us the shore waits for our return.

Sailing away

Sailing away

As the sun gets lower in the sky and darkness approaches, we try some rum punch.

Tropical beverages!

Tropical beverages!

Yum!  Our new friend works on the boat

He is so nice

He is so nice

and he thinks we are cute.  So is he.

With darkness our buffet is created.  We enjoy fish, chicken and a beef dish.  Sometimes walking on a sailing boat is a bit of a challenge, but we love it.

There is so much to say about this cruise, daylight, sunset, drinks, food and wonderful new friends to get our food ensure that we have a perfect Caribbean evening aboard the Tango.  It is dark and time to go.

Partial moon to guide us home

Partial moon to guide us home

The moon is watching over us as we return to our resort.

We loved this trip and believe you will too.  Don’t wait too long, it is too much fun.