St. Thomas Sights

To explore outside Charlotte Amalie, rent a car or hire a taxi. Your rental car should come with a good map and perhaps a GPS unit; if not, pick up the pocket-size Road Map St. Thomas–St. John at a tourist information center. Roads are marked with route numbers, but they're confusing and seem to switch numbers suddenly. Roads are also identified by signs bearing the St. Thomas–St. John

Hotel and Tourism Association's mascot, Tommy the Starfish. More than 100 of these color-coded signs line the island's main routes. Orange signs trace the route from the airport to Red Hook; green signs identify the road from town to Magens Bay; Tommy's face on a yellow background points from Mafolie to Crown Bay through the north side; red signs lead from Smith Bay to Four Corners via Skyline Drive; and blue signs mark the route from the cruise-ship dock at Havensight to Red Hook. These color-coded routes are not marked on most visitor maps, however. Allow yourself a day to explore, especially if you want to stop to take pictures or to enjoy a light bite or refreshing swim. Most gas stations are on the island's more populated eastern side, so fill up before heading to the north side. And remember to drive on the left!

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Seven Arches Museum and Gallery

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This restored 18th-century home is a striking example of classic Danish–West Indian architecture. There seem to be arches everywhere—seven...

Skyride to Paradise Point

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Fly skyward in a seven-minute gondola ride to Paradise Point, an overlook with breathtaking views of Charlotte Amalie and the harbor.

St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum

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Tours of the museum take 30 minutes and include a wealth of pirate artifacts, as well as West Indian antique furniture, old-time postcards,...

St. Thomas Reformed Church

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This church has an austere loveliness that's amazing considering all it's been through. Founded in 1744, it's been rebuilt twice after...

Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim

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The synagogue's Hebrew name translates as the Congregation of Blessing, Peace, and Loving Deeds. The small building's white pillars contrast...

U.S. Post Office

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While you buy stamps, contemplate the murals of waterfront scenes by Saturday Evening Post artist Stephen Dohanos. His art was commissioned...

Vendors Plaza

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Here merchants sell everything from T-shirts to African attire to leather goods. Look for local art among the ever-changing selections...

Vessup Beach

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This wild, undeveloped beach is lined with sea grape trees and century plants. It's close to Red Hook harbor, so you can watch the ferries...

Water Island

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This island, the fourth-largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, floats about a ¼ mile (½ km) out in Charlotte Amalie harbor. A ferry between...

Weibel Museum

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In this museum next to the Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom, 300 years of Jewish history on St. Thomas are showcased. The small gift shop...

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