The island of St. Thomas is an emerald gem surrounded by Caribbean blue waters. Not only is it lovely, but it is also the bustling capitol of the United States Virgin Islands. Because it is a United States territory, U.S. citizens do not need a passport to travel here. The American dollar is the currency used and the official language is English. It functions under the protection and laws of the United States.
Although St. Thomas is only thirteen miles long and seven miles wide, it hosts thousands of visitors every year. Some stop for a day while cruising the Caribbean, others come for a week or more, mesmerized by the island’s charm and natural beauty. The population and commercial center of the island is the port of Charlotte Amalie. It boasts the best duty free shopping in the Caribbean. With venues ranging from small island-style vendors to large brand name stores, shoppers and bargain hunters are rarely disappointed. But, by most accounts, it is the near perfect weather, the crystal clear waters and the white sand beaches that keep the visitors coming.
There are more than twenty lovely beaches that are easily accessible. The most famous is Magens Bay Beach, named by National Geographic as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Every water sport imaginable is available in St. Thomas. From kayaking in mangrove swamps to deep sea fishing for marlin and tuna, the Caribbean Sea provides endless hours of entertainment and activity.
Most charters companies are located on the east end of the island in the Red Hook area. Charter companies also offer day sails to St. John and the British Virgin Islands. For many visitors, the highlight of a visit to St. Thomas is a day spent on the water followed by a delicious dinner at one of the many first rate St. Thomas restaurants. If visitors decide to take a break from the beaches and the water, St. Thomas has numerous on-island options. For example, Mahogany Run Golf Course on the north side of the island is open to the public. Its dramatic fourteenth hole is perched on a cliff above the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. To see this and other sights, many taxi drivers offer island tours. For more adventurous souls, there are self-guided tour maps available. Some sights to take in include Coral World on the east end, St. Peter Greathouse and Botanical Garden on the north side and Blackbeard’s Castle in Charlotte Amalie. Remember to drive on the left! From sunrise to sunset and beyond, St. Thomas offers something for everyone. St. Thomas is an American paradise.