St. Thomas, gateway island of the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, is known for its beaches, snorkeling and sportfishing. Charlotte Amalie, the territorial capital founded by the Danish in the 1600s, is a busy cruise ship port with high-end restaurants and shopping. Historic buildings include a 1679 Danish watchtower popularly called Blackbeard’s Castle as a reference to the area’s 17th-19th-century pirate history.
Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas has a million miles worth of things to do. Go shopping and sailing, snorkeling and sightseeing, or diving and dining. Enjoy the island’s world-renowned golf course, picture-perfect beaches and spectacular nightlife. Take the Skyride 700 feet above the city or climb the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean. And if you’re interested in culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.