We spent a week over the Christmas holiday at the campground. Our first experience in the USVI quickly taught us the meaning of "island time". The first cottage room we stayed in was surrounded by families and w/o asking the staff gave us the option to relocate to another cottage. Wow, that was nice and a great move that literally made our stay there more enjoyable.
We have roughed it in many other locations thoughout the states and the cottages were a nice way to semi-rough it. The change in cottages also got us a very pleasant surprise - a refrigerator instead of a cooler. Anyone going and wanting to have something cold should really inquire about this unknown "option".
Snorkelling is easy, just of the beach to the coral near Cinnamon Cay. It was a bit more crowded on the beach and in the water then we would have thought it to be. Then we realized that other people staying on the island migrated to the beach during the day. I guess they wanted to participate in this great place. The facilities were basic. Beach volleyball was set up (by who???) and was quite popular. Though the cold showers were not as refreshing as one would have thought. They were just cold showers. Did I say they were cold? Boo-hoo to me.
The campground had a great party on Chrsitmas evening with live music ("White Christmas" on the steel pan?!?!?!??) and some dancing. It doesn't hurt that at the restaurant the staff serves a rum and coke with the coke part of it just being used as "food coloring". ZING! They aim to please on their drink conncoctions. What they lack in bartending skill and knowledge they make up for with potency...
Yes the prepared meals and food bought from the store are expensive but you're saving so much just by staying at the campground, we didn't mind $13 for a six-pack. The restaurant menu is limited and at island speed, but where else you gonna eat, mon?
Recommended for the adventutous is a kayaking expedition. We went to Whistling Cay and enjoyed the solitary snorkelling there. Though the waves from the big yachts really made the journey and snorkelling a rough adventure. Bugs weren't much of a problem but we did get plenty of bites by the end of the week. Toilets back up often the staff let us know, the nights were warm and humid and in our cottage air flow was non-existant. But those are just inconveniences. Relax, this is paradise...
Bring just the basics and enjoy meeting other friendly visitors in this idyllic setting We didn't rent a vehicle and stayed at the campgrounds the whole week, except for the arduous trail hike up the mountain that afforded us only a minimally interesting view of the bay. Next time we'd probably rent a vehicle to get around and see more. But what are you gonna see but more great landscapes and beaches?
- Also Known As:
- Cinnamon Bay Campground Hotel Virgin Islands National Park
- Cinnamon Bay Campground St. John/Virgin Islands National Park