Where to Stay, Eat and Play in St. Thomas

St. Thomas—the second largest and most developed of the US Virgin Islands—is known as the gateway to the Caribbean. Its port city of Charlotte Amalie often serves as a popular jumping-off point for travelers to destinations elsewhere in the Caribbean. Those who opt to stay and explore this once Dutch- and Danish-occupied outpost, however, will discover a tropical wonderland that boasts jaw-dropping hilltop views, hidden coves protecting sugary white beaches and crystal-clear waters that call like a siren to snorkelers, divers, and boaters.

Whether you just have a day to explore this US territory—or can afford to linger a little longer—this guide will help launch your adventures in St. Thomas, USVI.

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Secret Harbor Beach Resort

You’ll find relaxing beachfront seclusion—and some of the best sunset views anywhere on St.Thomas—at this boutique, all-suite resort featuring 73 self-contained studios, 1- and 2-bedroom condos. Each has its own fully equipped kitchen and private patio or sundeck; many of the units overlook a tranquil, palm-shaded curve of beach shared by all guests and residents. Both couples and families will enjoy the freshwater pool, fitness center and on-site PADI dive center with excursion boats, water sports, and sailing.

6280 Estate Nazareth St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands


Phone: 800- 524-2250

Marriott International

Marriott Frenchman's Reef

Set into a headland overlooking Charlotte Amalie (and the daily migrations of visiting cruise ships), Marriott Frenchman's Reef is a recently renovated 478-room super-resort is the largest anywhere in the Caribbean. With such a substantial footprint comes equally extensive amenities, including 3 pools (plus a splash zone for kids), a new full-service spa and fitness center, 9 restaurant and bars and the most essential feature of all: a large and well-groomed private beach. All-inclusive food and beverage packages are available.

5 Estate Bakkeroe Street St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands


Phone: 340-776-8500

The Ritz Carlton, St. Thomas

Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

No expense was spared or detail overlooked during this Mediterranean-style luxury resort’s complete overhaul in 2007. Today, hotel guests can stretch their legs as they stroll along the nearly 1/2-mile long beach, immerse themselves in quiet tranquility at the hotel’s infinity pool, or bliss out with a spa massage in a seaside cabana. Those staying in one of the 55 club-level rooms also enjoy the attention of a dedicated concierge.

6900 Great Bay St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


Phone: 340-775-3333

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