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Trip Report St. Thomas trip Highlights: Christmas 2012

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I know St. Thomas is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I have inlaws who live there so we visit once or twice a year. We were just there for 12 days over Christmas, and rather than an official trip report, I’ll pass along a few highlights from this trip.

Secret Harbour Beach: was lovely, as always. Quiet when the swell was up in other parts of the island. Not a lot of live coral for snorkeling but a lot of beautiful fish in the reefs to the left of the beach. Rented a standup paddleboard, which was fun. Frequent trips by beachside waitress and the new management at the onsite restaurant seems to be doing a good job. Parking is more restricted than it used to be, so if you’re driving I would come earlier in the day if you can.

Lindquist Beach: this is my favorite beach on the island now. Relatively isolated and beautiful sandy beach. $3 per adult. There can be occasional seaweed when the swell is up, but most of the time it is peaceful and lovely. Picnic tables and plenty of shade.

Lady Lindsey Sunset Sail (Ritz): this came our way as a gift. They served sangria and tapas that night in addition to regular beach drinks. We had plenty to eat and drink. Friendly and organized crew. We sailed around to Christmas Cove and saw the green flash. The sail is open to anyone, not just Ritz guests. The Ritz is always a pleasure to walk around and check out the scene.

The Cellar (Red Hook): my inlaws go there often, so my wife and I went by for happy hour on a Friday. Tasty and inexpensive ($6) appetizers and fun drinks.

Hull Bay: never been there before. A little funky but neat area. Pretty good beach restaurant there with fish and chips made from fresh fish. Lots of boats.

Mahogany Run golf: played a round with rented clubs. Great course, and there was barely anyone on the course – perhaps because it’s quite expensive, but a fun time if you want to treat yo self.

Cinnamon Bay (St. John): we hopped the ferry with the kids and spent the day at Cinnamon Bay. Stunning beach, less crowded if you walk to the left when you get to the beach. Decent snorkeling off the cay. The onsite restaurant there was not great, however – poor food and expensive for what it was. Bring cash to St. John for taxis and the ferry, which does not take credit cards!

Wanted to try the Ecotour, but ran out of time. That will have to wait until the next trip!

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