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Elmer
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August 3, 2009 6:12 pm  

I noticed this past weekend that daylight hours are decreasing. At the beach yesterday I noticed the activity was down from what it has been compared to the last couple of months. It occurred to me that school will be starting before long and maybe people are winding down summer and getting into "back to school mode"? My one and only kid (Quincie) graduated two or three years ago so back to school doesn't mean much, other than flashing school zone signs.
I was wondering, on the islands, what does back to school mean? Are things slowing down there? How much tourism industry is there on STX in particular? Does it feel like summer is winding down yet? Is August a good time to visit STX? Does the month/season really matter as far as a visit goes?


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marlene
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August 3, 2009 8:55 pm  

It was very busy at the beach yesterday. I went diving and there were so many people in the water. When we came back we kept getting waved to by people on the surface. I loved it. Cane Bay was hopping.


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Elmer
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August 4, 2009 2:21 pm  

I probably should have mentioned that I am on the Texas coast near Galveston. BTW- Galveston is recovering nicely from Ike. Most people would hardly know it was affected. That's what happens when the residents pick up tools and get to work vs. waiting on the government to fix everything.


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East Ender
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August 4, 2009 6:05 pm  

Elmer: To me, summer isn't over until the hurricane threat is through. We haven't had even a named storm so far this year (knock on wood!), so to me, it is like summer hasn't started. 😉 Talk to me in October or so, then maybe summer will be winding down.


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Bombi
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August 4, 2009 6:39 pm  

I was wondering, on the islands, what does back to school mean? more traffic in the morning and afternoon
Are things slowing down there? It's been pretty slow all summer
How much tourism industry is there on STX in particular? Not much right now maybe better in high season
Does it feel like summer is winding down yet? No we are still in the thick of summer but it has been very dry.
Is August a good time to visit STX? It's always a good time to visit STX.
Does the month/season really matter as far as a visit goes?

The air and water are cooler in Dec thru April, a little more wind and a lot more people(snow birds)


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Betty
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August 4, 2009 7:05 pm  

"Does the month/season really matter as far as a visit goes?"

It kinda does depending on what you like. Even before I moved here I didn't like coming to the Caribbean during high season. Its often crowded and the water has always been cold to me during those months and the water is often quite rough (by Caribbean standards not New England's). IMO for a vacation I think April or May thru July are the best months to travel here. You get discounted rates, there's less people, the water is warm and like a bath tub and because of that you will see more fish and critters when you snorkel. I don't know about diving.


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