Saturday, February 25, 2023

St. Kitts

Delta flies to St. Kitts only one day a week, so we were a little nervous about getting a seat, but it turned out to be no problem! We flew Jacksonville to Atlanta, an hour layover and then to St. Kitts. 

We were seated in the last row, but we put our bags in the overhead in the middle of the plane. This was only a problem because they disembark from both the front and back of the plane. We had to wait until the entire plane was empty to get our bags.

We found the Thrifty office and collected our car. 

We drove the winding road to the Park Hyatt. We were greeted with a glass of rum punch as steel drums played nearby.

We were told our room wasn't ready yet so we found a place to relax. The ocean breeze, beautiful flowers and lovely view made waiting more palatable. 

We read over the activities planned for the week. We thought it was funny that tonight's activity, Star Gazing, was $25 per person. We decided not to look up and save the $25!

Our room was available at 6:30PM. Michael took us in a golf cart and familiarized us with the room.

We were surprised and pleased to see the champagne and cheese tray from the hotel manager!

We enjoyed the spread on our patio.

We went for a walk around the property before heading off to bed.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

BJ went to the 8:30AM Yoga class and then we relaxed on the beach until time for Stand Up Paddle Boarding. We could see Nevis.

Tony was the photographer for BJ and the other paddlers.

We drove to the Rams Supermarket to get some snacks and drinks for the room.

Everything was priced in Eastern Caribbean Dollars so it was hard to figure out how much things cost.

On the way home from the grocery store, we stopped for lunch at Ship Wreck.

We delivered our groceries to the room and then hiked over to Cockleshell Bay. We stopped at Lion Rock Bar to see if our friend "Pop Corn" was there but he had gone to Nevis for the day.

We tried to take a short cut back to the hotel but we wound up getting ourselves tangled up in briars. 

Monday, February 27, 2023

BJ went to a Sound Healing session at the conical remains of an old Sugar Mill.

We kayaked to the point. A turtle poked it's head up to check us out! Then headed back to Ship Wreck for lunch.

We took a break in our room and then walked over to the Lion Rock Beach Bar where CJ made us a drink and played us some Reggae!

Dinner was at Spice Mill. We got there in time for the early bird special which was a rum punch while we waited for our table to be ready. We had a nice chat with the owner. We compared notes about the knee jerk reaction that both of our governments had to the Covid epidemic. We agreed that closing the beach was the exact wrong thing to do.

We got the best table, closest to the beach!

Dinner was great! Complimentary coconut johnny cakes were served first. Who doesn't love a good fried coconut flavored fried bread ball with butter???

Dinner was fish curry for BJ and pasta for Tony.

We visited with the two couples at the next table who were bragging about their recent win at the music trivia contest.

On the way back to the hotel we saw a launch from Cape Canaveral! How neat to see it from here!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

BJ went to the gym to work out and then we relaxed at the beach for a few hours.

We sampled the Pina Coladas at Reggae Beach Bar and got to hold a sweet baby monkey.

We caught the Blu Waves water taxi to Nevis and hiked to Chrishi Beach Club.

We had dinner and watched the sunset at Oualie Beach Club.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Our plan was to go snorkeling this morning but the seas were kind of choppy.

After entertaining the sunbathers on the beach with our clumsy attempts to get in the water, we decided to test out the calm water in the pool.

After a dip, Tony headed back to the room to read. BJ hung around for a few hours and then went to swim in the beautiful Adults Only pool.

Dinner was (again) at Ship Wreck where we met up with "Pop Corn" (Peter Alcorn), the father of one of our Fernandina Beach neighbors. Everyone in St. Kitts knows Pop Corn so we had to wait our turn to get to visit with him. Tony told Peter that he was a little nervous about driving on the island.  Peter's response was, "It's the other people who should be nervous!"

There were lots of monkeys having dinner at Ship Wreck!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Today was our "Explore the Island" day. Tony picked a restaurant on the North end of the island for lunch and BJ mapped out a route to get there along the coast.

The first part of the drive was along some very steep narrow roads that has us a little nervous but we finally made it to Bay Road where we could relax and enjoy the view.

Lunch at Arthur's was delicious, as were the Island Coladas!

We each had a Roti, an unleavened flatbread wrapped around a curry filling. BJ had seafood and Tony had chicken.

While we are, we watched a local fisherman using a net to catch lots of shimmering fish.

On our way back, we stopped at Timothy Hill overlook.

When we got back to the hotel, BJ walked out to the edge of the property and saw some brain coral and a fan.

We had the rest of our Roti for dinner, then BJ went to "Movie Night Under The Stars" where she saw "Maid in Manhattan". She was the only hotel guest to attend!

Friday, March 3, 2023

We planned to try snorkeling again but the wind and the choppy ocean said no, so we relaxed on the beach in the shade under a tree. When it got chilly, we headed up to the adult pool where it was less windy.

It took us a few minutes to get used to the cold water but it was a refreshing swim.

After a shower, we headed over to Cockleshell Bay. Everything was closed except Reggae Beach Bar.
We got a drink and sat in the shade with Snowy, the resident kitty.

They told us Lobsterfest would be happening later with a band, but we elected for a quiet night back at the hotel.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Check out time was not until noon, so we had plenty of time to enjoy our last few hours on the patio before packing.

After check out, we headed back to Ship Wreck for one final Pina Colada before going to the airport.

We checked in for the flight and turned in our rental car and then headed through the TSA check point.  There was one gate area for all flights and it was so crowded that we could not find a place to sit!

We got on the St. Kitts to Atlanta flight.  We were pleased to see that we would arrive in Atlanta a few minutes early, making it possible for us to take an earlier flight to Jacksonville.  Of course, as often happens when a flight gets in early, there was no gate for us, and once we did get to the gate, they couldn't get the door open.  But the good news was that the earlier flight was delayed by 15 minutes making it possible for us to get there in time.

When we finally got off, we quickly made it through passport control and immigration but then the TSA line was long and there was no TSA precheck line.  We made it through, though and got to our gate in time for the flight, only to find that it looked like we would not get seats.  At the last minute though, the agent cleared us and we made it home by midnight!

Another great trip!

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