St. Thomas Travel Guide
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A restored 19th century Danish banker's house—with wrought-iron balconies and rows of shuttered windows—is filled with West Indian antiques and paintings by Camille Pissarro.