Favorite Romantic Vacation Spot #30: St. Thomas

Marshall chose a great place for his favorite romantic vacation spot: St. Thomas. And since Gigi was there a few years ago on a romantic cruise, she totally agrees with him. Even though she only got to spend a few hours there, Gigi would go back in a heart beat. It was simply beautiful, and romantic for just a few hours… so she can imagine how much better more time there would be.

As it is a Caribbean island, most of the appeal of St. Thomas are its beautiful beaches… crystal clear turquoise waters, and pure white sand… so clean and free of pollution. Gigi’s favorite beach was Coki beach. They took an open island bus to it, ate delicious fresh fish right on the beach, and snorkeled to their heart’s content. Gigi even got her hair braided right on the beach.

If you like scuba diving, this is the perfect place to do it. Gigi has never tried it, and probably never will. She is slightly claustrophobic and even snorkeling can give her the willies. Yet I am sure that for many others this is a great activity, and the fish and underwater plants you see will be well worth it.

Gigi personally prefers to simply sunbathe or swim while on a tropical island. She loves reading to, so has no worries if her man wants to go scuba diving without her. She knows that at night he will be back, and will be hers. With so many beautiful beaches to choose from, Gigi would have a wonderful time.

The shopping in St. Thomas is also incredible. There are so many stalls where you can buy jewelry, beach clothing, and so much more. It is a great place to buy diamonds too. Gigi actually got to try one on, but it was beyond their budget, and of course, she never did get that ring… It was still fun to window shop diamonds on her finger.

Gigi googled some more information on St. Thomas, so here it is:

Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.

Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Charlotte Amalie (named for a Danish Queen) is where the ships dock and the white and pastel houses are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings, is a world-famous shopping center.

When walking in St. Thomas, you will see the bustle of Main Street, and cool emerald hills. Look also for the view from Mountain Top. The spiral of winding streets from the base of Savan. The quiet French countryside feeling on the far side of the island. Hoteliers offer accommodations to suit all tastes.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands offer an abundance of fun activities from sightseeing, boat charters, day sails, kayaking, BVI excursions, fishing, island tours, guided snorkeling trips, scuba diving and more.

Beaches to visit:

Bolongo Bay
Located on the south shore of the island at the Bolongo Beach Resort, this beach offers a variety of watersports and beach toy rentals.

Brewer’s Bay
Located near the University of the Virgin Islands campus, Brewer’s Bay is a family favorite for weekend picnics and gatherings. Visitors can relax in the shallow waters or sunbathe on the wide shore.

Coki Beach
Located on Coki Point, this white sand beach with crystal clear water offers excellent snorkeling and diving. Beachside eateries serve picnic table fare including burgers, sandwiches and some local dishes. There is a dive shop, jet ski rental and several vendors renting snorkel gear, beach chairs and floats. Right next to Coral World Ocean Park, it’s easy to make a day of visiting both attractions.

Hull Bay
A favorite beach for local fishermen, families and surfers. It offers the best surfing on St. Thomas when there is a north swell. Located on the north side, west of Magens Bay.

Lindbergh Bay
Named after the famous aviator who landed nearby in 1928, this tranquil bay is flanked by three hotels, palm trees and sea grapes that line the shore.

Lindquist Beach
One of St. Thomas’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, Lindquist Beach is situated on the east end of the island. The water is crystal-clear and typically calm. The left side of the beach is great for snorkeling.

Magens Bay
St. Thomas’s most popular beach, this beautiful one-mile stretch is a public park and was donated to the people of the Virgin Islands by Arthur Fairchild. The water is usually very calm in this heart-shaped protected bay. Beach chairs and floats are available for rent and burgers, pizzas and other snacks can be found at the snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty every day.

Morning Star Beach
Located at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Resort, this beach offers a restaurant and bar, watersports rentals and a scenic view of the cruise ships sailing through the harbor.

Sapphire Beach
The sapphire-blue waters here are great for snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and more. The beach is located on the east end at Sapphire Beach Resort.

Secret Harbour Beach
A calm, quiet beach located at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, this beach has a floating swim platform and beach chairs available for rent.

Historical Sites:

99 Steps
These steps were built by the Danes in the mid-1700s who found “step-streets” to be the easiest way to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to construct the steps were originally brought from Denmark as ballast in the holds of trading ships. There are actually 103 steps.

Blackbeard’s Castle
This watchtower, originally named Skytsborg (Sky Tower) by the Danes, was built in 1679. According to legend, the infamous pirate Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard, used the tower to watch for ships entering the harbor.

Bluebeard’s Castle
A Danish fortress built in 1689, Bluebeard’s Castle is named after the fictitious pirate, Bluebeard, who was said to have built the castle to lock away his beautiful wife.

Camille Pissarro Gallery
The father of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro was born and raised in Charlotte Amalie. His childhood home is now an art gallery featuring artwork from dozens of artists including Camille Pissarro himself.

Drake’s Seat
One of the island’s best lookouts, Drake’s Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U. S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. Explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have kept watch on his fleet from this vantage point, marked by a seat across the road from the parking area.

Fort Christian & Museum
Constructed in 1680, Fort Christian was built to defend the Danish settlement. This National Historic Landmark is the oldest building in continuous use on St. Thomas and also served as the governor’s residence, a place of worship, a police station and now a museum.
Phone: 340-776-4566

Frederick Lutheran Church
Home to the oldest Lutheran congregation in the Virgin Islands, this revivalist style structure was completed in 1844.

French Heritage Museum
This small museum, located in Frenchtown, chronicles the influence of the French in the Caribbean. Residents have donated some 275 artifacts to help demonstrate this lasting French presence. The museum also has a computer that stores the genealogies of local families.

Government House
Constructed in 1867 as the meeting place for the Danish Colonial Council, Government House is used today as the Governor’s Office. Visitors are welcome.

Haagensen House
Built in 1827 in the grand Charlotte Amalie town residence style, it was the original home of Danish banker Hans Haagensen and his wife Sarah Julia Magens (related to the Magens that had their plantation on the now-famous Magens Bay Beach). Hans and Sarah raised their nine children in this house.

Hassel Island
Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, this treasured island is home to numerous historical structures including Danish & British Military Forts from the Napoleonic era, the world’s largest Steam Engine powered Marine Railway and an idyllic snorkeling beach. Virgin Islands Ecotours offers daily kayak, hike & snorkel tours, full & half day and are the only permitted concession to bring visitors to explore the St Thomas of yesterday.

Market Square
Located at the end of Main Street, the square is the original site of a busy slave market. Today it serves as a market center for local vendors of fruit, vegetables, spices and fish.

Seven Arches Museum
Once a Danish residence, it was built in the 19th century featuring seven arches to support the staircase. Today it continues to be a residence as well as a museum filled with West Indian mahogany furniture and other antiques.

St. Thomas Synagogue
Built in 1796 by Sephardic Jews, the St. Thomas Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. People of all faiths are welcome to visit the sand-floored interior of this National Historic Landmark.

Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Built in 1848, this stunning cathedral serves as the seat of the Territory’s Roman Catholic Diocese. Mural paintings on the ceiling depict more than 12 major scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Complimentary tours available by appointment. 340-774-0201.

Family fun:

Coral World Ocean Park
One of St. Thomas’s greatest attractions, Coral World has long been a favorite among visitors and residents. Park goers can swim with sea lions, Sea Trek along the ocean floor, encounter turtles, sharks and stingrays, feed the lorikeets, snuba and more. Other highlights include the Undersea Observatory Tower built 30 feet underwater and the Marine Gardens gallery of 21 aquariums.
Toll Free: 888-695 -2073
Phone: 340-775-1555
www.coralworldvi.com

Mahogany Run Golf Course
The George and Tom Fazio designed course offers 18 challenging holes culminating in the spectacular “Devil’s Triangle,” the world-renowned signature holes on the Atlantic Ocean. The pro shop is fully stocked with equipment, accessories and rentals.
Toll Free: 800-253-7103
Phone: 340-777-6260
www.mahoganyrungolf.com

St. Peter Mountain Greathouse & Botanical Gardens
Nestled high in the volcanic peaks of St. Thomas, this site was originally part of the 150-acre Plantation St. Peter. Today, the Greathouse displays examples of West Indian architecture and furniture. The lush Botanical Gardens and nature trail feature streaming waterfalls, tropical bird aviaries, fish ponds, more than 20 varieties of orchids and 150 species of Caribbean plants and fruits.
Phone: 340-774-4999
www.greathouse-mountaintop.com

St. Thomas Skyride
Carrying 24 passengers every seven minutes along its 8-tower ascent of Flag Hill, St. Thomas Skyride whisks visitors up to 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie for some of the most dramatic views in the Caribbean. Once at the pinnacle, guests can enjoy shopping and dining, watch a bird show, hike a nature trail or hop on the Sky Jump trampoline. Don’t forget to try the famous Baileys Bushwacker!
Phone: 340-774-9809
www.paradisepointtramway.com

The Butterfly Farm
This butterfly oasis is conveniently located at the WICO cruise ship dock in Havensight Mall. Visitors will enjoy the beauty of the farm and the colorful species of butterflies from around the world.
Phone: 340-715-3366
www.thebutterflyfarm.com

Tillett Gardens
Developed as an artists’ center by renowned silkscreen artist Jim Tillett, this center features an art gallery, local arts and crafts, a potters studio, jewelers, candle makers, painters and a community theater.
Phone: 340-775-1929
www.tillettgardens.com

VI Christian Ministries Bowling Center
This family oriented center features bowling, pool tables, arcade games and refreshments.
Phone: 340-774-4904

VI Ecotours
Kayak, hike and snorkel the picturesque Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary & Marine Preserve. Explore a deserted island, mangrove forests and snorkel clear protected waters.
Toll Free: 877-845-2925
Phone: 340-779-2155
www.viecotours.com

Winners Miniature Golf & Family Entertainment
Located at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa, this family entertainment center features a nine-hole miniature golf course, bumper boats, video games, gift shop and is also available for birthday parties.
Phone: 340-777-7100 ext. 2652
www.winnersminigolf.com

There you go… Gigi just did all the research for you… now go enjoy and send us a postcard!!

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