Destination Spotlight: What to Do in St. Thomas
Welcome to St. Thomas! Known for its natural mystique, elegant and historic towns, and one-of-a-kind beaches, there are so many things worth doing and visiting on this amazing Virgin Island. Immerse yourself in a wonderful vacation experience at the attractions that capture the essence St. Thomas. From Outdoor adventures to shopping to undersea exploration, there is so much to do and see that your trip will be fulfilling from start to finish. The island is a must-see for travelers of all kinds, so hopefully the information below will give you some ideas for your future trip!
Things to Do
Check out amazing sea life in a personal and educational setting! See and learn about the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. Visitors can experience life on a coral reef from a one-of-a-kind underwater observatory. Get close and personal at the shark pool, where you can pet a shark or hand feed a stingray. Bird lovers will be charmed by the friendly lorikeets, which can be hand-fed. For those looking for a full on undersea experience, bring a swimsuit and jump in with the sea lions or try a Sea Trek Helmet Dive!
Tree Limin’ Extreme
Looking for a fun and exhilarating way to explore the natural beauty of St. Thomas? This Ultimate Caribbean experience begins with a wild ride in the Pinzgauer, a six wheel drive Swiss military transport, to the top of St. Peter Mountain and ends with the world famous “Yo-Yo” zipline ride. Over the course of the adventure, patrons can witness stunning views from eight aerial platforms, fly high on six exhilarating ziplines, and maneuver two breathtaking skywalks while being guided safely by professionals. You and your friends will love this truly unique experience.
Virgin Islands Ecotours
Indulge in the natural sights and sounds of St.Thomas while staying active! At Virgin Islands Ecotours, you can kayak, hike, & snorkel through three unique locations. Watch for wildlife while paddling through St. Thomas’ Mangrove lagoon, enjoy a hermit crab race, a rare geologic blow hole and snorkel in a shallow coral-fringed mangrove nursery. Caneel Bay’s tour offers you the best that St. John has to offer with three fun activities: paddle in turquoise waters, hike tropical trails, and snorkel over coral reefs with turtles, all in one amazing trip! History buffs will also love the centuries old Forts and ruins in the middle of Charlotte Amalie’s harbor.
Magens Bay Beach
There may be no better place to relax for the morning than Magen’s Bay Beach. Voted as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by vacation critics and travel magazines alike, it is truly a can’t-miss beach experience. After your morning of relaxing under the sun, you can take up your choice of activities on the beach. These include hiking the nature trail, kayaking, paddle boating and sailing. Nearby you will find a bar and restaurant with a shop for chair rentals, suntan lotion, bathing suits and much more.
Duty Free Shopping
St. Thomas is renowned as the best shopping spot locale in the Caribbean and one of the best shopping areas in the world! Many duty-free bargains can be found at prices lower than U.S. prices and there is no sales tax. Any serious shopper should spend some time at one of the fun shopping locations, such as Downtown Charlotte Amalie, Havensight Mall, Crown Bay Center, and Yacht Haven Grande, among others. The duty-free allowance is $1,600 per person including children.
Active Island Tours and Events
What better way is there to learn about a new place than by running or walking through it? For active travelers, a guided running or power-walking tour through the most scenic and historic areas of St. Thomas is the perfect way to explore while staying fit. Soak in rich history & stunning views of Charlotte Amalie harbor on the Historic Waterfront 5K tour, or savor views of St. John & nearby islands on the all-terrain East End-eavor 5K. Each social tour comes with a moisture-wicking shirt, bottled water, photos, and concludes with a Cruzan rum cocktail!
The waters of the Virgin Islands are known as some of the best sailing waters in the world! Many daysailing trips will allow you to visit other nearby islands. There is so much to experience and enjoy, which makes it paradise for any sailor. Most sailing yachts leave from St. Thomas’ East End/Red Hook area, and many of the boats offer drinks, lunch, water toys, snorkel gear, and instruction along with a shady area on the boat to take a breezy afternoon snooze. Some St. John companies will even come to St. Thomas and pick you up.
St. Thomas Looks Awesome! But Where Should I Stay?
Ok, so you’re in. St. Thomas looks incredible, and you and your family and friends can’t wait to spend some quality time there. These resorts recommended by the Concierge team will be sure to help you enjoy your stay even further:
Ritz Carlton Club St. Thomas
|This beautiful resort is set on a 30-acre secluded estate along Great Bay on the eastern tip of the island. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers its guests personalized service, luxury accommodations, and a new boutique spa, salon and fitness center. Recreation and relaxation choices abound at the resort. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas has a half-mile white sandy beach, infinity-edge and traditional swimming pools with a Jacuzzi, and a private 53-foot catamaran. The catamaran is available for day sails, sunset cruises and private charters. For those planning a family vacation, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas offers the Ritz Kids program for children from ages four to twelve which consists of full-day and half-day programs with themed activities.|
Marriott Frenchman’s Cove
|Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove is set along a beautiful hillside that overlooks the calm, sky-blue waters of Pacquereau Bay. Neighboring Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, this comfortable and elegant resort gives the ambience of a calm village surrounded by a secluded beach. Behold the stunning views of the shimmering waters of the Bay and St. Thomas harbor, coupled with the lush and exotic landscape. Inspired by the historic town of Charlotte Amalie, the overall design of Marriott Frenchman’s Cove reflects Danish and British culture and architecture, and is an awe-inspiring accessory to the St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.|