My family originated from a small island in the Caribbean called St. Thomas. This island is one of three islands that combined are called the U.S Virgin Islands. We were blessed enough to travel together to St. Thomas and visit where my grandparents were born and raised. Nine of us connected with each other and connected with the island in the most amazing family reunion ever.
A few years ago I visited St. Thomas with friends and stayed at the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa which is now called Dreams Sugar Bay. I thought it would be the perfect place to bring my family because it was a beautiful resort and it catered to families and couples. Dreams has seven restaurants, four bars, free water sports such as kayaking, a basketball court, a tennis court, a spa, a pool with a swim up bar and is also a great location for weddings. The rooms are very cozy and include a balcony which is my favorite part. My family loved the resort.
St. Thomas is a gorgeous island. The views are picturesque, the beaches are tranquil and the people are friendly. But this trip was to enjoy the beauty of the island and also visit all of the places my grandparents told us about in their stories of growing up. So we rented two cars and took a full day to explore the island. We stopped for gas in an area called Sugar Estate and I hopped out the car when I saw a beautiful mango tree. The area was filled with colorful homes and flowers.
The first official stop we made was in a neighborhood called Savan. Growing up my grandparents lived in Savan. Savan is not a tourist attraction nor is it a safe part of the island but we were able to connect with it and see the beauty through the eyes of grandparents. Most of the actual homes my grandparents lived in were gone but we got the general picture. In my opinion, I loved the roughness of Savan.
Next we visited a family friend. My great grandmother’s best friend. She lives in an area called Lerkin Lund. She has one of the most beautiful views that I’ve ever seen and she shared some mangos with us that were picked on the island.
Our tour continued, we stopped at my late great aunt’s house. She is the sister of my great grandmother. Her house is located in a part of the island called Estate Pearl.
By this time we were all hungry and tired so I reached out to some of my local friends and they told me about a restaurant called Cuzzin’s. I was told if you’re looking for authentic Caribbean food, this was the place to go. Cuzzin’s was delicious, I ordered the Seafood Combo and I also stuck my fork in everyone else’s plate. I tried the conch and the salmon as well. All of it was delicious.
Our trip didn’t end with just a family roots tour. We also swam in Magen’s Bay which is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been to. My cousin’s, sister and I hung out in Red Hook, a popular area with bars. In this area is Señor Frogs and the popular bar of the island called Duffy’s Love Shack. We also visited the highest point in St. Thomas, a tourist attraction called Mountain Top. There is another popular restaurant on the island called Gladys Cafe. I wasn’t able to eat there this time but I will when I return. We also walked around the Waterfront. The Waterfront is where you can find shops, restaurants and vendors on one side and the beautiful waters where the cruise ships doc on the other. This trip was the most amazing trip I’ve ever taken. Absolutely nothing compares to the beauty of bonding with your family and connecting to your roots.