Saint Thomas is a modern paradise in the Caribbean. Part of the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas mixes the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean and modern amenities of high-tech cities. Located 40 miles east of Puerto Rico, it is the most visited cruise port in the world where top cruise lines like Holland America, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruises make a stop frequently. This cosmopolitan hub is also popular among yachters and shoppers alike. It is known worldwide for being a duty-free shopping destination. With bustling cities, stunning beaches and numerous restaurants to enjoy, St. Thomas is sure to make your yachting vacation a memorable one. Here are the best ways to spend your time here.
Top Attractions in St. Thomas
- Fort Christian: It is a large Dano-Norwegian fort situated in Charlotte Amalie. The fort was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. It has a museum that boasts historical photos, furniture, local hand maid crafts and more.
- 99 Steps: Charlotte Amalie is known for its’ street steps. Ninety Nine Steps is famous for its picturesque steps that are decorated with beautiful flowers on its sides.
- Charlotte Amalie: The capital city of the US Virgin Islands is a colorful city with Danish architecture and metropolitan vibes. The city is divided into Kongens (King’s) Quarter, Dronningens (Queen’s) Quarter and Kronprindsens (Crown Prince’s) Quarter. Each quarter has its’ own characteristics but boasts the same street steps and historic buildings.
- Frenchtown: Located west of Charlotte Amalie, this small town is known for its fish market and marina. Try delicious seafood dishes at Hook Line and Sinker, Bella Blu, Pie Whole, Looney Bien and Craig and Sally's.
- Havensight: After Charlotte Amalie, Havensight is another busy port of the US Virgin Islands. It has a number of shops where you can purchase duty-free items such as Boolchands, Caribana, Caribbean Surf Co., Diamonds International, Jewels, Little Switzerland and Local Color. Try exploring B.O.S.S. Underwater Adventure, The Butterfly Garden, and Tropic Tours during your halt here.
- Yacht Haven: Another cruise port where you can find upscale shops selling luxury goods from Bulgari, Gucci, Armani, Coach, etc. It offers the best nightlife experience for visitors as well.
- Water Island: It is a residential island with no hotels or restaurants. It has some stunning beaches includingHoneymoon Beach, Limestone Bay, plantation ruins and Fort Segarra.
- Hassell Island: It is a private and secluded island. There are ruins of aleprosariumon the island along with steam-powered marine railways and Careening Cove.
- Red Hook: This port city has island-style shops, several restaurants and bars with an active nightlife and hosts fishing and boating excursions.
- Coral World Ocean Park: Located between Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie, this park focuses on marine life. There are underwater exhibits, sharks, turtles and sea-lion encounter programs. When you are tired of exploring the ocean park, visit the nearby Coki beach to soak up some sun and fun.
- Buck Island Reef National Wildlife Refuge: This 45-acre park has hiking trails and a lighthouse. People mostly visit here to explore the nearby wreck-strewn reefs.
- Other attractions: Pirates Treasure Shipwreck Museum, Phantasea Botanical Garden, Skyride to the top of Flag Hill, second-oldest synagogue and Magic Ice are all amazing site while visiting St. Thomas.
Best Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants in St. Thomas
Beaches: The sun-drenched coasts of St. Thomas feature more than 40 beaches. The pristine blue waters and coconut palm trees will surely sway you away. Take a look at the popular beaches of St. Thomas.
- Magen's Bay Beach: It is a horseshoe-shaped beach that is one mile long, has white sand and bright turquoise waters. It is ideal for enjoying kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding and swimming.
- Coki Beach: It is a pretty beach that is less crowded than Magen's Beach. Relax here or enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters.
- Sapphire Beach: With different shades of blue waters, this beach is perfect for families and sunbathers. There are sea grape trees to provide you natural shade while relaxing on the soft sand.
- Hull Bay: This slice of paradise is a well-kept secret of St. Thomas. The beach is exposed to Atlantic waters so you can enjoy surfing here.
- Lindquist Beach: This laid-back beach is a protected part of Smith Bay Park. You can see the British Virgin Islands and St John Island while enjoying your lounge here.
- Lindberg Bay: This is a stunning hotel front beach. It has plenty of open-air bars and restaurants, plus you can try your hands at paddleboarding and kayaking at this beach.
- Brewers Bay: Surrounded by verdant hills, this beach offers coastal scenery and amazing beach vibes. It boasts amazing food trucks that sell burgers, cakes, fresh fish, etc.
- Other beaches: Secret Harbor, Bolongo Bay, Limetree Beach, Morningstar beach and Bluebeard's beach among others.
Hotels: St. Thomas is a cruise port that has many luxurious hotels to cater to the needs of modern travellers. Some of the top hotels where you can enjoy your staycation include Windward Passage Hotel, Wyndham Margaritaville St Thomas, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Emerald Beach Resort, Olga's Fancy, The Ritz Carlton, Mafolie Hotel, MarriottsFrenchmans Cove, The Captain &The Mermaid, Starz and Ritz Oceanfront Residence, among others.
Restaurants: St. Thomas is perfect for travellers seeking phenomenal food and a good time. You will find seafood joints, fish markets, pizzerias, fine dining options and much more. Here are the top restaurants that you should not miss during your vacation: Bella Blu, Pie Whole,The Old Stone Farmhouse, Havana Blue, Iggies Beach Bar and Grill, Thirteen, Hook, Line & Sinker, Gladys' Cafe, Beuchert's Beer Garden, Dinghy's Beach Bar, PRIME at Paradise Point, Side Street Pub, Pizza Pi and Amalia Cafe among others.
Top Things to do in St. Thomas
- Sunbathing and swimming: Almost all beaches in St. Thomas provide a relaxing atmosphere and ideal conditions for swimming except Hull Bay. Bring your beach towel and swimsuit to enjoy the soft sand and clear waters of St. Thomas.
- Snorkeling and Diving: There are thriving reefs, secret caves and varieties of marine creatures in St. Thomas’ waters. Explore the coral ledges along Coki Point, discover tunnels of caves of Cow and Calf Rocks, find starfish, anemones and sponges in Hurricane Hole, or go to the Waterlemon Cay to find more marine life. The Haulover Bay has dramatic ledges, walls and nooks under water that house many sea creatures.
- Fishing: Fishing in St. Thomas is one of thefavorite pastimes for tourists. You can enjoy a great day aboard your fishing charter to catch Blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, barracuda, bonefish, kingfish, mackerel, snook, tarpon and mahi-mahi. The most popular areas to partake in fishing near St. Thomas are the North Drop and the South Drop.
- Other Activities: Apart from snorkeling and fishing, St. Thomas offers favorable conditions for paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing.
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