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St Thomas honeymoon 9/09

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St Thomas honeymoon 9/09

Hi - We've never been to USVI before and are planning a 1 week honeymoon vacation at the Ritz in St Thomas in end September/1st week of October. Am worried about the Hurricane season and weather (does it rain too much then?). Any tips regarding good hotels to stay, romantic places to visit, good restaurants will be appreciated. I like some night life and good restaurants and people watching but not places that are too touristy with screaming kids and bottom-bargain vacationers. What about staying at the Westin in St John? Or should we keep St Thomas as our base and day hop via Ferry to St John and BVI?

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1. Re: St Thomas honeymoon 9/09

The Westin is going to have more families with children - possibly screaming? - than the Ritz in STT.

It is the tail end of Hurricane season - carry trip insurance.

The Ritz does not offer much chance for bottom-bargain vacationers.

Plenty of good restaurants on STT and STJ easy to go to STJ for dinner if you are at the Ritz/STT - very easy to do daytrips to the BVI as well.

Nightlife in Red Hook is close by and has some variety - surely some people watching possible there too.

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2. Re: St Thomas honeymoon 9/09

We just returned from our honeymoon at the Ritz. We stayed for a week and loved it! The resort was beautiful and the service was great. The beach at the Ritz isn't fantastic, but the view is! We visited Magens Bay and Coki Beach (crowded during cruise ship arrival) which had better snorkeling and sand. The pool at the Ritz was really nice and we enjoyed laying out there. There weren't a lot of families, mostly adult couples. It was nice and quiet for us--although we did stay during the off-season.

The restaurants on site were great, although the drinks were a little pricey. Bluewater was especially delicious. We ate lunch a few times in Red Hook and visited some of the other hotels and neighborhoods for dinner. Our favorite dinner was at the Banana Tree Grille in Charlotte Amalie. Very romantic, fantastic view of the harbor and great food!

We rented a car from Amalie car rental--I highly recommmend them!! The car made it a lot easier to travel around the island and we took it over on the car barge to St. John. We loved the beaches (our favorites were Hawksnest and Watermelon Cay--bring bug spray) but liked that we were staying on St. Thomas. We also did a snorkeling/day trip on Stormey Petrel. Again, another highly recommended trip! We went to the Baths in Virgin Gorda and had a great time.

Enjoy your trip! We look forward to returning soon.

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3. Re: St Thomas honeymoon 9/09

We always enjoy the Ritz and you won't find "bottom bargain vacationers or screaming kids," as you mentioned. However, you WILL pay for what you get. That's generally the case. :)

The Westin, in my opinion, doesn't compare. I think the Ritz is much nicer, although you should definitely spend a day on St. John at one -- or more -- of the beautiful beaches.

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