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Saint Thomas – The Caribbean Pearl

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

st thomas vacation rentalsSaint Thomas is a beautiful Caribbean Island that along with other smaller islands conform the unincorporated territory of the United States Virgin Islands. The island holds the capital port of Charlotte Amalie. As of the year 2000, the total population of Saint Thomas was 51,181 living in approximately 32 square miles of astonishing Caribbean landscape. White-sand beaches, crystal clear waterfronts and a sophisticated dining and shopping scene, offer travelers unlimited outdoor recreation. Diving, snorkeling and other water sports are also extremely popular on the island.

Aside from outdoor activities and nightlife, Saint Thomas offers many historic attractions. Visit Blackbeard´s Castle, built in 1679 by Danish soldiers as a watchtower to protect the harbor. Nowadays, the castle is surrounded by a small hotel, restaurants and a swimming pool. Fort Christian, built in 1672, is the oldest building in Saint Thomas and today houses the Virgin Islands Museum. Take a ride on the Paradise Point Tramway and ascend 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie for a breathtaking view of the harbor and the whole island.

When it comes to water sports, nothing surpasses Saint Thomas´ beaches and aquatic adventures. Visit the Hull Bay, or watch the sunset at the beautiful Brewer´s Bay. If you are into snorkeling, go to Sapphire Beach, an open-public resort where you can swim in nice clear water and coral. The best snorkeling beach in Saint Thomas is Coki Beach. With normal underwater visibility of more than 100 feet, this is a great beach for kids to learn to snorkel. It’s very calm and you can feed the swarming fish in about 3-4 feet of water. Windsurfing and kayaking are also very popular in untamed locations as the secluded Vessup Beach.

You can arrive to Saint Thomas by airplane, flying from major US Cities into the Cyril E. King Airport, or by cruise ships. Saint Thomas is a very popular stop for cruise lines, gathering between 4 and 8 ships on the harbor any day of the week. Check the most important cruise lines to find scheduled trips and arrival dates. If you are thinking of visiting other major US Virgin and British Virgin Islands, take the ferries that run regularly between them. If you are looking for an affordable and intimate place to stay in the islands, don´t forget to check out our Saint Thomas vacation rentals.