St. Thomas is a small island with several town centers and its attractions spread out quite evenly. As an unincorporated part of the United States it’s no surprise that English is the dominant language and that it’s a popular destination for Americans as well as cruise ships.
There are some very nice beaches and the usual array of scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports, but St. Thomas seems to be known more for shopping than for anything else. Prices and selection are better here than anywhere else in the Caribbean, and there are a great number of larger shopping complexes. Those who don’t want to shop will still find plenty of things to do in St. Thomas.
Overall St. Thomas is mostly a mid-range destination for prices, still with quite a few more affordable restaurants and such so budget travelers can do well here if they get a good package deal on a hotel and flight.
Where to stay
There are over 50 resorts and hotels on St. Thomas in addition to some smaller lodgings used by non-tourists. The major resorts are spread mostly in the eastern half of the island, but without an abundant concentration like you’d find on most other islands. Prices go from mid-range to very expensive, with most being toward the bottom end of that scale.
Anyone staying overnight will be flying into Cyril E. King Airport, which is the largest and busiest airport in the Virgin Islands. It serves as a hub for this part of the Caribbean, and it has a variety of long-haul flights connecting key North American cities.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington-Dulles, Philadelphia, New York-JFK, Newark, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Chicago, Toronto