Virgin Islands Vacations and Tourism - About St. Thomas 
St. Thomas, with some of the Caribbean's best beaches, hotels, and resorts is the Caribbean's gem for vacationers who love the sea, shopping, history or photography.

St. Thomas has been a shopping Mecca since the late 1600s and, for a period in the early 1700s, the island was a pirate refuge for notorious buccaneers and, by 1800, Charlotte Amalie was one of the busiest ports and trading centers in the Caribbean. Today, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas is a choice port of call among the cruise lines and a popular Virgin Island vacation destination. It is the United State's Caribbean's major cruise port and king of all duty-free shopping destinations. Bargain hunters are spurred on by the sheer variety of merchandise. In addition to the colorful street vendors and the dockside Havensight Mall in renovated old West Indian Company buildings, there are charming shops in the lanes between the waterfront and Main Street.


sugar mill on St. ThomasThe island is steeped in history. In the 1700's this was a pirate refuge as the remaining Blackbeard's Tower proclaims. Since then merchants from many nations have tendered their wares on the streets of the harbor-side capital, Charlotte Amalie.

Dozens of luxury resorts, hotels and fine restaurants, some with Danish influence encircle the island. Steep hillsides thick with flowers and bright red rooftops make Charlotte Amalie a favorite of travel photographers.

view of Charlotte Amalie, St. ThomasYou'll want to see the view from the top of St. Peter Mountain (where great banana daiquiris are an added reward) or visit Drake's Seat with a panorama of 100 islands. Another St. Thomas must see is the exciting underwater population at Coral World.

Some of the beaches you won't want to miss include Bluebeard's Beach, Coki Beach, Hull Bay, Limetree Beach, Magens Bay, Morningstar Beach, Sapphire Beach and Vessup Bay.

Imposing Fort Christian, housing the museum with a collection of Indian artifacts, dates back to the 17th century. And the St. Thomas Synagogue, built by Sephardic Jews in 1833, is stately and solemn. Walking tours are available of historic buildings in St. Thomas.

Climate
The Virgin Island climate is tropical with wonderful average winter daytime temperatures of 78 degrees F. and summer daytime temperatures of about 82 degrees F.


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Getting There - To St. Thomas
St. Thomas is served by major airlines from the US. Daily service from principal US cities is available on American, United, and US AIR.

Miami and San Juan offer connections for departures that do not have direct flights to St. Thomas. Seaborne SeaPlane and Cape Air offer service from San Juan to St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Effective Dec 15, 2011, JetBlue will provide daily connecting service from San Juan to St Thomas. The proposed schedule is: (mornings) depart San Juan: 8:25 a.m. arrive St. Croix: 8:55 a.m.; depart St. Thomas: 9:30 a.m. arrive San Juan: 10:05 a.m. and (afternoons) depart San Juan: 3:10 p.m. arrive St. Croix: 3:40 p.m.; depart St. Thomas: 5:30 p.m. arrive San Juan: 6:05 p.m. Flights operate daily effective December 15, 2011.

Antilles Resorts on St. Thomas are located one mile from the town of Red Hook and about 20 minutes from the airport.

Airport Transfers/Connections:
Fares are fixed. They should be displayed in the taxi. St. Thomas Airport to Charlotte Amalie $4.50 (15 mins). Southside hotels $8.50 (20-30 mins). East End, St. John Ferry $12.00 (30-40 mins). Fares are subject to change.

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Entry Requirements:
US Citizens Alternatives

No passports are required for US Virgin Islands travel.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requiring passports will not affect travel between the United States and its territories. U.S. citizens traveling between the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin islands will continue to be able to use established forms of identification, such as birth certificates and government-issued photo ID, to board flights and for entry. Vaccinations are not required.

The following are usually accepted as Proofs of U.S. Citizenship:

NOTE: A Voter's registration card is NOT valid proof of U.S. Citizenship.

Entry requirements for all others are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination.

For more information about entry requirements, you can visit the Customs and Border Patrol website.

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Getting Around St. Thomas
Rental cars are easily arranged through your Antilles Resorts representative at Hertz Car Rental. Advance reservation is recommended. Note: Be prepared for driving on St. Thomas! It's English style - you drive on the left side of the road.

water taxi service on St. CroixShared taxis are available everywhere. These charming vehicles are a cross between bus and private car. Multiple passengers share rides, and enjoy an expert's (the driver's) rendition of a mini tour of whatever part of the island the ride covers. Drivers are available for hire -by the hour or day- for a more extensive private guided excursion.

Island Ferries
Passenger ferries to St. Croix and St. John are available. Check with your Antilles Resorts representative for the schedule.

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Virgin Island Sightseeing
Some of the most notable favorites among St. Thomas sightseers are:

Don't miss:
Take the ferry from St. Thomas to St. John, and spend a day in the U.S. Virgin Island National Park. A beautiful park with many bays and beaches, it also has hiking trails that reach ancient rock carvings. There is a new snorkelers delight around Trunk Island (Trunk Bay) with underwater life identified by sea bottom markers. Experienced snorkelers will find a wealth of places for adventure.

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Shopping on St. Thomas
shopping on St. ThomasSmall shops, street vendors, and world famous stores tantalize shoppers with variety and charm.Custom allows $1200 worth of goods per person duty-free. And there's no sales tax!

Local Virgin Islands produced items include Cruzan Rum, arts and crafts, perfumes and bath scents, jewelry, and clothing. Especially good buys include distinctive name brand china, linen, and watches.

Look for local custom-designed jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, Caribbean fabric designs, basket work, and West Indian mahogany wood sculpture.

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Dining on St. Thomas
gourmet restaurants on St. ThomasSt. Thomas restaurants boast a wide variety of cuisine from native Caribbean fare to Continental, Danish, French, Italian and Chinese. If you absolutely can't live without your fix of fast food, we have that too. Or just stop by one of the many delis or cafes.

Limin', as we call it, is the art of hangin' out. Piano bars, jazz clubs, discos, rock and country music abound. Or, check out the local Quadrille dancers or steel band show. It's all part of limin'.

There isn't room here to list all our favorite spots, but for starters, on St. Thomas, try:

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Antilles Resorts' St. Thomas Resorts: The Anchorage, Sapphire Beach Resort, Pavilions and Pools, Point Pleasant Resort, Crystal Cove Resort & Sapphire Village Resort

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