Saint Thomas Travel Guide

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Saint Thomas Things to Do

  • Helicopter Excursion or tour

    Originally a bit hesitant to book because of the price, but it was SO worth it! The people at Caribbean Buzz are so warm and accommodating they can do just about anything. They have this list of all the tours you can do, but if there is something special they will go all out to help. My fiance and I wanted to do something special before we got...

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  • Feed Shark in Caribbean's Coral World...

    We decided to bring our two year old twins to the Coral World Marine Park & Undersea Observatory, a three-story underwater observation tower located 100 feet off shore where you can watch fish, coral and other sea creatures in their natural environment. The Predator Tank is one of the world's largest coral reef tanks, and the aquarium has more than...

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  • Shop for Bargains at St Thomas Duty...

    The Duty Free Shops in Charlotte Amalie are probably one of the best, if not the best, in the world! The watches for men are just amazing with current designs, and my wife of course enjoyed her side of the store, hehehe…St. Thomas is widely known as the best shopping spot in the Caribbean, as this is where nearly all the major cruise ships dock...

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  • Great Views at St. Thomas' 700 ft Sky...

    I got one of the best pictures I have of my daughter after riding the St.Thomas Skyride – a tram ride up to Paradise Point which 700 feet above sea level. My two year old daughter walked with us to a nice gazebo where she looked out at the sweeping views of Charlotte Amalie harbor. Perfect shot!The gigantic cruise ships in port can be seen, and the...

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  • Mountain Top

    Magen's Bay and lots of islands are excellently viewed from the terrace at Mountain Top. Other than that, I don't know why you'd go. The banana daiquiri was a complete zero with me -- maybe mine was just badly mixed -- but it was $9.00 and tiny, too. The store itself was extremely crowded with 'tourist stuff' -- which I don't mind, after all, I am...

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  • Island Marketing Tour

    I recently visited St. Thomas for the 4th time and I decided that I wanted to do a 'formal' tour and see some of the island that I'd previously missed. My friends and I signed up with Island Marketing for an inexpensive (less than $40) 6 hour tour. Now, it wasn't very hands-on, it was more destination delivery, but it was perfect for what I was...

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  • Magens Bay Beach

    If you would like a great day at the beach in St Thomas - go to Magens Bay Beach. We went here not knowing: It is the only beach on St. Thomas that has an entry fee; funds are used to maintain the facilities and the beach.

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  • St. Thomas SKYRIDE & Paradise Point

    The St. Thomas SKYRIDE provides an excellent and beautiful view of the harbor. The view at dust is superb with all of the city and harbor lights, see the photo. The ride could be considered pricey but, we thought it was worth it. Be sure to try a "Bushwhackers’" a drink with Baileys, Kahlua and a couple of other ingredients and you can buy an...

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  • Great tour guide in St. Thomas !

    Can highly recommend Henry from EEE Tours as a guide to the beautiful island of St. Thomas !We travelled to St. Thomas in June 2010 and he was helpful, informative and took us to lots of places off the beaten track so that we could see the real island !Henry's a retired police officer, so knows a lot about the island and it's history, had a great...

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  • Snorkel at Coki Beach

    We disembarked from our cruise ship in Charlotte Amalie at the Havensight shops. We walked a few blocks to the taxis - safari buses - and asked the drivers congregated there where to find good snorkeling on St. Thomas (we'd already tried Magen's Bay and Sapphire Bay with little success on previous trips.) The driver had no hesitation in telling us...

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  • "Checkin out Mega Yachts"

    You may arrive by plane or by cruise ship but dont miss out on taking your family for a stroll through the marina and check out the sexy yacht action going on. Let me tell you this is no easy chore for the many workers I see that it takes to care for a yacht. They are busy polishing the brass and shining the mahogany woods early in the mornings and...

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  • Kayaking eco-tour

    We did a 2-1/2 hour eco-tour.....was very enjoyable. We are not experienced kayakers, and we did fine. Very calm water. Kayak out to a "pond/pool" area-all protected-no powered boats, etc.. Snorkel and see some cool plant life, bottom dwelling jellies, etc. We learned a lot about mangroves, and native plants, and wildlife. The kayaking was a bit...

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Saint Thomas Restaurants

  • B4 - Beach, Burgers, Babes and Beer

    This place has a small menu and everything on it's amazing. From the pulled pork to the succulent burgers, everything is amazing. Don't forget to ask about the fresh fish tacos, they will blow you away. The pulled pork sandwich is done in house, fresh soft bun, and koleslaw make this the best BBQ in the Virgin Islands.

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  • "Excellent Black Angus Steak"

    The servers here are great. You never have to wait for a drink to be refilled be it soda-pop or rum and coke. The place is kept clean and the restrooms are well stocked. An attribute you wont find present in a lot of restrooms on the island. The food was cooked to order and the price wasnt bad. The evening my son and I ate there was at the expense...

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  • Unique and delicious cuisine

    Craig and Sally's is widely regarded as the best restaurant on island. The menu changes daily based on what they have fresh and what sort of unique dishes the chefs dream up that day. The food is outstanding and to top it all off they have a wine list that is pages and pages long. They always have some fresh seafood dishes, some meat dishes, and at...

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Saint Thomas Transportation

  • Best way to go to St John by FERRY

    There's no airport on this island...so best way to reach it is by FERRY.We were staying at the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef resort, so we just took the hotel’s very own ferry to St Thomas which I think was just a little over $10 ? But these 20-minute ferries can easily be taken from the eastern tip of the island, leaving from Red Hook Landing Pier...

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  • Safari Bus

    As we disembarked from our cruise ship, we walked through Havensight shops to an area a few blocks away where open-air taxis, safari buses, were waiting. They have posted transportation rates - no meters - so you know exactly what you are paying before entering. Of course, it helps to know where you want to go! We just asked the driver for the best...

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  • Getting around the island!

    Cabs are pricey! Local "safari/country/dollar" buses run a loop around the island. You will be riding on a "bus" which is a flatbed truck, the flatbed having padded bench seats, open air. You'll be riding with the locals................be sure to say "Good afternoon, morning, etc.", NOT just "Hi". Try to have exact change. They run all day, but are...

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Saint Thomas Shopping

  • by slindberg Written Apr 17, 2011

    This was such a great shopping experience. In a place where there is a pushy salesperson at every corner, it was so refreshing to goto a place with great stuff and relaxed sales people that actually listen to what you want. Highly recommend visiting this "hidden gem" gift shop. Ram and Reshma (the owners) definitely make this place special with their amazing customer service and huge variety of jewelry and island gifts

    What to buy: 14K gold Hibiscus earrings, Diamond Solitaire rings and earrings, and their famous "St. Thomas" shirts

    What to pay: depends on item

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Saint Thomas Local Customs

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    by jsteven Updated Jul 31, 2008

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    On the island, the use of "Hi" and "Hello" are considered a little too informal. Most locals greet each other (and like to be greeted with) "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon", or "Good Evening". Use one of these, or just "Good Day" instead of "hi". It feels awkward initially, but will usually result in a more pleasant interaction.

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Saint Thomas Warnings and Dangers

  • "Kidnapped in St. Thomas"

    Do not get on a transportation alone, stay in a group with going to and from cruise ships..... I truely believe I was being"taken" by a cab driver in a "safari bus" and fought and screamed my way and escaped after an hour ordeal that left me devistated and in great fear of my life. This incident happened recently on Jan 24, 2013 in St. Thomas. I...

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  • Beware of Island Marketing

    Island Marketing is a company that sub-contracts tours and excursions from many locations in the Caribbean. On Nov.8/11 we contracted a private tour of St Thomas from them at a cost of $500.00. They contracted our tour out to VI Taxi Assoc operate who left us stranded at Megan's Bay while they ferried other groups around( despite the fact they were...

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  • "Curiosity Killed The Cat"

    Like a lot of touristy spots, there are the downfalls. My greatest disappointment by far was to see small used drug bags along the sidewalks. There is a crack cocaine problem on the main island. St.John requires boarding the ferry to get to from St.Thomas so you see less drug traffic there. Its demeanor is much more low key than St.Thomas. We...

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Saint Thomas Tourist Traps

  • Liquor prices not necessarily cheap

    On our last visit we went to A.H.Riise to purchase our ten bottle (3 yr supply) of Crown Royal Rye Whiskey. To my amazement , they had the 1 liter bottles priced at $19.95 each.(This is the same price that local outlets charge here in Florida, when they are running a promotion.) I asked a clerk to verify this price and was informed that the listed...

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  • Some Local Cabbies

    I can't prove that we were bamboozled (I so seldom get to use that word! Isn't it fun?), but I believe it. The Princess ported at the new docking facility - not Havensight - and we lit out for our destination of Coki Beach for great snorkeling. I'd wanted to catch a safari bus as we had at the previous year at Havensight pier. But, there were no...

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  • Transportation to Magens Bay $$$$$

    Magens Bay is a beautiful beach area but it was a minimum $8 per person to get there each way. Once you are there, you are stuck unless you pay $8 to get back down the windy hills on the buses. The locals weren't real friendly and one guy actually went off on us about how we were ripping off the locals when we tried to negotiate a lower fare for...

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Saint Thomas Off The Beaten Path

  • National Park on St. John

    Take the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John....when you dock in Cruz Bay, walk around to the left to the National Park Service office/visitor center. You can get a trail map and do some great hiking....with great views....FREE! Of course, you'll want to head to famous Trunk Bay, too.....fee.

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  • Magen's Bay Nature Trail

    Behind the beach at Magen's Bay is a 300 acre preserve co-owned by The Nature Conservancy and the V.I. government. There is a trail that takes you through tropical forest and mangroves in the preserve. It's quite steep at times so if you're going to do the whole trail, get someone to drop you at the top of the trail (off of Magen's Bay Road) and...

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Saint Thomas Favorites

  • Iguanas...

    See a lot of squirrels at home? Well in St. Thomas, they don't have many of those, they have iguanas! Keep an eye out for iguanas on rocks, trees, and even crossing the street. My family and I saw a 3 footer cross right in front of our taxi near the old Danish fort. You don't see that everyday...

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  • "A Seperate World"

    I found out why so many people are into the underwater scene after my stay. Once you submerse your body under the top of the water its like a world seperate from the rest. Its peaceful and quiet. Its movements are likened to a slow motion picture and every small creature that you meet whilst that breath of air last you seems to become a new friend....

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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