This week, we are featuring one of our long-time and immensely hard-working employees, Kim Davis. She has been an integral part of the CMH family for 19 years! She is currently one of our executive administrative assistants and dabbles in CMH’s marketing efforts as well. Outside of the office, she is an avid traveler with an deep-seated love for the tropics. She took a minute out of her busy schedule to chat with us about one of her favorite topics: her adventures in the Caribbean.
What spawned your love for traveling to this region?
When my husband and I traveled to St. Thomas for our 10 year wedding anniversary we took a day trip to St. John (it is a 30-min. ferry ride St. Thomas) and fell in love with the island as well as the Caribbean.
What places have you visited in the Caribbean?
Nassau, Bahamas (Honeymoon – 1998)
St. Thomas, USVI (twice)
St. John, USVI (4 times)
George Town, Grand Cayman (swam with Sting Rays here)
Jost Van Dyke, BVI (Soggy Dollar Bar & Foxy’s are really fun places to visit here)
Virgin Gorda, BVI (visited the famous “Baths” here)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
St. John’s, Antigua
What is your favorite place/city/country that you have visited in the Caribbean?
Our favorite island by far is the island of St. John, USVI. It is fairly easy to get to (via flight to St. Thomas and then a ferry ride to St. John), but more importantly it is absolutely beautiful and the reason I prefer it over all the islands we’ve been to is that the majority of the island is untouched – in that most of the island is 60% National Park so no commercial buildings and condos to “junk” it up… The island is very lush with beautiful flowers growing wild on the side of the road and trees so bright with color they look like they are on fire. There are TONS of beaches in St. John (52 to be exact) – all offering different things – some had sea turtles (my favorite!), some were more private than others, some were better for windsurfing, and all had great snorkeling. The island itself just felt like home. It was small enough where you didn’t get lost and I never felt threatened by crime…the people that live on the island are very nice and happy people, probably why its nickname is “The City of Love”. When we traveled there for a week with my family we rented a Jeep and put 200 miles on it the whole week we were there…the island is only 9 miles across, so every day we went to a different beach. My kids loved St. John. After taking them there they said they liked it better than Disney World and ask us all the time when we are going to go back!
We have stayed at the Westin in St. John as well as a beautiful private home (which was my favorite). When my husband and I travel with our friends (we always travel with the same 2 couples) we prefer the Sandals resorts since they are always nice and you don’t have to worry about extra expenses since they are all-inclusive. My favorite Sandals resort is Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, Bahamas.
What is the craziest activity that you did there?
The craziest activity I have done so far on my travels is definitely swimming with the pigs in Exuma. I know, it sounds crazy, but these pigs really do swim! The captain of our boat put the pigs there himself and every time he goes to the island he feeds them hotdogs (turkey dogs!) so when the pigs hear the engine of the boat they swim out to meet it. When we went, there was even a baby pig named Squealy that ran out to the tip of the island to greet us. That same excursion we saw an island inhabited mainly of marine iguanas that would actually do tricks for grapes. The water in Exuma is breathtakingly beautiful. Pictures do not do it justice, you have to see it to believe it.
Where do you plan to go next?
My next trip I have planned is a girls trip celebrating a good friend turning 40. We plan to go to Moon Palace in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in April this year. As far as our couples trip, we have discussed going to Aruba, St. Lucia or maybe back to Exuma since we liked it so much.
A big thanks to Kim! We can’t wait to hear about the next trip!