St. Thomas

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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  • 1. Water Island

    Island

    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 Crown...Read More

  • 2. 99 Steps

    Neighborhood/Street

    This staircase "street," built by the Danes in the 1700s, leads to the residential area above Charlotte Amalie and to Blackbeard's Castle, a...Read More

  • 3. All Saints Episcopal Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1848 from stone quarried on the island, the church has thick, arched window frames lined with the yellow brick that came to the islands...Read More

  • 4. Danish Consulate Building

    Government Building

    Built in 1830, this structure once housed the Danish Consulate. Although the Danish consul general, Søren Blak, has an office in Charlotte Amalie...Read More

  • 5. Educators Park

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A peaceful place amid the town's hustle and bustle, the park has memorials for three famous Virgin Islanders: educator Edith Williams, J. Antonio...Read More

  • 6. Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV Marine Terminal

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    Locally called Tortola Wharf, this is where you can catch the Native Son and other ferries to the BVI. The restaurant upstairs is a good place...Read More

  • 7. Emancipation Garden

    Garden

    A bronze bust of a freed slave blowing a conch shell commemorates slavery's end in 1848—the garden was built to mark emancipation's 150th anniversary...Read More

  • 8. Fort Christian

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 9. Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This historic church has a massive mahogany altar, and its pews—each with its own door—were once rented to families of the congregation. Lutheranism...Read More

  • 10. Government House

    Government Building

    Built in 1867, this neoclassical white brick-and-wood structure houses the offices of the governor of the Virgin Islands. Inside, the staircases...Read More

  • 11. Grand Galleria

    Historic District/Site

    This imposing building stands at the head of Main Street. Once the island's premier hotel, it has been converted into offices, shops, and a deli. ...Read More

  • 12. Haagensen House

    Historic Home

    This lovingly restored house was built in the early 1800s by Danish entrepreneur Hans Haagensen. It's surrounded by an equally impressive cookhouse...Read More

  • 13. Hassel Island

    Island

    East of Water Island in Charlotte Amalie harbor, Hassel Island is part of the Virgin Islands National Park. On it are the ruins of a British...Read More

  • 14. Legislature Building

    Government Building

    Its bland exterior conceals the vociferous political wrangling of the Virgin Islands Senate. Constructed originally by the Danish as a police...Read More

  • 15. Market Square

    Plaza/Square

    A cadre of old-timers gathers daily—especially by 4 am on Saturday mornings—at this 18th-century slave market, to sell local fruits such as...Read More

  • 16. Memorial Moravian Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1884, this church was named to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Moravian Church in the Virgin Islands. ...Read More

  • 17. Pissarro Building

    Notable Building

    Housing several shops and an art gallery, this was the birthplace and childhood home of the acclaimed 19th-century impressionist painter Camille...Read More

  • 18. Roosevelt Park

    City Park

    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. Five...Read More

  • 19. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This building was consecrated as a parish church in 1848, and serves as the seat of the territory's Roman Catholic diocese. The ceiling and...Read More

  • 20. Seven Arches Museum and Gallery

    Museum/Gallery

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

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