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First-timers to USVI - eco-camping on St. John in June

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With our daughter graduating college this May, we are planning a family vacation with our adult (22 year old) children. We are all first-time visitors to USVI. In fact, it is my family's first trip to the Caribbean. Eco-camping at Concordia seemed to fit our interests and our budget, so we will be there for 6 nights in June. I do understand an eco-tent will be "close quarters" and not luxury, but we would like to focus on relaxing in nature, exploring, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, and of course, local food and drink. I know it will be hot and humid, so we would most likely go for shorter (as opposed to all day) scenic hikes and swim in warm waters as much as we can (we are used to cold New England water, so just floating has high appeal!)

I have questions about renting a jeep. We would rather not - or maybe just rent for a couple days. We arrive on a Friday and hope to be on the 4 or 5pm ferry into Cruz Bay. Would you recommend taking a taxi to Concordia the first day and then just renting a jeep later on in the trip? Any companies that might be willing to bring a rental out to Concordia or do they only go to resorts? We will be able to hike from Concordia and can walk to Salt Pond Bay. We can also cook/eat on site for some of the time. DH is able to drive on the left side. I just wondered whether the location of Concordia might be too remote to not have a car and I understand taxis aren't big on coming out that far? Any comments on the safety of driving around for newbies? I am just wondering about the logistics/necessity of getting around since we are in a fairly remote location (11 miles from Cruz Bay next to National Park at Salt Pond Bay).

Are there any sailing trips you would recommend? (I am in the beginning stages of planning). Also, I don't believe umbrellas are rented at Concordia. Do the beaches have enough trees for shade? DH is very sensitive to sun. He'll be okay swimming, but he won't be able to be out all day. Or maybe we could buy an umbrella when we get there?

Any great restaurants for local flavor that we could get to? We like seafood and vegetarian options and are open to sampling whatever the drink specialty is. Love views. For this trip, we'll be going the casual route.

Any advice would be appreciated and if I've missed anything, any other tips would be welcome! Thank you in advance!

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