St John Trip Report June 2-7

Jun 9th, 2006, 04:55 PM
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hi phyllis,

thanks so much for your post. here are some answers to your questions:

i packed capris, a short-sleeved shirt and tank tops. my husband packed shorts and t-shirts. we brought sandals and wore sneakers on the plane (also for hiking). we took our snorkels and masks, but didn't bring fins. caneel; lets you use their fins your entire stay (very convenient!) the Baths was definitely worth going too; however, i would have rather been on a boat that anchored so we could swim to the boulders, rather than hiking through them...just my opinoin though.
you can buy bottled in town at cruz bay. it wasn't expensive either. i am just weird like that...spending over $700/night for a room, but bringing my own water.

i hope this helps. please let me know if you have any other questions. you will LOVE caneel and stj. which room/beach are you staying on?

hi shabbychic,

glad you enjoyed the photos! i definitely agree about the baths.

hi caribtraveler,

so sorry about twisting the knife. we only stayed in bora bora (one night was in papeete for travel/plane convenience), and get ready to start the crying...we did stay in an overwater bungalow for three night. it was AMAZING. the other three nights we stayed in a beachfront bungalow and it was equally awesome (half the the bathroom was outdoors - shower, sinks, and you had a private deck with a huge hot tub, too). wipe your tears and arrange a visit! it's worth every penny! i'd be glad to answer any questions about my bora bora trip any time.

hi mah1980,
it only took 7 and 1/2 hours from los angeles to get to papeete, and then a short 30 minute plane ride to bora bora. i will never forget landing in bora bora. it was the most beautiful scenery. hope you got your summary judgements done! have a gerat night.

hi ccrosner,

thanks for posting. i was also surprised, even though i heard from others about the accomodations. it was still a little disappointing though. however, you are right about the scenery. it is breathtaking. have a great night!


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Jun 9th, 2006, 05:21 PM
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Hi Jackie, your a doll, thanks so much for the clothes packing info., it helps SO much. And I totally understand the water thing; I take my own water w/ me everywhere I go too! We are going to be in a premium beachfront room, but I don't know what beach it will be on.
If I think of more questions, I'll be back. Until then thanks so much and hope you are getting to start planning your next adventure !!! Have a good weekend
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Jun 10th, 2006, 12:06 AM
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thanks, phyllis! you will love the beachfront room. we really enjoyed scott beach, and i think there is one other beach to get a premium beachfront room on...not sure which one, but other fodorites know. keep me posted, and again, let me know if you have any more questions.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 03:32 AM
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Thank you so much for you wonderful trip report and the Awesome pictures!!! What a nifty way to view them, too. I've never seen that! Can't wait for our turn, only 6 more months to go!!!
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Jun 10th, 2006, 08:28 AM
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thanks Coden,

thanks so much! my husband does web design.

make sure to post your trip report when you get back, and have a wonderful time.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 08:47 AM
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Awesome pics, Jackie! Glad you had a nice time on STJ and I hope you are able to return again some day!
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Jun 10th, 2006, 10:02 AM
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thanks so much, CaribbeanSoul! We hope to be able to return some day, as well.
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Jun 10th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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Thnx Jackihammond...we will have a wonderful time and I do hope to post a review once we get back. I plan on taking a journal book with me so I can keep track of our daily events.

Since we will be in a vila I also hope to keep track of our grocery expenses because that seems to be a big concern wtih many of the posters here, including myself. We were going to lug a lot of our non-perishables with us, but now we've decided not to. We are just going to buy what we need, when we need it, there and not worry about hauling it.

Or that is what our plan is at this moment in time...we do still have 6 Looong months. Ha!!
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Jun 10th, 2006, 02:54 PM
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hi coden,

your plan sounds great. lugging around non-perishables can be a pain. have a great trip, and i'll look for your trip report in six or so months!
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Jun 11th, 2006, 05:03 AM
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Hi Jackie,

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip and posted your report.

Your pics will help me to survive until I return to Caneel in November.
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Jun 11th, 2006, 12:58 PM
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thanks, diane! i bet you are counting down the days until your trip!
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Jun 11th, 2006, 02:51 PM
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I finally stopped crying so now I can post a reply. Thanks for the painful info.
I don't remember ever doing any research on the resort you went to. It looks heavenly. This might be a 10-year anniversary trip for us (we're at #7 right now) if we don't finally decide to go for #2 (child that is).
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Jun 11th, 2006, 04:04 PM
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hi caribtraveler,

lol...i hope you get a chance to go.

either #2 or #10 would be wonderful! i suppose #2 is bit better though. good luck with whichever you choose.
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Jun 11th, 2006, 07:11 PM
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Jackie--thanks for a wonderful trip report. I couldn't download the photos, but did get the video of beautiful Scott Beach. Ahhhhh....bliss! Enjoyed your ratings and price lists, which may help prevent St John sticker-shock.
Are you fondly recalling the moist air of St John, as you experience Phoenix's oven?
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Jun 11th, 2006, 09:24 PM
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hi CaliNurse,

oh yes, i definitely miss the moist air of st john! phoenix is definitely an oven...at least when we were in stj, we didn't experience the heat advisory in phoenix (over 110!).

if you don't have flash, then the pics will be unviewable. however, you can go to http://www.macromedia.com and download the latest version of the flash player...it's a free download.

thanks so much for your post!
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Jun 12th, 2006, 04:56 PM
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thanks for sharing the trip report and pictures!!! i enjoyed those very much as I'm planning for a STJ trip later this year

btw, the lagoon at bora bora is completely natural
"i think that bora bora, in the man-made lagoon had better visibility and it was VERY shallow."

i too loved the BB pearl beach resort and am dying to check out Caneel Bay
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Jun 12th, 2006, 06:26 PM
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hi bluefan,

thanks for your post! have fun on your stj trip this year. it is not as beautiful as bora bora, in my opinion, but definitely a close second far above kauai, maui, and bahamas. i thought the lagoon on pearl beach was man-made. thanks for pointing out that it is natural. makes it even more breathtaking.
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Jun 12th, 2006, 09:19 PM
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wow...far above kauai

i just got back from kauai last weekend and was blown away by the beauty of the north shore, napali coast and waimea canyon...the most beautiful natural setting i've seen since bora bora and moorea; but then again, kauai doesn't have the blinding white sand and turquoise water beaches that bora bora or the caribbean offers (although lanikai on oahu comes close)

based on your post, i can't wait!!!
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Jun 13th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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hi bluefan,

i just wasn't a huge fan of kauai or maui. kauai had beautiful nature like waimea canyon, pretty waterfalls, and we also kayaked and hiked. but the beach and water doesn't come close to bora bora or st john. i really love shallow, clear water, and kauai seemed to have big ocean waves...nice to listen to, but scary to swim and snorkel in, in my opinion. i can't wait to hear what you think of stj. btw, i'm looking up lanikai on oahu to see some pics...thanks for your post!
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Jun 13th, 2006, 10:31 AM
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bluefan,

just looked at some pics of lanikai on oahu and it is beautiful...water kind of reminds me of scott beach's at caneel. very pretty.
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