Westin St. John, Bay Vista
July 22, 2019

We rented a 3 bedroom villa at the Westin for a week for our family of 10. The villa was beautiful, clean, spacious (larger than I anticipated), the private pool and hot tub were awesome and the grill was great. Getting to the villa was easy. Once you land in STT, take a shuttle to the ferry, the ferry ride is only 20 min and then a quick cab ride to the Westin. Everyone at the resort was extremely friendly and helpful. Having the villa as well as the ability to use all of the amenities of the resort is a great combo. The pool is large, it was never really crowded and the drinks & snacks were good (try the Voodoo juice bucket). The gym is nice with cardio equipment on 1 side (they also have TRX on that side) and the weights on another side (the weight area got a little crowded at times). We tried yoga on the beach and the instructor was really nice and gave options for different levels. You can call for a golf cart to take you to the resort side and there are taxis available at any time. We rented a car for the week and made our way around the island. All of the beaches, water and views are unbelievably beautiful. We hiked to Solomon bay/honeymoon which was a nice hike. Some people also hiked the Reef bay trail to see the petroglyphs. Driving around the island can be a little terrifying at times (90 degree hills with a 90 degree turn at the top) you just have to trust the Jeep and yourself. Overall there were no issues. Trunk bay, Maho (swim with turtles) and cinnamon were some of the favorites. Across from Maho is a nice area with bar, food truck, games, live music and a souvenir spot. Lots of snorkeling and diving throughout the week. We cooked at the villa a few nights and went out the others (Morgan’s Mango was a favorite for everyone). We also went to the Dog House to watch the US women’s soccer game. There is a grocery store within walking distance to the resort which has a lot of items. For meat and a larger variety we drove to Starfish. Keep in mind since everything is imported, plan to spend 1.5 – 2x the price of US. Stick to the rum as it’s local (St Croix). There are a few things we didn’t have time for (kayak to LimeOut and the cycle boat tour). If you plan on visiting bring LOTS of bug spray (skin so soft). Some of us opted for a different ferry in the way back (located close to the visitor center) which I highly recommend Overall, we had a beautiful and very memorable vacation.