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* '''Magen's Bay''' - The most famous feature, besides the shopping, on the island. Directly across on the northern side from Charlotte Amalie, a crescent shaped bay with a mile of white sand and several bars and small stores. Taxis from downtown cost about 15 dollars, and if there are any cruise ships on the day you go, you can bet it will have at least a few beached white tourist fish. The trip to Magen's Bay (and back) can pass '''Mountain Top''', with a mass of souvenir offerings and a great view of Magen's Bay and beyond; enjoy a banana daiquiri (invented there), but don't let it ruin your day!  Continuing return to Charlotte Amalie offers excellent mountainside views of the harbor.
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* '''Hull Bay''' - The next bay to the west of Magen's, on the Atlantic ocean, and in the winter there is the island's only surfing. There is a shop where you can rent boards, but in typical island style, you would be lucky to catch the owner there to rent you one. Better to call ahead a few days and leave a message.
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* '''Brewer's Bay''' - Beautiful small beach near the University, especially nice at sunset. The landing strip for the airport is right on the other side, and the sun sets somewhere out in the middle.
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* '''Sapphire Beach''' - Beach resort, open to the public but you can stay there too if that is where you want to be. Nice beach, rent a snorkel and check out the nice clear water and coral. There are a couple of bars and a swimming pool, sometimes a live band at night, if you haven't had a BBC (Bailey's, banana, coconut) they are pretty tasty.
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| comment=I love this article. A small town in southern Armenia definitely means OtBP. If anyone is worried about the fact that the Eat section does not mention establishments by name, that's makes sense in this part of the world—these are plastic chairs/tables roadside types of "cafes" that often have no advertised names, but rather appeal to the visual and olfactory senses to attract customers.
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* '''Coki Beach''' - The best snorkeling beach on St. Thomas.  Normal underwater visibility of 100+ feet!  Great beach for kids to learn to snorkel.  It's very calm and you can feed the fish in about 3-4 feet of water if you want to.  They sell dog treats to feed to the fish and it's really cool to see them swarm you for one.  Beware of the locals though, you will be asked if you want to buy something 20 times before you make it to the beach,  once there you are pretty much left alone though. If you take a tourist taxi to Coki Beach (they have awnings) you must be sure to take the same driver on return trip.  If you try to take a different driver, nasty arguments can happen.  Get the name of the driver who took you and make a time for pickup and return. There are no food facilities at Coki Beach, so be sure to plan for this.  There is food available on the beach. People walk around with small menues asking if you want anything to eat. There is also a smoothie stand that only makes all natural smoothies for $7.
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* '''Secret Harbour''' - This is a private resort, but they allow visitors to use the beach. Not so for the chairs, which must be rented from a very diligent attendant. There are a number of rather large iguanas that wander around the property. They are not pet material, and usually run off if approached. Howver, some people have received bad bites from them.  There is a very nice restaurant on the beach called the Blue Moon; not only was the food reasonably-priced and delicious, it's one of the few places that will give you free soda refills, and you can't beat the view. Their Bloody Mary is a must try as it's rimmed with a spicy Caribbean seasoning.  The snorkeling was decent close to the beach and is great for beginner snorkelers (you'll even catch a glimpse of a pair of small squid!). There's a dive shop on site where you can rent chairs and snorkel gear, buy underwater cameras and chum. Taxis know this resort well, and unlike many islands where you have to prearrange a pickup when dropped off, when you are ready to leave Secret Harbour several taxis are lined up and waiting in front of the resort.
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==Other destinations==
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*'''Water Island'''  Across the bay from Charlotte Amalie, this small island has trails and an old sugar mill back from the slave days. Once a week (Mondays?) they put up a big sheet and show a movie on the beach at 9PM. The island has some cottages, but no real commercial establishments.
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===By car===
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There are plenty of rental car offices in the airport and around Charlotte Amalie. Traffic drives on the '''left''' side of the road, but most cars are left-hand drive cars imported from the U.S. Outside of Charlotte Amalie, the roads are mostly narrow and quite dangerous if you go too fast. Obey the speed limits and take the curves with caution. Local drivers are rather aggressive, and they speed around the turns and honk liberally, although the horn is used more often to say "hello" or "thank you" than express displeasure.
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Major routes are marked with two-digit route numbers (beginning with 3 and 4 on this island), and minor connectors get three-digit numbers. The sign of choice is black numbers on a white circle, the same as several states on the mainland. You generally should not stray off the numbered routes (except in Charlotte Amalie) unless you need to do so to go to your hotel or resort. Unlike St. John or St. Croix, all of St. Thomas' numbered routes are paved. However, the routes are not well signed on most of the southern half of the island, especially around Charlotte Amalie, and they are prone to suddenly turning off onto another road or changing numbers without notice.
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If you are planning to go on a driving tour, bring a good map, then, if you want any hope of following the numbered routes. Most rental car offices hand out a map with a rental; if you didn't get one, the same map can be picked up at most stores. The one in the back of your guidebook is likely not detailed enough. However, even if you do have a map, you may still have to ask a local for directions. If you are in this situation, be aware that any question such as "How do I get to Route 30?" will be almost universally met with a blank stare. The route numbers are mostly for tourist convenience; locals ''do not'' know the numbers, or even the road names in most cases. Often you will get directions such as "Turn left at the fork in the road, then right at the gas station."
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Ferries leave from Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook to other islands pretty much all day every couple of hours. There are information booths along the waterfront where you can get a schedule for the local ferries and a ferry terminal near French Town for the longer distances (BVI etc). For on-line schedules to plan your outing, try [http://virginislandsthisweek.com/st_thomas/st_thomas_ferry_schedules.html] for getting around the USVI, and [http://virginislandsthisweek.com/st_thomas_transportation/ferry_schedules.html] for reaching the British Virgin Islands.  If you are going to [[Saint John (Virgin Islands)|St. John]] it is much cheaper and faster to go from Red Hook.
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===By taxi===
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*'''Tourist taxis''' will take you anywhere at a premium, from one end of the island to the other. Airport to Red Hook is probably $30, from Charlotte Amalie to the Airport is about $15, and from Charlotte Amalie to Red Hook about $20. Agree to a price before you get in the car. Taxi prices are PER PERSON so a trip for 4 to Meagans bay for your group could easily run you $50 each way!  The big truck taxis will charge by the person, the legitimate taxis will have a meter, and the gypsy taxis will bid for your service and all of them will be waiting in crowds outside restaurants and bars after dark. There are approximately 3,000 taxis on the island, half gypsy (unlicensed).
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* '''Dollar taxis''' run from sunrise to sunset, whenever they feel like it. They have one route with set stops. If you want to ride one, ask someone where to wait for one. They look just like the tourist taxis, but they will be filled with locals instead of tourists. They go from the end of airport road to Sapphire Bay and back, one way. Yes, one way, it goes in a figure 8 from the Airport, through Charlotte Amalie to the mall in the middle, out to the east end, back to the mall and downtown again. If you go farther than the mall then it will cost you $2, for shorter trips only $1. The taxis run at random but frequently enough. The dollar taxis do not run all the way to the airport, so don't try it. Their last stop is near Brewers Bay, a good mile from the terminal.
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* '''Safari Cabs''' - Endless "safari cabs" (pickup trucks converted to offer 3-5 covered bench seats) go back and forth from downtown and ships' docks...per "Get In" above.  If you look like a tourist dockside or on the street downtown, you will be asked quite often but amiably if you need a ride.  The standard fee is $4 per person each way.
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'''General note''':  Everyone in the city uses their horns liberally...short toots for "hello".  They drive on the left side of the street and don't really follow the rules. They don't follow the rules about a lot of things, in fact they are very disorganized, but it can be charming.
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===Charlotte Amalie===
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[[Image:Charlotte_Amalie.jpg|thumb|View from Paradise Point]]
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*'''Paradise Point''' offers an excellent view of the harbor and Charlotte Amalie.  The Skyride takes about 5 minutes each way, and costs 18USD.  Up top is a short walking trail where many local flowers and birds can be found.
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*'''99 Steps''' constructed in the mid 1700s of brick brought from Denmark as ballast.
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*'''St. Thomas Synagogue''' the oldest synagogue under the flag of the United States of America.
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[[Image:Charlotte Amalie Harbor.jpg|thumb|Charlotte Amalie Harbor]]
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*'''Charlotte Amalie Harbor''' is one of the most beautiful harbors to be found anywhere. There are almost always lots of sailboats and yachts moored in the harbor, many with windmills spinning away. It's ringed by hills, and when there are several cruise ships docked, it can be quite a sight.
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*'''99 steps''' Built by the Danes in the mid 18th century, to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to build the steps were brought from Denmark as ballast in the hulls of sailing ships.
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*'''Coral World''' [http://coralworldvi.com], Coki Point ''northeast shore'' Spend the day at Coral World Ocean Park, one of St. Thomas’s Greatest Attractions. Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. View life on a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory. Pet a shark, hand feed a stingray or a rainbow lorikeet! There are several gift shops, cafes and shower facilities. Additional activities include brand new dive operations Snuba and Power Snorkel as well as the Sea Lion Splash, Sea Trek Helmet Dive, Shark and Turtle Encounters, Nautilus Semi-Sub, and Parasailing. Located next to Coki Beach. Open 9-5 daily, November - May. Summer schedule may vary.
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*'''Fort Christian''' A bright red Danish-build fort from the mid 1600s. Its museum has exhibits of historical photos and artifacts, furniture, a cane press, local flora and fauna and more. The fort's roof affords nice panoramic views of the harbor. Adults: $3, under 16 free.
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*'''St. Thomas Skyride to Paradise Point''', 9617 Estate Thomas ''HarborSide'', tel: 340-774-9809,[http://stthomasskyride.com]. Open 9AM-5PM when cruise ships are in port. A short walk from the West Indian Company cruise ship dock to the tram which takes you up to the top for fabulous views, a drink and maybe lunch. Skyride day pass: Adults $18, ages 6-12 $9, under 6 free.  If you have a car, you can drive to the shops/bar/cafe at the top.
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*'''Coral World''' (see Do above) for watersports or parasailing.
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*'''Mahogany Run Golf Course''', Mahogany Run Road, tel: 340-777-6250, [http://mahoganyrungolf.com/]. Beautiful 18 hole, 6,022-yard, par-70 course. Home of the "Devil's Triangle".
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*'''Captain Nautica Powerboat Charters''', Red Hook Plaza, tel: 340-715-3379, [http://captainnautica.com/]. Daily News "Best of the VI's" award for Best Charter Boat.
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*'''Scuba diving''', a number of operators offer guided scuba diving tours.  St Thomas has a number of particularly enjoyable wreck dives including the ''Miss Opportunity'', the ''WIT Shoal'' and the ''WIT Concrete''.  Most operators will pick up visitors from either nearby hotels or the cruise ship dock.
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*'''Reichhold Center for the Arts''', 2 John Brewers Bay, Phone: 340-693-1559, [http://reichholdcenter.com/].
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Eat a fresh coconut, there is an old man who comes to the tent market in Charlotte Amalie every day with a pickup truck full of coconuts and a machete and sells them for 2 or 3 dollars, you drink the milk and give it back and he gives it another crack so you can eat the "meat".
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In addition to offerings in resort complexes, a few independent restaurants include:
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* <eat name="Craig & Sally's" alt="" address="3525 Honduras" directions="Frenchtown" phone="+1 340 777-9949" email="" fax="" url="http://craigandsallys.com" hours="Lunch: W-F 11:30AM-3PM; dinner W-Su 5:30PM-10PM" price="$25-50">This 20-year-old restaurant is one of the island's nicest, and a pretty classic Frenchtown choice. It's fine dining, with the islands reputed "best steak," and a tapas menu that changes nightly. You'll find of the best wine lists in the islands. If you are hoping for an island-themed, kitschy-vacation place (or even simply a place with a view over the Caribbean), this is not that—it is quite simply an top-notch restaurant that happens to be located on Saint Thomas.</eat>
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* <eat name="Frenchtown Deli" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This hole-in-the-wall has an extensive lunch menu with delicious salads and sandwiches.  They also serve breakfast, and are located in Frenchtown, right next to Hook Line & Sinker.</eat>
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* <eat name="Gladys' Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Garden St (a narrow/quaint alleyway) between Main St and Veterans Dr, Royal Dane Mall" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="http://www.gladyscafe.com/" hours="7AM-5PM daily" price="">Offers tasty Caribbean and American dishes and a small bar, in a friendly atmosphere. She may sing along with the classical jazz recordings playing for background.</eat>
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* <eat name="Hook, Line, & Sinker" alt="" address="" directions="Frenchtown" phone="+1 340 776-9708" email="" fax="" url="http://hooklineandsinkervi.com" hours="Lunch: M-Sa 11:30AM-4PM; brunch: Su 10AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Sa 6PM-10PM" price="$14-37">Excellent food and friendly service right on the waterfront.  The swordfish is quite good.</eat>
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* <eat name="Mafolie Restaurant" alt="" address="7091 Estate Mafolie" directions="" phone="+1 340 774-2790" email="" fax="" url="http://www.mafolie.com/st-thomas-restaurants.aspx" hours="5PM-10PM daily (bar: 5PM-11PM)" price="$35-70">The food, classic American surf and turf, emphasis on the surf, is very good but not up to par with and more expensive than what you can find at a select few high end Saint Thomas restaurants. But the view really is magnificent. You will sit on a hill with a perfectly centered/framed view overlooking Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Harbor, and Hassel Island. As such, this is a much better option for an early dinner, as the value of the view sets along with the sun.</eat>
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* <eat name="Oceana" alt="" address="8 Honduras" directions="Frenchtown, right on the water" phone="+1 340 774-4262" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Tu-Su 5:30PM-10PM" price="$35-65">Particularly nice at sunset.  Excellent seafood, can be expensive.</eat>
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* <eat name="Rancho Latino" alt="" address="" directions="Vitraco Mall at Havensight" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Tasty Dominican (think Spanish-Caribbean) cuisine in a casual spot surrounded by tourist traps near the cruise ships.</eat>
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* <eat name="Room with a View" alt="" address="" directions="In Bluebeard's Castle" phone="+1 340 774-2377" email="" fax="" url="http://roomwithaviewvi.com" hours="M-Sa 5PM-10PM" price="$28-70">Just outside of town, great steaks and seafood, and often considered the finest dining on the island. Nice view, too.</eat>
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* <eat name="Shawny's Shack" alt="" address="5331 Yacht Haven Grand" directions="Yacht Haven" phone="+1 340 344-9814" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A kiosk serving tasty West Indian food to the people taking a break from serving the tourists food. So yes, this is very much a locals' place. But don't get in the way during their lunch break—they need to get back to work quickly!</eat>
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* <eat name="Thirteen" alt="" address="13A Estate Dorothea" directions="On Crown Mountain Rd" phone="+1 340 774-6800" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="$25-55">Generally considered one of the island's top foodie destinations, Thirteen is hard as hell to find if you aren't simply taking a cab. It's on the north side of the island, and pretty far up, making for a distinctly cool, if not chilly breeze while you eat your meal. The decor is laid back, cool, and stylish, while not competing with the flashy, upscale Contemporary American cuisine for your attention. Service is uncommonly on-point for the island! Reservations are a must.</eat>
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* <eat name="Victor's New Hideout" alt="" address="" directions="On a hillside overlooking Crown Bay from the west. " phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="http://www.victorsnewhideout.com/" hours="" price="">Offers tasty Caribbean cooking with a beautiful view and fresh breezes.  Tricky to get to, not really walkable, but locals know how to reach it, and worth the effort.</eat>
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* <eat name="Havana Blue" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Wikked" alt="" address="" directions="Yacht Haven" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Bella Blu" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Ideal Roti" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Eileen's Roti" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
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* <eat name="Delly Deck" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+1 340" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Cheap(ish) good breakfast!</eat>
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—Greenhouse — laid back, cheap, Frenchtown, classic
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—Epernay — wine & champagne bar, classy
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—Iggie's — fun beach bar at Bolongo
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—XO Bistro — nicer spot at Red Hook
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—Jack's — wings & live music on thursdays - Tillet Gardens (art center)
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—Duffy's -- party -- Red Hook
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National Geographic derides the island as "One big ugly jewelry store".
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There are several small internet cafes located around the island as well as connections offered by the larger resort hotels.  Havensight has two and Crown Bay one that cater to ships' crews; they are open to the public.
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Cell phones can be used in most places, with some spotty coverage in the shadows of mountains and hills.  All cells support technology used in the U.S.  Calls to the U.S. are treated as long-distance, not international, for most carriers.  Generally, calls are standard rate for those on nationwide plans with AT&T and Sprint.  Also, data coverage with AT&T and Sprint are similar to mainland coverage, with no roaming charges.  Verizon data service is non-existent, and voice service is considered international, charged at a rate of $1.99 per minute.  Check with your wireless provider before making calls.

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Regions

  • Magen's Bay - The most famous feature, besides the shopping, on the island. Directly across on the northern side from Charlotte Amalie, a crescent shaped bay with a mile of white sand and several bars and small stores. Taxis from downtown cost about 15 dollars, and if there are any cruise ships on the day you go, you can bet it will have at least a few beached white tourist fish. The trip to Magen's Bay (and back) can pass Mountain Top, with a mass of souvenir offerings and a great view of Magen's Bay and beyond; enjoy a banana daiquiri (invented there), but don't let it ruin your day! Continuing return to Charlotte Amalie offers excellent mountainside views of the harbor.
  • Hull Bay - The next bay to the west of Magen's, on the Atlantic ocean, and in the winter there is the island's only surfing. There is a shop where you can rent boards, but in typical island style, you would be lucky to catch the owner there to rent you one. Better to call ahead a few days and leave a message.
  • Brewer's Bay - Beautiful small beach near the University, especially nice at sunset. The landing strip for the airport is right on the other side, and the sun sets somewhere out in the middle.
  • Sapphire Beach - Beach resort, open to the public but you can stay there too if that is where you want to be. Nice beach, rent a snorkel and check out the nice clear water and coral. There are a couple of bars and a swimming pool, sometimes a live band at night, if you haven't had a BBC (Bailey's, banana, coconut) they are pretty tasty.
  • Coki Beach - The best snorkeling beach on St. Thomas. Normal underwater visibility of 100+ feet! Great beach for kids to learn to snorkel. It's very calm and you can feed the fish in about 3-4 feet of water if you want to. They sell dog treats to feed to the fish and it's really cool to see them swarm you for one. Beware of the locals though, you will be asked if you want to buy something 20 times before you make it to the beach, once there you are pretty much left alone though. If you take a tourist taxi to Coki Beach (they have awnings) you must be sure to take the same driver on return trip. If you try to take a different driver, nasty arguments can happen. Get the name of the driver who took you and make a time for pickup and return. There are no food facilities at Coki Beach, so be sure to plan for this. There is food available on the beach. People walk around with small menues asking if you want anything to eat. There is also a smoothie stand that only makes all natural smoothies for $7.
  • Secret Harbour - This is a private resort, but they allow visitors to use the beach. Not so for the chairs, which must be rented from a very diligent attendant. There are a number of rather large iguanas that wander around the property. They are not pet material, and usually run off if approached. Howver, some people have received bad bites from them. There is a very nice restaurant on the beach called the Blue Moon; not only was the food reasonably-priced and delicious, it's one of the few places that will give you free soda refills, and you can't beat the view. Their Bloody Mary is a must try as it's rimmed with a spicy Caribbean seasoning. The snorkeling was decent close to the beach and is great for beginner snorkelers (you'll even catch a glimpse of a pair of small squid!). There's a dive shop on site where you can rent chairs and snorkel gear, buy underwater cameras and chum. Taxis know this resort well, and unlike many islands where you have to prearrange a pickup when dropped off, when you are ready to leave Secret Harbour several taxis are lined up and waiting in front of the resort.

Other destinations

  • Water Island Across the bay from Charlotte Amalie, this small island has trails and an old sugar mill back from the slave days. Once a week (Mondays?) they put up a big sheet and show a movie on the beach at 9PM. The island has some cottages, but no real commercial establishments.


By car

There are plenty of rental car offices in the airport and around Charlotte Amalie. Traffic drives on the left side of the road, but most cars are left-hand drive cars imported from the U.S. Outside of Charlotte Amalie, the roads are mostly narrow and quite dangerous if you go too fast. Obey the speed limits and take the curves with caution. Local drivers are rather aggressive, and they speed around the turns and honk liberally, although the horn is used more often to say "hello" or "thank you" than express displeasure.

Major routes are marked with two-digit route numbers (beginning with 3 and 4 on this island), and minor connectors get three-digit numbers. The sign of choice is black numbers on a white circle, the same as several states on the mainland. You generally should not stray off the numbered routes (except in Charlotte Amalie) unless you need to do so to go to your hotel or resort. Unlike St. John or St. Croix, all of St. Thomas' numbered routes are paved. However, the routes are not well signed on most of the southern half of the island, especially around Charlotte Amalie, and they are prone to suddenly turning off onto another road or changing numbers without notice.

If you are planning to go on a driving tour, bring a good map, then, if you want any hope of following the numbered routes. Most rental car offices hand out a map with a rental; if you didn't get one, the same map can be picked up at most stores. The one in the back of your guidebook is likely not detailed enough. However, even if you do have a map, you may still have to ask a local for directions. If you are in this situation, be aware that any question such as "How do I get to Route 30?" will be almost universally met with a blank stare. The route numbers are mostly for tourist convenience; locals do not know the numbers, or even the road names in most cases. Often you will get directions such as "Turn left at the fork in the road, then right at the gas station."

By ferries

Ferries leave from Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook to other islands pretty much all day every couple of hours. There are information booths along the waterfront where you can get a schedule for the local ferries and a ferry terminal near French Town for the longer distances (BVI etc). For on-line schedules to plan your outing, try [1] for getting around the USVI, and [2] for reaching the British Virgin Islands. If you are going to St. John it is much cheaper and faster to go from Red Hook.

By taxi

  • Tourist taxis will take you anywhere at a premium, from one end of the island to the other. Airport to Red Hook is probably $30, from Charlotte Amalie to the Airport is about $15, and from Charlotte Amalie to Red Hook about $20. Agree to a price before you get in the car. Taxi prices are PER PERSON so a trip for 4 to Meagans bay for your group could easily run you $50 each way! The big truck taxis will charge by the person, the legitimate taxis will have a meter, and the gypsy taxis will bid for your service and all of them will be waiting in crowds outside restaurants and bars after dark. There are approximately 3,000 taxis on the island, half gypsy (unlicensed).
  • Dollar taxis run from sunrise to sunset, whenever they feel like it. They have one route with set stops. If you want to ride one, ask someone where to wait for one. They look just like the tourist taxis, but they will be filled with locals instead of tourists. They go from the end of airport road to Sapphire Bay and back, one way. Yes, one way, it goes in a figure 8 from the Airport, through Charlotte Amalie to the mall in the middle, out to the east end, back to the mall and downtown again. If you go farther than the mall then it will cost you $2, for shorter trips only $1. The taxis run at random but frequently enough. The dollar taxis do not run all the way to the airport, so don't try it. Their last stop is near Brewers Bay, a good mile from the terminal.
  • Safari Cabs - Endless "safari cabs" (pickup trucks converted to offer 3-5 covered bench seats) go back and forth from downtown and ships' docks...per "Get In" above. If you look like a tourist dockside or on the street downtown, you will be asked quite often but amiably if you need a ride. The standard fee is $4 per person each way.

General note: Everyone in the city uses their horns liberally...short toots for "hello". They drive on the left side of the street and don't really follow the rules. They don't follow the rules about a lot of things, in fact they are very disorganized, but it can be charming.


See

Charlotte Amalie

View from Paradise Point
  • Paradise Point offers an excellent view of the harbor and Charlotte Amalie. The Skyride takes about 5 minutes each way, and costs 18USD. Up top is a short walking trail where many local flowers and birds can be found.
  • 99 Steps constructed in the mid 1700s of brick brought from Denmark as ballast.
  • St. Thomas Synagogue the oldest synagogue under the flag of the United States of America.
Charlotte Amalie Harbor
  • Charlotte Amalie Harbor is one of the most beautiful harbors to be found anywhere. There are almost always lots of sailboats and yachts moored in the harbor, many with windmills spinning away. It's ringed by hills, and when there are several cruise ships docked, it can be quite a sight.
  • 99 steps Built by the Danes in the mid 18th century, to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to build the steps were brought from Denmark as ballast in the hulls of sailing ships.

Outside the city

  • Coral World [3], Coki Point northeast shore Spend the day at Coral World Ocean Park, one of St. Thomas’s Greatest Attractions. Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. View life on a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory. Pet a shark, hand feed a stingray or a rainbow lorikeet! There are several gift shops, cafes and shower facilities. Additional activities include brand new dive operations Snuba and Power Snorkel as well as the Sea Lion Splash, Sea Trek Helmet Dive, Shark and Turtle Encounters, Nautilus Semi-Sub, and Parasailing. Located next to Coki Beach. Open 9-5 daily, November - May. Summer schedule may vary.
  • Fort Christian A bright red Danish-build fort from the mid 1600s. Its museum has exhibits of historical photos and artifacts, furniture, a cane press, local flora and fauna and more. The fort's roof affords nice panoramic views of the harbor. Adults: $3, under 16 free.

Do

  • St. Thomas Skyride to Paradise Point, 9617 Estate Thomas HarborSide, tel: 340-774-9809,[4]. Open 9AM-5PM when cruise ships are in port. A short walk from the West Indian Company cruise ship dock to the tram which takes you up to the top for fabulous views, a drink and maybe lunch. Skyride day pass: Adults $18, ages 6-12 $9, under 6 free. If you have a car, you can drive to the shops/bar/cafe at the top.
  • Coral World (see Do above) for watersports or parasailing.
  • Mahogany Run Golf Course, Mahogany Run Road, tel: 340-777-6250, [5]. Beautiful 18 hole, 6,022-yard, par-70 course. Home of the "Devil's Triangle".
  • Captain Nautica Powerboat Charters, Red Hook Plaza, tel: 340-715-3379, [6]. Daily News "Best of the VI's" award for Best Charter Boat.
  • Scuba diving, a number of operators offer guided scuba diving tours. St Thomas has a number of particularly enjoyable wreck dives including the Miss Opportunity, the WIT Shoal and the WIT Concrete. Most operators will pick up visitors from either nearby hotels or the cruise ship dock.
  • Reichhold Center for the Arts, 2 John Brewers Bay, Phone: 340-693-1559, [7].


Eat

Eat a fresh coconut, there is an old man who comes to the tent market in Charlotte Amalie every day with a pickup truck full of coconuts and a machete and sells them for 2 or 3 dollars, you drink the milk and give it back and he gives it another crack so you can eat the "meat".

In addition to offerings in resort complexes, a few independent restaurants include:

  • Craig & Sally's, 3525 Honduras (Frenchtown), +1 340 777-9949, [8]. Lunch: W-F 11:30AM-3PM; dinner W-Su 5:30PM-10PM. This 20-year-old restaurant is one of the island's nicest, and a pretty classic Frenchtown choice. It's fine dining, with the islands reputed "best steak," and a tapas menu that changes nightly. You'll find of the best wine lists in the islands. If you are hoping for an island-themed, kitschy-vacation place (or even simply a place with a view over the Caribbean), this is not that—it is quite simply an top-notch restaurant that happens to be located on Saint Thomas. $25-50.
  • Frenchtown Deli, +1 340. This hole-in-the-wall has an extensive lunch menu with delicious salads and sandwiches. They also serve breakfast, and are located in Frenchtown, right next to Hook Line & Sinker.
  • Gladys' Cafe, (Garden St (a narrow/quaint alleyway) between Main St and Veterans Dr, Royal Dane Mall), +1 340, [9]. 7AM-5PM daily. Offers tasty Caribbean and American dishes and a small bar, in a friendly atmosphere. She may sing along with the classical jazz recordings playing for background.
  • Hook, Line, & Sinker, (Frenchtown), +1 340 776-9708, [10]. Lunch: M-Sa 11:30AM-4PM; brunch: Su 10AM-2:30PM; dinner: M-Sa 6PM-10PM. Excellent food and friendly service right on the waterfront. The swordfish is quite good. $14-37.
  • Mafolie Restaurant, 7091 Estate Mafolie, +1 340 774-2790, [11]. 5PM-10PM daily (bar: 5PM-11PM). The food, classic American surf and turf, emphasis on the surf, is very good but not up to par with and more expensive than what you can find at a select few high end Saint Thomas restaurants. But the view really is magnificent. You will sit on a hill with a perfectly centered/framed view overlooking Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas Harbor, and Hassel Island. As such, this is a much better option for an early dinner, as the value of the view sets along with the sun. $35-70.
  • Oceana, 8 Honduras (Frenchtown, right on the water), +1 340 774-4262. Tu-Su 5:30PM-10PM. Particularly nice at sunset. Excellent seafood, can be expensive. $35-65.
  • Rancho Latino, (Vitraco Mall at Havensight), +1 340. Tasty Dominican (think Spanish-Caribbean) cuisine in a casual spot surrounded by tourist traps near the cruise ships.
  • Room with a View, (In Bluebeard's Castle), +1 340 774-2377, [12]. M-Sa 5PM-10PM. Just outside of town, great steaks and seafood, and often considered the finest dining on the island. Nice view, too. $28-70.
  • Shawny's Shack, 5331 Yacht Haven Grand (Yacht Haven), +1 340 344-9814. A kiosk serving tasty West Indian food to the people taking a break from serving the tourists food. So yes, this is very much a locals' place. But don't get in the way during their lunch break—they need to get back to work quickly!
  • Thirteen, 13A Estate Dorothea (On Crown Mountain Rd), +1 340 774-6800. Generally considered one of the island's top foodie destinations, Thirteen is hard as hell to find if you aren't simply taking a cab. It's on the north side of the island, and pretty far up, making for a distinctly cool, if not chilly breeze while you eat your meal. The decor is laid back, cool, and stylish, while not competing with the flashy, upscale Contemporary American cuisine for your attention. Service is uncommonly on-point for the island! Reservations are a must. $25-55.
  • Victor's New Hideout, (On a hillside overlooking Crown Bay from the west.), +1 340, [13]. Offers tasty Caribbean cooking with a beautiful view and fresh breezes. Tricky to get to, not really walkable, but locals know how to reach it, and worth the effort.


  • Agave Terrace, +1 340.
  • Havana Blue, +1 340.
  • Wikked, (Yacht Haven), +1 340.
  • Molly Molones.
  • Bella Blu.
  • Ideal Roti, +1 340.
  • Eileen's Roti, +1 340.
  • Delly Deck, +1 340. Cheap(ish) good breakfast!

Drink

—Fungi's —Mojo's Rum & Surf Shack — Port of Sale Mall, Havensight — good tiki hut

—Greenhouse — laid back, cheap, Frenchtown, classic —Epernay — wine & champagne bar, classy —Iggie's — fun beach bar at Bolongo —XO Bistro — nicer spot at Red Hook —Jack's — wings & live music on thursdays - Tillet Gardens (art center) —Duffy's -- party -- Red Hook —the saint -- nightclub —Great Bay Lounge (cigars & drinks) at the Ritz —Azur Pool Bar; Rum Bar at Marriott Frenchman's Ree


National Geographic derides the island as "One big ugly jewelry store".

Contact

barefoot buddha — internet cafe across from havensight mall

There are several small internet cafes located around the island as well as connections offered by the larger resort hotels. Havensight has two and Crown Bay one that cater to ships' crews; they are open to the public.

Cell phones can be used in most places, with some spotty coverage in the shadows of mountains and hills. All cells support technology used in the U.S. Calls to the U.S. are treated as long-distance, not international, for most carriers. Generally, calls are standard rate for those on nationwide plans with AT&T and Sprint. Also, data coverage with AT&T and Sprint are similar to mainland coverage, with no roaming charges. Verizon data service is non-existent, and voice service is considered international, charged at a rate of $1.99 per minute. Check with your wireless provider before making calls.

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