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Charlotte Amalie Travel Guide: 101 reviews and 192 photos

The largest of the 50 US Virgin Islands archipelago, St Thomas is hailed as the "American Paradise" , representing all that is appealing in these islands. A 13 mile tropical paradise with stunning arcs of white powder sand and fabulous coral reefs invite you to explore more of the island. The downside is the American commercialisation at its worst, the harbour continually full of cruise ships, and all the consumer glitz that goes with that.

A short stroll

We docked in the island's capital Charlotte Amalie. Although small St Thomas is very hilly, so good shoes are recommended for getting around away from the waterfront. Charlotte Amalie is a pretty waterfront town set back in the hillside away from the mayhem of Main Street and the cruise ship terminal
A short stroll up the hill brings you to the colonial style buildings, such as hotel 1829 and Government House

A fine view

For the more adventurous, further up the hill brings you to the 99 Steps - a staircase street built by the Danes which leads to Blackbeard's Castle. The castle was indeed used by the notorious pirate, Edmund Teach and now houses a small hotel.
A cruel irony is, however, that if you count them there are actually more
than 99 steps and every one counts in the hot weather.
We only spent a morning on St Thomas, so we never got around to exploring the marvelous beaches, opting instead to seeing the town.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:nice beaches somewhere, loads of shopping
  • Cons:loads of shopping, fifty whatever state of America
  • In a nutshell:Might as well get off the tug.
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