In my mind, I am still on the beautiful islands of St. Thomas and St. John but all vacations must come to an end! There is so much to do on both islands in the USVI like duty-free shopping, relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in the world like Magens Bay Beach, and swimming in the warm, clear waters in this lush tropical paradise. Not to mention eating fresh seafood in amazing restaurants (mostly outdoors) and taking in the incredible arts and culture. Active families, couples, and individuals can also enjoy many different activities to keep in shape while on vacation besides working out in the resort gym. Here are five ways to keep active in St. Thomas and St. John:
1. Hiking the Lind Point Trail to Honeymoon Beach in St. John – On almost every vacation, we make sure to get our steps in whether it’s hiking the rainforest in Costa Rica or inactive volcanos in Hawaii. This time we went on a hike from Lind Point located in Cruz Bay to Honeymoon Beach. Before you start hiking make sure you visit the Visitor’s Center to learn more about island history and culture. The Lind Point Trail is a shaded dirt trail that’s rocky in some spots with a gradual incline. Even though it is a leisurely hike (1 mile each way – about 30 minutes with kids in tow and stopping to look at mongoose, fauna, etc), make sure you wear sneakers, apply sunscreen, and pack water. Someone forgot to pack her sneakers and I can only thank Sam Edelman’s good craftsmanship that I didn’t fall into some cacti. After our hike, we relaxed on the beautiful white sandy Honeymoon Beach, swam in the crystal clear water, and enjoyed homemade gelato from the Caneel Bay Resort before embarking on the ferry back to St. Thomas. It was the perfect active excursion!
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2. Water activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and scuba diving – Our resort (Dreams Sugar Bay) offered free kayaks, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. My boys and Mister took advantage of these amenities!
3. Experience an active-based event – I only wish I knew about this before we left! You can experience the Virgin Islands in a unique way while staying in shape. Active Island Tours and Events holds guided walking and running tours and unique active-based events like a Run for the Cruise and “Stretch & Sip” yoga wine tastings as sunset on the beach. What an awesome way to combine exercise, sightseeing, and entertainment!
4. Climb to the Mountaintop – At an impressive height of 1,500 feet above sea level, Mountain Top offers a spectacular panoramic view of both the US and British Virgin Islands. In fact, National Geographic has rated this view of Magens Bay as one of the 10 best views in the world. It features a casual shopping area and a bar which is home of the world famous Banana Daiquiri. Just breathtaking!
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5. A round of golf or a game of tennis, volleyball, or basketball – St. Thomas is home to the beautiful and challenging Mahogany Run Golf Course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Why not partake in 18 holes while in paradise? Tennis can be enjoyed at several locations in St. Thomas. My oldest son loved the basketball courts on our resort. He had full reign on the court and he hadn’t practiced outside in weeks so it was a real treat. My sons made friends and enjoyed basketball in the pool and volleyball too.