Roses around the garden

My Roses Around The Garden

If anyone knows me well. I like to play in dirt. Yes, a big grownup that likes to play in the garden. Before my trip, my roses bloomed and well… I had to take a couple of shots.


Well, guess you can call me a “dirty girl.” I have loved to play in the dirt since birth and this girly girl exterior will not stop me from having fun in the yard.

I estimate at this point I have at least over 1,000 different varieties of plants and flowers, which is nowhere close to what I had years ago, in my former home of 2,200. Slowly but surely growing it year by year.

One of my favorites to grow in the garden are roses. They are actually very easy to maintain and care for.

Grow your own paradise, as I have.

My son loves to play outside as well. Of course I have to put him on here… He’s too darn cute not to.

My handsome devil

Representing the Phillies, baby with our contractor walking behind him, hahaha


Coral Bay, St John a great place to be

Coral Bay St John a great place to be, Ahhhh!




Coral bay reminds me of a small little fishing village, except in paradise. It’s located on the east end of St. John and to me is the best end. Cruz Bay has gotten very crowded especially during the day (a lot of St. Thomas cruise passenger visitors come through, which can be in the thousands) to the point it’s even difficult to manage the sidewalks “downtown.”


Notice our beat up rental, also one of the St. John owner’s cars on the left, I love that they get around in old cars, amigos, and suzuki’s


The “Real” St. John

Coral Bay Harbor

You are away from the crowds and around the local people of the island. You see the community that works together truly stays together. It is a very tight-knit neighborhood, however very welcoming to us tourists. There is true passion for their beloved island and you sense that here. Btw, you won’t be paying the Cruz Bay tourist prices. Everything is cheaper on this end including; booze, food, and even dining. The restaurants aren’t too crowded and it’s more peaceful and luxurious in my book. It is close to all the beaches of the north shore and south shore (where you want to be anyway). Also, very close distance to the brown bay trail and the Annaberg Ruins. If you love to snorkel, this is the best place to stay. Access to all of the great snorkel spots.

Downtown quirky Coral Bay


To me being on vacation is an experience. An experience to seek out the local flavor and feel of the island. You just don’t get that in touristy Cruz Bay. You want to go where the locals go and that’s Coral Bay. Also, you will be amongst the most awesome wildlife on the island. I find this side more accommodating for families and for the honeymooners that want to just relax and enjoy themselves. It’s less spoiled.

Isn’t he just dapper? Actually, may be a she since I am not seeing anything hanging… lol


If you are looking for the nightlife it is still here and Cruz Bay is just a short drive away. After all, it is a very small island and you can get to everything in a matter of minutes.

I truly found my favorite spot in all of the Virgin Islands and saved the best for last. I have visited St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John. However, my first stay in Coral Bay and I have found my true love. This will be “my spot” for all time.