Charlotte Amalie Travel Guide
Peaceful harbor shot
Beautiful Megan's Bay
Great shopping, locals are friendly, lovely scenery
Busy busy busy when the cruise ships are in town.
In a nutshell
Great place to relax if you pick the right spots
This Danish built fort, named after King Christian V, is the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands.Oops, just cut 'n pasted that. I didn't visit this attraction, but I did snap some photos!
Palm Passage Way
I found this little side street to be one of the most adorable places I've ever been. We stopped, took photos, had a drink, and did some shopping here. Hell, if I could've moved onto this street - on the spot - I would've!
St. Thomas Synagogue
In 1796 the Jews of St. John founded the congregation in Charlotte Armalie. Only nine Jewish families belonged to the congregation in 1801, but by 1803 it had increased to 22, with arrivals from England, France and the Caribbean islands of St. Eustatius and Curacao. In 1804...
Magen's Bay is acclaimed as being one the worlds top 10 beaches by the National Geographic Magazine. It's a wonderful spot to spend the day or part of your day. Its one of those places that takes everybody's breathe away. The water is very clean, calm and warm, which makes...
This is a walking tour of Blackbeard's Castle, which is actually a watchtower, and historic homes of Charlotte Amalie. Not too well organized but still interesting. After a quick intro you are given a tour map and left to wander around on your own at your own pace. Skytsborg...
Amalia Cafe: Rum Punch Time!
We walked into the most beautiful little side street, saw a bar, and made a B line to quench our thirst. We only had a quick drink to rest our feet and enjoy the gorgeous setting. If I ever go back to St. Thomas I will definitely re-visit this lovely side street and would...
Havana Blue: Little Havana in St Thomas
Havana Blue is located on Morning Star Beach adjacent to the Marriott Hotel. The restaurant touts its theme as a cuban/asian fusion. The huge terrace overlooks the ocean below. The view of the ocean, accented by giant candles and white linen hanging from the ceiling, is...
Randys: Bar and bistroe
We celebrated a friend's birthday here and it was great. I came in the night before and told the bartender, Bob, what i wanted to do and he took care of the rest. The entire evening Bob and the other staff took great care of us. The food was excellent as well. I had the lamb...
Duffy's Love Shack: Bar
Duffy's is a local legend. The owner turned a parking lot into a drinking spot. No more than 2 walls and a roof, this bar can get pretty crazy. Popular among locals and tourists. Wednesday nights ladies drink free well drinks from 9 til 2am, and Coors lights are 2 dollars....
Open Air Taxis
We took a fun taxi into town in a multi-rowed vehicle that was open on the sides and covered with a canape. Only in perpetually warm weather could you have such a vehicle.As you can see, we thought it was pretty fun...
Cabs are everywhere
You can get a cab from just about everywhere. You'll see these big hollowed out pick trucks called "Safari Cabs" all over the island. Prices vary and so do the services. Some offer tours around the island and others offer trips to the cruise ships back and forth. Locals joke...
Gallery St. Thomas: Best Store of Cruise!
This is an absolutely wonderful store run by a very nice woman who will gladly give you information about any of the pieces for sale there. Everything is nicely displayed and the environment is laid back and friendly. No pushiness here.
The gallery features paintings,...
Chalotte Amelie's Main Street is packed with jewelry stores. You could very easily get dizzy from the how many there are! Given the competition some can be pretty pushy. If you're patient and know what you want you should be able to walk away with a nice trinket. If you're...
Vendor's Plaza: HAD to stop here!
This is one of the first places we spotted after getting off our taxi in downtown Charlotte Amelie. Don't know about you but I love craft fairs. This wasn't really a craft fair as most of these stalls had the same or extremely similar stuff.
As with any vendor in the...
Shaka Zulu: Local Hand Crafted Art and Jewelry
We walked into this store because the owner, in this fabulous costume originally told us to get off the street so we wouldn't get run over! This turned into a conversation in which he was explaining to us how the cruise ships get a kickback from the stores that sell fine...
Del Sol: Groovy Color Changing Goodies
Del Sol stores sell clothes and other items that change color in the sun. They're located all over the US and Caribbean but I'd never seen or gone into one until I went to St. Thomas
We went in to look at the nail polish, bought some of it along with some key chains, sun...
St Thomas and Crime
Certain areas on St. Thomas, like most places, can be dangerous to your wallet or health. Violent crime is fairly common on this small ilsand. Most of the crime centers around drugs, so tourists are not at risk here, but some criminals prey on tourists. Downtown, especially...
Stay off De Reef, Mon!
Undersea reefs are very delicate. Don't step on them under any circumstances. You'll kill the enviornment. Really. It takes SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS for a coral reef to mend itself from ONE HUMAN STEP. It doesn't matter if you have shoes, aqua socks or are barefoot. Any contact...
So Many Islands
Too little time to find all those Caribbean isles and, more importantly, the ones we visited! As per my usual MOA when traveling, I mapped out where I'd been after I returned from the cruise. I do remember finding this little map and thinking that now I'd know where I'd...
Carribean Quickie Showers
We encountered a couple of these on our cruise. It would rain, no pour, for 5 - 15 mins, clear up, dry up, as if it had never rained.And it was refreshing!These photos are from the uber-quick shower in Charlotte-Amelie on the last afternoon of the cruise. I was going to sit...
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