Trip Report - September 9-16 - (Short)
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Trip Report – STT – September 9-16
Arrived via Spirit Airlines (great trip, low cost, new equipment) on time. Highly recommend Spirit Airlines – watch for sales.
Stayed at the Point Pleasant Resort. Point Pleasant was undergoing upgrades and maintenance. The lobby was just redone and the walking paths are now concrete steps rather than stone. The nature trail was terrific as was the small secluded Sugar Beach (which is why we love it there). The views from the top of the hill are still incredible.
Shopped at Marina Market for breakfast & lunch supplies (good choices and quality as usual). Bought liquor at Cost-U-Less and boxed 10 bottles (2 cartons) that safely arrived home. Spirit made us sign damage waivers, but all arrived intact.
Visited Coki Beach, our favorite, twice. No cruise ships were in for at least one of those days so the beach was empty. Talked to a lot of locals, though. Traffic was almost non-existent because of the light cruise ship visits.
The weather was perfect, however we could have used a little more wind….a bit too humid. It rained on us once….very early Friday morning.
We chartered a sailboat on Wednesday. Highly recommend Captain Omar at www.interlinesail.com. We chartered a 36 foot Catalina (with Captain) and were allowed to sail her ourselves. What an adventure! Mrs. F.I. does occasionally get seasick, however when she had the opportunity to actually sail the boat herself (for 6 hours) she felt fine. (I only had the helm for about 2 hours). We really put on the miles, visiting Yost, Tortola and St. John. If we had more wind we would have circumnavigated St. John, also. We found interlinesail right here on VINOW.
Nightlife/Dinner – Iggies at Bolongo Bay for Crab Night (Sat) (Mrs. F.I. loves crabs, O.K…. no jokes), Duffy’s Love Shack for the Sunday Fish Fry, the Caribbean Saloon for Ribs (not that great, sorry), Latitude 18 for open mike night & steaks (Tues), Wok & Roll Take-Out Chinese for Wednesday, Mim’s for shrimp night (Thurs) and Senor Pizza for Friday. Being “off season” everyplace was “quiet”. Fungi’s at Point Pleasant was only open until 8 PM and the Agave Restaurant (at Point Pleasant), our favorite, was closed for renovations.
We rented a car for the week from Hertz and used the Entertainment Book coupon for a discount.
Returned home on Saturday, via Spirit, on time.
Next trip to STT – January 2007
I just love reading these trip reports. Thanks so much for posting and glad you had a good time.
We have to wait until May 2007 and it's killing me.
By the way, how was Duffy's for fish fry? Duffy's is a regular for us, so the information would be great.
The price was right.......$10.75 (if I'm not mistaken), but the fish was "so so". Probably wouldn't order it again. Still we had a good (although quiet) time there.
Can you expand on Latitude 18? We always enjoyed going on open mic night a few years ago when Alex was the chef...hows the menu, service, price et.
Open mike night in March was great.......in September.....good.
The crowd size...about the same both times. (We knew more people there this time).
The menu is limited....but the rib eye was great!
Prices.....reasonable. For STT...........we believe it's a bargain.
For those of you that don't know where it is........it is a "real trip" getting there on an unpaved dirt road. Just when you think you've made a mistake and you're lost you see the tail lights of other cars in the parking lot.
Ohh....bring bug spray.
Thanks FI, We'll be on STT in about 4 1/2 weeks 🙂 🙂 Last time we were at Lat 18 we had a great time and dinner.
Glad it's open again....we really missed it. IMHO, Lat 18 is probaly one of the last places on STT that had the "island" feel to it.
I hear what your saying about the road, I tell people "About the time you think you're going to hit water, turn left".
"Ohh....bring bug spray" Are the sketters bad ? 😉 (LOL)
Thanks for the quick report - you lucky guy (who gets to go down so often now that you're an owner!!). So glad to read that you and Mrs FI had a good time.
Thanks for reminding me that I had forgotten to mention that Caribbean Saloon was disappointing to us, as well, on this trip. I've raved about them in the past - so either my taste is changing or they are. On my 2/06 visit I found their food to be ok, but not as good as I thought in 7/05. By 9/06, my "it's ok" opinion from 2/06 had gone down to "just not good!"
I've read so much about Latitude 18 - is that the lively place we can see from the STJ ferry? There's an open-air restaurant/bar place next to the water over by Vessup somewhere. Is that them? I think I've "explored" on that road, but turned my little rental car around since I wasn't sure that that rugged dirt road would actually take me anywhere.
Doesn't it just make you pout when your favorite restaurant is closed while you are there? Agave Terrace is such a favorite. Now you'll have something to look forward to in Jan 07, which will be here before we know it! Between you and Lip, who is going down for a MONTH, this condo and villa ownership thing is sounding really appealing.
Thanks for the trip report....We Loved Lat 18 too. Actually went there twice because it was so good. The food was awesome-had fun hanging with some locals and nice entertainment.
The ride in is a little scary....but worth the little scare!
Yes. That's Lat 18. If you had gone just a little further (slowly) you would of found it.
I'm confused again....is Lat on St Thomas or St John.
Our problem with the Caribbean Saloon was that we went in, so alot of people seated, but didn't see any food coming out. We sat down and sat down for 20 minutes before anybody came out to check and see if we wanted water or drinks.
We passed and went to Molly Mallones and had the best quesadillas I've ever had. Was glad we made the switch.
By the way...what's so bad about the road to Lat???
Lat 18 is on St. Thomas (STT).
The road to Lat 18...........the holes could swallow a small car.
Have you every driven to Maho on SJT? Think of that when you think of Lat 18.
I enjoyed your report. After staying at Grand Beach for years we naturally tried PP first on our last trip, but we were already on the island and when we looked into staying at PP they couldn’t show us a decent room that was available on the spot, so we ended up at Wyndham next door.
We do plan on booking in advance in the future. We love the location, it’s the best view on the island, was even better before they built Sugar Bay. I’m happy they are doing some renovations but I sincerely hope they retain the rustic appeal outside around the grounds and at Agave.
Please elaborate more about the upgrades to the resort that you mentioned in your report if you can. I saw the lobby looked good when I was there, and I wondered if the accommodations were upgraded or not. I’m not looking for PP to be just like the Ritz, but on vacations I do look for a good mattress, quiet AC, and the ability to close out daylight to sleep past 6am. Anything else you could add would be appreciated.
The lobby has new tile and furniture. The walls & ceiling were painted. They have employed an activities manager/director (Dave) that will make reservations for cruising, dining, and other activities. Dave has a wealth of knowledge about the USVIs.
Unfortunately they have replaced the rustic stone paths with concrete stairs and railings to make it a bit easier and safer to walk on. IMHO this resort should really called a "Nature Resort" since it was built in the middle of what I would call a tropical forest. The Agave still looks great. It was undergoing renovations when we were there. The 3 pools were nicely redone.
The best units are those on top of the hill (for the view). We're on top of the hill / top floor with a cathedral ceiling and wrap around balcony....the view....incredible.
The units are individually owned and the "upgrades" are the responsibility of the owners. Our unit will be undergoing a complete renovation this year...new bath, new tile floors throughout, kitchen and furniture.
With all of the upgrades going on this year and next and the addition of the activities desk Point Pleasant will go from a 3 star to a 4 star resort. Now if we can only get the restaurant to open for breakfast.......
Recommend that you book directly through the 800 number...and ask for a top of the hill suite.