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4th trip to St. Thomas

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4th trip to St. Thomas

Hi,

In a few weeks we will be taking our annual vacation to STT. I feel like we've seen most all of the island and experienced most all the "hot spots". I was wondering if anyone could give suggestions on doing something we may have missed - like even flying over to PR....

We've been to Coki, St. John, BVI/Baths/JVD, Snuba'd Truck Bay, Mountain Top, Snorkel, Magens Bay, Hull Bay, Fishing, Sapphire Bay, Red Hook, and of course shopped.

Let me know your thoughts!

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

You might enjoy the kayak eco tour in the Mangrove Lagoon.

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2. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

My question, Amy, is what have YOU done that you really enjoyed. I looked for reviews of your 3 previous trips to STT and found none, so I thought you might share your ideas of things to do for those of us making our First trip.

So, how about it? Would love to hear your reports.

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3. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

Botany, Lindvquist,Fotuna , Stumpy, Njelteberg, Palm, Mandahl,Secret Harbor, Scott, Morningstar, Bolongo, Vessup, Tutu, Brewers, Perseverance -- all beaches worth a visit!!

But where is Truck Bay?

Edited: 25 October 2010, 04:11
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4. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

My question is how many "annual visits" have you made? You've reeled off the usual tourist attractions of a first-time visitor and have obviously segued into "annual visitor" mode on subsequent visits to explore more. I'll try!

Smith Bay Park formerly Lindqvist beach. Historical tours via the St Thomas Historical Trust. Dining from roadside vendors, take-out from such as PriceSmart or Plaza Extra or dining at local restaurants which aren't on that big tourist map. "Thirteen" restaurant on the Northside, North Side Bistro in the old Bryan's Bar location.

Drive west to check out Stumpy Bay (4WD required) and northside Neltjberg beach.

Have you done a daysail?

Just asking and suggesting. Cheers!

Edited: 25 October 2010, 04:18
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7. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

We like to stop over in Puerto Rico for a night or two. We love Old San Juan with its medieval forts, great little boutiques and art galleries, and variety of restaurants. Hotel El Convento is a beautiful old hotel in the middle of everything; Hotel Milano is a more economical choice with a great location. The isla Verde area and the Condado have lots of hotels with casinos, so there's good nightlife in those areas, as well as in Old San Juan. It's a different type of Caribbean vacation, which works nicely with a few days on a beautiful Virgin Island beach.

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I do not post much but have been back to St Thomas a few time since my initial search and going back soon. I first look at the cruise schedule before planning beaches. All my recs are for when there are not cruise ships in, when they are, I take a day sail.

- Secret Harbor to snorkel with sea turtles and for lunch at Blue Moon

- Lobster Grille for lobster thermidor

- Maegan's Bay for sunset, then rum ice cream shake from St Thomas Dairies

- when taking the ferry in Red Hook, Texas Pit BBQ at Red Hook Plaza

- really good drinks, Caribbean Saloon at American Yacht Harbor

- if you are looking for a dive, the dive shop at American Yacht Harbor is awesome, they are really nice, and good prices

St John-

- Trunk Bay is a bit touristy but is good for snorkeling

- Cinnamon Bay is very nice especially for a snorkel around the rock in the cay

- Zozo's for dinner!

- shopping in St John is so much better, interesting shops, hard to find designers- I found Melissa sandals that are rare, incredible

I do not really do CA and touristy shopping there so no recs. I buy Cruzan at the market in the Kmart mall since it is cheaper. Stormy Petral/Pirate's Penny staff is super nice for BVI trips. I also really like Lady Lindsay out of Ritz Carlton but I am not sure if you need to be a guest, we stayed there for half the trip last time. Best restaurant in St Thomas, hands down, at the Ritz Carlton.

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9. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

localsailor

Can you tell me the difference between Secret Harbor and Saphire beach for a one day beach snorkel trip? taking taxi from the cruise port to get back and forth.

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10. Re: 4th trip to St. Thomas

Both boast beautiful beaches with very good snorkeling. At SH you'll rely on your beach towel as chaises aren't available to visitors and on a heavy cruise ship day SH will be a little quieter than Sapphire. Both are lovely, though!!!