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5 Reasons St. Thomas Needs to be on your Bucket List!

We’re heading into Fall + for some of you, those cold winter months. Days are getting shorter and it’s about that time we all start dreaming of tropical vacations. Am I right?! We just got back from a dreamy vacay in St. Thomas and I’m so excited to share it with you! Here are 5 reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list ASAP!

1// Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham (Wyndham St. Thomas)

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This resort is incredible! It’s located on Water Bay in the cutest little cove! It’s the perfect escape for anyone who wants adventure OR if you prefer the more laid-back experience. We did a little bit of both here and loved every second! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

Our favorite things to do at the resort were swim at the mountain top infinity pool, hang at the Margaritaville Restaurant, play pool games at the other pool + the spa! 

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5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

 St. Thomas is amazing because it’s the US, but it really feels like you are in an extremely exotic country. There are mountains and hills, the greenery is lush, and the weather is amazing. Unlike Florida, the temperatures rarely vary from the 80s in the day and 70s at night! + it’s always breezy! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

We highly recommend staying at this resort when you visit! It’s the perfect location! 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

2// Underwater adventures

Just down the road from the Wyndham St. Thomas is an amazing place called Coral World Ocean Park. They have SO many exhibits and activities here, including sea lion encounters, a touch pool, turtle pool and more. We had the amazing opportunity to do SNUBA! SNUBA was amazing because you get the feeling and view of a scuba diver but you don’t have the cumbersome diving gear. A certified guide leads you on an adventure through the protected waters around Coral World. 

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We had SO much fun! This is definitely something I would do again! 

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If you aren’t in the mood for a guided adventure like SNUBA, you can always rent scuba gear at one of the local beaches! 

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3// Beautiful Beaches

Speaking of beautiful beaches, holy cowwwww – St. Thomas is full of them! One of St. Thomas’ beaches, Magens Bay was actually voted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by both Conde Nast + National Geographic. 

5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy 5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy All over the island there are tons of other beautiful beaches like Brewer’s Bay, Bologna Bay, Hull Bay, Secret Harbor, Sapphire Beach, and Coki Bay. They are all stunning! 

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5 Reasons why St. Thomas needs to be on your bucket list! // Review of the Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham St. Thomas by Graceful Mommy

4// The VIEWS! 

Everywhere you look, there is an amazing view. I was BLOWN AWAY by the hills and mountains. We took a tour around the whole island and got to see some of the most famous views of St. Thomas – it was awesome! My favorite place for a stunning view was Mountain Top. 

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5// No passport or jet lag! 

St. Thomas is a US Territory, so you don’t need a passport! All you need is your Driver’s License and Birth Certificate. The time in St. Thomas is only one hour ahead of Eastern time, so there is no jet lag! 

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St. Thomas is a really cool place to add to your bucket list because it’s familiar yet EXOTIC. People in the USVI speak English and use the dollar. There’s WIFI everywhere and even a Kmart! 

I highly recommend adding St. Thomas to your bucket list. When you come here, definitely stay at the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham! It’s the place to be!  

In honor of #nationalrelaxationday , Margaritaville Vacation Club Wyndham Rio Mar and Wyndham Margaritaville St. Thomas are offering a special deal! Use code: BEFALL18 when you book online at www.extraholidays.com or call 1-800-428-1932 . (Book by 9/30/18 and travel by 11/19/18)

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JW Marco Island Marriott Review // Lanai Suites!

JW Marco Island Marriott Review – Lanai Suites 

We just got back from an amazing stay at the JW Marco Island Marriott. It was INCREDIBLE.

We’ve been to Marco Island MANY times – Dave’s parents own a house on the island! So we got a lot. We are in love with the island + have already made so many memories here. We’ve actually been to the JW Marco Island Marriott a few times before to eat, but we have never stayed here yet – until now! 

We stayed in the newly renovated Lanai Suites + holy moly are they nice! They are very spacious – a large living room with a pull out sofa + then a huge master bedroom. The suites also have 2 bathrooms! My favorite thing about the suite was the VIEW. You are so close to the sand, and your view is of the beautiful gulf + all of the Marriott’s chickee huts! With kids, this is the ULTIMATE room because you have easy access to the beach + you are super close to the resort’s pools! 

We had the sweetest little gifts waiting for us when we got there! Thank you JW Marco Island Marriott!

Gracie loved staying at this resort. The JW Marco Island Marriott has 2 huge pools (actually more if you count the adults only spa pools!). And they have a cute little splash pad area with a waterslide, too! Gracie had so much fun in this pool! It’s the perfect place for kids to splash around. Gracie also LOVED that there was a Menchies on the property! Her favorite after dinner snack! 

An amazing thing about this hotel is that you can rent cabanas on the beach! These are really convenient when you have kids because you can have a little shady place to rest! There is an amazing little truck going up and down the beach all day ready to take your drink + food orders. Too cool! We definitely enjoyed having a cabana, just to have a break from the sun for a bit. The loungers are SO comfy, too! 

Donovan woke up SO early one morning, and I took him outside and we had the most magical rainbow!! It stretched over the whole beach + was just so gorgeous. It made waking up early, a tad bit better ;). 

We travel with our a kids a LOT. When family and friends ask where they should take their kiddos on vacation, we ALWAYS recommend Marco Island. It’s such a cute little beachy town, yet has lots of fun things to do with the kids! I definitely recommend staying at the JW Marco Island Marriott while you’re here! 

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

We just got home from our amazing beach vacation in New Smyrna Beach! Donovan is 2 months old + we started to get a bit of cabin fever so we made plans for a 5-day getaway to New Smyrna Beach (3 hours north of us). We found the perfect house for our family + Dave’s parents and sister! It was even more beautiful than we could have even imagined, so I had to share it with you guys! The funny thing is that the house was so beautiful that we never really left it for the whole 5 days LOL!

We rented it from VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner). Here’s the link to rent it!

The house is super modern + has an amazing curb appeal! Here’s what it looks like from the street:

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And here’s what it looks like from the ocean. I did mention it was oceanfront, right? It’s literally ON TOP of the water. When the tide is high, there’s barely any sand so it feels like you are actually in the ocean.

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Gracie loved when it was lower tide so we could play in the sand. She LOVED playing on the beach.

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

The inside was INSANE. Every part of the house is custom built. The walls are curved, and the furniture fits perfect with it. There are four floors – separated by this gorgeous spiral staircase. There is also an elevator!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

My favorite part was the view. Every where you look, there was the ocean. There are huge windows that just stretch across the entire house. It’s breathtaking. Not a bad view for work.

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There are three bedrooms, each with a king bed and a bathroom. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has an awesome bathroom and amazing views!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

The top floor has an amazing patio deck with views of both sunrise and sunset!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

We loved the huge white kitchen! We cooked EVERY meal at home! That’s a first for our vacations!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Every morning we drank our coffee outside watching the waves + surfers!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Then we would hang out on the beach, play board games, or just stare at the view. Walks on the beach were fun- all the homes were fun to look at!

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach Best Beach Rental in New Smyrna Beach

If you are planning a trip to New Smyrna Beach Florida, I highly recommend checking out this VRBO rental! It was amazing, and we made memories that will last a lifetime!

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Happy first vacation Donovan!

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