No sooner did we blog about “Where” is St Thomas that a person called our charter department to ask “What” to do in St Thomas. Seems like a fair question – after all, part of the fun of a Virgin Islands yacht charter, is the opportunity to get off the yacht, take in the sights, and meet the island residents.
Considered the hub of the United States Virgin Islands, St Thomas, and her bustling port city, Charlotte Amalie, offers visitors the best of shopping, dining, and sightseeing.
Whether enjoying a luxury sailing charter, or passing through during a cruise ship vacation, you’ll enjoy the multitude of things to see and do while visiting St. Thomas. In no particular order, here are the top 4 things not to be missed while you are enjoying your time on the island:
Magens Bay Beach – both National Geographic and Conde Nast have pegged this as one of the finest beaches in the world. The bay is almost always calm, the water is turquoise-blue, and the white sand beach is blinding. This is a great place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing. For more active visitors, you can rent water sports toys such as kayaks and snorkel gear there.
St.Thomas Skyride – similar to the enclosed lifts you see at ski resorts, this unique attraction offers visitors a tram ride up to Paradise Point. It’s a short ride to the 700 foot summit, where you’ll enjoy sweeping views of Charlotte Amalie harbor. At the top, you can not only take in the amazing scenery, but also visit shops and a popular restaurant and bar.
Duty Free Shopping in Charlotte Amalie – St. Thomas is considered the best shopping spot in the Caribbean. Duty free shops are everywhere, offering bargains on goods such as perfume, liquor, electronics, china, jewelry, and clothing. Many of these items can be found at prices that are 40 to 60 percent lower than in the United States. The waterfront area is especially popular. Old seventeenth-century warehouses that once stored rum and spices for wooden trade ships are now home to a variety of shops filled with modern day treasures.
St. Peter Greathouse Botanical Gardens – nature lovers will truly enjoy hiking this beautiful estate’s 11 acres. You can follow one of several self-guided nature trails. Visitors will find over 200 varieties of tropical plants and trees, plus an orchid jungle and an art gallery featuring local works by native artists. The gardens are located 1,000 feet above sea level, and a deck in the gardens provides a breathtaking view of the other islands that make up the Virgin Island chain.
St. Thomas is a colorful, vibrant island where nature, history, and yes, even upscale shopping, come together to create the perfect vacation destination.
Which St Thomas hot spots have we missed? Help us round out our Top 4 picks into a “Top 5” list! Contact us HERE with your favorite places to go or things to do on St Thomas.
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