St John, St Croix, St Thomas and Water Island make up the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Although St Croix is larger than other islands in the chain, it still only comes in at 81km², which is good news if you're up to exploring this lush and exotic landscape. St Thomas offers great shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island's world-renowned golf course, the picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. A yachter's paradise, St. Thomas also has one of the busiest ports in the West Indies. As far as its beaches go, they are, in a word, incredible, with the crème de la crème located on the shores of spectacular Magens Bay. Hailed as one of the world's most beautiful, this breathtaking bay along St. Thomas' rugged north coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
The Breathing Observation Submersible Scooter, or B.O.S.S., is an amazing way to get a comfortable glimpse of St. Thomas' incredible underwater universe. The B.O.S.S. is a motorized scooter that has been custom-built to explore the complex and wondrous underwater world in an exciting and dry way.
These acclaimed eco-tours tours pack kayaking, hiking and even snorkeling into a unforgettably fun and educating experience. In fact there is no better way to explore St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon Wildlife Sanctuary and Marine Reserve, Hassel Island and the bucolic Caneel Bay.
St. Thomas is the U.S Virgin Islands' top destination for corporate conferences, meetings and incentive programs designed to relax your company's 'cream of the crop'. There's no shortage of state-of-the-art presentation and conference facilities here and many of the Caribbean's top event planners are based on the island, so rest easy as your function will be in good hands.
This is also the perfect place to host your destination wedding, be it an intimate beachfront affair with your closest loved ones or a larger party, best suited for an elegant reception hall. The most capable wedding planners are on hand to take care of all necessary details before you even arrive for your big day.
Dining on St. Thomas is considered the most ambitious in the West Indies. You'll find innovative and eclectic variations on Caribbean, Italian, Mexican and Asian dishes in and around the capital of Charlotte Amalie. The best local Caribbean dishes on the island feature fresh seafood specialties such as spicy Creole takes on yellowtail, lobster and "ole wife". Seeing how St. Thomas is, after all, an American collectivity, they know how to whip up a good Texas-style barbecue as well; many renowned BBQ "pits" can be found throughout the island serving up mouth-watering ribs.
St. Thomas has a fairly quiet nightlife but if you are looking for something a little more lively, head west out of Charlotte Amalie to Frenchtown. This colourful village hosts all the best taverns and local live entertainment spots.
When you're not lying on the sands of the magnificent Magens Bay (a beach nestled between two postcard-perfect mountains), you should spend a bit of time wandering the lovely streets of Charlotte Amalie. The capital of St. Thomas is adorned with red-capped homes and is considered to be one of the Caribbean's most handsome towns. For sailing enthusiasts look no further than the Red Hook port and Yacht Haven Marina (both in Charlotte Amalie) to charter anything from your own private catamaran, skiff, keelboat, mid-size vessel or personal yacht. The southeastern coast of St. Thomas is known for its reefs and ideal diving and snorkeling conditions. Check out The Cow and Calf Rocks area on the island's south shore; it offers pristine reefs, coral tunnels and caves, as well ancient coral encrusted boulders.
St. Thomas is the major hub of activity and main cruise and sailing port-of-call for the rest of the heavenly Virgin Islands and the entire West Indies. St. Thomas is small but has a well-organized infrastructure that easily handles any and traffic. And while it does get busy, especially when a cruise ship docks, it's easy to escape an incoming the crowds, as there are many secluded beaches and quiet p seaside villages waiting for you. The shopping, dining and entertainment options in Charlotte Amalie and Frenchtown are first-class, and sleepy hamlets such as St. John and Red Hook offer a peaceful respite from the crowds.