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 are intrigued by the idea of feeling the wind in your hair, you will encounter 5 businesses that can help you. You can go to this extended discussion concerning bike and scooter rentals if you want to discover more facts.
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. For a more thorough discussion of diving in this area click here.
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.
If there are some experienced anglers traveling with you, they're in luck -- there are 6 charter operators in this area. Readers can obtain more information concerning fishing in this area can do so on this page.
Like to play golf? There are a couple of golf courses in this area. The courses are Mahogany Run Public Golf Course and Herman E. Moore Golf Course. For detailed information about the course, including location, number of holes, and more just click on the course name. To reach our guide to golfing throughout St. Thomas, see this page.
More information about firms that will help you enjoy some time on the water can be seen in the following chart:
|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|
|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|
|(340) 474-9332||Hull Bay, 2.5 mi. Northwest 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) 998-7767||2.2 mi. West of Central Charlotte Amalie|
If you'd like to read about charter operators and local marinas navigate to this page.
If you're going to be traveling with some folks who enjoy window shopping they can "discover" a few of the 90 retail shops in the area. If you're interested in learning about shopping in Charlotte Amalie, you can do so by going to this page.
You should plan on spending at least a day experiencing the sights and culture of Charlotte Amalie. The area's sights include 16 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Travelers who like spending time outdoors frequently have fun visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. You can go to this extended discussion about area sightseeing attractions if you're looking for additional facts.
Information about a firm that will help you enjoy some local sightseeing can be found directly 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|
|Hiking Tour and Trip Operator||(340) 474-9332||Hull Bay, 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
|Kayaking Service||(340) 474-9332||Hull Bay, 2.5 mi. Northwest of Central Charlotte Amalie|
If you enjoy underwater beauty you'll be pleased to know you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in Charlotte Amalie. To see our complete page about nearby snorkeling opportunities, see this page.
Going to a spa just might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 7 spas that operate in this area. To read more about places to relax in this area check out 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'll see the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name to read more about the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa||4.3 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie||3|
|Magens Point Resort||1.5 mi. Northeast of Central Charlotte Amalie||2|
|Sapphire Village Condominiums||Sapphire Beach, 5.2 mi. East of Central Charlotte Amalie||4|
For instance, Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
The following chart enables you to get some key facts regarding 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 SUP Safaris||Watersports Operator||(340) 244-9455||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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