St. Thomas is the doorway to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It is very exciting and has busy ports for many cruises. It is renowned for turquoise pristine beaches and snorkeling spots. In the 1600s, the Danish founded the territorial capital Charlotte Amalie. Charlotte Amalie is the largest city in the US Virgin Islands and the busiest cruise ship destination.
These photos are from our Eastern Caribbean cruise trip during the second week of February, 2019.
Quick Facts and Tips
- Visas and Documents
- U.S. citizens: No visa required, need to carry a valid ID
- For non-U.S. citizens: Need a valid passport and visa
- Fly into: Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
- Cruise Terminals: Havensight, Charlotte Amelia
- Drive on the left hand side of the road, but all vehicles are left hand driven. Use taxi or rental car to get around.
- Best Time to Visit: December to May
- Peak Season: December to March
- Affordable season: April to May
- Hurricane Season: June to November
- Weather is warm, so pack lightweight casual t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, tank tops, swimsuits and a light jacket for the cool evenings
- Best things to do
- Rent a car and drive through the island. Here is the Google Map for popular stops.
- Book a sightseeing tour bus.
- Take a skyride to Paradise Point. You can buy tickets at the Paradise Point Base station at Havensight.
- Book a day cruise to British Virgin Island.
- Enjoy picture perfect beaches
- Magens Bay Beach: Popular, crystal clear, turquoise water with all amenities, but be ready to hit a huge crowd. There will be an entry fee.
- Hull Bay Beach: Tranquil, natural, crowd free small beach, but no amenities.
- Lindquist beach: Most beautiful and pristine beach with turquoise water. Amenities include lifeguard, picnic tables and bathrooms. There will be an entry fee.
- Coki Beach: Small but pretty, no entry fee. The amenities include waist high showers, restrooms, changing rooms, and food stalls.