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Top 4 Things to Do in St Thomas


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We blogged about “Where” is St Thomas.   A reader 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. You can do multiple things, for instance, take in the sights, shop, and meet the island residents.

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.

While enjoying a luxury sailing charter, you’ll enjoy the multitude of things to see and do while visiting St. Thomas. Here are the top 4 things not to be missed while you are enjoying USVI time. 


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.



Photograph of the skyride above Charlotte Amalie marina in St. Thomas, USVI

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.



Photograph of people shopping in duty free shops in the United States Virgin Islands. Photo shows a strip of shops with people walking

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 upscale shopping, come together.  They form 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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Ms. Jana Sheeder is President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(tm) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Florida Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay It Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity.

  • Tom McDonovan

    Food and drink was way too expensive. Outside kitchen filthy. Rust on tram structure. Rotted floor boards on nature trail. Some animals had no water in 100 degree heat and were unattended. Children can put fingers into animal cages. By the way…we were told the bird show hasn’t been there in a long time. Ferris wheel – friends got stuck. It is a rust bucket that looks like it is from the 1950s.


  • Sarah Smith

    I didn’t realize that Magens Bay Beach always has clear blue water. That sounds beautiful and relaxing. Since my husband likes sailing, I wonder if he would like to get a boat charter to explore the bay.


    • Jana Sheeder

      Thank you so much for your comment, Sarah!

      Yes, Magens Bay Beach is amazing. The water is magical. We look forward to planning the perfect yacht charter vacation for you and your husband. Please call or email us!

      Have a great day. Thanks again.



      Jana L. Sheeder
      1-800 Yacht Charter
      Delivering The Superyacht Experience Since 1976


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