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Unwinding in St Thomas

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A June 2002 trip to St. Thomas by sjmclaughlin

Marriott Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands More Photos
Quote: We spent 3 weeks on this beautifully idyllic island, soaking up the sun, beachcombing, and exploring the nearby islands. We enjoyed it so much, we called work to tell them we were staying another week.

Unwinding in St Thomas

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Overview

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St Thomas has it all. If you enjoy doing nothing but relaxing on the beach, it's perfect. There are beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. If you like to explore the area and experience the culture, it's perfect. There are plenty of excursions within St Thomas and the other Virgin Islands are only a short boat trip away. With Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, KFC, KMart and all the big hotel chains, you can tell it's part of America. But there are many other parts of St Thomas with a definite Caribbean feel and flair. With 3 weeks on the island, we had time for relaxing days reading on the beach and time to tour St Thomas, St John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Water Island (by bike) and the mangroves on ...Read More

Marriott Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort

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Hotel | "Frenchman's Reef Marriott"

Marriott Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Only ten minutes from Charlotte Amalie, the Marriott's Frenchman's Reef hotel is set upon a hill on the Southern tip of the island overlooking the harbour on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Steps lead from the hotel and guest rooms to the beach and the Marriott's Morningstar Beach Resort. The Morningstar Resort consists of several small buildings of guest rooms right on the beach. Guests have access to all facilities at both resorts including 4 restaurants, 4 bars, 2 shops, tennis courts, spa, gym and a private beach. There are 2 connected pools at Frenchman's Reef with a swim up bar and waterfall. There's another pool by the beach at the Morningstar resort. The waves can be rough on the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Marriott Frenchmans Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort
5 Estate Bakkeroe
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00801
(340) 776-8500

Limnos Charters Island Tour

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Attraction | "British Virgin Islands Tour"

Limnos Charters Island Tour Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Our tour started from Red Hook on the island's east coast. Early in the morning, we boarded our boat, the Limnos IV, part of Limnos Charters' fleet. The trip to Virgin Gorda took about an hour. We were met by a couple of safari buses, which took us to the island's most spectacular natural attraction, The Baths. To reach the Baths, we took a short path downhill past small boulders, cactus and shrubs. Gigantic granite boulders, created by ancient volcanos, form grottos, tunnels and arches. We followed our guide through the rocks, caves and tidal wading pools. At some points, ladders and ropes provide help climbing over some of the steeper and slippery rocks. At the end of the passage is a beautiful bea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2002

Limnos Charters Island Tour
6501 Red Hook Plaza
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802-1306
340-775-3203

Tortola Tour

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Tortola Tour Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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For this tour, we had to take the early morning ferry to Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands. After clearing Customs and Immigrations, we met our guide and hopped onto the safari bus with the other couple on the tour. The first stop was in Road Town, Tortola's capital, for breakfast at a café and stroll around the shops and market stalls. We stopped for a meander through the JR O'Neill Botanical Gardens, which houses a variety of tropical flowers, plants and trees indigenous to the Caribbean islands. Our tour took us all around the island stopping at various points for pictures and panoramic views of the Virgin Islands, including Guana Island, Beef Island, Virgin Gord...Read More

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Tortola Tour
Tortola
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. John Tour

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Attraction | "St John Tour"

St. John Tour Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Almost two thirds of St John is preserved as a US National Park. The unspoilt beauty of this island makes it easily the most picturesque of the Virgin Islands. After a 20 minute boat trip to Cruz Bay, St John, we travelled by a safari bus around the island making frequent photo stops and taking in fantastic views of the US and British Virgin Islands. Our guide stopped along the road several times to talk about the plants and animals of St John. He snapped off a bay leaf and explained its many uses. He pointed out a Machineel Tree that drips with a stinging sap in the rain. He showed us a termite mound surrounding an old tree. We wandered around the ruins of the 18th century Annaberg S...Read More

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St. John Tour
St. John
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Water Island Adventures

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Attraction | "Water Island Bike Tour"

Water Island Adventures Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Water Island lies just off Charlotte Amalie Harbour. This tiny unspoilt island is purely residential. A handful of children from the island commute to St Thomas by boat daily for school. Our bike tour started from Havensight where the cruise ships dock. Our tour group was full of families off the Disney Magic cruise ship. We took the 10 minute ferry ride across to Water Island where a bus met us and took us to the top of the island. We climbed a tower and marvelled at the views across the harbour to Charlotte Amalie. We picked out bikes and helmets and set off down the hill with a guide leading and guide trailing the pack. Every once in a while, we'd all stop to let those lagging behind catch up an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Water Island Adventures
8168 Crown Bay Marina - Box 138, Suite 310
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802
(340) 714-2186

Mangrove Lagoon Eco-Tours

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Attraction | "Mangrove Eco-Tour"

Mangrove Lagoon Eco-Tours Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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We decided to explore St. Thomas in a different way, so we went on an eco-tour of the mangrove lagoon. After a brief safety instruction, we got into our two-man kayaks and headed off into the lagoon. There were only 6 of us including the guide so it was a very intimate tour. As we paddled through the lagoon, our guide pointed out the different species of birds, flora and marine life. He explained the importance of the mangroves to the ecology. They act as a nursery to the fish in their roots and birds nesting in their branches. The shallow water is also home to several types of soft corals and jellyfish. Hurricane cove, part of the mangrove lagoon, is still used to shelter boats during tropical stor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Mangrove Lagoon Eco-Tours
Mangrove Lagoon
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802

Magens Bay Beach

Attraction | "Magen's Beach"

Magens Bay Beach Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Magen's Beach was ranked as one of the top ten beaches in the Caribbean. From above, the beach looks heart shaped and the water clear and calm. The sand is not as fine as some other beaches in the Caribbean. But the water is cool and refreshing. Even though the beach is wide and long, it is very busy and crowded while the cruise ships are in. If you stay past about 4pm or go on a Sunday when no cruise ships are in, you'll practically have the whole beach to yourself. There is an outdoor grill serving quick bites such as burgers and fries. The gift shop on the beach also rents beach chairs and snorkel equipment. Waiters come along the beach to take drink orders and will even serve y...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Magens Bay Beach
Route 35
Magens Bay, St. Thomas 00820
+1 340 777 6300

Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Marriot Marina

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Attraction | "Powerboating around St Thomas"

Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Marriot Marina Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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I read a travel journal before our trip, which was written by someone who lived on St Thomas. She highly recommended renting a powerboat for the day. It wasn't cheap and we debated about whether we should rent the boat or take the helicopter tour. We chose the powerboat and it turned out to be our favorite day of the entire vacation. The Marriott tour desk offers 2 types of rentals. Nauti Nymph rents boats from Red Hook. They charge $275 - $355 for a full day and $225 - $305 for a half day. They allow their boats to be taken all over the Virgin Islands. Instead, we rented a Boston Whaler from the Adventure Center at the Marriott docks. However, they have restrictions about how far you can t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Frenchman's Reef and Morningstar Marriot Marina
5 Estate Bakkeroe
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00801
340-776-8500