St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
This 31-square-mile island is covered with lush forests, hilly to mountainous terrain, and white-sand beaches surrounded by protective bays of turquoise waters. A mecca for shoppers, adventure seekers, and beach goers alike, vacation packages to St. Thomas provide the ultimate trip to paradise. The island is generally divided into directional quadrants with the following areas being most notable for tourists: Charlotte Amalie — the capital of St. Thomas and one of the busiest spots on the island has major shopping as well as numerous historical sites; the East End — a more isolated part of the island includes the village of Red Hook and is home to many resorts, hotels, and beaches; and the North Coast — celebrated for Magens Bay, one of the most picturesque and visited beaches in the world.
Flights to St. Thomas are seasonal, offered December - April via Minneapolis/St. Paul (dates may vary).
Why Go To St. Thomas
Crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, protected bays, beautiful resorts, and duty-free shopping make St. Thomas the perfect Caribbean escape. The island is a haven for watersport enthusiasts, beach lovers, and history buffs alike and has been a refuge to everyone from pirates to Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists. St. Thomas’ history is as varied as the island itself, and vacationers seeking a blend of action, adventure, and relaxation will feel right at home. Since it is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. travelers on flights to St. Thomas don’t need a passport, and shopping is a breeze since the currency is the U.S. dollar.
Who Should Go
All-inclusive resorts are ideal for pampering newlyweds looking for the perfect island vacation.
Shopping on the island is duty-free, and each family member has a $1,600 duty-free allowance. Remember to save your receipts. Deals can be found on jewelry, watches, liquor, cosmetics, perfumes, electronics, linens, fine crystal, china, and more.
Travelers looking for action will find some of the best places in the world for diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing. Not to mention, there is world-class golfing on the island at Mahogany Run Golf Course.
St. Thomas at sunset