Things to do in St. Thomas
There are so many things to do in St. Thomas that there will never be a dull moment when you’re there. That is unless you want it to be: the stunning beaches such as Coki Beach or Coral World Ocean Park welcome you for at least one day of relaxation on the sand. If you’re wondering what to do in St. Thomas at night, you can expect plenty of live music, ranging from steel guitar to live piano shows. But if the nightlife scene isn’t for you, tire yourself out during the day with the wonderful amount of air tours, bicycling, boating, and water excursions that are available. If you’re extra adventurous, dedicate a day to learning how to wind surf or sea kayak. If you prefer to stay hands-off when booking things to do in St. Thomas, charter a boat and sail around the island, enjoying its extraordinary beauty from the water.
Whatever you decide about what to do in St. Thomas during your visit, consider transportation options. There are taxis available, and your hotel can certainly call you a cab and direct your drive to your restaurant or guided tour. But if you rent a car, note that the roads on the island are marked by numbers, and this can be confusing! Ask for guidance at your hotel desk before you head out.
This immaculate 11-acre property, cloistered in the volcanic peaks above Magens Bay, is made all the lovelier by the surrounding botanical gardens and short walking trail.
Insiders know to climb three flights to find this space—the birthplace of Camille Pissarro—which claims several prints by the celebrated Impressionist, alongside a pastel-heavy collection of works by other St. Thomas contemporary artists.
Black-leather seating, lime-green walls, and a DJ-mixed soundtrack lend this fashionable nightclub a cosmopolitan vibe. Global details (backlit lotus flowers, silver Buddha heads), sushi, and sake cocktails transport patrons to the Far East.
Take a five-minute stroll along the Crystal Gade to the St. Thomas Synagogue, a peaceful refuge with sand-covered floors and whitewashed walls. The synagogue, which dates from 1833, is the oldest synagogue in continuous use in all of North America.
Take in harbor views while sipping an afternoon rum punch on the palm tree-shaded terrace bar. The quiet, coral-hued landmark is a welcome escape from Charlotte Amalie's crowded thoroughfares.
Jump aboard the Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas' 53-foot catamaran, which runs an excursion to St. John that is open to anyone, complete with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The resort can also arrange a private sunset sail for groups.
The chic Frenchtown watering hole consistently draws crowds for its wines and aperitifs, served on a long wooden bar under flattering amber lighting.
Varlack Ventures operates regular ferries from Red Hook and Charlotte Amalie throughout the day.
A local institution, Zora has been crafting bespoke sandals since 1962. A bestseller: the Denmark Hill model with a toe loop, which can be made either flat or with a heel as high as three inches. Also look for the Hassel Island, which comes in ankle-tie or T-strap versions.
Every seven minutes, gondolas inch their way 700 feet up Flag Hill. The summit station, Paradise Point, sells kitschy tourist fare, such as stuffed animals, but the sweeping view over Charlotte Amalie and the harbor is worth the trip.
Stocked with an eclectic array of vintage books, antique jewelry, and other odds and ends from around the world, Carson Company's neatly cluttered confines will keep you browsing for hours.
Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort's Journeys Spa on the East End, is known for its hydrotherapy treatments. Try the signature Healing Waters, a soak in mandarin, bergamot, and vetiver oils.
The name is a bit grandiose for this tiny new shop with divine Belgian chocolates. The treats, lined up in a glass case, are made by hand in a closet-size kitchen in the back.
Watch world-renowned acts—from reggae bands to ballet troupes—take the stage in the evening at this partially covered amphitheater, affiliated with the University of the Virgin Islands.