Outdoor Activities – St. Thomas, USVI

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Tree Limin’ Extreme

Have you ever gone zip-lining? It is a lot of fun and is for the adrenaline seeker.  You can zip line at speeds up to 35 miles per hour on a 3 hour tour. You will see incredible scenery and have a lot of fun with this attraction.

Bluewater SUP Safaris

Standup paddle boarding seems to be all the rage right now. You can take standup paddle boarding lessons or rent a board and explore Hull Bay Beach.

St. Thomas Historical Trust

There are of course many other hikes and rides you can do on, such as with the St. Thomas Historical  Trust. They take hikes to Hassel Island where you can see a fort from the 1800s and go on many hiking trails.

Water Island Adventures Tour

Do you like to explore nature? Water Island Adventures Tour offers a 3 hour bike trip on Water Island. There are many sites to see and interesting attractions to visit such as a plantation from the 1600s.

Children’s Activities on the island of St. Thomas, USVI

Children's Activities on the island of St. Thomas, USVI

If you are traveling to St. Thomas with children, then you are in luck! There are several activities on the island which will be immense amounts of happiness and fun to your little ones, no matter what their age is. Besides just playing on the beach (which is tons of fun), there are so many activities and family attractions to see and enjoy.

Coral World Ocean Park

At Coral World Ocean Park, there are plenty of fun activities for you and your family to do. It was voted the top attraction in the Virgin Islands and it’s crawling (or swimming…) with sea life. You can swim with sea lions, pet a shark, and feed food to animals such as stingrays. Coral World Ocean Park is located adjacent to Coki Point and is a 4.5 acres marine park. You can also snuba which is a fun adventure in itself as well.

There are tons of activities at Coral World Ocean Park. Once you’re done here, you can also relax on the adjacent beach, which has beautiful clear water to play on.

“Pirate” Themed Activities and Fun

There are many chances in which you and your family can pretend that they are “pirates.” You can board the Doubloon and set sail on a 3.5 hour sail to Buck Island. You can swim with turtles and snorkel.

You and your family can also go on the Treasure Seeker Pirate ship which is a 2 hour themed tour around the harbor. You can do face painting and have water-gun battles.

Butterfly Garden

Children can play with butterflies at the location and learn all about them. There is a 10,000 square foot enclosure in which they can roam free. There are daily shows in which exotic birds perform tricks for their audience. This fun activity is located at the Havensight Cruise Ship Dock.

Snorkel, Scuba, Snuba, and Sail in the USVI

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Trunk Bay in St. John’s Underwater Trail

Trunk Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches to visit. Many people take a picture up top of it and it is like a computer screensaver!  It is a very popular beach with a 225 yard long underwater snorkeling trail. There are many things along the underwater trail such as coral and of course plenty of fish. There are many things to do when at Trunk Bay. There is a small entry fee just as a reminder.

To get to Trunk Bay in St. John, simply take a taxi to the ferry in Red Hook to Cruz Bay. Then look for one of the taxis located right outside (or a bus) to Trunk Bay.

Snorkel/Scuba/Snuba

There are many options for snorkeling, scuba diving and snuba-ing while in St. Thomas.  There is very clear water pretty much everywhere and it is calm most of the time.

At Sugar Bay Resort, there is good snorkeling due to their being a small section of the beach being rocky. Snorkel close to there (but with distance just to be safe) and you will see plenty of sea life! The water is very clear and calm most of the time which of course just enhances the experience and makes it more fun.

Sailing

Sailing is a great past-time while in St. Thomas. There are many day sails that might include snorkeling, scuba diving, meals and so on, evening dinner cruises and so on. You can go to St. John, the British Virgin Islands (with a passport) and so on.

St. Thomas, USVI Activities

NewScuba_divingHave you ever taken a vacation and felt rushed to fit everything in? Most people feel this way. However, even when you are on vacation, you don’t want to feel stressed just because you want to try and fit everything into your schedule.

There are themed events, group events, evening functions, tours, transportation and many other events and activities offered by the company.

The themed events can range from Pirate’s Cove, Carnival, Beneath the Sea and Changes in Latitude. Decor and entertainment are provided, all to make it easier on you, the host of the event. You can sit back while most of the decisions have already been made.

Group events are also offered, such as boat building, half and full-day catamaran day cruises, sailing adventures, lunch outings, scavenger hunts, beach activities, and much, much more.

The company also arranges for evening functions, such as if you want to go on a sunset sail, have a nice dinner, a dinner cruise to Jost Van Dyke, and so on.

There are many tours available as well. The company can set you and your group up to go kayaking, parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, snuba adventures, rafting, hiking, historial tours, deep sea fishing, horseback riding, environment-friendly tours and so on.

The amount of activities on St. Thomas and in the Virgin Islands seems endless, and that’s what a tour company is there for: to make sure that you make the best of your time and can do as many fun things in the most efficient manner.

When going on a vacation to the Virgin Islands, I’m sure one of the top things on your mind include the beach, swimming, and relaxing under the sun. There are several water activities that are available to you and your family.

Virgin Islands Ecotours

This is a very fun company that offers several interesting eco-friendly tours of St. Thomas and St. John. The tours can be to Mangrove Lagoon, Hassel Island, Caneel Bay and so on. There are many different options for each tour . You usually kayak to the spot, hike and snorkel the area. Your tour guide will teach you fun facts about the local area such as the local plants and culture.

Getting Around While in St. Thomas, USVI

st-thomasThere are many ways to get around in St. Thomas. Walking is usually not your best option as there are many hills and sharp turns which may not be the safest for those choosing to walk a long distance.

There are many other ways to travel when you are in St. Thomas though and they include: getting a taxi, renting a car and/or the public transportation options.

Public Transportation

Country buses travel between town and Red Hook every hour, and start at 5.15 in the morning from town and end at 8.00 pm from Red Hook.  The first bus from the Airport to town is at 6 am and the last bus from the airport is at 8:00 pm.

The fare for the Country Bus is $1 and the City Bus is $.75. However, it is important to remember that the public bus system is not very reliable and is not recommended for people who are on a tight or limited time schedule.

Taxi

There are many taxis available in St. Thomas and you should have no problem finding one whether you are at the airport, at the beach, your hotel and so on.  An important thing to remember is that taxis are not metered, and are set per person to where you are going.

You will most likely be sharing your taxi with others, unless you ask for it to be a private taxi ride. Make sure that you agree on the rate before you get on the taxi if there are any questions.

To get from the airport to Sugar Bay Resort is $15.00 per person, but if you have two or more people then the taxi fee is $11.00 per person. The taxi ride is nice and is almost like a little tour on the island.

Car Rental

If you decide that you want to travel a lot and sightsee while on the island, then renting a car might be best as you can drive wherever you want and at your own pace.  There are several car rental agencies located at the airport to rent from.

How To Travel to St. Thomas, USVI

Day Sailing TripsSt. Thomas is a wonderful destination with nice beaches, friendly locals, fun local restaurants to try out, beautiful scenery, great weather and everything else that you can name when you are thinking of your perfect vacation destination.

Whether you want to spend a long weekend in St. Thomas or longer than a week, traveling to the island is very possible no matter what your time frame is. However, a longer time frame is always better since there is so much to do that will fill up your time very quickly!

Traveling to St. Thomas or the other islands in the U.S. Virgin Islands is relatively easy if you are a U.S. citizen.  You most likely do not need a passport (read further below) and the flight to the island is relatively short from certain areas in the United States.

DO YOU NEED A PASSPORT?

Citizens of the U.S. or its territories (such as Puerto Rico) do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the other islands within the U.S. Virgin Islands. You do not need a passport or birth certificate when departing from your local airport to St. Thomas, but you do need some form of identifications when leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands by airplane.

Usually just two forms of identification such as your drivers license and birth certificate are sufficient. Providing both forms of identification will make leaving for your flight on time a much more simple process.

AIRPORT SERVICE

There are several flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands each day. There are flights from New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and several other cities in which routes are serviced by major airlines such as American Airlines, Delta and JetBlue and also several smaller commuting planes.

American Airlines and U.S. Airways also offer non-stop flights from locations such as New York, New York and Miami, Florida directly St. Thomas. No annoying layovers. You can hop on a plan in the morning and hopefully be in the wonderful sunshine around noon and still have a long day ahead of you to enjoy.

A flight from Miami, Florida to St. Thomas is approximately 2.5 hours, New York, New York to St. Thomas is 3.5 hours and San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas has a flight time of 30 minutes.

Recent St. Thomas Reviews

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Sugar Bay Resort & Spa located on the island of St. Thomas is a beautiful place to have your next vacation. Don’t just take it from me, read these recent reviews of the resort as well.

 

Review from July 27, 2013

We arrived at the Sugar Bay prepared for a 4 night stay while in St Thomas on a Mission Trip. The lobby was exquisite, the service was good at check in, and the room was up to par. I really can’t think of anything negative to say and for the price that we paid for our room with a great view, I was very pleased. I would 100% consider it to be an easy 3.5 star and teetering on a 4star resort.

 

Review from August 1, 2013

The staff was so friendly especially the girl who checked us in, our waiters, we enjoyed talking with them, the room was clean and nice and the view was BEAUTIFUL from our balcony. We enjoyed the food and variety they offered. We loved the beach and pool area. We had fun snorkeling and kayaking right at our beach. We went for fun, sun, relaxation, scenery and got it all! Thank you Sugar Bay.

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Transportation

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Are you wondering about transportation options when you are on vacation on the island of St. Thomas, USVI? There are many ways to get around in St. Thomas. Walking is usually not your best option as there are many hills and sharp turns which may not be the safest for those choosing to walk a long distance.

There are many other ways to travel when you are in St. Thomas though and they include: getting a taxi, renting a car and/or the public transportation options.

Taxi

There are many taxis available in St. Thomas and you should have no problem finding one whether you are at the airport, at the beach, your hotel and so on.  An important thing to remember is that taxis are not metered, and are set per person to where you are going.

You will most likely be sharing your taxi with others, unless you ask for it to be a private taxi ride. Make sure that you agree on the rate before you get on the taxi if there are any questions.

To get from the airport to Sugar Bay Resort is $15.00 per person, but if you have two or more people then the taxi fee is $11.00 per person. The taxi ride is nice and is almost like a little tour on the island.

Car Rental

If you decide that you want to travel a lot and sightsee while on the island, then renting a car might be best as you can drive wherever you want and at your own pace.  There are several car rental agencies located at the airport to rent from.

Public Transportation

Country buses travel between town and Red Hook every hour, and start at 5.15 in the morning from town and end at 8.00 pm from Red Hook.  The first bus from the Airport to town is at 6 am and the last bus from the airport is at 8:00 pm.

The fare for the Country Bus is $1 and the City Bus is $.75. However, it is important to remember that the public bus system is not very reliable and is not recommended for people who are on a tight or limited time schedule.

July 2013 Events in the U.S. Virgin Islands

There are always many events happening on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Below is a short summary of the events which you can attend.

 

Sunday, July 14, 2013 - Hull Bay, St. Thomas

25th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. Do you like to fish and have a great time? The Northside Sportfishing Club’s Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament at Hull Bay Hideaway is your chance to fish while enjoying the company of family and friends. This inshore fishing event offers more ways to win and more cash and luxury gift prizes than any other Virgin Islands-based tournament of its kind. In addition to fishing, there’s a live band and beach party in the afternoon for everyone to enjoy. Proceeds from the event benefit charitable community organizations. Come one, come all – men, women, boys and girls – anglers of all skill levels are invited to enter, and everyone comes away a winner.

Last year the tournament attracted 208 anglers, including 41 junior anglers, aboard 60 boats!

Fishing starts at 5:30 a.m. and ends at Noon, when the beach side party begins at Hull Bay Hideaway, with food, music and fun lasting right up until the time of the Awards Ceremony at 8pm. Tel: (340) 998-0854

 

Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21, 2013 – St. Thomas

50th July Open Billfish Tournament. The 50th July Open Billfish Tournament is the longest annually held angling contest in the Virgin Islands. The tournament that put the Virgin Islands on the world’s billfishing map with Elliot Fishman’s all-tackle world record 845-pound blue marlin in 1968 will be held July 19 to July 21. If you didn’t fish the first one, it’s your opportunity to become part of the legend! A fleet of boats from the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and U.S. mainland along with some of the world’s best anglers are expected to compete in this Virgin Islands Gamefishing Club-hosted tournament. For more information visit: www.vigfc.com Tel: (340) 775-9144

July 4, 2013 USVI

There are always many events happening in the United States Virgin Islands. Below is a calendar of what is happening in the month of July.

Thursday, July 4, 2013 – Cruz Bay, St. John

J’ouvert, which is a popular event of Carnival. It is an early morning party as thousands of people dance through the streets behind their favorite bands while others stand on the sidelines and enjoying the music.

This event starts outside of the National Park Visitor Center.

 

Parade – A parade takes place in Cruz Bay and includes thousands of participants and thousands of viewers that line the parade route. Come see mocko jumbies, carnival royalty, listen to bands play while colorfully costumed troupes dance along.

Some troupes include masqueraders wearing from the smallest costumes of bikinis with beads to elaborate, large costumes that stretch the width of the parade route. The parade route starts at the National Park Visitor Center entrance and runs through Cruz Bay.

There are also fireworks on July 4th, 2013 in Cruz Bay at 9 p.m.