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  • #1 by Jackrabbit Hog on 04 Apr 2017
  • The wife booked a short (4 days) trip to St. Thomas in May.  I've never been there before.  Aside from getting sunburned on the beach and stung by jellyfish in the water, is there anything in particular that we need to make sure we do?  Sights?  Activities?
  • #2 by jabberjawls on 04 Apr 2017
  • Yes, for sure go visit St. John.
  • #3 by Vantage 8 dude on 05 Apr 2017
  • Yes, for sure go visit St. John.
    Took the words right out of my mouth. A fairly short ferry ride/water taxi across the bay from St. Thomas. Much of the island is owned by the National Park Service for helping house a bird sanctuary and has therefore been left pretty much undeveloped. If you can take a half day (or more) you can rent a car and drive around the island. IMO some of the best money you can spend. Don't miss Cruz Bay which is terrific for swimming and snorkeling.

    There's a little town down the road from an estate known as Caneel Bay (originally owned by the Rockefeller family), an old sugar plantation that has been converted into a very high end resort, called Mongoose Junction that's kind of touristy, but quaint as well.  Very laid back attitude there.

    Another option would be to take a boat trip out to the British Virgin Island of Virgin Gorda. Again, some great swimming and some need grottoes near one of the beaches.
  • #4 by Vantage 8 dude on 05 Apr 2017
  • The wife booked a short (4 days) trip to St. Thomas in May.  I've never been there before.  Aside from getting sunburned on the beach and stung by jellyfish in the water, is there anything in particular that we need to make sure we do?  Sights?  Activities?
    It's been quite some time since I was there and so perhaps (hopefully) this particular situation has been dealt with. However, at one time there was a problem with some tourists being robbed and drugs being far too easily available. As I said, it's been a few years since I was there; perhaps the issues have been taken care of.
  • #5 by sowmonella on 05 Apr 2017
  • Trunk Bay on St Johns is perfection.
  • #6 by Vantage 8 dude on 06 Apr 2017
  • Trunk Bay on St Johns is perfection.
    Great addition. Thanks for reminding me....ah the memories....
  • #7 by Atlhogfan1 on 06 Apr 2017
  • Have stayed at Caneel twice and both visits in May.  Last time it rained some.  Trunk Bay appears in rankings of the world's most beautiful beaches.  Mongoose Junction is a good laid back place to have beers and lunch or dinner.  You can rent a Jeep too and explore the island.  Lots of trails but can of course be hot and humid if you are wanting to hike.  Can't tell you much about St Thomas.  Only time spent there was from and to airport and at the waterfront waiting on resort's boat.  Did find a hole in the wall bar there with good fish tacos.  The cruise ships dock not too far from there and of course there are all kinds of shops and restaurants around it.  People go on the ferry from St John to St Thomas to shop.  Not sure of the schedule but it runs multiple times a day because a lot of the workers on St John live on St Thomas.  I would be very mindful of my surroundings and wouldn't venture too far away from the tourist areas just like many places in the Caribbean.  The VI's are beautiful. 
  • #8 by Vantage 8 dude on 06 Apr 2017
  • Have stayed at Caneel twice and both visits in May.  Last time it rained some.  Trunk Bay appears in rankings of the world's most beautiful beaches.  Mongoose Junction is a good laid back place to have beers and lunch or dinner.  You can rent a Jeep too and explore the island.  Lots of trails but can of course be hot and humid if you are wanting to hike.  Can't tell you much about St Thomas.  Only time spent there was from and to airport and at the waterfront waiting on resort's boat.  Did find a hole in the wall bar there with good fish tacos.  The cruise ships dock not too far from there and of course there are all kinds of shops and restaurants around it.  People go on the ferry from St John to St Thomas to shop.  Not sure of the schedule but it runs multiple times a day because a lot of the workers on St John live on St Thomas.  I would be very mindful of my surroundings and wouldn't venture too far away from the tourist areas just like many places in the Caribbean.  The VI's are beautiful.
    Interesting that you've been to Caneel a couple of times; so have I. Always enjoyed my stay. And while for some it might seem a little pricey, my trips were a total delight. Spent a lot of time just cruisin' the island by Jeep; sipped some brews at Mongoose (along with chowin' down on some great food) and just totally "vegged". Just curious: did you have a chance to get over to Virgin Gorda or any of the other BVIs ??? A total delight.
  • #9 by Atlhogfan1 on 06 Apr 2017
  • Interesting that you've been to Caneel a couple of times; so have I. Always enjoyed my stay. And while for some it might seem a little pricey, my trips were a total delight. Spent a lot of time just cruisin' the island by Jeep; sipped some brews at Mongoose (along with chowin' down on some great food) and just totally "vegged". Just curious: did you have a chance to get over to Virgin Gorda or any of the other BVIs ??? A total delight.

     Not yet. Plan to next time. Spent too much time relaxing at caneel on hawksnest.

    Caneel is worth it imo.
  • #10 by jabberjawls on 07 Apr 2017
  • Is it too late to change your hotel reservations to St. John?  That is definitely where I would stay if you have a choice.
  • #11 by ricepig on 07 Apr 2017
  • You should have given me a shout, I would have let you use my yacht to my house on St. Barts.


  • #12 by Vantage 8 dude on 07 Apr 2017
  • You should have given me a shout, I would have let you use my yacht to my house on St. Barts.



    Interesting that you used MY vacation villa and are trying to pass it off as your own  :P
  • #13 by Vantage 8 dude on 08 Apr 2017
  • Not yet. Plan to next time. Spent too much time relaxing at caneel on hawksnest.

    Caneel is worth it imo.
    Absolutely no doubt. If I were still young and in the shape I was when I made my other trips down there I would go back in a heartbeat/New York second  8) :) ;) :D ;D :P
  • #14 by bennyl08 on 15 Apr 2017
  • You should have given me a shout, I would have let you use my yacht to my house on St. Barts.




    Wow, take a look at those clouds!

    First guess is probably an atmospheric wave as that is a good way to get just a line of clouds like that.
  • #15 by Jackrabbit Hog on 16 May 2017
  • Well, we are here and loving it.  Our resort is fantastic and we've been to some superb beaches (Magan Bay, Coki Beach, Linquist Beach).  Snorkeled with a family of turtles today.  Thursday we are taking the ferry to St. John and spending the day beach hopping there.  Exceeding my expectations so far.
  • #16 by jabberjawls on 17 May 2017
  • If St. Thomas exceeded your expectations, then you will love St. John.  Hawksnest, Gibney/Oppenheimer, Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho, Annaberg ruins.  If you have time and want a really good snorkel, try waterlemon cay.
  • #17 by McKdaddy on 17 May 2017
  • If St. Thomas exceeded your expectations, then you will love St. John.

  • #18 by ATU HOG on 18 May 2017
  • Any updates?  Trying to book a vacation late in the summer for the girlfriend and myself.
  • #19 by Jackrabbit Hog on 22 May 2017
  • Any updates?  Trying to book a vacation late in the summer for the girlfriend and myself.

    We got home late Saturday night.  Unbelievable trip; I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes tropical climates, beautiful beaches and great snorkeling.  The day we spent on St. John was the best, as everyone else predicted.  We hit several beaches on the north shore and drove to Coral Bay late in the day.  Views everywhere.

    Our accommodations on St. Thomas were first class all the way.  Meals were all good, weather was nice the entire week. 

    We are already planning our trip back there next summer.
  • #20 by HighcountryHog on 22 May 2017
  •   If you have time and want a really good snorkel, try waterlemon cay.

    ^This.
  • #21 by Jackrabbit Hog on 22 May 2017
  • If St. Thomas exceeded your expectations, then you will love St. John.  Hawksnest, Gibney/Oppenheimer, Trunk, Cinnamon, Maho, Annaberg ruins.  If you have time and want a really good snorkel, try waterlemon cay.

    We ended up spending time at Leinster Bay (which is near Watermelon Cay), Maho Bay and Cinnamon Bay.  Snorkeled each place.  We stopped and took pictures at Trunk Bay and Hawksnest Bay, just didn't have time to spend beach time at those two. 
  • #22 by ur on 22 Jul 2017
  • Been twice. St Thomas beaches and the nice resorts are good but the rest of the island seemed sketchy. Second time we stayed on st john and that is what I recommend. woodys (one of Kenny Chesney's fav bars where he filmed part of this video) and the beach bar in cruz bay are awesome. Woodys has $1 coors light specials.  highly recommend an excursion to the BVIs. We did the one where you make like 4 stops. If you get motion sickness would not recommend it. it can be a bumpy long ride. Try to at least hit the soggy dollar bar on jost van dyke though. We put up a razorback flag when we were there. too bad they take them all down every year. flag is on far right in last pic. 
  • #23 by ricepig on 22 Jul 2017
  • Been twice. St Thomas beaches and the nice resorts are good but the rest of the island seemed sketchy. Second time we stayed on st john and that is what I recommend. woodys (one of Kenny Chesney's fav bars where he filmed part of this video) and the beach bar in cruz bay are awesome. Woodys has $1 coors light specials.  highly recommend an excursion to the BVIs. We did the one where you make like 4 stops. If you get motion sickness would not recommend it. it can be a bumpy long ride. Try to at least hit the soggy dollar bar on jost van dyke though. We put up a razorback flag when we were there. too bad they take them all down every year. flag is on far right in last pic. 


    So, water was a $1??
  • #24 by McKdaddy on 22 Jul 2017
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