While the US Virgin Islands are territories of the United States, these gorgeous islands exude West-Indian culture and are pure paradise.
St. Thomas is the most popular locale of the USVI, offering a perfect balance of exciting island fun and laid back vacation vibes. If you’re planning a luxury getaway to St. Thomas, use this quick guide for the ultimate experience.
When to Go
The best time to visit St. Thomas is between the months of April and June. This is when the crowds are smaller and temperatures are warm without being too humid. Average temperatures during this period range from the mid-70s to high 80s and there’s generally very little rainfall, making this the perfect time to visit before hurricane season arrives.
December to March is peak season on the island because of winter holidays and spring break – weather is great during this time but accommodations get booked up quickly. July to October isn’t the ideal time to visit as it is the region’s hurricane season with average temperatures in the upper 80s.
What to Do
There’s plenty of action to enjoy while staying in St. Thomas. Your vacation itinerary can easily be planned around the style of vacation you’re looking to have.
If you’re heading to the island to simply relax and soak up the sun, then it’s time to hit the beach. Beaches in St. Thomas are famous for the soft white sand, turquoise water, and views of surrounding cliffs. Magen’s Bay, Secret Harbor Beach and Botany Bay are all great beach options.
Magen’s Bay specifically has been noted as one of the most beautiful beaches by both Conde Nast and National Geographic. Here you will be able to do so much more than just laze around soaking up those sun rays. You can enjoy a scenic hike on their nature trail or rent a kayak, paddle boat or sailboat for a little adventure on the water. Diving is also a popular activity for tourists and locals and our Concierge Team works closely with many reputable operators that will help you plan your diving excursions whatever your level of experience. After a fun filled day you can head to the snack bar for light snacks, imported beers, tropical cocktails and more.
Soaking up the local culture is also quite easy just by walking around. Charlotte Amalie is a bustling harbor where tons of cruise ships dock daily to explore the shoreline action. Head here to take in the scenery and check out some wonderful duty free shopping.
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ll be glad to know that St Thomas has several wonderful art galleries for you to peruse. St Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre is a popular one, offering beautifully curated exhibitions by local, regional, national and international artists.
Take note that with there being lots to do and see, you will likely want to rent a car, but there are always other ways to get around. If you’re planning to rent a car however, remember that even though the US Virgin Islands are part of the United States of America, people drive on the left side of the street. The cars, on the other hand, usually have the driver’s side on the left like the rest of the USA.
Where to Dine
There’s a great dining scene to discover in St. Thomas. The restaurants offer eclectic options ranging from Italian, to American, to Caribbean cuisines, you will be impressed by the variety you have to enjoy!
Places to eat out are spread out across the island, so be prepared to take a cab or drive to find what you’re looking for. Red Hook, a town located on the east end of the island, is home to some incredible restaurants with a variety of cuisines. One of the top rated places in this town to check out is The Easterly, a oceanfront dining oasis that offers creative island cocktails and wood-fired cuisine that deliciously represents the rustic vibe of the Caribbean.
You can also find dining options on the south coast in a settlement called Frenchtown. A highly rated favorite, Oceana Restaurant & Bistro, is a tasty spot located on the seaside patio of a Historic Estate House, offering superb ocean views along with fresh seafood dishes as well as a blend of contemporary and local cuisine.
Other popular restaurants to add to your foodie list include St Thomas’ most loved italian joint Virgilio’s and a vibrant, cozy spot called Twisted Cork Cafe serving up comfort food with a Caribbean twist.
If dining in is more your style, booking with Rental Escapes gives you access to your own personal Concierge who can organize for a private chef to come to your villa and whip up gourmet meals for you and your guests during your stay.
Wherever you decide to dine, you will not be disappointed with the delicious and cultural variety of dishes available for you to indulge in!
Where to Stay
Because most USVI visitors will stay in St. Thomas there is an amazing selection of luxury villa rentals to choose from that are unmatched to that of staying in a local hotel.
Staying in a private rental is a great way to enjoy the luxurious experience available in USVI and St. Thomas has accommodations for every group and budget size. The area is especially well equipped with private villa rentals and these villas accentuate the natural beauty of St. Thomas and offer special amenities like fully equipped kitchens, private infinity pools, personal beach access, breathtaking views and so much more.
If you’re considering St.Thomas, USVI for your next vacation – check out our incredible villa rentals in the area and make it a trip you’ll never forget.