I have read….. researched and obsessed… but would still love input from the pros. We (husband and I) traveled to STJ last summer and loved it. We have a May trip planned with our children (11,8, and 6) and grandparents staying at Casa Bueno.
We would love one last hurrah before school starts back (probably end of July) and are debating between another trip to STJ or Virgin Gorda. Ideally, we would space it out, but schedules just don't allow for travel at other times during the year at this point.
So the question is… which one?… St John or Virgin Gorda. We would make this a more economical trip and have been looking at Coppermine Cottage on Virgin Gorda or Mango Villa on St John.
We love snorkeling and are not "foodies" . Our ideal day would be to get up early and grab a quick breakfast (granola bar), then hit the beach. Have snacks/lunch we pack for our day out at the beach. Hit a happy hour for a simple inexpensive meal, then head back to our home base for relaxing, board games or swimming. We would be traveling with our children, and here are some of the pros/cons I see at this point:
St john/Mango Villa-we know we love the island, all 3 bedrooms are air conditioned, we could explore new hiking trails, beautiful, we know we love the snorkeling, we have some favorite happy hour spots picked out, seems to be in a remote location
Virgin Gorda-something new, cottage has a pool, this cottage is a slightly less expensive than the St John Mango Villa (including ferries for each, car rentals), area seems really good, 1 of the 2 bedrooms has air conditioning
Thanks so much for your help on this!