Is this your first time on St. Thomas? Are you looking for suggestions from the locals about the best spots, the real deals and authentic shopping experiences? This list is a work in progress that I'll develop progressively. Hopefully it helps those looking for the insider information that isn't sponsored or self-interested.
Hullbay Hideaway - the bar nearest to the beach is a favorite hangout for locals. Sit next to a Fisherman, learn a bit about the French Heritage on the island and soak up the good vibes where Dave the bartender will make you some awesomely fresh drinks.
When to go? Open every night, get there for the sunset and enjoy the happy hour. Sunday's usually have live music in the late afternoon.
Other suggestions: Emerald Beach Resort - the beach bar is the closest beach to the airport and town. always a great ambience, directly on the beach and before drinks enjoy the water sports available. www.emeraldbeachresort.com; Dinghy's on Water Island; Coki Beach Bar
Room with a View: A culinary institution on St.Thomas opened for over 20 years. Upscale dining and an impressive wine and spirits selection.
When to go: A must for sunsets which happen during their perfectly timed happy hour. small plates and wine for $5. Almost every seat gives on to a panoramic view of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Sit at the bar or on the terrace.
Emerald Beach Resort: Call in advance to order your fresh, locally caught lobsters and ask for a special table on the terrace for an unforgettable candle lit dinner and the ambiant sound of waves gracing Lindbergh Bay. 340-777-8800 . Not a fan of lobsters? Locals flock there on Friday for their extensive Caribbean buffet & live steel pan music.
In town, don't miss out on Virgilio's for the incredible ambiance and Cafe Amelia for authentic Spain fusion cuisine in Palm Passage. Blue Orchid and Epernay respectively near Magen's Bay and in Frenchtown.
Chinese, Sushi and Italian: (New York Standards please!)
The Great Wall: Nestled in the Havensight shopping area on the left this Chinese restaurant serves the best Chinese on island in quality and taste.
Beni Iguanas: Also located in Havensight, for the best quality and authentic sushi on island. Don't forget to ask for their secret ingredient sauce - the Iguana Sauce - no relation to actual iguanas!
Diamonds have long been the traditional stone for engagement rings with sapphires coming in as a clear second. But why follow the curve when more unique and affordable alternatives can be just as priceless ?
Rule #1: It has to fit your PERSONALITY!
Rule #2: This has to be THE Ring you will LOVE to wear everyday for the rest of your Life!
Rule #3: Looking at other stones, refer to the MOH chart - basically meaning it's durability and resistance to scratching . Aim for 7.0 and higher for daily active wear.
Rule #4: Anniversaries are meant to upgrade your ring - whether by adding bands or enhancing the mounting!
20 DIAMOND-ALTERNATIVE GEMSTONES FOR ENGAGEMENT RINGSOctober 15, 2014 | hints, tips & advice, inspiration, jewelry, styleDiamonds may be some girls’ best friend, but they’re not for everyone.
Yes they’re beautiful, durable, sparkly and timeless, but they’re also rather expensive and perhaps a little too classic, if you’re the kind of lady who wants to wear something different on your ring finger.
Many grooms do feel they have to splash out on the traditional sparkler when it comes to popping the question, but the modern custom for diamond rings that cost three months’ salary was actually only introduced as a marketing campaign by acclaimed jeweller, De Beers back in the 1930s. And it stuck!
But you don’t have to follow suit.
Whether it’s a clear stone that looks almost as sparkly as the real thing (no one has to know!), or a coloured stone that will set your ring apart, we’ve come up with 20 gorgeous alternative gems that will look just as precious as a diamond, when you say “Yes!”.
The Cardow Virgin Islands Pro-Diver is a stamp of luxury, adventure, and cultural appreciation upon the wearer. Dating back much further than any, amongst the myriad of stores on Mainstreet, we have had to establish an elevated standard for our service and products. Cardow Jewelers has maintained a level of quality and reputation synonymous to excellence and precision. These, same, standards are obvious in the VI Pro Diver Collection.
After having been commissioned by the Carnival Committee and Governor John P. DeJongh, Jr. to create a piece of jewelry, commemorating the 60th anniversary of St. Thomas Carnival, the original United States Virgin Islands timepiece was created. Cardow wanted to create a watch that would incorporate the essence of three of our most popular local pastimes, fishing, sailing, and diving in the case of a fashionable timepiece. Each watch demonstrates in great detail the islands of St. Thomas, Water Island, St. John, and St. Croix. Often used as diplomatic gifts amongst our local and visiting politicians, the VI Pro Diver has become a significant part of the Virgin Islands’ current and recent history.
Equipped with a unilaterally rotating fluted bezel and a screw down crown, this watch can securely accompany you scuba diving at extreme depths or, simply, slowly swimming at the surface of Magens Bay. With a water resistance of over 656 feet, the Pro Diver surprisingly embraces the countless gazes directed towards it because of its detail and elegance. The beauty and precision of the Pro Diver make it ideal at a black tie event, while fostering the spirit of the adventurer. Every detail of this watch, from the Sapphire Crystal to the Superluminova markers, have been added, reviewed and improved for the sole purpose of creating an affordable and precise luxury sport timepiece.
This description is for the NEW*** VI watches releasing in November
Movement: 2315 Miyota Quartz
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Size: 45 Millimeter
Bezel: Unilaterally Rotating
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Crown: Screw Down
Water Resistance: 20 ATM (656ft/200m)
Dial: Reflective Sunray
Strap: Stainless Steel and Silicone/Rubber
Last generation of family jewelers, my brother & I returned to St. Thomas to learn about the business.