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32 square miles of fun.
St. Thomas attractions and activities offer an opportunity to experience a Caribbean island paradise.
Whether indulging in some of the world’s prettiest beaches, re-discovering history at museums, forts or historic houses, admiring stunning panoramic views via a hike, bike or sky tram, playing a round of golf, making a splash in the invigorating turquoise blue waters, or visiting duty-free shops, St. Thomas has much to enjoy! Attractions in St. Thomas appeal to both those seeking adventure and those looking for peaceful relaxation. It’s your experience; customize it to your preferences!
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Located on the south shore of the island at the Bolongo Beach Resort, this beach offers a variety of watersports and beach toy rentals.
Located near the University of the Virgin Islands campus, Brewer’s Bay is a family favorite for weekend picnics and gatherings. Visitors can relax in the shallow waters or sunbathe on the wide shore.
Located on Coki Point, this white sand beach with crystal clear water offers excellent snorkeling and diving. Beachside eateries serve picnic table fare including burgers, sandwiches and some local dishes. There is a dive shop, jet ski rental and several vendors renting snorkel gear, beach chairs and floats. Right next to Coral World Ocean Park, it’s easy to make a day of visiting both attractions.
A favorite beach for local fishermen, families and surfers. It offers the best surfing on St. Thomas when there is a north swell. Located on the north side, west of Magens Bay.
Named after the famous aviator who landed nearby in 1928, this tranquil bay is flanked by three hotels, palm trees and sea grapes that line the shore.
One of St. Thomas's most beautiful and pristine beaches, Lindquist Beach is situated on the east end of the island. The water is crystal-clear and typically calm. The left side of the beach is great for snorkeling.
St. Thomas's most popular beach, this beautiful one-mile stretch is a public park and was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild. The water is usually very calm in this heart-shaped protected bay. Beach chairs and floats are available for rent and burgers, pizzas and other snacks can be found at the snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty every day.
Located at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Resort, this beach offers a restaurant and bar, watersports rentals and a scenic view of the cruise ships sailing through the harbor.
The sapphire-blue waters here are great for snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. The beach is located on the east end at Sapphire Beach Resort.
A calm, quiet beach located at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, this beach has a floating swim platform and beach chairs available for rent.
One of St. Thomas’s greatest attractions, Coral World has long been a favorite among visitors and residents. Park goers can swim with sea lions, Sea Trek along the ocean floor, encounter turtles, sharks and stingrays, feed the lorikeets, snuba and more. Other highlights include the Undersea Observatory Tower built 30 feet underwater and the Marine Gardens gallery of 21 aquariums.
Explore the largest permanent ice gallery in the world showcasing the rich history of the Caribbean in intricate sculptures created from snow and ice. This sub-zero exhibit features sculptures of shipwrecks, lighthouses, animal life and even a giant ice bar. Warm coats, gloves and shoes are provided.
The George and Tom Fazio designed course offers 18 challenging holes culminating in the spectacular “Devil’s Triangle,” the world-renowned signature holes on the Atlantic Ocean. The pro shop is fully stocked with equipment, accessories and rentals.
Located on the highest point of St. Thomas, Mountain Top affords visitors stunning panoramic views of Magens Bay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands from its expansive observation deck. One of the first attractions on the island, Mountain Top is best known for its world famous banana daiquiri and wide array of duty-free shopping.
Over fifteen years in the making, Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden is a lush tropical botanical garden featuring over 1000 orchids scattered throughout the garden, hundreds of bromeliads, heliconias, gingers, palms and many other tropical plants and trees. We are located 1100 feet above sea level on a mountain ridge with views to Magens Bay and Tortola. Stop by and visit, relax and enjoy our naturally air-conditioned gardens in a park-like setting with paths, benches, decks and gazebo. Interpretive signage and plant names help you learn little known facts about many of plants in our collection. www.facebook.com/stthomasbotanicalgarden/
Nestled high in the volcanic peaks of St. Thomas, this site was originally part of the 150-acre Plantation St. Peter. Today, the Greathouse displays examples of West Indian architecture and furniture. The lush Botanical Gardens and nature trail feature streaming waterfalls, tropical bird aviaries, fish ponds, more than 20 varieties of orchids and 150 species of Caribbean plants and fruits.
- Tours on the west side of St. Thomas and Water Island
Kayak & Snorkel Adventures
Carrying 24 passengers every seven minutes along its 8-tower ascent of Flag Hill, St. Thomas Skyride whisks visitors up to 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie for some of the most dramatic views in the Caribbean. Once at the pinnacle, guests can enjoy shopping and dining. While you hike our Nature Trail be sure to say hello to our parrots, goats, ducks, geese, our skunk and other tropical birds. Hop on the Sky Jump and/or ride our Ferris Wheel to reach the ultimate view point. Don’t forget to try the famous Baileys Bushwacker! Call us for our nightly entertainment schedule
Developed as an artists’ center by renowned silkscreen artist Jim Tillett, this center features an art gallery, local arts and crafts, a potters studio, jewelers, candle makers, painters and a community theater.
Kayak, hike and snorkel the picturesque Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary & Marine Preserve. Explore a deserted island, mangrove forests and snorkel clear protected waters.
Located at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, this family entertainment center features a nine-hole miniature golf course, bumper boats, video games, gift shop and is also available for birthday parties.
These steps were built by the Danes in the mid-1700s who found “step-streets” to be the easiest way to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to construct the steps were originally brought from Denmark as ballast in the holds of trading ships. There are actually 103 steps.
This watchtower, originally named Skytsborg (Sky Tower) by the Danes, was built in 1679. According to legend, the infamous pirate Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard, used the tower to watch for ships entering the harbor.
A Danish fortress built in 1689, Bluebeard’s Castle is named after the fictitious pirate, Bluebeard, who was said to have built the castle to lock away his beautiful wife.
The father of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro was born and raised in Charlotte Amalie. His childhood home is now an art gallery featuring artwork from dozens of artists including Camille Pissarro himself.
One of the island's best lookouts, Drake's Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U. S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. Explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have kept watch on his fleet from this vantage point, marked by a seat across the road from the parking area.
Constructed in 1680, Fort Christian was built to defend the Danish settlement. This National Historic Landmark is the oldest building in continuous use on St. Thomas and also served as the governor’s residence, a place of worship, a police station and now a museum.
Home to the oldest Lutheran congregation in the Virgin Islands, this revivalist style structure was completed in 1844.
This small museum, located in Frenchtown, chronicles the influence of the French in the Caribbean. Residents have donated some 275 artifacts to help demonstrate this lasting French presence. The museum also has a computer that stores the genealogies of local families.
Constructed in 1867 as the meeting place for the Danish Colonial Council, Government House is used today as the Governor’s Office. Visitors are welcome.
Built in 1827 in the grand Charlotte Amalie town residence style, it was the original home of Danish banker Hans Haagensen and his wife Sarah Julia Magens (related to the Magens that had their plantation on the now-famous Magens Bay Beach). Hans and Sarah raised their nine children in this house.
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, this treasured island is home to numerous historical structures including Danish & British Military Forts from the Napoleonic era, the world's largest Steam Engine powered Marine Railway and an idyllic snorkeling beach. Virgin Islands Ecotours offers daily kayak, hike & snorkel tours, full & half day and are the only permitted concession to bring visitors to explore the St Thomas of yesterday.
Explore our History, our Island and our Adventures! Historic Tours, Island Beach Tours, Fun Tours and Private Tours Available.
Located at the end of Main Street, the square is the original site of a busy slave market. Today it serves as a market center for local vendors of fruit, vegetables, spices and fish.
Once a Danish residence, it was built in the 19th century featuring seven arches to support the staircase. Today it continues to be a residence as well as a museum filled with West Indian mahogany furniture and other antiques.
Built in 1796 by Sephardic Jews, the St. Thomas Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. People of all faiths are welcome to visit the sand-floored interior of this National Historic Landmark.