St. Thomas' Best Attractions above and below Water

St. Thomas gives visitors so many options for spending leisure and recreational days both on land and on (or under) its clear, sparkling waters. This list puts Magens Bay at the top because it is one of the Caribbean’s best beaches, and because the beach is often the first destination of vacationers. So start at the beach to get into the “limin’” mode, as they say here in the U.S. Virgin Islands. From there, use this list as your priority guide for picking the best from all of St. Thomas’ varied and alluring attractions and activities.

Get on and under the water both with a combo kayak and snorkeling tour with Virgin Islands Ecotour. Some of its excursions also include exploring trails and historic sites. The rest of the attractions and activities included here revolve around the manmade, but yet they almost always bring you in contact with the islands’ rich world of flora and fauna or their intriguing history peopled with pirates, sea captains, traders and soldiers. St. Thomas’ past pops up everywhere in downtown Charlotte Amalie, where each building seems to tell a story. Check with the St. Thomas Historical Trust for walking and ferry tours of downtown’s historic sites.

Paradise Point St. Thomas Skyride
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For visitors without automobile transportation, the best way to score one of St. Thomas' legendary views is this gondola, located across the street from the Havensight cruise ship dock and shopping center. It whisks visitors high above Charlotte...  Read More

Mahogany Run Golf Course
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The only golf course on St. Thomas, the very hilly Mahogany Run course is declared "spectacular" by golfers. Designed by George and Tom Fazio, the par-70 course boasts its famous "Devil's Triangle" – holes 13, 14 and 15, which stretch along...  Read More

Magic Ice Gallery
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A spinoff of an Oslo, Norway, ice sculpture gallery, Magic Ice localizes its inventory with Virgin Island themes such as Blackbeard, local marine creatures and other works carved by specially trained Lithuanian artists and illuminated with...  Read More



One of St. Thomas' newest attractions, Tree Limin' Extreme consists of a series of eight cables and two rope bridges that crisscross down verdant St. Peter Mountain, one of the island's highest peaks.Visitors cop stunning views across the...  Read More

Blackbeard's Castle / Skytsborg Tower
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Although the pirate Blackbeard most likely never set foot on St. Thomas, he is something of a patron anti-saint. The center of this attraction, Skytsborg Tower, was used as a military lookout in colonial times, but has come to be called...  Read More

St. Peter Great House and Botanical Gardens
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A restored colonial plantation great house originally built in the early 1800s lies at the heart of these 11 lushly landscaped mountain top acres above Magens Bay. The 2,000 square foot structure, open ofr touring, exemplifies West Indian...  Read More



St. Thomas' foremost touring company takes you to see mangrove estuaries, nurse sharks, tropical fish, barracudas, snowy egrets and other natural wonders during three- or five-hour kayak tours. Most tours ply the waters of St Thomas Mangrove...  Read More



Great for families and anyone who loves sea creatures, Coral World boasts a number of activities and attractions for watching and interacting. Its central circular tower like aquarium provides windows onto the coral reef at several levels with...  Read More

St. John Ferry
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The quick ferry ride to the island of St. John whisks you away from St. Thomas' bustle to a quieter, more natural island. The Virgin Islands National Park occupies about two-thirds of the island, insuring it remains as lightly developed as it...  Read More

Magens Bay
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The most highly awarded and flaunted beach in St. Thomas, it attracts locals and tourists alike to its coved, sandy shores within the verdant embrace of St. Thomas' famously scenic hillsides below the Drake's Seat overlook. It is also one of the...  Read More


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