St. Thomas Journals

America's Caribbean Paradise

A November 1993 trip to St. Thomas by kmclark

Quote: Visiting this paradise was my second venture to the Caribbean. This USVI trip was longer, more varied, and more relaxing, however. The history and hospitality are unique to say nothing of the exquisite natural beauty. These islands are real gems!

America's Caribbean Paradise

Overview

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The U.S. Virgin Islands, like any tourism-based area holds as many adventures and experiences as the mind can conceive. The topography is exceptional with lush foliage, hilly terrain, hairpin turns, free roaming animals, and gentle (for the most part) people. The beaches are just breathtaking and the water is warm and clear. The food was outstanding. I love conch fritters and the fruit was plentiful and as fresh as could be. A rainbow was in the sky during our brief stopover in San Juan--wow! And here we were joined by our Canadian companion who greeted us each with a long-stemmed red rose . . . another wow! Eighteen minutes later we arrived in St. Thomas. Here it got a bit sticky. E...Read More

Bolongo Bay Beach Club and Villas

Hotel | "Bolongo Elysian"

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This is one of three clusters of resort accommodations with frequent shuttles between them, each emphasizing different aspects of interest. While we did shuttle to another of them (Limetree) for a smorgasbord/buffet one evening, we were quite content to enjoy the facilities and activities at our own resort, including the beachside bar and the outdoor pool (with Jacuzzi), which was a very attractive lagoon-like construction. Our room was large and clean with two double beds and a roomy balcony. It would have gotten rave reviews except one of our party was a snorer, not that it was the original plan for us all to stay in the same room anyway, but that's the way it played out. So, while I was might...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Bolongo Bay Beach Club and Villas
50 Bolongo Bay
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
(340) 775-1800

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa

Hotel | "Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club & Resort"

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This resort was called Sugar Bay Plantation when we visited and was extremely nice. I'm afraid to mention part of my perception might be due to the fact that our snoring companion had moved on and we were able to catch up on our sleep. As this was part of our travel package and is also a timeshare, the cost per night may be inaccurate. But Sugar Bay is beautifully kept and has an outstanding breakfast buffet which was included and does tend to start the days off very well indeed. We had two double beds and a lovely balcony. The staff might not have been so personable, nor the activities so varied (maybe because we were to tired to care?), but we were indeed in heaven. This place sits on a h...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
6500 Estate Smith Bay
St Thomas 00802
(340) 777-7100

Mountain Top

Attraction | "MountainTop"

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Our Canadian travel companion really did her homework finding out about this place. Magens Bay has, according to National Geographic, one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. Taking in such a panoramic wonder from 1500 feet above sea level is awe-inspiring and a true treat for the eyes. MountainTop's balcony is equipped with magnifying viewfinders and a gift/snack area inside. Here, and elsewhere later, I first noticed the strange characteristic of the way the clouds appear so close to the planet's surface - as if I could simply reach out and touch them. There was a very quick burst of rainfall while we were there and then just as quickly it stopped, only to be replaced with bright sun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2003

Mountain Top
Route 33
Estate St. Peter, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 774 2400

Joe's Iguana Tales

Story/Tip

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We had some time to simply soak up sunshine and enjoy the Sugar Bay pool. The gentleman who tended the pool, towels and lotion for the guests was an early-retired and very charming former Indiana business owner-turned St. Thomas resident...very eloquent and amusing. He had a way with children and peace-keeping and his tales of indiginous iguanas really tickled me. From him I learned that these peculiar reptiles don't have teeth and can't hurt people (and that they like the lazy life too). Joe told me of many incidents, one: "You know how when you come to a place like this you sometimes go ahead and pick a pretty flower and, feeling festive, put it in your hair? Well, one lady did so with ...Read More