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Travel to US Virgin Islands

I've been all over the globe, but I've never been to the Caribbean. I'm thinking about going to the Virgin Islands next March or April. Probably the US, but I can travel to Tortuga if there's a good reason.

My goal a nice hotel/resort on the beach, with a relaxed atmosphere. I'd like to do some diving and snorkeling. I'm a Foodie, so a place to get delicious local foods is a must. I don't want to rent a house. But a huge resort like Sandals is definitely out.

Any good advice from those that have been there?

at the moment, this place is at the top of my list.
https://www.secretharbourvi.com/?utm...gn=TripAdvisor

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Check out the Frenchman's Reef Resort in St. Thomas U.S.V.I..Over the years we have been there 3x and love it !
>> Frenchman'S Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort Saint Thomas Island
Usually we stay in the main building.

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I’ve been to the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, and Bermuda if that counts. It’s unbelievable how clear the water is when snorkeling, so clear it actually makes no sense to me.

St. Thomas had the largest food choices. The only thing I didn’t like about all these places was the loads and loads of people on the beaches that are constantly peddling t-shirts and coral necklaces. I of course feel bad for them, but I go on vacation to get away from things….

I was there in March/April also, Lots of spring-breakers from the UK and Russia... good sight-seeing on the beaches!


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I went here...

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Re...n_Islands.html

30 some years ago and it was amazing. Very much my style which is very good food, private rooms, an amazing beach, and great diving. I believe it was a Rockofeller Resort at that time and looks to have changed a bit over the years, but the ratings are still really good. We wreck dove on the HMS Rhone.
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You could get your feet wet and get some really good experience with a cruise...just sayin'. ;-) We like them...

https://www.vacationstogo.com/fastdeal.cfm?deal=25096



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Did an islands cruise with the wife about 15 years ago and we really enjoyed it. Much different experience though. Lots of touristy stuff and not very relaxing. I personally prefer the resort, but thought I would give the cruise a try. We won't do it again in the same place. The wife wants to do an Alaska cruise and I am okay with that since I/we don't know the area and cruises are great "samplers", but I would use a cruise more as a tool to find where you really want to go the next time you go to that area.
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Or you could always go down to the Cayman Islands and visit Bob Stuke!

Here's another really cheap cruise, but you have to get airfare to and from San Juan...

https://www.vacationstogo.com/fastdeal.cfm?deal=20352


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We've been on two cruises - Alaska and HI. Really enjoyed both of them. We have considered a cruise this time, too. Still might do that.

Rosewood looks nice, too. We'll see if they open this year as planned.

There are a few resorts/hotels that I looked at that have not re-opened after the storms in 2017.

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I would second the cruise, we have been several times and enjoyed them all.

Alaska is wonderful if you don't mind the cold, but I like the Caribbean,
warm enough to keep my old blood flowing.

Great way to figure out where to go back to. We went through the interior of
Alaska this year, areas we picked on our last cruise.
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We took a cruise in HI. Getting from one island to another is a real pain. It can take most of the day to get from one island to the next. The cruise was nice because you can easily visit multiple islands and get a small taste of what they're like. When we go back there, we know exactly where we want to go.

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After more research, I've narrowed it down to Grand Cayman. Supposed to have the best water in the Caribbean. I want to do some snorkeling and diving while I'm there; kind of a bucket list thing.

I'm considering three resorts. One on 7 mile beach, one on the other side of the peninsula, and one on the east end of the island. All three have their pros and cons.

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Cayman waters are truly BEAUTIFUL! One touristy thing you should do is Stingray Island...pretty cool.

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After more research, I've narrowed it down to Grand Cayman. Supposed to have the best water in the Caribbean. I want to do some snorkeling and diving while I'm there; kind of a bucket list thing.

I'm considering three resorts. One on 7 mile beach, one on the other side of the peninsula, and one on the east end of the island. All three have their pros and cons.
Seriously, make sure you reach out to our own bstuke Bob Stuke. He's retired from the real world and living in Cayman...and is a partner in a diving company.


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Have you looked at Bonaire?

supposed to be great diving

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