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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. St. Thomas Reformed Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 6. Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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