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St. Thomas

St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan island of the USVI, yet it still retains the distinctive atmosphere of a secluded Caribbean paradise. Although it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has something for the whole family to enjoy. The island is the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean and cruise ships arrives into Charlotte Amalie which is the main town and is the capital of the US Virgin Islands. Downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping and even submarine rides.

 

Charlotte Amalie

Historic buildings found throughout downtown Charlotte Amalie take visitors back to the Danish era when the town was a bustling port of trade; while modern additions of taxis, shops, souvenir vendors and cruise ships in the harbour remind that it is tourism that currently drives the economy.

While walking around Charlotte Amalie you will see the charming white and pastel colours houses dotted around against a background of emerald hills. St. Thomas is largely mountainous. Many roads around the island offer terrific panoramic views of the island and ocean. Amongst the hills on St. Thomas and along the beaches you will find an assortment of accommodations; resorts, historic inns, guest houses, vacation homes, villas and condos.

 

Red Hook & East End

The East End holds the bulk of the island’s resorts. Red Hook is the only town to speak of, though it’s small and built mostly around the St John ferry dock and American Yacht Harbour marina.


 

Things to do in St Thomas

St. Thomas has so many things to do from shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, to diving and dining there is something for the whole family. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife.

Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.

St. Thomas is a water lover’s paradise. For your vacation plan a few beach days, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, a day charter, kite boarding, sailing, fishing, kayaking and parasailing. On land you can play a round of golf, take an island tour, check out some attractions, take in the historical sites downtown and do some shopping. In the evening you can hit happy hour at a bar or restaurant, catch some live music and have dinner with a sublime view!

From our newest on-island attraction, the Zip Line, to eco tours, aquarium, boat tours and botanical gardens there is more than enough attractions on St Thomas to keep you busy. Most often, you are going to have to use transportation to reach your destination. It is highly recommended to arrange transportation before you arrive.

 

Diving in St Thomas

A number of dive shops serve St Thomas and provide a safe, comfortable scuba diving experience for beginners or experienced divers. Courses for both beginners and those seeking advanced certification courses are available her.

 

Sailing in St Thomas

To truly experience the beauty of the islands, many visitors elect to explore the hundred or so island islets and cays comprising the Virgin Islands by boat. Be it an afternoon to evening day sail or an all-inclusive week on a charter yacht.


 

Shopping in St Thomas

St Thomas is a shopping paradise with many duty free shops and designer stores. The US Virgin Islands is outside the US Custom Zone. A special exemption of $1,600 for each person travelling to this U.S. Territory is allowed. Family members travelling together may combine total purchases. Many items are individually exempt.

 

Nightlife in St Thomas

St. Thomas offers a wonderful selection of nightlife venues on the island. From upmarket bars to local beach bars there is something to suit everyone.

 

Blackbeard’s Castle

Set atop Government Hill, this five-story masonry watchtower was said to be the lookout post of pirate Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, in the 18th century. The admission fee includes use of the three pools on the grounds, photos with the myriad pirate statues that dot the property, and entrance to Britannia House and Haagensen House – two colonial homes furnished with West Indian antiques and a jewellery shop. It also includes entry to a rum factory, where a guide explains the distilling process.


 

Restaurants in St Thomas

St Thomas has a variety of eating options. Sizzling seafood scampi, schnitzels galore, pasta’s tossed with island-grown herbs or Caribbean-caught fish, Danish-style smorgasbords, sushi bars, Cajun Crawfish Etouffe, Coconut Curry lobster, Chateaubriand and even Peking Duck – you name it, you can get it in St Thomas. Dining options rival many major cities in food choices per square mile.

 

Old Stone Farmhouse

Prepare yourself for a culinary journey that is second to none. Old Stone Farmhouse restaurant in St Thomas is one of the most elegant and romantic settings you will ever enjoy. From the stunning centuries-old architecture to the dramatic courtyard and cascading fountain, you will feel the grace and ambiance of the island throughout the night.

 

Havana Blue

Havana Blue offers a chic fusion of Cuban and Pacific Rim dining and exotic drinks.

Not formal, but if you have a fun dress with you, wear it. The restaurant is located at Marriott Morning Star Beach in St Thomas.

 

Grand Cru Restaurant and Wine Bar

Grande Cru presents an upscale dining experience in a casually chic setting with a superior selection of 23 wines by the glass, and an expansive array of house infused Martinis and Cocktails. Chef inspired Mediterranean cuisine uses only fresh ingredients to create a cutting edge menu, and is served in a totally hip ambiance.

 

Coconuts Bar and Grill

This is a good casual lunch choice. Conveniently located in the heart of Charlotte Amalie Coconuts is the place to visit while taking a shopping break.

 

Petite Pump Room Restaurant & Catering

Located at the water’s edge with views of the beautiful Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Petite Pump Room restaurant offers a selection of great frozen & tropical drinks, fresh seafood & other favourites. Serving breakfast & lunch, they specialize in local & American cuisine, catering & special events.

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