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.