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St Thomas has green hills and white sand beaches, St. Thomas offers visitors picture-postcard views, as well as great shopping and world-class restaurants.  Perhaps that's why St. Thomas is one of the most popular ports in the Caribbean.

Once a colony of Denmark, St. Thomas is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with St. John and St. Croix.  The USVI separates the Atlantic from the Caribbean, 40 miles east of Puerto Rico and 1,100 miles southeast of Miami.  This locations is a prime reason that the island has developed into such a thriving port.

Spain, France, Germany and Denmark vied for control of St. Thomas for hundreds of years.  The Danes were the first to realize that St. Thomas' value as a port far exceeded the value of its hilly terrain for plantations.  In 1692, they named the capital city Charlotte Amalie after their queen.  Realizing that they needed to populate this underdeveloped island to profit from it, the Danes brought in settlers.  St. Thomas was declared a duty-free port and did brisk business, with goods being transported from Europe to the colonies.  In 1917, the United States bought the Virgin Islands for $25 million to employ as an outpost guarding the Panama Canal.  Virgin Islanders have all of the rights and privileges of United States citizens.

PLACES OF INTEREST IN ST THOMAS

The beaches in St. Thomas are some of the best in the world because of their calm, clear waters, powdery white sand and coral reefs that can be seen by snorkelers 40 feet from the shore.  All of the best beaches in St. Thomas are within a 3-mile radius of Charlotte Amalie.

North of Charlotte Amalie is Magens Bay Beach, considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world by most travel guides.  Magens Bay offers changing facilities, chairs and snorkeling equipment rentals.  The beach is in a cove between two mountains and is a mile long, making it excellent for walking.  Hull Bay, directly west of Magens Bay, is an excellent spot for surfing during late fall and winter.

Going up to Paradise Point is another popular stop while you are in St Thomas. You can ride a tram up to the top of the mountain to get some incredible views of St Thomas. The trip only takes about 20 minutes and isnt to expenses. You can have time to take a tour in St Thomas, Do some shopping in St Thomas and still go up to paradise point to finish off your day.

Shopping in St Thomas

Visit the shopping section to find local places to shop. Your cruse ship will either be dock in Havensight shopping area or downtown St Thomas. Both areas have lots of shops withig walking distance. St Thomas is known for its shopping and has great tax & duty free prices.
 

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