End of August..Aruba or St. John V.I?

Apr 24th, 2008, 12:29 AM
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End of August..Aruba or St. John V.I?

I have employee rates at both westin's in Aruba or the St. John V.I...room prices for Aruba are about double that of V.I.

It looks like V.I is more lush and beautiful, but could be hurricane season. Aruba seems more flat and is not in the hurricane belt..what do u suggest?
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Apr 24th, 2008, 05:23 AM
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For me it would be no contest--I would choose St. John hands down. But for just as many people out there who would choose like I do, there are folks who would choose Aruba. It all comes down to how comfortable you are with rish of hurricane or even just tropical depressions, and what kind of vacation you like.

I'm fairly comfortable with the hurricane risk, so that wouldn't deter me from St. John. I aslo prefer its more laidback atmosphere and beautiful natural surroundings to the faster, more glittery pace of Aruba, with its luxury highrises and casinos. Aruba offers a wider range of things to do away from the beach and its beaches are also outstanding. You'd have a lower risk of rain there than on St. John. But I would still be drawn to relative lushness and more varied topography on St. John, and also its snorkeling and fewer crowds. I would still choose St. John despite some places being closed for the season. I don't know Aruba at all well, but I don't think it has seasonal closings there like most of the rest of the Caribbean, so perhaps other posters can chime in on that point.

So, it really does come down to what you're looking for in your vacation. St. John would suit *me* much better. Tell us more about what you want for your vacation and we can tell you which one might suit *you* better.
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Apr 24th, 2008, 09:11 AM
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ejcrowe is right on the money. If you want lounge acts at hotels you will not find them in St. John except maybe a combo in 1 or 2 places in Cruz Bay. But, if you want the tropics, and relaxation and want to try snorkeling St. John is the clear winner. Also, Aruba is likely to beseveral degrees warmer.
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Apr 24th, 2008, 11:44 AM
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Thank you for the fast replies!

My husband and I LOVE lush and tropical. We also love warm...how much cooler would V.I be?

We work in Las Vegas in a casino so if I can get away from those, I would be incredibly happy. No, we don't need clubs, casino shows or things like that. Just some local bars at night to chill, listen to local bands and music.

We LOVE to snorkle, explore the island, eat local food, talk to local people, relax and do not like touristy places (just went to maui and kauai and LOVED Kauai a whole lot more) hike, maybe find a waterfall or something..

Thank you so much for your advice...for $89 a night, St. John sounds great...except for the risk of hurricanes. We did go to Bahamas during that season and were fine..


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Apr 24th, 2008, 03:09 PM
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Based on what you just said, hands down St John. You definitely don't have to worry about it being "cool" in August in The VI's. We went in early June and it was downright hot but I love hot weather. I just remembered you are from Vegas and used to the heat. Still, the humidity makes a difference. It will not be cool unless there is some fluke weather system.
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May 7th, 2008, 02:37 PM
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Thanks for your replies.

My husband is wanting to go somewhere that is not U.S territory. It just happens that we have our special rates on the U.S Virgin islands..I am trying to tell him it won't matter if we arn't on the British V.I.

We do love some nightlife..laid back kind..local music (like reggae or stuff we do not hear in Las Vegas) local people and local food, little hole in the walls AND gourmet. Lots of places to explore and venture out to on our own, cays to see and things like that.

What is the temps in Aug. around that time of year?

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May 7th, 2008, 02:44 PM
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Oh..and I searched on a few airline sites. what city do I fly into and then how do I get to the St. John? Anyone know the cost of this?

Thank you again..I adore this forum, so helpful.

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May 7th, 2008, 09:41 PM
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The temps in the V.I.'s in Aug. would be highs of 88-92 and evening lows of 76-78. In the right location you can catch a breeze on the beach but don't count on it. You definately need a place with excellent A/C.
I must admit that St. John has little night life nor do the B.V.I. St. Thomas which isnot what you are looking for has some at the few very large hotels but less in summer than winter. For snorkeling St. John is the place.
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May 8th, 2008, 06:24 AM
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hi courtney,
the avg temp for st. john and area will be about 90. you might expect very little wind and not much rain.
info from: http://www.wunderground.com/history/...Virgin+Islands
water temp will be nice as well. coming from vegas you will notice the humidity more than anything else.
to get to the westin you fly to charlotte amalie on st. thomas (STT)
from there you can taxi to the ferry for a 35-40 mins ride to st. john. or taxi 35-40 mins to east end of st.thomas to red hook and ferry of 20 mins. once in cruz bay you'll taxi to the westin or more likely they have a van to fetch you.
i agree this is not a night life kind of place. there is more going on in red hook so perhaps you could ferry over one evening for dinner and hit a few night spots.
travel amongst the islands is not too difficult.
this page gives you st. thomas-st.john ferry schedule: http://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/interisland_ferry/
and this one is from tortola to various bvi's: http://www.bviwelcome.com/ferries.html
and way more info: http://www.bestofbvi.com/info/info_bviferry.htm
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May 9th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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Courtney, we'll be there for 9 nights at the end of August. It will be perfect beach weather, hot and some brief showers, if past experiences hold true. St. John is easy to get to. Just follow the directions that Virginia gave in the previous post. There are a wide variety of places to stay. What type of accommendation are you looking for?
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May 11th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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I just returned from Aruba.We were there for a week. I think Aruba holds the candle for repeat customers. If you are seeking lush and tropical Aruba would not be the place. It is dry, and extremely windy. Of course this helps with the wonderful weather. The rain clouds just don't last there long. The winds blow them right out. I have not been to St. Johns but I have been to St. Thomas. I think from all I have heard I would choose St. Johns. Especially since you are use to the glitter and night life type atmosphere. (gambling etc.) I think you would most happy with St. Johns. I would purchase insurance just in case.
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May 12th, 2008, 01:12 AM
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Thanks for the advice. We have available the Westin, St. John, for $89 a night at our employee rate. Aruba for $139 a night.

We aren't looking for 'nightlife' like clubs and things like that. Just a place to hang out, a local bar, a hotel bar, local music.. stuff like that. We have enough nightlife in Vegas.... I hope something like that is in V.I. We are looking forward to exploring the other islands..maybe there is a later taxi back from St. Thomas.

We love lush and tropical. We loved Grand Bahama Island but it was kind of flat. We loved Kauai, which was very green.

Hopefully there will be enough to do there in the evenings if needed. My friend was thinking of going to V.I but she is more into nightlife and gambling. I will let her know all of your advice.

Anything else I should know?



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May 12th, 2008, 01:15 AM
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Oh and we are thinking of going now the first or second week in September for our one year anniversary..hopefully the weather won't change!
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May 12th, 2008, 05:14 AM
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courtney,

Well Sept. becomes the month when if its going to happen, it surely will at this time. I know people who had to call off a wedding in St. Thomas because of the weather in the month of Sept. You loved Kauai?? So did I. I will forever remember that island. We were there last year. It was so pretty. We did a helicopter ride and It was truly an unforgettable experience. It is easy by ferry to go to St. Thomas. It runs back and forth from the 2 islands. I wish you luck, on the timeframe. One never knows or can predict the weather.
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Jun 20th, 2008, 03:41 PM
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Ok so we are still deciding. We have off Sept. 8th. A few coworkers of mine have gone to Aruba and loved it. I did go to Grand Bahama Island (which wasn't that lush..) and we loved that island...and it was kind of boring.

I am kind of worried about the whole hurricane season thing...maybe Aruba would be good since there is nightlife if we want it, whereas V.I it may be all closed, especially in September.

hmm....

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Courtney, I agree with all above. We have been to both Aruba and St. John and everyone explained both very well. If you do decide on Aruba, try to stay on Eagle Beach for a beautiful beach with a more quiet setting as compared to Palm Beach with more activity and high rise hotels. As for St. John, we are returning this August with friends. For snorkeling and gorgeous beaches, St. John is tops in our opinion.
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St Johns is great. Dont miss the ferry to the soggy dollar bar on yost van dyke. Also be sure to visit honeymoon beach next to caneal bay(just for couples).
Enjoy.
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