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St Thomas

Have been living here in St Thomas for almost 2 months now and throughly enjoying it. With the throngs of tourists that visit everyday via the cruise ships, you get to see new faces taking tours around the island. The mossies attacked me during my first week, but now that I'm more of a local, they're leaving me alone. I took my first safari taxi today, an open taxi that can take about 15 passengers that has a canopy as a roof. Hard to explain, so will try and add picture. Quite hair raising going round the tight corners that are abundant on the island, and expensive ($5 one way but only because I haggled with the driver), but fun nonetheless and a must if you want to see the whole island but are not renting a car or are pressed for time. Had a look around the shops in Charlotte Amalie, the main town here, and they have the usual tourist offerings - t-shirts, jewellery, local crafts, foods, and of course alcohol, this being the Caribbean. As far as food goes, I didn't eat here, but spotted a Hard Rock and a Pizza hut, which I was told to avoid unless I wanted a 2 hour wait. There's a decent restaurant close to where I'm staying called 'Sib's on the Mountain Top' (indeed on a mountain top), from which I had take-out and enjoyed a Greek Salad.

St Thomas

This is the view from where Im staying in St Thomas. In the background you can see Charlotte Amalie.

St John

Went to St John via boat from Red Hook today (21st March 2003). I went with a car, but you can go as a foot passenger too, and it's considerably cheaper ($3 per person, vs $35 per car). The journey took 20 minutes with fantastic views fo both St Thomas and St John all the way. The boat arrived in Cruz Bay, which is where the boat docks and where the vast majority of activity seemed to be, with shops, restaurants and bars all geared towards tourists. It reminded me a lot of Key West, with its narrow streets shaded by trees. In the afternoon we went to Trunk Beach, which, being owned by the government, had a $4 entry charge. What a fantastic beach, with clean water and sand, and excellent facilities. Brilliant views of Jost Van Dyke, a British Virgin Island.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic weather if you're a sun seeker, excellent beaches
  • Cons:Expensive, a bit in-accessible if you're a non-driver, although there are taxis.
  • In a nutshell:Great for a week or 2 vacation if all you're looking for is great beaches and weather.
  • Last visit to U. S. Virgin Islands: Mar 2003
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  • kid-keith's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2006 at 7:17 AM

    Great tips and pages on the USVI`s really would love to go there one day.

  • sarahjayn's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2005 at 4:41 PM

    ah - the virgin islands! i wish i was on the beach right now. oh, and as a side - your kids are absolutely lovely.

  • mcpangie's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2005 at 11:16 PM

    Magens Bay was on the VT home page just now. Lovely image.

  • Dec 18, 2004 at 5:10 PM

    astonishing! good tips... wonderful pics! good nanny diaries ;-)

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2004 at 6:23 AM

    Sorry to hear the facilities at Magens Bag are not up to standards but if everyone "does their thing" in the Bay, it won't be one of the best beaches in the world for very long!!

  • Sep 6, 2004 at 3:38 AM

    very nice pages .... like your style of writing ....

  • jto's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 8:02 AM

    WOW what a nice place. A paradise and great restaurant tips.:)

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Jun 11, 2004 at 9:14 PM

    Man, I want to go back after seeing your pictures... you and the sorority sisters have fun!

  • radz's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2004 at 11:23 PM

    NIce page,Excellent restaurents tips .Great job.

  • marcoparco's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2004 at 6:59 PM

    Looks like you had a great adventure there!! Great information! Cheers


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