What to do in St. Thomas and St. Maarten

Old May 30th, 2001, 08:40 AM
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What to do in St. Thomas and St. Maarten

Does anyone have any good suggestions of what to do in St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Is it just shopping ?
Old May 30th, 2001, 09:07 AM
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In St. Maarten, you may enjoy America's Cup Regatta (think this is now offered also in St. Thomas). As a non-swimmer, I have enjoyed this excursion twice and would do it again. Hope others offer other alternative suggestions.
Old May 30th, 2001, 07:01 PM
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In St. Thomas, you can take a sailboat ride from St.THomas over to St.John and go snorkeling at the RockResort-this is usually done from Sapphire Beach. Also St. Thomas has a beautiful rainforest and gorgeous beaches. Plus the shopping is good.
St.Martin has 2 sides- Dutch ,where the casinos are and where there is also shopping, and the French side, where it is more European and the shopping is also good. Also on the French side there is a nude beach-Orient Beach. On both island you can rent a car and drive around-they may even have a jeep trip- check into it.Have fun!
Old May 30th, 2001, 07:53 PM
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There are lots of activities in St. Thomas - many you can experience through ship excursions or on your own. I have been to St. Thomas several times, I have even stayed there for 10 days and still have not experienced it all.
I don't know what your interests are, but St. Thomas was where scuba was invented. There are several good dive sites, snorkling, faboulous beaches, a world class golf course, horseback riding ( may have to arrange for this on your own), kayaking, mountain biking, seaplane airtours, etc.
I suggest you go to St. John in the morning. It is a beautiful island and has great snorkling, then come back to St. Thomas in the afternoon.
In St. Martin, I have had friends who went on the America's Cup and absolutely loved it!
Old May 31st, 2001, 09:47 AM
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If you're intrested in kind of exploring a bit more, try to get over to the French side. Grand Case has some great restaurants, and Orient Bay has everything you'd ever want in water sports.

If you do go to Orient Bay, then make sure you go before lunch (they're on European schedules, 2-3 hours for a Siesta). Then, when the mid-day break comes, just pack up your towel, go eat at one of the numerous Beach front Restaurants, while they serve you up Paella, and some great music.

It really is a great way to spend the day. Bikini Beach was really a great spot (if it's still there), and from what i remember inexpensive. Most of the Restaurants, like Bikini Beach, offer up umbrellas and chairs, with drink service before and after lunch.
Old May 31st, 2001, 09:50 AM
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Forgot to add: SAILING CATAMARANS (sp?). For about $60-$75, you get like 4 hours and/or dinner and drinks on a sunset sail around the Bay. Didn't see them on the Dutch Side, but they were advertised everywhere on the French Side.
Old May 31st, 2001, 03:12 PM
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If you want to go to a beach on either island, DON'T take the ship's excursion. Just get a taxi. Orient Beach on St. Martin is beautiful. On ST. Thomas you can take the ferry to St. John or go to Megans Bay or Coki Point for nice beaches.

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