Tom & Carol Wells

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Some Fun Things to do in St. Thomas

Spa:  Our favorite at Sugar Bay Resort has not yet re-opened after the hurricanes as of November 2018.  I know of no spas that are currently open.

Snorkeling:  Good spots everywhere, but the closest is Sapphire Beach and Coki Beach.

Good local (Red Hook area) restaurants: Fish Tails (good for breakfast and lunch), Pesce, Duffy’s, and Caribbean Saloon are all in downtown Red Hook. Also, Tap and Still is a good place for a burger and a brew. The pizza is good at Senor Pizza. Raw has very good Sushi. In Charlotte Amalie, there are Grand Cru and the Fat Turtle (more of a lunch place) at Yacht Haven Grande.  Near Magens Bay, we like Blue Orchid.  Thirteen is mid-island toward the west end and is very good, too. Casual Mexican right in the middle of Charlotte Amalie’s shopping district is Greengo’s on Hibiscus Alley. Oceana in Frenchtown is lovely, with excellent food, but a bit pricey.

There is currently (since the 2017 hurricanes) only one restaurant within walking distance of the condo. It is the Caribbean Fish Market, located at the Elysian Resort, which you can see from our back deck.  To walk there, take the stairs that lead up to the Cowpet condominiums, the beige building which you can see above the St. Thomas Yacht Club.  The stairs are located on the far side of the Yacht Club (the white one story building with red trim around the roof). Once on the higher level, walk through the parking lots and turn right at parking space #30 (approximately) and walk between the buildings down toward the beach then across the grass to the Caribbean Fish Market, a bit higher priced, but excellent seafood restaurant.

VI Eco-Tours:  Choose from three different tours that include kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling.  We recommend the 3 hour Mangrove Lagoon eco-tour or the 3 hour Honeymoon Beach eco-tour on St. John.  We have never been on the Hassel Island history tour, but understand the hiking and kayaking part are more strenuous than the other tours. You can usually find a coupon for a 10% discount in the back of This Week.  Learn more at www.viecotours.com.

Visit St. John:  The ferry (car or pedestrian) to St. John leaves frequently from Red Hook. Check the schedule in This Week, usually around page 76.  Most of St. John is a National Park with lots of hiking trails and good places to snorkel. We have a hiking map in the table under the TV.  The main shopping district is within easy walking distance from the pedestrian ferry terminal.  Be sure to check out the Mongoose Junction shopping area.

Duty Free Shopping:  Two good places to do this – Havensight Mall (built right at the cruise ship docks) and downtown Charlotte Amalie. Try to pick a day when there is only one or two cruise ships in town.  The schedule of cruise ship arrivals is located on page 90 of This Week.  Most of the stores will be closed Sunday, so that is typically not a good day.  Merchants are more willing to deal if there are fewer cruise ship folks in town. You have probably never seen so many jewelry shops in one area as you will find downtown on Main Street.  See downtown map on page 50-51 in This Week.  Feel free to bargain for the best price.  If you are not in the market for jewelry, a stroll downtown, up and down the alleys between Main Street and the Waterfront Highway, will offer you an opportunity to view the picturesque historic warehouse buildings (now converted to shops and restaurants) dating back hundreds of years to when St. Thomas was a Danish Colony.  There are other kinds of stores, too, and not just jewelry.

Historic Downtown Walking Tour: Every week on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.  Costs $25 per person.  Call 340-774-5541 for more info and to make reservations.

Visit the British Virgin Islands: You will need your passport to visit BVI.  There are several boat charters that offer day-long trips to several BVI islands.  We have used Bad Kitty in the past and were pleased with what they offered.  They leave from the Red Hook ferry terminal and visit The Baths at British Virgin Gorda, have lunch at Cooper Island, go snorkeling at Peter Island and give you beach time at Jost (pronounced Yost) Van Dyk island, famous for its beach bars Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar.  You can always take a ferry to Jost or to Tortola, BVI and do your own tour.

Paddle Boarding:  Easier than it looks!  You can rent them by the half hour ($25) or hour ($30) at Aqua Action located at Secret Harbor Resort on Secret Harbor (a few minute drive from here, back down 322 toward 32, but before you reach 32).

Golf: There is only one golf course on St. Thomas and that is Mahogany Run Golf Course. Call 340-777-6006 for info. It is located on the north side of the island off route 42.

Zipline Adventures:  This 3 hour canopy tour features great views from 8 platforms and 10 ziplines and is the only zipline in the Caribbean.  $99/each.

I would highly recommend that you call places before you go there for an activity or to eat. The island has still not recovered fully from the hurricanes of 2017 and many places are still closed or have changed their hours.