Why choose a cruise to St Thomas?
St Thomas is a hugely popular port, one of the most visited destinations of the Caribbean. As the port where most holidaymakers make their arrival to the US Virgin Islands, the island makes a strong first impression. It has yacht-populated waters, a backdrop of lush green hills dotted with red-roofed houses and its shores are lapped by stunning turquoise Caribbean waters. Its capital city, Charlotte Amalie, is a duty-free Mecca and is home to quaint streets of grand Danish colonial architecture.
-A guide to St Thomas’s hotspots
It’s worth starting off your visit of St Thomas with a local food tour. You’ll enjoy some local cuisine and a drink at Charlotte Amelie before your guide takes you on a tour of St Martin’s finest culture and history, including the 99 steps leading to Blackbeard’s Castle and Fort Christian, a historic 17th-century landmark. You’ll also see the finest of the city’s architecture, including plantation homes more than 100 years old.
Charlotte Amelie, the capital of St Thomas, is a shopaholic’s dream and is frequently cited as one of the best shopping destinations in the US Virgin Islands. With a mix of glamorous boutiques and artisan stores selling intricate wares including hand-crafted jewellery, the main streets to look out for are Main Street and Veterans Drive.
The Shipwreck Museum and Store offers plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Here you’ll hear stories of pirates being brought to life through technology including virtual reality. A trip to Coral World Ocean Park is an absolute must-see while on the island. This 4.5-acre marine park offers 360˚ views of magnificent fish and sea creatures in a giant aquarium. Spot sea creatures including sea turtles, stingrays, seahorse and many more.
Magens Bay is situated around three miles north of Charlotte Amalie and is recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This broad bay is well worth a visit for its choice of food outlets and also its water sports – here you’ll find kayaks and paddle boats to explore the beautiful bay.
With a height of 500m above sea level, a visit to Mountain Top will give you enviable panoramic views of the 20 US and British Virgin Islands. It’s that impressive that National Geographic rated the view of Magens Bay as one of the 10 best views in the world. Drake’s Seat is another great lookout point on the island providing visitors with panoramic views of Magens Bay and the islands.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of St Thomas
The best time to visit St Thomas
The best time to visit St Thomas is April to June with mild weather and low rainfall. Year-round average temperatures here are around 26˚C. The US Virgin Islands’ peak season is December to March where temperatures range from 24˚C-30˚C. June is the month with the longest hours of daily sunshine at around 13 hours per day.
Did you know?
-St Thomas island is approximately three miles wide by 12 miles long
-The island was originally settled by the Ciboney people in around 1500 BC
-The island is on Atlantic Standard Time all year round.