One of my best friends, Angela, moved to St. Thomas in June 2017 (pre-hurricane season). I’ve always wanted to go visit her, and I finally found the time this spring. There’s a Twitter account that I follow, The Flight Deal, that sends me push notifications for flight deals out of major cities in America to places in the US and around the world. I found a cheap flight out of Baltimore to St. Thomas for $200 in March and booked it!
About St. Thomas
St. Thomas is a part of the U.S Virgin Islands, which is close to both Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands. In September of 2017, the island was hit by two hurricanes, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Even seven months after the hurricanes, the damage is still prevalent in these peoples’ every day lives. Many of the roads are destroyed and have fallen off the hill side. Many hotels have shut down and the power goes out multiple times a week. There are many FEMA workers and linemen on the island trying to repair the damage and give the people access to power, but it takes awhile and there was a tremendous amount of damage.
With that being said, I still had a great time on vacation here! Almost all of the restaurants and bars are back open, the beaches are still beautiful, and cruise ships are starting to come back to the island! The area seemed to be more lively and is starting to pick up again!
- Abi Beach – I loved this beach, it was beautiful, clean, and quiet! There’s a small beach bar with delicious drinks (I was ordering freshly squeezed grapefruit with Sprite and vodka!). We had to drive down a bumpy, windy road to get there, so definitely take a car with 4WD.
- Deli Deck (brunch, $$) – This restaurant was near the cruise ship port and all the shops. We sat outside for brunch and I ordered the veggie benedict, which was delicious! I loved the potatoes. The service was a little slow, but you can’t be picky in paradise.
- Smoking Rooster (restaurant/bar, $$) – The spinach and artichoke dip here was to die for! I wish we got more. I also ordered their wing special, which was pretty good. The bar is known for their bushwacker, which actually originated in St. Thomas! It was made of rum, cream of coconut, Kalua, and milk.
- North Side Quarter (restaurant/bar, $$) – The layout of this restaurant was different. There was an indoor/outdoor porch with a beautiful view of the ocean. The service was pretty slow, but the lobster benedict made up for it!
- Brewers Beach – Definitely one of the more quiet beaches, but the calm water was relaxing. We saw sea turtles here! Brewers Beach is close to the North side of the island, so we went a couple of times to hang out and relax. I really like how there are public bathrooms at most of the beaches.
- Doghouse (outdoor bar, $) – This small bar reminded me of a tiki hut. It was a cool indoor/outdoor bar with fun music! We ended our Saturday night here and had so much fun.
- Tap and Still (bar, $) – Very clearly a local favorite. There was a DJ on Saturday night and lots of people dancing! The bartenders were very friendly and the drinks were delicious.
- High Dive (bar, $) – My first stop in St. Thomas after the airport was this outdoor bar near Angela’s house. We all ordered fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with soda water and vodka and watched the sunset from the bar! The view was beautiful and it was a wonderful start to my trip.
- Barefoot Buddha (cafe/lunch spot, $$) – The homemade kombucha was amazing! The flavor they had when I went was ginger tumeric, I wish I went back for another glass. The smoothie menu was bomb and the breakfast bagels were to die for. I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese with sun-dried tomato cream cheese, oh my gosh.
- Secret Harbor (beach) – My friend Angela said this beach is usually very quiet, but since Megan’s beach was closed that day, all of the cruise ship people were taken to Secret Harbor. It was insane. The water was nice, but there were way too many people.
- Lilika Juice bar ($$) – Along the cruise ship port, there are lots of small shops and bars. Lilika Juice bar was quick, the staff was helpful, and the smoothie I ordered was so good! I made my own: beets, banana, kale, mango and dates. Definitely going to try to make this at home!
- Root 42 Bar and Grill (restaurant, $$) – There is live music at this restaurant on Monday nights, and Angela’s friend was playing! We went and shared an appetizer and a dessert, and also ordered dinner. We shared the goat cheese balls and the chocolate torte and I ordered the farm flat bread, which had a goat cheese spread, spinach, apples, and balsamic. 10/10 recommend!