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(@vislander)
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Had a couple of customers recently that sat down at by bar. They looked sort of sullen, so I asked if they were enjoying their trip to the Virgin Islands. They said that they were pretty disappointed with St . John, and couldn't wait to go home. "With what?", I asked. "High Prices?". They said no, they were from New Jersey, and their beaches where much nicer. We didn't have facilites at our beaches! Or lifeguards! And some of the beaches, you have to walk to get to!
I guess it takes all kinds of people to make the world go round...

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 12:35 pm
(@augie)
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...and they, as well as the fine folks on island, will be much happier when they return to the Jersey shore!

Sometimes I wish more people didn't like the places that I do!

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 12:46 pm
(@diana)
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I hope they go home and tell everyone NOT to come to STJ... EVER because it's so aweful!!

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 1:17 pm
(@cj8mike)
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well i live in NJ only about 20 minutes to some of the more popular beachs and i have not been to the beach in 14 years other then a wedding. Coming from an other jersey person i hope they stay home too!

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 1:35 pm
(@connie)
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That is just crazy.

I have a place in Wildwood, NJ and although their beach is huge and long and nicely kept...there's just no comparison...what was wrong with those people?

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 1:46 pm
 remi
(@remi)
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I guess they didn't notice the tourquise water versus the dirty gray Atlantic water, the pristine soft white sand versus the coarse and gritty dark sand, or how enjoyable it is without lifeguards constantly whisteling at everyone to stay herded in one specific area of the water. Plus there is never any alcohol allowed on New Jersey beaches.
In my opinion there is no comparison and I agree with other posters, they are not worthy of the beauty of the islands and hope they never return.

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 2:01 pm
(@cocosmom)
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Been to LBI in NJ & it was lovely but on a scale of 1 to 10. STJ being 10 of course, I would give LBI a 3. Of course you can't lie on the beach from Oct to May! I agree the more that stay away the better

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 2:25 pm
(@cypressgirl)
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I am always amazed at the different points of view people have. I've never set foot in NJ, and I've heard it is really nice, but beaches??? I can't imagine how they could compare. I would fly to NJ if they were better! I'm sure it's cheaper.

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 6:55 pm
(@sleeper18)
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Oh my gosh...NJ beaches to St John's beaches,,Oh my gosh.

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 9:13 pm
(@future-islander)
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Cypressgirl:

Yes, the beaches in New Jersey are beautiful. However, we only have a 4 to 5 month season. The months of June, July and August are the most popular, while September and part of October are for the "locals" as tourist season ends when the kids go back to school. New Jersey beaches are wide and have mostly white (coarse) sand. Of course the clarity of the ocean is not like that of the Caribbean......but the waves are great for body surfing.

For the best of two worlds......winter in the USVIs and summer in NJ.

Cocosmom......a "3"? Try some other beaches in NJ then rate them again......while the USVI beaches are great there are other considerations that need to be taken for beaches throughout NJ and the world. My all time favorite is "The Tubes" just north of Hanalei on Kauai. (The problem...it's 5,000 miles away)

F.I.

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 9:23 pm
 Lex
(@Lex)
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Hi Future--

You might mean Tunnels rather than "The Tubes"? It is a gorgeous beach. And I think that Hanalei Bay is probably one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We'd certainly ge there more frequently if it wasn't such a grueling flight.

 
Posted : April 10, 2007 10:26 pm
(@lpowmacback)
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I am a Jersey SHORE Girl - have always lived 3-5 minutes from the beach (Monmouth County) and while the NJ beaches do have their own kind of beauty, they certainly can NOT be compared with the BEAUTY of ST. JOHN! They can not even be compared with the beauty of a Cape Cod beach!

This person was OBVIOUSLY NOT COMPARING BEAUTY - he was talking about CONVENIENCE of AMENITIES. That said... yes, Jersey would definitley win for having LOTS of Life Guards (ooooooooh, there's a reason to go to the beach in NJ!). As for not having to walk far to the beach - I must disagree! Unless one gets there early, - say around 10 AM - getting a parking space close is no easy task - and even if one belongs to a beach club - unless there is valet parking - it's still a SCHLEPP to the ocean.

Everyone has different perspectives on beauty, convenience, what's important in life, etc... that's what makes the world go 'round 😉

Lisa

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 6:14 am
(@patrick)
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Not to mention the fact that you have to pay for a pass to get to most beaches in NJ during the summer.

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 6:39 am
(@barb-y)
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I spent most of my summer vacations at the Jersey Shore when I was younger. I loved the beaches up and down the NJ coast. In fact, the beaches have really been cleaned up nicely. The water quality has also improved, you actually have some "clear" water when storms aren't kicked up. BUT, there is NO comparison between NJ beaches and STJ. STJ is paradise!

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 8:06 am
(@NEPOSTER)
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THERE IS NOOOOOO COMPARISON!! I WOULD SAY JERSEY BEACHES ARE ADEQUATE. BEAUTIFUL AND VERY NICE STRETCH IT IN MY OPINION. I LIVE IN PHILADELPHIA AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ON THE BEACH IN JERSEY IN MORE THAN 5 YEARS. I HAVE BEEN DOWN THE SHORE A FEW TIMES, BUT NOT ON THE BEACH.

IT'S KIND OF SAD, OR GOOD, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT, THAT I HAVE BEEN TO STJ/STT 6 TIMES THE LAST 3.5 YEARS AND NOT DOWN THE JERSEY SHORE AS MANY TIMES. I'LL TAKE THE VI ANY DAY OF THE WEEK..........

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 8:32 am
(@OClocal)
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As you can tell by my screen name where I live at the jersey shore. I am a beach person but nothing compares to St. John. I am glad I can spend all summer on the beach, but if it wasn'f for my week on a carribean island, I would be devastated. I go to the webcam every day to see this special place. It is way cheaper to go to St. John for a week than any week in OC at peak season. I sit all summer on the beach and am happy to be here, but if nobody is sitting on top of me blaring a boom box, or listening to the shrill of a lifeguard's whistle, I may feel the islands.
Next time I am having a favorite cocktail, and talking to all the great people at all the great establishments, I may not tell anyone I am from NJ. ANd I hope the person, who didn't like St. John, sit near me this summer on the beach. See you at the beach!!!!

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 10:05 am
(@regan)
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The thing that fascinates me about comments such as those made by our NJ visitors is to stop for a moment and consider what must have been their expectations of St. John. Clearly, facilities, lifeguards, and an abundance of close-in paved parking are considered to be their minimum requirements for a "good beach". And remi is correct - they never got around to even noticing the color of the water, etc. Having read similarly clueless comments in our villa's guest book over the years, I've realized that some people - I'm sure without even realizing it - apparently perceive the entire world as some kind of theme park, and are therefore baffled and dismayed when there aren't facilities at a beach, or the locals are not all as friendly as the "cast members" at Disney World or the greeter at Walmart, or there are bugs and lizards allowed on the island, or it rains, or the food was not as good as in New York City, or somebody stole their wallet from the beach towel, or... well you get the drift.

We try to lend new guests a bit of perspective and point out that St. John is after all, just a really small rock in the middle of the ocean, and the fact that there is ANYTHING there to visit at all much less all the beaches and restaurants and bars and markets and shopping and villas etc. is frankly amazing. (At least it still is to me.)

As we've all concluded, you can't satisfy everyone, people either "get" de ilons or they don't. Those that don't and never return just leave more space on the beach for those of us who do, and that's just fine I think. After all, somebody's gotta keep The Mouse in business.

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 10:27 am
(@gari-ann-in-tx)
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Had a couple of customers recently that sat down at by bar. They looked sort of sullen, so I asked if they were enjoying their trip to the Virgin Islands. They said that they were pretty disappointed with St . John, and couldn't wait to go home. "With what?", I asked. "High Prices?". They said no, they were from New Jersey, and their beaches where much nicer. We didn't have facilites at our beaches! Or lifeguards! And some of the beaches, you have to walk to get to!

Wow, just wow!

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 2:47 pm
(@ruprek)
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Hard to believe that anyone wouldn't enjoy the beaches in STJ. I have been to many beaches in the US and Mexico and can't find any comprable to the beaches on STJ. Let them go amongst the masses and preach the evils of STJ so fewer people will want to visit and there will more peace for the believers. Can I get an Amen!!!

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 5:55 pm
(@nyestreet)
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I've been to the seashore in St. John, Florida, So. Carolina, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, CT., Long Island NY, New Hampshire, Maine, Nova Scotia, Big Sur, and Scotland, but never New Jersey. I'll bet I'd love the NJ shore as much as I love all the others. John

 
Posted : April 11, 2007 7:18 pm
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