We awoke to partly sunny skies on Day 2 – a welcome change from the pouring rain from the day before! After breakfast in the open air beach cafe, we took our camera and walked around the gorgeous hotel grounds. Tons of wild chickens roam around St. John, and I screeched when I heard some roosters “cock-a-doodle-do”ing from the trees (I have an unnatural love for chickens). Then, I screeched some more because of all the IGUANAS roaming around! They are just so prehistoric looking and cool. They get huge in St. John too!
The Westin beach is nowhere near as beautiful as the north shore beaches on St. John, but it was still lovely to just float in the water! After the beach, we decided to take an island tour on one of the island’s famous open-air taxis. Our cabbie, William, was awesome! He explained the history of St. John to us while taking us around to all of the North Shore beaches. Here are a few pics:
Next, we stopped at the Annaberg sugar plantation ruins. The entire island used to be heavily farmed for sugar cane, and there are a lot of really neat plantation ruins left. William said, “You know how hot and sweaty you are right now? Just think if you were a slave and worked literally from sun up to sun down.” No wonder the slaves eventually rioted and killed all the plantation owners!
Once we got back to the hotel, we ate a very late lunch, started uploading some photos to Flickr, and went to a casual restaurant in Cruz Bay for dinner. We then fell asleep to the sounds of St. John, including the Coquí frogs and lots of insects. I didn’t think I would, but I miss all those sounds!
Next in the recap series is: snorkeling at Cinnamon Bay!