(Closed) Anyone been to St.Thomas?

posted 10 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 17
Member
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

I stayed at Bolongo and Mafolie. I loved both and each offered something different. I’d stay at both again.

Bolongo is on the water and has the 2 restaurants on property. Locals don’t swim there much due to the rocks and seaweed. It’s in a great location to get to Charlottle Amalie and to Redhook. I recommend NOT doing all inclusive  – there are a ton of AMAZING places to eat at and it’s cheaper. The customer service is great and the free stuff they offer for guests is pretty cool.

Mafolie is looks over town, Water Island, and the cruise ship docks. They offer a free continental breakfast that was seriously best I’ve ever had and there is a restaurant and pool bar. It’s cost effective. We paid $82/night with taxes included. It is a bit more of a boutique hotel then Bolongo.

I recommend checking out http://www.stthomasblog.com/ about the violence issue. I didn’t have a problem with any violence when I was there. The incident on Coki Beach really was just wrong place, wrong time. The gangs do not target tourist. As far as wearing jewelry there, not a problem. There are soooo many jewelry stores on the island that it’s more weird for people not to be wearing it. The locals all wear their jewelry.

As far as activities – Coral World, snorkeling at Trunk Bay on St John, Sunny Liston Tours, and if you have passports, take a day trip to the BVIs with Pirates Penny and Stormey Petrel.

 

My entire trip was about $5,000 – but that includes my wedding expenses.

Post # 18
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I really dislike St. Thomas.  It’s extremely over developed, commercialized, touristy, crowded.   I much prefer St. John , if you insist on the U.S. Virgin Islands.  If you are open to other islands, many are really special! 

 

Cruise ships have really changed the nature of the Carribean.  They just go from port to port, dumping off 15k people a day. As a result it seems like the islands are just becoming one tshirt shop after another.  Just go to Key West and save yourself some airfare if you’re interested in that.  If you want a more true authentic island experience, try some of the islands that the big ships don’t visit as much.  Anguilla is great for that as is Dominica.


This ranking of the Carribean islands by National Geographic is very useful!

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