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(@briz5)
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I posted a week or so ago about traveling with our small children. Due to the responses we received on this site, we are now thinking Hawaii might be a better option, however, we've been there already adn would prefer something new. Am I putting my family at risk by bringing them to St Thomas? If you had children, would you choose a VRBO or a hotel/resort? We are still hoping to go in mid July.

 
Posted : January 13, 2012 8:22 pm
(@seabreeze19)
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Yes, I would bring my children to St. Thomas.
The responses you received on the other thread were exaggerations by some unhappy residents/visitors.
Last time I checked Hawaii has crime too, especially with "Ice", which is a more dangerous form of meth.
I don't believe a town like Mayberry exists in America anymore, unfortunately.
You're damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Come on down and enjoy St. Thomas. Your family will have a great time.

 
Posted : January 13, 2012 9:31 pm
(@exit-zero)
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St Thomas is a fine place to visit with young children -- any problems here are usually experienced later at night and have nothing to do with family vacations and activities - the Kids will Love It!!

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 1:31 am
(@fl-barrier-islander)
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Consider staying on Water Island. Still close enough to enjoy all the things St. Thomas has to offer yet always safe, quiet, peaceful, and perfect for families. Children and adults enjoy Honeymoon Beach which is described best on this web site "Honeymoon Beach is a pretty, white sand beach. The shore is lined with palm trees. Small palm frond umbrella huts offer shade and there is a shed on the beach. The beach is typically surf free and deepens gradually so is perfect for small children. The crystal clear water is inviting and offers fair snorkeling. The beach is usually sparsely populated on weekdays except for a couple hours in the afternoon when a boat charter stops in. It is a favorite for residents on weekends, particularly on Sundays." You can find out more about Water Island and the things to do there by visiting the web site
http://www.waterislandwica.com/IslandLife

Disclaimer: I have a vacation rental home on Water Island. http://www.flamingopointusvi.com/

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 8:05 am
(@linda-j)
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STT hosts thousands of families with children every year. You will love it.

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 8:54 am
(@stt-resident)
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Hundreds of thousands of visitors, a good percentage of them with children, thoroughly enjoy vacationing here every year, many of them returning year after year. Some of the responses on that other thread were totally outrageous and surprised me no end (as I believe evidenced by my responses). Unless part of your vacation plan includes diving down dark alleys in the wee hours of the morning looking for illicit drugs, you've not a thing to fear! Have fun! 😀

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 11:02 am
(@briz5)
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Thank you so much! Booked our flight May 30-June 6th. Can't wait! Need to find a place to stay now!

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 1:59 pm
(@stt-resident)
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briz5 wrote:
Thank you so much! Booked our flight May 30-June 6th. Can't wait! Need to find a place to stay now!

Check out condo rentals on www.vrbo.com at Sapphire, Point Pleasant, Cowpet, Elysian. Especially with children in tow it's great to have a kitchen so even if you're planning on eating out every night you can make your own breakfasts and lunches and save some $$s. And put a rental car in the budget. Cheers!

 
Posted : January 14, 2012 2:03 pm
(@jmack)
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The first time I visited STT we brought my son who was 7. He loved every minute of it. The third time we visited last year he was 10...still loved every minute of the trip. My husband and I are coming down in July without child! My son is very upset with us.

There is plenty to do with kids. I highly recommend a rental with a pool and also rent a Jeep. Stock up on groceries as there are not many restaurants with a children's menu. Go to the beaches and Coral World and they will be happy!

 
Posted : January 17, 2012 12:33 pm
(@pinkss)
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I've been vacationing in St Thomas with my husband and two daughters since they were in pre-school................my oldest turns 21 next month. I can honestly say I have never felt concerned for my safety ever. St Thomas...........like all travel destinations should be treated as an unknown...........basic common sense rules apply.............don't leave valuables unattended, if you're taking a cab make sure its an actual cab with a licenced cab driver (some of the nicest people we have met are the cab drivers) We apply the nothing good happens after midnight rule, so we were generally home from dinner by 11 the latest.................with young children, and a full day of sun on the beach we didn't have too many late nights when the kids were small.

We have always stayed at Sapphire Beach Resort which is perfect for adults and children. The condos are literally steps from the beach, with great areas of shade if one of the kids needed a nap, my kids generally fell asleep on a beach chaise with a towel under the shaded Sea Grape Trees. The beach and sand are made for awesome sand castle building.............make sure you bring a couple of shovels and buckets, and at some point you will certainly cross paths with an Iguana or two...............and probably a few cool lizards as well.

The pool is also fun................one of my daughters learned to swim in that pool and the other mastered her skills over the years. I can't count the number of books I polished off lounging by the pool while my kids swam the day away just a few feet away. So if you're a reader stock up on some good beach reads, or download some for the Nook.

Red Hook is a small town on the East End of St Thomas........its about a 2 minute cab ride from Sapphire Beach Resort. There are cabs by the lobby during the day and evening to take you to the grocery stores, shopping, restaurants, etc. they aren't cheap but they're worth every penny if you don't have a rental car. We have always frequented the Marina Market for grocery's rather than the bigger supermarkets out of "laziness". You pay a bit more................but the Marina Market is a little gem for stocking your condo with food items for the week. The super markets aren't that much further, and they do have a larger selection.

I've always found the staff at Sapphire, as well as most people on the Island to be respectful and kind..........We've always treated people in the same manner we wanted to be treated...........a proper Good Morning greeting as well as please and thank yous go a long way

The snorkeling right off Sapphire Beach is lots of fun, and Coral World is a great half day activity for both adults and kids. Its approximately 15 minutes by cab ride from Sapphire Beach. Hope this is helpful.............................have a safe trip!

 
Posted : January 17, 2012 8:49 pm

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