St. Thomas has been affect by Hurricanes Irma and Maria which has caused widespread damage in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Due to the impact, it is advised that all visitors postpone scheduled visits to the islands. Please continue to check with your travel agent, airline and accommodation providers for restoration efforts. The U.S. Virgin Islands looks forward to welcoming visitors to the islands as soon as possible. For additional information, you can visit the U.S. Virgin Islands website.
St. Thomas is home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie. Most visitors visit the U.S. Virgin Islands via St Thomas. St. Thomas will leave you with a lasting impression with cliffs jutting high in the sky, red-hipped roofs blossom over the hills, and beautiful turquoise water dotted with yachts. St Thomas is the most commercialized of the Virgins, with cruise-ship traffic and big resorts galore. But many visitors spend their time enjoying the abundant water sports. Charlotte Amalie is a bustling area for shopping, dining, and entertainment. There is more than just beautiful beaches to keep you busy during your stay in St. Thomas. You will also find an abundance of undeveloped beauty and nature, along with a rich history. Set aside some time while vacationing in St. Thomas to explore all the island has to offer. To learn more about all the beautiful beaches on St. Thomas, visit here. Now view our St. Thomas travel guide to help plan your next St. Thomas vacation!
St. Thomas does not experience significant seasonal changes, therefore weather and temperatures are fairly consistent year round. June, July and August tend to be the hottest months with temperatures in the mid 80s and December through February cooler months with high 70 degree temperatures. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th with the highest occurrences of storms in August and September. Easterly trade winds, the same ones that early Europeans used to get to the Caribbean from the coast of Africa, generally keep it comfortable and keep the humidity down. Of course, it is the tropics, and with that comes some rain. Don’t worry though, because most of their rain comes in brief showers and many of them happen at night so they won’t interfere with your fun in the St. Thomas sun.
High season (or winter season) in the Virgin Islands, when hotel rates are at their peak, runs roughly from mid-December to mid-April. However, package and resort rates are sometimes lower in January, as a tourist slump usually occurs right after the Christmas holidays. February is the busiest month. If you’re planning on visiting during the winter months, make reservations as far in advance as possible.
Getting To St. Thomas
Requirements: U.S. citizens are not required to have passports or proof of citizenship when ENTERING the U.S. Virgin Islands from a U.S. airport. All arrivals to the U.S. Virgin Islands from foreign airports are required to show proof of citizenship and pass through customs. All persons leaving the U.S. Virgin Islands, whether American citizens or not, must be prepared to show proof of citizenship upon leaving the islands to return to the mainland. Accepted documents for Proof of Citizenship for Americans: 1. A passport issued under competent authority, 2. An Alien Registration Card (this applies to United States of America permanent residents only) 3. A certified copy of a birth certificate and government issued photo identification like a driver’s license 4. A Certificate of Naturalization, issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Getting Around In St. Thomas
Renting a Car
Renting a car is the best way to see the whole island at your own pace. St. Thomas has several different rental agencies to choose from. Rental agencies are conveniently located at the airport, in Charlotte Amalie, at large hotels and in walking distance from the main cruise ship dock in Havensight. Renting a car is a great idea if you’d like the freedom of getting around the island on your time and schedule. If you have a lot of plans for day activities and dinners then it is a good idea to have your own transportation as taxi fares will add up quickly. They do drive on the left side of the road, so the driver does need to adjust to driving on the opposite side of the road.
Surrounded by the ocean, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands lend themselves easily to getting around and island hopping by boat. Water taxis in the Virgin Islands offer private, personalized transportation between the islands on your schedule. Service is available on demand both for day travel and evening trips. The most popular routes are between St. Thomas and St. John; and between St. Thomas/St. John and the British Virgin Islands including Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke, Cooper Island, Peter Island, Marina Cay and others.
Taxi rates are set by the island’s Taxi Association and fares are widely posted, even in taxis; check out the official fares in the free magazine “This Week” offered in most businesses. Look for officially licensed taxis only: You can spot them by their dome lights and the letters tp on the license plate. Still, be sure to confirm the rate with the driver before you get into the taxi. If you don’t plan to rent a car, it’s easy to find taxi drivers. Just have your hotel or restaurant call a taxi for you, no matter where you are.
Public buses run in the city and the country between 5:15am and 8pm daily, but waits can be very long and this is a difficult way to get about. A ride within Charlotte Amalie is 75¢; a ride to anywhere else is $1.
Places Not to Miss
Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful, this breathtaking bay along St. Thomas’ rugged north coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with all the conveniences of parking, lifeguards, equipment rental, freshwater showers, restaurants and bars. For more information on Magens Bay call 340-777-6300, or visit them on the web at Magens Bay.
The fourth largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, this quiet 492-acre island, located in Charlotte Amalie harbor, beckons those who want to stroll its beaches, bike amid its green hills, and view birds, iguana, turtles and other wildlife that make this lovely paradise their home. For more information on Water Island call 340-774-1340, or visit them on the web at Water Island.
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, this treasured island is home to numerous historical structures including Danish & British Military Forts from the Napoleonic era, the world’s largest Steam Engine powered Marine Railway and an idyllic snorkeling beach. Virgin Islands Ecotours offers daily kayak, hike & snorkel tours, full & half day and are the only permitted concession to bring visitors to explore the St Thomas of yesterday.
The largest city in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a popular shopping center, home to 20,000 people, upscale shops, ecotours and underwater safaris. This former haunt of pirate ships now hosts millions of cruise passengers every year. Look beyond the boutiques and discover historic sights such as the bright red, 17th-century Fort Christian, the graceful green Legislature Building, the 1793 brick Lutheran Church and the taxing 99 steps stairway. Charlotte Amalie is easy to explore on foot.
Things to Do
Island Hopping with Take It Easy Custom Charters
Take It Easy Custom Charters offers charter boat trips to only the best spots in the US and British Virgin Islands. As lifelong St. Thomas residents, they know that the only way to explore the many islands and sites of the Caribbean is by water aboard a luxury St. John or St. Thomas boat rental. Go where you want to go, guided by knowledgeable captain and crew, as they island hop visiting St. Thomas Island, St. John Island & Water Island in the USVI (no passport required), or to Peter Island, Jost Van Dyke, and Cooper Island in the British VI (passport required). For more information call 340-677-1320, or visit them on the web at Take It Easy Custom Charters.
Admiralty Dive Center
Join Admiralty Dive Center on their two tank two location dive, and Scuba Dive some of the most amazing wrecks and colorful reefs. Located in Frenchtown, close to the cruise ship ports, they offer free pick up at your dock as well as neighboring hotels. As a PADI 5-star facility, they offer the ultimate diving experience to both experienced divers and those seeking their first dive experience. For more information call 340-777-9802, or visit them on the web at Admiralty Dive Center.
Fury Sailing Charters
Join the crew aboard the newly refurbished sailing yacht FURY for a 3.5 hour excursion to the National Marine Wildlife Refuge at Buck Island. Here you will encounter endangered Green Sea Turtles and a variety of sea life in their natural habitat. Day Sail on St. Thomas includes: snorkel gear, open bar, snacks, fresh water shower and free pickup/drop off at the Havensight Cruiseship Dock. Trips depart twice daily and can accommodate up to 25 guests. For more information call 340-643-7733, or visit them on the web at Fury Sailing Charters.
Virgin Island Ecotours
Rent Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle boards & Snorkel Gear. Free delivery to your rental villa! Includes a trolley, foam car top carrier, kayak back rests, SUP leash, lifejackets, paddles, cable and lock! The kayaks are single and double easy-to-paddle-at-on-top-kayaks. Excellent quality gear available seven days a week. Must have beach toys for exploring the VI waters! For more information call 340.779-2155, or visit them on the web at Virgin Island Ecotours.
Independence: Sailing In The Virgin Islands
Spend the best day of your vacation aboard Independence, a big, comfortable ketch, cruising the bays of St. John and the small islands in Pilsbury Sound. She is equipped with awnings for shade, mats for sunbathing, top notch snorkel gear and all US Coast Guard required safety equipment. Captain Pat Stoeken has been delighting guests with sea stories, delicious meals, beverages, great sailing and snorkeling for over 20 years. For more information call 340-775-1408, or visit them on the web at Independence.
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$$ Cuzzin’s Caribbean Restaurant & Bar
With exposed-brick walls, burnished wood furnishings and red-clothed tables, classy-but-casual Cuzzin’s is a favorite stop for West Indian cuisine. Try the conch (a local shellfish) curried, buttered or Creole-style, or the catch of the day alongside fungi, fried plantains and a rum-laden cocktail. For more information call 340-777-4711, or visit them on the web at Cuzzin’s Caribbean Restaurant & Bar.
$$$$ Havana Blue
With its billowing white curtains and sexy blue lighting, this restaurant is more South Beach than St. Thomas. Husband-and-wife team Eric and Niki Horstmeyer have taken a culinary journey from Latin America to the Pacific Rim, resulting in coconut-chipotle ceviche, peanut-soba noodle bowls—and eight flavors of mojitos. For more information call 340-715-2583, or visit them on the web at Havana Blue.
$$ Lime Garden Lounge & Restaurant
Food shouldn’t be complicated, fussy or pretentious. Food should be fresh, inspired and sometimes a bit whimsical! Their approach to food is to let the ingredients speak for themselves! Great ingredients with a happy staff makes for an excellent experience. For more information call 340-642-1587, or visit them on the web at Lime Garden Lounge & Restaurant.
Iggies Beach Bar & Grill
Come for the fun and come hungry (and thirsty). Open for lunch, dinner and late-night cravings, Iggies Beach Bar & Grill serves up a full menu of Caribbean and American favorites. For more information call 340-693-2605, or visit them on the web at Iggies Beach Bar & Grill.
$$ Glady’s Cafe
With the stereo blaring beside her, Gladys belts out Tina Turner tunes while serving some of the best West Indian food around. Locals and tourists pile in for her callaloo, fungi, Ole Wife (triggerfish), fried plantains and sweet potatoes. Gladys’ homemade hot sauces (for sale at the front) make a fine souvenir. For more information call 340-774-6604, or visit them on the web at Glady’s Cafe.
Bars & Nightlife
Iggies Beach Bar
Located a few feet from the water’s edge, Iggies Beach Bar & Grill is an island hot-spot both day and night. Iggies is the only place on St. Thomas where you’ll find live entertainment 365 days a year. You might be there for one of their famous “Bands in the Sand” concerts, or some other special event such as their Full Moon party every month, or the weekly Carnival Extravaganza. What ever the reason, good times are waiting for you at Iggies Beach Bar. For more information call 340-693-2605, or visit them on the web at Iggies Beach Bar & Grill.
Centrally located in Cruz Bay, Umami Bar is the place for sushi, fresh seafood, and eclectic cocktails. The vibe is casual and the food and drinks fresh. One special is the Guava Mama, this cocktail is almost too beautiful to drink. Vibrant pink and made with Milagro, Campari, St. Germaine, fresh guava juice, lime juice and jalapeno syrup, the rim is spiced with dramatic black smoky jalapeno ash. For more information call 340-244-2824, or visit them on Facebook at Umani Bar.
Dog House Pub
With plenty of TVs and a casual, inexpensive menu the Dog House Pub in St. John is the ideal place to watch the game, dance the night away, sing karaoke, and enjoy live music. This place is fun and features American cuisine, plus it has a large selection of craft beers sure to please everyone (over 50 different beers). For more information call 340-998-8341, or visit them on the web at Dog House Pub.
Duffy’s Love Shack
Duffy’s is literally just a shack – in the middle of a parking lot, no less – but it’s also a St. Thomas institution with a big reputation. The huge, creatively-named tropical drinks, mouthwatering grub, and young, enthusiastic crowd make it one of the most popular nightspots in the whole island. Revelers can loosen up with drinks such as the The Revenge of Godzilla, the Love Shack Volcano (a flaming 50-ounce beverage that’s not for the faint-of-heart), or the Blast Off, which comes in a spaceship-shaped goblet. Things heat up once the music starts and the strobe lights start flashing; dancing on tables is not discouraged. For more information call 340-779-2080, or visit them on the web at Duffy’s Love Shack.
Established in 1990, this elegant Frenchtown bistro and wine bar attracts a sophisticated, mature crowd who love the wine, martinis, champagne (which can be ordered by the glass), and old-school craft cocktails. You can order food too: nosh on appetizers like truffle goat cheese, bruschetta and ceviche, or order a full meal of locally caught fish, Kobe meatloaf, or salmon and brie crepes. A renovation in 2012 added an awning-covered outdoor patio, which is the perfect place to see the beautiful view over the harbor, if you arrive before the sun goes down. For more information call 340-774-5348, or visit them on the web at Epernay.
Top St. Thomas Hotels
Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel
This property is a 9-minute walk from the beach. Set overlooking St. Thomas’ Sunsi Bay and 650 feet from the beach, Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel offers villas with private pools. The complex features a restaurant serving Caribbean cuisine. Shops, bars and cafés can be found within 1,650 feet of the complex. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel.
Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove
This property is a 6-minute walk from the beach. This Saint Thomas hotel has a private beach on Pacquereau Bay and is just over one mile from Havensight Mall. It features spacious villas with a balcony and view of the ocean. A full kitchen, living room and dining room are furnished in every 2 or 3-bedroom villa at Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove. All modern villas include 32-inch LCD TVs, multiple bathrooms and a washing machine/dryer. Free access to 2 outdoor pools, a water slide and a hot tub is provided to all guests at the Frenchman’s Cove Marriott. A sauna and a state-of-the-art fitness center are also available. Sunset Cove Poolside Bar and Grill serves American cuisine and cocktails in a casual, open-air setting with views of the ocean. For snacks and freshly brewed coffee, the MarketPlace is open daily. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove.
Villa Nautilus St. Thomas
Offering an outdoor pool and water sports facilities, Villa Nautilus St. Thomas is situated in East End in the Saint Thomas Region. The accommodation is air conditioned and has a spa bath. Free WiFi is provided . All units have a dining area and a seating area with a cable flat-screen TV. Villa Nautilus St. Thomas also includes a barbecue. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Villa Nautilus St. Thomas.
Sapphire Beach Resort
This beachfront two-level condo located within the Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands is on the Caribbean Beach and features a free WiFi access, a flat-screen SmartTV and a tablet available for guests, air conditioning and a private terrace and balcony. Guests at Villa A304 can enjoy a two-level children friendly outdoor pool and a private beach area overlooking St. John and British Virgin Islands. Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina features beach bar, dive shop, and other water sports facilities. Activities in the marina and surrounding area include horse riding, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and diving. The property offers free parking and 24/7 resort security. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Sapphire Beach Resort.
This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Casa Azul is a vacation home located in East End and featuring a garden with a year-round outdoor pool. The property features views of the sea and is 30 miles from Culebra. Free private parking is available on site. You can play tennis at the property, and the area is popular for horseback riding and windsurfing. There are lots of activities in the area, such as diving and fishing. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Casa Azul.