Highlights
in St. Thomas (USVI) Cruise Port

Top Things To See and Do
in St Thomas for Cruise Travelers
 - Overview, Highlights, Attractions under Recovery.

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Due to the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a few of the Top Attractions and Highlights of St Thomas have been closed until further notice. Some, like the stunning Tree Limin' Zip-line, are still closed but work is under way and all cruise travelers look forward to its reopening.

On this page you will find the Editor's favorite attractions - the ones that are still being restored are listed last. Please be aware that after sustaining two Category 5 hurricanes, some of these sites are not, yet, recovered to pre-hurricane state.

Highlights Overview

A day in port in St. Thomas allows the cruise traveler enough time to explore more than one of its main attractions. The Main Street of Charlotte Amalie is on the top of the list for those looking for jewelry and watch shopping. Magens Bay and the Coral World Ocean Park are two of the best sites for those looking for water activities or to just enjoy the beach. The Mountain Top and the Paradise Point have astonishing scenic views. The Synagogue and the Evangelical Church are must-see religious sites.

The Main Street in Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie's Main Street - aka Dronningens Gade - runs parallel to the waterfront between the Market Square and the Emancipation Park. The street is lined with the most famous and emblematic shops of St. Thomas like Breitling, Diamonds International, Effy, Hublot, H. Stern, Little Switzerland, Rolex, Tanzanite International or Tiffany among many others. Connecting the Main Street and the Waterfront there are a number of streets (named Gade, or Street in Danish), alleys and passages also lined with shops. Some of these alleys and passages become shopping malls.

Photo of Main Street, Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Main Street in Charlotte Amalie

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WHERE Charlotte Amalie
What:Main Shopping Area in St. Thomas
Getting There:US$ 5.00 Taxi from any of the Cruise Ship Ports
NOTES20 minute walk from the Havensight Cruise Port. It's quite a stretch from the Crown Bay Port.

Magens Bay Beach

The soft, white sands of the most popular bay in St. Thomas, just 3 miles north of the capital, is popular with both residents and cruise ship passengers. Although it is 1 mile long it can get very crowded. The beach is part of a public park and there is an entrance fee - $2.00 per person - to maintain safety and amenities. The calm waters are not the best for snorkeling but swimming is a delight. Changing facilities, lounge and beach chairs, paddle-boats, floats and kayaks are available at the water sports booth. There is also a bar and restaurant with light meals, quick bites, snacks and drinks; a gift shop and a hair braiding stand. If you renting a car be prepared to pay a fee for parking and don't leave anything of value inside.

Photo of Magens Beach in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Magens Beach

Photo by Coolcaesar Creative Commons

WHERENorth Coast
Entrance:US$ 2.00
Open:6:00am - 6:00pm
Getting There:Taxi - US$ 10.00
Amenities: Parking. Restaurant and Bar. Water-sports. Restrooms.
Notes:Many shore excursions include a stop in Magens in the morning - savvy cruisers prefer the beach in the afternoon.

Coral World Ocean Park

Set on a five acre park Coral World features exotic aquariums, outdoor pools and nature trails. Cruise ship passengers can enjoy seeing life on a coral reef from the unique Underwater Observation Tower, pet a shark, hand feed a stingray, wild iguanas and tropical birds and much more. Other programs include Snuba Diving, Sea Trek Helmet Dive, Nautilus Semi-Submarine, Sea Lion swimming and Stingray Lagoon. There are gift shops, cafés, and shower and locker facilities.

Photo of Coral World in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Coral World

photo by management

WHEREEast Coast - close to Coki Beach
Entrance:Coral World Park Admission Adult $19:00 | Child $10.00.
Open:Open 9:00am to 4:00pm daily between November - May | Summer schedule varies.
Website:Visit Official Site

NOTES: Admission doesn't include Sea Lion Swim, Sea Trek, Snuba, Submarine, Shark and Turtle Encounter.

St. Thomas Synagogue

The Synagogue, built in 1833, is one of oldest in America and the fourth built on the site to house a congregation founded in 1796 by Sephardi Jews. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1997 it has very interesting features: the benches, the ark and the bimah all made of mahogany; the 11th century menorah; and, above all, the very unusual sand floor. It is the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.

Photo of Synagogue Exterior in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Synagogue Exterior

Photo © IQCruising.com

WHERECharlotte Amalie
Address:2116 Crystal Grade
Open:Monday-Thursday: 9:00am to 4:00pm | Friday: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Closed:Saturday and Sunday
Website:Visit Official Site
Phone:340-774-4312

NOTES: The real name of the synagogue is Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim.

Mountain Top

On the highest point in St. Thomas (1,547 feet), overlooking the famous Magens Bay, the cruise ship traveler can enjoy from the observation deck one of the most fabulous views of islands and of 20 other islands and cays. The place where Banana Daiquiri was invented is next to the St. Peter Great House and Botanical Garden with a wonderful Nature Trail.

Photo of Mountain Top Vistas in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Mountain Top Vistas

Photo by management

WHERENorth Coast - close to Magens Bay
Entrance:FREE
Address:Estate St. Peter
Open:Everyday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Website:Visit Official Site
Phone:340-774-2400

NOTES: Most sightseeing tours include a stop at the Mountain Top.

Paradise Point

From the paradise point, the cruise traveler will have one of the best views of St. Thomas and Charlotte Amalie Bay. There is a Skyride aerial tramway (US$23.00 per person) with the ground stop very close to the Havensight Dock. Alternatively, you can get taxi ride for half of this price if you just wish to see the views from the top.

Photo of Skyline to Paradise Point in St. Thomas

Skyline to Paradise Point

Photo © IQCruising.com

Where: Long Bay Road, next to Havensight Cruise Dock
Website: www.ridetheview.com

Frederick Evangelical Church

This Lutheran Church is the oldest in St. Thomas (established in 1666) and a must see when exploring Charlotte Amalie. Look out for the staircase and the mahogany altar inside.

Photo of Frederick Evangelical Church in St. Thomas

Frederick Evangelical Church

Photo © IQCruising.com

Where: Charlotte Amalie | 7 Norre Gade, next to the Emancipation Garden  
When: Open Monday to Saturday - 9 AM - 4 PM | Mass on Sunday - 9 AM

Attractions under Recovery

The following Attractions, are not yet open. Recovery efforts and work are being done and it advisable to check back for updates.

Zip-line (Scheduled To Open Soon)

Ziplinning in St. Thomas is one of the most amazing adventures in the Caribbean that the cruise ship passenger should experience. The 2.5-hour canopy tour features eight platforms, two sky-walks and 6 exhilarating zip-lines (including the Yo-Yo) careening down the mountain with fantastic views.

Photo of Zipline in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Zip-line Scenery

Photo by management

WHERENorth Coast
Address:Estate St. Peter
Fee:Adult: $109 | Youth (ages 12 and under): $99.00
Open: Everyday: 8:00 AM - 5 AM
Getting There:Taxi - US$10:00
Website: Visit Official Site | Visit the Facebook Page for UPDATES
Phone: 340-777-9477

Butterfly Farm

Since the Hurricane Season 2017, the Website for the Butterfly Farm has been closed. It is possible that this site is not fully restored. If and when it opens, do not miss it. Ideally located next to the Havensight Cruise Port, you are invited to discover the life cycle of butterflies as hundreds fly around on a lush tropical garden - 25 minute tour.

Photo of Butterfly Farm in St. Thomas

Butterfly Farm

Photo © IQCruising.com

Where and When: Havensight Mall | Entrance - Adult: $12.00 | Children: $6.00  
Website: www.butterflygardenvi.com  

Mahogany Run Golf Course

Due to the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Mahogany Run Golf Course and The Grille are closed until further notice. Please check the website listed below for additional updates. Opened in 1980, the Mahogany Run is the only place to play golf in St. Thomas. Designed by George and Tom Fazio with 18 holes on a 6,022-yard, par-70 course, it is specially known for the Devil's Triangle (holes 13, 14 and 15).

Photo of Mahogany Run Golf Course in St. Thomas

Mahogany Run Golf

Photo by Management

Official Website: www.mahoganyrungolf.com

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