Overnight on STT, then on to St. John?

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We have reservation on St. John in a few weeks. Rather than waste the first and last days of vacation on travel, we're thinking about flying to St. Thomas, renting a car, overnight there, then taking the car barge to St. John the next day. At the end of the trip, we'd take the barge back to St. Thomas, overnight there, and fly out the next day.

Can anyone suggest any suitable (and inexpensive) places to stay on St. Thomas (think "just right, overnight") and enjoyable (and inexpensive) ways to kill an evening or two while there? We're trying to economize on the STT part of the trip, but anything with local atmosphere or color would be interesting.

We are three: a man, a woman, and their 15-year-old son. Thanks in advance.

 
Posted : July 13, 2012 9:41 pm
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definitely look at the website for the Crystal Palace. An experience like no other.

 
Posted : July 13, 2012 9:47 pm
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!00% The Crystal Palace 🙂

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Posted : July 14, 2012 11:20 am
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'm afraid, though, that the while Crystal Palace's base rate is acceptable, the extra $20 for my son, plus the $20 fee for only booking one night, pushes the cost beyond what we'd like to pay for basically an overnight layover. Any other ideas?

 
Posted : July 14, 2012 11:18 pm
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Try Blue Beards. or Bolongo

 
Posted : July 15, 2012 3:07 am
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Try Beach Comber or Best Western near the airport. Nice beach,
One night stays are difficult for smaller operations.

 
Posted : July 15, 2012 6:18 am
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I would stretch the budget for the Crystal Palace. Truly a unique experience. And if you decide you can't afford it, go by and take a look anyway - great property.

 
Posted : July 15, 2012 9:50 am
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My, but you're adamant about the place! Thanks for the recommendation. I wound up making reservations for both nights at the Galleon. Each night was $105 through hotels.com, the reviews I read indicated that it was a nice place, and my wife liked its website.

 
Posted : July 19, 2012 3:47 pm
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As for things to do, please provide exact dates you'll be on STT so I can tell you what's up. I know of a block party Jul 27, I think. Comedy show first weekend in Aug. Roots Reggae concert and discussion Aug 18. Chili Cookoff Aug 19.

 
Posted : July 19, 2012 5:26 pm
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LOL. I have no actual (financial) interest. But please take my advice and take a look at the property. If you go to the synagogue (another must see), it's very near that.

 
Posted : July 19, 2012 6:06 pm
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STT the nights of Aug. 5 and 12.

 
Posted : July 19, 2012 9:17 pm
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Iggie's at Bolongo has all you can eat bbq and live band The Sun Kings. At Bluebeard's Castle, which is very close to Galleon House, they have Dennis Fretted on piano from 6:30 to 9:30. Other entertainment is on the East End. Keep checking, because I may find out about more events.

 
Posted : July 19, 2012 10:19 pm
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ms411 wrote:
As for things to do, please provide exact dates you'll be on STT so I can tell you what's up. I know of a block party Jul 27, I think. Comedy show first weekend in Aug. Roots Reggae concert and discussion Aug 18. Chili Cookoff Aug 19.

ms411

Can you please provide more information about the Block Party on July 27th and the Roots Reggae Concert/Discussion on August 18?

Thanks!

 
Posted : July 20, 2012 1:04 am
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Sea Breeze, International Capital and Management is sponsoring the block party in the Roosevelt Park area. Jazz greats Victor Provost and Dion Parsons are headliners. FREE. There will be vendors for food and maybe crafts. I think it starts at 6.

Roots Reggae VI Conversation and Concert will be held at Starz nightclub in Havensight/Port of Sale, Aug 18 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Daniel L. Heftel Lecture and Humanist Award Presentation, "Behind the Lyrics: Virgin Islands Roots Reggae," with discussion and sample song selections from homegrown reggae artists. Live music featuring Melame Gange, Ras Attitude, and Black Star Band will follow. Sponsored by the Humanities Council and Movementunes.com.

Admission is free before 7:30 p.m. and $20 after. 776-4044 or 954-593-4998. (From Island Trader.)

 
Posted : July 20, 2012 7:32 am
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Thanks Linda J and Pia for the plug. Most places don't accept less than 3 nights stay. I charge $20 for less than 3 nights. It takes care of housekeeping. And of course and extra charge for an extra person. No problem, you can't please all the people!

 
Posted : July 22, 2012 8:48 pm
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ms411 wrote:
As for things to do, please provide exact dates you'll be on STT so I can tell you what's up. I know of a block party Jul 27, I think. Comedy show first weekend in Aug. Roots Reggae concert and discussion Aug 18. Chili Cookoff Aug 19.

Ah, ms411, about that comedy show.... Can you please provide details?

 
Posted : July 23, 2012 1:21 pm
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Gerie, the monthly comedy nights are held at Starz nightclub in Port of Sale/Havensight. Starz is next to the Rock Gaming Lounge. They bring comedy talent that have been featured on some major television shows/stations.

In August, the comedian has a Chinese name, I think. Admission is usually $25 advance/$30 door. Tickets can be purchased at Shipwreck Tavern across from Havensight.

From what I've heard, the shows have been very good.

 
Posted : July 23, 2012 4:06 pm
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I also heard there's going to be a comedy show at sea on that big red boat that's docked at the Waterfront next month. Stay tuned for those details as soon as I get them!

 
Posted : July 23, 2012 4:45 pm
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Have info on comedy cruise. They're this Thu, Fri, Sat. National comedian is Jason Russell. Local comedian is Cliff Bayer. Check http://WWW.thecomedydepot.com

 
Posted : July 23, 2012 7:25 pm
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Thank you, ms411.

This year there seems to be a lot more happening in "off season" August than we've experienced in the past; or else we're just first learning about things this year.

 
Posted : July 24, 2012 5:35 pm
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