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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Coki Beach

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Funky beach huts selling local foods such as pâtés (fried turnovers with a spicy ground-beef filling), quaint vendor kiosks, and a...

Coral World Ocean Park

  • Zoo/Aquarium

This interactive aquarium and water-sports center lets you experience a variety of sea life and other animals. There's a new 2-acre dolphin...

Fort Christian

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St. Thomas's oldest standing structure, this remarkable building was built between 1672 and 1680 and now has U.S. National Landmark status.

Lindquist Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The newest public beach in the Virgin Islands has a serene sense of wilderness that isn't found on the more crowded beaches. A lifeguard...

Magens Bay

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Deeded to the island as a public park, this heart-shape stretch of white sand is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. The...

Mountain Top

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Head out to the observation deck—more than 1,500 feet above sea level—to get a bird's-eye view that stretches from Puerto Rico's...

Roosevelt Park

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The former Coconut Park was renamed in honor of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945. It's a great place to put your feet up and people-watch.

Sapphire Beach

  • Beach–Sight

A steady breeze makes this beach a boardsailor's paradise. The swimming is great, as is the snorkeling, especially at the reef near Pettyklip...

Skyride to Paradise Point

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

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

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...

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