If you are trying to avoid the resorts and their prices, one good idea is to look for hotels. Although some are also part of resorts, you will find cheap hotels with very affordable prices if you are willing to look further from the beaches. Usually, good hotels can be found in the cities. You can hence mix checking out the sights with a visit to the beach.
Climate and tourist season
The climate is tropical and the high temperature is cooled down by the trade winds. There are little variations in temperatures from season to season. The wet season lasts between May and November and hurricanes can occur. Otherwise, the humidity is quite low.
The high tourist season lasts between November/December (depending on the hotel) and April, with the highest prices being around Christmas and New Year’s. During the low season, you can find a lot of discounted packages offered by the resorts.
Perched above the capital of Charlotte Amalie, this small hotel offers 22 rooms, all with AC and TV. During the high season (Nov 1, 2008 – Apr 30, 2009) prices range between US$134.00 per night for a standard room and US$209.00 per night for a suite. The low season prices are: US$108.00 per night for a standard room, US$124.00 per night for a deluxe room and US$144.00 per night for a suite but they don’t apply during the Carnival season (when the prices are higher).
The Frederiksted Hotel
This is another small hotel. It is family owned and offers a great Caribbean experience. The 36 rooms offer AC and TV. During the high season (Dec 1- Apr 15) prices range between US$120 per night for the standard double room at the seaside and US$110 per night for the standard double room at the pool side. The poolside suites cost US$180 per night. Special packages are also available and the prices vary from season to season.
Island Beachcomber Hotel
The hotel is located in St.Thomas and can be a great place for a family vacation. The rooms have AC, TV and a veranda where you can enjoy your morning coffee. There’s a restaurant and a bar within the hotel. During the high season (Nov 1, 2008 – Apr 30, 2009) prices range between US$149.00 per night for the double room with beach view and US$219.00 per night for the king beachfront room. All prices are based on double occupancy and do not include the 17% tax.