The Caribbean island of St. Thomas is a tropical Eden created for romance. Immaculate beaches, azure waters are only the beginning. This is the place for all your favorite water activities. But there’s much more. There is so much to see. St. Thomas also has some of the most exquisite sunsets.
The capital of St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, is a shopper’s paradise. The streets are filled with duty-free shops. However, explore the small shops located in hidden side streets, as well. The best deals are on jewelry, camera, crystal, clothes, art, and watches. Whatever your friends and family did not get you as wedding presents, this is where you’ll find it. The well-known and respected jeweler, Cardow, has jewelry that is 50 percent less expensive than its US counterpart.
Check out Vendor’s Plaza, where small booths are set up with every type of merchandise.
You wouldn’t be in St. Thomas if you were not looking for some watersports. The waters here are calm and perfect for diving and snorkeling, especially in Secret Harbour and Sapphire Bay. Both expert and beginning snorkelers will have the time of their lives.
The best part about a snorkel or diving tour is that it usually includes sailing through the magical Caribbean waters. Sailing in St. Thomas holds enough romance, but you’ll be entranced with the colorful marine life and corals beneath the waters.
If you don’t want to snorkel, hire a boat and head out onto the Caribbean at sunset. There are few experiences more beautiful. Bring a bottle of bubbly and remember why you were wed in the first place.
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About St. Thomas 📖
Best Time to Visit St. Thomas 📅
Top Things to do in St. Thomas 👫
Weather in St. Thomas ☀️
About St. Thomas
St. Thomas, with St. Croix and St. John, is one of the three United States Virgin Islands. It is known for having 32 square miles of inviting beauty, magnificent weather, and a sophisticated lifestyle. The island’s capital, Charlotte Amalie, is known as the Caribbean’s shopping capital, but the fun does not stop there. Charlotte Amalie has some fabulous dining and a hopping nightlife. It boasts of having the most spirited nightlife of the three sister islands. Dive into your St. Thomas honeymoon with some dancing and karaoke. Many bars have a discounted happy hour. Begin your evening with a lovely meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants, then make an evening of it while exploring the bar scene.
Away from the fabulous beaches, St. Thomas has mountainous terrain, with a peak reaching 1,550 feet above sea level. It is called, strangely enough, Mountain Top. You can enjoy one of the famous daiquiris at the restaurant and bar at the top while gaping at the surreal sights below, which stretches from Magens Bay beach to St. John, and more of the Virgin Islands.
Visiting Magens Bay beach is a must. It’s one of the most famous and lovely beaches. It is peaceful, with calm waters surrounded by mountains. The best time to go is in the morning. There is a fee of $5.00 to get onto the beach, and that is used to keep it looking immaculate. You’ll find a restaurant, restrooms, and boat and equipment rental by the beach.
There are few things more romantic than dinner and drinks by the beach. In St. Thomas, you not only have the pristine beaches, but you also get the authentic Caribbean cuisine. It’s an unbeatable combination. Visit the Oasis Restaurant & Poolbar at Bolongo Bay for some exquisite dining throughout the day while enjoying an unparalleled view of the sea. In the evening, enjoy some cocktails and live entertainment.
You’ll find Iggies Beach Bar & Grill, also at Bolongo Bay. Dine on some inspired Caribbean food by the water.
A part of the fun of visiting St. Thomas is that you can take day trip cruises to nearby islands. Go bar hopping and island hopping to four different islands on a fabulous eight-hour cruise with an open bar and good food.
While in St. Thomas, it’s terrific to join the marine life inside the water at the Coral World Ocean Park. Put on a helmet and take an underwater trek and frolic with the sea lions, turtles, and dolphins. Visit Coki Beach, which is right next door.
St. Thomas caters to romance and couples. The St. Lazule Sea Spa & Salon at the Frenchman’s Reef Resort offers luxury couples treatments such as couple massages and healing body wraps in its couple suites.
Best Time to Visit St. Thomas
A visit to St. Thomas at any time of the year is a delight. If you must pick a time, you might wish to visit St. Thomas during one of its fun festivals. Some of these festivals take place on St. Thomas’ sister island, St. Croix, which is only a very scenic two-hour ferry ride away.
Who knew Valentine’s Day was a major carnival of festivities on St. Croix? Music is everywhere, and vendor are selling their special wares. It is also a major day in St. Thomas, where hotel rooms sell out months ahead. Make your Valentine’s Day plans early.
St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta
This major yacht race happens in March at the St Thomas Yacht Club every year. It is one of the most prestigious races, attracting racers from all over the world. There is a similar Pilsbury Sound Race in St. John’s at the same time.
All the US Virgin Islands celebrate their independence from Denmark on March 31st. This celebration includes tours to former Danish ruins and forts while vendors are offering all kinds of Danish products.
A Taste of St Croix
They truly respect and appreciate food in the US Virgin Islands. Fifty of the Virgin Island’s best restaurants gather at the Divi Carina Bay All Inclusive Beach Resort and Casino in St. Croix. Every type of food is represented for this culinary celebration.
U.S. Virgin Islands Open/Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament
Do you love fishing? Fishers from around the world come to St. Thomas for a blue marlin fishing competition held in August. The goal is to catch the largest and the largest number of blue marlins. It’s a fun charity event, with the proceeds going to the local Boy Scouts.
St Croix Blue Bay Jazz Festival
This major Jazz Festival is held in St. Croix every November, with some major jazz stars performing. There are free performances, food, and a crafts display.
Top Things to do in St. Thomas
St. Thomas Diving Club
When in St. Thomas, you can go diving on your own, or you can take advantage of the knowledge and experience found at the St. Thomas Diving Club. On your own, you’ll see some pretty sights. Taking a diving tour with the St. Thomas Diving Club will bring you to the best reefs, the best and most colorful fish, and abandoned shipwrecks. This is how to get the most out of your St. Thomas diving experience.
Champagne Sunset Cruise
Meet at Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort and take a two-hour cruise into the sunset while enjoying champagne, an open bar, and snacks. Watch the sun set beyond the horizon.
Get an Aerial View
See St. Thomas from high above with a parasailing tour over the island. Float through the sky with the clear, azure waters below. It’s breathtaking. Opt for the photo tour for some memories of a lifetime.
Pirate Treasure Museum
The Caribbean and St. Thomas have seen their share of pirates. The Pirate Treasure Museum has artifacts of shipwrecks and exciting lectures of adventures on the high sea. Find out all about the life of pirates and the hauls that got away.
For an incomparable view of most of the Virgin Islands, climb up to Drake’s Seat, named after explorer Francis Drake. The view is stunning. Drake came here and used it as a lookout. Whether he was keeping an eye out for pirates or looking for incoming ships to loot is not clear.
Ships used to stop at St. Thomas and deliver their exotic spices and other goods. As a charming reminder of their presence, they would habitually leave a few stones behind. The enterprising natives of St. Thomas used those stones to build a staircase from the sea up in the town to celebrate their colonial history. In truth, there are 103 steps, but someone liked the number 99 better. Both sides of the staircase are planted with lush greenery. When you reach the top, you’ll see what is left of Blackbeard’s Castle. Some visitors have been known to cheat and take a cab to the top and only do the easier climbing-down part. We are certain you would never do such a thing.
Shopping and Sightseeing Tour
Take a four-hour shopping tour along Main Street in Charlotte Amalie. Visit the upscale, duty-free boutiques for bargains on watches, jewelry, liquor, and many other goods. Saving money is only part of the fun on this tour. You will also be taken on a sightseeing tour to the best sights in Charlotte Amalie, which include the 99 Steps, Magens Bay Beach, and some serious rum daiquiris on Mountain Top.
Weather in St. Thomas
St. Thomas is warm all year, with frequent rainfall and humidity. The temperature is hottest from August to September. Daytime temperatures are around 90 degrees, which will drop to around 80 in the evening. While it does rain a lot, February, March, and June are the driest month, and March also has the least amount of humidity. March is when many visitors flock to St. Thomas, so it can get crowded, although August is the busiest month, with accommodations costing the most. November tends to be the rainiest month in St. Thomas, with the most humidity.
The most pleasant weather in St. Thomas happens from December through February. The daytime high hovers in the mid-80s, with rain expected several times during these months.