St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) – Vacation Packages

By Miss Julie | December 22nd, 2006

St. Thomas is the second largest of the USVI and site of the capital, Charlotte Amalie. Provincial yet cosmopolitan, modern yet rich in history, it can be seen in a day. Divers should save an afternoon for shopping. Duty-free prices and keen competition make it a bargain-hunter’s dream. In the narrow cobblestone streets and arcades of Charlotte Amalie you’ll find designer shops housed in 200-year-old restored warehouses that were once full of molasses and rum. For those content to idle away some topside time, St. Thomas boasts sugar-white beaches. It is in these calm sands that St. Thomas’s history, rich and tumultuous, lies hidden. The sheltered coves once harbored some of the most bloodthirsty pirates in Caribbean history.

The architecture and people of St. Thomas reflect the island’s many-cultured past. Dutch, French and Spanish historic sites sit side-by-side with contemporary resorts. For those mixing scuba diving and sailing, this can be the perfect getaway. Clean, clear waters reveal brilliant colors of coral and spectacular reefs. Favorable winds create the ultimate sunset setting: relaxing on a sailboat, basking the late-day light.

For more on St. Thomas and the U.S. Virgin Islands, check out the U.S. Virgin Islands Travel Guide on BootsnAll.

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