Traveling to St. Thomas

Explore the Island of St. Thomas

Sailing into St. Thomas is an experience you will never forget—the island makes an unforgettable first impression with its steep jungle-clad cliffs, red roofs, pale turquoise sea and marina filled with luxury yachts. St. Thomas has the most cruise ship traffic of the three US Virgin Islands, and it offers plenty of fine dining restaurants, stylish resorts, and great shopping to its visitors.

St. Thomas History

St. Thomas lies in the sunny eastern Caribbean, only 1100 miles southeast of Miami, Florida. The USVI has been inhabited since 1500 BC by various indigenous groups such as the Ciboney, Arawaks, and Caribs. Christopher Columbus spotted the island on his second voyage to the “New World” in 1493.

In 1657 the Dutch West India Company established a post here, but the settlement was poorly managed, and St. Thomas was in decline in the early 19th century. In 1917, the U.S. purchased St. Thomas, along with Saint John and Saint Croix, for $25 million in gold. U.S. citizenship was granted for all residents of St. Thomas in 1927.

St. Thomas Weather

If you are planning a trip to St. Thomas, be sure to bring your sunglasses and flip-flops—the weather here in the USVI is always gorgeous. St. Thomas has a tropical savanna climate, with a warm season that lasts from June to September and a cold season from December to March. During the warm season the peak temperature can reach 31 °C (87°F) and during the “cold” season, the average low is 23 °C (73°F). The best time to visit the islands is between April and June, when you can expect mild weather and little rainfall.

St. Thomas Beaches

Along the sun-soaked coast of St. Thomas, there are over 40 major beaches to enjoy. Some are tranquil, isolated alcoves where you will have long stretches of sand all to yourself, while others are popular open bays with a plethora of restaurants and bars. Some of the most popular St. Thomas beaches include Magens Bay, Secret Harbor, Brewers Bay, and Turtle Cove.

All of the beaches in the U. S. Virgin Islands are open to the public, but beyond the tree line is typically private property. Take note: removing shells from St. Thomas beaches is illegal, so although they are beautiful you should take a photo instead and leave them where you found them!

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