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My wife and I are planning a late January trip to St. Thomas - is there a good amount of activities outside of our hotel and do we need to rent a car?

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    what are your interests: diving, shopping, night life, food, sight seeing, sailing, fishing, etc.? at which hotel are you booked?
    generally, a car is best if you want the flexibility of setting your own schedule, but there are also MANY small open air "buses" that will take you anywhere on the island.

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    It depends on where you are staying. We used taxi's and went to restaurants close by the hotel, so it wasn't too expensive. We went to a bar one night, but otherwise our hotel was pretty innovative in offering nightly entertainment and the outdoor balcony was designed to give a panoramic view of the water.

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    avigs- need to know which hotel you are staying at..????

    We have stayed at Marriott Frenchmans Reef ( which is the nicest hotel that is close to town-but you cannot walk there) and we rented a car for one trip, and used a taxi for another trip...

    WE have also stayed further out on the island at the Ritz Carlton, and you DEFINITELY need a car there, or else you are stuck at the hotel for all meals...and you are so far from town, that taxis are expensive...

    Again, as far as activities, need to know where you are staying....

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    Hi There,

    There are all kinds of activities off of your resort on St. Thomas. Here are my suggestions of some of the things you should do.

    If you like history?take a walking tour of downtown Charlotte Amalie?..it will tire you out in the heat but it's worth it. Go to Fort Christian and spend a couple of hours?free admission, some interesting exhibits..and great views for picture taking on the roof of the fort. Go see the Governor's residence if it is open that day. Stop by the Crystal Palace and see a fabulous place that now is a wonderful B&B?say hello to Ronnie when you are there. Visit the landmarks. Go to Drake's Seat and pretend you're Sir Francis Drake watching the Spanish fleet sail by while your ships are hiding in Magens Bay. If you want to see the Caribbean?both the sea and the culture....drive around the island. I always rent a car because you can go where you want to go, when you want to go there and visit all the non-tourist places that let you discover the ?real? island?.not just the few areas that one-day visitors normally get to see. View the mountains, look out at the other islands from the higher levels.

    Go to Frenchtown and experience that culture??eat at one of the very good restaurants down there. Head west on the island..past the airport and spend some time at Brewer?s Bay. Pick up some sea shells while you are there and grab a bite to eat and a cold beer from one of the roadside vending trucks.

    Go to visit the parts of the island that are off the tourist path. Stop at a roadside produce stand and take a while to talk to the locals?.ask about their offerings and enjoy some great fresh fruit. Remember?.whenever you run into a local?just say hello and ask how they are?..they will start talking to you right away?they will ask you how do you like our island and they will mean it.

    Take a day trip over to Tortola and see where they make Sunny Caribe spices or shop in Pusser's?.go to St. John and visit the beaches or the artist's community?go to Water Island?..go to St. Croix and see the other Virgin Island?..or go to any number of other BVI's that can be easily reached from St. Thomas.

    Other things to do or see??shop of course. St. Thomas has some really different shops in addition to those you probably know about (jewelry, china and the like). Make sure you go to Local Color, go to Mountain Top (Fabulous Views out over Magens Bay) or Paradise Point(Take the Tram up), go to Coral World, and go to Tillett Gardens (Artist?s Community). Stop at Red Hook and try Rhiannon?s right below and one building over from the Caribbean Steak House & Saloon or check your email at the internet connection you can make a the Grateful Deli. The Atlantis submarine is still there and it is interesting but a bit pricey. Also be sure to look while you are driving. You will find several really unusual things to stop and visit from local pottery studios to very unusual houses and out of the way shops?..in season look for softball games or other sporting events that the locals are having. And finally, be sure to take in the beaches?.St. Thomas has several and they are all different. Magens (On the way stop at Udder Delight for the best ice cream on the island), Coki, Frenchman's, Hull, Dorothea, Limetree, Bolongo, Secret Harbour, Sapphire, and all the others.

    Schultz

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