For the adventure seekers, you’re in luck. There are numerous ways to take in the island’s beauty while also getting that heart pumping. Your “dry” adventures will include zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking and more. If you’re looking to get wet, some of the many tours offered include jet packs, fly boards, jet-skis, snorkels, scuba, and much more.
There’s plenty to see on the island. A very popular option is the tram to “Paradise Point.” It’ll take you to the top of the island for roughly $20 where you’ll have amazing views. Or, head to Coral World where you can get amazing underwater views without ever getting wet. If the port feels too busy, you can also island hop to St Johns, located by ferry just two miles away.
St Thomas shopping is revered in the cruise industry. From your ship, it’s a quick walk to start your duty free shopping voyage into the streets of Charlotte, Amalie. While known primarily for its abundance of jewelry options, you’ll find everything from fragrances to alcohol to foodstuffs. Find specific shopping destinations and more details for St Thomas below.
Charlotte, Amalie offers magnificent beach options. You’ll even find one that was named among the Top 10 Beaches in the World. Check out our detailed beach section for specifics.
This ultra-high-end marina caters to the elite. You’ll find massive yachts docked here and high-end shops serving that clientele. You’ll likely be docked at Havensight Terminal. If so, the Shops at Yacht Haven Grande are within walking distance. Even if you’re not looking to spend a ton, it’s still worth a stroll.
On these two major thoroughfares, you’ll find densely-packed retail activity. Expect lots of jewelry stores, clothing items, fragrances, alcohol, electronics, and souvenirs. You can also expect some high-pressure salesmen to bark at your while roaming the streets. If you have a specific, high-end item you’d like to buy (watch, ring, etc), you may want to contact the stores beforehand. The larger chains (Diamonds International, Little Switzerland, etc) will offer VIP services like transportation, air-conditioned lounge, free drinks, etc.
Head to Honeymoon Beach to avoid the swarm of cruise passengers. Located on St John’s Island, this beach has crystal clear waters, rich marine life, and hammocks scattered in the surrounding coconut trees. From Crown Bay, you can jump on a quick ferry to get to Honeymoon Beach for roughly $10. You’ll also find equipment for rent, bathroom facilities and food options.
This is, by far, the most popular beach option for cruise passengers visiting Charlotte Amalie. It’s been voted into the Top 10 Beaches in the World and for good reason. The one-mile stretch of white sand beach offers a number of other amenities making for a convenient trip. At Magens Bay you’ll find lifeguards, clean water, changing rooms, food options, shaded area, and cab stand. The entrance fee is $5 for adults and $2 for kids and the taxi fare should cost roughly $20 to get there from port. Just know it’ll likely be crowded due to its popularity.
Coki Beach is another of St Thomas’ most popular beach options. While it’s great for relaxing, it’s particularly popular among snorkelers and scuba fans. The calm waters, gradual descent, and spectacular undersea activity make it so alluring. At Coki Beach, you’ll also have easy access to Coral World Ocean Park. This is one of St Thomas’ more known attractions. You’ll find sea lions, turtles, sharks, and more.
This is St Thomas’ main cruise ship terminal, located just east of Charlotte Amalie’s downtown area. A quick five minute cab ride will get you downtown. Or, you can hoof it in roughly 25 minutes. When exiting Havensight, just take a left and you’ll be there shortly. However, if looking to shop, you’re also provided dozens of shops directly in your terminal area. Although, we’d advise this option only for “last minute” items.
Located west of downtown Charlotte, Amalie, Crown Bay Terminal offers space for an additional two cruise ships. You’ll find many amenities in the open-air plaza just after exiting your ship. If you need an ATM, coffee, internet, a quick bite, or tourist info, you’ll find it here. Additionally, you’ll have access to jewelry stores and named brand items. Crown Bay is roughly two miles from downtown, so we advise taking a taxi. It should cost around $5.