We had arrived in St. Thomas, USVI last Saturday and we were ready to explore. The very next morning (Sunday), we left our first anchorage on the far eastern shore of St. Thomas and headed for Charlotte Amalie, a very busy harbour that welcomes cruisers, local boaters and is also a port of call for many big cruise ships. We anchored just off the cruise ship dock, which happened to be empty that night. This was a very rare day in Charlotte Amalie! Instead of sharing the town with a thousand or so tourists, it would just be us, our buddy boats and a handful of other liveaboard cruisers.
What was up next on our agenda? A tour around town and a lovely lunch with our boat buddies. We walked to the tourist area and picked up a few fun things like water shoes and a dog collar for Ocean.
It was an extremely hot day so we were relieved that most of the shops had air-conditioning and Ocean was extra happy they allowed dogs! They even let her ride on the open-air town bus 😊.
Although Charlotte Amalie was interesting, we were all craving a bit of remoteness and the chance to do some snorkelling. Early on Monday morning, Wild Horses, Caretta and Indigo Lady weighed anchor and headed off for Christmas Cove.
The trip to our anchorage was a bit sportier than we had hoped for. The wind was a few knots stronger than expected and right at our nose, so no sailing for us. Making things even more uncomfortable was the high waves and ocean swell. The forecast was for 1-foot seas and we were definitely getting 4-5 feet, right at our bow. It was a one-hour hobby horse extravaganza.
Arriving at our anchorage, right off the coast of Great St. James Island, we knew it was all worthwhile. Pretty sandy shorelines, lots of rock outcroppings for snorkelling and that bright blue clear water that we love so much. We were wowed.
Oh, and the pizza! Incredible!! Huh? Well, let me back up a bit.
First, you have to know that we are pizza-loving people to the extreme. Actually, that is a massive understatement. We are pizza-fanatics! Back home, during our land life, we would have pizza at least once a week. And we love all kinds of pizza – New York style, deep dish, artisan, homemade. Truly, we rarely meet a pizza we don’t like. Since leaving Canada last September, we have devoured many a pizza. For us, cruising is eating pizza in exotic locations! 😉
Second, we love new, unique and interesting stuff. I mean, that is part of the reason why we are living on our boat! And, when those two loves come together in one place? Well, you get The Pizza Pi, a real-life floating pizza boat! Right in our anchorage! Oh my! Later than evening the motley crews of Wild Horses, Caretta and Indigo Lady enjoyed a fun evening of pizza, beer and “guess that tune” (supplied by Barry’s uber-eclectic playlist) aboard Indigo Lady. Lots of laughs and full bellies!
We finished off our time at Christmas Cove catching up on boat chores and letting Ocean get in some much-needed time swimming off the boat. Also, on the agenda was getting Ocean to the nearby veterinarian at Canines, Cats and Critters. She needed a booster for a few of her vaccinations and also to get an up-to-date international Health certificate for our trip to St. Martin. It looks like a weather widow may be opening up early next week to make the 93 nm hop further south to our first French island so we want to be ready.
But before we head to St. Martin, we have one more island in the USVI to explore – beautiful St. John. We weighed anchor this morning and made the short trip over there for the weekend. More exploring ahead!!😊
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