11 Reasons To Visit St. Thomas

St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

I just finished a great vacation in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and I’m looking forward to going back next year. At least once a year I head to the Caribbean or some other destination on my bucket list, and return with a positive outlook and so relaxed. I found St. Thomas to be truly breathtaking from the condo that I rented for the week.  I don’t think I could have made a better selection if I had scouted out the place before boarding my flight. 
 
I thought I would share a few of my pictures from my balcony and list 11 Reasons Why You Should Visit: 
1.  These are pictures from my balcony, which overlooked the harbor in Charlotte Amalie. The view was just as spectacular during the day as it was at night. St. Thomas is rather hilly as you can see in the pictures. Many homes and businesses are built into the hills. Reaching certain destinations can be a struggle if you’re walking around the island. If you decide to visit and rent a car, I would suggest a jeep. You may also want to remember they drive on the opposite side of the road in the Virgin Islands.

 


2.  This is a picture of Blue Beard’s Castle named after the Pirate Blue Beard. The castle is actually a tower that sits on a hill. It was used as a look out by B
lue Beard for ships coming into the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The canons used and as well as a statute of Blue Beard are pictured below. The tower is open several days a week for tours. 

 

 

 

3.  Many of the cruise ships dock in St. Thomas. The ships actually passed my balcony before docking in the harbor. I captured these pictures after they had docked on the other side of the resort. They arrive around 6:00 – 7:00 am several days a week and normally depart around 9:00 pm that night. Cruise passengers must shop and explore the island between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

4.  St. Thomas offers world class shopping for the rich and famous as well as unique boutiques and shops for the everyday person. Many of the shops are housed in narrow alley ways, but they also have major shopping areas with stores like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Cartier, Rolex etc. You can also find flea market type items at Vendor’s Plaza.

5.  Historical churches and landmarks are a big part of St. Thomas.  This is the world famous Frederick Lutheran Church. It’s the oldest church in St. Thomas and the second oldest church in the western hemisphere.  Also shown is the oldest building in St. Thomas, Fort Christian, built in 1671. 

 

6.  Exotic fruits and hot sauces. The fruit shown is actually coconuts in their original state after being picked from the palm trees. What we see in our stores are coconuts that have the shell shown removed. In our stores the coconut has reached its final stage, and contains the coconut meat that we use for cooking.  Fresh mangoes are pictured in the background. I’m a lover of all things hot, so I went in search of unique hot sauces to bring back to the states.  I found the perfect stand at Market Square. The vendor allowed me to taste the sauces before purchasing to ensure I went home with the perfect sauce. I did!    

 

 


7.  I enjoyed watching the yachts of the rich and famous pass my balcony as they headed out to the Caribbean Sea and their next destination.  You see million dollar yachts on television, but to see them in person is truly amazing.  This one has a helicopter on board, see it on the back of the yacht?

 

8.  I love eating native dishes when I’m traveling. Gladys’ Cafe came highly recommended, so I headed there for lunch. The cafe is downtown and specializes in Ox Tails and curried dishes. They were both amazing. The Cafe is very small. Pauline was our waitress and the only waitress. What amazed me the most, the cafe didn’t have a rest room. You had to go outside and several doors down a small building housed the Ladies and Men’s rooms. Most of the establishments are open for either breakfast and lunch or they’re just open for dinner. Those that are open for breakfast and/or lunch close by 5:00 pm. Since many businesses depend on tourists, the money must be spread around. 


9.  You can find Green Iguanas in many areas in St. Thomas. The Green Iguana is native to Central and South American.  Wondering how they have populated the Caribbean?  Biologist believe they arrived via hurricanes over the years. This is an older Iguana. They loose their bright green color as they age.  It appeared to be used to people and was enjoying crackers when I spotted it.  

 

 

10.  There’s nothing like relaxing with a little steel drum music when your vacationing in the Caribbean. This particular evening we were entertained by a brother and sister team pool side. In addition to Calypso, you will find Reggae which is popular on the island of St. Croix. Salsa dancing in the Virgin Islands is a must too. Brush up on your Salsa moves before you arrive.  

 


11.  Rent a vehicle, I would recommend a convertible, and take a ride around the island. The maximum speed limit is 35 mph on the island. The supermarket in the background was about a mile from my condo. Some items were reasonable and some caused my mouth to hang open. For example, $9.00 for a gallon of ice cream, $10.00 for a gallon of milk, and $5.00 for a dozen of eggs, but the views are awesome on the island. This balanced everything out for me.      




I wish I could share all of my photos of this trip.  There were several places that I wanted to visit, but time didn’t allow. I made peace with that, because I’ll be heading back in June 2016. 



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  1. WOW! Rhonda, I am so happy for you! What an amazing vacation. I'm pretty sure I'll never make it there myself, but I loved seeing your gorgeous pictures. They capture all the charm of St. Thomas. Those privately owned yachts just blow me away, and I think I'd be scared of the iguana, but just adore the way he hangs out with the peeps and enjoys snacking on what they leave behind!
    I'm having fun catching up with you after a super busy month that saw a new grandson, prep for grandma camp, grandma camp week itself – and a month of recovery from it! 🙂

    • It sounds like you have had an exciting summer. Congratulations on your new grandson. Babies bring so much joy. I'm looking forward to hearing about grandma camp. That's a great idea. Glad to hear you're getting some rest too.

  2. Your pictures are wonderful. I would love to go there someday!