St. ThomasU.S. Virgin Islands

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 picturesque Charlotte 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 near Blackbeard’s Castle and Fort 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 animated Frenchtown, a village renowned for its restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and Creole-speaking residents. Enjoy a scenic cable car ride from Havensight to Paradise Point and marvel at the views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

Over 40 beaches decorate St. Thomas’ coastline, all within a 25-minute drive from Charlotte Amalie. Relax at Magens Bay or the lively resorts of Lindberg Bay and Morningstar. Go fishing, sailing and scuba diving at Red Hook and snorkeling and windsurfing at Sapphire Beach. Discover myriad marine life at Coral World Ocean Park near Coki Beach. Watch planes land at the island airport while you swim in the calm waters of Brewers 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 notably Dronningens Gade (Main Street) and Vendors Plaza. Find more shops and malls at the main ports, Crown Bay and Havensight.

St. Thomas, the second largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is located in the Caribbean Sea east of Puerto 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 neighboring Water Island and St. John.

Where to stay in St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie which includes general coastal views, a sunset and a coastal town

Charlotte Amalie

Travelers to Charlotte Amalie praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Virgin Islands National Park and Blackbeard's Castle.

Charlotte Amalie
Red Hook which includes a bay or harbor

Red Hook

Red Hook is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Sapphire Beach and American Yacht Harbor.

Red Hook
If you're looking for luxury then this is the place!

Nazareth

Nazareth is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Virgin Islands National Park and Secret Harbour Beach, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of St. Thomas.

Nazareth
Beautiful bay and location. Sunrise and moon are both unbelievable

South Coast

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to South Coast. A stop by Bolongo Bay or Frenchman's Bay might round out your trip.

South Coast
Frydendal showing general coastal views

Frydendal

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Frydendal. A stop by Coki Beach or Coral World Ocean Park might round out your trip.

Frydendal
Red Hook which includes nightlife and night scenes

Cabes Point

While visiting Cabes Point, you might make a stop by sights like Sapphire Beach and Coki Beach.

Cabes Point

Top Hotels in St. Thomas

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Emerald Beach Resort
Emerald Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
8070 Lindbergh Bay, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is $173 per night

Nestled on the beach, this St. Thomas hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lindbergh Bay and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Blackbeard's Castle. Lindberg Beach and Honeymoon ...

3.6/5Good! (999 reviews)

"Beautiful beaches line this property from all directions! The property is undergoing renovations but they still try very hard to accommodate and make you as comfortable as possible. The food gave us all upset stomachs but we made sure to let the kitchen know. We would definitely stay here again. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Emerald Beach Resort
Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
4 out of 5
6080 Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas

Nestled on the beach, this St. Thomas hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Coki Beach and Coral World Ocean Park. Sapphire Beach and American Yacht Harbor are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (493 reviews)

"The resort was very committed to keeping the entire hotel safe and compliant with all of the regulations during COVID. The staff was very friendly and went above and beyond to make our stay a wonderful experience."…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham - St. Thomas
Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations
Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations
3 out of 5
1331 Estate Taarneberg, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
The price is $134 per night

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum and Blackbeard's Castle. Frederick Lutheran Church and Lionel ...

4.1/5Very Good! (496 reviews)

"They are under construction. But what they have opened is great"…"

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Hilltop Villas at Bluebeard's Castle by Capital Vacations

Popular places to visit in St. Thomas

Sapphire Beach
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Sapphire Beach

4.5/5(258 reviews)

Enjoy sunbathing, swimming and fun-filled watersports at this peaceful arched bay.

Coki Beach
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Coki Beach

4.5/5(349 reviews)

Ample facilities and warm hospitality combine to make this one of the most appealing beaches on the island.

Bolongo Bay
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Bolongo Bay

4/5(33 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Bolongo Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in South Coast. Wander the beautiful beaches in this relaxing area.

Magens Bay Beach
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Magens Bay Beach

4.5/5(335 reviews)

Appreciate the excellent views of hilly forests as you meander along a scenic trail on your way to this haven of white sand and inviting water.

Blackbeard's Castle
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Blackbeard's Castle

3.5/5(105 reviews)

Learn the legend of the infamous pirate at this scenic complex set around a historic Danish tower in an area known as the Williamsburg of the Caribbean.

Coral World Ocean Park
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Coral World Ocean Park

4/5(165 reviews)

Interact with tropical marine life, come face-to-face with sharks and discover aquariums full of colorful underwater creatures at this ocean park.

Top things to do in St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie Historic Main Street Food Tour
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Charlotte Amalie Historic Main Street Food Tour

$66
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Snorkel & Swim with the Turtles. Private Boat to Buck Island
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Snorkel & Swim with the Turtles. Private Boat to Buck Island

$130
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Kayak, Hike & Snorkel in St. Thomas
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Kayak, Hike & Snorkel in St. Thomas

$79
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Coral World Ocean Park General Admission
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Coral World Ocean Park General Admission

$24
Per adult
St John Island Sightseeing Tour from St Thomas
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St John Island Sightseeing Tour from St Thomas

$80
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Parasail Experience in St Thomas
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Parasail Experience in St Thomas

$113
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of St. Thomas

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
214
5 - Excellent 48.41628959276018%
4 - Good
171
4 - Good 38.68778280542986%
3 - Okay
43
3 - Okay 9.728506787330316%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 2.262443438914027%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.9049773755656109%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

If you rent a vehicle be aware that street signs are a rare sight.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 1, 2020

I loved the resort but the rest of the island needs to recover from the hurricane a few years ago

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Keep in mind the airport is under construction and is causing major delays at their customs line, it took us 3 hours to get through, it was not pleasant.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Just awesome and looking forward to visiting again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 18, 2020

The locals on St Thomas are so incredibly friendly; they understand that visitors from the mainland are mainly tourists, but are helpful, and cheerful too.

4/5 - Good

Lisa

Feb 14, 2020

It is a beautiful Island. seems like they are rebuilding in some areas. one of my favorite places to vacations I love the beaches

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Cities near St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie which includes general coastal views, a sunset and a coastal town

Charlotte Amalie

Red Hook which includes a bay or harbor

Red Hook

Charlotte Amalie showing landscape views and general coastal views

Frenchtown