A few of Chris's work pals had been to Cocobay and told him it was a great resort where you could get awesome ocean front villas and not break the bank.
So that's what sold us, the idea of having a sweet little villa right on the ocean. (With our own little pool, hammock, and bath on the patio, to boot.)
This part of the trip was especially "honeymoony," which was good since it was the first leg. We're talking champagne in the room waiting for us when we got there, rose petals covering the floor, and fellow honeymooners all over the place. Everywhere I looked I saw guys playing with their rings as if they'd never worn jewelry before.
We're nearly two months in and Chris still fiddles with his ring constantly. Sometimes at dinner he'll take it off and start twisting it like a top. And I'm like, STOPPPPP. He's going to lose that damn thing.
Most of our days were spent right here. I would plant myself in these chairs (or the hammock) with a drink in one hand and my book in the other. It was just what I wanted.
It rained a few days, but we made the most of it. I actually found it pretty relaxing to sit on the deck and watch it come in from the ocean.
I mean I'd go back to this moment right now, wouldn't you?
And I know a good photo-op when I see one... Do you like pina coladas... getting caught in the rain? I'll never forget hearing that song as a kid. It blew my mind when I figured out they had answered each others ad! WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?
When we were feeling adventurous, we'd walk down to the beach where Chris would snorkel and I'd find a new chair to lay on with my book. It's not that I don't like snorkeling, I just don't like fish. In Tortola I gave it a try and came face to face with a baracuda, I'll talk more about that in the next post.
The one friend I met was Claudette, the local T-Shirt woman. I wanted to get a photo with her but I forgot. Now that was a woman who knew how to sell a t-shirt. Chris and I each came home with ten XXL shirts that we will most definitely never wear. But Claudette didn't take no for answer.
The Vacationers. Have you read it? What did you think? I could appreciate the good writing and flow of the book, but it was also a little boring. At the end I was like, wait what was the plot here? It felt like I had just watched a four hour reality show. It was enjoyable-ish, but also I wasn't sure what I was supposed to take away.
Other than reading on the beach and snorkeling, we'd also make a point to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hungry or not, we never missed a meal.
This was at the start of the trip when I still cared about outfits. By the end I was just wearing swimsuit coverups and mumus and calling them "dresses."
Floral honeymoon skirt found here. Also in a dress here. And the lace-up wedgies are 25% off now and found here. If you have wide feet and struggle to find comfortable shoes like myself, these are awesome. I think I wore them every day of the trip.
Yes, yes. I have a Chinese symbol tattoo on my lower back. It gives me character, whatever. Let's not make a big deal out of it.
So let's recap.
Where we stayed:
A boutique hotel called Cocobay Resort and loved it. It just had a much more intimate feeling than a huge commercial resort. We stayed in a Waterfront Suite that was just a few steps from the beach.
What we did:
Mostly nothing and it was wonderful.
But when we got a little tired of doing nothing we ate and drink more.
We also snorkeled, jet skied, and treated ourselves to a couple massage at the resort spa- which happened to be in a great little hut that sat on the cliff next to the ocean, so we were surrounded by the sound of crashing waves and tropical birds. I highly suggest doing this.
How we got there:
Flew from Denver to Atlanta to Antigua.
The resort was about a 35 minute drive in from the airport.
Other things to note:
Antiguans are great people. Everyone on the island was so nice and accommodating; I really can't say enough good things about the staff at Cocobay.
And that concludes part one of the trip.
Part II: Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Yost.