Favorite thing: When I stayed I found a place that had a bar be que every Sunday right on a coconut palm lined beach, 'Kathy's Fancy". I wonder if they still do that now? It was great, swim and eat, rest under a palm tree, very nice.
Fondest memory: There are many as I returned yearly for a long time. I guess watching the Rashtamen cutting coconuts from the tall palm trees at Pelican Cove and then opening them for my children was a thing to remember.Related to:
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Favorite thing: New Years at Foxies BVI.
The nice thing about living in the VI is the boat trips to other Islands: Sandy Key, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda...
You can walk around the entire Island of Sandy Key in Five minutes, Jump Naked of the "Willy T" and recieve a free tee shirt, Go visit with Foxie on Jost Van Dyke at New Years for the wildest party in the world then calm your head with a painkiller from the Soggy Dollar but your gunna have to swim for it, or to just relax in the baths on Virgin Gorda and what ever you do -- do not forget your mask & snorkle.
If you do make it to St Thomas the one trip that you must take is the Eco-tour guided Kayak trip through the only remaining VI mangrove lagoon.
Fondest memory: Most of the People are brutily Honest and freindly and they look out for each other
your never homeless or with out food or drink in the Islands
Unless your a psycotic crackhead freek who speaks in tungs to the lamp post, strips off all your clothes and takes a stroll down the water front.
Then no one will want to go near you!!
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My fondest memories in St Thomas have to be:
1. the photo shoot at sunrise on Saphire Beach with my best freind Brooks
2. The drum circles and camping trips to Neltyberg and Stumpy
3. The shooting star that fell from the sky out of the big dipper as My freind Amber and I stood ankle deep in the waves at Hull Bay saying goodbye to our Freind Chris Adams.Related to:
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Things to Know- St. John
Favorite thing: A few things that I didn't quite realize when we were booking this trip which may be helpful:
* The water is not purified so you cannot drink tap water. My boyfriend and I went through around 9 gallons of water in a week.
* The island pretty much shuts down in September. The locals/homeowners use this time to make repairs to their homes, boats, etc.
* If you are renting a vehicle, make sure you get a jeep! Despite reading several reviews that said otherwise, we thought we would be fine with a car since we were staying on paved roads, but even the paved roads got pretty dicey in some areas. We were careful enough but managed to lose a hubcab and get more dents/scratches on the car.. it was in pretty bad shape to begin with.
* Streets are not marked very well! Make sure you have some good maps! Also people drive crazy! The streets are very windy.
* We shopped in St. Thomas on the way over as we heard it was cheaper, but I was not prepared for paying literally double what the groceries would cost in the U.S. at Kroger, Publix, etc. $7-$10 for a gallon of milk. We shopped at Food Centre on the way to Red Hook ferry.
* If you rent a car on St. Thomas and take the ferry over, it's worth it to pay the extra $4 to buy a one-way ticket each way so you dont have to wait for the same ferry company to take you back that you took on the way there. There are a few that operate at different times.
* The north side of the island gets a lot more rain than the south side. We stayed near Coral Bay and it only rained a couple times over the week, during the night. The one day we spent at Cruz Bay it was raining/sprinkling off and on all day. This was our experience in August which is rainy/hurricane season. Not sure how it is during peak season.
* Coral Bay is a lot smaller than Cruz Bay... everything is fairly spread out so there isn't much of a little town area to walk around like Cruz Bay.
Dive the 'West Wall' of Salt...
Favorite thing: Dive the 'West Wall' of Salt River Canyon (St. Croix). It's a great blend of geology and wildlife! If you don't dive, snorkelling at Buck Island was a great half-day trip!!
Fondest memory: Being in the bathwater warm ocean (84F)!
Spend some time on Saint John!...
Favorite thing: Spend some time on Saint John! Take the either the Red Hook ferry from the east end of St Thomas or the down town ferry not far from Saint Thomas' airport.
Live your life 'slowly'...sleep late, eat well, go to the beach, have a great dinner, and stay up late.
Fondest memory: I really enjoyed the tropical paradise and beaches. Warm pristine water gently laps at your feet as you lay stretched out at the water's edge. Temperatures are nice and warm.
Hang with the locals at Skinny...
Favorite thing: Hang with the locals at Skinny Legs, on the Coral Bay side of town. The bartenders will become your friends, the wait staff your comrades and the locals your drinking buddies. We just started ending almost every evening there, and came close to being locals ourselves. You might even be able to get a free sailing trip, making new friends!
Fondest memory: I have not been to anywhere else in the Caribbean, but I cannot imagine any other place is as casual and relaxing. Makeup, hairdos and 'civilized' clothing are not a requirement. You can just sit back and relax for your whole visit. It is not overrun with people (most cruise ships stop in for a day at most). And in particular is not full of 'pretty people', for those who are a little self concious.
See Meagan's Bay, St. Thomas -...
Favorite thing: See Meagan's Bay, St. Thomas - The most beautiful place with crystal clear water that I've ever seen! Take a Catamaran from St. Martin - SO much fun! Rent a car and explore St. Croix. And take a boat to Trunk Bay, St. John.
Fondest memory: Everything is so beautiful! The clearest, most sparkling water and terrific beaches. The Catamaran was terrific. The crew was wonderful and very friendly - making it that much more fun. Renting a car in St. Croix was great because you were on your own to explore wherever you could go. And the snorkeling is great too!
spend time in the National...
Favorite thing: spend time in the National Park. Start at the visitor center in Cruz Bay and get advice from the ranger or volunteer there. If you are on a cruise ship, your time is too limited but do see Trunk Bay and snorkel the underwater trail. You really need to spend a week to experience the wonders of the park and St John.
Fondest memory: The friendly people...but remember to ALWAYS start a conversation with 'Good Morning' or 'Good day'. Failure to do this will result in you thinking we are NOT friendly and we will think you are rude. Slow down, we 'visit' a bit before transacting business, even asking directions or the time.
Trunk Bay is a gorgeous...
Favorite thing: Trunk Bay is a gorgeous expanse of white sand beach that you usually have to get to
by a bus tour. There is an underwater snorkel trail that you can follow that's kind of
like a hiking trail with markers and explanations. I think it's one of the largest in the
Fondest memory: Dancing on the ship was fun while it was rocking back & forth. Fortunately, all the old
people were on a different part of the ship that night, so we got to take over the Nightclub. The DJ played all my cd's I brought down from my cabin. We got to dance
to Iggy Pop while the ship swayed back and forth!! The waiters brought us Greyhounds and I danced all night!!!!
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Fondest memory: Day sailing trip with Captain Neil Newhard of the 'Hirondelle.' He told the best stories. My b-friend, Chuck, and another sailor, Eileen, are enjoying the relaxing ride toward Jost Van Dyke of the British Virgin Islands.
In St. John, rent a car and...
Favorite thing: In St. John, rent a car and snorkel gear for a day, drive to the the most beautiful beaches you'll ever see and frolic in the crystal blue waters of Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, and Waterlemon Cay.
Fondest memory: I really enjoyed snorkeling in the waters of Cinnamon Bay. The water was very warm and serene and had excellent visibility. Can you see the turtle in this photo?!
Visit 'The Baths' on Virgin...
Favorite thing: Visit 'The Baths' on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Fondest memory: The British Virgin Islands look like their U.S. counterpart, but have a much more relaxed feel. Virgin Gorda is particularly beautiful with its almost desert like terrain being unexpected in the Caribbean. One end of the island holds a mass of monolithic boulders jumbled together into the sea. You can climb around and explore hidden lagoons and the natural effects that developed this unique formation. Hidden amidst the rocks is a beautiful white sand beach with a cove for snorkelling or swimming. I chose to drape myself on a high, flat boulder and warm up in the sun. The scenery is beautiful and if you take a day trip from the USVI you'll also get to see some of the tiny islands in the chain, and make some great snorkel stops. For this trip I recommend Captain Nautica (based on St.Thomas) as the most fun and well-organized. I was able to test out most activities while I worked for St. John Adventures (concierge service on St. John). They can help you organize your trip while in the USVI or even before you leave with any detail from car rental, sailing trips, even welcome provisions.
www.stjohnadventures.com Tell Brenda that Micki sent you.
Just relax! Everything all...
Favorite thing: Just relax! Everything all over the Virgin Islands is geared towards you having a good time. They are excited about your being there, and you will have a wonderful time.
Fondest memory: Without a doubt, my favorite part of my Virgin Islands experience was my mother and cousin's birthday party. There are excellent facilities on this small island to help prepare a wonderful travelling event in house.
Look at my...
Favorite thing: Look at my nickname...dreamworld........well those islands are MY DREAMWORLD !!!
It's paradise, it's over everything I could imagine...it's the best place I've ever been, talking about pure nature beauty.
Well apart water sports or shopping, there's not much to do or to visit...but don't go to Virgin Islands for that. This place is made to relax and cool down from the polluted and 'civilized' areas where you may come from.
Fondest memory: St.Thomas (US) : it's definitively not the best island, it's crowded with the capital Charlotte Amalie and full of traffic. It's the most populated of the island. But this is where you can get the cheaper flights to land. Despite the crowd...you can still get some peace on the north coast, especially Magens Bay with is for me the beast beach on this island. It's very safe for children by the way.
St.John's (US) : If you love nature...go straight to this place !!!!!!! St John's is reachable only by boat. The best and cheapest way being to catch the ferry at the eastern end of St Thomas, in a village called Red Hook. The crossing is safe and quick (30 minutes). You arrive at the only 'so called' village in St Johns which is Cruz Bay.
2/3 of this island is a National Park !!! Therefore wildlife watching (including 'funny' mongooses) is great. You can find remote beaches and bay, sometimes only accesible by boat or after a long walk through the bush. Of best places, I will recommend Round Bay which is like heaven, and Trunk + Cinammon Bay which are more accessible.
Tortola (British) : This is the main of the British Islands, great to explore despite serious lack of public transportation. This island is definitively not for 'poor' tourists.
Everything over there is expensive....but it's worth to go once in your life...and this is where I found the BEST BEACH I EVER SAW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm talking about later in this page.
Virgin Gorda (British), reachable by boat from Tortola (1 1/2 hours crossing more or less) is not so touristic and not so pretty (less hilly). But on Virgin Gorda, there is a MUST SEE, a place called The Baths which is a pure delight !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are small beaches between rocks, with crystal clear water and plenty of fish to see !!!!!!!!!!!
The Baths could be crowded in high season since most of the cruises stop close from this place and packs of tourists are showing up.
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