Winter is getting ready to gear up in the Midwest and I find myself looking for someplace warm to go. I’m thinking about taking a cruise soon so I was looking back over my favorite cruise destinations. St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is definitely one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to going back (and not just because the weather was amazing). If you are interested in a great warm-weather destination, here is my list of 5 great things to do in St. Thomas.
5 Great Things to Do in St. Thomas:
1. Enjoy the beach at Magens Bay
My husband and I love the beach so our first choice when visiting somewhere new is almost always to go to the beach. Magens Bay is usually mentioned as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches so it was definitely a place we wanted to visit. We got off our cruise ship in Charlotte Amalie and took a taxi to Magans Bay for $10 a person. It also cost $4 a person to get into the beach and another $7 for a beach chair. I was thankful that our cruise ship was the only one in port that day so the beach was much less crowded than we had been warned it might be.
The beach has a restaurant, a bar and a small shop for any beach items you might have forgotten. The water was a beautiful turquoise and the beach was a soft sand. Even the sand in the water was soft so water shoes are not necessary. It was the perfect place to walk along the beach or in the water or lay around relaxing. We had a nice lunch from the restaurant and drinks from the bar. A friend of mine even found a swimsuit to buy in the shop.
2. Duty Free Shopping
The next stop on our list after the beach was some shopping in downtown Charlotte Amalie. St. Thomas has a duty-free allowance of $1,600 per person so you can do quite a bit of shopping without thinking about duty or taxes. We enjoyed strolling the streets and wandering in and out of shops. I especially liked exploring the alleys and finding shops and restaurants you couldn’t see from the main streets.
Our time at the beach and shopping didn’t leave us with much time before our cruise ship sailed so we had to head back to our ship. On our next visit I’m planning to cover the rest of my list:
3. Historic Walking Tour of Downtown
We took the time to shop in downtown Charlotte Amalie, but not to take a tour. Turns out you can arrange a 2 hour walking tour with a guide from the St. Thomas Historical Trust.
4. Snorkeling at Trunk Bay
Trunk Bay is actually at St. John and is considered another top beach in the world. You can take a ferry from St. Thomas at Red Hook to Cruz Bay. From there you can take a taxi to Trunk Bay which has a bathhouse, snorkel gear rentals and a snack bar. I’m anxious to snorkel along the 225 yard snorkeling trail which even has underwater signs identifying the different types of coral.
5. Enjoy the view from the Mountain Top
Mountain Top offers a view 1,500 feet above sea level of the 20 islands that make up the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The view here of Magens Bay has been rated one of the 10 best views in the world by National Geographic. We got some great views as we drove the island heading to and from Magens Bay, but on our next trip I hope to have the chance to slow down and enjoy a moment taking photographs.
All in all, St. Thomas was a beautiful place to relax on the beach and enjoy a day in the Caribbean. It was great to be there during the winter knowing how cold it was back home. I’m looking forward to a return trip (hopefully during the winter again).
If you’ve been there I’d love to hear what your favorite thing to do was. Thanks!