Just Returned from St. John

Old Jun 13th, 2001, 04:38 PM
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Just Returned from St. John

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful 8 day trip to St. John. Pure relaxation! We stayed in one of the studios in Estate Concordia. The room (#3) was confortable and had a great view of Salt Pond Bay. The two ceiling fans, along with the natural breezes cooled off the room nicely. During the day, Estate Concordia is fairly quiet but at night it comes alive with all the natural noises (mainly from the insects). I didn't have a problem with it, but my husband found it a bit difficult to fall asleep. Also, the staff at EC was very helpful and friendly. My only reservation about staying at Estate Concordia was that it wasn't as clean as I expected. And I am by no means a neat freak. It bothered me a little but it wasn't a big deal since we weren't in the room for long periods of time. The beaches I enjoyed most were Trunk Bay (when the cruise ships weren't in town) and Hawksnest. The other beaches on the island were also beautiful but these were the areas I found the snorkeling most interesting. Estate Concordia is about 40 minutes from Cruz Bay and about 20 mins from the north shore beaches. So if you're planning to stay at Estate Concordia, it's essential to rent a car and also a fun way to explore the island. For us, the drive wasn't a big deal. Driving to Cruz Bay for dinner as the sun was going down was just gorgeous! The two biggest decisions that we had to make while in St. John was which beach to go to and where to have dinner. Tough life, huh? By far, the three restaurants I recommend are Asolare, Le Chateau de Bordeaux, and Paradiso. We loved the food at Paradiso so much we went there twice! Absolutely delicious!! You won't be disappointed. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to share my experience.
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 06:36 AM
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Thanks for the info. My fiance and I will be honeymooning in St. John in July. Just wondering what we can expect, price wise, for dinner on St. John. What are the entree prices. Beer and wine, etc.. Just wondering what to expect. Thanks.
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 06:58 AM
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I would really like to get an idea of how much a room would cost this time of year, Most people posting seem to be staying at the big expensive resorts and I prefer something small and simple and much less costly. Could you give me some idea as to what is available other than the top of line.
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 09:59 AM
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Oh, you'll have a wonderful time honeymooning in St. John!!

The appetizers ranged between $8-$12, entrees $26-$34, and desserts were on average $10. We didn't drink any wine or beer while in St. John so I couldn't give you a price range but the tropical drinks (smoothies with alcohol) were about $6.50 at the restaurants. We also went to the Star Fish Market and purchased some Cruz Rum along with some juice and made our own drinks at night. The Cruz Rum was about $7 for a large bottle. Super reasonable! The market had a good selection of beers, wines, and different spirits.

One night we went to Morgan Mango and we spent a bit less then the higher end restaurants (Asolare, Paradiso,etc.) but not that much less. The food (seafood) at Morgan's was good but very ordinary. So for a few more bucks you can have a really special meal along with a great atmosphere. The three restaurants that I recommended were very romantic (low lights, candles, great views at Asolare & Le Chateau de Bordeaux).

Staying at Estate Concordia was extremely reasonable! For an ocean view studio (during low season May 1-Dec 14), you'll pay $125 a night. And from May 1 to Nov. 15, 2001, you receive a your sixth night for free. Not a bad deal. The studios with a partial ocean view are less ($95). I'm not sure how much of a breeze you will get though since there are lots of trees near the patio. Hope that helps.
Old Jun 14th, 2001, 10:56 AM
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I forgot to mention that those prices I indicated were for the higher end restaurants. You can definitely spend less if you wanted to. One night we spent about $60 at Shipwreck Landing which included appetizers, entrees, desserts, and alcoholic beverages. The food was great too. They also had an excellent live band playing. Another night we went to Skinny Legs and spent about $20. Nothing fancy here (just burgers & sandwiches) but it was very close to Estate Concordia and we didn't feel like traveling to Cruz Bay.

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