Sunday, January 25, 2015

FTV US Virgin Islands here we come!

Ferry Dock at St John
A popular event on the first day was to take the ferry over from St Thomas to St John to go to the world famous Cinnamon Bay beach. St. John is home to the Virgin Islands National Park which protects over 7000 acres of the 12,500 acre island. Its a great way to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful natural resources of the island. The Virgin Islands National Park on St. John includes beaches that can be rated on a scale where 1 equals beautiful and 10 is totally awesome. It includes hiking trails,historical sugar plantation ruins,and salt ponds, A favorite spot of past and current MMA cadets is Cinnamon Bay, at about 1 mile, is the National Park's longest beach. At this beach cadets can go snorkeling, swimming, or play volleyball.  just a short swim from shore is Cinnamon Bay Cay,  A great place to spend your time swimming and snorkeling, or to spread your beach blanket in the shade and relax. Across from the beach and campground entrance/parking area is a Hiking Trail through the Cinnamon Bay Plantation ruins. See more about this popular spot
Many Cadets rented mopeds for the day and explored the island. Charlotte Amalie is the main town on St. Thomas and the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is well known for shopping, dining and historical buildings. You can explore many of the beautiful old buildings and homes on this virtual tour. 


There was a cruise ship docked in front of us when we pulled into the dock. Some cadets were even able to make some new friends from the celebrity cruise liner before their ship headed back to its home port.

St Thomas has a wide variety of great things to do, you can rent jet skis, surf, parasailing, banana boat, and even go deep sea fishing. Some of our cadets brought their own gear from home and went free diving at the coral reefs. Check out some of the reef life they may have seen.

All in all, our first day in St Thomas was a huge success.

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