Visit the town of Charlotte Amalie
Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it's only a short trip away from St. Thomas. It's also one of the top cruise ports in this part of the island. The town has a very Danish history, which is evident in some of its architecture. This town is also home to some of the top sights to see in St. Thomas. It truly is the best place to stay while visiting, too, because you'd be able to cut down on transportation time trying to visit all of the top landmarks in the area. There is truly a lot to do here, as it's home to Blackbeard's Castle, Fort Christian, and Magens Bay Beach, to name a few.
You Should Know Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes when visiting Charlotte Amalie because it's best explored on foot!
Adventure to Fort Christian
Fort Christian is a top historical landmark in St. Thomas. This fort was first built back in 1680 and is architecturally beautiful. The architecture behind the defense was Governor Jorgen Iverson. This fort is said to the oldest building in all of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It served as a military fortress for years, protecting civilians from pirates and other attackers. It still is standing strong today and is one of the must-visit spots when traveling to St. Thomas.
You Should Know Some parts of Fort Christian may look pristine due to the recent renovations in 2005.
Go snorkeling at Coki Point Beach
Coki Point Beach is a beautiful beach known for its extremely calm waters on St. Thomas. It's one of the most popular spots to go snorkeling on the whole island. People travel far and wide just to come and snorkel here! There are many vendors along the beach that sell snorkeling gear. If you're interested in diving, check out the Coki Dive Center, which even offers beginner lessons to adults and children. If you get hungry, don't worry; there are many restaurants and cafes in this area!
Best Time To Visit If you plan on renting one of the many beach chairs with umbrellas, then visit earlier in the morning. This beach can get quite busy!
Explore Blackbeard’s Castle
Blackbeard's Castle is a 17th-century fortress that is one of St. Thomas's National Historic Landmarks. IT's right in Charlotte Amalie and was built as a fortress by the Danish. It served as a watchtower for those trying to attack Fort Christian. Before it was called Blackbeard's Castle, it was referred to as Skytsborg, which you may hear some locals refer to it as today. Be sure to walk up the 99 steps on Government Hill to get to Blackbeard's Castle. This is said to be just as essential to visit as the castle itself!
You Should Know One of the best ways to explore the castle is on tour. Book one if you have the time!
Relax at Magens Beach
Magens Beach is a beautiful bay located right on St. Thomas. It's on the northern part of the island and features gorgeous white sand and turquoise waters. It truly is a paradise to relax at any time of the year! This is one of the most popular beaches on the entire island and has a small entrance fee used to help preserve and take care of the land here. If you're not interested in relaxing, don't worry! This is also a great spot to go boating, swimming, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking!
You Should Know There are lots of restaurants right along the beach. Beach chairs and floats are available to rent while you visit!
See animals at Coral World Ocean Park
The Coral World Ocean Park is an excellent marine park located on Saint Thomas. If you're interested in learning more about the animals and sea life in this area of the world, then this is an absolute must-visit! The park opened in 1978 and is located right by Coki Beach. By visiting, you'll be able to learn about coral reefs, marine animal conservation efforts, scientific studies, and more. You can also book lots of fun experiences, such as dolphin kayaking, guided tours, sea lion swim, and more.
You Should Know If you want to book one of the extra experiences, book in advance!
Explore the St. Thomas Synagogue
The St. Thomas Synagogue was created in the 18th century and is an architectural marvel in St. Thomas. This historic structure is one of the United States' oldest synagogues. It was initially built by Spanish and Portuguese residents, though it has had to undergo many renovations over the years. Though the synagogue is only one floor, it's seriously one of a kind. Inside, parts of the floor are even made of sand! It doesn't get much more unique than that. There are also lots of beautiful wood furnishings, art pieces, and more.
You Should Know If you visit in the summer, you can go on a tour of the synagogue. Unfortunately, you can't book one of these in the winter months.
Ride the Paradise Point Sky Ride
The Paradise Point Sky Ride is a fun cable car ride that brings visitors 700 feet above St. Thomas. It's truly a fun experience for all ages, no matter your interest! You'll have some of the best island views the whole way up. At the top, the sky ride drops visitors off at a beautiful observation deck that shows even better picturesque views of the island. There's also a fun restaurant and bar at the top in case you get hungry and want to eat with a view.
You Should Know Though there is a bit of a fee to go on this ride, it's very worth it.
Take in the views from Drake’s Seat
Drake's Seat is a popular viewpoint in St. Thomas. Unlike the sky ride or some of the local island hikes, you can just drive right up to this vista point and take in the views! It's a bit easier to get to than other observation viewpoints across the island. At the viewpoint, there are great views of Magens Bay from above. This is also known for being a great picnic spot, so pack some snacks to have an even more enjoyable experience!
You Should Know Drake's Seat can get quite busy. Try to visit for sunrise to avoid the crowds.
Spring and Fall - September to November and March to May - Shoulder Season
Not a whole lot of people visit in the spring and fall seasons in comparison to the summer! The average temperature in the spring is around 82°F, while the fall sees temperatures a bit warmer, around 87°F.
Summer - June to August - High Season
The summer is the most popular time to visit St. Thomas, though it's also the warmest. The temperature sees highs of 90°F on the daily, and accommodation prices are also at their highest during this time. Keep in mind that the summer in St. Thomas is hurricane season.
Winter - December to February - Low Season
The winter months see average temperatures of 77°F, so this is the year's coldest time to visit. Because of how few people visit during this time, accommodation prices are at their lowest.