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Title: St Thomas Island
Post by: Columbiadorm on July 08, 2011, 05:21:59 PM
My brother and his wife would like to go to St Thomas for a 5 day stay.

8/14 - 8/19.

Flying from NY area.

They need help/tips/ideas with flights and car rental. They already found a villa.

Any help and tips would be nice. Itinerary help a plus :)

Regarding cars, they're both under 25. Funding is via Credit card.

Thanks :)
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: steve L on July 08, 2011, 05:53:27 PM
where did they find a villa?

they can go to st john for a day short 20 min ferry ride
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: momo on July 08, 2011, 05:57:38 PM
you dont need to rent a car in st thomas. they have these little buses\trucks that drive around the island and pick up people along the way and drop u off where ever u need to go
They also drive on the wrong side of the road so keep that in mind
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: world2see on July 10, 2011, 01:14:01 AM
how's the weather that time of year?rainy?hurricane season?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Columbiadorm on July 10, 2011, 11:00:47 PM
http://www.islandhideaways.com/stthomas/villas/caribia-cottage/#rates

Trip changed. St Thomas cancelled.

After checking on the car rental, and then realizing that they drive on the other side, they've decided to look elsewhere.

Thanks guys for the info.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: ChAiM'l on July 11, 2011, 05:44:32 AM
After checking on the car rental, and then realizing that they drive on the other side, they've decided to look elsewhere.
If that's the reason, they should reconsider. It takes about five minutes of driving slowly to get used to it.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Dan on July 11, 2011, 09:02:33 AM
If that's the reason, they should reconsider. It takes about five minutes of driving slowly to get used to it.
A little more than 5 minutes, but it's not such a big deal.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: momo on July 11, 2011, 09:29:27 AM
as i have stated i was there and did not even rent a car and got around just fine
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Columbiadorm on July 11, 2011, 10:11:49 AM
I'm not arguing with you guys. All valid points.

I'll update if they change their minds (again).

All in all, I think they were consuming their budget faster then expected before even getting there!
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 13, 2012, 09:35:37 AM
How much/what is there to do is ST? How many days is recommended to stay there?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: BrooklynCPA on September 13, 2012, 04:58:52 PM
St. Thomas is a beautiful, scenic and serene island with some of the nicest beaches!!! They even have an old shul (not in use) Highly recommended for a relaxing vacation. I was there on a cruise and only spent one day there but I would like to go back there one day!
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 13, 2012, 05:36:48 PM
Thanx. I think I'll make it a week. (Inclu. RH).
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: momo on September 13, 2012, 06:55:19 PM
If you just want to chill MON then this is the perfect spot, Went there was there for 4 days and had an amazing time Just going to beach, pool jetski. Make sure you check out Happy hour at some of the local bars, drinks were like a buck or 2 a piece and they were 2 4 1. Needless to say if you are looking to chill, between the cheap drinks and the" JAMAICAN" influences you should be set.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on September 14, 2012, 07:16:31 PM
http://www.islandhideaways.com/stthomas/villas/caribia-cottage/#rates

Trip changed. St Thomas cancelled.

After checking on the car rental, and then realizing that they drive on the other side, they've decided to look elsewhere.

Thanks guys for the info.
They could have just taken the shuttle/bus... Where did they decide to go in the end?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 15, 2012, 08:38:55 PM
If you just want to chill MON then this is the perfect spot, Went there was there for 4 days and had an amazing time Just going to beach, pool jetski. Make sure you check out Happy hour at some of the local bars, drinks were like a buck or 2 a piece and they were 2 4 1. Needless to say if you are looking to chill, between the cheap drinks and the" JAMAICAN" influences you should be set.
So I'll have one day available there. This Wednesday iyh. Though I'll be there from tomorrow but will be busy until Wednesday.
Anything specific or "can't miss" things?
 
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Yossi. on September 16, 2012, 01:41:39 AM
So I'll have one day available there. This Wednesday iyh. Though I'll be there from tomorrow but will be busy until Wednesday.
Anything specific or "can't miss" things?
I did some nice scuba diving there (actually I think my very first time was there)
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Achas Veachas on September 16, 2012, 03:02:05 PM
So I'll have one day available there. This Wednesday iyh.
 

I did some nice scuba diving there (actually I think my very first time was there)
Make sure not to swallow any water by mistake, Tzom Gedalia... :P
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 16, 2012, 03:05:34 PM
Make sure not to swallow any water by mistake, Tzom Gedalia... :P
Oh my I totally fgt. There goes my excitement! Its really hot and u must drink. So I'll have to stay indoors more. :(
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Achas Veachas on September 16, 2012, 03:38:59 PM
What's a can't miss though is Rabbi Federman, the man's awesome and his kids are the cutest (although if I understand correctly you will prob be spending RH by him)
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 16, 2012, 03:41:16 PM
What's a can't miss though is Rabbi Federman, the man's awesome and his kids are the cutest (although if I understand correctly you will prob be spending RH by him)
Yes u are correct on both parts
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Yossi. on September 16, 2012, 04:55:31 PM
Oh my I totally fgt. There goes my excitement! Its really hot and u must drink. So I'll have to stay indoors more. :(
Yeah forget about scuba diving. U ll get very thirsty after the first dive.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2012, 05:08:00 PM
Yeah forget about scuba diving. U ll get very thirsty after the first dive.
Same for snorkeling IME.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 16, 2012, 05:10:30 PM
Thanx for the tips. I guess I'll take it easy. And do.the snorkeling In sju a day later
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: DrDanny on September 18, 2012, 09:48:56 PM
Thanx for the tips. I guess I'll take it easy. And do.the snorkeling In sju a day later
Let us know how it how I'm gonna be there after the chagim
If your gonna be in sju at night check out the bioluminescent bay it seems really cool
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Columbiadorm on September 19, 2012, 01:31:27 PM
They could have just taken the shuttle/bus... Where did they decide to go in the end?

I sent them to Miami on NCL Bahamas Cruise (see other thread for some details I think i posted when i did it myself).
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 30, 2012, 04:38:13 PM
Mini TR :
So as you all know I went to STT for RH to be m'zakeh some yiden with nice chazzunos ;) and while I was there went to check out the island and surroundings.

Flight was nice, AA. I tried getting my bags for free with cities card I'm AU on but to no avail...boarded one of the last and found exit open and sat down.  Landed and walking out of plane feeling the humid heat wave "blowing" in my face (no breeze). Took a 15p taxi shared with others and went to where I was staying near the Ritz. $22 including luggage.
Hung out at my place, enjoyed the view and prepared for YT which was that night. Tashlich was really nice as you can prob imagine.  Walked around the hills of St Thomas (roads are hills) and took in the scenery.

Tzom Gedalia,  took the rabbis car and drove around the island for many hours- got used to left side driving in a sec. Went to Main St. , Bought some nice souvenirs and drove all the way up to mountain hill view which is unbelievably beautiful and great view. Then went down to Megan's beach but couldn't spend much time there because it was fast. So I took some nice pics and kept going to beautiful water fronts and beaches . Then time to break fast and get sleep for the next few days in SJU (go to that thread)

Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Cbs on September 30, 2012, 04:39:43 PM
Island from plane
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: glasses dude on May 22, 2013, 09:27:59 AM
Would this be ideal for a week with a 3 month old? Also is there enough to do there for a week and hows the weathers beginning of July thanx
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Ergel on May 22, 2013, 09:34:02 AM
Would this be ideal for a week with a 3 month old? Also is there enough to do there for a week and hows the weathers beginning of July thanx
from TA
St. Thomas is located in the middle of the Caribbean, and it can get quite hot during the spring and summer months. Because of this, many tourists go during the fall and winter months
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Marco Polo on May 22, 2013, 09:38:07 AM
Would this be ideal for a week with a 3 month old? Also is there enough to do there for a week and hows the weathers beginning of July thanx
From the day i spent there, it has a lot of hills and only water sports as activities. Unless you plan on ferrying to the other islands, I think two/three days would be the max i could handle. They do have a really cool old shul with sand floors which was nice to see. Beware, it is located in the middle of a very steep hill.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: glasses dude on May 22, 2013, 09:42:38 AM
From the day i spent there, it has a lot of hills and only water sports as activities. Unless you plan on ferrying to the other islands, I think two/three days would be the max i could handle. They do have a really cool old shul with sand floors which was nice to see. Beware, it is located in the middle of a very steep hill.
gotcha thanks gotta put the thinking cap back on
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Fan of Dan on May 26, 2013, 02:48:33 AM
gotcha thanks gotta put the thinking cap back on
If you are looking at the Carribean in July check out the ABC islands which are out of the hurricane belt.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: DP7 on October 09, 2013, 10:22:28 PM
Any hotel recommendations for St. Thomas?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: yos9694 on October 11, 2013, 12:43:00 PM
On St. Thomas itself I've stayed at Pavilions and Pools. They have a couple dozen condos each with its own private swimming pool. The pool itself is only about twice the size of a plunge pool, but it is 100% free of tsniut issues :) The free breakfast has lots of kosher. No other frills there, just relaxation and complete privacy. Recommended if that's what you're after.

There are touristy things to do in addition to water activities, mostly where the cruise ships dock. The only one I did was take a chair lift up a mountain for hiking, nice views, and a parrot show. There was also a great outdoor market that I went to more than once.

Where I spent most of my time was on St John though, driving through the national park and hiking to parts with no roads. There is awesome snorkeling on this island and usually no one else around (due to remoteness). There is a great Westin property on the West coast (facing St. Thomas). Once you drive 5 minutes away from that coast, the number of people you see drops to nearly 0. The beaches are not that special on either island compared to other places in the Caribbean, but they are still great.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: DP7 on October 13, 2013, 09:29:23 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the green iguana?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: smiles on December 31, 2013, 10:42:13 PM
Is there anywhere in St. Thomas to stay with points?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: DP7 on January 01, 2014, 06:57:22 AM

Is there anywhere in St. Thomas to stay with points?

You can use points at the Marriott or ritz although that may not give you the best value. There are also Best Westerns. Alternatively, you can take a ferry to St, John and stay at the Westin St. John using SPG points. 
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: ueaiouioei on January 13, 2014, 09:59:55 PM
I just spent a week in St. John. If anyone has any questions please feel free to pm me or ask here.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Fan of Dan on January 13, 2014, 10:29:33 PM
I just spent a week in St. John. If anyone has any questions please feel free to pm me or ask here.
Thanks for the offer. How about a trip report?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: dd321 on January 13, 2014, 11:53:12 PM

Thanks for the offer. How about a trip report?
+1
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: ueaiouioei on June 29, 2014, 11:58:06 AM
Sorry for the delay, heres my trip report from St. John.

Sunday – flight was delayed out of JFK so we only arrived on St. Thomas around 830. We payed the $120 or so to have the Westin pick us up straight from the airport and take us over to St. John on their own boat. Totally worth it. We docked at the Westin’s marina and were met on with music playing and free drinks! They gave us our room keys right at the dock and then brought our luggage to our room a few minutes later.

Monday – I picked up the car from Conrad car rentals. We caught the Westin’s afternoon “round the island” tour. The guy took us around on one of those pick up truck/open taxi’s. It was really nice. He stopped at a bunch of overlooks and at an old sugar processing plant. Then we went on the Westin’s sunset cruise. It left at 5 and sunset was at 5:55. It was a cloudy so we just enjoyed the nice boat. I tasted my first pain killer. It was amazing.

Tuesday – We slept in and then packed up our room to move to another room with that had a patio. Then we headed out to Trunk bay. Spent a couple of hours there. We rented snorkeling gear and went snorkeling in the reef. It was ok. Water was very rough and visibility was low so we couldn’t really see anything. Then we headed into town. First we went to Mongoose Junction and walked around the shops there. I bought locally brewed bottles of beer. They were very good. Then we headed to the main town, Wharfside village. Sat at a bar to drink (pain killer for me and diet coke for Miri). Walked around a bit more. Bought a huge (later we found out delicious) Mango for $5 from a lady selling fruit at a corner stand. Then we went to this little shop (http://www.ourmarketsmoothies.com/) where a guy took whole coconuts, chopped the top off and put in a straw. I mixed some rum into mine. It was amazing. He taught us two “life lessons”. One about always be nice to every one and another about having mercy. He was very entertaining and charged $4 for the coconut + $5 for  the rum. Then we came home, watched some friends and went to sleep.

Wed – We met the dive instructor at 9am at the pool. Miri got her first intro to diving. Then we spent the rest of the morning sun baking and playing in the pool. At 1:15 we headed to the dock and got onto the dive boat. It was just the two of us together with the dive master and captain. Miri did her first real dive. It was amazing. I was sooo happy. Then we came back and went back to the pool to relax. At around 4:30 we went back to the room to change and headed out to Dennis beach. It’s a tiny deserted beach that is down a path that breaks off from peace hill. It was like a 10 minute hike down and we stayed there for like 30 minutes until just before sunset so we would still have light to go up. Miri got some nice shots of the almost sunset though. Then we drove further up a bit, past cinnamon bay. We headed back, stopped at the supermarket, rented a video then came back.

Thursday – We booked in 10am spa sessions. It was absolutely heaven. Then we headed out on our round the island excursion. We circled the whole island and explored every publicly accessible road. Good thing we had a 4x4 jeep.

Friday – Shabbos started early so we didn’t have much time. The supermarkets had tons of kosher food. The one closer to the Westin even had “fresh” packaged Challah. We got ready for Shabbos and then at like 12 we rented a 10’ dinghy from the Westin and took it around to Trunk Bay. I must say, that was the highlight of my trip. It was amazing! I pulled up to the far end of Trunk bay to let Miri and our stuff off the dinghy. Then I had to take the dingy about 100’ out, tie it up to the mooring and then swim back. It felt like I was in heaven.
Shabbos – Shabbos was just nice and pleasant. We had a ground level room with a little table and two chairs right outside and had the seudos there. We spent most of the day around our room so that we wouldn’t have to lock the door. (doors are opened with a key card, I tried getting a room with a regular key but they don’t have any) When we did, inevitably get locked out,  I started explaining to one of the custodians why we needed them to open our door for us and they were like “oh, your jewish” and opened it right away. We went to the kitchen in the Westin’s restaurant and got hot water for our coffees Shabbos morning.

If you've got any questions feel free to PM me
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: efflpetzel on June 29, 2014, 06:13:02 PM
Nice TR!
Which airline did you fly with, points?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: ueaiouioei on July 01, 2014, 10:52:57 AM
Nice TR!
Which airline did you fly with, points?

Thanks!

I've never actually found any good point tickets to St. Thomas (from NYC). Avios officially has but I check all the time and have never seen any available, I look all the time. I ended up getting a great deal on Kayak. $384 round trip on Delta from JFK with a stop over in ATL on the way back.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: nirc on December 11, 2014, 03:01:57 PM
My cruise stops in St Thomas for 1 day. Any suggestions on what to see/ do in that short amount of time?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: Marco Polo on December 11, 2014, 03:02:27 PM
My cruise stops in St Thomas for 1 day. Any suggestions on what to see/ do in that short amount of time?
Check out the shul there. Very cool and has sand floors. Up a very very steep hill though.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: yos9694 on December 11, 2014, 04:34:02 PM
Check out the shul there. Very cool and has sand floors. Up a very very steep hill though.

Agree that's a worthwhile stop. Not a whole lot of great stuff on STT though, I much preferred St. John, especially the east end and the no road areas of the national park. One thing you might enjoy on STT is taking the cable car up the mountain, it's a very very touristy thing to do but there is a nice view (was able to see PR from there), a few hikes for better views, and if you like parrots there is a lady there who does a parrot show a few times a day.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: nirc on December 11, 2014, 04:43:51 PM
Agree that's a worthwhile stop. Not a whole lot of great stuff on STT though, I much preferred St. John, especially the east end and the no road areas of the national park. One thing you might enjoy on STT is taking the cable car up the mountain, it's a very very touristy thing to do but there is a nice view (was able to see PR from there), a few hikes for better views, and if you like parrots there is a lady there who does a parrot show a few times a day.

my stop in STT is from 7-5pm, do i have enough time to go to st john or is it not worth it?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: yos9694 on December 11, 2014, 08:26:47 PM
Not enough time
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: CS1 on December 11, 2014, 09:16:15 PM
Not enough time
+1

Technically time is there, but not enjoyable to get onto another boat and rush to and from St. John.
Similar, empty beaches can be found on St. Thomas if you research well and take a taxi over the hills -- and you can see the amazing Megan's Bay and buy some delicious mangos:
(http://www.internationaleducationmedia.com/virgin_islands/gallery/Magens%20Bay%20%20St%20Thomas%20%20U%20S%20Virgin%20Islands%20uid%201006124.jpg)
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: davidmal on March 01, 2017, 05:21:15 PM
Bump....
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: davidmal on March 01, 2017, 11:58:39 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=60022.0

I meant in the wiki

Ok I did it.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: pointer on April 30, 2019, 02:31:13 PM
Trying to figure out where to stay close to chabad and its very confusing,
where is the shul located? how about where they do the shabbos meal? not much info on the website

I see a few addresses, on chabad.org: 6501 Red Hook Plaza STE 201 St. Thomas, VI (google maps points to a paking lot)
on the main website jewishvirginislands.com, I see 19 main st. mentioned, which according to google maps does not exist
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: shmuels2 on April 30, 2019, 02:43:36 PM
Trying to figure out where to stay close to chabad and its very confusing,
where is the shul located? how about where they do the shabbos meal? not much info on the website

I see a few addresses, on chabad.org: 6501 Red Hook Plaza STE 201 St. Thomas, VI (google maps points to a paking lot)
on the main website jewishvirginislands.com, I see 19 main st. mentioned, which according to google maps does not exist

Previously I believe the best location for Shabbos proximity was the Ritz which has not yet reopened after Irma. They're aiming for Fall 2019. Main St address is for weekdays only, and the Red Hook address is for mailing only. I think the Elysian resort and The Anchorage are decent location as well. This is to the best of my recollection. Probably a good idea to just call Rabbi Federman.
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: pointer on April 30, 2019, 02:46:54 PM
Previously I believe the best location for Shabbos proximity was the Ritz which has not yet reopened after Irma. They're aiming for Fall 2019. Main St address is for weekdays only, and the Red Hook address is for mailing only. I think the Elysian resort and The Anchorage are decent location as well. This is to the best of my recollection. Probably a good idea to just call Rabbi Federman.
Idk why its so difficult to find an add.
So whats the add. for weekday? 19 main. st. ? nothing comes up on google maps
how about shabbos? the meals?
Title: Re: St Thomas Island
Post by: shmuels2 on April 30, 2019, 02:56:42 PM
Idk why its so difficult to find an add.
So whats the add. for weekday? 19 main. st. ? nothing comes up on google maps
how about shabbos? the meals?

Things are a bit more "complicated" on the island. Or, if you prefer, "backward". Everyone there knows "Main Street" but looking at Google Maps it seems that that's not the proper name. Or maybe it has two names, one from the Danes and one from the English. Dunno. Shabbos meals/davening when I was there were hosted in the shliach's house. This is a few years back. If I recall correctly the address doesn't really register on Google Maps either, it goes along with some explaining of twists and turns. That may be the reason it's not there, or maybe they just don't want their home address posted.