First off, I've been a T.A. lurker for quite some time and this is my first post. After reading everyone's trip reports and great advice for so long, I decided that I too needed to give back. This was our second trip to St. John, and I have to say I "get it". The island, the vibe, like heaven on earth. We stayed at Flanders Villa out in beautiful Coral Bay. This was our second stay there. The owners Josh & Suzanne are easy and great to work with. Their house is just heavenly, set up high on the hill overlooking Coral Bay. It has a great open floor plan, with a pool, it's set up for one couple or groups up to 10. The house is decorated beautifully, it's light and airy and definetly has the island feel. It also has a great kitchen with was equipped with all you could need to prepare a great meal. (if your into cooking while on vacation) it also had a Weber grill for some easy barbequing which is more our speed. We were accompanied by my brother and his girlfriend, who on Tuesday became husband and wife, on Trunk Bay at sunset. They couldnt have picked a more beautiful place. AnnMarie Porter was their minister and she was simply perfect. The rest of the week was spent just chillin' and relaxing, that's what vacation is to us. The beach, a few good books, some snorkeling and the peace that seems to envelope you while your there. We had a great time introducing the newlyweds to all we love about St. John. We tried to hit a different beach everyday. Salt Pond, Jumbie, Maho, Francis and Hawksnest. My brother loved the snorkeling, especially the turtles and stingrays. His new wife, loved the donkeys and goats. Of course we had to take them to Skinny's for their famous burgers, The Donkey Diner for some "kickass" breakfast, Shipwreck and Aqua Bistro. As you can see we spend most of our time on the Coral Bay side, which suits us just fine. We did manage to make it to town one day for shopping and delicious bbq from Uncle Joes. Once my new sister-in-law tried it, she was hooked and made my brother go back twice during the week for more. We've only been back 10 days and I'm already trying to figure out how soon we can get back. 9 days just isnt enough.
I wanted to thank everyone on this forum for their input (especially Rick G, Pia, St John Julie) you really make the island come alive and keep us feeling connected when we can't be there in person, your help, time and generosity are truly appreciated.