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(@connie)
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Days were winding down and in a way I wanted to stay, but also wanted to go home to see my Daughter and cats.

Some final thoughts....

Mountaintop...it's gorgeous up there. Everyone should take a drive to it if you have a car or another way to get there. You can see forever.

The people.....we met so many people that live on STT and we had a great time. It seemed like everywhere we went we saw somebody we knew.

Beaches....Sapphire and Coki for snorkeling. LinqVist/Linquist for just a beautiful beach.

Eating.....Blue Moon, Molly Mallones, and Lattitude 18. All on the water and very relaxing.

Driving....don't worry about driving on the left. It almost comes naturally after a short while. Beware of the roads near Red Hook. Under construction and pot holes are HUGE.

Best Day....definetly renting Noah's Little Arks on St. John. Everybody should do that. It's reasonable and easy (except for trying to get back into the dinghy). I'll also remember when it was pouring and everybody was getting out of the water. You're already wet!! We were sitting in the water with our friends and our beers and just talking and the water turned even a color that is hard to describe.

Worst Day.....Coming home. No problem with our flight from STT to Puerto Rico, but we got stuck in PR airport for over 4 hours.....was suppose to get home to Philly at 9:30 and didn't arrive till 2 AM our time. It was horrible and I don't think I'll make that connection again if we can avoid it. We were exhausted when we got home and above that we had have somebody pick us up. Went right to bed, but couldn't sleep.

This trip was well worth it though. We've found our place to go and can't wait to get back.

Hope to rent our Villa from last May...oceancliffvilla.com. Working on that right now and hopefully we can make it back.

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 12:38 pm
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Hi Connie,

Enjoyed reading your trip report. So glad you had a great time. Your HB's birthday sounds like you had an adventure. Love to rent a dingy but a little reluctant.

I'm interested about your stay at Sapphire. Where is this resort located? How is the beach for snorkeling? Is the beach nice? Close to Coki beach? Restaurants? General information? We won't be renting a car . Don't mind cabbing it.

Next May, we will be staying a week on St John in a villa but we want to spend 2 nights in St Thomas. I have been researching but I need a personal reference. I like Secret Harbor but any other suggestions?

Thanks for any info or help.

Grace

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 1:37 pm
(@vi-lover)
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Thanks so much for the trip reports! Great job - your fun times and passion for the islands really comes out in your recaps. Here's hoping your return visit can be as much fun --- and soon!

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 3:50 pm
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Don't be reluctant to rent a dinghy. It's actually very easy and a great way from the water to see the beauty of St. John, St. Thomas, all the islands in between and even up to Tortola. I was a little nervous, but if you hug the coast line, you're fine. Well worth the money. The only regret that I have is that we didn't rent it for more then 4 hours. 8 hours seemed liked a long time...maybe 6 hours would of been perfect. I just wasn't sure if I could take the sun for 8 hours..

Sapphire Beach is located in Red Hook, probably only about a mile from the ferry. The beach is good for snorkeling. Most people go off to the right, where there's a reef, but we found that the far left was much better. Also, the beach at Sapphire is kept very clean. Some people have had problems with Sapphire units. Some are kept up very nicely, while others have had problems with their accomodations. For the money we paid, we couldn't complain at all.

Plenty of restaurants in Red Hook, so there's no worry there. If you're going to be staying near Red Hook, you may not need a car, but cab fares can add up fast. You can rent a car right at Sapphire from Budget if you decide to change your mind about that.

Secret Harbor looked very nice, with alot of people snorkeling off the beach. I believe that your rental for the 2 nights could cost you alot more then Sapphire.

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 5:20 pm
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Thanks Connie. I appreciate the information.

Did you have any problems steering the dingy?

What kind of room did you have at Sapphire Beach. Ocean view, garden view? Can you give me a ballpark figure on the rental a night?

Good to know about the car rental. Is Sapphire close to Coki Beach?

Thanks. If I have any more questions, I'll pm you, if you don't mind.

Grace

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 6:18 pm
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Excellent Connie!
Enjoyed reading your daily activities!
I truly enjoyed getting to meet and visit with you and Hubby once again (First time ever too brief at the airport)!
Lookin' forward to seeing you next time! 🙂

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 6:20 pm
(@connie)
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Grace, I pm'd you, hope it helps.

Sherri...enjoyed meeting you a jeff too. It's so nice to drive around the island and see different places. I appreciate your warm welcome.

Trying for May for our next visit...we'll see...airfare is out of hand right now. We'll keep on looking and try to put something together.

Until then, I'll obsess.

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 8:24 pm
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Hey Connie , Im going to try the dingy rental next time down , it is one of the few things I have yet to do ! How much was the 6 hour rental ?

 
Posted : November 18, 2007 8:59 pm
(@connie)
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tmanvi....you either get a 4 hour rental or and 8 hour rental.

We took a 4 hour and it was 75.00 with a 10.00 fuel charge. The 8 hour (husbands things) was 125.00 with a 20.00 fuel charge.

It was alot of fun.

 
Posted : November 19, 2007 9:07 am

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