St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands Cruise Port
St. Thomas is a cruise port that offers something for everyone, and maybe that’s why nearly every ship that sails in the Eastern Caribbean stops here. The island was in the possession of the Danish from 1666 until 1917, when it was purchased by the United States for its strategic location to protect the Panama Canal. When you visit you’ll see remnants of the Danish rule, but you’ll feel the Caribbean spirit much more with the bright sunshine and blue waters. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is touristier with shops, but if you take a cab ride to spots like Red Hook and Frenchtown you’ll find more everyday life. Highlighted below are a handful of our most highly recommended experiences for cruising to St. Thomas, USVI:
Spend the day at Magens Bay Beach. This spot has been consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. The white sand that takes a crescent shape around the water is certainly inviting.
Take a cable car ride to Paradise Point for an incredible view of the harbor and the Charlotte Amalie area. The Skyride is a 5 minute trip where you can get some incredible pictures.
Learn a little about the island’s culture of freedom of religion when you visit the St. Thomas Synagogue. This is the oldest synagogue in the United States and has some interesting features, like a floor covered in sand.
Pet a shark at Coral World Ocean Park. This facility gives you an understanding of the water that surrounds St. Thomas and the rest of the Caribbean. You can also encounter turtles and feed a stingray.