Wednesday was pre-planned to be a day of exercise and adventure. After dropping off the kids for school (poor them), Jonathan and I set out to explore. We did the normal routine of going to the post office and grabbing a quick bite at McDonald’s. Then we headed west.
The west end of the island is less populated and quieter than the south, north, and east side. I said to Jonathan, “You do know where we are going, right?”
“No, but if we just keep going west, we will reach our destination.”
He was right. The black road led us to Botany Bay. This 367 acre, secluded and gated area was a preserve at one point, but now has lots that sell in the million dollar range. We saw one of the villas from the beach called Siren’s song which rents for $10,000 a week and is for sale for just under four million. Not bad considering the views and privacy. Haha.
We parked before the gate and had to hike in the one mile to the Mermaid’s Chair. Although we weren’t really “hikin’ it” because it was on paved roads until the very end. Jonathan and I made three wrong turns in our hike, which made for a memory and extra calorie loss.
As you descend, you are surrounded by lush foliage, chirping birds, and salty breezes. When we reached the area just before the end, there was a nice overlook before the concrete stairs that led you to the bottom.
We were there. The Mermaid’s Chair. This is a sandbar that runs from the island to another small island called Little St. Thomas. I know, really creative. This is where the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet. On the south, the Caribbean sea and on the north, the Atlantic.
We dropped our backpack and immediately started soaking in the scenery. The surf came barreling in beating against the black rocks that gutted out in every direction. We wandered over to one area that had beach chairs and a kayak that are left there by current homeowners. It also had a small pool created by nature.
We climbed and leapt from rock to rock to reach a nice viewing spot. From there, we sat to gaze on God’s beauty. How different the world is here. Just miles and miles of blue turquoise water.
Then we had to “crab walk” down the slick rock face to continue our exploration. We walked almost every inch of the beach, which connects the two islands. During that we discovered a sand crab, cactus, and a plethora of rocks and shells. Joaquin would love that!!!
While we were there, we were trying to get good angles on the photos, but we had to be careful because of the cliffs. I told Jonathan, as he was nearing the edge, “If you fall off and break your legs, just remember how long it took to hike in, and I have a bad back right now!!!” He just chuckled.
This beach is a bit rocky, so, would not be a good choice if you were wanting the soft sand experience. The waters are a little rough as well, but the beach is off the beaten path. There were six cruise ships in port that day, and we were the only ones at the Mermaid’s Chair the whole time we were there.
Since this was just a scouting trip, we decided to make our return. That was the hard part. The hike is only one mile, but is one mile uphill the whole way back. Because of that, you MUST pack water. We had read other people’s articles on this hike, so, we knew how important that would be.
So, mark the Mermaid’s Chair as a must if you love exploring, adventure, views, quiet, hiking, outdoors, and sweat! We made it out alive and went to eat lunch and enjoy the rest the day had to offer. We would love to go back and pack a picnic lunch and take the kids.