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St. Thomas

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USVI: St Thomas - Fort Christian

Painstakingly-restored sugar press, in Fort Christian, St. Thomas.

St. Thomas is the most populated and busiest of the three US Virgin Islands. Don't plan to rent your own vehicle here unless you're comfortable driving on the left-hand side!

Fun Activities on St. Thomas US Virgin Island

Ativities that families will enjoy include:

  • a visit to Coral World marine park
  • Sea Trekking: Down to the briny deep-- and you don't even get your hair wet, when sea-trekking at Coral World. Don an astronaut-type helmet, and walk an undersea trail. For ages 12 and up.
  • a visit to Coki Beach, right by Coral World, and a popular spot for sunning and snorkeling

On land, you can explore the colonial town of Charlotte Amalie, ("Amal-yuh"). Its fine old European-style buildings are now duty-free shops that sell perfumes and other stuff your kids find boring; promise them a treat at Hard Rock Cafe, and enjoy a walking tour. ( Pick up a free tourist brochure.)

Fort Christian
Overlooking Charlotte Amalie is a Fort named for a Danish King, built in 1672 to protect the town against pirates and European rivals. Kids will enjoy climbing around the Fort, a National Landmark, where they can also pick up some history: The Fort holds the Virgin Islands Museum, and in its old rooms and cells are displays on the islands' natives and the slave trade and revolts. Admission is by donation (-- check web site for updates.)

Virgin Island-Hopping
Keep in mind that you can easily explore the US Virgin Islands National Park on St. John, during a trip to St. Thomas: the ferry ride is only 45 minutes; the ferry is inexpensive and takes cares.

Lodgings on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands:

The Marriott Frenchman's Reef, on St. Thomas, is a large international-style property with an impressive location, and a kids' program. Perched on a high cliff above the sea, the resort has a sports pool on an upper level that's popular with kids. Guests can also head down to sea level and walk past tennis courts to a lovely pool/beach area. Also fun at Frenchman's Reef: take an inexpensive boat shuttle to the historic town of Charlotte Amalie.

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa is one of the few all-inclusives in the US Virgin Islands. Rates include meals, snacks, activities, recreation, entertainment and non-motorized watersports (-windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, complimentary introduction to scuba.) The resort claims to have "the best hotel snorkeling bay in the Virgin Islands."

Bolongo Bay has 65 beachfront rooms (many with fridges and kitchenettes) and semi-inclusive and all-inclusive rates; condominiums, too. Many sports and watersports are part of the inclusive plans; a diving club is on-site.

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