It’s not every day that friends of yours get mentioned in a super popular national magazine, so when they do, it’s a big deal!
We were perusing our Facebook feed yesterday when we came across an article recently posted in Vogue about the 5 Hottest Winter Escapes of 2016. And guess who was mentioned? St. John! But not only was St. John mentioned, several of our favorite businesses got a mention too! Check it out!
Step Aside, Tulum—These Are the Five Hottest Winter Escapes of 2016 by Kristin Tice Studeman
The cold temperatures have set in and winter is finally here on the East Coast, which means it’s high time to get that warm-weather getaway booked. Convenient and au courant destinations like Miami and Tulum might be the first places that come to mind, and while they’re excellent options, why not be the first to “discover” the new spot all of your friends will be talking about in 2016? Here, five unique, off-the-radar alternatives to well-trod destinations and exactly where to stay, play, eat, and—of course—relax once you’re there. No puffy coats required.
Instead of St. Barth’s, try St. John
St. Barth’s has long been the It destination for East Coasters in the winter because of its relatively close proximity and posh hotels. If you aren’t looking to see and be seen while on vacation this time around, but still want stunning beaches and sunshine, try St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands (a short ferry ride from the main airport on St. Thomas) this year. We suggest spending plenty of time in Coral Bay on the eastern side of the island, which is more laid-back and less commercial. A few days here and you’ll forget what snow even feels like. Well, almost . . .
Where to Stay
The romantic Caneel Bay resort, about a 20-minute drive from Coral Bay, is the place to stay on this island. The 166-room, old-school property spans 170 acres and offers seven beaches surrounded by the Virgin Islands National Park.
Where to Eat
For casual eats, Skinny Legs is the place for mouthwatering burgers, or head to Shipwreck Landing for curry nut–crusted grouper. On the East End, Vie’s Snack Shack by Hansen Bay is always a must for Coral Bay repeat visitors. The West Indies rice and beans dishes are just as phenomenal as the sparkling waterfront views. You can also access Hansen Bay beach here by paying a small fee, which gets you chairs, parking, and an all-day spot on the beach.
What to Do
If you time it right, you will be there for Miss Lucy’s regular full moon parties, where you can listen to live music by local bands and watch the full moon over Coral Bay. During the day, book a boating excursion to sail and snorkel around the crystalline waters of Coral Bay. Kekoa, Palm Tree Charters, and Lion In Da Sun all lead excellent excursions. If you are a hiker, take a drive to the Cinnamon Bay trail, where you’ll come across ruins of a sugarcane factory, wildlife, and Danish burial crypts.
-So you know what all of this means? Time to book a trip! Escape the wintry North and head on down and see us! We hope to see you all soon! And congrats to all the businesses that were mentioned!