The Golub brothers: Trevor, 12, and William, 14.
Long Island, New York.
Just Back From
Reason for Trip
To visit their dad, who lives on the island and owns a pool servicing company.
Tips for flying without parents
Go nonstop! And bring cards for solitaire, a DVD player, and trail mix.
Magens Bay, for gorgeous, calm, clear water, and Hull Bay, which has good surf.
Skurfing: when the waves aren’t big enough to ride, get towed behind a boat on your board.
Real pirate coins salvaged from St. Thomas’s shores, sold for $125–$9,000 at Pirate’s Chest (Paradise Point; 340/774-5279).
The boys’ dad votes for the Ritz-Carlton (ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $489), with its infinity pool, or the primo rental houses listed by McLaughlin Anderson (mclaughlinanderson.com; villa for four from $460 per night).
St. Thomas Treat
Johnnycakes, fried dough with powdered sugar, from streetcarts.
No skate parks—and not nearly enough sidewalks.