A Week of Solid Rain - What to Do?  

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Otterpup1967
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We arrived at the Sapphire Beach Resort last night (5/16/11) and are staying until next Monday. It has been raining (torrential rain) almost constantly, since we arrived and is supposed to rain 24/7 for our entire stay. 🙁

Can anyone offer suggestions of fun things to do, considering there will apparently be no good weather for us while we're here? We're going to visit Coral World tomorrow and probably shop at Charlotte Amalie this weekend, but what else can we keep ourselves occupied doing? I know if it's a gentle rain, we can still snorkel, but the rains have not been gentle as of yet.

This trip is my graduation gift to my daughter, who just graduated from high school on Sunday. I'd like for it not to be a complete washout and waste of time & money. I'd appreciate any input anyone can provide!

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Posted : May 17, 2011 8:13 pm
NYBill
(@nybill)
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I'm so unbelievably annoyed at this too. My wife and I are arriving Thursday and staying until next Thursday. Our first vacation in 4 years and we come during probably the rainiest week of all time down there outside of hurricane season. :X Wish I could just cancel the trip altogether.

Maybe they'll be wrong and we'll get a few decent days.

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Posted : May 17, 2011 9:09 pm
Otterpup1967
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Yeah, I know what you mean. Very, very frustrating. 🙁

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Posted : May 17, 2011 9:18 pm
VaBeach
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Seriously? I've been watching the web cams and I am starting but trying not to freak...we arrive Saturday......I understand the weather forecast usually calls for rain each day but NOT all day every day. We are taking our anniversary trip in May instead of October because we seem to hit the bad weather in October (our actual anniversary)....even in VEGAS and ARUBA. Please tell the rain gods that the cisterns are full and the island is green.

So, how long does it take after the rains for the water to clear up for snorkeling...

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Posted : May 17, 2011 9:47 pm
NYBill
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Actually, I just checked again and the forecast has improved significantly since I last checked a few days ago. Not looking nearly as horrible as it was the last time I checked. Here's what I'm seeing now on accuweather.com:
http://www.accuweather.com/us/vi/saint-thomas/00801/forecast-month.asp

Last time I looked a few days ago it literally showed rain every single day of our stay, but this now looks more promising. Have hope everyone!

A quick question for those of you who live there or are familiar with the area: since it has rained SO much lately, should we even bother bringing our hiking shoes? My were hoping to spend 1-2 days on St. John hiking the trails in the park, but since it has rained so much lately I imagine they will be in terrible shape this week, right? Just curious if anybody knows if any of them are paved by chance, or at least made from packed stone. Any info would be appreciated. 🙂

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Posted : May 17, 2011 9:59 pm
STT Resident
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Island Expert

It didn't rain constantly today and I'm very close to Sapphire - maybe half a mile away at most. We sorely needed some rain after what was almost designated an official drought and this won't last. In fact right now I can see the moon shining brightly with the skies just partially cloudy.

This site
www.weathercarib.com
is more accurate where our local weather is concerned.

Here's the Sapphire webcam:

www.sapphireinthesun.com

I'd definitely bring your hiking shoes. The ground is easily absorbing the water! Enjoy!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 12:04 am
NYBill
(@nybill)
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Thank you so much! I'm feeling much more optimistic now and very much looking forward to visiting your beautiful island 🙂

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Posted : May 18, 2011 12:11 am
Otterpup1967
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Still looking really bad for us for our entire trip. Yes, it's not raining now, but at night, who cares what it's doing? Let's switch this timing around and have the rain at night and the clear skies during the day. I'm going to keep hoping, but I'm not going to hold my breath that our trip will be saved. 🙁

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Posted : May 18, 2011 1:12 am
NYBill
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NYBill wrote:
Actually, I just checked again and the forecast has improved significantly since I last checked a few days ago. Not looking nearly as horrible as it was the last time I checked. Here's what I'm seeing now on accuweather.com:
http://www.accuweather.com/us/vi/saint-thomas/00801/forecast-month.asp

Ugh, now the accuweather forecast changed overnight and is alot worse again this morning. 🙁

I'm going to stop looking at the weather forecast altogether now, as it's just driving me nuts and making me mad.:S

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Posted : May 18, 2011 7:36 am
STT Resident
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Island Expert

Wake up, Otterpup. At 7AM the sun is up under blue skies and I'm putting a load of wash in so it can dry outside today. Stop looking at accuweather!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 8:18 am
On Island Time
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Reputable Member

I'll be more than happy to trade places with you, I'll take the rain on STT and you can go to work for me...LOL!!! Forget about the rain and enjoy your vacations with you family.

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Posted : May 18, 2011 9:49 am
FL Barrier Islander
(@fl-barrier-islander)
Honorable Member

It's a beautiful day today! Sun is shining. Go to the beach! Enjoy!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 9:49 am
VaBeach
(@vabeach)
Active Member

yay!!!!! 3 days and a wakeup!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 10:22 am
Pia
 Pia
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Gorgeous today 🙂

Pia

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Posted : May 18, 2011 11:09 am
NYBill
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Thanks everybody 🙂

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Posted : May 18, 2011 11:42 am
T Shirt1
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On one of my trips it rained five days straight - not quite all day but every day. If I remember that's when TD Noel formed over the territory. I found a place with Wifi right on the water and caught up on some of my reading with St John and BVI in the background. Beautiful view and very relaxing. Also hit some of the restaurants and bars, people watched and chatted with folks - in the east end and downtown. Even managed to ride the safari in between showers. But that's pretty much what I enjoy doing when I go somewhere so the rain wasn't a deal breaker. I understand that the rain is a disappointment for those whose heart is set on sunning on the beach. But there is still plenty to do and I rarely let a little rain get between me and a good time. 🙂

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Posted : May 18, 2011 11:52 am
HollyA
(@hollya)
Eminent Member

I'm praying to, we arrive tommorow and I too looked at the forcast and was upset. this is our 30th wedding anniversary vacation and 1st trip to the tropics. The weather here in Erie has also been unbelievable. 40's this week and just got to 60 today, but rain rain rain. So here's hoping by some miracle, it turns out to be beautiful !!!!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 12:06 pm
NYBill
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Active Member

So Otterpup, how was your day today? It looked a little cloudy but quite gorgeous today on the Sapphire webcam. I've had it open all day on my desktop (yeah, I really need a vacation) 😀

Arriving around 3 tomorrow, can't wait!

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Posted : May 18, 2011 5:55 pm
MonkeyGirl
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I wouldn't cancel my trip to St. Thomas if I were you. The forecast is almost always wrong...when I bother to look, that is. Sunny today, even on Mountain Top! (..and I did check the forecast this week. "They" said it was going to rain.)

A few days ago I played tourist with my fiancee. We hopped from restaurant to shop dodging the raindrops. It was fun! I would've taken pictures, but we were laughing too much. Life isn't really about waiting for storms to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain, right? The sun is a little overrated. You only need about 10 mins of sun/ day.

Welp, that's my two cents and it's worth every penny! Enjoy the VI!!!

-Tara

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Posted : May 18, 2011 6:11 pm
John
 John
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One of the things I enjoyed while living there was really rainy days and nights. From the pitter-patter of the rain on the thin roof above you at night lulling you to sleep, to walking around in 80F heat with rain drenching you.

It is rare down there, and is an experience worth having.

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Posted : May 18, 2011 10:29 pm
photobabe
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New Member

The weather here at home is really bad. I am desperate for some sunshine. We are leaving here on Saturday for our first vacation in four years. I think I will lose my mind if it rains the entire trip. I do not enjoy rainy days on vacation. I am not seeking rain. Should I cancel my trip?

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Posted : May 19, 2011 10:53 am
VaBeach
(@vabeach)
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We arrive on Saturday as well. The thought has never crossed my mind to cancel. Just remember to bring your sunscreen! You will need it.

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Posted : May 19, 2011 11:44 am
STT Resident
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Island Expert

photobabe wrote:
The weather here at home is really bad. I am desperate for some sunshine. We are leaving here on Saturday for our first vacation in four years. I think I will lose my mind if it rains the entire trip. I do not enjoy rainy days on vacation. I am not seeking rain. Should I cancel my trip?

We would all hate you to lose your mind and hope that, if you do so, it won't be on island as we have limited resources where mental health facilities are concerned!

Guess poster Otterpup hasn't had a problem since there's been nothing from him/her since a little after midnight on the 17th when it was indeed raining. The 18th dawned beautiful and remained so. Late night the 18th more rain, this morning started off overclouded but no rain and it's still partially cloudy but no rain and the sun keeps poking through. Nice breeze, no worries. This is on the East end of STT and, as has been said many times before, it can rain in one small area and not in another wherever your vacation home base is located. Do stop fussing!

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Posted : May 19, 2011 1:07 pm
ddemarte
(@ddemarte)
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STT Resident--I like your attitude. My wife and I will be arriving on the rock next Tuesday and all I've heard is how depressed shes getting just thinking about it raining the entire week of our vacation. Having lived in St. Thomas for five years, mostly on the east end, I'm aware of the vagaries of rainfall in the islands. Hope Otterpup is getting some sunshine...sure will be interesting to get an update from him.

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Posted : May 19, 2011 1:31 pm
STT Resident
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Island Expert

ddemarte wrote:
STT Resident--I like your attitude. My wife and I will be arriving on the rock next Tuesday and all I've heard is how depressed shes getting just thinking about it raining the entire week of our vacation.

Duct tape works well if you're tired of hearing the moaning and groaning. Just put a little hole in it center-mouth so a straw can be inserted and used to take in a few rum punches which are great stress-relievers ... 😀

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Posted : May 19, 2011 3:04 pm
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