St Thomas USVI
St Thomas, is one of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. St Croix and St John complete the triumvirate. They are located 40 to 50 miles east of Puerto Rico and can be visited without the use of a passport, because they are US Territories.
The island of St Thomas is a very popular stop for cruise ships with itineraries in the Eastern Caribbean and is only a two day cruise from Miami. The crystal clear waters and abundant wildlife make it a popular destination for those who love the sun, sand and aquatic adventure sports. It is equally attractive to those who wish to enjoy the view from the beach, zero edge pool or verandah. Since English is spoken everywhere it makes it simple for visitors from the United States to communicate wherever they go.
There is plenty to do for all ages and interests. You can take a ride on Skyline Drive and enjoy a breathtaking view of St. Thomas Harbor before traveling to Mountain Top, the highest point on St. Thomas, to take in spectacular views of Magens Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. How about an underwater adventure that won’t even require you to get your hair wet and you can wear your glasses.
Maybe Coral World Marine Park is more to your taste, where you can touch sea stars at the touch pool or explore the mystery of life in a mangrove lagoon off the Coastal Trail. My favorite thing to do there is to take a catamaran or schooner trip to Turtle Cove or some other pristine location around the island; enjoying a relaxing sail before enjoying a snorkel in the aqua colored water.
You may also with to take in the view from Paradise Point by taking the skyride to a vantage point 700 feet above the sea for the most fantastic vistas in the Caribbean. You can also experience a zip line adventure with views of the harbor and surrounding seas from the platform that add great picture opportunities for you to take advantage of.
Ever heard of Sea Trek? Check out the video; you may not need look further for your next cruise port adventure and, NO, that is not me in the still on the video!
You can also take a brief cruise through the picturesque St. Thomas harbor then bike through Water Island, or test your skills with Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) – the fastest growing water sport in the world. You can also enjoy a ferry ride to Virgin Island National Park on St. John and hike a hillside trail with tropical views.
While the beaches and ocean are exquisite, there is one thing that really sets St. Thomas apart from the other islands – shopping. You can browse through the shop-lined streets of Charlotte Amalie and discover why St. Thomas is called the “duty-free shopping capital of the world.” Shop for duty-free trinkets and bargains on everything from liquor to imported china and crystal. Visitors can bring home $1,200 in merchandise without paying duty – twice the limit of most of the Caribbean.
There are over 400 shops along the Main Street area in Charlotte Amalie and some 50 more in Havensight Mall. Great bargains are found on precious gemstones, and on fine jewelry and watches. St. Thomas also features excellent buys on luxury items like perfume, leather and imported linens. Cameras, electronic goods, and designer clothing are also available, as are a selection of island rums and liquors, with great bargains on your favorite spirits.
St Thomas is a destination that you will thoroughly enjoy and if you venture there by cruise ship, you may decide to return and stay at one of their resorts next time for an extended stay.