St. Croix or St. John

Old Oct 31st, 2004, 11:34 AM
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St. Croix or St. John


I have seen a lot of great feedback on St. Croix and St. Johns. I am planning a family reunion and we want to go to either St. Croix or another island. (St. John). There will be approximately 15 adults and 4 kids. The trip will be from June 18 to June 25th.

My main questions are these:

Has anyone ever rented homes on either island that they would recommend? We will probably need 2 houses with the amount of people we have. We would like ocenside.

Is St. Johns a lot more expensive than St. Croix? ans if so, is it worth it?

People mentioned being bored on St. Croix, is St. Johns a lot more fun? (there are about 7 of us who would be interested in good nightlife)

If we were to stay on St. Croix, could we do day trips to St. Johns?

People would be onterested in fun activities like snorkeling, boat trips, beach time...

We have found amazing homes from, has anyone ever used them? We were specifically looking at the breakers and El marisol for rental.

Thank you!!
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If you don't get an answer soon try posting on this forum:

I believe St. John is a litttle far for day trips from St. Croix. I'm not sure there's a convenient connection.

Remember since St. John is roughly two thirds National Park very few places are on the beach. It's a small island so the beaches are never far away. Also remember that you'll be staying during the low season so the rates are reasonable compared to many places in the Caribbean.
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My family just returned from a week in St. Croix. It was my first time in St. Croix. I have been to St. Johns but it was about 10 years ago. I was pleasantly surprised by St. Croix and would go back. We had separate rooms at the Divi. I had looked into the villa concept but decided to go with the hotel rooms and was glad. For our family, that bit of privacy was very nice. We were not much for night life and we were some distance from Christiansted so about all that we did was go to the casino at the Divi a few times. Golf was great on St. Croix if there is an interest in your family. There are two gorgeous courses and the fees were very low. We went with Big Beard's on a catamaran to snorkel on Buck Island which was very nice. I know they have family accommodations at the Buccaneer which is a beautiful place; one of the golf courses is there. There were many very good restaurants.

St. Johns was very beautiful but smaller in area and not as much to do. There was a ferry from St. Croix to St. Thomas but I did not see one to St. Johns although you might be able to take a seaplane.

I am sure either island will be great. If your family is satisfied with the beach, pool, snorkeling and a few restaurants, St. Johns would be nice. If you are looking for more activities, you may want to go to St. Croix. By the way, if you go to St. Croix, I suggest you rent a van from Judi of Croix, a local company which helped us greatly with info and was quite inexpensive.
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Been to both and generally would recommend St. John, unless:
(a) you want to play golf, or
(b) St. John will not fit in your budget.

You'll find more daysails and other excursions from St. John simply because there are more tourists around. Plus you can easily reach Tortola, Jost van Dyke, St. Thomas, etc.

Neither is really big on "night life," but we are more comfortable being out and about after dark on St. John than St. Croix.

STJ is more expensive and has better beaches. If you do choose STX, don't miss Buck Island. If you choose STJ, check out the usvi-on-line BB for comments on specific villas.

As for resorts, it's hard to beat the Buccaneer or Caneel Bay.

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I have been doing a lot of research on this very subject as my husband and I will be spending two weeks in the Virgin Islands. I have found a few good websites. Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like me to send to you. What I found out was that most people discouraged me from going to St. Croix as it was too far to take a ferry back and forth and costly. We are staying on St. Thomas for the first week and St. John the second week. I found that there is tons to do on St. Thomas and the ferry is only about $5 back and forth. St. John is smaller and quieter but I hear the beaches are fabulous! We found a really nice place at Coconut Coast, on the water! It is a rocky beachline, but there are lots of beaches short walking and driving distances. If you are going in June, you should be able to get a good rate for a house. Both islands, it sounds, has lots of water activities available to them. St. Thomas has the All Inclusive resorts and in June they should be pretty reasonable. St. Thomas also has more restaurants, bars and more shopping. But St. John is not desolate. There are restaurants and bars, just not as many. You can also take a ferry from Red Hook or Charlotte Amalie to any of the other islands. The recommendations I've been getting is that you really must take the time to see The Baths at Virgin Gorda and it sounds like Jost Van Dyke is another one of the islands that is a great trip. Both of these are days trips but they also have hotels in case you want to spend a night. Let me know if you want more information. Tracy
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Old Nov 1st, 2004, 07:54 PM
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Thank you so much for all the great reponses. St. Thomas sounds great. I really like that we can take ferry's to other islands.

Does anyone have any recommendations on homes to rent in St. Thomas?
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I have been to all three and St. John is the hands down favorite. I felt safe there (didn't on St. Croix, particularly after dark), found lots of places where there were no crowds (never saw such mobs as there were on St. Thomas), good restaurants and plenty of shops. We rented Coco Lobo It was a four bedroom three level house with private pool and beach access. I see from the website that they have updated the interiors since my visit. It was very quiet, absolutely gorgeous views, and well cared for. There were two other houses nearby available for rental. We never heard noise from or saw the neighbors but it would have been very easy to walk to the houses.
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