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Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

Portland, Maine
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Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

We're headed down in 3 weeks..

Would anyone recommend bringing a rain jacket (i.e. like a lightweight hiking rain coat)?

Do we need to get bottled water? especially if we're at Concordia for 2-3 days?

We're going to hike a bit.. anyone see any probs hiking with tevas and a neoprene/lycra sock?

Where can I get JERK CHICKEN... I'm mildly addicted (lol) having been to Jamaica a bunch of times...

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1. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

YES to the rain jacket or poncho! Have it handy, too, not in the bottom of your luggage. Same thing for a flashlight!

We drink bottled water on St. John. I think most do. You can refill gallon jugs at the Lumberyard complex.

We don't really hike, but never had more than sandals alone, for the Drunk Bay trail or trail to Waterlemon.

Have fun!

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2. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

We're leaving in 3 weeks too and also staying at Concordia. It is our first trip to the island and we're looking forward to it. See ya there!!!

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3. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

My favs for jerk in order are; Sogo's, Sun Dog Cafe (quesadillas, tacos, & a caesar salad), & High Tide.

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4. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

You will find many taps at Concordia that will supply you with drinkable (potable) water but be sure to bring water bottles at least with you. You will have zero problems finding drinkable water or bottled water. Bring a super light rain poncho although we never bother. The rain tends to come and go pretty quickly and you'll dry off. Remember that you' ll be in lightweight shorts and jerseys so even if you get wet, no big deal. Flashlights are super important at Concordia.

Hiking out to Rams Head at Salt Pond Bay, below the Concordia complex is terrific and YES, wear the socks with the Tevas. This is one of the more challenging hikes there IMHO and there are tons of spots where the briars might scratch your feet and you need sure footed sandles IMHO. Have fun, the island is fantastic and wait till you see the views from your tent cabin- unbelievable!

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5. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

Our local CVS drugstore sells a convenient rain poncho which is inexpensive, featherlight and does the trick in a pinch. You could throw a couple of those into your luggage no problem. We like to hike as well so here's a couple of considerations: 1, the terrain is not often well-trodden and there are loose stones and rough rocky patches on many paths so your foot gear should be comfortable and not slide around too much. Tevas are okay on some trails but you should bring some enclosed shoes which could protect against thorny vines or sharp rocks which could get through a sock. 2. The weather is significantly warmer so you'll want a good sized water container. Our rule of thumb is a pint of water per person per mile. It may sound like a lot of water to carry but we've appreciated having it. 3. BTW, bring a small supply of bug spray with you on all hikes. Some places can be very buggy.

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6. Re: Leaving 3 weeks.. last minute questions?

We are hikers here back in Maine so we're fully "geared out" - we're bringing our hydration packs, rain jackets etc.. we just did not want to lug our heavy boots down to St John. We'll bring sneakers for the more rugged trails.

Already planned for the bug issue and bought mucho bug spray, bug net for bed etc..

thanks for the answers!

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