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ACTIVITIES

There are no beaches within walking distance of the wharf. Morningstar Beach is the closest, and includes all the comforts of the Marriott resort. Magens Bay ($5/day for adults) is famed for its beauty, but will be thronged with fellow cruise visitors. Sapphire Beach out on the east end offers full, resort-based recreation rentals, and nearby Coki Beach is convenient to Coral World (see below). On St. John, there’s a small beach right at the ferry dock in Cruz Bay, but the real attractions are elsewhere. Caneel Beach is a short ride from Cruz Bay, and part of the Caneel Bay resort (stop at the front desk on your way to the beach). Along St. John’s north shore, Hawksnest Bay, Trunk Bay, and Cinnamon Bay are easily accessible, offer food, recreation, and other amenities, and are all part of the national park. Trunk Bay ($5/day) is very beautiful, most popular, and features a snorkeling trail. Cinnamon Bay has great windsurfing. Snorkeling equipment can be rented at many beaches. The early departure time makes fishing excursions impractical.

Shopping is St. Thomas’ biggest attraction. Shopping is duty-free, sales-tax-free, and is conducted in U.S. dollars. As always, while prices can be excellent, know what you’d pay back home for the same goods. Not everything is a “deal.” Some shopkeepers will bargain with you. Just ask, “Is that your final price?” With as many as eight cruise ships in port per day, it takes hundreds of shops to absorb the throngs. We suggest you head into Charlotte Amalie and start exploring. If your time is short, the malls and shops in and around the cruise wharf will be most convenient.

Visitors to St. John will find the Virgin Islands National Park web site very helpful, with a detailed map of the island including its 22 hiking trails. Get more info at http://www.nps.gov/viis.

Coral World Marine Park and Undersea Observatory on St. Thomas’ east end (adjacent to Coki Beach) offers underwater observation areas, aquariums, exhibits, stingray encounters, nature trails, and the “Sea Trek” adventure where you get to walk the sea bottom ($79/adult and $70/child 8 & up, including park admission). Admission is $19/adults and $10/kids 3–12, or $60 for a family of two adults and up to four kids. Visit http://www.coralworldvi.com or call 888-695-2073.

For one of the most informative and well-laid-out web sites for the U.S. Virgin Islands, visit http://www.vinow.com.

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Top Photo Slice: Trunk Bay in St. John (℗ 41563) Photo contributed by © chezp



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