St. John or Exumas for me & my dad?

Old Jul 2nd, 2007, 05:39 PM
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Just wanted to clarify a bit. Sometime between our March and November '06 vacations, Gallow's Gourmet merged with another little shop called "Everyting". They are a separate entity so to speak from Gallow's Point. You will need to check with the store, not the office to assist you with this.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2007, 07:16 PM
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We were in St. John for the first time a couple weeks ago & used C&C Car Rental. Very pleased with the customer service, the owner was nice enough to offer to bring us the keys to our jeep when we arrived after midnight!!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2007, 07:35 PM
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We have stayed on St. John twice & always rented our Jeep from St. John Car Rental & have been very pleased with their rates & service!

I am sooo jealous of any St. John "virgin"!! We have made the monumental decision to take next year's vacation in Barbados - instead of St. John & I am already having withdrawal!!

It is the most incredible island. One beach more beautiful than the next. Snorkeling is incredible.

And - I second another poster's suggestion - if you enjoy being ON the water at all, try to take a day excursion to the British Virgin Islands.

Even if you never set foot off of St. John - you will have an incredible experience. It is truly amazing down there. Everywhere you look, you are looking out towards another beautiful island.

Oh and if you enjoy a cocktail or two -go to Morgan's Mango in Mongoose Junction & get a BBC (which is bananas, baileys, coco lopez & pineapple juice). Kind of on the consistency a little less frozen than a pina colada. Best drink on the island - in my opinion!

Lucky, lucky you!!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2007, 09:11 PM
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Thanks to all of you STJ addicts out there!!!Your various posts have been extremely helpful!! I did end up speaking to the manager at GP who highly recommeded Cool Breezes. They will pick us up at the resort and since all the car places were priced about the same, we figured the resort manager wouldn't steer us wrong (pun intended!).
By the way, SuefromMA..I think you were the first person to recommend a drink, and I think that's hysterical but I promise you we will be sure to give it a try! After the stressful year both my dad and I have been thru., we may have to try more than one!!!! With all of you waxing on and on about your love affair with this island I don't know how I am going to concentrate on anything else for the next 3 weeks!!!!!We truly can't wait!!!!!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2007, 10:09 PM
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Hmm... I may not know much about St. John rental cars, but I'm happy to offer a second drink recommendation: the pain killer. Legend says the pain killer was invented at the famous Soggy Dollar bar (http://www.sandcastle-bvi.com/), in White Bay on Jost Van Dyke. Its popularity spread over to St. John and St. Thomas, where's it now the unofficial official drink. Do try one before you leave the island!

Recipes vary, but it's based on orange and pineapple juices, some form of coconut juice, and of course rum, with nutmeg grated on top. They'll be able to make you one pretty much anyplace where there's booze.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 05:42 AM
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Dawnie9: Your story reminds me that I brought my parents to STJ about six months after my dad's triple bypass. Coincidentallly, our trip was also during late July. IMO, the pace in STJ is perfect for your dad's celebration and relaxation. If you'd like to save a bit on the car rental business, you might want to organize your schedule a bit so that you cluster your "must have car" activities on certain days. GP is an easy walk into town, and there are taxis that go out to the northshore beaches. Many of the boat operators leave from Cruz Bay or the Westin and take up from half to the whole day so again, not necessary to get a car. Also, I just wanted to note re: Denzil Cline's (Hawksbill thought there might be some negative remarks) I have used them once on STJ and once on Tortola and have had good experiences. I think the comments were regarding Mr. Cline's daughter or niece who can be a bit sarcastic and curt, but she's actually a softie underneath. IMO, the car rental companies are all decent and comparable. If you rent by the day, if you don't like one you can always choose another. Best wishes for a terrific trip!
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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 05:47 AM
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I agree, The Soggy Dollar has the best painkiller around! In reading your original post, you say that you are going for 8-9 days. I would definitely do a day trip to the BVI's. http://b-v-i.com/ is a great website for an overview of what to do. Virgin Gorda might be a nice day trip for you. We did the New Horizons II powerboat our first time. Now we just go with the ferry system. Just depends on what kind of day you are looking for. Glad things are working out for you.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 05:49 AM
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This might be improper - but, here goes!

For first time St. John travelers - check out this website. It is invaluable! It will definitely have you hooked before & after your trip.

It is http://www.virgin-islands-on-line.co...56880b47022448

Check out the forum! The trip reports, etc are incredible.

Don't know if you can get there from this link. It is coming up funny in the preview. But, the site is virgin-islands-on-line.com - then just go to the forum.

Enjoy!
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Old Jul 3rd, 2007, 05:14 PM
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Thanks again to everyone!!Wow..let's see..9 nights of numerous drinks to try, beaches to check out, reefs to snorkel & freedive, fun places to eat, other island excursions to take + shopping and photo ops for great scenery....I now think that since this island is so expensive, maybe I'll work part time on the island (possibly bartending) so we can stay for the entire summer. I haven't even boarded the plane yet, and I already don't want to come back to NY!! Has anyone done any scuba diving here, and if so can you recommend a good(safe/reliable) dive operator that I would feel secure enough to dive with since I don't have a dive buddy with me for this trip.
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Old Jul 4th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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brenandg, if you have a minute...could you tell me the difference between taking the New Horizons power boat vs. the ferry to Virgin Gorda? Thanks!!!
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 06:46 AM
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Dawnie,

You are too much like me!

Shortly after I started planning our trip to St. Thomas/St. John & before I even set foot on the islands - I was starting to refer to it as our "1st trip" to the US Virgin Islands. It didn't take me too long to figure out that there was way too many wonderful things to do & take in on one trip.

Too funny that you are already figuring it out. If memory serves me right - I don't think that I was home a week before I made reservations for the next year.


On our first trip - we took New Horizons II and absolutely loved it. It takes you to The Baths in Virgin Gorda (huge boulders that you can climb through - or just enjoy), stopped at an island called Marina Cay for lunch, snorkeled at a nice spot near Guana Island & finished up with a fantastic stop on White Bay at Jost Van Dyke & got to have a couple of those fantastic "Painkillers". It was a great way to get a taste of the British Virgin Islands. By taking this particular powerboat trip, you are able to get in more stops than some of the other trips & of course, get there quicker, as well. But, believe me, it was an enjoyable boat ride & not at all a speedboat type trip.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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That pretty much sums up New Horizons boat trip. You can find more information about on bookitvi.com under the excursions section. It is $135pp not including lunch.

The ferry leave from STJ to VG Thurs and Sat at 8:30am and returns at 3:00pm. It takes about 1.5 hours by ferry. It is $60pp. The powerboat gets there in about half the time, allowing more time for stops. NH II is a great overview of the BVI's. We had a great day as well. The ferry is fine if you just wasnt to explore one island.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 07:29 AM
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Sorry, that ferry schedule is Thurs and Sun. You can look at vinow.com for all of the ferry schedules.
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Old Jul 5th, 2007, 06:12 PM
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Thanks guys!!You're right, I want to get so much in during 1 trip and I'm the crazy woman who starts planning the next trip before I even get on the plane! And since I love, love, love the carribean so much, every new adventure always sounds too good to pass up! OK, so I'll spend 1 full day on STJ, have a couple of "Pain Killers", get into the slowwwwed-down island groove and then I'll decide if we can squeeze in some excursions. Big thanks again for all the info!!!!
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 01:22 PM
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dawnie9: In all the hullabaloo, I forgot to mention that you should definitely get AC in at least the bedrooms. No joke! The heat was challenging for Dad, but for the AC in the bedrooms, it could have been very uncomfortable and even dangerous if there are health limitations.
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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Tux,
You may not have read the whole post, but dawnie booked at Gallow's Point.

I agree with you. I may be a wimp, but I need AC, especially in the summer months. I also hate sweating when I am trying to get "ready" for the evening.
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Old Jul 7th, 2007, 09:50 PM
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Tux, I really do appreciate your concern! My dad was actually LOL when I showed him your post because if you knew me you'd understand why we thought this was so hilarious. I would sooner have a needle stuck in my eye than stay without A/C in the summer in the carribean. My friends at work all want to kill me when it comes to the A/C. As a matter of fact, in the winter I sleep with windows open! Now my dad is another story! He's always cold. I will be packing a sweatshirt for him to wear in the room in case he gets chilly! Now you're thinking why am I going to the carribean in the summer...well first of all I spend most of the day in/under the water and also it is more affordable. Though seriously, sleeping in very hot, humid weather can cause breathing and other health issues even for normal people, let alone an ice queen like me. Big thanks again!
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