Year after year, travelers can’t resist the allure when they cruise to St. Thomas (the second largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands). And with its bucket-list adventures and drool-worthy beaches, it’s no wonder why. Whether you’re a sun worshiper, snorkeling lover, shopaholic, or nature enthusiast, there’s something for you in the port of St. Thomas.
Take in the island scene with an epic drive, unlike any other, and create your own island tour by renting a car as soon as you get off the pier. Or you can expect to find plenty of cabs eagerly waiting for you.
No matter how you’re getting around, be on the lookout for some million-dollar views while riding along the curvy Skyline Drive Road. And get ready to hit the brakes when you get to Drake’s Seat; the most scenic overlook on the island, where you’ll want to get your fill of selfies in. Read on to learn more about what you can do when you cruise to St. Thomas.
Make your way to Magens Bay when you cruise to St. Thomas
If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy beaches, then Magens Bay is not to be missed. From see-through waters to talcum-soft sands and jaw-dropping views, everything you’ve ever asked for in a beach is right here. There is a $5 admission fee, but rest assured it’s worth every cent. A walk along the long stretch of sand will have you nodding in agreement that this is indeed one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Expect the crowds to pour in after the late morning to early afternoon, depending on the number of cruise ships docked in the port of St. Thomas. Have cash handy for chair, umbrella, and equipment rentals. When hunger kicks in, head to the concessions for a burger, pizza, or some finger food and wash it all down with a frozen drink.
Treat yourself to Trunk Bay on St. John
Take a shore excursion or flag down a cab when you get off in the port of St. Thomas and head to the Red Hook Ferry Terminal which will transport you to the laid-back island of St. John. From there, take a cab to Trunk Bay, a palm-fringed gem on the northern coast, part of the protected Virgin Islands National Park. It’s constantly listed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, and there’s never a need to question why. This slice of paradise is blessed with some of the most pristine waters you’ve ever seen, silky sands, and its own snorkeling trail. For only a $5 entrance fee, you’ll have access to snorkeling rentals, a cash only food stand, showers, and restrooms. Get ready for a ton of likes and views on your Insta posts because this is one beach that never needs a filter.
Create memories at Coki Point Beach
If bustling beaches are more your thing, you’ll want to carve out time to check out a local favorite, Coki Point Beach. And if you want to stretch out your towel before the crowds, consider getting there before 10 a.m. Bring your snorkeling gear or rent some right on the beach along with umbrellas and chairs. For a good look at colorful fish and turtles, buy some fish food to feed these quirky underwater inhabitants. Watch how they feast and swim around you, especially closer to the rocks. When it’s your turn to eat, fuel up with some local fare like conch, wings, or burgers from the food hut located right on the beach.
Cruise to St. Thomas and enjoy duty-free shopping in Charlotte Amalie
Get your shopping fix with absolutely no sales tax in the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie. Head to the downtown area lined with historic buildings dating back to the 1600s, boutique shops (especially those selling jewelry and gadgets), art galleries, and eateries. You can even try a little bit of bargaining when looking for souvenirs. If your cruise ship docks at the West Indian Company dock in the port of St. Thomas, you’re just a short walk away from the outdoor Havensight Mall. Or kick it up a notch and check out Yacht Haven Grande, an upscale waterfront destination where you can find some of your favorite designer brands and lavish yachts docked at the marina.
Sea marine life at Coral World Ocean Park
Take your pick from extraordinary exhibits like the Undersea Observatory Tower, Stingray Lagoon, Touch Pool, and more. Join a guided walk through an underwater trail to learn about fascinating marine life. Get some face time with friendly dolphins while you’re on a kayak or by swimming with them in their habitat. Take the plunge with a sea lion or take a deeper dive and give SNUBA a try. If you’re wondering, SNUBA is a mix between snorkeling and scuba diving in which your air tank is attached to your guide’s raft and you can move around freely.
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Author: Jacqueline Zea