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. Coki Beach

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 2. 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...Read More

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  • 3. Magens Bay

    Beach–Sight

    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 bottom...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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 is...Read More

  • 7. Mountain Top

    Store/Shop/Mall

    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 out-island...Read More

  • 8. Roosevelt Park

    Park/Playground

    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

  • 9. Sapphire Beach

    Sapphire Bay | 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...Read More

  • 10. Skyride to Paradise Point

    Havensight | 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. You'll...Read More

  • 11. Vendors Plaza

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 12. Butterfly Garden

    Havensight | Garden/Arboretum

    Step into this 10,000-square-foot mesh enclosure and watch hundreds of colorful, exotic butterflies flutter all around you. A 25-minute tour...Read More

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