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 TomB
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We made it - No problems from USAir through CLT

We arrived at Coconut Coast Villas to be invited over to Champagne and Cocktails for Sunset. A couple folks were playing flutes and we were surrounded by great art. This made our first evening a very enjoyable welcome.

Day 2 - Spent pretty much the whole day at Solomon's Beach - We walked from Coconut Coast and did the LInd Trail over the hill. Had the beach pretty much to ourselves life is good.

We have our Jeep now so it is beach time. Check into Villa Maria this Afternoon.

Not a hippie - Coconut Coast may fit your budget and a car really is not required for a 4 day getaway. It is right on Turner Bay.

 
Posted : April 10, 2009 9:29 am
(@bnsilly)
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More~~~~ 🙂

 
Posted : April 10, 2009 9:55 am
(@vi-lover)
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Oh my gosh - that Day 2 picture is making me salivate! Have a great time - more photos, please!

VI

 
Posted : April 10, 2009 1:49 pm
 TomB
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Day 3 was a chill day. Good Friday and downtown Cruz Bay was pretty quiet.
Went to Good Friday services and then it was time for Villa Maria.
The place is everything and more than what we hoped for - No picture can really do justice to the views.

Today the rest of group joins us, but we are headed to Gibney's till they get here.

 
Posted : April 11, 2009 7:54 am
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Tom - thanks for the photos & updates. The Solomon photo is terrific, looks like a swimming pool. Hope you are having a great time. (tu)

--Islander

 
Posted : April 11, 2009 10:20 pm
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Nice shots! Keep us informed!

 
Posted : April 11, 2009 10:52 pm
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Hello- Hope you are having a great trip we did- just got back! We have some photos we would like to share and don't know how. Could you help us with some info please? Thanks Dave and Denise!

 
Posted : April 12, 2009 11:38 am
 TomB
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Choppersd - I am sure Islander can talk you through posting pictures.

Well the gang is all here and we had a great morning at Easter Services - two hours of singing. clapping, and community - Wow.

After church we headed to Maho - No turtles but lots of sea life, blue water, and sun

Jazz at Beach Bar was excellent! Bushwackers were good also 😀

Dinner at the villa - No restaurants in STJ equals the menu tonight, wine noteworthy, and Prosecco and fresh mango for desert.

Life is good!

 
Posted : April 12, 2009 9:57 pm
(@reefrunner)
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Happy Easter. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

 
Posted : April 12, 2009 11:52 pm
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Great photo's, looking forward to seeing more!

Molly

 
Posted : April 13, 2009 2:41 pm
 TomB
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Up early and off to Waterlemon to beat the crowds. It worked! Turtles were everywhere and the water was calm and beautiful. Seems there are a lot of small children on island, but I guess that makes sense with Easter break. We snorkeled for about 2 hours. Out and around the Cay. The starfish were out in force.

Worked up a great hunger so over the mountain to Skinny Legs for a fun lunch.

Of course we had to make a stop on the way back to Cruz Bay for the panoramic views looking towards Coral Bay and the BVI.

Chilln’ poolside and it appears we are off to Red Hook for dinner.

Have a happy!

 
Posted : April 13, 2009 4:02 pm
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How far is the swim to Waterlemon Cay from it's shortest path, Tom? How was the current around the Cay? Did you take a rest on the Cay?

My wife and I want to do that snorkel this May. She is a little nervous in the distance from shore.

Thanks,

Tim

 
Posted : April 13, 2009 4:41 pm
(@jennybug302001)
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Awesome pics!! I am so jealous (tu)

Jeniffer
Corpus Christi, TX

 
Posted : April 14, 2009 4:24 pm
 TomB
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Reefrunner I am not ignoring you and will answer your question upon my return
I am sure others can chime in

Today was a Nauti Nymph to the BVI - thanks to Capt Calvin another great trip

Life is VERY GOOD

Btw dinner last night at Lotus in Red Hook
VERY VERY VERY VERY Slow
but the meal is one of the finest I have had in the islands.

 
Posted : April 14, 2009 9:49 pm
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Reefrunner

Distance is about 50-60 yards before you get to shallows. Technically, you are not to actually stop on the Cay. In May, I wouldn't think the currents to be rough at all although it gets stronger as you travel along the west end.

 
Posted : April 14, 2009 11:55 pm
(@klsherrick)
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What camera did you use for the underwater pictures?
Looking for a new camera before vacation....

 
Posted : April 15, 2009 12:12 am
(@reefrunner)
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Chris,

I appreciate the reply. I will call the park service, whether or not it is ok to rest for a very short time. But with 60yards or even 100 yards that is not very far.

Cheers

Tim

 
Posted : April 15, 2009 4:50 am
 TomB
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Good Morning got early the villa is quiet.

I never knew the rule about resting on the Cay. If you swim directly to it from the point Chris is probably right on.
As you swim parallel with it heading west there is a small sandy beach where you can approach with no fears of hitting sea fans or urchins. We swam around the cay in a clockwise directions. The currents were not bad at all, but I am sure could be on a busy day.

We are going to NPS for the Reef trail hike tomorrow - I will ask and confirm if stops on the cay are allowed.

 
Posted : April 15, 2009 7:39 am
(@reefrunner)
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Tom,

Thanks for the info. I appreciate your time.

I just sent an email to the National Park Service inquiring about taking a break on the island. I hope to receive some clarification.

Cheers

Tim

 
Posted : April 15, 2009 2:42 pm
 TomB
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Sorry Jennybug I read past your post.
The camera I am using is an Olympus Stylus 1050SW. Got it at COSCO in a kit for $189 the week before we left. I was not going to get one and said what the heck and grabbed it on the way out. Lucky I did my good camera (not underwater) was not working upon arrival and still is not. So the little point and shoot is the primary.

I did check with the NPS and yes you can go up on Waterlemon Cay. However you cannot and should not put yourself in a position to damage any coral/fans/etc... Which is pretty hard to do unless you enter the island at the point right in front of the small beach.

Reef Bay trail yesterday was fun and we learned a lot. The snorkel at Reef Bay was awful. The one thing I did learn about the hike when you do it with the NPS is that you also get a parking place at the NPS while you are on the hike. They give you a permit to stick in your windsheild. Make your reservations early!

 
Posted : April 17, 2009 7:53 am
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