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Old 11-15-2006, 10:37 AM
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What's the best excursion in St. Thomas? We will be there in March 2007
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by all means, hop a "taxi-truck" for a short tour. No need to book in advance because they are everywhere! They will take you up to "Mountain Top" for great views of the whole island and bananna dacquiris and then tour thru general areas of interest. If you haven't been to St Thomas before, I'd recommend doing this first. They will also drop you off at the pristine Maygens Bay for time on the beach if you like.
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Old 11-15-2006, 11:12 AM
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If you've never been to St. Thomas, then check it out. Maybe book a catamaran sail/snorkel or go to Coki Beach or Magan's Bay and you can do snorkeling there. If it is not a windy day, you could also go to Sapphire Beach. If it's really windy, Sapphire Beach gets rough and the snorkeling isn't that great. Plus there are a lot of small rocks when you're trying to get into the water. If you've been to St. Thomas before and have done all the sight-seeing you want to do, by all means take the ferry to St. John and the cab to Trunk Bay. It is one of the top 10 beaches in the world. There is a self-guided snorkel trail about 50 yards from the beach. The water is crystal clear, warm and varies from 10-30 feet in depth. There are fresh water showers, a snack bar, a couple of shops (shop in St. Thomas), some shade, lockers, and a place to rent snorkeling equipment. Be sure to bring your camera for some beautiful pictures not only at Trunk Bay but the ride to/from Trunk Bay. Best wishes!
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You're in for quite a treat. The only reason I suggested Trunk Bay is the beauty. St. Thomas is a great place to visit, and the shopping is great (as well as St. Maarten). I prefer St. John only because I love snorkeling and the ocean. To me (and this is just my opinion) St. Thomas is too crowded and over-built. Every time we've been there it seems like something is under construction. Please don't get me wrong, it's a great island to visit. I'm just not much of a shopper (even though I bought 5 t-shirts there in October). We went to Sapphire Beach when we were there in October, the water and the scenery is nice there. The wind was really whipping that day, so the snorkeling wasn't that great. We probably should have gone to Coki or Magan's bay, but we still had a good time. If the weather is nice in December, we will definitely be going to Trunk Bay, it is awesome. Since you have to take a ferry over, if the wind is really blowing, it kicks up waves. I don't mind rough seas, but my hubby doesn't like it too much. He'll go if I drag him, but he hadn't been to Sapphire so I thought we'd give that a try. How old are your children? What do they enjoy doing? Have they ever been on a catamaran? Have they ever snorkeled? Besides St. Maarten, what other ports are you visiting? Sorry for the 30,000 questions, just trying to see if I can help with some suggestions for excursions or sites to see.
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kids will be 7 & 9 by the time we go down there.
And none of us has ever been down south. We are not too much into shopping - maybe a souvenier or two and my friend told me that electronics are cheaper down there. Other than that we like to explore things. I did not hear too much good about the Jeep tour (people getting stuck in traffic). That's why i am more for beach, swimming and snorkeling
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St. Thomas does have a lot of traffic and when there's 2 or 3 ships in port, wow. I think y'all would enjoy Coki Beach or Magan's Bay. Plenty of watersports and they're both really nice beaches. Have a wonderful cruise!
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I totally agree with Penny. We have been to Magen's Bay and went to Trunk Bay this year. Trunk Bay has a great snorkeling trail. The cost of admission (it's a national park) includes snorkeling equipment. If you love the beach, both of these are the places to go.
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thanks for all your advise - this forum is awesome. A wealth of info for all of us first (or second) timers
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