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St. Thomas was my first USVI trip and it was such a fun one! I went solo, so you can read more info on that and dangers here and see some of my other adventure stories from the Islands on the blog. St.Thomas is the biggest of the USVI, with the capital of Charlotte Amalie, where I stayed. There’s so much ground to cover in St. Thomas besides the downtown area. Read on to find out more about what to see and do on the island!
How Do I Get There?
There are flights multiple times a day flying into St. Thomas. The airport is Cyril E. King and it’s literally a 5-10 minute ride into downtown.
A popular option is cruising into the area and docking in downtown by the waterfront. There can be up to 4 cruiseships at one time and that gets the island very busy! I was there with one ship at port and it was a comfortable walk on the streets.
You can also ferry in from Tortola, BVI or St. John’s, USVI.
What is There to Do?
St. Thomas has so much honestly. There are numerous beaches to recommend and they are all open to tje public. Recommendations include Magens Bay, Bolongo Bay, and Coki Beach. Many taxi over to Coki since it’s located on the Northeast tip. You get to visit their Coral World Ocean Park to see marine life up close and personal and the snorkeling is one of the best on the island.
By the airport, you can visit Lindbergh Bay and Brewer’s Bay for a more quiet and local experience.
Downtown includes numerous bars, jewellery stores, shopping and the Historical District. You can shop ’till you drop or hang around the waterfront which is paved. Walk it to Frenchtown or up the hills to Blackbeards Castle and the oldest Jewish synagogue on tje the Western Hemisphere.
Mountain Top is the highest peak located in the center of St. Thomas where you can view the surrounding areas and islands from above. The famous banana dacquiri stand is there as well.
Red Hook is maybe a 30 minute drive and full of bars, restaurants and the hourly ferry to St. John’s.
There are secluded areas to visit to the west of the island and the north, but you need a car to really get around. It’s very hilly too so it might get anxious if you’re not used to hills!
Climate and When to Come Visit
St. Thomas is located in the Caribbean and does experience threat of hurricanes from May through November. Although it has not been hit badly in a number of years, remnants of the storm have passed through the island.
The clearest weather comes in January and lasts through the end of April. That’s your best chance for sunny skies and lower humidity. Don’t mind a random shower, they last for a few minutes and then move on.
What do you recommend seeing in St. Thomas?