Traded into the Cove from my timeshare in Orlando, Marriott Grande Vista. Flight got in at 1:30.
Time to change your attitude. Smile and be friendly if you are not normally. It will actually make you feel better and make the locals be friendly back. Always say good morning, afternoon, etc...
Rented a car from Thrify/Budget, $269 for one week.Toyota corrolla, somewhat beat up. No problem. You will notice that most cars have body damage. We only forgot to drive on the left two times. There are signs around island reminding you to stay on the left. I almost didn't rent but glad I did. It depends if you just want to stay at the resort and venture out a few times. If you like adventure and going off the main path, rent a jeep...about $100 more costly. Got lost. My boyfriend gets lost going to the grocery store at home. Was in rush hour traffic through town with ships in port...slow. Arrived at resort at 3:00.
Check in was FAST. Probably was there less than 10 minutes. One customer was talking rather loudly...her room was not ready but it was one hour before actual check in. My room was ready. The beautiful sweet check in lady asked me to step out on the balcony. Wow what a view. She gave me my keys and map and told me a thing or two about the resort. I am not sure what she said, I kept looking at the view.
We drove down the hill to find a garage. There are a lot of tandem garages under the rooms that can fit two cars, if you have two cars in your group. You can also park on the side of the road, but it is cooler in the garages. Never had a problem getting a spot. This is a timeshare, so timeshare travelers know what to expect.
Was in the St.John building, it is on the top and one of the newest. Gorgeous view out the window. Two balconies. Everything was new, beautiful decoration.
Was anything broke? Coffee pot didn't work, but they did bring us another one. Did not see any bugs in the condo. Lots of room.
Got a phone call asking when the concierge can come and talk about things to do on the island. I realized this has something to do with the timeshare preview, but I am a timeshare owner and this doesn't bother me. I made an appointment. Michael came to our condo. Anything you wanted to know, maps, restaurants, ferrys, he knew about and drew on the map to show you how to get there. After a while he asked politely if we wanted to take the timeshare tour. I wasn't in the market so I declined. He was friendly and said to contact him if we changed our mind.
The week went fast. Took the car ferry from Red Hook to St. John. Hit all the beaches, most beautiful in the world. There was only a few streets we didn't go down because I don't think the Toyota would have make it...steep. Not easy finding a place to park in town, St. John. If you want to just walk around town, easier to take the pedestrian ferry.
Drove around the island,,,got lost again. Stopped to ask for directions. Street signs are few and far between. Cows and horses standing along the road in the hills.
Back in St. Thomas. Liked the fact that you could use the facilites at Marriott Reef and Morningstar. Went in all the pools, used Morningstar beach. Also went to the beach at the Cove. No problems. Have snorkel equipment handy if you like that sort of thing. We had a blast on the water slide. Not many people in the pool and slide in the evening. Not bad in the day either. Didn't see a lot of people working at the cove. We like it that way. No lifeguard. No problem. Watch your kids. The one restaurant was good.
We went to the grocery store and I made meals. I don't mind cooking and they have grills we used a few times. The pizza at Pizza amore in Havensight was awesome. $20 for a large. Shipwreck tavern, near there had good burgers...I think Friday was there specials night. Hooters wasn't very good. Wikked at Yacht Haven Grande (sp) was good. Weekday happy hour...$2 tacos and wings. Watch the cruise ships close up from there. There was some garbage around the island, but it's an island. Where do they put it? If an area looks scary, stay away from it. Red Hook area is hoppin. Don't drive at night if you can help it. Dark.
Kids there were having fun with the waterslide and they had a kids club. Activities every day. Not always posted daily in the elevators like at other Marriott timeshares, but you get the schedule at check in. One elevator was out for days. Just use the other elevator. No problem. If you are handicapped, this is not the place for you. Lots of walking, climbing and steep areas. I lost weight this vacation. Took the path to the hotel. That was an adventure. The shuttle bus works fine. As far as customer service, I never encountered any problems, but I don't realy ask for much. Don't miss the waterfall at the Reef. It is by the helipad near the tennis courts. My fiance liked the weather and area so much, he actually got a good job in St. Thomas while we were there. What a salesman! A few weeks later, gone...temporarily not forever. He's havin a great time and an adventure. Have fun. Don't worry, be happy. I will be back to visit later in the summer. I couldn't live there. Not many choices. I'd get island fever. No problem. :-)
Ask for Rocky to give you the Marriott Frenchmans Cove timeshare tour, starting in Aug.09. Tell him pb sent you. Thank you.
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