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.
There is a departure tax that is usually included in the cost of an airline ticket.
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.
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.
As in most the Caribbean, road regulations mandate driving on the LEFT side of the road.
St. Thomas uses the same voltage as in North America, 120 volts/60 cycles.
The St. Thomas International Airport (STT) is just three miles west of the capitol, Charlotte Amalie.
Pets are allowed in St. Thomas
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.
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.
English is the official language of St. Thomas.
As part of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), St. Thomas operates under U.S. law and is lead by a Governor.
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.
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.
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)
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.
· Divorced persons must present a certified copy of the divorce decree or notarized affidavit stating when the divorce was granted.
· 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.