Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock/YaromirCoki Beach, St Thomas,  USVI, near the Oceanarium Piece of Heavenlinquist brachView from 7th Heaven villa, STTAnother view of the harbor at Charlotte AmalieSunrise at Sapphire BeachVI Watersropts Parasailling

Families will love:

  • Caribbean destination with no passport required
  • Most populated island of the U.S.V.I.
  • Jumping off point to other U.S.V.I. islands

St. Thomas is the busiest and most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a popular destination for travelers who want to escape to the warm tropics of the Caribbean, without having to deal with foreign travel issues. The islands are a part of the United States, and citizens may travel to St. Thomas without a passport. (However, bring a passport if your family would like to ... more
St. Thomas is the busiest and most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a popular destination for travelers who want to escape to the warm tropics of the Caribbean, without having to deal with foreign travel issues. The islands are a part of the United States, and citizens may travel to St. Thomas without a passport. (However, bring a passport if your family would like to island hop and visit the nearby British Virgin Islands.) St.Thomas is also home to the busy port and capital city of Charlotte Amalie. The city bustles with cruise passengers and other vacationers drawn as much to the island's beaches as to its abundant shops. Some criticize St. Thomas as overbuilt while others like the variety of lodgings, restaurants, activities and nightlife.

St. Thomas is your jumping off point to St. John, which is accessible via a short ferry ride, and St. Croix, which is most often reached by small plane. Frenchtown is a popular area of St. Thomas, and is the spot to catch a for ferry to St. John or a chartered sail or fishing boat. Instead of Charlotte Amalie's bustling city, you can enjoy restaurants and shopping with a bit more peace, with great views.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

St. Thomas Planning & Tips