Although considered to be a small island, St Thomas has 2 official cities: Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie. Also known as the “East End,” Red Hook offers more activities and nightlife, and you can see more restaurants on this side of the island. You can take a taxi to go to East End, and it can take around thirty minutes from downtown to East End. Considered as the island’s capital city, Charlotte Amalie is also called “downtown.” You can find a great number of cruise ships in this city. It has over 300 stores, some of which are frequented by tourists almost every day. At night, Frenchtown, its downtown area is a classy place to be, where you can get good drinks and food. You will enjoy your stay in this fantastic island when you try as many activities as you can and watch its many different tourist attractions, from historic houses to old churches and from gardens to parks. Below are some of the most wonderful St Thomas tourist attractions that you should not miss!
For the butterfly enthusiasts, touring the butterfly garden will truly become a delightful experience for them as they get to see a plethora of butterflies from across the world. The tour takes about 25 minutes, and the visitors can expect to see many different lovely species of butterflies and local plants during the tour. If you like to attract some butterflies to go near you, you simply try to don some perfumed lotions and bright-colored apparel.
Coral World Ocean Park
St Thomas’s pride, Coral World is a wonderful place for the whole family to visit during the entire day. You will be fascinated with the Caribbean aquatic life. Through the Undersea Observatory, you can view the Caribbean coral reef. You can get the chance to hand feed a beautiful lorikeet or a fascinating stingray. What else, there are other unique activities that are worth trying as well. These activities include Nautilus Semi-Submarine, Turtle and Shark Encounters and Snuba Diving, among others. The park also has several shower facilities, cafes and gift shops.
Located in an old farm building, Tillett Gardens was created due to the idea of Jim Tillett, a silkscreen artist. Those who visit the garden can appreciate creativity in the work. At the garden, there are shops where you can find photography, candles, jewelry, paintings, silkscreen prints and other art products. Visitors can also go to the bar and restaurant located in its premises. Tillet Gardens is a famous venue for many interesting events all-year round. Such events include crafts and local arts shows. It is also a popular venue for jazz, folk and classical music concerts.
For those searching for lots of activities while traveling, St Thomas can offer them some fun and excitement. They can go on a scuba diving tour, play golf, take nature hikes, join some themed events, go kayaking, go zip lining and try the walking and running tours, among others.
St Thomas sells affordable liquor. Most bars especially serve bottled liquor. Bars are more common than nightclubs in the island. They are usually found in most restaurants and resorts. If however you prefer to go to a nightclub, you must bear in mind that only a small number of nightclubs can be found particularly in Red Hook and Frenchtown. There is an interesting fruit drink that you should try as well. The famous coconut milk juice is a healthy drink that you should not miss while you are in the island.
You will have many choices when it comes to food served in the island. Aside from its milk juice, the coconut meat is also very delicious. You must have a taste of it to see for yourself. Just like in any tourist destination, St Lucia has high-end and affordable restaurants. If you would like to try some West Indian fare, Shawny’s Shack is an ideal place to be. If you wish to have some fine dining, you can enjoy your favorite seafood and steaks at “Room with a View.” If you prefer a meal with a more distinct taste, you will absolutely have a great meal at Rancho Latino, which serves flavorful Spanish and Caribbean (Dominican) fare. You will definitely enjoy your meal at Glady’s Cafe, where there is warm ambience and a bar. If however you want a place where there are lots of menu choices, you will truly appreciate the long list of lunch menu at Frenchtown Deli, where you can eat excellent sandwiches and salads. It is also a popular place among the government officials, who start their day with a coffee or hold their meetings here.
If you are into shopping, you will absolutely have a blast in the island of St Thomas as it is considered as the Caribbean’s largest shopping place. Visitors can pay using the US currency as it is accepted in almost any part of the island. Dozens of stores can be found in the downtown area and in the malls located anywhere in the island. The famous of which is Yacht Haven Grande where you can see high-quality branded stores and restaurants. When you go to Vendor’s Plaza you will be delighted to see so many colorful items such as rainwear, caftans, shirts and more! In addition to these items, you will also find lots of other great items to bring back home for your loved ones. If you’ve got enough to spend, items such as china, fine crystal, electronics, optics, cameras, linens, perfumes, cosmetics, watches, jewelry and gems are also great buys from St Thomas. If you wish to get a bargain, you must try to search some items from some stores or open-air bazaars.
With its great-tasting sandwiches and seafood, St Thomas has its own gastronomic appeal that visitors find just quite irresistible. Filled with exciting land and water attractions, St Thomas can offer its visitors an exhilarating experience during their stay. Indeed, if you are searching for a Caribbean holiday destination for your weekend getaway or week-long vacation, you must include St Thomas in your list.