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 Kyle
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Here is my to do list - let me know what you guys think.

Its me, DH, Dbaby (2.5) and Dgrandma

Saturday - Arrive and Pool
Sunday - Sapphire Beach
Monday - St Johns – Trunk Bay
Tuesday (avoid cruise ships) - Secret Harbor
Wednesday (avoid cruise ships) - Lindburgh bay
Thursday - Magans bay
Friday - Coral world and flight home at 4 pm

We need beaches with facilities that rent beach chairs.

Should I have picked other beaches?

Is 9 am to 12 pm enough time to visit coral world? Is this a must do?

 
Posted : March 31, 2012 7:29 pm
 Kyle
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should we go to secret harbor? maybe cowpet instead?

 
Posted : March 31, 2012 7:33 pm
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Your itinerary looks fine but don't feel bound to do everything. You're here to relax and don't want to over-regiment yourselves.

No way would I choose Cowpet Bay over Secret Harbour! And I would combine the Coral World and Sapphire outings since they're so close to each other. Get to Coral World when it opens and then go on to Sapphire from there for the day. Maybe on Friday take a leisurely drive around and hit Mountain Top to see the wonderful view from up there, and grab some lunch before going to the airport.

When leaving Magens, be sure to stop at the St Thomas Dairy which is on the left hand side of the road from Magens before it veers to the right. Their "Udder Delight" little store serves up the most incredible milk shakes which are the perfect ending to a beautiful Magens day!

At Secret Harbour, the chaises and chairs are reserved for guests only but you can rent chairs from the Aqua Action Dive Shop which is right there.

On your day on St John (no "s") Trunk would be a good beach for you but I'd also add one of the island tours to your day. There are plenty of taxis (open-air safari buses) waiting at the ferry dock and you can easily arrange with one of the drivers to give you the tour and then drop you off at Trunk. That's if youre taking the passenger ferry over and not the car barge - I can't remember what you said on another thread.

That's all I can think of for now. Have a wonderful time!

 
Posted : March 31, 2012 8:46 pm
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At Lindbergh Bay/beach, rent the blue lounge chairs from the Island Beachcomber Hotel. They cost $6 versus $7 at the Best Western Emerald Beach Resort (green & white lounge chairs).

Plus the blue lounge chairs are much more comfortable!

Lindbergh Bay is a very nice beach with calm, blue water. Quiet, when not many cruise ships are in, especially when there aren't any large ships docked at Crown Bay.

Have fun & Enjoy!

 
Posted : March 31, 2012 9:47 pm
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STT Resident wrote:

On your day on St John (no "s") Trunk would be a good beach for you but I'd also add one of the island tours to your day. There are plenty of taxis (open-air safari buses) waiting at the ferry dock and you can easily arrange with one of the drivers to give you the tour and then drop you off at Trunk. That's if youre taking the passenger ferry over and not the car barge - I can't remember what you said on another thread.

Please remember that the safari busses (taxi's on STJ) are open-air and no seatbelts. (benches in the back of converted pick-up trucks). Please be careful with your two-year-old.

 
Posted : April 1, 2012 12:25 am
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I would go to Linquest ISmith By Park).

billd

 
Posted : April 1, 2012 5:45 pm
 Kyle
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But Lindquist doesn't have chairs, right?

 
Posted : April 1, 2012 6:09 pm
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krmlaw wrote:
But Lindquist doesn't have chairs, right?

Yes they do. No vendors, though so you have to bring your own cooler and supplies.

 
Posted : April 1, 2012 6:16 pm
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STT Resident wrote:
[quote=krmlaw]
But Lindquist doesn't have chairs, right?

Yes they do. No vendors, though so you have to bring your own cooler and supplies.

Where are the chairs? The only thing I saw were picnic tables.

 
Posted : April 1, 2012 11:51 pm
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I noticed you are going to all Northshore beaches, which is fine, if that is what you want. But I think you should try out one the Caribbean Beaches-Lindbergh Bay/Emerald Beach to try out the Caribbean waters, which you already picked.
Your toddler, will love the calm water. Hardly any waves or rocks on the sand entering the water. There is a lot of shade with the seagrape trees for the family, plus there are facilities if needed(restrooms & restaurants).
Safe parking at both hotels - seems like most park at Best Western right side lot.
It's your decision.
Maybe you can split one day on Northshore between 2 beaches.
Just my 2 cents.

 
Posted : April 2, 2012 10:54 am
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Northshore? :S The only beach on the North side which the OP has listed is Magens and you couldn't ask for a more calm and waveless, powdered sand, tree-shaded and gorgeous spot with all facilities. All the others, bar Lindberg (which you mention but she already has that on her schedule) are the rest of the pick of the crop and all on the East end. The only one which gets a little blowy at times when the wind is up is Sapphire.

 
Posted : April 2, 2012 1:09 pm
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SttRes, my mistake. I stand corrected.
I was supposed to mean the majority of the beaches in her itinerary are Atlantic Ocean waters beaches and she should try a Caribbean beach and it's waters. 😎

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 8:44 am
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OK, but now I HAVE to ask a question before a visitor does. What's the difference between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea where beaches in the Caribbean are concerned?

I think over the years I've hit every single beach one can get to on St Thomas either by land or sea from the North to the South and West to East and can't tell the difference between the two bodies of water. 😀

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 9:30 am
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Another thumbs up for the milk shake shop right outside of Magens! I almost forgot to mention I stopped there as well thanks to suggestions and the shakes are GREAT! LOL, what I did not know is they make them with alcohol unless you ask for them without, but well worth the quick stop!

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 9:49 am
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STT Resident wrote:
OK, but now I HAVE to ask a question before a visitor does. What's the difference between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea where beaches in the Caribbean are concerned?

I think over the years I've hit every single beach one can get to on St Thomas either by land or sea from the North to the South and West to East and can't tell the difference between the two bodies of water. 😀

As for Sapphire, which is a beautiful beach, by the way. I find sometimes the waves are rough and sometimes it can have many sharp rocks and shells when entering the water.
There seems to be a lot of High surf advisories for the Atlantic Ocean region versus the Caribbean side. So, it is more about the water conditions.
I would like not to get into a one beach verses another beach which is better on this board. Everyone has their favorite beaches.
Her itinerary is well planned around the cruise ship schedules, with very nice beaches.
You have a lot more experience, so you have vast knowledge compared to mine.
Mine is just an a small opinion 🙂

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 10:38 am
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I had to read this thread twice to be sure that I didn't miss a recommendation for Coki Beach, especially with the original inquiry about a visit to Coral World. Has Coki somehow lost favor? It's my only never miss beach each year when I'm on St. Thomas.

I would combine a visit to Coral World with a day at Coki. Once you are ticketed at Coral World you can go in and out for the day, walking between the beach and the aquarium.

On the beach there are chairs umbrellas, and strolling wait service for drinks and food. In the water dear baby will love the thrill of lots of fishies swimming right around his/her feet in the usually calm, ultra-clear water. Good chance to find other little ones to play with.

Coral World has the exhibits, of course but also affords a parking space for the day, clean restrooms with working plumbing, other food options.

My only advice is to check the cruise ship schedule and avoid visiting on a day with more than one ship in port.

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 2:53 pm
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If there are any ships in Crown Bay then Linbergh Bay will not be a place to 'avoid cruise ships' - it is walkable or a short taxi from the port and free so it attracts a good number of cruisers.

 
Posted : April 3, 2012 11:32 pm
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]MAGEN BAY BEACH and forget the rest ,one of the top ten in the world !!!!!

 
Posted : April 7, 2012 10:53 am

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