St. Thomas is the most populated of the U.S. Virgin Islands and is a major port of call for Caribbean cruise itineraries. There are two widely separated cruise ship docks so you should try and check out where your ship will dock. It will either be Crown Bay west of Charlotte Amalie or The West Indian Company Dock next to Havensight just to the east of town.
Crown Bay Dock – Getting into Charlotte Amalie from the Crown Bay dock, which used to be referred to as the Sub Base area, will require a taxi or a tourist bus. Walking is a bout 1.75 miles along busy roadways.
Havensight Docks – There is a great walking trail less than a mile and a half along the water from the docks near Havensight, which goes thru the shops
of Yacht Haven and into Charlotte Amalie. Yacht Haven is an upscale marina with a number of designer shops along with cafes, bars and a good grocery store. It’s also from Havensight where you catch the cable car up to Blackbeard’s Castle Resort for a drink and to take in the views.
Getting Around – The best way of getting from either dock into Charlotte Amalie is to take a tourist bus (of which there are plenty) currently $4 per person each way. Traveling around the island it would be best to hire a taxi or rent a car (remember the island drives on the left side)
You can also take a ferry over to St. Johns for the day. St. Johns is the other US Virgin Island and is mostly preserved as a National Park. If you go, don’t forget your beach gear, mask and snorkel as St. John is famous for Trunk Bay with its beach and its laid-out snorkeling trails. The shortest ferry route is between Red Hook on St.Thomas and Cruz Bay on St. John. That trip costs $6.00 each way, takes approximately 20 minutes and runs hourly between 6:00 am and Midnight. A longer ferry route runs from downtown Charlotte Amalie to Cruz Bay.
Places to Visit -Take some time to get over to the far side of the island to visit Megan’s Bay, which is consistently named one of the world’s ten best beaches. Frenchman’s Reef beach is still a good choice and the reef is about 100 yards from shore. We would also recommend a visit to the sea life park, Coral World, especially if you have younger children with you.
In Charlotte Amalie the main downtown stretches about ten blocks west from the fort along the waterfront. The waterfront road is Veterans Highway and one block up is Kronprindsens Gade with dozens of alleys and streets connecting the two. Stroll down the ten blocks of Kronprindsens Gade for some good duty free shopping or visit the shops, cafes and galleries in the many alleys with names like Drakes Passage and Creque’s Alley.
Again remember the island drives on the left side so fight your instincts and look right before crossing streets.