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TravelHaven Destination Information – St. Thomas/St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Wait until you see the beauty and culture of the unique islands of St. Thomas and St. John.  From the white sand beaches to the green hills and rainforest there is sure to be something to please everyone. Sometimes referred to as "America’s Paradise", they remain some of the most sought after destinations in the world.

St. Thomas

St. Thomas is home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, and the most developed and most cosmopolitan of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Although a small island, the big city feel and abundance of activities on St. Thomas will fill your stay with enjoyment. Historic buildings throughout downtown Charlotte Amalie (named for a Danish Queen) take you back to the Danish era when the town was a bustling port of trade with white and pastel houses heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills and alleyways lined with old Danish warehouses. Colorful sloops and cruise ships dock along the waterfront and a few steps away is the world-famous shopping center. Don’t miss the view from Mountain Top.

Largely mountainous, St. Thomas’s many roads offer terrific panoramic views of the island and ocean. Amongst the hills on St. Thomas and along the beaches you will find an assortment of accommodations from resorts and historic inns to guest houses and vacation homes to villas and condos.

St. Thomas is a water lover’s paradise. Plan a few beach days for snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, day charter cruising, kite boarding, sailing, fishing, kayaking or parasailing. On land you can play a round of golf, take an island tour, take in the historical sites, and do some shopping. In the evening you can hit happy hour at a bar or restaurant, catch some live music and have dinner with a sublime view!

Visitors staying on St. Thomas can easily daytrip to St. John; daily ferry service is available. St. Thomas is also connected to St. Croix by regular interisland air service and a ferry.

Whether you prefer kayaking, sailing, scuba diving or just sightseeing, St Thomas has something for everyone.

St. John

St. John, the smallest and most idyllic of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is best known for its dozens of post card perfect white sand beaches, endless vistas of green velvet hills, and turquoise bays abounding in colorful corals and rainbows of tropical fish. Only twenty minutes from St. Thomas by convenient hourly ferry, St. John has no high-rise buildings, cruise ship docks or airport. Yet, despite its unspoiled atmosphere, it offers every facility & amenity found at major resorts.

With two-thirds of the island designated as the Virgin Islands National Park, nature lovers have no problem keeping busy on St. John with hiking trails from easy walks for inexperienced hikers or families with young children to challenging trails for the avid hiker. There are tours of the National Park by Jeep or safari bus and nature hikes on spectacular trails led by Park Rangers who enrich the experience with talks on the island’s history and geology as well as its flora and fauna.

Water sports abound!  Snorkeling is a favorite activity on St. John where beautiful beaches boast reefs teeming with colorful fish and underwater wildlife. Venture out on your own, or take advantage of a guided snorkeling tour. You can charter boats from kayaks to ketches to catamarans by the day or week, with or without captain.  Day excursions for sightseeing, picnicking, snorkeling, or scuba diving are offered on every variety of sail or motor craft.  Sport fishing in these waters is an experience you’ll always remember.

The spectrum of accommodations offered at every budget level include two luxury resort hotels, sophisticated condominiums, guest houses and small inns with lots of atmosphere, and campsites in the National Park. Getting around the island is easy. Several local agencies a short walk from the ferry dock offer rental cars, jeeps & canopied trucks by the day or week. Colorful canopied taxis also line the dock all day & evening, offering rides to every island destination, as well as tours.

St. John’s surprisingly large selection of restaurants runs from breeze cooled spots for barbecue or burgers to air-conditioned hideaways for Continental cuisine & candlelight. Its hotels, restaurants & bars offer evening entertainment by the great array of talented, world-class musicians that St. John attracts.

Shopping on St. John is a pleasant surprise, whether for luxuries or necessities. St. John offers imaginative shops with distinctive resort wear, quality jewelry, unique international and local crafts and duty free luxury goods. The island is home to many talented artists who work in a wide array of mediums and modes at the island’s art galleries & artists’ studios.  Take home a made-on-St. John work of art that can bring back the island feeling every time you look at it.

Most people who visit, come back again & again.  And visitors are always welcome!