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St. Thomas – The U.S. Virgin Islands

Updated on July 12, 2015

Go sailing, snorkeling, shopping and sightseeing; enjoy the panorama views and the picture-perfect beaches. In St. Thomas, you can do all this and more.

St. Thomas is located in the U.S. Virgin Islands, thirty-eight miles east of Puerto Rico. This island of 32 square miles is thirteen miles long and four miles wide. The population as of 2010 was 51,600 residents and this island is home to the port and capital city of 'Charlotte Amalie.'

St. Thomas is a mountainous island, with many of the roads offering great panoramic views of the island and surrounding ocean. When exploring the hills and beaches, you will find a variety of accommodations; resorts and vacation homes. This is a water lover’s haven; if you plan to vacation here, please allow time to visit some of the beaches to relax, swim or sight-see.


There is no shortage of activities in St. Thomas; visitors will have the opportunity to see and do a variety of things including the following:

  • For the traveler that enjoys art, St Thomas has a few exhibits including: the Camille Pissarro exhibit and the Gallery at St Thomas; if you are unable to visit the island, the Gallery at St. Thomas will deliver your purchase to you.
  • If you like the beach, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches in St Thomas; some of the more popular locations include: Coki Point, Magens Bay, Morningstar, Sapphire, and Hull Bay on the north side.
  • For the traveler that enjoys museums, St Thomas has some great points of interest; some of the more popular one includes: Blackbeard's Castle, French Heritage museum and Fort Christian
  • If you are an Eco-tourist, there is Coral World Ocean park, Butterfly Garden and many other attractions.
  • Shopaholics will find great shopping in the Charlotte Amalie area: There are hundreds of duty-free-shops lining the the streets of Charlotte Amalie; some of the popular shopping areas include: The Dronningens Gade street area; here you will find malls, boutiques and specialty shops. Another area is Vendors Plaza; this is a popular place to buy souvenirs. Lastly, Havensight is a popular group of stores that cater to tourist; this group of stores is located next to the primary cruise ship dock.
  • For those who want to tour the island or waterways, there are a variety of ways to do it including: helicopter tours, Sky-ride, land based, submarine and the kayak mangrove tour.
  • Lastly, if you desire to visit towns outside of Charlotte Amalie, two popular destinations include 'Frenchtown' and 'Redhook.'


St. Thomas is a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. With so many activities to choose from, there is sure to be something you will enjoy. Just remember, a friendly smile awaits you in St.Thomas.

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      Coolmon2009 3 years ago from Texas, USA

      @promisem - Sounds like you had a great time there; thanks for your comments :)

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      Scott Bateman 3 years ago

      Excellent hub, Coolmon. Our favorite snorkeling experience in the Caribbean was at St. Thomas. I highly recommend it.

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      Coolmon2009 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      @ Micky Dee I hope you get to visit St. Thomas soon :)

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      Micky Dee 4 years ago

      I wish I were there - just until April!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @whirlston zhai - Thanks I am glad you like the article.

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      whirlston zhai 5 years ago

      It is so beautiful, thanks for share.

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @James A Watkins - I hope you get your wish someday and its nice to hear from you again :)

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      Truly a magnificently beautiful spot on the world. I have not been there but I would love to see it in person. Perhaps one day I can. :)

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @rcrumple - Thanks for your feedback on this hub :)

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      I spent much time in St. Thomas in the 80's. Blackbeard's Castle is indeed a tourist attraction, as well as the beaches. Many will also enjoy the steel drums that fill the air in the hotels surrounding the bay. It's a great place to visit! Well done!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Coolmon

      I haven't been to the beautiful island of St. Thomas. I will add it to my places to see.

      Voted up and awesome

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      @Pamela99 - Yes it is a beautiful place to visit; thanks for your feedback and its nice to hear from you :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I have never visited these islands, but they look like a wonderful place to pass the time away. Your pictures and videos are wonderful and I will put this destination on my bucket list! Beautiful hub.