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Birthday celebration in St. Thomas

A May 2003 trip to St. Thomas by Patty Jennings

Cinnamon Bay Beaches Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands More Photos
Quote: My husband and I celebrated his 40th birthday at Bluebeard's Castle in St. Thomas. We had a wonderful week of relaxing without the kids. We thoroughly enjoyed the restaurants and the fantastic views from the castle. The concierge was more than helpful.

Bluebeard's Castle

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Hotel | "Bluebeards Castle"

Bluebeard's Castle Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Best Things Nearby:Shopping, beaches, and great restaurants.Best Things About the Resort:The view is fantastic from the castle. Each morning we woke to see what cruise ships had pulled into the harbor overnight.Resort Experience:Bluebeard's is obviously in a rebuilding period. It is working hard to gain back it's Resort of International Distinction status. The concierge desk was very helpful with setting up dinner reservations, tours, etc. The Castle is more of a laid back kind of place with much more personality than the huge, well-known name hotels on the island. Our first impression wasn't the best but the place sure grew on us. The owners that we met there...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Bluebeard's Castle
P.O. Box 7480
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00801
340/774-1600

Green House

Restaurant | "Greenhouse"

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The Greenhouse is right on the waterfront downtown. It has a noisy atmosphere with a mix of tourists and locals. The food was cheaper than most of the restaurants we went to and was very good. It is not the place to go for a quiet romantic evening.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Green House
Route 30 (Veterans Drive)
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 774 7998

Banana Tree Grille

Restaurant

Banana Tree Grille Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Banana Tree Grille is located at Bluebeard's Castle. It has a beautiful view of the harbor. The food is excellent. I had the Banana Tree filet and my husband had the regular filet. Both were very good. Nice place for a romantic evening. There were some children there but I would consider it more for adults for a romantic night out. The tablecloths and soft music added to the romance of the view. Remember the sun sets around 6 - 6:30pm if you want to be there during the sunset. The cruise ships also leave around 6pm if you want to watch them leave while you dine.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Banana Tree Grille
At the eastern end of Norre Gade and off Route 314
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 00803
+1 340 776 4050

Room with a View at Bluebeard's Castle

Restaurant | "Room with a View"

Room with a View at Bluebeard's Castle Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Room with a View has just what it says - a gorgeous view overlooking the harbor and downtown Charlotte Amalie. Be sure to make your reservation for around 6pm if you want to see the sunset. The evening view if beautiful also with the town and hills lit up. It's also fun to watch the sea planes coming and going. This is a more formal restuarant - quite small and therefore you get individual attention. There is talk that it will be moving soon to a larger location at the castle. There were no children there while we were there, and I would not recommend taking them. My husband and I both had the lobster thermador, which was delicious. The servings were generous. It was probably the most expens...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Room with a View at Bluebeard's Castle
1331 Estate Taamberg
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
(340) 774-1600

Winifred Charters

Attraction | "Winifred Daysail"

Winifred Charters Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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We spent a day with Sharon on the Winifred. We started out with some breakfast and juice. She took us to St. John where we snorkeled in Caneel Bay and then had lunch on the boat. It was a wonderful day to relax, snorkel, and enjoy the views. She only takes up to six people so you aren't with a huge group. Sharon makes it personal and friendly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Winifred Charters
Route 32 (Red Hook Road)
Red Hook, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 775 7898

Cinnamon Bay Beaches

Attraction | "Maho and cinnamon beaches"

Cinnamon Bay Beaches Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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When we visited St. John for the day, everyone said to go to Trunk Bay. We liked the quiet at Maho, although there were no facilities there. We also found the best shell of our trip laying on the beach there. Cinnamon was beautiful and had all the facilities that Trunk had, and it was free. There is a little general store, rental facilites for boating and all the amenities you need there.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Cinnamon Bay Beaches
St. John
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Atlantis Submarine

Attraction

Atlantis Submarine Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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We took a two hour trip with the Atlantis Submarine. You meet at the office in Havensight and from there they take you to a boat. On the boat ride out to the submarine there is water and rum punch available, along with a bathroom. Once you board the submarine, there is no bathroom and no moving around.

We saw sting rays, sharks, a green moray eel, and many other beautiful fish. They take you from 60' - 90' down along the reef where most of the fish are. The people on the other side of the sub did see turtles also. It was a fun way to explore the ocean and see many fish without getting wet at all!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

Atlantis Submarine
Route 30
Havensight, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 776 5650; +1

New Horizons Daysails

Attraction | "New Horizons Dinner Sail"

New Horizons Daysails Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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We signed up for this dinner sail through Bluebeard's Castle. We started out with a little rain but they headed for a dry area and we ended up dropping anchor in Christmas Cove by Great St. James Island. We were greeted with champagne. As we began sailing, they started to bring hors d'oevres around including cream cheese on crackers topped with caviar or smoked salmon. Then came the skewers with veggies, shrimp, and scallops. Dinner included fruit, crab legs, mahi mahi, pork, chicken, green beans with feta cheese, etc. It was topped off with a chocolate dessert followed up by cookies and chocolate candies. There was an open bar the whole time also. We had a beautiful sunset to enjoy along with goo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2003

New Horizons Daysails
Route 38 (Smith Bay Road)
Smith Bay, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 775 1171; +1

The flowers

Story/Tip

Water lilies Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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The flowers were gorgeous all over the island. I couldn't help taking some pictures up close of them. The iguanas and lizard seemed to enjoy them as much as I did!