St. John, US Virgin Islands – so much to say about that place and I will have numerous posts on the topic! I have had the privilege to vacation there about 10 times as of this writing. In general we have rented villas from an island realtor who has been super helpful and just great to work with. I have noted over the years that many people just don’t realize that renting a villa is an option in many places but it can be a great way to go. Essentially, you have a house for the duration of your stay, and that house may have a pool, or a hot tub, (sometimes both,) cable TV, gourmet kitchen, multiple bathrooms – all the comforts of home and probably more! There are plenty of villa rental firms that also offer maid service, chef or catering service, spa sessions, and other high end amenities. (The Working Stiff and his wife do not generally travel like that!) With a villa rental you can save vacation money by preparing some of your own meals to whatever extent you like. With a full kitchen for example you can make your own toast and coffee in the morning and then pack up the jeep and head to one of the spectacular beaches. On St. John, where the houses are largely up in the hills (not convenient to town,) we have found over the years that we eat most breakfasts at the house, most lunches out somewhere after the beach, and then dinner is either in town or on the grill back at the house.