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Philadelphia...
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tell me more about St. Thomas

Originally it was our plan to stay on St. John, but unfortunately with airfare being so high, it's kinda stretching our budget. My alternative thought is to find more affordable accomodations on St. Thomas and take a very long day trip to St. John one day.

I need to get a better feel for St. Thomas..I understand it will be busier, but if we rent a condo or hotel room that is secluded (is this possible) will we find peace and quiet? We aren't big shoppers or gamblers and frankly we love adventurous off the beaten path excursions with few people... is this possible to find in St. Thomas? We plan to do an excursion or two, snorkel, snorkel, snorkel, hike, and see beaches..

I figured that staying at St. Thomas may be cheaper too in regards to restaurant choices? Or am I way off and should I just go back to my original plan?

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Geneseo, Illinois
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If you can find a vacation rental on the north side it will probably be more what you are looking for. Very peaceful.

St.Thomas
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If you are looking for real peace and quiet, Marsha is right the Northside is about as quiet as STT gets.

Northof Boston
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Check out any rentals in Estate Tabor and Harmony on VRBO- there are only a few, but we have stayed there a few times, and I think it has a very STJ- like feel... yet convenient to both Magen's bay and Red Hook ( and all the great beaches in between)

Columbus, Ohio
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We too always stay on St. Thomas and spend a couple of days taking the car barge over to St. John to explore. We've recently started spending a few days before or after our week on St. Thomas staying on St. John - and yes, in my experience, STT is less expensive than STJ when it comes to restaurant prices.

Recommendations to stay on the North Side of the island are good - it is very quiet on that end of the island. I would also look at places around Red Hook. Depending on where you stay - once you get on property, especially at some of the smaller condo complexes, you don't feel like you're at a big resort with a lot of people. It really can be quiet and enjoyable. Staying near Red Hook gets you close to many dining choices - only a few minute drive from one another, easy access to the passenger ferry and car barge.

St Thomas
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Take a look at www.vrbo.com for North side rentals. The Hull Bay/Dorothea areas are wonderfully quiet yet easily accessible!

Virginia
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North side is quiet indeed but most condo properties I've ever visited and even some of the larger resorts are bucolic.

St. Thomas vs. St John will likely save time and money. I prefer St T because beach access doesn't need to be a chore. If I could afford Caneel I'd certainly feel differently.

Charlotte Amalie...
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Check this place out, Heard from some folks today that stayed there this week and loved it. They then came into town and stayed at a B & B as a balance.

RL

http://www.hullbaycottages.com/index.html

Philadelphia...
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Thanks guys, you've all been really helpful I'll start cruising VRBO and flip key for this area and hopefully nail something down!

Philadelphia...
posts: 124
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BTW- there isn't a website out there where vacationers can post their last minute dates.. and owners can persue and contact them to fill? I know that's weird but it'd be a good way to make us both happy...anyone know of something like this