St. Thomas Warnings and Dangers
snorkeling with fish
snorkeling with fish
Warnings and Dangers
Warnings and Dangers
Snorkeling in the rain
Boat at Red Hook in the rain
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Construction and Traffic
St. Thomas has many areas that are under construction especially roads in Charlotte Amalie. This construction can cause delays when driving or traveling in a taxi. It might be best to walk if you are in a hurry or have nice weather to enjoy the walk.
Paradise Can Be Dangerous
St. Thomas is a big tourist and shopping destination. We have heard some stories of tourist being robbed and the shops being in on it. Make sure to always use the front door to exit and enter shops. Don't flash around your purchases. Keep them in an unidentifiable bag without a store name on it, thieves will be less likely to rob you if they don't see the big jewelry store name on your shopping bag.As always know where you are and stick to a safe area. Don't wander into sketchy or unknown areas. Ask people in high end shops where to eat and what areas are safe. They want your business so they will make sure to steer you in the right direction.In July 2010, a tourist girl was caught in a gang related gun battle and killed. This is not to say do not come and have fun, but please do realize bad things do happen anywhere.
It does rain in St. Thomas. If you are counting on going to the beach, it won't be so nice in the rain. So have some other plan in mind to do if it rains.It rained last time we were there. The Sky Ride was really not a good option in the rain. Beach excursions were rained out. Bob took a taxi to Red Hook and took some photos of the boats there. That was OK but it was really wet even to look at boats.I had the best idea - I was snorkeling, so I was wet anyway.
Overly Aggressive Vendors
Most vendors in St. Thomas are very nice and courteous. Some vendors though are a bit too aggressive standing on the sidewalk and trying to get you in their shop. We always try to be polite and say a simple "No Thank You" but we did get a few rude comments back from some people.Don't feel pressured into a store or a purchase. If you feel uncomfortable don't go in the store and if you are in the store; just leave.
Wear that Sunblock!
When in Paradise, make sure to wear your sunblock. The cool breeze may be blowing but the sun is still strong. Enjoy your vacation and don't get sun burned. Liz is very good at making sure we both are covered in sunblock before heading out into the sun. We haven't gotten burned ever thankfully!!
Drive at your own risk!
Everyone tried to scare us about renting our own car and driving on St. Thomas. While it wasn't as awful as everyone said, you still need to take precautions when driving. The locals pay no attention to the speed limit or to the side of the road they are supposed to be on. For instance, if there is a sharp curve, and they need more room, be prepared for them to come over in your lane. Just drive slowly and be alert, and you will be fine.
A Small Dose of Reality
At this point it might be a good idea to point out that while visitors may arrive on St. Thomas or any of the Caribbean islands believing that every inch of the island will be simply picture perfect, the reality is that away from the tourist areas most islands aren't so perfect. Just be aware that if you take that island tour, or taxi to a beach you've heard about, don't be surprised that the island has a completely different and maybe not so appealing look on the other side.Garbage is a definite problem. Deteriorating buildings due to lack of maintenance, weather damage or just the effects of a tropical climate are surprisingly widespread on some islands. Poverty can be widespread. Deterioration and lack of repair on island roads not to mention their initial lack of engineering may leave you wondering if you'll get back in one piece.Just because of the geographical fact that it is an...
St. Thomas Driving and Cruising
You shouldnt drive in St. Thomas. Esp if u never been there of know anyone there. It would just make ur trip frustrating bec. locals drive fast on those small curvy roads and most of the driving is up or down hill. A lot of ppl. will yell out there windows or honk their horn at you NON STOP! And when your partying at night, ESP. IF YOUR A GIRL, DONT WALK AROUND ALONE! CRIME THERE IS VERY EXTREME. The government there is part of the U.S. BUT Im sure..(and the kids who grew up there told me) ..that the government there takes care of things the way they want. So in other words, if they wanna arrest you, they'll find some reason. And if your related to the cop or they know you, they might and can let you off easy. Now im not saying this happends all the time, but from what i've been told and what i've seen, something like this there is not rare. Watch the way you act. BE RESPECTFUL and WHEN...
Carjacked at Gunpoint
Well, I am a pretty savy traveler, but I violated the "don't be an idiot" rule and got a pretty good scare. DO NOT DRIVE OR DO ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT on this island. There is a large drug problem, and the problem is, that people want your money for their drugs. I was cut off and stopped and blocked in by 2 vehicles and 3 people, and had a 9mm pointed at me at 1am on the north side of the island. It was close enough to smell the gun powder. I layed down in the seat, put it in reverse, and almost backed off a cliff going around the blocking vehicle in back of me. We got in a 5 minute car chase, and I eventually got away. I had no alcohol in me what-so-ever. Even before this, I hated this island. Go to St. John! its MUCH better in all aspects!
Be aware and be smart
Some outlying areas that are thick jungle and secluded beaches can be dangerous. Use common sense to protect yourself and your belongings. We were told by a local resident certain secluded beach areas are prime for muggings.
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