St. Thomas

The most popular, urban, visited, and exciting of the U.S. Virgin Islands, this cosmopolitan cruise ship darling brings much to the table—and not just figuratively. Gourmet dining and lively nightlife complement duty-free international shopping, especially in Charlotte Amalie—locally known as “downtown”—and Red Hook, also called the East End. In the former, the shopping tradition actually stems back to the days of Jamestown, Virginia’s settlement; ships would stop this island’s capital for provisions and goods before continuing onward to the mainland. Danish colonial warehouses add character to the port city’s rich history, and is shown to its best advantage from the deck of the many charterable yachts and sport fishing boats. For views of the vessels, you’ll want to make the trek up Charlotte Amalie’s famous 99 steps, Paradise Peak, Flag Hill, Drake’s Seat, Valdemar Hill. The vistas from Bluebeard’s Castle—one of over 20 historic sites on the island—and cliffside Mahogany Run, a George and Tom Fazio-designed golf course, are equally stunning. 

The cerulean sea will be sure to draw you down from the heights, though, and 35 great dive sites including a gorgonian forest, reefs, walls, and wrecks provide plenty of options. Day trips to St. Croix and St. John are just as easy to book as a dive, with plenty of ferry service, but you’ll be hard-pressed to leave the luxurious resorts and abundant dining choices of the brightest star of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Good to Know

  • No official gay scene, but generally inclusive
  • Little Magens has long been known as a gay beach
  • Many of the more popular LGBT establishments can be found in Frenchtown
  • Same-sex marriage recognized as legal

Featured Resorts:

Caneel Bay

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Passengers are taken from St. Thomas airport by taxi to Charlotte Amalie Harbor, where a Caneel Bay ferry takes them directly to the resort. Caneel Bay is an exclusive resort located on the remote island of St. John, in the heart of the United States Virgin Islands. Nestled within the lush island greenery of the Virgin Islands National Park, this 170-acre resort boasts secluded beaches overlooking the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort

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Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort welcomes guests to one of the the ultimate US Virgin Island hotel experiences. The Reef Tower features fresh Caribbean dcor and state-of-the-art amenities. The USVI hotel rooms offer comfort in a lush tropical setting and now include Marriott signature bedding. Guests can enjoy the pristine and picturesque beachfront at the Morning Star Beach Club and Sea Cliff Tower, or relax at the luxury Lazule Sea Spa & fitness center. ...

Emerald Beach Resort

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Whether you are planning a family vacation, business trip, island wedding or a romantic honeymoon, you'll find Emerald Beach Resort's friendly staff, convenient location and lovely, tropical surroundings make it the ideal setting for whatever occasion brings you to St. Thomas.

Additional Resorts:

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
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Slip on your flip flops, chill out and have fun at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

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