My Dream Spring Break: St. John

My Dream Spring Break? I'm assuming I get an unlimited budget to plan this right?  Well even if the answer is no, the spring break vacation I'm about to share with you was planned as if money was no option.
Destination - St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands!
I have never been to St. John but a very good friend of mine goes there every year with her family and absolutely loves it! It is also favorite of country superstar Kenny Chesney, so you know it's gotta be full of sun, sand, and "drinks in hand".
After doing some research online I settled on The Westin St. John Resort & Villas and chose the Bay Vista Villa loft (it IS a dream vacation after all!!).
Located on 47-acres and on the shore of Great Cruz Bay the resort has endless activities and entertainment to suite everyones preferences.
My choice? Lounge at the beach all day and indulge in a spa treatment - hot stone massage next to the water followed by drinks on this patio anyone?
 A must-see on my list is The Baths & Caves. Believed to be the setting of Treasure Island as well as a potential spot of some of Blackbeard's hidden treasure, the Caves is a picture perfect snorkeling destination. Cruz Bay Watersport Co. will take you aboard a 60 foot cruiser to the Caves in the morning and then on to The Baths in the afternoon to explore the world famous grottoes and crystal clear pools.
Finding a traditional Caribbean restaurant is a must, and I have my sights set on Sweet Plantains. Their West Indian Creole menu is inspired by ancestral culinary traditions of home cooks from around the Caribbean. I'm already drooling over the menu which features items such as deep fried sweet plantains (of course!), market seafood, jerk pork slow cooked with house spiced rum and guava bbq sauce served with a pickled green papaya slaw, along with many island inspired cocktails.
I hope you enjoyed my little vision into my dream spring break. Let me know you have been to St. John and have any good recommendations on where to go or what to do...I'm still on the hunt for a good local bar with live music!
Thank you, Jaime, for featuring me in this post - it was really fun and a great way to get my mind off this cold winter weather we have been having!
Emily blogs at Simply Gourmet in Southie, featuring recipes, Boston restaurants, and more!



  1. i love the USVI - i use to go almost every year - it's been awhile tho - my brother was married on St Croix!

  2. I totally want to go too! It looks like a dream!

  3. Paradise!
    I would love to go there.

  4. Amazing in every sense of the word.

  5. ohh, how jealous I am of Emily! Sounds wonderful.


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