Saint Thomas is one of the US Virgin Islands (USVI) in Caribbean. Together with Saint John and Water Island, it forms a county and district of the USVI (unincorporated USA territory). On the isle is the territorial capital city and port Charlotte Amalie. The island's population is around 52,000, or about 49% of USVI's total.
The USVI is the only place under USA jurisdiction where the rule of road is to drive on the left. It was inherited from what was then-current Danish practice at the time of American acquisition in 1917. Because Saint Thomas is a United States' territory, most cars are imported from mainland US and therefore the steering column is placed on the left side of the vehicles.
The island of Saint Thomas has many regular taxis and open-air, covered trucks named "safaris" with bench seats which usually operate only between high-traffic points: cruise-ship terminals at Crown Bay and Havensight and downtown Charlotte Amalie. However, most cruise ships to St Thomas USVI dock at the Charlotte Amalie port.
All USVI beaches (including on St Thomas) are public and free of charge (no entry fees required). The most popular among tourists are Lindquist Beach and Emerald Beach.
Saint Thomas Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Saint Thomas Island dock (anchor) at Charlotte Amalie - port town on the southern coast.
Saint Thomas Island tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
All Inclusive St John Beach and Snorkelling (Royal Caribbean) is an optional shore excursion to Trunk Bay beach (white sand), featuring guided boat tour to Trunk Bay and a snorkel trail.
Sailing to Christmas and Honeymoon Coves (Royal Caribbean) is an optional sailing boat tour for snorkeling. The boat is first anchored offshore (at Christmas Cove), then Sails to Water Island (Honeymoon Beach) for swimming and sunbathing. Snorkeling is also available. The experience also includes freshly-made beach BBQ served on the boat.
5 Star Island Tour (Royal Caribbean) is an optional driving tour, which stops at St Peter Mountain's top (shopping), Magen's Bay Beach (2-hour stay for beach activities) and downtown Charlotte Amalie (2-hour stay for shopping).
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