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First Time to VI on 9/27. What to do/see/eat?

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(@miro1602)
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I'll be traveling (for the very first time) to the USVI, more specifically to St. Thomas, and staying for a week at the Ritz Carlton on 9/27. It'll be my husband and I, and two boys (age 13 & 14). Any advice on, well, pretty much everything???

We're adventurous eaters, the boys are active/like excursions, and shopping doesn't hurt either. 😉

Also, any tips on the weather and how we should pack? How to arrange airport travel to the hotel? What other islands to visit? Activities to do (and NOT do)? An amazing restaurant or a local delicacy we shouldn't miss?

Celebrating a birthday (both myself & my son) and I want to make sure we have the best trip possible! Thanks!

 
Posted : September 17, 2014 5:14 pm
(@stt-resident)
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If you go to the top of this page and scroll down "St Thomas" you'll find a ton of activity suggestions to go through. A day on St John is always a "must" and you can take your rental car over there as long as you don't rent from Hertz which doesn't allow it (ferry schedule top right this page). You can also take day trips - ferry or charter - to the BVI and passports are required for that. You are, of course, renting a car? That's a huge "must". A daysail is the highlight of many a visitor's trip. The concierges at the Ritz will give you a ton of suggestions on things to do and see.

Weather is always lovely! If you have more than a carry-on for each of you you've packed way too much so put it all back in the closet. Pack plenty of sunscreen and Deet-containing bug repellent.

Taxi service from the airport is a well-oiled operation. You simply tell the dispatcher where you're headed and he'll put you into the next air conditioned taxi van going your way. Taxi rates see under "transportation" above.

Enjoy your birthdays and a wonderful visit!

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 8:43 am
(@plasticpirogue)
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We have been five times in the last 4 years. Each time we go, we have packed too much "stuff"....and every time we pack we remember that and pack less.....and we are still taking too many clothes to the islands. Heed STT Resident's recommendations.

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 1:38 pm
(@miro1602)
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STTResident & Plasticpirogue, Thank you! I'm a huge overpacked so that definitely helps! 😉

 
Posted : September 18, 2014 1:54 pm
(@chris-at-work)
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Packing:
Lay everything you think you'll need out on the bed and go make a rum punch (get in the mood don't ya know). Come back and cut what you have on the bed in half (not literally, although depends on strength of your punch I suppose 8-)). Go get another drink and repeat.
Even after following this practice you'll still have some things you'll never wear. Don't forget to bring and use the sun block regardless of the weather forecast.

 
Posted : September 20, 2014 5:51 pm
(@caretaker)
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They totally know what their saying. Every time we have guest we say bring only a carry on. So many people over pack. You need a bathing suit flip flops shorts tee shirts and a sun dress. hat and the leave the bling at home. The strongest sunscreen out there. and reapply many times a day. If you don't live here your skin will burn. and the tops sun glasses. cheap so if you leave them behind oh well enjoy.

 
Posted : September 21, 2014 9:42 am
(@c_ray6)
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I am bringing nothing but what I can fit in my back pack this trip. One that will fit under my airline seat.

 
Posted : September 22, 2014 10:07 am
(@miro1602)
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You guys are killing me! lol. I'm a huge overpacker and can't understand how I'm supposed to survive with one or two sundresses and a swimsuit. I'll do my very best to keep it to a minimum...

What's the weather like? Hurricane? Storm watch?? I just barely missed Hurricane Odile in Cabo San Lucas (decided last minute not to risk going down there. Phew!) and I'm nervous about this Flash Flood watch I've heard St. Thomas is going to have???

 
Posted : September 25, 2014 10:04 pm
(@stt-resident)
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No hurricanes on the horizon, a few downpours today - just a silly little front going through and the rain is interspersed with blue skies and sunshine. Whenever we get more than a drizzle there's a "flash flood watch". Stop worrying - just pack a few clothes and lots of sunscreen and Deet-containing repellent!

 
Posted : September 26, 2014 12:48 pm

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