St. Thomas is known as the “Duty Free Shopping Capital of the World” and in the capital, Charlotte Amelie reigns supreme. The streets of this quiet resort town are lined with shops selling luxury goods at low rates as well as local handicrafts that make for unique gifts. Add in the fact that the duty free allowance is almost twice that of most places in the Caribbean, and you'll quickly see why shopping is the most popular activity in Charlotte Amalie.
Once you've stocked up on all the goods you can manage to return home with, you'll be able to relax and experience Charlotte Amalie for the beautiful seaside town that it is. Many tourists enjoy simply walking through the streets, while those who like to participate in activities with purpose will sign up for sailing, snorkeling, and fishing excursions, participate in a sightseeing tour of the numerous historic attractions, or maybe enjoy a relaxing massage at one of the local resort's on-site spas.
While manly known for the harbour-front, Charlotte Amalie is a very scenic place to explore. Doing so on the back of a bike or scooter can be a great way to get the most of the city and the US Virgin Island weather.
If you like the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there are 5 rental agencies that can help you. To get more information on bike and scooter rentals, click here.
It is true that Charlotte Amalie is better known for shopping than diving, but anyone looking to take the plunge will have plenty of opportunities in this tourists' playground.
There are 5 dive services and at least 6 good dive sites in the area. Read this article concerning diving in this area if you'd like to find out additional information.
Charlotte Amalie is home to much more than just duty-free shopping. From any of the harbours in the city, you will be able to find a fishing charter that will take you offshore for a day of sportsfishing, where you can try your skills against popular fish like mahi-mahi, wahoo, and marlin.
Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter fishing services in this area. To get more information about this topic, visit this guide, which discusses deep sea fishing in this area.
Take a moment to look through the table just below for a listing of area firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water.
|Cool Boats||(340) 344-6812||0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|(340) 775-5055||Charlotte Amalie|
|Day Sail Fantasy||(340) 775-5652||Charlotte Amalie|
|Daydreamer Charter||(340) 775-2584||4.3 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Fury Sailing Charters||(340) 643-7733||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|One Love Charters||(340) 227-5229||4.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Sonic Charters||(340) 244-5096||4.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Swashbucklin Tours||(340) 244-8600||Hull Bay, 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Take It Easy||(340) 677-1320||4.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Tribal VI Day Sails||(340) 998-5106||2.5 mi. South West of Central Charlotte Amalie|
If you're interested in learning about charter operators and marinas navigate to this page.
If you have some people who love to shop vacationing with you, they might enjoy browsing some of the 88 retail stores in the area. Click here to visit our guide to shopping in Charlotte Amalie and nearby.
You really should set aside a day for enjoying the culture, sounds and sights of Charlotte Amalie. Area sights include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to visitors Vacationers who enjoy being outside are likely to enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Navigate to this article regarding area sightseeing attractions if you'd like to find out more specifics.
Information concerning a firm that can guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be found in the chart below.
|Excursions and Sightseeing Service||(340) 774-2992||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Travel and Tour Operators||(340) 776-3650||The vicinity of Charlotte Amalie|
|Ecotours Hassel Island||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 779-2155||0.6 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Ecotours Mangrove Lagoon||Nature Tourism Service||(340) 779-2155||Maroon Town, 3.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie|
If you like to snorkel there's good news -- you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Charlotte Amalie. For more information about snorkeling, see this article concerning nearby snorkeling.
Indulging in a trip to the spa could be the highlight of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 7 spas that operate in this area. For more in formation concerning the options, see this page.
If you want to play some tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 3 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you can see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to read more details concerning the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa||4.3 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie||3|
|Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina||Sapphire Beach, 5.1 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie||2|
|Magens Point Resort||1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||2|
For instance, Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
The chart just below offers information about other activities.
|340 Water Sports||Jet Ski Rental Service||(340) 690-3390||2.8 mi. Southeast of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Aqua Adventure||Watersports Operator||(340) 777-3549||0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Bluewater Safaris||Watersports Operator||(340) 774-9436||2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Independent Sea Tours||Watersports Operator||(340) 344-6397||Charlotte Amalie|
|Movie Theater||(340) 776-3666||Downtown Charlotte Amalie|
|Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers||(340) 693-1559||3.0 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie|
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