Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
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Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Amalie, once a favorite port stop of seafarers and pirates, is the
capital of St. Thomas. While
it can be crowded with shoppers, it’s an energetic commercial
center with stores housed in what were once warehouses full of
cruise ships dock at Havensight. However, with as many as ten ships
a day calling during peak season, a few anchor in the picturesque
harbor and others dock at the Crown
Bay Marina pier.
the center of Charlotte Amalie is Fort Christian and the site of the
Virgin Islands Museum, a rather smallish, but free attraction.
Leave the city via taxi or tour van and venture to Mountain
Top, the highest spot on the island and the place to cool off with a
delicious banana daiquiri and marvel at the breathtaking view.
Another dramatic way to enjoy St. Thomas’ panorama is a
ride on the Paradise Point Tramway, a short stroll from Havensight. It’s
a popular spot to enjoy lunch and a cool drink while admiring the
cruise ships and harbor spread out below.
popular family attraction in St. Thomas is Coral World Ocean Park. View
marine life in the three-story underwater observation tower (without
getting wet) and observe everything from playful sea horses to
sharks and moray eels in the tanks of the Marine Garden Aquarium. Take
advantage of the proximity of Coki Beach to relax until time to
return to your ship.
of the most popular and fun ships’ tours include a boat ride to a
secluded beach for snorkeling and swimming. Often
included is a lethal rum punch concoction.
revered as the Caribbean’s duty-free shopping Mecca, St. Thomas
has lost some of its bargain-pricing luster, but you can’t tell
from the number of visitors crowding Main Street in Charlotte Amalie
or the Havensight Mall. Buyers
beware—while low prices still abound on many items, it pays to
check local discount stores before leaving home.
At best you’ll find just what you want, at worst you’ll
save the sales tax.
Should your ship call
in St. Thomas on a Sunday, stores in Charotte Amalie close at 1pm;
however, shops at Havensight stay open until 5pm.
from world class shopping, St. Thomas is home to Magens Bay, one of
the world’s loveliest beaches. There’s
a small admission and changing rooms, snorkel equipment, and lounge
chairs are available for rent. Other
popular beach destinations are Coki Beach, Brewer’s Beach, and
Morning Star. It’s a
simple matter to hire a taxi to your beach of choice.
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