Dearest TA comrades: I earnestly seek your insights and advice regarding the USVI. I have not yet traveled in the Caribbean and am looking at the USVI as a vacation destination for late spring/early summer 2013. Below is a bit about me, what I'm looking for in a vacation, and questions. Thanks in advance for your time and expertise!
Me: An early 30-something gal traveling with her boyfriend. Both relatively well traveled who enjoy a balance of relaxation and adventure.
Budget: Around $2,500 to $3,000 per person for airfare, accommodations, etc.
Likes: Relaxing by the beach/pool, sailing, hiking, snorkeling, dining at a mix of casual and upscale restaurants with good food/drinks, nightlife (yes to bars and live music / no to clubs, glow sticks, and fist pumping), experiencing local culture.
1) For a first timer to the USVI and given the above information, should we focus on STJ or STT?
2) I'm leaning toward staying at a hotel/resort. Recommendations on either island?
3) Should we rent or forgo a car/SUV for either destination? And if yes - which companies are best to work with?
4) Which beautiful beaches should we visit?