St. Thomas Journals

Living the Villa Life in St Thomas

A March 2003 trip to St. Thomas by tomcat3791

Villa Diva Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands More Photos
Quote: Eight gay men, one rental villa, seven days of sun and fun!

Living the Villa Life in St Thomas

Overview

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Our seven days in the USVI had a lot of great moments, but chief among them were riding the auto ferry to St. John, walks along Magen's Bay, and snorkeling the reefs off St John's Sapphire Beach. Our villa had a wonderful deck across the back of the property which yielded exquisite sunset views west across Magen's Bay. I will always remember the evenings on that deck- drink in hand, sun setting behind the islands...Quick Tips: For best rates on a villa rental try to go direct to the villa owner. Many villas listed on commercial booking agent websites also have private sites with direct contact information- you can usually save at least the commission to the agency by going direct!Be...Read More

Villa Diva

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Hotel

Villa Diva Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Our group selected St Thomas for its combination of amenities, travel ease (we were assembling from all areas of the US), and wide selection of rental villas. Caribbeanway.com was our starting point, but once we found Villa Diva, booking through the owner's private website (vivillas.com) was easier. Payment terms were better (50% deposit to reserve, remainder due 30 days out) and they accepted AMEX, which gave us added security. Caribbeanway.com wanted 100% payment at time of booking, by wire transfer only. Villa Diva is located on the hillside road to Peterborg, looking south over Magen's Bay. The property is gated and totally private, with mature plantings all around. Four bedrooms are split b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

Villa Diva
Peterborg
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Off the Hook

Restaurant

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Yum! A wonderful dockside dining experience. You can't miss Off The Hook - right on the main drag in Red Hook, across from the market. It is adjacent to the ferry dock, with parking along the road out front. The seafood is fresh daily. Off the Hook offers fairly priced food and drinks, in a very casual and fun atmosphere. Clientele tends to be upscale tourist crowd, with many diners coming in from locally moored sailboats for dinner. Service was efficient and polite. There was some wait, even with reservations, as this is a very popular restaurant. This was our best dining experience on St Thomas (well, except for when I cooked!)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

Off the Hook
Route 32 (Red Hook Road)
Red Hook, St. Thomas 00802
+1 340 775 6350

Agave Terrace

Restaurant | "Agave Terrace at Point Pleasant Resort"

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Agave Terrace was a very nice experience, but not the best meal we had on the island. The setting is fantastic, with a brilliant view of the British Virgins. Our evening visit was perfectly accented by the live steel drums and the twinkling of the lights across the water. The food was good, but our group found it mostly standard upscale resort fare. Service was efficient, surroundings were very classy and comfortable. Parking was tough to find and required an uphill walk that could be difficult for some guests.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

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

Lameshur Bay Beaches

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Attraction | "Lameshur Bay"

Lameshur Bay Beaches Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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The auto ferry to St John dropped us off in Cruz Bay and we started around the island toward what I had correctly selected as the MOST remote beach on St John! The drive was incredible- we passed one excellent vista after another, and since much of St John is national park, everything was lush and green. Several times we actually had to stop for goats in the road. My partner had some moments of hesitation as we wound further and further from the realm of the cruise-ship passengers, but once we reached the far side of the island, we were both enjoying the slower pace of the true island lifestyle. The final few miles to Lameshur are somewhat off-putting (gravel and dirt, single vehicle width, very st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

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

Cinnamon Bay Beaches

Attraction | "Cinnamon Bay"

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Cinnamon Bay is a very touristy beach, but for good reason-- it is fabulous, sandy, well appointed, and boasts excellent underwater sights. Snorkeling off the far end of Cinnamon Bay beach was easy for this beginning snorkeler, and I was astounded by the schools of colorful fish swirling all around the reefs. There is a well marked snorkel trail, and with so much to see that I spent over an hour in the water, just ogling.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

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

Coki Beach

Attraction | "Coki Point"

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Well..... after a day on St John, Coki Point was a bit overwhelming to our group. It is very busy, quite developed, and the approach road is very congested. Our vehicle was approached twice by locals trying to offer us discount coupons for various activities. We parked at the Coral World lot and jumped out to check things over. The beach was very crowded, and there were just tons of people around. Cruise ship traffic fills this beach when ships are in town, and there were lots of kids around.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

Coki Beach
Route 388 next to Coral World
Coki Beach, St. Thomas 00801
+1 340 774 8784

Little Magen's

Attraction

Little Magen's Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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I almost hate to put this entry in here for fear of giving away a secret! Little Magen's is a small beach some few hundred yards off the north end of Magen's Bay beach. It can best be reached by walking along the shore from the main beach, although there is a well hidden path down the hill from the Peterborg Road above it. Little Magen's has historically been known as both a gay beach, and a clothing optional beach. Although locals will now say it is not clothing optional (and nudity is not legal in USVI), we did see men tanning nude at Little Magen's while we were there. Local gay men often visit Little Magen's, and cruise ship staff know of it and often stop out there. We received good di...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

Little Magen's
Magen's Bay
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Mountain Top

Attraction

Mountain Top Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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Spectacular view across the Magen's Bay side of the island (we got great pics of our villa with the telephoto lens!). The view is free, but to get there you have to walk past some pretty cheesy shops. Sort of like the way Vegas attractions always dump you into a gift shop..... still, if you need t-shirts or rum you can fill those needs here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

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

Magens Bay Beach

Attraction | "Magen's Bay"

Magens Bay Beach Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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We had an excellent time kayaking around and across Magen's Bay. It was a quiet day on the island (no cruise ships at dock) so the rental service was especially accomodating and told us to keep the kayak as long as we wanted that morning for a flat $20 fee.

We paddled around the bay to Little Magen's, which is a smaller beach a few hundred yards from Magen's. After about 1/2 hour at Little Magen's we struck out again further around the bay and then across.

Things got a little rough toward the middle of the bay, but no real troubles.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2003

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

Lizards! Photo, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
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When first I suggested to my husband that we get eight gay men together for a mid-winter beach vacation, I expect he thought I was quite nuts! I suppose getting eight guys to agree to anything is an ambitious task, but our friends are generally very reasonable, and we found the whole process went quite smoothly. Our late March 2003 airfare ran just over $400pp from Harrisburg, PA. The villa cost of $4500 was quite reasonable when split eight ways, and we all pitched in $150pp toward food costs, expecting to eat in most days. The food arrangements turned out to be the most challenging part of the week. Our area of PA is hardly what one would call cosmopolitan, but even here we can get high-quality pre...Read More