St. Thomas is one of the three U.S. Virgin Islands located in the Caribbean. Even though it is only 32 square miles, there are many things to do. St. Thomas, like the other Virgin Islands, is a popular destination for Caribbean cruises. In fact, I had the privilege of visiting this beautiful piece of paradise in 2010 during my cruise.
St. Thomas features many land and marine activities, so there is never a shortage of things to do. Some of these attractions include:
St. Thomas has over 10 beaches, each with its own unique characteristics. Whether you want to be on the ocean, or on a bay, St. Thomas has a beach for you.
St. Thomas offers tours and activities that are fun for the whole family. Some of these include the St. Thomas Adventure Tour, where guests explore the western part of the island, Sky diving or Skyride, where passengers are carried 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie for spectacular views and several botanical gardens and aquarium parks.
Museums and Historical Sites
The island, once occupied by the Danish, has a rich history. Fort Christian, built in 1680, was erected to protect the Danish settlement and is now a museum. People can also visit the Government House, built in 1867, and the Haagensen house, built in 1827. In addition to Danish history, the island was also allegedly involved with pirates. Tourists can visit Blackbeard’s castle, built in 1679, or Bluebeard’s castle, built in 1689 and named after the fictitious pirate.
The islands also takes advantage of the beautiful waters that surround it. Tourists have many opportunities to Snorkel or SCUBA dive at several sites throughout the island. Also, guests can participate in water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and sailing.
The Island at a Glance