White Sand Beach + Turquoise Water = Rachel’s Place of Happiness

White Sand Beach + Turquoise Water = Rachel’s Place of Happiness

Today was our first day of our family vacation on the stunningly gorgeous island of Tortola, which is one of the British Virgin Islands (a quick ferry ride over from St. Thomas). My father lives part of the year here in Tortola, which also offers us a “no brainer” when it comes planning a Caribbean vacation. We have been here twice before, when Hannah was almost 1 and 2, but it’s been a few years since we’ve been able to take the time off to come down.


We started off the day at “D” Best Cup, a small, yet delicious, breakfast joint. After meeting the owner, chatting about the art of coffee, and discussing modeling with the wait staff, we took a few minutes to check out some of the boats in the marina. From there, we went off to Smugglers Cove, one of the best beaches on the island. Even with a sudden serge of tourists from the docking cruise ships, we had a great time at the beach.


It is amazing how water, waves, sand, palm trees, and stray chickens (yes, I said chickens) truly have a calming effect. We use all of our senses at a beach… smelling the crisp clean air, touching the smooth white sand, seeing those turquoise waters with the majestic mountain islands in the distance, and hearing the waves crash onto the sand.


Today, I took a few hours at the beach to truly forget the stresses and “to do lists”, and instead focused on my daughter and my family in my own “happy place”. Hannah’s squeals of excitement will be forever etched into my brain when I think back on this trip. She would run into the water, get wet, run back to us, and run back to the water. She jumped the waves, she dug in the sand, she made “sand mac and cheese”, and she smiled pretty much the entire time.


And this was only Day 1… can’t wait for tomorrow!


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  • Frankie / 18 January 2017 1:29

    Beautifully Captured!

    • admin / 23 January 2017 7:59

      Thank you Frankie! Hope all is well!

  • Christopher / 18 January 2017 5:19

    Looks amazing!!! I remember your dad telling me about it there. Really looks like paradise. Tell him I want to come visit. 🙂
    Have a fantastic time and hope to catch up when you guys return.

    • admin / 23 January 2017 7:58

      Thanks Chris! I will let him know that you are coming down! Dinner and drinks when we return needs to get on the calendar ASAP. 🙂

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