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Ideal for: Beach Lovers, Shoppers, Adventure Seekers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.