Happy Fourth of July!

Happy 4th of July! If you are celebrating Fourth of July while in the Virgin Islands, there are a couple of events that you can attend:

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.

June 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

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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 June 27, 2013

My Husband and I arrived a bit late, traveling for several hours from California. We were very hungry and was told to go to th Mangrove Restaurant. When we got there it was closed. The manager there Cavelle was still on premesis. She explained that they were closed, but she made an exception and let us eat. Thank you Cavelle for being so patient as she waited for us to finish. Cavelle showed us the best costumer service ever.

 

Review from June 24, 2013

There are so many world class beaches in that area it’s unreal. Trunk Bay ,White Bay, 2 must see! The resort beach was a little rocky in a spot, but still lots of white sand and plenty of room. We snorkeled there and I came back with a nice shell.

 

Review from June 22, 2013

Our honeymoon at Sugar Bay was awesome and very relaxing. The best service I have received in quite some time, particularly from the pool restaurant manager Chavette Francis. My husband and I are vegans and she made sure we were accommodated each meal and satisfied with the limited choices available. There were times she would have the cooks prepare a special for us. This is customer service as it should be everywhere! She needs a promotion…Thanks Chavette you will always be remembered.

 

Review from June 20, 2013

Sugar Bay staff made our stay very comfortable. The guest services manager is beautiful, professional, and on top of her game. The concierge, the towel guy, the golf drivers, security, the chef, bar tenders, waiters are all the best…oh and let me not forget the casino staff. We had an AWESOME time! Highly recommend this property to family and friends! Sugar Bay is our new home away from home. I can’t wait to come back. I celebrated my birthday and our wedding anniversary and it was one of the best. Thumbs up! Jesse & Rhonda – San Francisco, California

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.

 

St. Thomas, USVI Weather

Weather on the island of St. Thomas is pretty similar year round. It always feel like great summer weather and usually doesn’t get cold. St. Thomas does not experience significant seasonal changes, therefore weather and temperatures are pretty much the same regardless of what month it is.

The warmest months on the island of St. Thomas are usually the months of June, July and August, with temperatures usually in the mid 80s and December through February cooler months with high temperatures of 70 degrees.

The hottest temperature recorded between 1972 and 2004 was 99 degrees. This heat was experienced in August of 1979, July of 1988 and June of 1996. The lowest temperature recorded was 52 degrees in November 1999 on the island St. Thomas.

Water temperatures on the island of St. Thomas do not change greatly from summer to winter, however the 4 or 5 degree change is noticeable to those acclimated to consistently warm tropical weather. In the summer months the water temperature is about 83 degrees and in the winter about 79 degrees.

The island of St. Thomas does not have a rainy season, however there are month to month differences. The rainiest months on the island of St. Thomas are May, August, September, October and November. Rainy months does not mean that there is continuous rainfall every day all month long, in fact most daily rainfall reports are below .10 inches. Rain showers are often short and typically occur early in the morning or at night.

On a truly rainy day, it will rain off and on for the entire day. All day downpours over numerous days are not common. The driest months are usually the months of February and March. In November of 2003, the USVI experienced record breaking rainfall, with the island of St. Thomas had 18.39 inches of rain. Droughts are a larger problem because the islands are dependent on rain as a source of water.

One of the greatest natural threats in the USVI is hurricanes. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the highest occurrences of storms in August and September.

The A Moment in Paradise Package St. Thomas Resort & Spa, USVI

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Have you decided where you will be having your wedding at? Weddings at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa display tremendous amounts of beauty.

The Destination Wedding Professionals at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will work with you to bring every aspect of your dream wedding to life. From guest accommodations, to the cake, to the flowers, activities and so on, the Wedding Department at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa will take care of all of the details of your destination wedding in St. Thomas.

There are many different options for your dream wedding at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. The wedding professionals at the resort can help plan your dream wedding and also make sure that it fits the wedding ideas that you have, while also making sure it all fits in your budget as well. We all know how important it is to stay within your budget! The professionals have plenty of experience in planning weddings and are here to help you with your dream wedding.

You can get married and celebrate on the beach right next to the beautiful palm trees or at the St. John Terrace which has a beautiful ocean view and a great view of St. John.

Below is a sampling of our Sugar Bay Resort & Spa Wedding packages. These are intended to provide you with a good idea on where to begin in the planning process. Please make sure that when you speak with our wedding professionals that you explain your vision for your wedding.  The wedding professionals at the resort will then help customize a package for you and your significant other with pricing and features that suits your wedding day the best.

The A Moment in Paradise ($750) Package Inclusions:

  • Your Wedding coordinated by a Sugar Bay Wedding Professional
  • Unlimited email correspondence, to customize your special day
  • Picturesque Wedding Site
  • Religious or non-denominational ceremony
  • Arrangements and Fees for Officiant
  • Decorative Wedding Certificate
  • Petite Wedding Cake (serves 2)
  • Handheld Wrapped Flower Stem (Rose, Orchid or Star Gazer Lily) & Matching Boutonnière
  • One Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • VIP Status for bride & groom with:
  • A one Category Room Upgrade (based on availability)
  • Late Check-out (until 3pm upon request and availability)
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • 15% Discount on Spa Services at Journey’s Spa for Bride & Groom

Honeymoon Beach U.S. Virgin Islands

 

DSCN2066Honeymoon beach on the island of St. John is a very beautiful place to visit. It is on many island visitors must-see lists.

You can take a taxi to this spot and then walk to the beach, or you can take the trail from the ferry and walk to the beach. To access the beach via trail, you hike one mile starting from the Lind Point Trail from the Virgin Islands National Park Visitor Center in Cruz Bay or from a short walk from the parking lot at Caneel Bay Resort on the North Shore of the Virgin Islands National Park.

Honeymoon beach is located at Caneel Bay. There is very clear and beautiful water.. Beautiful trees and sand are located on this beach.

The Honeymoon Hut, which is tucked under the palm trees at the eastern end of the beach offers a Watersports Center, a Gift Shop, restrooms, hammocks, picnic tables, and daily departures of guided eco-kayak, hike & snorkel adventures. The kayak eco tour is a lot of fun, and you can learn a lot along the way.

The following items are available for rent individually or altogether as a discounted package for $49 per adult and $10 per child: beach chairs, locker with lock, snorkel gear with life jacket, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and relaxing floats. All of the above water sports equipment, including chairs, lockers and underwater cameras, can be rented individually if available.

During the busy season, space on Honeymoon beach fills up quickly for the limited equipment, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. There are bar beverages and food available at Caneel Bay Resort.

 

Traveling to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, USVI

Traveling to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, St. Thomas, USVI

Are you planning a trip to Sugar Bay Resort & Spa anytime in the near future? Here is some information relating to the resort, in order to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Check in at the hotel starts at 3 p.m., and check out is by 11 a.m.

If you are paying for all-inclusive while at the resort, then you will receive a bracelet when you check in. It is important to keep your bracelet on at all times. This is so that you can be identified by staff for easier all-inclusive service. You must use it during your entire stay and, when checking out, you must return it to the front desk. Should your bracelet break, please return it to the front desk to have it replaced. There is a charge for lost bracelets.

When checking in at the resort, you will receive towel cards. Please present your towel cards at the pool towel hut or the front desk to receive your towels. Towel Cards must be returned upon check-out.

There are many other services offered at the hotel:

  • Car Rental
  • ATM
  • Laundry/Dry cleaning service
  • Shuttle service (intra-resort)
  • WI FI service in designated areas
  • Castaways Gift Shop
  • Full service Tour Desk
  • Pool Concierge
  • Beach Towel Service
  • Safety deposit boxes are provided free of charge for your safety and convenience. Should your room not be equipped with one, you can secure one through the front desk upon request.

 

Passport Information

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 (St. Croix and St. John). 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.

St. Thomas is an unincorporated territory of the United States, which means that U.S. citizens are free to travel to St. Thomas without a passport. This makes going on a vacation to St. Thomas much easier and a much more carefree vacation.

If you don’t currently have a passport, then the costs to get one might be too high for you, or you might be on a time crunch and unable to get on. With flying to St. Thomas, you won’t have to wait around for your passport to arrive in your mailbox – because you don’t need one!

However, bringing a passport might be a good idea as well. You can then island hop if you choose to do so. Also, travelers returning to the U.S. by another country will need to carry a passport to reenter the United States, so even though a passport is not required for U.S. citizens entering St. Thomas, it might still be a good idea to bring one with you.

June 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

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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.

 

Reviewed June 4, 2013

“I stayed there for 3 nights… The manager there, Cavelle Francis made me think differently. She is the warmest person I ever met. I had some issues and she took care of it instantly. Everyone else was nice but she showed extraordinary interest in what she does. This woman would be the reason for me to visit again. As a manager, I’m sure she’s an asset to the company. I would definitely come back! “

 

Reviewed June 2, 2013

“This was our 2nd visit to the Sugar Bay and had a great time. Nelly Dizon (intern) did a great job & made our stay feel like home. The maid staff went above & beyond… We will be back. “

 

Reviewed June 2, 2013

“Chavelle, Manager @ Mangrove Restaurant was the absolute best. Very friendly, helpful and provided top-notch quality customer service.

Tamika, bar tender @ the Turtle Bar, the best bar tender, hands-down! She greeted us with a smile every day. I wish them both the absolute best!

Options: the all-inclusive is the only way to go; drinks are included. There are several restaurants onsite. The food was good and plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Entertainment: all day and night.

Rooms: request an un-obstructed ocean view room on the outer-ring.

Pack bug spray and itch-cream. You are going to an Island after all.”

June of 2013 U.S. Virgin Islands Events

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There are always many events happening in the United States Virgin Islands. Below is a short summary to help you plan your vacation.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cruz Bay Waterfront, St. John @ 7:00pm
Event: Festival Beach Jam. Come on down to Cruz Bay beach area and party in Festival style.

 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mongoose Junction, St. John @ 4:30pm
Mongoose Junction to Hold First Annual St. John Rib Cook Off Event to Benefit St. John Rescue. Ten St. John restaurants will compete for the title of best ribs. In addition to the rib competition and sales, there will will be a raffle with great prizes.There will be live entertainment during the event. And many Mongoose Junction Retailers will be having a special Summer Sale. Tel: (310) 968-3789

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013 – 4th Annual King of the Wing

Lindquist Beach, St. Thomas @ Noon
Get ready for the 2013 King of the Wing Competition! This year will be bigger and better. For more information visit: www.facebook.com/alpinekow Tel: 340-714-2020 Email

 

Monday, June 17, 2013

St. Thomas Yacht Club, St. Thomas
Three clinic days, team racing and three race days for beginner and advanced sailors alike makes this one of the most instructive and competitive junior sailing regattas. Plus, it’s a great way to tune-up skills for the Optimist North Americans a month later in Bermuda. Over 100 8 to 15 year-old junior sailors are expected to attend this St. Thomas Yacht Club- and Virgin Island Sailing Association-hosted and Caribbean Sailing Association-sanctioned regatta. June 17 to June 23, 2013. For more information visit: www.styc.net

May 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

May 2013 Reviews of Sugar Bay Resort & Spa St. Thomas

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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 May, 2013

“I just got back from my stay at the Sugar Bay spa and Resort after traveling their with my mom for a mother’s day gift…  The views are absolutely the best overlooking the mountains and the ocean. Hotel rooms were clean and large with their own balcony to sit out on. The hotel itself has its own private beach which is a great spot. Go for the all inclusive it is worth it. The hotel is located five minutes from Sapphire Beach and Coki Beach and is only fifteen minutes away from shopping in downtown. They have a taxi board outside the front so they can call a cab for you to go anywhere at any time. Loved this resort and will definitely be going back soon.”

 

Review from May, 2013

“First off, I have read reviews from many resort on St Thomas. I decided to pick this resort because of the all-inclusive and every resort has positive and negative. I booked my trip through cheapcarribean and my total cost for 5 days 4 nights all-inclusive, air fair was about $2100 for two people and ocean view room.

Overall, the resort was better than expected. Please read the rest of my review and understand that I am not bias nor am I paid by the resort to write this. The resort is located by the ocean, so we have to understand wear and tear from the wind salt and heat.

I rented a car, cost me 220 for the whole trip. If you travel by taxi, they charge per person, so price may come out to be the same. However, I feel more comfortable driving and the luxury of driving anywhere I want at anytime of the day. The roads are smaller, you drive on the left side and there are a lot of hills. At night, it does get a bit difficult to drive so be careful.”

 

Review from May, 2013

“My wife and I stayed at Sugar Bay Resort in May 2013 and had a great experience. The All-Inclusive plan was a great deal for us. The beach and pool were terrific and the bar service was excellent. The pool’s swim-up bar was lots of fun, and Carolyn and Ross were great bartenders. ”