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St. Thomas lies in the easternmost part of the Greater Antilles between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, and is closely neighboured by three other U.S. Virgin Islands: St. Croix, St. John and Water Island. This 51-square-kilometre land mass is often considered to be the most sophisticated of the four islands, yet still maintains all the trademark features of an authentic Caribbean destination. The main city on St. Thomas and capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands is Charlotte Amalie which boasts some of the oldest architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who left soon after to search for Puerto Rico, St. Thomas’ shores were left unguarded for pirates to invade – most notably by the infamous Captain Blackbeard – for almost 200 years before the Danish West India Company was commissioned to begin trading on St. Thomas. While the economy was slow to flourish, it eventually shifted when St. Thomas became a free port in 1815 and importing houses from America and all over Europe established thriving commercial trade businesses. The United States bought St. Thomas from Denmark in 1917.
Now a very popular cruise ship port of call, legends from the time of pirates linger, conjuring images of swashbuckling captains and raucous buccaneers for modern-day visitors. Charlotte Amalie is a bustling town with buildings that date as far back as 1680. Fort Christian is the oldest structure in the Virgin Islands and a U.S. national landmark. St. Thomas Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere – its sand floors a legacy of Sephardic traditions. Above the streets of Charlotte Amalie is Blackbeard’s Castle, a looming watchtower where the notorious pirate used to watch for ships that tried to enter the harbor. Today it’s a popular visitor destination complete with a hotel and restaurant.
Here you’ll find plenty of modern amenities, a world-class golf course, flawless beaches, fantastic nightlife and the second-largest carnival cultural celebration in the Caribbean. With calypso shows, food fairs, pageants and parades, this annual post-Easter celebration is a must-see if distinctive Caribbean memories are what you’re looking for.
For panoramic views of the coast and the city that are guaranteed to take your breath away, you’ll enjoy the St. Thomas Skyride which takes you 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie. Or if you are intent on getting a good workout, try climbing the famous 99 steps of Charlotte Amalie. Built by the Danes as a way to navigate the steep hills above the town, they’re actually a great way to view the beauty of St. Thomas. Bear in mind though – there are actually 103 steps! Fun for the whole family awaits at Coral World Ocean Park. Here, you can swim with sea lions, visit the Undersea Observatory that is home to turtles, sharks and stingrays, and check out the 21 aquariums of the Marine Gardens.
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