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bostontint
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Thinking of escaping the Boston winter we just had and want to know if I could just fly to the islands and camp outside. Is that allowed or illegal? Which Island would be best for it. Don't want to get locked into a rental lease when not sure yet if it works out. Just wanting to test it out, feel the water so to speak, before committing to total break away from mainland. Would rather not spend the money on hotels. Any info on stealth camping would be great. Basically want to wander and tour the islands for a month or so to find a great area

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Topic starter Posted : April 15, 2013 5:24 pm
Aquaholic
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Well the locals spend weeks camped out on the beaches here during Easter.
And the Beaches here all "public", even though some are more difficult to access than others.
Good Luck to you.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 4:58 pm
Alana33
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You can camp out at Cinnamon Bay Camp Grounds in St. John. YOU PAY FOR THE PLEASURE BUT IT'S A lOVELY BEACH!
Don't know if there is public campground in STX. Hull Bay Hideaway used to have small cabins or campsites but I do not know if they do that any longer. I think they are Facebook. I do not advise just coming in with a tent and looking for someplace to camp on your own.
Your best bet would be to find a nice vacation rental, rent a car as difficult to get around without one. Rates go down in summer and some owners, like myself, often offer a reduced monthly rate since it is slow/off season.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 5:46 pm
noOne
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If you sleep on the beach, be sure to bring bug repellant.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 6:04 pm
SkysTheLimit
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poodle
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Look into the National Parks on STJ, they have camping locations where showers & toilets are available, and the prices are cheap. Cinnamon Bay comes to mind.

STX has no public beach showers, not that I know of. Why is that? STJ does...

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Posted : April 15, 2013 8:55 pm
Linda J
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Camping anywhere "out of the way" would, IMO be very dangerous. Suggust you check out Mount Victory Campground on STX.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 8:55 pm
blu4u
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camping at cinnamon is fun. It's legit campgrond. I would not recommend sleth camping without the expres premissin of the land owner. Folks get awful funny about these things here. You mayfind yourself in world of hurt.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 8:59 pm
rotorhead
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Cramer Park on STX. Beach, restrooms and wood stoves. Great location just across from the VLBA.
http://www.vinow.com/community/component/content/article/20/70-cramers-park.html

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Posted : April 15, 2013 9:51 pm
OldTart
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To respond to your basic question the answer is no. "Stealth" camping is not an option. There are some paid camping options on all four islands. It's illegal in most cases and very unsafe otherwise. That reminds me - did that poster of a year or so ago who had this plan of stealth camping ever come here after all? You might want to use the search engine to find his threads and then PM him to see wha' happen!

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Posted : April 15, 2013 10:07 pm
ms411
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Camping is only legal in limited places usually for a limited amount of time. VIERS has limited work/stay options. You can Google for more info.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 11:15 pm
ikory
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St. Johns has camping for $37 dollars a night and I assume that includes restroom and showers. I almost want to take the family for a couple weeks there.

I like those words "stealth camping". Something I did when I was younger when I walked across a few states. My advice is never stay in the same spot more than once or twice. St. croix has a sub-tropical rain forest on the west side so most likely good places to camp. Of course be respectful of the land and leave nothing behind. I also agree that it is dangerous, but all adventures should be.

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Posted : April 15, 2013 11:49 pm
Alexandra
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you just missed the biggest camping fete of the year on STX. Over the Easter holidays, locals camp out on the beaches for about 2 weeks. You could pitch a tent and not get looked at funny if you fit the timing of a visit in with the annual event.

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Posted : April 16, 2013 2:13 am
Alexandra
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when did you plan to come down?

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Posted : April 16, 2013 2:22 am
congasan
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Not much camping really, St John has a national park but is becoming more of a police state (rangers armed, did not used to be::sensors installed in places). Cinnamon Bay is nice, but not free. St thomas has nothing. I wish I could get out and camp more. Put the dream back in your pipe! I do not know about St Croix, but St John will be controlled by Globalist interests (rich bankers), and St Thomas will become a dangerous ghetto as the global economy shrinks.

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Posted : April 16, 2013 4:09 am
Alana33
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Not much camping really, St John has a national park but is becoming more of a police state (rangers armed, did not used to be::sensors installed in places). Cinnamon Bay is nice, but not free. St thomas has nothing. I wish I could get out and camp more. Put the dream back in your pipe! I do not know about St Croix, but St John will be controlled by Globalist interests (rich bankers), and St Thomas will become a dangerous ghetto as the global economy shrinks.

Huh?

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Posted : April 16, 2013 12:24 pm
mtdoramike
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You are still going to need transportation while on island, especially if your camping in a fairly remote area. I think if you are going to pay close to $50.00 a day to camp, you could splurge a bit more and find a weekly or month to month rental for close to that much. If you can't afford that then I would suggest staying where you are at until financially able to visit and stay in a hotel or vacation rental.

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Posted : April 16, 2013 3:39 pm
cdsp
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Good Afternoon,
Another great option on STX is Ridge to Reef Farm.
They have camp sites available - very reasonable and many people work out a "work to stay" type of thing.
There is always a lot going on there.
Good Luck
and be safe!

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Posted : April 16, 2013 4:49 pm
Islander
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Topic Merged: The OP started the same thread on two forums. The two threads were merged into one. Because of this, the replies are somewhat out of order as far as date/time.

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Posted : April 16, 2013 5:22 pm
sttgeek
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Maho Bay in St. John also has stuff where you work for rent sort of thing....

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Posted : April 16, 2013 6:29 pm
OldTart
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Maho Bay in St. John also has stuff where you work for rent sort of thing....

Not any more. Maho is finally closing for business on May 15, 2013.

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Posted : April 16, 2013 8:59 pm
Islander
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Maho's sister property Concordia offers a work-stay exchange program too: http://www.concordiaeco-resort.com/work-exchange-program/.

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Posted : April 17, 2013 3:22 am
blu4u
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Not much camping really, St John has a national park but is becoming more of a police state (rangers armed, did not used to be::sensors installed in places). Cinnamon Bay is nice, but not free. St thomas has nothing. I wish I could get out and camp more. Put the dream back in your pipe! I do not know about St Croix, but St John will be controlled by Globalist interests (rich bankers), and St Thomas will become a dangerous ghetto as the global economy shrinks.

At first blush congasa's comments may seem wack-a-doodle and and extremist. But' upon further reivew, his her opinion has alot of merit. St john is becoming an eletist playground for the very rich. STT is overdeveloped with an alarming lack of infrasturcture and planning. Each year fewer places (on either island) allow locals and vistors to enjoy the natural splendor of the islands. Shorelines are becoming overcrowed, dirty privatitized developed. The national park is becoming a joke and a pupet for the very rich on st john.

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Posted : April 20, 2013 2:37 pm
Iris Tramm
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Not much camping really, St John has a national park but is becoming more of a police state (rangers armed, did not used to be::sensors installed in places). Cinnamon Bay is nice, but not free. St thomas has nothing. I wish I could get out and camp more. Put the dream back in your pipe! I do not know about St Croix, but St John will be controlled by Globalist interests (rich bankers), and St Thomas will become a dangerous ghetto as the global economy shrinks.

At first blush congasa's comments may seem wack-a-doodle and and extremist. But' upon further reivew, his her opinion has alot of merit. St john is becoming an eletist playground for the very rich. STT is overdeveloped with an alarming lack of infrasturcture and planning. Each year fewer places (on either island) allow locals and vistors to enjoy the natural splendor of the islands. Shorelines are becoming overcrowed, dirty privatitized developed. The national park is becoming a joke and a pupet for the very rich on st john.

I know some places on STX for stealth camping but I'm not telling.

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Posted : April 24, 2013 4:50 am
Linda J
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Iris, I agree that someone with knowledge of the island might be able to find spots to camp for a short time without being harassed or otherwise in danger. But I wouldn't advise any newcomer to expect to be able to do this.

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Posted : April 24, 2013 11:12 am
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