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      06-12-2019, 12:40 PM   #1
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Travel - St John USVI

Never been. Son's GF's family had to use their timeshare points and got a 3-bedroom at Westin and invited us as well.

Prices for daily stuff? We plan to do most of our eating in the room, probably use the on-site BBQ. Hoping to find a local fisherman and check his wares each day for dinner choices

I want to fish while there, just to say I did. I'm thinking inshore would be more fun than trying for some flying monster offshore.

We are going in August. I expect it will be sweltering, so pool will be my regular haunt. Local stores I can buy some nice rum and hang out?

If it's a US territory, why they drive on the wrong side of the road??? Would I even need a car on SJ?
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I think we have covered the mini bar in depth....
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oh it was helpful advice you were looking for, sorry havent been to USVI in about 15 years. still have a hat from there. will post pics
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AND that white shit for my nose/ears
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AND that white shit for my nose/ears
I've never tried it in my ears but yes in your nose is good
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AND that white shit for my nose/ears
I've never tried it in my ears but yes in your nose is good
How about freezing your eyeball? Talk about dilated pupils!!
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How about freezing your eyeball? Talk about dilated pupils!!
Why you do dis
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      06-13-2019, 10:29 AM   #12
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Why you do dis
YOUR eyeball. Never admitting to doing this myself.

BUT, if I did, it would be to get the complete tan, even inside the pupil
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USVI lacks really good restaurants, even in the "town" area. Went to a few and they were lack luster. The best place is surprisingly a little shack right outside the airport where the local laborers eat! Hotel restaurant is OK, but like all hotel restaurants, a little over priced.

Restaurants we hit that I remembered -
Miss Lucy's
Shipwreck Landing
The Longboard

Buy the round trip ferry ticket from the Westin getting from St. Thomas to St. John's. It's cheaper by a few bucks and stops at the Westin instead of the regular ferry stop which you then have to take a cab ride.

Speaking of cab rides, if you have more than 4 people in your group, rent a jeep at the Westin. Cab rides are per person, not per cab. The cabs are pickup trucks with benches in the back for you to sit on. You will need a car to go snorkeling anyways.

Bring sunblock that doesn't use Avobenzone. Use the "kids" ones that uses Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Dioxide for sun block. They are better for you and the coral reefs.

Snorkeling area -
Hawksnest Beat
TrunkBay
Maho Bay
Haulover Bay (Best) They have a North and South, we went to the North. Park on the road and hike in. The beach is 90% rocks so not much place to just lounge around but nobody was there at the time and the reef comes all the way to the beach.
Salt Pond Bay

There's a local market walking distance from the Westin heading towards town (St. John Gourmet Market). Get your stuff from them. Closer in town there are a few smaller markets that is slightly cheaper, like cents cheaper so not worth the hike out. From my time there, I only saw 1 gas station and they close after 8pm so fill up early

Make sure to buy your stuff at St. Thomas. Tax and duty free. Load up on booze and luxury stuff there.

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I've only been to the British Virgin Islands so i cannot help you mate. humblebrag!
We may do some day trips.


I want to make it clear I'm not going totally solo. Our hosts have been there and are members of the Westin, so they have half a clue. But more info = better vacation
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do we have to listen to updates for the next two months?













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do we have to listen to updates for the next two months?
Free to go to any thread you want. This should be it from me until AFTER the trip.

Unless someone shows up with USEFUL information
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We use to go the the USVI all the time, I don't remember shit though. Isn't St John the one that is mostly a national preserve or something? If so I don't remember there being much on the island. We rented a jeep to drive around and found an awesome beach area where you could snorkel and they had different signs under water about the different fish you would see etc. Pretty cool.
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I greatly enjoyed Saint Thomas 20 years ago on my honeymoon, but wasn't quite the beach getaway vacation I thought I was getting. Great snorkeling though.
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