St Thomas

St Thomas is the largest of the 3 US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and is a popular cruise ship destination. You will be docked in one of the two cruise ship docks: either Havensight or Crown Bay – both are a short $4pp taxi ride from Downtown Charlotte Amalie, the capital.

Views across Charlotte Amalie harbour & Hassel Island from Paradise Point

St Thomas was bought by the US from the Dutch government in 1917 in order to secure a naval base in the Caribbean so that they could protect the Panama Canal. The Dutch influence is still to be found, particularly in the Royal Dane Mall – a wonderful historic district where you can wander in between the old buildings and warehouses that have now been converted into a fabulous range of shops, galleries and bars. Shopping in St Thomas is said to be rivalling that in Phillipsburg, St Maarten, the historic sites are within easy walking distance of each other, and the beaches are as beautiful as only Caribbean beaches seem to be able to be! Oh – and it’s the home of the banana daquari – we loved St Thomas!