Is October a bad idea?
My husband and I will be in St. Thomas in the end of October. We have not had a trip alone since the first kid was born 16 years ago. I really want this experience to be special. My concern is our timing== will we still be able to enjoy the water activities? I would love for him to be able to snorkel (he has never) and I am worried that October was the wrong time to pick.
Also, what is the weather like in October? We are outdoor people and have no intention of spending five days stuck in a motel room!
Any ideas for fun things we can do that might be "off the beaten path"?
Weatherwise, one month is pretty much like another in the USVI. October is the middle of our hurricane season, but unless a named storm is heading our way, you should be fine. I would certainly suggest travel insurance, in case you have to make a change.
You made a great choice; October is my favorite time of year here!
October is perhaps the BEST month, if there are no hurricanes. The water is still pretty warm (about 78 - 75 degrees) and the there are very few people here. So you can do what ever you want to do. Since this is a very special trip I suggest that you do a day sail or a power boat sail to the BVI (you will need pass ports if you go to the BVI). Also a dinner boat ride is not a bad idea.
We went last year in October & LOVED it! The crowds are gone. (unless there is a cruise ship in town)
We are going back this year in October as well. This time we are going to St. Croix. We went to St. Thomas & St. John last year.
The weather was great! Upper 80's every day, nice cooled off temps. at night.(somewhat)
The water temp is ideal for snorkeling. Coki beach was a fav. as well as Magens.
If your there on a weekend , the Marriot Frenchmen's Reef has an awesome brunch at thier Windows on the Harbor restaurant! YUMMO!
Gladys in Charlotte Amalie is a great place for breakfast as well. I point out breakfast because that is the meal we found hardest to find a place for. Dinner was never an issue.
Hope I was of help to you. Have a great time.
In recent years, due to the greater number of tropical weather disturbances that pass through/near our area, there has been a high frequency of rain showers during the month of October. The result has been that from mid October until late November the mosquito population has been abundant.
I've sent you a PM.
"..the mosquito population has been abundant" -- heh, reminds me of my trip last September. There had been quite a bit of rain before we got there, and the first few days we were there. The cisterns were full, but that meant a breeding frenzy for the "mossies", too. If there's anything negative to say about STJ, I would say the mosquitos. But, that just meant we had to spend more time in the water to avoid them. Sometimes curses can be good.
I like to head down a week or so before Halloween and stay until Thanksgiving. Not many people there yet but a lot of the places are starting to 'wake up' for the season.
Thanks everyone! This will be our first trip to the islands but I don't think it will be our last. I can't wait to get there!