Island of St Thomas is one of the most popular long weekend getaway spots in the United States. The wonderful white sand beach here stretches for miles and has amazing blue waters. Saint Thomas is the main island of the US Virgin Islands, along with the capital of Charlotte Amelie. Because St Thomas is one the of the biggest Virgin Island, many people from the British Virgin Islands work here. Columbus,(who traveled to St Thomas) did not colonize it, meaning for a long period of time it was a Dutch colonial island.
Plenty of cruise ships dock at the Virgin Islands, and travel on the Caribbean coastal. St John and St Croix are also very close, and there are plenty of boat rides that make them easily accessible. St Thomas is not only a popular option for amazing beaches but also for the many duty free shopping locations.
St Thomas has many wonderful activities and amenities to enjoy. Of course, it has numerous gorgeous beaches, with incredibly white sand and very shallow water, making it a perfect vacation spot for families, where children can play in the water safely. It is also great for snorkeling and diving! Many turtles live around the Virgin Islands, and there are designated tours for sailing out for turtle watching and snorkeling. The top beaches in St. Thomas include the Honeymoon Beach -- usually filled with couples celebrating their new marriage. Magens Bay is also a great location to visit, but it has a little deeper water. The Secret Harbour is a great beach and has many cafe and quaint stores.
If you are interested in exotic flowers make sure to visit the Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden. Since St Thomas is a colonial island, there are many historical spots, such as the 99 Steps and Blackbeard’s Castle which is at the top of the steps. The Pirates Treasure Museum is a fun place for the whole family, the interesting displays help visitors learn about the historical value of the island.
Ready for something unique? Check out the Magic Ice exhibition, which is the world’s biggest permanent ice gallery and the place to enjoy the cool temperature after the heat of the beaches. Skyride to Paradise Point is a must-see on the island, because the lookout will take your breath away! The height and the location allows travelers to soak in the beauty of the island from all angles. Enjoy a nice cocktail or an ice coffee at the top of the observation area. Cheers!
The best areas to stay include the beachfront houses and the St. Thomas villas. There are many great vacation homes and beach house rentals to stay at on the island. St Thomas has a very luxurious Ritz Carlton, and many high end condos such as the Sapphire Beach, but if you want to have the most amazing vacation at St Thomas, choose one of the many vacation properties which accommodate large groups and families. These tend to have multiple bedroom options and some of them are even pet-friendly so your favorite fury friends can enjoy a vacation as well! Southern St Thomas is popular with families because of the shallow waters, but if you want to have stores and restaurants near you, the Main St area is good choice.
Summer seems to last forever in St. Thomas! There are no distinguishable months, with the weather most often being sunny and warm. From May until November the average temperature is 77 degrees, and from December to January the average weather is 72 degrees -- that's right, the biggest temperature difference is only 5 degrees! From September to November it tends to rain a bit more, so if you would prefer to have a drier visit, May to August are the perfect choice for a wonderful vacation getaway.