All smiles in St. Thomas/St. John | Credit: Patrick Bennett
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How Best to Enjoy St Thomas/St John Right Now

If you followed our recent St Thomas/St John Week of stories showcasing our sister US Virgin Islands, then you probably realized that seven days simply wasn’t enough time for us to cover all that we experienced during our last visit back in May. One week easily stretched into 10 days, and then a little more. Even so, we STILL haven’t shared everything about all of the amazing must do’s that we think will have you wanting to be in St Thomas/St John this winter.

All will be revealed soon, I promise. In the meantime, though, here are some quick tips to help you make the most of your next St Thomas/St John adventure.

Where To Stay

As noted in earlier posts, you simply cannot go wrong staying at either Two Sandals By The Sea in Red Hook, or Bellavista Bed & Breakfast in Charlotte Amalie. Two Sandals is even making its usual warm welcome a good bit nicer by providing a free bottle of champagne when you check-in! This special offer is available exclusively to UC readers. To cash in, all you have to do is provide code “Uncommon Caribbean” when booking directly via the Two Sandals website. Cheers!

Right this way to free champagne in St. Thomas for UC readers...
Right this way to free champagne in St. Thomas for UC readers… | Photo by Steve Bennett

Where To Eat

It may seem from our recent St Thomas/St John coverage that we ate all of our meals during our May 2018 trip from the side of the road. Not true! While Jackie’s Food Truck and Kelvin’s mobile pate swagger wagon truly stood out, we did, in fact, sit down for some fabulous meals at a few great restaurants. In St John, I can’t recommend The Longboard in Cruz Bay more highly. Fish tacos are very much on point here, as is the very decent rum selection and friendly servers. In St Thomas, don’t miss Thali Indian Grill in Red Hook, especially if you love spicy Trini-Indian treats. 

Update: Thali has moved! Look for them now at The Shops at Yacht Haven Grande.

The Longboard, St John
The Longboard, St John | Photo by Steve Bennett

Where To Drink

Iggies Beach Bar at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, has always been a great spot for a drink and a good lime in St Thomas. Iggies is still recovering from Hurricane Irma, but the pool bar at Bolongo has kept the Iggies-style good times rolling here. Dubbed Iggies Oasis, the bar has just about everything you formerly could’ve enjoyed at Iggies with the added bonus of a pool… Nice!

In St John, definitely make time to lime at Cool Desires. Like most everywhere else in St John, Cool Desires lays claim to mixing up the world’s best painkillers. Unlike anywhere else, though, Cool Desires is where you’ll find Philomen, one of the sweetest, most pleasant ladies we’ve ever come across on our travels. Trust me, you’ll fall in love with her, and her great drinks.

You'll fall for Philomen, and her great painkillers, at Cool Desires, St John
You’ll fall for Philomen, and her great painkillers, at Cool Desires, St John | Photo by Steve Bennett

What To Drink

Yes, Cruzan Rum is everywhere, but the big surprise for us was a fantastic, locally-produced gin. That’s right, a USVI gin! It’s called 3 Queens, a reference to the Three Rebel Queens so celebrated in local Virgin Islands lore. This stuff is so smooth and nice it’s enough to distract even us Bennett boys from rum… at least for a little while.

USVI's own 3 Queens Gin | SBPR
USVI’s own 3 Queens Gin | SBPR

Where To Get Your Sports Fix

There are several different sports bar options in St. Thomas for those who simply must keep up with their favorite teams while away from home. Only Win Mill 2.0, though, serves up sports with a decidedly local twist. The bar, located in Frenchtown, pays homage to the myriad of home grown Virgin Islands sports stars, past and present. Autographed memorabilia from the likes of NBA legend Tim Duncan, NFL defensive standout Linval Joseph, and Valmy Thomas, the first Virgin Islander to play in the MLB, adorn the walls here. Also, the place is damn sexy…

Win Mill 2.0, the sexiest sports bar in St Thomas/St John
Win Mill 2.0, the sexiest sports bar in St Thomas/St John | Photo by Steve Bennett

One Absolutely, Positively Must Do

Go boating with Captain Thomas of See & Ski Powerboat Rentals. St Thomas and St John lend themselves marvelously to island-hopping adventures and secluded beach exploration. No one knows the best spots for fun out on the water quite like Thomas. Plus, he’s a very chill guy you’ll want to lime with, whether at sea or on land.

Definitely include a day of boating with See and Ski Powerboat Rentals on your next visit to St Thomas/St John
Definitely include a day of boating with See and Ski Powerboat Rentals on your next visit to St Thomas/St John | Photo by Steve Bennett

Stay tuned for more stories detailing more great reasons to visit St Thomas and St John in the coming weeks…!

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