St. Thomas

Travel Guide
Smith Bay Beach showing a beach and tropical scenes
Sandy beaches, spectacular scenery, exciting watersports, duty-free shopping and colonial monuments make this one of the U.S. Virgin Islands’ liveliest destinations.

The Caribbean island of St. Thomas presents a blend of history, nature, shopping, recreation and relaxation. Jungle-covered hills roll down to picturesque bays with white-sand beaches and turquoise water. Colonial-era architecture stands in busy shopping districts.

St. Thomas’ one major town is picturesqueCharlotte Amalie. Wander the narrow lanes to see Danish, Dutch, French and Spanish-built houses, many now hosting cafés and shops. Climb the 99 Steps, an 18th-century staircase nearBlackbeard’s CastleandFort Christian, built in the 1600s as a Danish stronghold.

Beyond Charlotte Amalie, scenic roads wind through wooded hills to views of the island’s magnificent coastlines. Go to animatedFrenchtown, a village renowned for its restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and Creole-speaking residents. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride fromHavensighttoParadise Pointand marvel at the views ofCharlotte Amalie Harbor.

Over 40 beaches decorate St. Thomas’ coastline, all within a 25-minute drive from Charlotte Amalie. Relax atMagens Bayor the lively resorts ofLindberg BayandMorningstar. Go fishing, sailing and scuba diving atRed Hookand snorkeling and windsurfing atSapphire Beach. Discover myriad marine life atCoral World Ocean ParknearCoki Beach. Watch planes land at the island airport while you swim in the calm waters ofBrewers Bay Beach.

The area is famous for discounted and tax-free shopping, too. Clothing, electronics, jewelry and perfume stores line the streets of Charlotte Amalie, most notablyDronningens Gade (Main Street)andVendors Plaza. Find more shops and malls at the main ports,Crown Bayand Havensight.

St. Thomas, the second largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is located in the Caribbean Sea east ofPuerto Rico. Many visitors arrive by cruise ship or fly to Cyril E. King Airport and then get around via rented car. The U.S. Virgin Islands benefit from year-round warm temperatures, although hurricanes are possible between June and November. Combine your vacation with daytrips to the beaches of neighboringWater IslandandSt. John.

Where to stay in St. Thomas

Bunker Hill Hotel
Bunker Hill Hotel
3 out of 5
2307 Commandant Gade, St. Thomas, 00802
The price is $112 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$112
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 3-star hotel in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and a TV. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,002 reviews)
"The location of the hotel is in walking distance to the heart of Charlotte Amalie. One can just walk from the hotel and easily access the many restaurants and shopping areas within a few minutes of walking. Would not recommend walking to and from the place late at night, hence why it was so nice ..."

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2022

Bunker Hill Hotel
Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
4 out of 5
6080 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, 802
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Everything amazing"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
Windward Passage Hotel
Windward Passage Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Veterans Drive Charlotte Amali, Po Box 640, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 804
The price is $190 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$190
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in ...
3.2/5 (1,343 reviews)
"Pleasant staff. Clean room and newly remodeled. Close to ferry dock"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Windward Passage Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
3.5 out of 5
6200 Magens Bay Road, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 802
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (271 reviews)
"Beautiful resort off the beaten path. Exceptional customer service, always willing to give suggestions on places to dine in or places to see. The pools were great for a quick dip. Root 42 the in house bar/restaurant was great, the food was delish. Breakfast at the on sight cafe was always fresh, ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
4 out of 5
6280 Estate Nazareth, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 802
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,146 reviews)
"Beautiful bay, lovely beach, comfortable and clean accommodations, and wonderful staff."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
4 out of 5
7338 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, St. Thomas, 00802-3011
Stay at this 4-star beach condo in St. Thomas. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (143 reviews)
Beautiful property
"The property is lovely and very well maintained. Loved our villa; everything we could have needed was there. The restaurant was meh; I’d recommend getting out into community and trying the restaurants."

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting St. Thomas

Cities near St. Thomas