Visiting St. Thomas

Shimmering bays, powdery white beaches, towering green hills, languorous climate, cosmopolitan lifestyle, unsurpassed shopping - this is St. Thomas. Nature's beauty and man's bounty all rolled into one. The second largest of the United States Virgin Islands, St. Thomas spans 32 square miles of absolute gorgeous tropical splendor. The Island embraces the Atlantic Ocean on the North side and the Caribbean Sea on the South. Its Mountainous peaks rise to 1,550 feet above the sea level, providing breathtaking views from almost every direction. The capital of the Virgin Islands is Charlotte Amalie, a charming and gracious town named in 1692 for the Queen of Denmark. A natural deep-water port, it has one of the most stunningly beautiful harbors in the world. Green hills dotted with homes rise above it, and to the north, away from town, spans a lush, tropical terrain graced by the picturesque beauty of Magen's Bay Beach.

And in the midst of all the beauty is an island that knows how to have fun. St. Thomas is definitely the liveliest of the three Virgins with diversions that include everything from sightseeing and shopping to sailing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and kayaking. Or simply pick a warm sandy spot and "cool" out. Go on a treasure hunt in our beautiful duty free shops, hear steel pans play in the park, buy local crafts and art. Take a walking tour, go for a hike, visit a botanical garden or play a round of golf. Touch a starfish or lock eyes with a shark at Coral World's magnificent Marine Park. Hop aboard a submarine for a fish-eye view of our underwater world or take the tram 700 feet up Flag Hill for a panoramic view from Paradise Point. There are plays to see, concerts to hear and restaurants to try. Later, you can dance till dawn to the lilting sounds of a Caribbean band While St. Thomas' shops and beaches are among the best anywhere, leave plenty of time to explore the islands many attractions, places of interest and incredible views.

Banks: There are several major banks operating in the Virgin Islands, including Chase, Scotiabank and Banco Popular. Automatic teller machines can be found on all the three islands.

Currency : The US dollar. Most establishments accept credit cards and traveler checks. Few places accept personal checks.

Clothing: Dress is casual, but please not too casual. Bathing suits are for the beach, not for the streets. Not only is it frowned upon but also it's against the law. Nights here can be cool, so bring along a light sweater. And although jackets and ties are rare, they may be required for some of the fancier resorts and restaurants.

United States Postal Services: We have the same rates and services. Use airmail outside the US.

Safety: Just like anywhere else, we have crime here too. So have fun but exercise caution. When touring on foot, stick to well-lighted streets at night. When going anywhere by car, leave valuables out of sight and locked inside. Better yet, leave them in the safe deposit box at your hotel or on board your ship. Never leave valuables unattended on the beach.

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