Anchored Cruz Bay
U.S. Virgin Islands
- 1184 nm to Charleston, SC
- 6 Hours Till Amy's Sister Shannon Arrive!!
We have made it to our second stop on American soil, St. John. We had a wonderful 35 mile sail from St. Croix yesterday to where Piper is now secure on a free mooring ball. Our last two trips the sailing has been so wonderful, probably some of the best sailing in the last few years. And we sure hope it continues like this all the way up to Charleston.
Upon our arrival here in Cruz Bay we checked in with the US Customs and Immigration, by far the nicest Customs and Immigration offices we have ever been in. Then we did a quick tour of the waterfront looking for a place to grab a beer. As you can imagine, a busy tourist destination like the Cruz Bay, St. John waterfront is lined with restaurants and beach bars. It has been our experience that the majority of these bars is where the tourists go, and so the prices are a bit higher.
With that said, we like to search out a bit of some more local flair. So last night we found our new hangout 'Larry's Landing', a friendly, helpful, informative local hang-out where you pour your own drinks. I stuck with the beer but Tom helped himself to a nice size rum and splash of Coke (Tommy Style) for only $3. Another great reason to stop here is the walk-up restaurant next door... 'G-Spot @ Larry's Landing', a good old heart clogging American grill with really good eats.
And one more stop before heading back to the dingy, "JJ's Texas Coast Cafe". We were told that the captain/owner Ben from the charter boat 'Sadie Sea' may be in there. Ben runs a 40' trawler around the island doing various snorkel and hiking trips that our friend Chris from S/V Christa worked on for a short stint. BTW Chris. Ben wants to know if you want your CD's back? We had a nice chat with Ben and hope to take part in his guided parks tour later this week. He even hooked us up with a free mooring ball to keep Sandpiper secure in this tiny crowded harbor.
This morning we are taking the ferry over to St. Thomas to pick up sister Shannon and bring her back to live the dream with us for a week.
Amy and Tom