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The Blue Sandcastle – getting ready for the season!

The past month The Blue Sandcastle has been getting a facelift! We have upgraded the entire villa with new furniture, new art, new dinnerware, new everything! We have even added a new smart tv and a Playstation to the living room! The pool deck now features a brand new BBQ (huge 5 burner), new lounges, dining for up to 20! New wall art has been added and a Kitchen Aid mixer is in place in the kitchen. The kitchen is such a social place and a great place to entertain! All the bedrooms have gotten new super nice memory foam cooling toppers! These are super comfy and a blessing for your back! All the beds off course have our luxurious Egyptian Cotton sheets. New special wall art for the bedrooms is also coming thanks to the Bambini/ Swane Gallery here in St. Thomas! Can’t wait to show you their amazing work! The covered deck also got a small makeover with adding new patio sets. These wicker sets give a splash of colour to the deck and …

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands?

What to do on your last day in the Virgin Islands? Take a day charter! Explore the surrounding islands and enjoy a fun-filled day with lots of adventures. Either join a group of people on a day charter or get your very own private yacht. Either way, it will be an unforgettable day! One of the favourites is the BVI day charters. This is a great trip for both families and couples. You get to explore four to five islands, and some of the places you visit is only reachable by boat. And you’ll have tons of fun! Here’s some tips to where you should go on a day charter to the BVIs. First stop Start with a trip to Virgin Gorda. Clear your passport in Spanish Town, and then go and explore the Baths. The Baths is one of the the BVI’s most popular tourist attraction. The sight is amazing. The rocks forms a series of grottoes that has tidal pools and kaleidoscopic sunlight. Take the trails through them or snorkel around them. Second …

Lazy days on the beach…

Here in the Virgin Islands we are enjoying lazy days on the beach…. The picture over is from Limetree Beach located just below our villa. We usually walk down to the beach in about 5 minutes. When going to the beach we always pack a cooler and fill it with cold drinks and some snacks. Sophia and I love to bake banana bread and make some cookies. This is also why it is great to stay at a villa! When you rent a villa you can take full advantage of the kitchen. Make your own food and snacks to bring to the beach. All our villas comes with fully equipped kitchens, coolers, beach towels, beach chairs and fun waters toys.  Another beach we also really like her on St. Thomas is Hull Bay. On Hull Bay there is barley tourists, a lot of locals use the beach. There is a cozy nice restaurant and bar here. The beach is also known to be the only surf beach on St. Thomas, but to surf you have to …

Cruz Bay – St. John

Cruz Bay on St. John is very easy accessible from St. Thomas. If you are going on a day trip you can take the ferry from either Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie. You can get around on St. John on the Safari busses or take the car ferry if you need a car. But for just a day in Cruz Bay you don’t really need a car. Cruz Bay welcomes you with a white sandy beach with pastel coloured shops and houses. Close to the docks you will find several bars and restaurants along with cozy and small shops. Take a walk down Wharfside Landing for some shopping. Stop at Joe’s Rumhut or the Waterfront Bistro for some refreshments. The view from the bars and restaurants are great! When you have explored the waterfront shopping and dining it’s time to head over to Mongoose Junction for some more shopping.  Along the road over here you will find several small and bright coloured shops. St. John is great for getting local art and handcrafted items. You will …

Stay at The Blue Sandcastle!

Are you planning your Virgin Islands vacation? Stay at The Blue Sandcastle! We currently have two rental units for rent. One International Villa at Pavilions and Pools, and the Honeymoon Suite at the Blue Sandcastle. From September 1st, 2015,  we will also have the entire upper floor at the Blue Sandcastle available for renting with its large 4 bedrooms with 4 private bathrooms, huge kitchen and living room, dining room and laundry. The Honeymoon Suite – The Blue Sandcastle The Honeymoon Suite is private and perfect for a short stay. You will have access to our wi-fi. In the room there is a fridge and a coffee/ tea station. You can order breakfast and/ or dinner if you don’t feel like eating out. The Honeymoon Suite is yours for only $ 100 pr. night (+tax 10%) up to October 31st. For weekly stays we offer STAY for 7, PAY for 6. The Honeymoon Suite is on the lower floor in the West Ving. It has a private entrance. Large kingsize bed with Egyptian cotton sheets. There …

Sailing on Three Moons

What a great weekend! Memorial Day weekend was very special to us down here on St. Thomas. Saturday we spent most of the day at the beach and on Sunday we were invited by Captain Richard on to the Three Moons. The Three Moons is a 72 ft large monohull sailboat.                                           We started our sail from Water Island. Our goal for the day was Buck Island. (Named after the colonial slave days.) Buck islands were islands where the slave ships would drop of the healthy and strong men before they headed to shore to sell the women and children. There are 17 Buck islands in the Caribbean. Our first stop at Buck Island was Turtle Cove. At Turtle Cove you are almost certain to see turtles. We were very lucky! We got to snorkel with five turtles and two sting rays. The turtles were very friendly! They were so up close and personal that they …

A day out on Steppin Up

On Saturday we had the pleasure of sailing with the Steppin Up. The Steppin Up is a 43″ large catamaran owned by Capt. Bill and Michelle. Bill and Michelle have been doing charters in the Caribbean since 2012. On Saturday we were invited to come with them on a day sail. Saturday morning we sailed off from the marina and headed over to Christmas Cove. Sophia quickly found her favourite spot on the boat. The big trampolines in front was just perfect for relaxing and bird/ fish watching as we sailed out. As we approached Christmas Cove we were all excited to get into the water. Christmas Cove is a favourite for both Bill and Michelle for night snorkelling. It is also a popular “first” stop when they take guests out on a charter. Anchored up in Christmas Cove we are ready to have some fun! Sophia was first in and loved the big float Bill pumped up for her. The Steppin Up is filled with fun toys for the entire family. Sophia also got to …

CARNIVAL!

The first weekend of May held the annual St. Thomas Carnival. This is a great festival filled with fun, colors and music from morning until late night. On Wednesday there is a food fair with tons of flavors, Friday is the children’s parade and Saturday is the big day with the adult parade ending with fireworks at Waterfront. The market place is filled up with people, both tourists and locals.There is a lot happening all the time; music, dancing… You really get to see some of the local traditions. The children’s parade is great fun to watch! Look at that head piece! What to eat? Try out some local juices and food! Definitely get a Johnny Cake and some Passion Juice. Eat baked Tamarinds for dessert. When to be there? Go to the food fair on Wednesday around noon. For the Children’s Parade and the adult parade on Friday and Saturday it’s best to be in town around 11.00 am. The carnival village with rides, bars, fast food etc. usually opens around 6 pm every …