The timeshare villa is a very nice property with all of the latest amenities. It is nicely furnished and the decor is very attractive. However the support services for guests staying at the Villas is sorely lacking. There is insufficient staff available especially in the evenings. There is a small poolside restaurant now open that serves very good food but a little pricy like everything on St. Thomas. The pool is very nice and the beach while small is very nice. Lots of beach chairs and umbrellas are available making a day at the beach very convenient. The iguanas at poolside were very interesting and fun to watch.We chose not to rent a car because of the narrow (and I do mean narrow) roads on St Thomas and the steep (and I do mean steep) roads that have to be negotiated. The courtesy shuttle between the hotels was helpful, but since you were expected to tip the driver each time, they were not cheap either. There is still not a good walking path between the Villas and the Reef Hotel so the shuttle is just about the only option. Other transportation on the island is very expensive. We spent over $50 round-trip for 4 people to go into town to dinner. This was about a 5 minute cab ride.We booked a tour from the Activity Desk to St. John on our last day. Unfortunately there was a driving rain on that day and the Activity Desk did not cancel the tour as they should have done. Therefore we spend out last of three very rainy days sopping wet in the open ferry to St. John and while touring the island. It rained so hard that we were not even allowed into the water at Trunk Bay and therefore missed seeing the Underwater National Park. Coming back to the ferry from Trunk Bay became a real adventure with water over a foot high running over the road and into the tour bus. Really scary when the driver began slipping and sliding down the steep hills. Defenitely never go to St. John in the rain. However I think it would have been lovely otherwise. Bring mosquito repellant and the mosquitos are terrible on St. John. I am still covered with bites. We complained about the tour to the Activity Center Manager and she refunded our money. It was reassurring to know that they were willing to do that.My husband and I are really beach people and while the beaches on St. Thomas and St. John appear to be beautiful, the logistics of getting around the island make them very hard to enjoy. In fact the logistics for doing anything on the island are complicated. Even if you rent a car, parking appeared to be limited in many places making for a long hike each time. The roads are so narrow that walking is totally out of the question.One other thing to remember if you are going for the shopping. All stores downtown are closed on Sunday and even some are closed on days when there are no cruise ships in the harbor. The entire island definitely revolves around the cruise industry. If you want to shop be sure not to count on doing it on Sunday or if there are no ships in port. Unfortunately if it rains on Sunday, there is absolutely nothing else to do on St. Thomas other than sit in your room and watch TV.This was our first trip to the Virgin Islands and the rain definitely put a damper on things. I would never recommend going in the fall. Plan a spring or early summer trip before hurricane season. There is a reason why they have the really good deals in the fall.
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