I don't think the price of 250 USD a night was a bit too much even during peak season. I stayed in F205 from January 1st to January 7th. I was told it was ocean front but all condos in the F section face the Marina. When I arrived at 3:30 pm the room still had not been cleaned. We got to leave the bags there but the room wasn't ready till 6:30 pm. They made up for this and allowed a later check out at 1:30 PM. The rooms are OK, nothing fancy. Couch is very uncomfortable but a very spacious deck. Having a fully supplied kitchen was nice. The beach at Sapphire resorts is definitely the best. In my opinion it is nicer than Magen Bay. I was told Best Western Emerald beach is nicer but you have to deal with the airport noise. Their pool is small and the beach tends to get crowded the days the Cruise ships come in. Service is slow everywhere. It's a mixture of their laid back lifestyle and most places being a "mom & pop" establishments. Exceptions to this was the restaurant at Bluebeard's Castle called the Room with a View but you paid for the service and it was run like a 4 star restaurant. I believe our dinner with one bottle of wine ended up to be 160 USD. I found excellent service in restaurants staffed by mainland Americans. For example, East End Cafe in Red Hook. You find waiting to be the longest at the bar. The bartenders tend to serve the locals first and if you aren't out right rude to get there attention than you could be standing for 10 minutes before you get a drink. Cabs are expensive since they charge per person. For example, it’s only 3 dollars for a cab ride from Sapphire Beach to Red Hook which is about 1 mile. So a 6 dollar round trip cab ride turns into 12 for two people to go about 2 miles. From Sapphire it was 3 dollars to Red Hook, 6 or 8 to "Town" Charlotte Amalie and 12 to Airport. Definitely ask for the price before getting in the cab.
My feeling of St Thomas is that it is getting old and run down. The waters are beautiful but next time I visit the area I may want to check out another island outside of the Virgin Islands. I also spent a week sailing in the BVIs. These islands were a lot more secluded but even more beautiful. Best beaches: Virgin Gorda – Bitterend Resort; Jost Van Dyke – White Bay; Anegada – Cow Wreck Beach
If you are in Red Hook, go to the “Poor Mans Bar” also known as the “Wharehouse”. It’s small and appears to be a dump but I had a lot of fun in there. You can roll dice against the bartender and see if you get your drink for free! Good luck.
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