Charlotte Amalie Travel Guide

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Charlotte Amalie Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great shopping, locals are friendly, lovely scenery 

  • Con
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     Busy busy busy when the cruise ships are in town. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great place to relax if you pick the right spots 

Charlotte Amalie Things to Do

  • THE POOL AT BLACKBEARD'S CASTLE (&MORE!)

    This historical place has everything you need in a single day adventure. Just remember your bathing suit. Yes, the Castle has everything you need including history, a beautiful view, a free swimming pool and of course – a bar. You even have a live Pirate running around to have your photo taken with. The Castle is actually part of a complex, but my...

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  • Emancipation Park

    The park was named in commemoration of the July 3rd, 1848 emancipation of slaves in the Danish West Indies.And it's a drug-free zone.

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  • Fort Christian

    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!

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  • Pretty Side Streets

    There are so many pretty side streets off Main Street. You'll want to check the shops, the streets, or both!

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  • St. Thomas Architecture

    As crowded as Main Street is with stores you can stop and appreciate how pretty the structures where these stores are!

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  • 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!

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Charlotte Amalie Restaurants

  • 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 love to try the restaurant portion of this cafe. Amalia Cafe's rum punch hit...

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  • 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 amazing. The food is top among the restaurants on the island. Prices are...

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  • Cool place with lots of History

    This place was once an old sugar mill up on the hill just minutes away from downtown. It's tough for a person probably to find it on thier own, therefore I recommend calling a cab to get you there. Recently remodeled this "complex" houses a sportsbar with a restaurant, a nightclub open late for dancing on the weekends and much much more! The...

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Charlotte Amalie Nightlife

  • Tripping thursdays

    Thursdays nights this bar comes alive with live music and trip giveaways sponsored by the local rock station. Two dollar coors lights and great buffalo wings. none

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  • 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 chops. none

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  • 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. So wednesday night is the bar's most popular night. However, the weekends...

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Charlotte Amalie Transportation

  • 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...

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  • Cruising In

    I suppose the only way to arrive in Charlotte Amalie is by cruise boat, as do thousands of people every day (us included!)

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  • 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 about how much they hear "back to the ship?" on a regular basis. Find one...

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Charlotte Amalie Shopping

  • 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, sculptures, jewelry, photography, household items, cards, and so much more. My...

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  • Jewelry Central!

    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 not looking to buy fine jewelry, then if you're lucky, there will be comfy...

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  • 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 Caribbean you will find an overabundance of sundresses, beach bags, and non...

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Charlotte Amalie Local Customs

  • Greeting People

    West Indian people appreciate you taking time out to be polite when dealing with them. When you interact with someone, try saying "Good Morning" , "Good afternoon" or "Good Night" as the time merits it. This usually brings a smile people are usually more easy to deal with and it puts them in a friendlier mood.

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  • Remember to drive on the left!...

    Remember to drive on the left! If you ask for directions, be prepared for some strange responses. At one hardware store, my wife was directed to try 'East End' next to the two speed bumps by the Catholic Church. Another time we got 'One block past the bridge'. There are very few named streets outside of town, and even then most people don't know...

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Charlotte Amalie Warnings and Dangers

  • 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 Savan, is to be avoided at all costs at night. Some hotes/timeshares have a...

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  • Cruise Ships

    St Thomas is a fine island, and Charlotte Amalie not a bad town. Unfortunately a line of cruise ships disgorges its passengers day after day, so you have to share it with many others.

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  • 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 is deadly to a reef. Stay on the sandy stuff when you are in the water. If...

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Charlotte Amalie Tourist Traps

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    by visurferguy Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    Hey, don't get me wrong. If you want mediocre food at mediocre prices....go ahead. It's conviently located to take your money. But if you want to go somewhere where the locals go and save some $$$---read my restaurant reviews.

    Unique Suggestions: If you have to go here, be warned. The drinks are boring, Happy Hour now no longer has entertainment and the staff is demoralized and just doesn't care. Look up at the ceiling? See that dust? It's been there since 1975! To the managment and staff of this place...you, my friend, are cattle. Read my other places to go eat and drink.

    Fun Alternatives: Have a drink at Paradise Point. Sure, it's another tourist place, but the view will blow you away! Avoid the tram if you can, it's way overpriced. It's cheaper to have a cabbie or a local run you up the road. If you are not in the area of Havensite and want to lounge downtown with a cold inexpensive drink in your hand--sit outside! Try the Happy Buzzard or any of the other breezeway bars downtown.

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Charlotte Amalie What to Pack

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    by smike Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, film and other supplies. You may never be back here again, so take a picture.

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Charlotte Amalie Off The Beaten Path

  • Fungi's Rocks!

    If I didn't to live here and had one place only to go to for a cool drink, where would I go? FUNGI's. It's on the East End and right on the water. There's no way in heck you are going to find this place without a cabbie taking you there. It's just too tucked away. The food is great, the place is RIGHT on the water and the drinks are great. It won't...

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  • St. Thomas Synagogue

    visit the St. Thomas Synagogue, first built in 1796, and then rebuilt in 1833. The floor is covered with sand symbolizing the flight of the Jews from Egypt through the desert.It is the second oldest synagogu oin the western hemisphere and the oldest under the American flag.

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  • Most people go to Magen's Bay...

    Most people go to Magen's Bay when they visit and the snorkeling is OK on the west end of the beach if you get out far enough. We have found better snorkeling at Cowpet Bay at the end near the Anchorage condos. In early August I even saw a school of squid about 20 ft from shore. Lots of spiny sea urchins and my daughter also saw a ray. My wife...

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Charlotte Amalie Favorites

  • 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 been.It didn't help me figure that out but it did help me figure out how close...

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  • 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 up top but when I looked out the door it was pouring. So I went one deck...

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  • Last Sunset - Sniff!

    St. Thomas was our cruise's last stop. Here are some shots of that last sunset that I watched from the top balcony.I was a little fahklempt.

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