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Sophisticated St. Thomas

Standing as the premier island among the U.S.V.I. trio, St. Thomas is a surreal and sophisticated little island that specializes in elaborate maritime events, duty-free shopping and unprecedented Caribbean beauty. Your first stop is the bustling port of Charlotte Amalie, where gleaming cruise ships and majestic yachts anchor-in or set sail. Intricate, Danish architecture dances along waterfront homes, and merchandise of every sort awaits in the charming shops that surround the port. Venture past the popular harbor to discover an exotic ecology filled with tropical flora and diverse tropical wildlife. Beach lovers can stretch out on the soft sands of Magens Bay, and golfers can tee-off on St. Thomas’ one-and-only Mahogany Run golf course. The rich colonial history, soothing resort comforts and natural wonders of St. Thomas have made it one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean.

Charlotte Amalie

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the Caribbean’s most sought-after port, Charlotte Amalie. This busy harbor is filled with elaborate ocean vessels, various fishing boats and elaborate cruise liners. Overlooking the harbor you’ll discover themed restaurants with island cuisine and international flavors. Stop at a quaint café for a cup of Caribbean coffee, or meander through the various shops for precious, duty-free items. History buffs will see the vivid past of Charlotte Amalie in antiquated structures such as Blackbeard’s Castle, and art lovers will delight in the exhibits at the Seven Arches Museum.

Untamed Wonder

St. Thomas’ modern flair is balanced by a host of natural attractions for the active traveler to explore. Descend from the sands of Magens Bay into crystal clear waters and snorkel through diverse underwater eco systems and coral growth. On top of the waves you can take advantage of resort water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. Trek the interior of St. Thomas to see flourishing natural parks and beautiful botanical gardens. Horseback rides and mountain bikes are just some of the ways to see the untamed wonder of this exotic terrain.

Life on St. Thomas

Resort life on St. Thomas can be as adventurous or relaxing as you desire. Thrill seekers will delight in the numerous water and land sports provided on a complimentary basis at many of the island’s ocean front resorts. And languid travelers will find a range of beaches to take that perfect seaside nap. Immerse yourself in the island culture while shopping for the best deals in the Caribbean. While you’re out, sample native dishes such as thai-glazed salmon and coconut shrimp. The experience on St. Thomas delivers nothing less than sensory indulgence.

Weddings and Romance

Romance is delivered in full abundance on the island of St. Thomas. Couples can pick a quiet hilltop to exchange vows, or say “I do” on the white sands of a secluded shoreline. Escape to a private villa, or charter a private yacht to an intimate cove. Many of the resorts are more than happy to accommodate your romantic endeavors and offer a variety of wedding packages to meet your specifications.

The Magic of St. Thomas

Beginning with pristine beaches, lush foliage and prestigious nautical events, the island of St. Thomas has accurately earned the reputation as the Caribbean’s most sophisticated island. Nature lovers are stunned by the display of rich water and land ecosystems, while resort travelers delight in exceptional shops and savory restaurants. Your search for the perfect vacation destination has just ended. Come and enjoy the magic of St. Thomas for yourself!



Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.  Travelers are advised to use extreme caution and common sense when venturing out in any foreign destination. While luxury beach destinations can be quite alluring, remember to keep your guard up when approached by locals in any foreign area. We advise guests to attend the resort orientation upon arrival(if provided) and conduct plenty of research prior to arriving at your destination. The information provided on this site is not comprehensive and we advise travelers to utilize the official tourist board site for each resort area, the CDC, travel.state.gov and other official sources for up to date destination information.


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Entry Requirements

The US Virgin Islands are considered United States territories and do not require a passport for travel for US Citizens. However, we recommend the use of a passport for US Citizens traveling to this area. A government issued photo id/driver's license and a birth certificate are required to verify citizenship upon your return to the US Mainland. Photocopies of identification are NOT acceptable.  A change of intinerary/destination due to unforeseen circumstances or a disruption in the airline schedule may result in travel to areas that require a passport.  Also, travelers interested in a ferry trip to the British Virgin Islands will be required to show a US Passport for entry.

Departure Tax

There is a departure tax that is usually included in the cost of an airline ticket.

What to Wear

Shorts and light shirts are most appropriate for the warm year-round weather, while swimwear should excluded to the beach and pool areas. Several  restaurants may require jackets for men and dresses for ladies. Resort restaurants typically require a collared shirt and long pants for men and island casual for ladies when dining in the evening.

Banks and Currency

As a U.S. territory, the dollar is the standard of currency in St. Thomas. Credit cards and traveler’s checks are generally accepted and banks are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Driving

As in most the Caribbean, road regulations mandate driving on the LEFT side of the road.

Electricity

St. Thomas uses the same voltage as in North America, 120 volts/60 cycles.

Airports

The St. Thomas International Airport (STT) is just three miles west of the capitol, Charlotte Amalie.

Pets

Pets are allowed in St. Thomas

Geography

The island of St. Thomas abounds with breathtaking white beaches and rolling emerald mountains. Trek the interior to see vibrant foliage and a diverse tropical ecosystem. One of the most famous natural wonders, Magens Bay, welcomes travelers with a crystalline beach that is shaped as a heart. Snorkelers and scuba divers have long appreciated the underwater geography of St. Lucia for its translucent water and teeming marine wildlife. Spotted eagle rays, dwarf herrings and mangrove crabs are just some of the species that have welcomed divers for years.

Climate

St. Thomas holds an average temperature of 77 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit and is soothed by the gentle trade winds. The low humidity and very slight temperature variation make St. Thomas an ideal destination year round.

Language

English is the official language of St. Thomas.

Government

As part of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), St. Thomas operates under U.S. law and is lead by a Governor.

History

The history of St. Thomas is a blend of cultures, faiths and world changing affairs. Centuries of native civilizations lived on the island since 1500 B.C. When Christopher Columbus discovered the island in 1493, the conquest of native tribes allowed for an abundance of sugar plantations and an unfortunate boom in the slave trade industry. The beauty of St. Thomas became a coveted interest for pirates and other European countries, which is visible in the region’s historic sites. In 1917 the U.S. bought St. Thomas from Denmark and has preserved its beauty for tourists ever since.

Time Zone

St. Thomas is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time (GMT –4hrs.) Daylight savings time is not observed.

Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.

Attractions

Beaches

St. Thomas abounds with fine, white sand beaches that sparkle against clear, Caribbean waters. Both popular beaches and hidden coves surround the island, and guests are welcome to charter a private cruise to a secluded shoreline. The most famous beach, Magens Bay, is outlined in a heart shape and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. (National Geographic and Conde Nast traveler)

Dining

Make a toast to exceptional cuisine and surreal island scenery while dining in the charming venues that line the shore of St. Thomas. Intimate al fresco tables overlook the port of Charlotte Amalie, and commercial yachts let you dine on the open seas. Indulge in fresh lobster or savor raspberry cabernet chicken. Sip fine wine or enjoy a hot cup of Caribbean coffee. The collection of culinary experiences makes dining an anticipated event on St. Thomas.

Excursions

Take the plunge or hit the trails with St. Thomas’ endless opportunities for land and sea adventure. Snorkelers will likely see underwater wildlife such as great barracudas, dwarf herrings, mangrove crabs and nurse sharks. Explore the terrain of St. Thomas to see breathtaking tropical flora and panoramic vistas overlooking the island. Popular sites include the lookout at Drake’s Seat, the Marine Sanctuary and the Mangrove Lagoon.

Sports and Recreations

Travelers of every age will find adventure among the endless water and land recreations available on St. Thomas. Scuba divers will marvel at famous dive sites such as Tunnels of Thatch, Cow and Calf, and a massive 360-foot sunken freighter. Golfers also find a haven on St. Thomas’ premier golf course, Mahogany Run. This professionally designed course features 6,022 yards of pristine greens and open fairways. Other adventures such as jeep safaris, kayaking and windsurfing are also available in the resort areas.

Explore the Caribbean Blue

Central to the magic of St. Thomas is the endless nautical events that begin at Charlotte Amalie. World-famous yacht regattas and elaborate sailing excursions have marked St. Thomas as a sailor’s paradise. Fishermen also engage in various deep-sea fishing tournaments held throughout the year. So whether it’s a hunting for blue marlin or sailing to untouched harbors, St. Thomas is the perfect destination to explore the Caribbean blue.

Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Considered by many to be among the top honeymoon destinations in the Caribbean, St. Thomas immerses couples in the most inspiring blend of natural and modern pleasures. Venture to abandoned harbors or say “I do” on a white sand beach. With U.S. marriage laws and a numerous resorts to accommodate your agenda, romantic dreams can quickly become a reality.

Necessary Documents:

·    Divorced persons must present a certified copy of the divorce decree or notarized affidavit stating when the divorce was granted.

Restrictions:

·    Couples must observe an 8 day posting period which can be done through a local wedding planner, thus eliminating the 8 day on-island wait time after making application .
·    The combined marriage application and license fee is $100.
·    An additional $200 fee is required if the marriage is to be performed by a judge at the ceremony and an appointment is required.
Wedding requirements are subject to change without prior notice.  This is not a comprehensive listing of planning a Virgin Islands wedding. Please consult a local wedding planner for the most current requirements.



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