| Originally Posted by petunia |
I don't understand why it's so important to have an all-inclusive resort on St. Thomas. There's a reason so few places offer that alternative. There are just too many good restaurants to go to on St. Thomas. Going the AI route just provides you and your guests with mediocre food and denies you the opportunty to try all the other great places.
AI is a reasonable option on islands that aren't as open to tourists making their own way around, such as Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. They are also wonderful if they are super resorts, such as a Sandals. None of the AI resorts on St. Thomas provides an experience like that.
St. Thomas has so much to offer in the way of activities and dining, in addition to being a 15 minute ferry ride away from St. John, another beautiful island. I would never ever want to go all-inclusive on St. Thomas. I'd miss too much.
Just a thought.
this may have already been covered in this thread, but i'm throwing it out there anyway. i was last in st. thomas in the end of august last year, which is off peak season. st. thomas pretty much operates around the cruise industry and when there are no cruise ships, everyone closes up shop. we had a difficult time finding reasonable places to eat consistently. we went to a lot of the same places over and over and sometimes finding a place to eat just kind of became a hassle. i'm sure if you're there during peak times you won't have a problem, just want to throw that out there.
also, gladys' cafe is great!! definately the best place we ate.