St. Thomas is known as the “jewel” of the Caribbean. Home to the largest airport and the only island with two cruise ship ports in the Caribbean, St. Thomas is famous for world class shopping, a bustling waterfront, and stunning beaches and resorts. Most tourists that visit the Virgin Islands arrive via St. Thomas, thus it’s nickname, the “hub.”
Even with its small size (32 square miles), the island packs a lifetime’s worth of exciting things to do, and every single inch of St. Thomas offers idyllic and picture-perfect views of the Caribbean and surrounding islands like St. John, Water Island, and Tortola. You can even catch a glimpse of Puerto Rico on really clear days. The most “cosmopolitan” among the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas offers spectacular nightlife, duty-free shopping, fine dining, golf and the tourist-centered activities like sightseeing, sailing, snorkeling, powerboating, snorkeling, fishing and diving.
Some of the island’s famous spots are Magen’s Bay, the Paradise Point Skyride, a tramway 700 feet above the city and the 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie; both offering an incomparable view of the Caribbean. For history-buffs, don’t forget to visit the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort-Christian or the world-renowned French Impressionist Camille Pissaro’s childhood home.
St. Thomas is also the “jumping off” point for other Virgin Islands. Take the 15-minute East End foot or car ferry to St. John, a 30-minute boat ride to Tortola, BVI; and a 5-minute dinghy to Water Island, which is just across the harbor. St. Thomas is an incredible island that offers something for everyone.