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View Poll Results: which would you vacation in?
Hawaii 18 45.00%
US Virgin Islands 22 55.00%
Voters: 40. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-30-2011, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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This one is really for me this time. I'm actually very interested in seeing these two but which one should I see first?

I have seen pictures of both and both look stunning and exceptionally nice, especially US Virgin Islands. I'd love to see it in person, but Hawaii has this distinct culture and language and food of its own.

I don't have a set day limit yet, because I'm still in the planning process for this as I am still yet unsure when I even can visit them, but sometime within the next year or so. But please help me out on this, I actually want to get a few friends forever and plan this one out seriously.

Based on a amazing vacation experience, which one would you recommend he go to?

Criteria:
- Nightlife (Which one tops out?)
- Scenery (which one is absolutely the better here?)
- Safety
- Phenomenal dining scene
- Interesting landmarks
- Recreational activities
- Interesting architecture to see
- Cultural Institutions (Symphony, Opera, Museums, Art Galleries, Theaters, & Music Venues)
- Parks
- Bars
- Hotels
- Transportation (rail, cabs, water taxi, which one is better and more convenient?)
- Anything else I may have missed that is residentially important for a vacation?

Please answer the criteria to the best of your knowledge and please answer to the best of your ability to the question in bold right before the criteria. Thank you.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:34 PM
 
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I have no idea what the answers are.

But I have always wanted to visit Hawaii! I am looking forward to what people have to say on here!
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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They're both so tempting man! Both are exceptionally beautiful, one is mad cheaper than the others for dining and lodging but the other has its own language and food styles!

US Virgin Islands:




Hawaii:
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Having spent mad time in USVI and visited both I can definitely speak to both.

both are fabulous.

The only difference is that Hawaii is more geared towards tourism on a Vegas level, while the USVI was developed much earlier and geared towards commerce instead of tourism. Yes the tourism in the VI is excellent, but it is not like Hawaii type tourism where it is all out.

The USVI does have their own thing going on too Danny. It is not just Hawaii.

The USVI were originally dutch islands. They were havens for pirates. They grew sugar cane as a cash crop and still export Rum and a few other items.

St Thomas is known for its duty free shopping on liquor and jewelry. If you get married go buy your wife some diamonds down there.

I went with the USVI because it is more affordable. that is the only difference between the two

Edit: forgot to answer this:

Criteria:
- Nightlife (Which one tops out?)- They are wildly different. Hawaii has a mixture of American and native styles, The VI has Carnival and a lot of caribbean/ reggae styles. I would say it is a tie
- Scenery (which one is absolutely the better here?)- The are both knock outs. TIE
- Safety- TIE
- Phenomenal dining scene- Slight edge to Hawaii because it is the bigger tourism draw
- Interesting landmarks- USVI has old forts, old settlements and interesting European and Caribbean history
- Recreational activities- TIE
- Interesting architecture to see- Lots of old dutch architecture, I think ST Thomas is a clear winner in this category
- Cultural Institutions (Symphony, Opera, Museums, Art Galleries, Theaters, & Music Venues)- Neither
- Parks- All of St John is a natural park, but Hawaii has more interesting stuff like Volcanoes. The VI was made from coral, so no volcanoes there
- Bars- TIE
- Hotels- NOt sure, I have family there so I have not seen the inside of the hotel rooms in VI but have been to the resorts
- Transportation (rail, cabs, water taxi, which one is better and more convenient?)- TIE
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:04 AM
 
Location: NY/FL
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I didnt know the Virgin Islands looked so beautiful (I dont know much on it), might have to visit there myself one day for a vacation
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:21 AM
 
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Charlotte Amalie is an old dutch town. The streets in some areas are so narrow that you get pedestrian gridlock- ie no cars

look at these:



http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...SeuVSdDEwJj_QD

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:A...sm12LQ44K6gTJP

they have these things that go round the island. back in the day it cost less than a dollar, have no idea what it costs now. They stop at all the attractions so it is really convenient:

http://www.coolest-travel-pictures.c...-St-Thomas.jpg

the older houses all had red roofs based on the dutch style:

http://cache.marriott.com/propertyimages/s/sttfr/phototour/sttfr_phototour09.jpg?Log=1 (broken link)



cool architecture





the original streets were like walkways paved in brick:




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Old 01-31-2011, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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The pictures look great. Damn, the United States has so many wonderful and beautiful areas that just don't ever get talked about at all.

I like this thread already!
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:41 AM
 
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Originally Posted by DANNYY View Post
The pictures look great. Damn, the United States has so many wonderful and beautiful areas that just don't ever get talked about at all.

I like this thread already!
yeah, the US is rich in variety. a lot of people think that the USVI are just resort islands, but people have been living on those darn islands for 1000 years, plus the European history there is longer than on the mainland.

even the streets that cars can drive on are narrow:

http://image06.webshots.com/6/4/75/8...4pSRKrj_fs.jpg
look at all the pedestrian activity though
http://www.magensbay.net/images/Shopping1.jpg (broken link)





http://airforce1fun.com/images/new/downtown.jpg (broken link)
I love th old malls built in fort like buildings made of round river stones:

http://img2.photographersdirect.com/img/21621/wm/pd1359007.jpg (broken link)
http://img2.photographersdirect.com/img/21621/wm/pd1359003.jpg (broken link)





there is Carnival in St Thomas:

http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000ayjFUWZLlz4/s

most people come for the beaches though. This painting reminds me of my childhood:
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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They do hide their highways right? That is a requirement for "World Class" you know?
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I love Caribbean atmospheres. I have to go with USVI.
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