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Traveling alone to St. Thomas

Arman
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Hi! I'm planning a short vacation (4 days) to St. Thomas either in late-October or early-November. I've never travelled alone, so I'm a bit concerned about where to go and what to do when over there.

I'm 45 years old and I love the beach. Any suggestions about which hotels would be nice for a solo traveler and what part of the island I should stay in?

Thanks in advance!

A

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Topic starter Posted : September 30, 2014 7:39 pm
STT Resident
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You'll find a diversity of people - fulltime residents, part-time residents and vacationers on a beautiful beach with easy access to stores, restaurants, bars and the Red Hook ferry terminal at Sapphire. Take a look on www.vrbo.com for condo rentals at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina and Sapphire Village. I don't own there, have no affiliation there at all but have recommended this lovely spot for years to visitors and it would fit the bill perfectly - have fun researching!

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Posted : September 30, 2014 10:39 pm
Alana33
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If only here for 4 days then indeed, Sapphire or Point Pleasant may be good places to stay as close to many beaches, Red Hook, the ferry to STJ, bars, restaurants and night-life. A rental car is a must as while distances aren't far the road-sides have no sidewalks and walking at night is dangerous.

Depending on your budget, there are numerous places to stay on the East End.
You can check with Secret Harbor, Sugar Bay Resort, Ritz, Carlton, Cowpet Bay and the numerous rentals found on www.vrbo.com and www.flipkey.com. Good Luck and enjoy your vacation time.

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Posted : October 1, 2014 10:16 am
SapphireBeach08
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I am going to be at Sapphire Beach at that time so I'm not trying to rent my condo. Over the years I've had quite a few single women and a few single men stay in our unit. The guests have always had a wonderful time. Who doesn't love a great beach? The guests appreciated the security at Sapphire as well as the convenience to Red Hook.

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Posted : October 1, 2014 3:23 pm
Arman
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Hi! Thank you to all who responded. Much appreciated 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : October 2, 2014 4:16 pm
Future Islander
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Point Pleasant is a good choice...perhaps a little more secure. I own a villa there.

Plus we have a new management firm, Akers Ellis Resort Management, that offers free poolside yoga, free kayak trips, free wifi in the villas, a managers social each evening, an onsite restaurant (a second restaurant to open soon), a health spa (Point Wellness), a Sailing Charter firm (Morningstar Charters), free shuttle service that provides rides to local beaches, Red Hook and the ferry dock...... and more....340-775-7200....

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Posted : October 2, 2014 10:26 pm
STT Resident
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Ah, FI, but despite just a couple less "teasers" - for a beach lover and only four days here, Sapphire is a no-brainer! And when IS that restaurant going to open. Isn't it two years now since, "soon come"?

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Posted : October 3, 2014 5:48 am
Future Islander
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STT: The Blue Agave, our gourmet restaurant, is scheduled to open in November. Panga, our waterfront restaurant is open. Point Wellness, our spa, has a Grand Opening on October 25th.

BTW....Point Pleasant does have a (small) beach.....Sugar Beach......and Coki Beach is a short walk (or shuttle ride away)......and Lindquist Beach (Smith Bay Park) is a short shuttle ride away. Of course, the shuttle can also take you to Sapphire Beach........

As for "teasers"......well, yes, that's what a "RESORT" is supposed to do for its guests......provide activities and services......

F.I.

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Posted : October 3, 2014 8:31 am
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I'll believe Blue Agave's open when I see it! Yes, I know Panga's is open - I understand they're closing for a few weeks this month while repaving is being done? I believe Sugar Bay is closed temporarily while the Margaritaville construction is ongoing but that should only be a relatively short closure. The new bathrooms at Smith Bay Park are, I understand, finished now. A lot of welcome renovation and activity in the general area!

My only point was that for someone who's a beach lover and is only here for four days, Sapphire is the perfect spot with that beautiful beach and snorkeling right on your doorstep.

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Posted : October 3, 2014 4:17 pm
Future Islander
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Blue Agave will be open by Thanksgiving. The extensive landscaping went in last Spring. They only need to complete some painting, install floor tiles and install the kitchen equipment. The chefs are already on-island.

The road repaving project, at Pont Pleasant, was completed today (Oct 3rd).

Sugar Beach, not Sugar Bay, is the small romantic beach in front of Point Pleasant. But, yes, we can't wait for Margaritaville to open in February (2015). Then we'll have beautiful Pineapple Beach available, also. We're also discussing installing a boardwalk connection between the two resorts.

btw....Panga's "Signature Margarita" is outstanding!

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Posted : October 3, 2014 4:49 pm
Alana33
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Sugar Bay is open as I attended a 2 day seminar there on Thurs. and Fri.
They could use a bit of updating and cleaning and especially the A/C vents.
Not many people there right now but it is off season. No beach. Nice pool.
Cheeseburger and Fries - $14.00

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Posted : October 3, 2014 7:32 pm
STT Resident
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Correction, I was referring to "Sugar Beach" and not the Sugar Bay resort. The resort has not been closed and remains open during renovations.

As far as a proposed boardwalk between the various resorts is concerned, Smith Bay resident and business owner Jean Dragin has been working for years (as far back as the Renaissance hotel days) to have a tree-lined and well-lit sidewalk installed on the seaward side of the Smith Bay Road so that resort guests can safely walk back and forth to enjoy the amenities offered by all. It took several years and regular vehicle accidents before his push to install the two speed bumps finally came to fruition but he continues to work tirelessly to beautify and improve safety in the neighborhood.

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Posted : October 4, 2014 7:30 am
Future Islander
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STT:

I agree, we need a nice, well lit, sidewalk on Smith Bay Road, as well. Perhaps down to Coki Beach, too.

F.I.

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Posted : October 4, 2014 9:09 am
STT Resident
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DI: Word from a Sapphire friend currently there is that Panga's at Point Pleasant was supposed to reopen October 1st but is still closed. I called there to get an update but no answer.

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Posted : October 5, 2014 12:50 pm
Future Islander
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STT:

The road repaving project was just completed on Friday, October 3rd. I sent an email to the operator of Panga.....I'll post the info when I receive it.

F.I.

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Posted : October 6, 2014 11:59 am