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Tips for St Thomas, St Croix & St Martin on cruise

Tips for St Thomas, St Croix & St Martin on cruise

Old Dec 20th, 1999, 10:15 AM
Stewart Garcia
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Tips for St Thomas, St Croix & St Martin on cruise

We will be calling on St Thomas. St Croix and St Maarten while on a 4 night cruise from San Juan. We are experienced cruisers and know better than to pay for the outrageously priced and limited sight tours offered by the ship. PLease advise on cab rides or public transportation to visit each place. We will have from 8am to 6pm on each island. I do want to include a visit to Orient beach if possible. Please advise, I leave tomorrow.
Old Dec 20th, 1999, 11:41 AM
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Haven't been to any of these places, but I have been planning a trip to the Virgin Islands so I will give you some info that I have gathered...
There are plenty of cabs in Charlotte Amalie where the cruise ships dock on St. Thomas, so you won't have a problem getting around. Magen's Bay is supposed to be a great beach there. If you are looking for a less crowded spot, hop on a ferry and head over to St. John. Much more pristine with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The ferries from Charlotte Amalie take about 45 minutes. St. John is very small so you can see a lot of it in a little amount of time. Trunk Bay is one of the well-known beaches, with an underwater snorkel trail.
You might have a little more difficulty getting around St. Croix in terms of what you can see as it is a much larger island and you have limited time. Buck Island, off the coast of St. Croix, is supposed to be great with amazing snorkeling, but not sure your time will allow it.
I don't know anything about St. Maarten.
Hope this helps. Have a great trip!
Old Dec 21st, 1999, 04:37 PM
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Got off the ship on the St. Martin side of the island, walked 1 block and caught a cab for a nominal fee to orient beach. I absolutely loved it. It is a very beautiful beach with little places to eat and shop along the beach. Having never even gone skinny dipping, the feeling of swimming naked is unmatched! I have been to St. Thomas several times and I'm really not all that impressed. It's O.K. but I've seen prettier places in the carribean!Jamaica for one. There is a little snack shop on Megan's bay that serves the best pizza in the world, go figure.....
Old Dec 22nd, 1999, 07:13 AM
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Haqving spent a boring week (except for shopping) inSt. Thomas I would recommend getting off the ship and taking ferry to St. John and take public bus to Trunk Bay....beautiful
Old Dec 22nd, 1999, 06:51 PM
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We just returned from a cruise that stopped at St. Thomas. The beaches there have had a lot of damage from hurricane Lenny. The beach at St. John's is now very small and the sidwalks are still up ended. We have been to Megan's Bay on past cruises but apparently it is closed right now due to the hurricane. Have been to Orient Bay and it was a beautiful beach - half the beach marked for in the buff and the other half do as you please.

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