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  1. Jost is an excellent idea with a long port time. Private excursion or water taxi...The $200 public ferry runs on the weekend while you are there but leaves at 7:30 AM so not an option... For SXM we head to Friar's Bay beach just outside Grand Case (where you want to go for excellent French cuisine). Gorgeous, less touristy beach with surprisingly great French food at the beach club and a set of lounges w/umbrella is just $10. The beach is clothing optional and VERY French! No cruisers there when we visited while staying on the island...
  2. What other beaches have you been to on your numerous visits to STT? Bolongo isn't much to look forward to either unless you access the facility and Iggie's and the pool. Would suggest Sapphire on the east end, or Lindqvist Bay (aka Emerald Beach) west of CA...And of course Magens if you haven't been...
  3. Smuggler's Cove could be iffy but Brewers no worries....
  4. Sorry I missed your post bk, hope you enjoyed your visit to the VI's! If I had to choose there nicest beach on St Thomas with amenities it would be Sapphire...with just restrooms Lindqvist...Did you get to either?
  5. For a PRIVATE operator read the new threads just below yours on Ocean Magic - not hard to find... If looking for a SHARED cat sail with an independent operator look at Aristocat, Kuralu, and Patouche, all excellent.
  6. Secret Harbor is dead calm, we prefer gorgeous Sapphire which can also be like glass or a bit rougher depending on the weather...
  7. We would skip Jost and stop at either the Cooper Island Restaurant or Pirates Bight on Norman, spend a little time at the Baths on VG, then hit Smuggler's Cove and enjoy Patricia's great grilled food! These locations are closer to one another so we'd have more time to enjoy them...also the best snorkel spots if interested in that...
  8. You can easily do everything you want using taxis, nice long time in port! Take your excursion, after getting back and showering, taxi into town to see the historic area and do your shopping. Drop your stuff at the ship and taxi to Red Hook for a taste of the early nightlife there. Enjoy great burgers at the Tap & Still or delicious pizza at Island Time Pub. There may be early live music at one of the places there as well. Maybe have a couple drinks and meet others at Duffy's Love Shack before heading back to port. If you decide on spending some time at a beach after shopping, you could head to Sapphire which should have live music, then stop in near y Red Hook or head back to PP. Taxi fares would be ~5/pp between the port and CA, and $10/pp to Red Hook. You could also rent a car but taxis make more sense. Alternatively you could shop/sightsee then enjoy the view from PP followed by a nice dinner at Mafolie overlooking the bay, or Oceana in Frenchtown. Many options with this long port stay...
  9. Coki can be less calm, I'd suggest looking at Secret Harbor if you want to try another beach - very calm, and you can rent lounges/umbrellas from AA Divers and there is a great restaurant. If you arrive later in the day reserve lounges ahead on their site as supplies and space are limited... Taxi is the same shared safari taxi, ~$10 - 11/pp, not sure if they have discount fares for kids?
  10. See the thread just below yours with the info on Ocean Magic. Lots of travel time so you'd need to decide if that's worth it...
  11. We have no problem driving on the left side of the road in the left drivers position - "shoulder to the shoulder" is very natural after a few minutes. You do need to remember to look right first. I actually have more trouble getting accustomed to driving on the left side of the road in the right drivers position. And I'm constantly hitting the wipers instead of the turn signal!
  12. Not sure if this link to his account will work but you will find him responding to a new post on the TA STT forum https://www.tripadvisor.com/Profile/localsailor?tab=forum
  13. SH is the only spot we’ve found to be more protected and consistently calm other than Magens. I would steer you to a local (localsailor who posts on the STT and BVI forums on TA) who knows these islands and the BVI and may be able to offer some advice. Maybe IM him for his advice...
  14. Yes any water can be extremely rough during the winter months and into April, just no way of getting you info you can be confident with, I’m sorry to say. I know you don’t want to commit and end up not being able to enjoy it. We’ve seen swells cover almost all of Honeymoon on STJ and snorkeling off the cays was quite dangerous. We’ve experienced extremely rough seas on Tortola in April and May one week followed by glass-like conditions the next...
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