St. Thomas

Travel Guide
Smith Bay Beach showing tropical scenes and a sandy beach

Sandy beaches, spectacular scenery, exciting watersports, duty-free shopping and colonial monuments make this one of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ liveliest destinations.

The Caribbean island of St. Thomas presents a blend of history, nature, shopping, recreation and relaxation. Jungle-covered hills roll down to picturesque bays with white-sand beaches and turquoise water. Colonial-era architecture stands in busy shopping districts.

St. Thomas’ one major town is picturesque Charlotte Amalie. Wander the narrow lanes to see Danish, Dutch, French and Spanish-built houses, many now hosting cafés and shops. Climb the 99 Steps, an 18th-century staircase near Blackbeard’s Castle and Fort Christian, built in the 1600s as a Danish stronghold.

Beyond Charlotte Amalie, scenic roads wind through wooded hills to views of the island’s magnificent coastlines. Go to animated Frenchtown, a village renowned for its restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and Creole-speaking residents. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride from Havensight to Paradise Point and marvel at the views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

Over 40 beaches decorate St. Thomas’ coastline, all within a 25-minute drive from Charlotte Amalie. Relax at Magens Bay or the lively resorts of Lindberg Bay and Morningstar. Go fishing, sailing and scuba diving at Red Hook and snorkeling and windsurfing at Sapphire Beach. Discover myriad marine life at Coral World Ocean Park near Coki Beach. Watch planes land at the island airport while you swim in the calm waters of Brewers Bay Beach.

The area is famous for discounted and tax-free shopping, too. Clothing, electronics, jewelry and perfume stores line the streets of Charlotte Amalie, most notably Dronningens Gade (Main Street) and Vendors Plaza. Find more shops and malls at the main ports, Crown Bay and Havensight.

St. Thomas, the second largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is located in the Caribbean Sea east of Puerto Rico. Many visitors arrive by cruise ship or fly to Cyril E. King Airport and then get around via rented car. The U.S. Virgin Islands benefit from year-round warm temperatures, although hurricanes are possible between June and November. Combine your vacation with daytrips to the beaches of neighboring Water Island and St. John.

Where to stay in St. Thomas

Windward Passage Hotel
Windward Passage Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Veterans Drive Charlotte Amali, Po Box 640, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is CA $187 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Estate Hassel Island and Blackbeard's Castle. St. Thomas Synagogue and Yacht Haven Grande ...
3.1/5 (1,177 reviews)
"Breakfast was good"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Windward Passage Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
5 out of 5
6900 Great Bay, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is CA $1,137 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Nestled on the beach, this St. Thomas resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beverhout Point and Secret Harbour Beach. Sapphire Beach is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (131 reviews)
"Food was good difficulty with breakfast difficulty getting water or any type of drinks .. not normal Ritz experience"

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2021

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations
Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
1331 Estate Taarneberg, St. Thomas
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $333 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim Synagogue and Blackbeard's Castle. St. Thomas Synagogue and Yacht ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (785 reviews)
"I went during COVID-19 so there's no room cleaning by staff. The t.v. speakers busted so there was that cracking noise All day and night. All the male staff was helpful and kind, while the female staff was rude.(not the front desk females)"

Reviewed on Dec. 5, 2021

Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations
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Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
3.5 out of 5
6200 Magens Bay Road, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is CA $163 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 11
Located in the heart of St. Thomas, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Magens Bay and Magens Bay Beach. Blackbeard's Castle and St. Thomas Synagogue ...
4/5 Very Good! (156 reviews)
"The staff was amazing. Nice restaurant, cafe and pool. Rooms were very updated, 1980’s but clean"

Reviewed on Nov. 17, 2021

Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
4 out of 5
6280 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is CA $574 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Nestled on the beach, this St. Thomas aparthotel is just steps from Beverhout Point and Secret Harbour Beach. Sapphire Beach is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,059 reviews)
"Great place to stay! I will be back"

Reviewed on Dec. 4, 2021

Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
4 out of 5
7338 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is CA $884 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
Nestled on the beach, this St. Thomas condo resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Frenchman's Bay, Yacht Haven Grande Marina, and St. Thomas Synagogue. Blackbeard's ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (130 reviews)
"This was a beautiful property with great workers with easy access to everything."

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2021

Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
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