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 dean
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Hello,

I am going back to St. John for my 5th time. This time, however, I would like to visit some of the other islands that I have heard good things about. Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. I would like to spend one to two days on each island... I think.

I always stay at Concrodia Echo tents in St. John, and was wondering if there was another echo type resort on these islands as well. If not, where can my girlfriend and I stay, while enjoying nature and tranquility?

I also need to know the following:

Car rental?
Places to eat?
Beaches?
Night life?

And most importantly, should we plan to come directly from St. Thomas to Tortola and/or Jost? How do we get from one island to the other? Would it be easier to do those islands first, then stay on St. john for the remainder, or use St. John as a base and venture out from there during our stay?

I am flexible as far as dates go. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much!

Dean

 
Posted : October 16, 2008 5:33 pm
(@rickg)
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Jost has White Bay Campground, with a couple of options from baresite to a duplex with a/c. Tortola has Brewers Bay, but its more like Cinnamon Bay Campground. I've stayed at both and had a good time. Brewers Bay does get hard when it rains.

http://www.ivanscampground.com/

http://www.b-v-i.com/ocean.htm#Brewer%27s%20Bay

Cheers, RickG

 
Posted : October 16, 2008 7:09 pm
 dean
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Thanks Rick! Exactly what I was hoping to find.

Does anyone have any advice on getting there and other questions I posted earlier?

Thanks everyone!

Dean

 
Posted : October 17, 2008 4:22 pm
 TomB
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There is no place like home...

I think I would hit
Tortola first chill enjoy the blue water
Hit Jost rested ready to party
and then come home to STJ to insure you return home in the right head

 
Posted : October 17, 2008 5:37 pm
 dean
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Nice!

DaNg! I LiKe Da WaY YoU TinK Mon!

Thank you Tom!

Anyone else got any answers?

Dean

 
Posted : October 17, 2008 6:22 pm
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Stay at Ivan's in one of his cabins, primative but heaven on earth. Spend a little time at each of the places on White Bay, they each have a different vibe. Walk the hill into town and eat at Corsairs, also highly recommend their breakfast burrito if they've got their pork chili made. If no chili, try a Pirate Sandwich. Kick off your shoes and dance at Foxy's. Walk or taxi back to Ivan's. Rental car not needed, the Bubbly pool's walkable if you need some good exercise.

 
Posted : October 17, 2008 8:18 pm
 dean
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OH!

KEEP THE GREAT IDEAS COMING!

So far, all of you have my trip pretty much planned for me! Great suggestions. Please keep any and ll suggestions coming!
=)

Dean

 
Posted : October 17, 2008 8:40 pm
(@clevelanddave)
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Hi Dean

I'd hit the BVIs first then slip over to STJ. You don't want to clear customs every trip doing the BVIs from STJ as a base (and vice versa).

Tortola car rental: Jerry's is my fav. http://www.jerrysrental.com/ He'll meet you at the ferry...his rates a great...his vehicles are fine
Others speak very highly of Denzil Cline also.

I've heard that the campground at Brewers has become very run down. Unfortunately its the only campground on Tortola. Cane Garden Bay would be a good place for a day or two. There are some pretty cheap places to stay there and the action is there. Myett's http://www.myettent.com/ and Mongoose Apts http://www.mongooseapartments.com/ are two good ones.

For beaches on Tortola: Smugglers, Brewers, Long Bay, Cane Garden Bay and Long Bay-Beef Is are your basic choices. Snorkeling from shore is so-so with the left side of Brewers and the left side of Long Bay - Beef Is. being the best.

You'll get all the nightlife you'll want between Bomba's (Apple Bay) and the bars in CGB. Don't miss Quito in CGB if he's playing.

Restaurants: Palm's Delight - Carrot Bay, Banakeet - Windy Hill, Myett's - CGB, Roti Palace - Road Town, Jolly Roger - West End, North Shore Shell Museum - Carrot Bay

Dave

 
Posted : October 18, 2008 1:10 am
 dean
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Dave!

This is fantastic! Thanks so much to everyone who has given me input.

We are thinking about going in May now, so if anyone can help with more info, like recent trip experiences OR that can recommend travel books to read about the British Virgins Islands, that would be great!

Thanks so much everybody.

Dean

 
Posted : October 20, 2008 10:34 am

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