St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Shoppers, Adventure Seekers

  • St. Thomas—a 32-square-mile island in the Caribbean—is a part of the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with St. John and St. Croix, as well as many other smaller islands.
  • Often referred to as the most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is a shopper’s paradise, with designer boutiques, artisanal handicrafts, and more.
  • It’s also home to some of the most pristine sands in the Caribbean; Magens Bay, in particular, is a calm, protected bay perfect for swimming and lounging.
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One of the most developed isles in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas beckons with white-sand beaches, a lush mountain interior, and bustling towns. Visit the lively port of Charlotte Amalie to peruse designer boutiques and art galleries (no sales tax here!), tucked into the pastel-hued, 18th-century buildings surrounding the harbor. Main Street is the place to shop for island trinkets, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Magens Bay is one of the best beaches on the island, a postcard-worthy stretch of sugary sand where you can swim and snorkel in the warm Caribbean waters. Hop on a boat to Water Island, just off the southwest coast of St. Thomas, to enjoy secluded spots like Honeymoon Beach.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
  • Currency
    U.S. dollar
  • Language
  • Time Zone
    Same as NYC
  • Average Temperature
    84℉ in summer; 79℉ in winter

Destination Highlights

  • Lindquist Beach

    Known as one of St. Thomas’s most beautiful beaches, Lindquist Beach sits amid a protected, 21-acre preserve called Smith Bay Park. Enjoy warm, turquoise water and shallow tide pools.

  • Fort Christian

    One of the oldest-standing structures in the Virgin Islands, Fort Christian dates back to the 15th century, when it was operated by the Danish military. Learn more about the island’s history in the fort museum.

  • Drake’s Seat

    Take in sweeping views of the coastline from Drake’s Seat, named after 16th-century British explorer Sir Francis Drake, who—according to legend—once perched here to watch his fleet in Magens Bay below.



  • Forecasting Your St. Thomas Vacation

    St. Thomas enjoys a mild year-round climate—slightly warmer in the summer months, slightly cooler in the winter months, with temperatures hovering around the mid-70s and low 80s most of the year. From September to November, the island receives the most rain, with an average precipitation in the fall around five inches per month. St. Thomas is driest in February and March, on average.


Map of St. Thomas

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