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profile member asked on Aug 10, 2011

Beaches of St. John

This might sound silly but here goes: I'm planning a summer getaway next year to an outstanding white sand beach and I chanced upon photos and videos of St. John, particularly Trunk Bay, Hawksnest Bay and Honeymoon Beach. Are they really as beautiful as depicted in photos and videos? For those who traveled extensively in the Caribbean, would you say that these beaches are among the very best?

Thank you. :)

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answered on 8/10/11 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Not silly at all. Hard to get a bad beach in the Caribbean, and yes those beaches on St. John are that nice, however, there is likely to be far more people on them, than is depicted in the photos and videos.

.....and yes, I have traveled extensively in the Caribbean.......d:o)


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answered on 8/11/11 by
a VT member from Marietta

The beaches at Hawksbill Resort are gorgeous---pretty sure that Honeymoon beach is there, right next to Eden Beach (clothing Opt.)----great oceanside balconies in the rooms.
Anything brother Eric recommends will be wonderful, also....


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answered on 8/14/11 by
a VT member from City of Manila

thanks.

we're decided that we definitely want to go to st. john. but the bvi's caught my attention as well. is it possible to include white bay and sandy spit in our 5-7 day trip to the virgin islands? the initial plan is to go to st. thomas and from there, spend 2-3 days exploring st. thomas and st. john then devote the rest of the trip to the bvi. is this possible and would it be very expensive to do so? thanks again.

:)


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answered on 8/14/11 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Well, yes. Depending on your personal schedule. The ferry system is quite good and that is likely how you would get to BVI islands like Tortola. There are ferrie.s between St. Thomas and the other islands. I am a bit rusty but here is one of the ferry schedules for you.

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answered on 8/23/11 by
a VT member from Marietta

OMG you are right---Hawksbill is on Antigua-----MY BAD!


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answered on 9/4/11 by
a VT member from Chicago

When you go to St. John, don't skip Cinnamon Bay and Maho Bay. Those are amazing beaches as well without the crowds of Trunk Bay.

In regards to spending some time on the BVI side, its not too expensive to get their with the ferries. However, just be aware that many of the restaurants on The BVI will be closed during the summer which is their slow season. So, there may not be much to do in the evenings.

An alternative way to see some of the great beaches on the BVI is by taking a day sail. These day sails run about125 and they visit some of the main beaches. I would highly recommend this. The best day sail I have tried from St. John to the BVI is Kekoa.

Have fun on your trip.


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answered on 11/25/11 by
a VT member from City of Manila

thanks again everyone and sorry for the late reply. i am curious though- would we be missing out a lot if we don't go to bvi? i'm a little bit interested in white bay in jost van dyke but a trip to the bvi is a stretch for us, financially and time-wise. do we still pursue it or should we just stay in st. john? thanks again :)


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answered on 11/26/11 by
a VT member from Hesperia

Hey, nice to see you back.....d:o)

As for your question, - you will just end up torturing yourself, because if you stretch it and include the BVIs, you are missing out because you did not include Barbados, - and if you did, you would be missing out because you left out Antigua, and if you include it, you will be missing out because you did not include Trinidad & Tobago, - and so on and so on and so on........

The key is, not to cram too much into whatever schedule you will have. It is a common folly of so many that try to include EVERYTHING, and as a result, are just frustrated, always missing a bus or a boat, running to airports, and end up seeing nothing. The key is, like the locals, (as we say in Hawaii), take three days, just to get through one day....d:o)


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answered on 12/11/11 by
a VT member from City of Manila

thanks again. i think we're sticking to st. john and st. thomas. it's so hard to decide! the other day, i was even second guessing and was thinking if maybe we should just go to exuma since it's closer or puerto rico (culebra). so many islands to choose from, it's a bit overwhelming.

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