(Closed) Has anyone done St.Thomas?

posted 5 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Honestly, I have not been in years. I was actually pretty young (early teens), but I remember one place in St. Thomas that has remained vivid in my memory. Megans Bay. Probably the most gorgeous beach I’ve ever been to in my whole life (and I’ve travelled a lot since I was a kid because my mom was a travel agent). I’m talking the softest, whitest sand; clear, warm blue water; no waves; starfish and conch littering the sea floor… I hope to go back some day. Unfortunately, there are no resorts directly on this beach, but if you go to St. Thomas I highly recommend a day trip to it.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s absolutely gorgoues there. The water is the most pure, clear blue I have ever seen. I’d do it!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MUAbride2be:  Haha! Goodness, I feel your pain. I’m in Southern Ontario and we were hit bad yesterday! I’m talking a snow day for schools and businesses alike!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been to St Thomas twice.  Stayed on Sapphire Beach once and once stopped for a day while on a cruise.  Sapphire Beach was great.  I have visited Megan’s Bay and Coki Beach – both are great.  Megan’s Bay beach is probably the prettier one.  Coki is fun, though, with vendors for food/drink/souivineers.  (You have to pay to get into Megan’s Bay Beach, so seems to be mostly tourists)  I really liked Saphire Beach a lot; it was also just out the door from where we were staying, but very nice sand and water.

Although, IMO, there is really no great snorkeling off any of those beaches.  Not much to see from any of them as far as corals.  Coki is probably the best for snorkeling – there is a little coral off the point.  Some fish.

I will say that I did prefer St John overall just because it is less commercial.  Also found more diversity of environments and snorkeling.  But St Thomas is a lot easier and cheaper.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Sounds like your Parents are a member of RCI Timeshares…

You didn’t mention the resort you are looking at in St Thomas… knowing that info might be helpful.

Have been to St Thomas a couple of times… and we like it.  I was just there a few weeks ago on our Honeymoon Cruise.  LOVED IT

As St-T is part of the US Virgin Islands there is a lot of familiarity to back home (chain restaurants, shopping etc) but at the same time there are very distinct things that make it very much the Caribbean… such as the quirk that those in St-T drive on the opposite side of the road !!

The Island has a lot of great resorts (both AIs and non-AIs).  And the beaches, snorkelling and scuba is great… as well as tons to see and do on the Island.

My one concern with St Thomas is it has had an increase in crime in recent years… including violent crime.  To the point that it would be something that you should be aware of, if you intend at all to be off your resort at night (personally, I’d just opt to stay at the Resort).

Now to be fair, wherever there are a large amount of Tourists in the world, there usually is some crime going on… as it looks to the bad guys that there is a never ending line of folks arriving who have money (and stuff) and being on vacation they may “let their guard down”

Don’t be an easy target… take your street smarts with you !!

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I haven’t been to St John’s (the nearby island) but I understand that it is even more gorgeous.

To be truthful in the Caribbean there are a lot of great islands / places to visit.  Faves that Mr TTR and I have discovered so far… Bermuda – Bahamas – Barbados – St Lucia – Antigua – Sint Maarten / Saint Martin – Puerto Rico – and the USVI (such as St T).

We’ve also been to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic… and altho they have nice resorts & beaches… they also have a lot of social issues (which is part of the reason these islands are cheaper to visit).  These things also make them less safe… even more so than we found St-T.

The islands next up for our explorations… Cuba and the British Virgin Islands (over 50 islands).  Infact I’d love to do a sailboat charter to just sail abour the BVIs when we retire and have more time to vacation.

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Note – If you are truly undecided, you might look into seeing if you can’t swap out your Parent’s Timeshare Credits for a cruise.  I have a GF who I believe did this a while back with RCI… I’m not 100% who she went with (Carnival – Norwegian – or Royal Caribbean) but I know she had a great time.  The advantage to a cruise is you get to see a lot of Islands and never have an opportunity to get bored.  And you make your cruise into whatever you want… adventure, relaxing or a combo of both.  It is also virtually an all-inclusive holiday with great food, entertainment, and pampering.  I personally think it is difficult to beat the good value that a cruise can offer.  And IMO very lux for a Honeymoon.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

We went to St. Thomas a year ago for a family vacation. It was beautiful! Sapphire beach is absolutely gorgeous and when we went there were barely any people there. We were just there for a day with the cruise ship, but I’d definitely stay there if I had a choice. The Dutch side of the island was much nicer than the French side so I’d do most of your visiting there.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i got married at the marriott in st thomas it was beautiful and we had the time of our lives

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @michiru4ever:  sorry hon, but I believe you are a tad confused.

Sapphire Beach is indeed on St Thomas… and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean

BUT St-T is part of the US Virgin Islands (becoming a US Protectorate in 1917 when the Islands were bought from Denmark)

The Island on your cruise that was half-Dutch (or more precisely part of the Netherlands) and half-French (as in belonging to France)… would have been Sint Maarten / Saint Martin

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

@This Time Round:  yeah we went to both and it’s hard to keep the islands straight. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I went to St. Thomas about 5 years ago on a cruise, and it was absolutely the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen (besides Venice)! Magen’s Bay was PHENOMENAL!! I never go into open water anywhere, petrified of fish, but I went in up to my neck and could still see my toes wiggling in the sand! For reference, I’ve been to Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, & Mexico…and St. Thomas is by far the best. Here’s a pic I took while I was at Magen’s Bay 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

@michiru4ever:  Lol, ya I can understand that… sometimes packing an island a day into a cruise has its drawbacks !!

I think tho we’d agree on one thing… the Caribbean is incredibly beautiful.  The colours of the water never ceases to amaze me… I could sit and look at the ocean each and every day (and if all goes to plan… that is exactly what I intend to do with my Retirement)

 

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