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Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

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Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

I read several reviews of various hotels where lack of safety at night was mentioned.

Can anyone tell me if the Crystal Palace is located in what is considered a safe area? http://www.crystalpalaceusvi.com

Is safety at night an issue in St. Thomas in general?

Thank you for your help.

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1. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Ginnny, I owned and renovated the large blue house next door to the Crystal Palace. We never had security issues and never turned on the alarm. It is however just above "town". You do not want to be wandering around town at night. It is fine during the day and to be dropped off at the Crystal Palace at night...but it 's not somewhere that you can casually walk arounf after dark. If it is important to be close to town, you might check Villa Santana, which is just above the Crstal Palace. They have individual cottages, inexpensive , pool etc.. Hope this helps. Larry

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2. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Ginny,

The Crystal Palace is just above town and on the edge of an area, just to the west, called Savan, that is a bit rough, in ways.

The majority of what is safe is all about you and your behaviour and actions. Normal precautions are going to give you normal results:

Don't go out alone at night.

Be careful about your alcohol consumption - they pour "heavy" here!

Don't walk with lots of cash and let it be known or seen by strangers.

Don't wear clothing that might reflect on your intentions in a negative way.

Don't let those that suddenly appear to be your new best friend, get you alone or out of the place where you may be....be they man or woman.

Respectful and well intentioned islanders will not pester you - not to dance, go out for a stroll, have a drink with them...anything.

We do have those who look for tourists that have had one too many, are probably carrying money on them, and especailly for a woman alone at night. This is an element that goes with most all tourist destinations, I'm afraid. They know how to charm you, appeal to your wanting to be a part of the island "scene", and you can get in trouble with them.

If you chose The Crystal Palace, be sure to tell someone where you are going in the evening, when you will return...and stick to your plan. Exchange cell phone numbers with someone there. For day outings, it is a lovely walk down to town and you will be fine.

If I can be of more help, please feel free to respond.

suz

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3. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Thank you for your replies, Suz and Larry. I see that walking in town at night might be a bad idea.

I'll be flying into STT at 5 p.m. and will take the ferry to Road Town the next day. I've been to STT before (10 years ago) and always enjoyed visiting the shops. However, I didn't overnight in town then because our boat left from Red Hook. This year, it will leave from Road Town.

The reason I want to stay close to town is to do a bit of shopping. Based on your comments, I'll do it in broad daylight.

Can you recommend a small, reasonaly-priced hotel within walking distance of the shops (I'm a good walker!)?

Ginny

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4. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Larry,

Thank you for recommending Villa Santana. It looks fine. Any others?

Ginny

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5. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Being the owner of Crystal Palace, you may think my opinion may be prejudiced. In the 15 years or so I have been doing this, I have only had one incident with guests. Guests who did not follow my advice and got in trouble. First thing the daughter said to me was it was their fault, as she cautioned her father that they were not going the right way and he said not to worry. As long as you follow my instructions, you should be okay.

I pick you up at the airport and upon arrival at the B & B I tell you which way to go and not to go. Thousands of guests later, I think my way works! Heck, I may even drop you to the ferry next day!

Would not give up living in town for anything in the world!!

RL

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6. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

We stayed at the Crystal Palace in '05. We followed RL's instructioins and did not have any problems.

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7. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Ronnie is a great guy (hi Ronnie) - you can't go wrong with him or his knowledge of STT - he has to be at the top of the list for being an STT Expert :) and it is great to see him now on this forum as well as the others :)

Pia

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8. Re: Crystal Palace - Is the area safe?

Ginny,

I agree with Pia! You will be in good hands with Ronnie, and it is good that he will pick you up at the airport and give you his personal insight and help to getting your shopping and errands done. You are so very close, at the Crystal Palace, to the Main St. and shopping, so it all sounds like it will work well for you. Have fun and thanks for coming to StT!

Suz

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