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Private Island Marriage Proposal, Where should I do it?!!

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unobtanium
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I stumbled upon this website looking for a Private charter power boat. Currently I have a boat reserved with a captain for 8 hours. We will be arriving on a cruise ship, docked in St.Thomas, and we can be off the ship from 7am to 8am

I am planning on proposing to my long time girlfriend during this chartered boat experience. I was thinking on a Private island or beach somewhere. It was suggested that I do it on "Sandy Spit," but I fear there may be too many other people there. So I am looking for advice from locals or people who have been to the US-VI and BVI to find out a great place for the proposal.... my only thoughts on what I would like are:

Private situation
Beautiful scenery
Boat access (26' boat)
Or short swim/snorkel access
Within a reasonable distance from the Red Hook Docks

If anyone can make a suggestion or perhaps give me pictures that would be amazing. GPS coordinates would be welcomed as well! Thank you in advance for any suggestions. Wish me luck!!!!(tu)8-)

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Topic starter Posted : December 10, 2009 8:59 pm
billd
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I might suggest that you have a dinner cruse with the lights on over STT and pop the question over a glass of champane. I would do it as you begin to enter the red hook bay. If possible I would try to do it when there is a full moon!

The place is not the issue, it is the moment that counts.

billd

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Posted : December 10, 2009 10:15 pm
pamela
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I'm with billd. I think a night time proposal is sooooooo much more romantic but then I am a real GIRL about these things. You are on a cruise ship. Talk to the nice concierge people and arrange a romantic dinner with the lights of STT or heck any island in the view and a glass of champagne. Trying to do a day trip by yourself during the window you have is going to be rushing it. (and I manage charter yachts ;-). Don't forget the chocolate, the flowers and the fact that it is only a short stroll back to your cabin.

Pamela

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Posted : December 10, 2009 10:55 pm
unobtanium
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Thanks for the responses: there will for sure be champange involved either way, and I agree that it should be romatic. I dont think that a night cruise is applicable since we will only be there during the day. I have allready spoken to the concierge with the cruise ship and they dont offer any "engagment" packages. I.e they wont really go out of their way for me. So, I have the boat rented for the day, the captain, and everything alligned to pop the question.... I just need some suggestions as to where to do it. This is the first day of the crusie so I want to make sure we can enjoy being engaged the entire crusise and I dont have the pressure hanging over me!

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Topic starter Posted : December 11, 2009 2:45 am
Gerie
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I would think the boat rental people and captain should know the waters best and be able to suggest some place very private and beautiful for you to propose. I also think it's a very romantic plan. She's a lucky woman.

I do have a suggestion, though. If you have to snorkel into the beach, consider how you will secure the ring while you are in the water wearing nothing but your bathing suit.

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Posted : December 11, 2009 8:19 am
exit zero
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Trying to pick the exact spot ahead of time is an unnecessary worry - the perfect white sand beach/island will be out there and present itself as your Captain drives you along the beautiful Virgin Islands - if it is "Sandy Spit" you will know it - remember a trip to the BVI - will require passports and a stop at Customs and Immigration in both the BVI and USVI coming back. It is certainly not impossible to find a wonderful deserted beach / island without leaving the USVI though - St John and St Thomas have some outlying cays and more remote beaches that are accessible by the type of vessel you chartered with a local captain.
Enjoy the day, wear extra sunscreen especially because it is the 1st day of your cruise - a long full day on a powerboat can be overpowering for sun exposure. Your romantic spot will be out there --- when you see it you will know!

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Posted : December 11, 2009 8:35 am
TomB
 TomB
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You will know the spot and the time when you see it!

Not sure there is a bad place in the VI

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Posted : December 11, 2009 9:40 am
unobtanium
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Thanks for the responses. I appreciate the advice. I am interested in knowing more about the cays in and around the US-VI. Does anyone have any maps of specific locatoins?

Thanks again!

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Topic starter Posted : December 11, 2009 12:07 pm
boodles
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Maybe you can ask the captain ahead of time to have some places in mind. Sometimes weather conditions can dictate what may be best for that day.If the boat is beautiful that you chartered you may consider doing it on the boat too. in a beautiful setting. with champagne of course.

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Posted : December 11, 2009 1:35 pm
exit zero
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"A natural history Atlas to the Cays of the U.S. Virgin Islands" - by Dammann and Nellis
Pineapple Press - Drawer 16008 Southside Station Sarasota FL 34239
ISBN 1-56164-022-0
If you can find this book - copyright1992 - it is extremely comprehensive - and really interesting -
------------- OR maybe look in your local library for a Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands -- these are written for boaters and have good charts
use google maps?? Ihaven't tried this.
Put 18'N Lat 64' West Lon into a GPS and see if it will bring up the USVI

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Posted : December 11, 2009 1:40 pm
Linda J
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Or you can quit worrying so much. Everywhere you turn will be a beautiful location. Truly no worries!!

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Posted : December 11, 2009 1:55 pm
East Ender
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Island Expert

Talk to the captain. There are lots of cays that look nice, but are untenable as anchorages. I don't think you would be able to just say "Let's go there!" Also, what is a nice stop today with northeasterly winds will be a bad idea when there are southerly winds. Again, the captain gets the big bucks for a reason! 😉

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Posted : December 11, 2009 6:21 pm
pamela
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Sorry to hear the cruise ship won't help you. That smacks of really crappy customer service and totally lacking a sense of romance. Which boat are you going on? There are many, many lovely spots and I am sure the Captain/Mate will help you. We charter boat people are incredibly accommodating!

Let us know if we can help!

Pamela
S/Y Catatonic

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Posted : December 11, 2009 6:31 pm
unobtanium
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Again, thanks for your thoughts. I guess I wouldnt categorize that the curise ship has been unhelpful, its just that they have no way of notating that there is an impending engagment for us. They can notate honneymoons and anniversarys, but not engagments. I will speak to the concierage as soon as I get on the boat, but again its tough to keep these things a secret. I live and work with my girlfriend, so the ammount of time I actually have to plan is limited! I cant wait to be there though.

Thanks again.

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Topic starter Posted : December 11, 2009 9:30 pm
TomB
 TomB
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Ok, we now have a cruise ship involved....

So here it is my suggestion. Forget the power boat
Get off the cruise ship - first one off
Get a taxi to Red Hook
Catch Ferry to St John
Get a Cab to drive you to the fence at Gibney/Oppenheimer Beach

It is the beach right past Hawknest
Walk through the gates down the path to the water

Snorkel to the right about 100-150 yards
You will find Very Little Hawknest Beach
I know this is confusing: There is Hawknest, Little Hawknest, Gibney, Oppenheimer, and very little Hawknest Beachs

On very little Hawknest - Only two people can fit

This is where the shinny bling comes out

Enjoy your time there

Snorkel back to Hawknest

Catch a cab and then it is back to STT to catch the ship

Mission accomplished

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Posted : December 11, 2009 11:36 pm
Captain John
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This would be the perfect spot. At the far end of the beach. Easy access for a 26 ft boat. You know the saying "the only foot prints in the sand will be yours" this is it.

http://www.on-stjohn.com/2007/10/03/beach-break-guana-island/

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Posted : December 15, 2009 6:46 am
Jennajoy
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If you haven't done it yet, i would take her to Megan's bay. It is pretty secluded and you can walk for miles down the side of the rocks. there is a private beach down there as well.

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Posted : December 19, 2009 2:06 am
STT Resident
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Island Expert

Magens is a beautiful spot but on cruise ships days it's very crowded. I'd leave it up to the captain of the boat who'll know exactly where to take you!

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Posted : December 19, 2009 10:48 am
sherban
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unobtanium wrote:
Thanks for the responses. I appreciate the advice. I am interested in knowing more about the cays in and around the US-VI. Does anyone have any maps of specific locatoins?
Thanks again!

Google Earth is a free download that you can use to explore places...it is super cool!

Here's a link to a screenshot of the area from Google Earth...

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Posted : December 20, 2009 9:26 am
smokinjoe1111
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Honeymoon Beach on Water Island without a doubt

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Posted : December 20, 2009 9:35 am
sherban
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Estimable Member

There are alot of Cays around STT that could be candidates, I don't know which are private/off-bounds and which are fair game to visit...

I do know that Big Hans Lollik looks awesome in photos...

http://www.panoramio.com/map/#lt=18.394601&ln=-64.903686&z=1&k=1&a=1&tab=1

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Posted : December 21, 2009 11:49 am
sherban
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Another thought for learning about the Cayes is to buy a book....I'm considering this myself as well...

Here's one example:
http://www.amazon.com/Cruising-Guide-Virgin-Islands-14th/dp/094442886X/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_b

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Posted : December 21, 2009 2:10 pm
sherri
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Noble Member

If you have already Chartered a boat, then yes, you should talk to the Captain and as already said, weather can dictate exactly where you go!
As for the Cruise ship, in a way, that is good! They would charge an arm and a leg anyway and charge too much for their wedding packages! Congrats! Post some pictures!

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Posted : December 27, 2009 10:08 am
East Ender
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Island Expert

I'm not sure if unobtanium has already gone on his cruise, but I was thinking about this thread today. One problem with planning specifics in the Virgin Islands is that there is always something to mess up the plan! For example, tonight and tomorrow, a huge swell is forecast. That means that usually placid beaches and cays will be deadly due to huge breaking waves and rip currents. So, be flexible in your planning and allow the captain to determine the safest and best place to go...:-)

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Posted : December 28, 2009 6:37 pm
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