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Chat Plus: Tips for Staying at Eco-Resorts on St. John

Sunday, June 28, 2009

During our online chat (most Mondays at 2 p.m.), you ask and we answer your travel questions -- mostly. Here's one we couldn't get to last week.

My husband, son (15), daughter (11) and I are heading to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Any tips or hints? We'll be staying at an eco-resort in a platform tent -- should we bring industrial-strength bug spray?

St. John's eco-resorts are rustic, but the setting is sooo worth it, and the composting toilets and solar showers make you feel so virtuous. A few tips:

The tents can get really hot in summer, so keep the shades down during the day to help beat the heat. Caribbean sunsets are sudden and the nights are pitch-black, so familiarize yourself with the layout of your resort and tent while it's still light out (important!) and keep a flashlight by your bed (really important!). Many of the tents are perched atop steep cliffs, so be ready to climb, climb, climb. Eco-showers can be cold, so wait a couple of hours in the morning for the water barrel to warm up. And about that bug spray: Yup.

-- K.C.S.

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