Great shopping, locals are friendly, lovely scenery
Busy busy busy when the cruise ships are in town.
Great place to relax if you pick the right spots
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...more
7338 Estate Bakkeroe, Charlotte Amalie, Caribbean
Good for: Business
6280 Estate Nazareth, Nazareth Bay, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, 00802, Caribbean
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Rte. 6 Smith Bay, Smith Bay Road, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, 00802, Caribbean
Good for: Families
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...more
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...more
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...more
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. nonemore
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
627 Reviews and Opinions
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...more
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...more
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.
Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera, film and other supplies. You may never be back here again, so take a picture.
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more