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trip report - marriott st thomas

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trip report - marriott st thomas

The Good:

*Stayed at the morningstar at the marriott in ocean front room. It had a nice balcony and only steps from the beach.

*Got a good price at cheapcarribean.com

* Spend at least one day in ST John and go to Truck bay. Beautiful!!! Stop before that and do some shopping at Mongoose junction. Best day of trip.

* Had our best meal at Room with a view

The bad:

* the beach was just ok. very wavy.

* not much to do at night other than go to dinner

* shopping in downtown is worthless unless you are looking for jewelry. I would suggest Havensight or Yacht Haven.

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The ugly:

Driving is a problem here narrow widing roads. We did not get a car and took cabs everywhere. if you go off hotel property you are

talking about an $8-$10 cab ride per person each way. That is $40 before you even eat dinner. Spent alot of money on cabs but since the driving is tough here was probably the best of two evils. Also, don't expect to get a cab of your own. They pick up other passengers along the way so if you are in a hurry to get somewhere give yourself enough time.

Overall: St Thomas is very pretty and is worth going to but not much more to do there than the beach. It was worth seeing but i would not go back prefer Aruba.

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1. Re: trip report - marriott st thomas

Thanks for the trip report. I'm planning my trip out for a July visit so I like to hear what others report. I am planning to be out there for an entire week. During that week I plan to take day trips to the British Virgin Islands (one day), St John (which is what started this whole trip to the Caribbean - once on my own with the ferry then exploring the island and another day sailing around the island), a whole day exploring St Thomas, and another day of just hanging out reading a book on the beach and maybe some snorkeling. I am a photographer so that is what I'm really interested in while on the islands.

My question is, what kind of nightlife or experiences were you looking for?

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I would have liked to have some live music or something going on at the hotel at night. I knew going in there were no casinos but that is always something to do at night.

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The night life is there, but I guess not at the Marriott.

Yacht Haven, several places in Red Hook, and the East End, Frenchtown, and Greenhouse in town have something going on all the time and many other places do on different nights.

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Yes, there's "night life" all over here but not having a car does make getting around a lot more tricky (and expensive). Thousands and thousands of visitors every year quickly adapt to driving on the left and with a maximum speed limit of 35MPH most of one's driving is around 25MPH so we're not talking any wild Indy 500 roller coaster rides by any stretch!

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I agree that the only way to do STT is with renting a car. Taxi's add up VERY fast and it also seems to limit your possibilities when only using taxi's. Once people get there and find out that they really are so expensive, they don't bother to do any exploring. As far as driving on the left, it is pretty simple to get used to. If hubby and I can do it....anyone can:) The roads are windy and steep, but the speed limit is so low that it is really pretty simple.

I think if you would have rented a car, you could have found plenty of night life. It sounds like you just sort of liked your vacation. I truly think if you would have maybe done a bit more research prior to your trip and rented a car, you would have enjoyed it a lot more!

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Does anyone know if there is parking at the Morning Star or is the only parking the garage for Frenchmans Reef?

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7. Re: trip report - marriott st thomas

Renting a car is the only way to go on St Thomas.....driving is very easy, just keep reminding yourself to stay left :)

There is a parking lot at the Morning Star, we stayed there in 2008 and loved it......going back in January 2011 and will be staying at the hotel this time :)

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There's a good-sized parking lot at Morning Star.

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