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St. Thomas - Iguanas, Painkillers and Power Yachts!

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An August 2002 trip to St. Thomas by Hal1026

St. Thomas sunbathing Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands More Photos
Quote: St. Thomas's northern shores face the Atlantic Ocean while its south side fronts the Caribbean—a seasport lover’s dream come true. Only some 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has an interesting mix of terrain, points of interest, shopping and year-round nightlife to keep the energetic traveler fully occupied.

St. Thomas - Iguanas, Painkillers and Power Yachts!

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Overview

St. Thomas sunbathing Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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If you're a watersports enthusiast, try to stay at a beachside resort that has a few inclusive activities to do. My resort had both a PADI dive center, an adjacent full-service marina area and a half-mile beach. Onsite snorkeling, beginner windsurfing and sunfish sailing were some inclusive activities. Onland activities to look into: take a tour into the upper elevations of the island and the different vistas along the way of the neighboring islands; check out some of the many restaurants in and around Charlotte Amalie, especially for the great range of fresh seafood; shop till you drop for duty and tax-free merchandise from around the world in the narrow streets of Charlotte Amalie.Quick Tips:...Read More

Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina

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Hotel | "Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina"

Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Comprising 171 beachfront, condominium style villas and suites, located on the half-mile stretch of shoreline for which it’s named, Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina is a great setting for either families or singles traveling with a focus on watersports. The 30-acre resort lets all children up to 17 years of age stay with their parents free of charge, and kids up to 12 years of age eat free with each paying adult. Six individual buildings house the resort suites and villas, with units A B and C reserved for families. Each unit is full equipped with kitchen area including standard-size refrigerator, oven, microwave and coffee maker. Additional features include a private balcony and/or patio, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2002

Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina
P.O. Box 8088
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
1(800) 524-2090

Agave Terrace

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Restaurant

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It's really impossible to categorize the Agave Terrace's cuisine as just "Caribbean", although I have, so let me explain -- they have fine selections of European and American style cuisine on their menu as well. Located on a cliff that looks down toward the ocean and neighboring St. John, this island landmark open air restaurant has lush tropical landcaping and affords spectacular views. The emphasis is on fish, lobster and crab legs, but excellent pasta dishes, steaks, sauces, desserts and a children's menu are all handcrafted from the scratch kitchen. Appetizers from the Caribbean waters are front and center on the Agave’s menu: selection includes Crab Paradise, Lobster Chinola, Conch Fritters, I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2002

Agave Terrace
#4 Smith Bay St.
St. Thomas 00802
(340) 775-4142

Sapphire Beach Marina

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Attraction | "Power Yachting with NauticBlue"

Sapphire Beach Marina Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Based in the marina at Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, NauticBlue’s craft are designed on the catamaran principle, but they’re equipped with a pretty powerful engine that can move you much more swiftly between several island locations than a non-motorized sailing vessel. The model we were on is called the NauticBlue 372, a two-cabin power catamaran featuring a huge fly bridge, a roomy salon area with table and even a fully equipped galley with coffee pots, sink and microwave. Not that we needed the kitchen facilities much on our day outing, since we put in for our meals and refreshment on land. Our power yacht from the Marina at the western rim of Pillsbury Sound mid-morning around 9:30 ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 11, 2002

Sapphire Beach Marina
East End of St. Thomas
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
340-775-6100

Jost Van Dyke

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Attraction

Jost Van Dyke Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Like many who never knew until they arrived in this part of the world, I only learned on my visit to the tiny Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke about its big reputation as the fun getaway point in these waters. Jost is a four-mile long patch belonging to the British Virgin Islands, located off the northwest tip of bigger Tortola. It’s also a very sparsely populated place with only about 200 full-time residents (and even fewer cars). After just over an hour’s ride in our power yacht from St. Thomas, we landed in Great Harbour, rode over in our power dinghy to the pier, then walked down to the customs office, where one officer had us fill out the forms for landing on what’s still a British protectorate....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2002

Jost Van Dyke
British Virgin Islands
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands