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Posted Apr 19 2011 4:30pm

Food wasn’t the only thing I enjoyed last week!

True, I spent most of my time at the various Taste of St. Croix events (other than the actual event itself , there was also a sunset barbecue and a wine tasting event) but in my downtime I soaked as much Caribbean sun into my chilly NorCal bones as possible!

I especially loved the sea kayaks that were readily available to guests of The Divi Carina Bay at no additional charge (the hotel is all inclusive). I borrowed one last weekend and paddled around in the crystal clear turquoise water until I couldn’t feel my arms anymore.

Who needs the gym when you have a kayak?! I totally need to do this more often.

I think my very favorite thing I did, though, was go snorkeling out to Buck Island!

I went out with a big bunch of travel and food writers on this tour , and couldn’t believe how clear the water was and that I could see down even 30 feet below!  There’s a huge barrier reef around Buck Island, which is eight miles from St. Croix, and the coral was absolutely amazing.

And, for the record, I never thought I would say coral was amazing. Usually, I describe chocolate cake as amazing. Or the Nordstrom’s shoe sale. But coral? Not so much.

Until I saw this coral! Seriously folks, it was like living Finding Nemo or something—I couldn’t believe how colorful everything was! I highly recommend going out on a Big Beard’s Adventure Tour if you’re ever in St. Croix….you won’t be sorry!

To burn off all those mini desserts , I also went on a historic walking tour of Christiansted, one of the main cities on the island. Christiansted actually reminded me a lot of Savannah or Charleston, and I’m a sucker for old forts and dungeons (don’t tell anyone though, mm’k?)

Celeste was our fearless (and passionate!) leader and she showed us all around town. I think the most interesting little factoid that I picked up was that Alexander Hamilton’s mother was in prison here for bigamy! Go tell your history professor that one, huh?

I’m such a nerd.

I think my very, very favorite thing to do in life (other than bake cakes, of course) is to explore new cities that I’ve never been to. I inherited the traveling bug from my parents, both of who were flight attendants for 15 years, and I absolutely love to explore and go on adventures!

A huge thank you to everyone that made this trip possible, especially Divi Carina Bay . Everyone at the resort was so incredibly accommodating and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the hotel to anyone looking for a spectacular all inclusive Caribbean vacation!

Back to reality (and the dirty dishes)!

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