Discover St. Thomas, an island that
pulses with energy.
Though it's only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island's world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride, 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you're interested in culture and history, don't miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.
St. Thomas's history and culture alone are worth a visit to the island. Fort Christian, a U.S. National Landmark, is the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands and home to the Virgin Islands Museum, where early island memorabilia and old maps trace the islands' history. Market Square, a bustling produce marketplace, was once one of the West Indies' busiest 18th-century slave markets.
Relax on the beach in the morning, explore a colonial church in the afternoon, and have a romantic dinner in the evening. Such is the extraordinary day in the life of a visitor to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Due to its unique history and picturesque setting, you will find an experience unlike anything else in the Caribbean.
Bolongo Bay...Located on the south shore of the island at the Bolongo Beach Resort, this beach offers a variety of watersports and beach toy rentals.
Brewer's Bay...Located near the University of the Virgin Islands campus, Brewer's Bay is a family favorite for weekend picnics and gatherings. Visitors can relax in the shallow waters or sunbathe on the wide shore.
Coki Beach...Located on Coki Point, this white sand beach with crystal clear water offers excellent snorkeling and diving. Beachside eateries serve picnic table fare including burgers, sandwiches and some local dishes. There is a dive shop, jet ski rental and several vendors renting snorkel gear, beach chairs and floats. Right next to Coral World Ocean Park, it's easy to make a day of visiting both attractions.
Hull Bay...A favorite beach for local fishermen, families and surfers. It offers the best surfing on St. Thomas when there is a north swell. Located on the north side, west of Magens Bay.
Lindbergh Bay...Named after the famous aviator who landed nearby in 1928, this tranquil bay is flanked by three hotels, palm trees and sea grapes that line the shore.
...One of St. Thomas's most beautiful and pristine beaches, Lindquist Beach is situated on the east end of the island. The water is crystal-clear and typically calm. The left side of the beach is great for snorkeling.
Magens Bay...St. Thomas's most popular beach, this beautiful one-mile stretch is a public park and was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild. The water is usually very calm in this heart-shaped protected bay. Beach chairs and floats are available for rent and burgers, pizzas and other snacks can be found at the snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty every day.
Sapphire Beach...The sapphire-blue waters here are great for snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. The beach is located on the east end at Sapphire Beach Resort.
Secret Harbour Beach...A calm, quiet beach located at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, this beach has a floating swim platform and beach chairs available for rent.
Some interesting places to visit:
Blackbeard's Castle...With pirate hideouts, historic manor houses, botanical gardens, archaeological sites, sparkling pools, waterfalls, museums, bars, shops and much more, this national historic landmark is the Caribbean's premier historical site.
Butterfly Garden...Take flight at the Butterfly Garden with the beauty and wonder of nature. Enter a lush tropical garden home to butterflies from around the world.
Nisky Moravian Church...This church was established by Moravian missionaries who came to minister mainly to the slave population. Originally built around 1755, the church has had several renovations over the centuries. The walls are made of red and yellow bricks that were used as ballast in ships.
Drake's Seat...British privateer Sir Francis Drake, is said to have used this spot to spy on enemy ships of the Spanish Fleet passing through what is now called Drake's Passage. You can pull off the road and enjoy the same view from this lookout point.
Mountain Top...At 1542 feet above sea level, the summit of St. Peter Mountain is the highest point on St. Thomas. Mountain Top, also known as Signal Hill, was used in the 1940s by the U.S. government as a strategic communications location.
...Tillett Gardens was once an old Danish farm. While it has been largely changed in order to incorporate present uses; it is one of the few old farm buildings on St. Thomas that is open to the public.
Frenchtown...Located about a half-mile southwest of Charlotte Amalie. It is popular with tourists and locals for its restaurants and bars. Frenchtown was settled by immigrants from the French Caribbean island of St. Barthelemy in the late 1800's through mid-1900's.
Here are some great places to stay while enjoying St. Thomas: