St. Thomas Things to Do

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St. Thomas Things to Do

  • Turtle Cove boat trip on the Fury

    I love seeing sea turtles in the wild so I decided that we would book a private excursion on the Fury with Captain Mike. The weather was pretty dreadful for St. Thomas, it was overcast when we left and en route it started to rain and stayed dreary for the rest of the trip. It made for a cold morning, no sun, all of your clothes wet. Getting into...

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  • ATV excursion

    We decided to do the ATV excursion. It was a blast ridding though town seeing the sites and then playing on the beach

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  • St. Thomas Skyride

    The St. Thomas Skyride carries you in a gondola 700 ft above Charlotte Amalie. The ride itself is only seven minutes in duration and drops you off at Paradise Point. Paradise Point has a nature trail and some incredible views of St. Thomas. The ride is $19 a person but very worth it.

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  • Birds at Paradise Point

    There are bird shows at the top of Paradise Point. We arrived at the very end of the show, so we didn't get to see/hear much about the birds. We did manage to get a few pictures. I think the intent is for you to pay to get your picture taken with the birds, and we didn't do that.

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  • KON TIKKI CRUISE

    Cruise gently through the bustling harbor of Charlotte Amalie with an open bar and Calypso music played by a native steel band. See Bluebeard's Castle, Blackbeard's Castle and the Governor's Mansion, and over a coral reef, you will see see a variety of coral, sponges and tropical fish through large glass-bottomed viewing windows. At a lovely beach...

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  • St.Johns Snorkel & Beach Adventure.

    This tour was the Tour that we had signed up for but they announced in the morning that due to the large waves at the Beach of Trunk Bay the Snorkeling part was canceled. I will feature the alternate tour we had decided on (the same tour except no snorkeling) in my St Johns pages (coming soon).

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  • Ferry to St. John

    There are two places to catch a ferry to get to St. John, the closer of the two is Charlotte Amelie where the ships dock but the ferry leaves less frequently and it is more expensive ($11. We decided to go to Red Hook, I mistakenly thought it was a 20 minute taxi ride but it was closer to 40-50 minutes by the time they dropped off passengers at...

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  • Daytrip to St. John

    The reviewers over on Cruisecritic just gush over St. John so instead of heading to a beach on St. Thomas we decided to head over to St. John for the day instead. In hindsight, I think the day would have been better spent on St. Thomas, I personally didn't find anything all that special about St. John.In order to get to St. John we had to take a...

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  • Senational Snorkeling at Coki Beach

    NOTE: Have read some disturbing news lately about security problems at the Cokie Beach area! Frommers.com Cruise Blog of 7/13/10 reported that a tourist was killed near this area by stray gunfire in July 2010! Perhaps it would be wise to check news reports of any questionable activities before visiting this area which is also where Coral World is...

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  • Grand Galleria

    Originally built as a hotel in 1839, it was the town's most elegant accommodation. It has recently been restored and refurbished to be a shopping complex with shops, cafes, an ATM machine, etc. A nice place to shop and enjoy the architecture at the same time!

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  • J. Antonio Jarvis Statue

    J. Antonio Jarvis was a Educator, Historian, Poet, Author, Journalist from St. Thomas. He was the first Virgin Islander to record the history of the territory from both historical and sociological perspectives. He wrote a book called; Brief History of the Virgin Islands (1938), was written to provide high school students with crucially needed...

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  • Visitor's Information Center

    There are several tourist information centers/booths in ST. Thomas. At each Port there are Information Centers with free guide books and maps. Throughout the island you'll find little booths with maps and guides; there is one right by the Royal Dane Mall. The guide books have information on attractions, shopping, restaurants , accommodations,...

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  • Charlotte Amalie

    Walk around the Capital, Charlotte Amalie. It can be very crowded since this is a major area for tourists shopping and dining. The shops are lovely and the buildings are rather quaint. The lovely water views as you walk the waterfront are definitely worth the trip as well as all the great shopping.

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  • Royal Dane Mall

    The Royal Dane Mall is a series of streets, alleys and walkways filed with shops and restaurants. Jewelery, liquor, clothing, perfume and much more can be found in their shops. The walkways and alleys reminded me of an old European town.

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  • Havensheight Mall

    The Havensheight Mall is comprised of over 100 stores in a strip mall setting. There are numerous building with shops that are bunched together for an easy shopping experience. The stores have low prices and are duty free. They even have some restaurants and bars in case you get hungry or need a tropical drink.The mall has jewelry stores, liquor...

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  • Paradise Point

    To get to Paradise Point you must hop on a Gondola and take a seven minute ride up the hill (cost $19 a person but well worth it). The views of St. Thomas and Charlotte Amalie are incredible. The sky was bright blue and clear; perfect visibility. We were happy to have taken the ride and see such breath taking views.They have a bar area and some...

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  • Island Tour

    On one of our visits we took a tour in a taxi around the island. Island tours by taxi usually include the popular sites and scenic look out points like Drake's Seat. The taxi in the Virgin Islands is called a safari. Its a truck which has been outfitted with bench seating in the back. It is open air but covered. Safari buses vary in size, some can...

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  • Snorkeling

    One of the nice things to do in the Virgin Islands is diving and snorkeling. Almost anyone can snorkel. You can snorkel from the beach or snorkel from a boat.A list of boats is on the St. Thomas V.I. page at the URL below. One of the boats like ours that you can snorkel on is Independence. This was the boat that Bob went to look for on our 2010...

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  • VI Ecotours mangrove kayak & snorkel

    We arranged for a trip with Virgin Island Ecotours online, we chose the Kayak & Snorkel the Marine Sanctuary & Mangrove Lagoon trip at 10:00am which was $62.10 ($69 less 10% for booking online) for 2 1/2 hours of kayaking through the mangroves and snorkeling from shore. We arrived in port at 8am which gave us plenty of time to get to "the...

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  • Sapphire Beach

    After the kayak/snorkel trip we decided to head to the beach for a few hours of chilling out so we hitched a ride with some fellow kayakers to Sapphire Beach where they were staying and found a nice shady spot under a tree to relax and read a book. Sapphire Beach is reported to be one of the nicest beaches on St. Thomas, you can rent a lounge chair...

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  • 99 Steps

    The 99 Steps are just an example of the step structures that were built by the Danes as a way to climb the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to construct the steps were brought from Denmark as ballast in sailing ships. I have no idea why they call it the 99 steps since we counted 103 steps when climbing......

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  • Visit Frenchtown

    Frenchtown is about half a mile south of Charlotte Amalie. This area of St, Thomas was settled by immigrants of St. Barthelemy. The majority of these immigrants were French and many still speak Creole today. Fishing is popular in this area as well as the restaurants and bars. It's just another example of the diverse cultures coming together in the...

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  • Emancipation Gardens

    The Emancipation Gardens is a park that is on the site that the Emancipation Proclamation was read on July 3, 1848, freeing the slaves of St Thomas. The event took place after officials received word that governor Peter von Scholten had freed the slaves on St Croix. The park features benches, a gazebo and a replica of the Liberty Bell. Concerts and...

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  • Rothschild Francis Statue

    Rothschild Francis was a Civil Rights and Labor leader for Virgin Islanders. He started a newspaper; The Emancipator to champion his causes especially civil rights and the plight of the poor islanders. He became a councilman and even was a delegate to Congress; the first St. Thomian to act as delegate. He was instrumental in the creation of civil...

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  • Bluebeard's Castle~More Myth than...

    Bluebeard's Castle, the stone tower located on the grounds of "Bluebeard's Castle Hotel" is in fact not really a castle in the sense of the palaces we think of but legends that surround it would have you think so. The stone tower known as Bluebeard's Castle is a very old watchtower built in 1689 by the Danes to aid in the defense of "Fort...

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  • Feel Like Excercise? Try the 99 Steps

    Ascending Government Hill between Kongens Gade and Store Tarne Gade is the historically known attraction, the "99 Steps". This steep stairway between the two streets built in the 1700's was constructed of multi-colored bricks by Danish engineers. The brick was previously used as ship's ballast by the Danes and now has a new life creating a...

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  • Magen's Bay ~ One of the World's Top...

    One of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world is thought to be Magen's Bay on St. Thomas' north shore. It's signature horseshoe shape (I think it's more rectangular) is easily recognizable once you see it. It draws people from famous to not so famous--Bill Clinton often uses the home of a friend which faces Magen's Bay when he comes to...

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  • Skyride to Paradise Point

    Want another great spot for viewing Charlotte Amalie Harbor and the nearby islands? Try a tram ride up to Paradise Point. The ride lifts you up to 700 feet in a matter of minutes. Paradise Point also offers an observation deck, a place to get a cool drink at the Paradise Point Bar or even lunch. Like Mountain Top which is famous for Banana...

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  • Coral World Ocean Park

    Coral World has been a favorite of families with children for many years. Adults may enjoy a day here as well, particularly in combination with Coki Beach. Coral World covers 5 acres, a very manageable size, in which you can enjoy the aquariums, outdoor pools and nature trails. Predator fish are always a big draw and you can see sharks, moray eels,...

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  • Sapphire Beach

    Located at the East end of St. Thomas, Sapphire Beach is another great place to spend all or just a part of your day. Beautiful white sand, and clear blue waters beckon me always! The beach is really part of the Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, but they welcome a small amount of people to the beach daily. There you will find a great little beach...

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  • Touring St. Thomas for Less

    During previous visits to St. Thomas we had never taken a tour of any kind. We usually walked around on our own and shopped. This visit in April, 2004, was different in that we decided to take a tour on our own. The ship's excursion price for a tour of the island was $40 - $45 per person. Whether you have arrived on the island independently or have...

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  • Take a Tour

    For abt 25USD you can go on a daytour and see St. Thomas, you will stop at the main view points (view over Magen's Bay and Charlotte Amalie and Tortola/St. John), visit one or 2 beaches, see Charlotte Amalie (= shopping). Recommended if you only have one day and want to see the island.

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  • Magen's Bay, one of world's most...

    We visited St. Thomas on a cruise trip. Decided to spend some time at Magen's Bay. After reviews we had mixed opinion, yes, it must be a beautiful beach, but would it be overcrowded? Well, it IS a beautiful beach/bay. So wonderful, the water, the surrounding. And no, it is not that crowded. Obviously you won't be alone, but as everywhere, about 75%...

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  • rent a car and get a map from the hotel

    If you are comfy driving then it is worth getting a car. our hotel was far from the airport (the Wyndham sugar bay and resort) and we drove daily so it was worth it. If we were to take cabs everywhere, it would of cost 10-20 p/person from the hotel to town. We took two maps from the hotel and airport and used all the sites that tourists go to and...

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  • Admire the beautiful flowers - part 3

    Like I said before, there were so many beautiful flowers on St. Thomas. I just can't pick which ones to share, so I am putting them all on here. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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  • Admire the beautiful flowers

    There are flowers everywhere on St. Thomas. Since I love taking pictures of flowers, it was a treat to see as many as we did.

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  • Coki Beach

    Coki Beach was my favorite beach on St. Thomas. When we arrived, there were tons of people. I was a little disappointed because I thought it would mean that the fish wouldn't be around. Once I got in the water and began snorkeling, my concerns about the fish quickly disappeared. They were everywhere!My parents gave me an underwater camera for...

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  • Sugar Beach

    We ate dinner at the Agave Terrace. Before dinner, we walked a short nature trail to Sugar Beach. It was so peaceful in the evening. I honestly don't know what it is like during the day.It is part of the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, so I imagine it is quite crowded with guests during the day.

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  • Brewers Beach

    This is a perfect beach for swimming and watching planes land. The airstrip juts right out into the water at this beach. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, you won't find it here. Planes land and take off every few minutes. It was neat to watch them. This beach appeared to be very popular with the locals. The snorkeling wasn't very good...

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  • Lindbergh Beach

    Lindbergh Beach isn't as well known as some of the other beaches on St. Thomas, but it is still worth a visit. The water is calm with a sandy bottom, so it's great for swimming or just relaxing in the water.

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  • Sapphire Beach

    We stayed at Pavilions and Pools, and the closest beach was Sapphire Beach. It was about a 5-10 minute walk to get there. This beach gets very crowded during the daytime, but we visited later in the day, and it wasn't crowded at all.The water is calm here, and there are many amenities since it is connected to Sapphire Beach Resort.

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  • Magens Bay

    Magens Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is lovely, but it had more people and less opportunities for snorkeling than other beaches on St. Thomas. It was still great to visit this stunning white sand beach.The water is calm, so it is great for swimming. There are also a lot of amenities here. There is a charge of...

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  • Drake's Seat

    Drake's Seat is a viewpoint where an actual stone bench sits. Legend has it that Sir Frances Drake used the spot as a lookout for Spanish ships approaching St. Thomas. It provides amazing views of Magens Bay.

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  • Mountain Top

    We managed to get a few good shots from Mountain Top, even though it also was closed. The observation deck at Mountain Top is the highest point on the island at 1,547 feet.I am pretty sure the banana daiquiris they serve here are world famous. :-)

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  • Fort Christian

    Once again, because we went in the off season when there weren't many ships in port, this is the time period when renovations take place and things aren't open as much. Fort Christian was undergoing some restoration while we were there, so I really didn't get good pictures because there are things in front of the buildings. It obviously wasn't...

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