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elcome to the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Thank you for choosing our beautiful islands as your travel destination.

The territory — St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Water Island, and its uninhabited outer islands — are leading the travel recovery worldwide, having seen a 44% increase in overseas arrivals compared to 2019.

The Department of Tourism has launched a new tourism campaign titled “Naturally in Rhythm,” designed to inspire and welcome visitors back to the territory and to fall in love and naturally in rhythm with the islands’ diverse culture and natural wonders.

With an array of inter-island transportation options available, you can conveniently island-hop while exploring the destination at your leisure.

The largest of the three islands, St. Croix, known for “a vibe like no other,” has gentle hills, historic towns, and sandy beaches and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. The island has the greatest cultural diversity and boasts pastel buildings and small shops in the historic towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted. Main attractions include the 700-acre underwater Buck Island

National Monument; St. George Village Botanical Gardens; the authentic Danish Whim Plantation Museum dating from the 1700s; Cruzan Rum factory tour; the 18-hole, par-70 Carambola Golf Club; and the historic Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort, celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Peace and tranquility abound on St. John, as two-thirds of the island is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park with 9,500 acres of rolling green hills and an underwater reserve. This tropical world can be explored by land or by sea, with more than 20 self-guided hiking trails and snorkeling or diving in the island’s fish- and coral-filled waters. St. John also boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, including Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay. In Cruz Bay and Coral Bay, you can explore sugar mill ruins and enjoy eclectic shops, local cuisine, and the peaceful ambience of the island.

St. Thomas is mountainous and combines natural beauty with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. A major cruise port as well as the capital city, scenic Charlotte Amalie features top dining and duty-free shopping as well as historic monuments. The island boasts magnificent views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level, with Drake’s Seat and Valdemar Hill — two of the most scenic overlooks. Paradise Point

Tramway lifts visitors 700 feet above sea level on a cable car to one of the most spectacular views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Well-known Magens Bay is just one of more than 40 pristine white-sand beaches on the island. Five years following the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Maria, Frenchman’s Reef will welcome two new properties, The Westin Beach Resort and Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, an Autograph Collection following a more than $425 million investment.

Just within the Charlotte Amalie Harbor, you will find charming Water Island, the smallest of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Honeymoon Beach’s secluded disposition creates a romantic getaway. Be sure to tour the island in a golf cart and greet a few of the 200 residents that call this island gem home.

The U.S. Virgin Islands has something for everyone. We are excited to welcome you back to make new memories!

WARMLY,

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ravel has returned in full force, and we are delighted to welcome you to the U.S. Virgin Islands! There’s no better place to rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul than on island time beside the glistening tropical waters of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John. You’re exactly where you should be.

With everything from breathtaking beaches to historical landmarks to activities for all ages, the perfect Caribbean vacation has arrived. Whether you’re on a solo adventure, romantic getaway, or family outing or enjoying a soiree with friends, the USVI offers outstanding accommodations, activities, shopping, restaurants, and more to cater to you.

Indulge in a variety of delectable regional and international cuisine paired with delicious local beverages. Explore small and renowned businesses offering unique gifts you will treasure for a lifetime. Find activities to ignite your spirit and rediscover yourself on one of several land and water excursions. Turn off your alarm clock and silence your phone because you won’t want to miss a moment of relaxation at one of our many celebrated accommodations.

Each island and cay within the territory offers a tailored experience, and if you’re unsure where to start, this beautiful and detailed island guide offers an assortment of recommendations for every traveler and

group. Embark on family fun on St. Croix, spend a night on the town on St. Thomas, and explore the enchanting National Park on St. John. Whatever you need to unwind and reset, you’re sure to find it within these pages.

And you can now access this guide on your phone by downloading the Visit USVI mobile app! The convenient and userfriendly app allows you to immediately tap into this excellent resource while on the go so you can make the most of your vacation.

Travel is a beautiful way to rekindle your passion for life, and we invite you to find tranquility and adventure in the majestic U.S. Virgin Islands. However you choose to enjoy your well-deserved time away, it is our pleasure to welcome you to paradise.

WARM REGARDS,

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ANQUANETTE GASPARD

Born and raised in St. Croix, Anquanette Gaspard is a food and travel entrepreneur, freelance writer, blogger, and social media influencer who shares the beauty of Caribbean food and culture in a way that is authentically Caribbean. Her blog, CruzanFoodie. com, highlights the food, history, and culture in the USVI, Caribbean, and beyond. Her work has been featured in publications such as Travel + Leisure, Discover USVI, Experience BVI, Ebony, Essence, and Destination Marriott

ANDREA MILAM

Andrea Milam has lived in the Caribbean since 2005. Enamoured with the region’s culture and natural beauty, she moved to St. John in the Virgin Islands after graduating from college. There, she got married, built a home and a family, and established her writing career. She strives to shine the spotlight on the region’s incredible food, music, culture, and people in her writing assignments. Andrea is grateful every day to be a part of the Love City community.

STEVE AND JANET SIMONSEN

Steve and Janet Simonsen met on St. Thomas in 1987, got married at Secret Harbour in 1989, and moved to St. John in 1991. Since then, Steve’s photography has taken them around the world but has always been rooted in the islands they call home. He’s contributed to the V.I. Department of Tourism’s branding for two decades, and his work has appeared in Islands, Scuba Diving, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and Caribbean Travel + Life. They also have supplied footage to Kenny Chesney for music videos, concert tours, and documentaries.

MEREDITH ZIMMERMAN

Meredith Zimmerman is a destination wedding, elopement, and branding photographer based on St. Croix. She and her husband moved to the USVI in 2017 with just a few bags but have since collected a house, a dog, two cats, a pet chicken, and a fishing charter business. Her work has been featured in Departures, Travel + Leisure, The New York Times, Wedding Chicks, and Dwell. Follow along on Instagram at @meredithzimmerman_.

CAROL M. BAREUTHER

Carol M. Bareuther, R.D., visited St. Thomas by cruise ship in 1986, returned two months later from her native New Jersey to work as the hospital’s nutritionist, and never left. One husband, two children, and a threedecade tandem-writing career later, Bareuther still loves life in the USVI. She’s authored Virgin Islands Cooking and Sports Fishing in the Virgin Islands and has written for Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Cruising World, Marlin, and Sail. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, hiking, and reading.

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ST. THOMAS

STT1 Welcome to St. Thomas

Get to know this Caribbean hot spot

STT4 Activities & Attractions

Get ready for one-of-a-kind adventures

STT8 Historic sites, churches, and synagogues

STT18 Arts & Culture

Artistic expressions to delight you

STT22 On the Water

Venture on, above, or below the waves

STT28 Beaches

Don’t miss these beautiful beaches

STT34 Shopping

Find duty-free bargains and more

STT58 Dining

Savor diverse and delicious dishes

STT76 Local Spotlight

Virgilio’s Matthew Richardson

STT78 Local Spotlight

Chef Kerish Robles

STT82 Accommodations

Your home away from home

STT87 Health & Beauty

Nourish your body, mind, and spirit

ST. JOHN

STJ1 Welcome to St. John Get to know Love City

STJ4 Activities & Attractions

There’s plenty to see and do

STJ8 On the Water

A slice of heaven for water enthusiasts

STJ13 Beaches

Beaches beyond compare

STJ 16 Shopping

Find unique gifts and souvenirs

STJ22 Dining

A small island with big flavors

STJ27 Local Spotlight

Delroy “Ital” Anthony

STJ28 Accommodations

Discover memorable lodging options

STJ32 Real Estate

Make this a permanent vacation

ST. CROIX

STX1 Welcome to St. Croix

An unrivaled island vibe

STX4 Activities & Attractions

A plethora of things to see and do

STX14 On the Water

Exciting water excursions await

STX20 Beaches

Visit these unspoiled shores

STX22 Shopping

Unique souvenirs to take home

STX32 Dining

Take your taste buds on an adventure

STX41 Local Spotlight

St. Croix Classes of the ’80s

STX42 Accommodations

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16 Calendar of Events What’s happening throughout the year 16a Maps Find your way around the islands 185 Weddings Say “I do” the island way 188 Visitor Information 189 Transportation 194 Index of Advertisers Listings of our preferred partners 199 Members of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association Steve Simonsen (3); art by www.elianabartistry.com 15 Did you know you can search for shopping, dining, and attractions on the go? Scan the QR code below to download the Visit USVI app and get ready to explore! the US Virgin Islands St. Croix St. John St. Thomas Deals & Specials Messages

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Save the date! Mark your calendar so you can enjoy these year-round events and festivals. For more information, go to www.visitusvi.com.

January

• Food, Arts and Crafts Fair, St. Croix

• St. Croix Scenic 50 Mile Ultra Marathon

• Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix

• Martin Luther King Regatta, St. Thomas

February

• Krewe de Croix Mardi Croix Parade, St. Croix

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

• St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair

March

• St. Thomas International Regatta, St. Thomas

• The Round the Rocks Race, St. Thomas

• St. George Botanical Gardens Art in the Garden, St. Croix

• St. Patrick’s Day Parade, St. Croix

April

• The St. Croix Food and Wine Experience

• Virgin Islands Carnival, St. Thomas

• J’Ouvert, St. Thomas

• Children’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas

• Adult’s Carnival Parade, St. Thomas

May

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

• Beach to Beach Power Swim, St. John

June

• St. John Celebration, St. John

July

• Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival, St. Croix

• St. John Celebration, St. John

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

August

• Annual Texas Society Chili Cook Off, St. Thomas

November

• USVI Charter Yacht Show, St. Thomas

• Christiansted Jump Up, St. Croix

• Paradise Jam: NCAA Division 1 men’s and women’s basketball teams go head-to-head in this annual tournament

• Paddle the Park, St. John

December

• Annual St. Croix International Marathon

• Crucian Christmas Festival, St. Croix

• Christmas Boat Parade, St. Croix

Events and dates are subject to change.

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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS ROUTES MAP & DIRECTORY

ST. THOMAS

Look for TOMMY STARFISH directional signs along the roads to help guide you around the island. The color-coded signs correspond to the colored routes on this map.

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WELCOME TO ST. THOMAS

Discover this Caribbean hot spot with a sophisticated vibe.

Love City. Twin City. Rock City. You won’t find these nicknames on a map, but you’ll hear them locally in conversations referring to the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Small, intimate St. John is Love City. Twin City is St. Croix, with its two towns of Christiansted and Frederiksted. St. Thomas is known as Rock City because it is dominated by a majestic mountain range.

St. Thomas as well has a rock-solid reputation as one of the best vacation destinations in the world, and visitors can experience it everywhere and delight all their senses. That’s because this dynamic and cosmopolitan island offers Michelinworthy dining, incredible shopping on Main Street, and luxe activities like yachting and beach hopping.

Best of all, U.S. citizens need no passport to enter and enjoy.

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ON LAND

ST. THOMAS IS A MUST FOR NATURE LOVERS, THRILL SEEKERS, AND THOSE LOOKING FOR ONEOF-A-KIND ADVENTURES.

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From the moment you arrive, you’ll find yourself falling naturally in rhythm with the heartbeat of our islands. Our rich culture and storied history, our pristine beaches, turquoise waters, natural diversity beckon—and our smiling, friendly people can’t wait to warmly welcome you to America’s Caribbean visitUSVI.com

There’s more to St. Thomas than sun, sand, and sea. Top attractions offer everything from a swim with dolphins to panoramic views, treasure hunts, and eco-friendly explorations.

Coral World Ocean Park

Swim, splash, trek, and kayak with dolphins at this five-acre aquarium and marine-adventure land next to Coki Beach. Nearly two additional acres of enclosed ocean comprise the Dolphin Sea Sanctuary, where visitors can interact

with the marine mammals in a natural environment. You can also swim with sea lions, see baby sharks up close, and watch stingrays and sea turtles swim in a tropical lagoon. Walk-through attractions include the Marine Gardens, where 21 tanks are filled with exotic fish and sea life; the 80,000-gallon Reef Encounter, which feels like you’re inside an aquarium; and the Undersea Observatory, where park staff feed fish and sharks at throughout the day. There’s a restaurant, restrooms, and a gift shop here, too.

Mountain Top

Stand on the top of St. Thomas and see the surrounding U.S. and British Virgin Islands from the open-air observation deck perched nearly 1,500 feet above sea level. The other big draw here is a world-famous banana daiquiri made with the Virgin Islands’ own Cruzan rum. Take a sip, take in the view, and take home a souvenir or two from the duty-free gift shop.

Tree Limin’ Extreme

Soar over the forest canopy below Mountain Top on a zipline tour. Six zip lines, two sky bridges, acres of jungle, and one great view of the Atlantic Ocean, beaches, bays, and islands beyond make this a must-do. Tree Limin’ boasts the only

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“Yo-Yo” zip in the Caribbean. Like the toy of the same name, this section of the zip line propels you forward and back again, creating a take-your-breath-away thrill. Experienced guides lead the way and make sure there’s timin’ for limin’ (St. Thomas’s word for relaxing) as well as the adrenalin rush of ziplining along the way.

The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co.

Pick your pleasure and launch into one of six tropical hunts. Five, like the Golden Age of Piracy and the Salty Pirate Adventure, are pirate-themed; and the other, Operation Tropical Mindfall, is a spy thriller. All scenarios, which range from three to five hours long, combine GPS-powered augmented reality with immersive reallife travels to several locations across the island. Transportation, bottled water, and snacks are all included.

Virgin Islands Ecotours

Paddle in paradise on a 2.5-hour guided kayak and snorkel tour in the Mangrove Lagoon. Three- and five-hour tours include a hike on deserted Cas Cay, where there are tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and a geological blowhole fueled by the wave action of the sea. Sunset and full-moon kayak tours add a whole other dimension of fun. Or you can rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore this pristine marine reserve on your own.

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Top attractions offer everything from a swim with dolphins to panoramic views, treasure hunts, and eco-friendly explorations.

OLD WORLD AND NEW

Charlotte Amalie’s history and culture are rich

Visit Charlotte Amalie’s historic sites and experience the town’s storied past. Most notably, there’s a distinctly European influence here. That’s because Denmark owned the Virgin Islands for 250 years until the United States purchased the territory in 1917. Nowhere else in the Caribbean is there a Danish presence, which is evident in architecture and signs labeled gade, the Danish word for street. Here are six sites not to miss if you want to learn more about St.Thomas’s past and take a walk back in time.

Government House. Built in 1867, this building is the workplace of the territory’s governor. It’s a three-story white building with a neoclassical design and intricate ironwork adorning the balconies. Inside are portraits of every U.S. Virgin Islands governor, paintings by St. Thomas–born French impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, and beautiful mahogany furnishings. Most eye-catching is the red Danish-style guardhouse at the entrance.

99 Steps. The Danes came up with “step streets” to make it easier to traverse St. Thomas’s steep hillsides. The most famous is called the 99 Steps. They connect Government Hill and Government House to the neighborhood above. Walk up and enjoy the postcardworthy view from the top of Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

Fort Christian. Completed in 1680, this landmark red fort with its famous Victorian clocktower is a focal point. Take a self-guided tour to rooms that served as a governor’s residence, place of worship, official building, and jail. There’s even a dungeon downstairs.

Emancipation Garden. Opposite Fort Christian, this park commemorates the 1848 emancipation with a bronze statue of a freed slave blowing a conch shell. The garden is a popular place for events, especially choirs and bands that perform in the gazebo.

St. Thomas Synagogue. This historic place of worship is the oldest synagogue in continuous use under the U.S. flag. In 1997, it was declared a National Historic

Landmark. The early community’s Sephardic Orthodox origins are evident in the sand floor. Today, there is an active congregation with regular services.

St. Thomas Reformed Church. Founded in 1660, this historic church hosted the Transfer Day service in 1917 and was the home church of Edward Blyden, father of Pan-Africanism. Destroyed by fire, flood, and hurricane, the sanctuary with its towering pillars has been rebuilt each time. Tours are available by appointment. Co-Pastors Jeffrey Neevel and Ben Rowe lead Sunday services at 10 a.m.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. The first Catholic church in the Danish West Indies dates to the 1700s, yet a fire and hurricane destroyed the earliest edifice. The current building dates to 1848. A decadelong restoration completed in 2015 added new illumination to the 11 incredible 1901-painted murals in the sanctuary of scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Mass is celebrated regularly, and tours are available.

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ST.THOMAS REFORMED

Preserving the Past

Take

step back in time with a visit to St. Thomas’s trio of historic museums.

The St. Thomas Historical Trust’s Museum is tucked between Main Street and the waterfront on Raadets Gade. Inside are West Indian art and antiques dating as far back as the 1600s, along with shipwreck artifacts, photographs and paintings of oldtime St. Thomas and Hassel Island, and a library of rare Virgin Islands

literature. The Trust also offers guided Downtown Walking Tours of historic sites and self-guided information for visiting Hassel Island.

Two blocks north is the Weibel Memorial Museum at the St. Thomas Synagogue. A series of wall plaques with many historic photos tells the rich story of the island’s Jewish community, which dates to the 1600s. Guided tours are available Monday through Friday by appointment.

To the west in Frenchtown, the French Heritage Museum is easily identified by a miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower out front. The museum documents the arrival and life of French immigrants to St. Thomas. Handmade fishing nets, pottery, accordions, photographs, and more are on display. Volunteers helm the museum on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Plan your destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding or Vows Renewal with us. We are here to help you. Open to Visitors: Mon.-Thurs. 9am - 4pm, Fri. 9am - 3pm Contact us at: info@synagogue.vi | www.synagogue.vi Phone: 340-774-4312 | Fax: 340-774-3249 Join us for Services: Fridays 6:30pm STT10 VISIT U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 2023 Sunday 10 a.m. services are culturally & musically rich and diverse. Visit our historic Sanctuary All are welcome! 5 Crystal Gade, at the corner of Crystal and Nye, Charlotte Amalie A beacon of hope & light in downtown Charlotte Amalie (340) 776-8255 • www.strchurch.org The STRC app is available in the App store in Mac and Android formats.
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EXPLORE HASSEL ISLAND

History comes alive in this former Danish stronghold.

Atrip to Hassel Island is like stepping back in time. Beginning in the late 1600s, this 135-square-acre island, a stone’s throw from Charlotte Amalie, was important to St. Thomas’s commerce and defense. Since 1978, the National Park Service has owned most of the island and has worked towards preserving the historic structures here.

There are no regular tours, but the St. Thomas Historical Trust (www.stthomashistoricaltrust.org) occasionally runs guided trips to the island. If you’d like to visit on your own, check with the captain of the Water Island ferry (www.waterislandferry.com) at Crown Bay Marina to arrange a drop-off and pickup from Hassel Island. Sites not to miss on the island hiking trails include the Garrison House, Prince Frederick’s Battery, and Cowell’s Battery and Signal Station.

The Garrison House. This stately looking one-story building is easily visible from St. Thomas, especially from The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef. Constructed in 1807 under the island’s second occupation by the British in the Napoleonic Wars, it was used to hold arms and munitions. Hassel’s location at the mouth of Charlotte Amalie Harbor made it ideal as a first line of defense.

Prince Frederick’s Battery. A short hike south from Garrison House leads to this fortification, built in 1778. The floor plan, the outline of which is still somewhat visible today, included officers’ quarters, soldiers’ rooms, magazine, kitchen, cistern, latrine, and six cannons. Danish army officer Lt. Peter Lotharios Oxholm, who was governor-general of the Danish West Indies in the early 19th century, drew the plans. The view is incredible from this battery, taking in the Havensight cruise ship terminal to the north, resorts directly east, and St. Croix, which is visible 40 miles south on a clear day.

Cowell’s Battery and Signal Station. This strategic lookout was built in 1801 at the highest point on Hassel Island, 267 feet above sea level. Back in its day were two naval cannons, each weighing 5,500 pounds, which had to be offloaded, mounted on carriages, and rolled up the hill.

Remnants of a marine railway, a lime kiln, and headstones from a small 19th-century cemetery also make Hassel Island a great place for history buffs to explore. For more information, visit www.hasselisland.org.

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WIN BIG IN PARADISE

Try your luck while enjoying some fun gaming action indoors.

The fun doesn’t stop in St. Thomas when it rains or the sun goes down.

Gaming is a great way to play indoors and at night.

Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands operates over 45 video lottery terminals (VLTs) here. These are easy-to-play, fully automated machines, which offer one or a combination of casino-style games played via buttons and touch screens. A print ticket shows the remaining cash balance or winnings, the latter of which is paid out.

Some VLTs are in bars and restaurants such as the French Quarter Bistro in Frenchtown, Sib’s on the Mountain on the northside, and Caribbean Saloon in Red Hook. Others are in dedicated gaming centers like Bushwackers at the Crown Bay Center, on the Crown Bay cruise ship dock, and the Winner’s Circle in Port of Sale next to the Havensight Mall and Cruise Pier.

At Bushwackers you’ll find live music; two bars, including

one that’s only steps away from the Caribbean Sea; and VLTs that play poker, keno, and roulette. The Rum Bar serves craft cocktails, and Island Flavors restaurant dishes up Caribbean favorites. Theme nights include Margarita Mondays, Wine Down Wednesdays, and a Friday night DJ, all of which offer a full house of gaming fun.

At the Winner’s Circle try your luck at blackjack, poker, keno, roulette, and now Lucky

8 roulette. There are winning jackpots daily. A full bar is inside, and the casual open-air Rum Hut across the parking lot offers local and imported beer and cocktails, plus pizza and chicken wings.

VLTs are under the supervision of the V.I. Lottery, which makes significant financial contributions annually to the community, including to public schools, veteran and retiree assistance, and local nonprofits.

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BUSHWACKERS

340-715-5300; www.bushwackersvi.com

Enjoy the flavor and excitement of the islands at St. Thomas’s premier gaming center. Bushwackers is one cool, laid-back spot on the Crown Bay cruise ship dock featuring live music and two bars, including an outside bar just steps from the Caribbean Sea. Bushwackers is St. Thomas’s favorite entertainment choice for locals and tourists alike and was voted “Best Entertainment Center” by The Virgin Islands Daily News.

CAPTAIN MORGAN EXPERIENCE CENTER

340-713-5654

www.captainmorganvisitorcenter.com

An intriguing experience awaits you at the home of Captain Morgan. Immerse yourself in an interactive exhibit that celebrates the adventurous spirit of Captain Morgan. The Captain believes there’s always the possibility of more fun! The Captain Morgan Experience is a spectacular tourist attraction that immerses every visitor in a legendary experience that captures the Captain’s personality and brings his story and the story of rum and the U.S. Virgin Islands together. The 30-minute experience includes history, a rum tasting, and a retail store. Come join the Captain’s Crew!

CORAL WORLD OCEAN PARK

340-775-1555; www.coralworldvi.com

Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life. View a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory while staying dry and enjoy daily presentations. Add-ons include Dolphin Swim and Sea Lion Swim programs, Shark Encounter, SNUBA, Sea Trek, and the Nautilus Semi-Submarine. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer schedule varies.

CRUZAN RUM

340-692-2280; www.cruzanrum.com

The world-renowned Cruzan Rum Distillery’s award-winning experience features a walking tour of the historical distillery where you get an intimate look at the Cruzan rum making process. At the tour’s end, you can relax at the newly renovated Visitor Center and enjoy your choice of Cruzan cocktails and samples.

FRENCHTOWN BREWING

340-690-2104

www.frenchtownbrewing.com

Every day is a celebration. Join Frenchtown Brewing for a five-star brewery experience. Sample exceptional #IslandHopped craft beers, tour the brewery, meet the brewer, get the gear, make friends. Get beer to go in growlers and cans. Celebrate a great day on St. Thomas. Find Frenchtown Brewing in Frenchtown and

at Bluebeards Resort. See Facebook or Instagram for hours and directions.

HEBREW CONGREGATION OF ST. THOMAS

340-774-4312; www.synagogue.vi

The Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas, established in 1796, is one of the three National Historic Landmarks here. It is the oldest synagogue in continuous use under the American flag and second oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Visitors are welcome. No admission fees. Stop by the well-stocked Judaica Gift Shop. Services every Friday at 6:30 p.m.

LEATHERBACK BREWING COMPANY

340-725-4677

www.leatherbackbrewing.com

The primary ingredient in Leatherback Brewing Company’s beer is rainwater delivered by Mother Nature. Leatherback’s large-capacity rainwater holding is followed by an advanced purification system that delivers the perfect base for each brew. Both of Leatherback’s breweries will be completely solar powered and off-grid. Carefully designed breweries and tasting rooms will be fully powered by the sun with modern Tesla batteries and powersystem management by West Indies Power.

MAGENS BAY PARK

340-777-6300

www.magensbayauthority.org

Take a leisurely stroll along Magens Bay’s sunny, white-sand beach. Relax in the warm, clear water, perfect for swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding. Hike a nature trail and experience the beauty of the native mangrove trees while searching for colorful birds and exotic flowers. Magens offers a beautiful setting for weddings, a magnificent shoreline for vacationing, and a bounty of natural wildlife for exploring. Magens Bay Park truly has it all.

PARASAIL VIRGIN ISLANDS

340-227-8303

www.parasailvirginislands.com

Come fly over the beautiful U.S. Virgin Islands with Parasail Virgin Islands and experience the thrill of an offshore powerboat ride, parachuting, ballooning, and gliding all in one action-packed adventure at a fraction of the cost. Parasail Virgin Islands welcomes ages 6 and up and has a 100 percent safety record. Parasailing is fun for the whole family!

PIRATES TREASURE MUSEUM

340-775-9575

www.piratemuseumstthomas.com

This shipwreck museum showcases authentic artifacts and treasures from the world-famous deep-ocean discoveries of Odyssey Marine Exploration. You’ll also find exhibits and artifacts from Virgin Islands shipwrecks. You can easily spend hours exploring this two-story museum, where history and interactive exhibits immerse visitors in the world of pirates and

the deep-ocean exploration technology used to recover treasures that were once thought lost forever. These stories and artifacts combine to paint a vivid picture of the marauders that once prevailed over the Caribbean Sea. The museum’s exhibits offer insight and a physical connection to the Caribbean and the world as it was hundreds — or even thousands — of years ago.

ST. THOMAS REFORMED CHURCH

340-776-8255; www.strchurch.org

St. Thomas Reformed Church is a beacon of hope and light in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Founded in 1660, this historic church hosted the Transfer Day service in 1917 and was the home church of Edward Blyden, father of Pan-Africanism. Destroyed by fire, flood, and hurricane, the sanctuary with its towering pillars has been rebuilt each time, serving residents and visitors alike. Tours available by appointment. Sunday services at 10 a.m. led by Co-Pastors Jeffrey Neevel and Ben Rowe are culturally and musically rich and diverse. All are welcome! Open for tours by appointment.

SOUTHLAND GAMING OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

340-776-4111; www.southlandgaming.com

Win big jackpots! Video lottery is the hottest bet in gaming. Blackjack, keno, poker, or whatever your game, there is Vegas-style action day and night. Whether in a resort, beachfront, local restaurant, or at any of Southland Gaming’s more than 35 locations, it’s sure to be exciting! Locations include Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming Center) on St. Thomas, and The Parrot Club on St. John.

TREE LIMIN’ EXTREME ZIPLINE PARK

340-777-ZIPS (9477)

www.ziplinestthomas.com

Soar through the rainforest on a two-anda-half-hour zipline canopy tour. Take in breathtaking views from eight aerial platforms and six exhilarating zip lines and soak up the sun on Tree Limin’ Extreme’s two incredible sky bridges as your ACCT-trained guides lead you through this experience of a lifetime.

THE TROPICAL TREASURE HUNT CO.

786-296-8800

www.tropicaltreasurehunt.com

Ahoy, mateys! Come experience a tropical treasure hunt on St. Thomas. Experience the best of an escape room while hunting for clues and treasure across the island. Tropical Treasure Hunt offers fun-filled half-day and full-day adventures for all ages. Learn Caribbean pirate history while experiencing top attractions. Try the spooky night treasure hunt, kayak through the mangroves, and brave a frighteningly fun haunted trail. Or immerse yourself in the beauty of the USVI with a new boat charter treasure hunt, which takes you to St. John for top snorkeling spots. Tropical Treasure Hunt’s augmented reality treasure hunts are the only ones of their kind in the Caribbean.

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ART INSPIRING

NO MATTER WHERE YOU LOOK, THE ISLAND’S ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS WILL DELIGHT YOUR SENSES.

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The Lagoon by Brenda Sylvia Courtesy of Mango Tango Art Gallery

The radiance of the aquamarine sea, the quality of light, and the lush emerald foliage of the Virgin Islands have long inspired artists. In the mid-1800s, for example, native impressionistic painter Camille Pissarro was enthralled by the beauty of the St. Thomas Harbor. So, too, are artists today.

Mango Tango Art Gallery has been showcasing artists for more than 30 years. Here you can enjoy dynamic originals, many available as prints. Find a treasure trove of ceramics and discover the creativity of Haitian and African artisans in the breezy hillside gallery.

You’ll also appreciate the spectacular photography of native artist Ama Dennis at her Creative Native gallery, a block north of Fort Christian. Iconic images, many labeled in West Indian dialect, include a pre-dawn view of Main Street (Fo Day Mahnin/Four in the Morning), a panoramic view from Frenchtown to Fort Christian (Mahnin, Mahnin/Good

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THE CREATIVE NATIVE 340-626-0226; www.thecreativenative.art

In the heart of historic Charlotte Amalie, this calm space filled with vibrant images is likened to a museum. It’s a walking tour in air conditioning, where art meets history. You will have an opportunity to engage with the artist as she shares vignettes of V.I. history and culture through lively storytelling. You can extend your experience by shipping home V.I. wall art or buying gift items from The Creative Native.

MANGO TANGO ART GALLERY

340-777-3060; www.mangotangoart.com

The radiance of the aquamarine sea, the quality of light, and the lush emerald foliage of the

Morning), and a black-and-white depiction of Guavaberry rum ingredients (Ah Come Fo’Me Guavaberry/I’m Coming for My Guavaberry).

Other vibrant art venues worth visiting include Fish Face, Seven Minus Seven, and 81c. On neighboring St. John, stop by Bajo el Sol Gallery and Art Bar.

Walk or drive and you’ll see vivid examples of St. Thomas’s colorful street art. On Route 33 to the west there’s a wall-sized mural depicting the life of a sea turtle, from hatching to swimming among the coral reefs. Vivid blues, yellows, greens, and gold bring to life Black Utopia Lane, a celebration of African culture on Route 38 near Tutu Park Mall. One of the latest wall paintings is at the intersection of Routes 30 and 33 at the Nisky intersection. Its caption, “Welcome to St. Thomas,” is next to a larger-than-life-size Virgin Islands flag.

Arts and culture are embedded into St. Thomas’s DNA, and there’s no question that its creative community shines brightly under the island’s near-constant sunshine.

Virgin Islands all seduce artists to create paintings and ceramics. It is no wonder that in the mid-1800s one of the world’s most famous impressionist painters, Camille Pissarro — then a teenager — became distracted by the beauty of the St. Thomas Harbor. While on an errand to retrieve goods for his father’s hardware store, Pissarro’s surroundings diverted his attention to sketch and paint. Today, the Virgin Islands’ art scene continues to thrive. Mango Tango Art Gallery has been encouraging artists to take risks for more than 30 years. Enjoy dynamic originals, many available in print. Find a treasure trove of ceramics. Discover the creativity of Haitian and African artisans in the breezy hillside gallery. Mango Tango recommends other vibrant art venues. On St. Thomas, look for Fish Face, Seven Minus Seven, and 81c. On St. John, Bajo el Sol Gallery and Art Bar shines.

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ON THE WATER

SEAWORTHY ADVENTURES

St. Thomas serves up a slew of watersports and guided tours on, above, or below the waves.

With the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, St. Thomas beckons visitors with a boatload of wet ways to spend the day. Watersports operators offer trips and tours ranging from a few hours to a full day. Jump right in to experience the best this tropical water world has to offer.

Bird’s-Eye View

Soar 500 feet over the water with Parasail Virgin Islands. Tours depart from Charlotte Amalie and Sapphire Marina. Eagle-eye views of St. Thomas, St. John, St. Croix, and the BVI make for unforgettable memories. Go solo or take a friend for a tandem ride.

Island-Hop

Rent a power catamaran for three, five, or seven hours from See & Ski Powerboat Rentals at IGY’s American Yacht Harbor. Experienced captains take you

to deserted islands, pristine beaches, and even cliff-jump sites. Boats hold up to six passengers and come stocked with cold water, soda, and beer. For a bigger experience, book a full-day or multiday charter on one of Beach Charters VI’s 38to 50-foot sailing catamarans. Or, for something different, try their Strings, Sails, and Sunsets excursion, which offers a live music concert for up to a dozen people as the sun dips beneath the horizon. Stormy Pirates also offers boat charters, day sails, and sunset

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ILLUMINATED KAYAK AFTER DARK

SUNSET & DINNER SAILS

SNORKELING CATAMARANS

FISHING CHARTERS

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cruises. The fleet includes two sailing catamarans perfect for island hopping and snorkel stops and a plush 51-foot Sea Ray Sundancer powerboat for private charters.

Trips to The Baths in Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke — both in the British Virgin Islands — are available, too.

Midnight Sun Boat Charters’ fleet of Midnight Express powerboats can take you on a day trip to the British Virgin Islands’ far-eastern island of Anegada and Puerto Rico’s Culebra Island to the west. For even more choices, St. Thomas Water Sports’ menu includes kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours, day sails to Buck Island, sunset sails, and private Magic Moments luxury excursions on the 45-foot Sea Ray in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

Paddle On

Kayak, hike, and snorkel with Virgin Islands Ecotours in the protected

THE 2022 CARIBBEAN CHARTER YACHT SHOW IN ST. THOMAS

Following a successful inaugural event in 2021, the second edition of the Caribbean Charter Yacht Show, hosted by IGY Marinas in partnership with IYBA, took place at Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas December 8–11, 2022. The show will be held annually in December.

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Expanding and enhancing the event in 2022, the show organizers involved local businesses to give participants the opportunity to experience a variety of cuisines, entertainment, and off-site tours. At the culmination of the event, a night of music and fun was enjoyed at the Caribbean Charter Yacht Show crew party.

More than 15 exhibiting yachts enjoyed the world-class facilities at IGY’s award-winning Yacht Haven Grande marina and benefitted from promotion via www.yachtbroker.org, a complimentary yacht profile with www.superyachtstories.com, social media exposure across multiple

platforms, and discounted dockage with no minimum stay.

Benefits for attending brokers included priority access for yacht viewings, unlimited dock access during show hours, transportation to and from hotels, the option to participate in judging of competitions, exclusive seminars and events, and trip opportunities on the show’s Destination Day.

To register your yacht or your attendance for future shows, please visit the CCYS website at www.caribbeancharterys.com.

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A DAY ON THE WATER

Midnight Sun Boat Charters is the island’s premier day charter company. Offering top-of-the-line, sleek, fast, and luxurious Midnight Express boats, it’s the one charter experience you will be talking about until your next visit to the island — guaranteed! This family-operated company started in 2015 with a 37-foot boat named Obsidian, which was subsequently refurbished in 2018 after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Midnight Sun then quickly became one of the most popular charter companies known for its sleek, black boats. In 2019 as hotels reopened, Midnight Sun added a second boat, a 43-foot 1,400-horsepower Midnight Express named Onyx, to the fleet; Opal, another 37-foot Midnight Express, was also recently added to the fleet, and the 43-foot Oro was relocated from Miami for the winter season. These ultraluxurious vessels, with stepped hulls that create air pockets under the boat, offer a very comfortable ride in most conditions. Thanks to each Midnight Express’s impressive horsepower, guests can hit multiple spots on an itinerary in the same day, giving you more time at your chosen destinations rather than spending the time getting from place to place. Each boat is equipped with Coast Guard–required lifesaving equipment and can hold up to 12 passengers. Snorkel gear, swim noodles, and underwater scooters are available on the boats as well. Onyx and Oro also boast a cabin with a full bathroom and a wet bar on the rear deck. All of Midnight Sun’s boats have convenient side swim doors opening out from the deck, so there’s no need to climb aboard via a ladder close to the engines. As for itineraries, Midnight Sun offers custom trips based on your preferences. The boats can reach any part of the USVI or BVI in mere minutes, and yes, BVI trips are available daily. The trip from Red Hook to Spanish Town marina on Virgin Gorda recently clocked in at 42 minutes on a smooth, flat day. So if there is that one spot you always heard about or wanted to visit, Midnight Sun can get you there quickly. Pickups are available on St. Thomas and St. John. Midnight Sun looks forward to hosting your day on the water.

For information, call 340-998-7682 (mobile) or 208-504-9589 (office); midnightsuncharter@gmail.com.

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Mangrove Lagoon and Cas Cay. There are guided tours that span from 2.5 to 5 hours, as well as sunset and fullmoon kayak tours. You also may want to rent a kayak to explore on your own.

Go Fish

Cast your line inshore for tarpon, snapper, and rainbow runner. Troll offshore for tuna, wahoo, and dolphin; or try your luck at catching and releasing a big blue marlin. Double Header Sport Fishing offers each of these angling opportunities. The company’s 37-foot center-console powerboats and a 40-foot sportfisher offer trips to prime fishing grounds while providing a comfortable ride with ample seating. Tackle, bait, and cold drinks are provided on trips ranging from 4 to 10 hours.

Bring along a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera to capture your catch.

Dive In

Swim through the submerged “Welcome Arch” off Thatch Cay. Visit Squidville, a great sloping reef packed with fish off Grass Cay. Look for stingrays, lobsters, and eels on the part-sand, part-rock seafloor called Rays Rise between Great and Little St. James. Red Hook Dive Center offers two-tank morning or afternoon diving trips to these dive sites and more. The PADI Five-Star Center at IGY’s American Yacht Harbor provides beginner and advanced scuba instruction. A dive shop on the property rents equipment and sells must-haves like reef-safe sunscreen.

Water Island: Take a Day Trip

Tiny Water Island is a gem in Charlotte Amalie’s harbor. Ferries depart several times daily from Crown Bay Marina for the 10-minute trip. Walk over the hill or rent a golf cart and drive to Honeymoon Beach. The sunset scene in the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was filmed here. By day, this beautiful stretch of beach offers great swimming and snorkeling. There is a food truck and beach bar serving food and beverages.

MAKING MEMORIES

Turquoise water. White-sand beaches. The sun on your face. The wind in your hair. Picture it now. This can be yours. The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) has nearly 200 member yachts and small powerboats ready to deliver on the promise of memory-making fun in the incredible surroundings of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Whether chartering a boat for a day or a week, you will be amazed at what you can see and do. Relax or play for a day on a “day boat” charter and enjoy having your captain whisk you to beaches, snorkeling, unique bars and restaurants, or perhaps even some offshore fishing. Do you really need to unwind? Then relax or play for a week on a “term charter” yacht and enjoy being sailed to the islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix by your captain, enjoying fine cuisine prepared by your yacht chef and playing with the array of onboard water toys and other amenities. Plus, VIPCA member yacht charter brokers are the perfect matchmakers helping to make your vacation dreams come true so that you can enjoy the most carefree vacation in the world. Find it all at www.vipca.org.

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SUN, SAND, AND ST. THOMAS

More than 40 powder-soft white-sand beaches circle St. Thomas. Some are long, while others are mere spits. Some you can drive to; others are reached only by hiking. At some you’ll find amenities such as food trucks, restaurants, and restrooms; but others simply offer panoramic views and palm-lined shores.

All the island’s beaches, of course, are incredibly beautiful. It’s no wonder

that the U.S. Virgin Islands ranked #2 for “Best Caribbean Beaches” by U.S. News and World Report. With a vibe each their own, there’s enough toes-in-the-sand shoreline on St. Thomas that you can visit one or more beaches each day during a weeklong vacation and still have plenty to see on return visits. Here are five you’ll want to add to your itinerary.

Brewers Bay. Sunsets are spectacular here, especially from the upper part of the beach where palm trees frame yachts anchored in the bay

with the technicolor horizon beyond. Throughout the day crowds are few, sea turtles are a regular underwater sight, and planes landing nearby at the Cyril E. King Airport are a blast to watch. Amenities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and a food truck.

Coki Beach. “Coki Beach is where you really feel the flavor of St. Thomas,” according to Travel + Leisure, which recently named Coki one of the “Best Beaches in the Caribbean.”

Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving on fish-filled reefs. Check out the food trucks

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and beach huts selling local fare. Listen to the calypso beat playing in the background while servers walk the beach taking drink orders. These are some of the experiences you’ll find here. There are restrooms and watersports rentals, too. Coral World Ocean Park is next door and a must-visit on a Coki trip.

Hull Bay Beach. This northside beach is the closest to a surfer’s paradise during the winter. Atlantic storms kick up big swells, and several reefs create wave breaks in the bay. Year-round, the bar, food truck, and often live music at Hull Bay Hideaway across from the beach draw a family-friendly crowd in the evenings.

Lindquist Beach. On some parts of this beach, you can imagine yourself alone on a deserted island, with a shore lined with sea grapes and no signs of civilization. The beach is so beautifully natural that DirecTV filmed a commercial here with St. Thomas–born model Hannah Jeter riding a horse. As part of Smith Bay Park, Lindquist has lifeguards and restrooms. There’s also an entrance fee for those ages 12 and over: $2 per person for residents and $5 per person for nonresidents.

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The U.S. Virgin Islands was ranked #2 for “Best Caribbean Beaches” by U.S. News and World Report.

Magens Bay Beach. Hands down, this mile-long stretch of white-sand beach is the most popular in St. Thomas. Visitors come every day from hotels and cruise ships. Locals visit regularly and celebrate special family occasions here, and events like the King of the Wing competition in June draw crowds. It’s no wonder that Caribbean Journal bestowed Magens Bay with its Travelers Choice Award for “Best Beach in the Caribbean.” Amenities include lifeguards, picnic tables, saltwater showers and restrooms, a snack bar, a beachwear shop, and a watersports rental center offering kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Admission is $2 per person for residents and $5 per person for nonresidents (ages 12 and older).

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Go Green with Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Protect your skin while protecting the environment. Remove sunscreens that contain the “toxic 3 Os” of oxybenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene from your packing list. These chemicals can harm humans and marine life, especially coral. Instead, opt for non-nano mineral-based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, the only ingredients currently considered “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE) by the FDA.

Thanks to the work of the St. John–based nonprofit Island Green Living

Association and the territory’s legislators, the Safe Sunscreen Law was passed in 2020, banning sunscreen products containing the “Toxic 3 Os” in the region. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), scientific evidence indicates these chemicals are deadly to coral and threaten overall reef health. They cause coral bleaching, “zombie” coral that looks healthy but cannot reproduce, along with other issues. Coral reefs take up less than 1 percent of the ocean floor but

Scan the QR code for recommendations from Island Green Living. Be sun-safe and reef-safe, too; it’s the law.

are home to more than 25 percent of marine life and are vital to protecting coastlines.

Don’t rely on sunscreen labels that say “Reef Safe,” as this can be misleading. Instead, check to be sure the active ingredients include only non-nano zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide and NO oxybenzone, octinoxate, or octocrylene. Several safe sunscreens are sold in the U.S. and United States Virgin Islands, including Australian Gold, Bare Republic, Caribbean Sol, Stream2Sea, and Tropic Sport.

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B.E.A.C.H. CHARTERS VI

340-473-9481

www.beachchartersvi.com

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Beach Charters VI is a favorite with locals and visitors on St. Thomas and St. John. They have several charter boats in their fleet. They have luxury sailing catamarans and smaller powerboats, as well as a luxury power yacht. They offer day trips on all vessels as well as multiday charters onboard the bigger yachts and sailing catamarans. They also do sunset sails. They regularly feature their Strings, Sails, and Sunsets, which is a sunset concert with live music onboard Second Chance.

DOUBLE HEADER

SPORT FISHING

340-777-7317

www.doubleheadersportfishing.net

A fleet of three boats will take you inshore or offshore for a half-, three-quarter, or full-day fishing adventure. The company specializes in live bait fishing to improve the number of catches. Double Header catches all the local species inshore or offshore and will target monster shark trips. Available to guests on St. Thomas or St. John.

HEAVENLY DAYS

AT BOLONGO BAY

340-775-1800

www.heavenlydaysvi.com

Join Heavenly Days’ award-winning swim with turtles half-day snorkel tour to Buck Island with light snacks and cold drinks included. Sip champagne during a romantic two-hour sunset sail through Charlotte Amalie Harbor, or enjoy Sunday Funday with a snorkel stop at Buck Island, followed by a sail to Honeymoon Beach on Water Island for lunch and afternoon beach time.

IGY MARINA ST. THOMAS

340-774-9500; VHF: 10 & 16

www.igy-yachthavengrande.com

Situated in St. Thomas’s scenic Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Yacht Haven Grande plays host to an impressive array of the world’s finest mega yachts as well as sailing, sportfishing, and pleasure crafts.

A nautical paradise, Yacht Haven Grande offers easy access to the cerulean waters of the Virgin Islands and IGY’s staff is always available to assist with whatever you may require. Yacht Haven Grande, located within walking distance to historic downtown Charlotte Amalie, is complemented by numerous shopping, dining, and entertainment options that will cater to your every need.

MIDNIGHT SUN BOAT CHARTERS

340-998-7682

www.midnightsunboatcharters.com

Your search is over. You’ve found the ultimate day charter company in the Virgin Islands. Aboard Midnight Sun’s vessels Obsidian, Opal, Onyx, and Oro you can let your inner Caribbean wild child out while cruising in complete comfort and luxury as you explore the azure waters and whitesand beaches and imbibe at the best beach bars around the Virgin Islands. Let them do the boating for you while you relax and enjoy your day out on the water, and you will always arrive in style wherever you pull up. Their experienced captains will undoubtedly provide you with the best day of your vacation aboard their boats as you island-hop, gliding through the waves of the crystalclear waters to the unique destinations on your custom itinerary.

PARASAIL VIRGIN ISLANDS

340-227-8303

www.parasailvirginislands.com

Parasail Virgin Islands offers the Ocean Pro 35-foot parasail vessel, built specifically for parasailing, to provide the safest, most comfortable ride possible. Using winch-boat technology, you take off and land directly from the back of the boat. You don’t even have to get wet. Parasail Virgin Islands’ vessels are USCG-certified for 15 passengers, so larger parties can be accommodated. Go book your fun online now!

RED HOOK DIVE CENTER

340-777-3483

www.redhookdivecenter.com

Red Hook Dive Center is the Virgin Islands’ premier provider of scuba-diving trips, certification, instruction, and service. Whether you are an experienced diver, or you’ve never dived before, choose from among a wide variety of options. From daily dive trips and packages, certification, or advanced instruction to snorkeling, free diving, and a fast and easy Discover Scuba program, Red Hook Dive Center will ensure that you make the most of your time — always in a safe and friendly atmosphere. Red Hook Dive Center is a full-service PADI Dive Center.

SEE & SKI POWERBOAT RENTALS

340-775-6265 or 866-775-6268

www.seeski.com

Island-hop, snorkel, fish, beach-bar it — your itinerary is individualized to make it your day! The fleet features 26- and 31-foot Prowler cats, which are known for their smooth, dry ride and are equipped with full bimini tops, fuel-efficient reliable engines, USCG safety equipment, coolers, and freshwater showers.

ST. THOMAS WATER SPORTS

340-473-5708; www.watersportsvi.com

With so many activities and fun things to see and do, St. Thomas Water Sports’ agents can assist in making the best use of your time. Plan to have fun, take selfies, and make memories. St. Thomas Water Sports’ agents are here to guide you to what vacationers rate highly. Top-rated tours departing from the Marriott Frenchman’s Cove Dock include LED-illuminated kayak after dark; Turtle Cove catamaran snorkel and sail adventure to Little Buck Island; sunset and harbor lights dinner sail; two-stop Turtle Cove snorkel, sail, and beach excursion; and sunset sail. It is advisable to make your reservations for all tours prior to your arrival, as many tours book up in advance.

STORMY PIRATES CHARTERS

340-775-7990

www.stormypirates.com

With charter boat tours daily from American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook, St. Thomas, or out of the National Park Dock on St. John, Stormy Pirates offers personalized excursions on a 42-foot power cruiser to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. Stormy Pirates’ cruisers offer the perfect amount of shade and comfort and take a maximum of 12 passengers, so the tours are more personalized and not as rushed. The company specializes in off-the-beaten-path guided tours around The Baths on Virgin Gorda, fun days on Jost Van Dyke, and exotic snorkeling locations in the USVI. If you prefer a leisurely sail, Stormy Pirates also offers day sails aboard a 40-foot catamaran sailboat. The sailboat stays in USVI waters and focuses on sailing and snorkeling trips. Enjoy a boat day, your way!

VIRGIN ISLAND ECOTOURS

340-779-2155

www.viecotours.com

Experience the Caribbean’s No. 1 kayak, hike, and snorkel guided eco-adventure. Paddle through uninhabited islands and winding waterways in the unique Mangrove Lagoon, where your tour arrives at the secluded and shallow turquoise waters of Cas Cay. Here you'll see an array of colorful reef fish in their aquatic playground, spot Caribbean birds overhead, and explore the subtropical forest teeming with hermit crabs. Your guide will lead you on a leisurely hike to the volcanic tidal pool cliffs, home of the famous Red Point Blow Hole, where a picturesque photo opportunity awaits. Join Virgin Islands Ecotours for a five-hour all-day, three-hour half-day, or one-and-a-half-hour sunset and night kayak adventure. Book online and save 10 percent using promo code VISIT.

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MAGIC MOMENTS LUXURY EXCURSIONS

Discover the heights of luxury at sea level with Magic Moments. Celebrating 20 years in business, this company has been voted Best Day Excursion Company by readers of The Virgin Islands Daily News, received the prestigious Fodor’s Choice award, and has consistently received the highest ratings on TripAdvisor.

Explore the most beautiful destinations in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands away from the crowd and at your own pace. The Magic Moments yachts are stunning and professionally maintained Sea Rays. You can enjoy spacious and shaded cockpit space for lounging and dining,

Come

cushioned sundecks, a large swim platform, elegantly appointed interior with wood finish, lavish upholstery, and full bathrooms. Feast on a Frenchstyle continental breakfast, gourmet lunch, homemade desserts, open bar, champagne, wines, and a large selection of nonalcoholic drinks. The excursion is a vacation experience

you will never forget and is available on St. Thomas and St. John. Infuse magic into your day and create a moment so special that it will last a lifetime.

For reservations, call 800-734-7345 or 340-775-5066; booking@yachtmagicmoments.com; www.yachtmagicmoments.com.

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Located in beautiful Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on the cruise ship dock, Havensight Mall boasts a hassle-free shopping and dining experience, with ample parking, free Wi-Fi in selected areas, businesses to pamper, and services offered for your convenience.

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We specialize in very unique custom made pieces, large selection of diamonds, colored diamonds, colored stones, designer jewelry and much more. We custom make any piece of jewelry you may need with state of the art CAD technology. We have a lifetime warranty on all our merchandise and also a lifetime upgrade option.

Our mission and goal is our customer’s happiness and satisfaction.

Family owned and locally recommended

Deals & Specials Messages

Jewelry, timepieces, and perfume. These are among the duty-free best buys on St. Thomas. Retail therapy is extra-special in the U.S. Virgin Islands because each U.S. resident, including children, can take home $1,600 in duty-free goods purchased in the territory. That is double the amount granted by other Caribbean islands. Duty-free, too, means you can purchase up to five cartons of cigarettes and five liters of spirits, provided that one of the bottles is made in the USVI, such as Cruzan Rum. You’ll need to fill out a customs form for these items, so be sure to keep receipts.

The best place to shop is Charlotte Amalie’s iconic Main Street. Specifically, it’s a one-third-mile stretch from Emancipation Garden to Rothschild Francis Market Square. Boutiques that front cobblestoned Main Street, plus the stores that line the quaint alleyways connecting Main to the waterfront, make for a shopper’s paradise. Make it a day of shopping and fortify yourself with rest stops at alfresco bars and restaurants. Here are some of the treasures you may uncover.

All that Sparkles

Diamond International’s signature Crown of Light diamond features 90 masterfully hand-cut facets to produce a spectacular sparkle. Each diamond is inscribed with a number, guaranteeing it is one of a kind. The collection includes rings, pendants, earrings, and bangles set in 18k gold or platinum. Signature earrings and necklaces in Eden Jeweler’s Caribbean Sun line

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Rolex Boutique

Luryx Duty-Free*

Lladro Boutique

Swarovski Boutique

Seaside Gift Shop

Waterfront Trading

TPS Cigar & Hookah Bar

Luryx Sunglass Shop

Diamonds International MK Jewelers

Turkish Grand Bazaar

Ice Imports

Café Amici

Calypso Café

VI Ice Cream

Belgian Chocolate Factory

MALL Experience Premier Duty Free Shopping and Old World Charm at the AH Riise Mall *perfume, cosmetics, skincare, liquor and tobacco AH Riise Mall is located in Downtown Charlotte Amalie St Tomas, Virgin Islands | 340-777-2222 | www.ahriise.com
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The Mirpuri family has un derstood from the beginning that often, jewelry is a part of your personal and familial mile stones. With this comes a great responsibility from the jeweler to provide both a product and a service that properly celebrates and honors these special mo ments in life.

Dedication to Perfection

Ballerina Jewelers’ reputation for exceptional customer care starts in 1987 in St Thomas with brothers Peter, James, and Mike Mirpuri alongside their father Sam. For over 35 years the Mirpuri family has dedicated themselves to become the Caribbean’s premier jewelry provider. Sharing this dedication is the third generation of the Mirpuri family, Nitin and Giresh.

Bringing the fresh energy of the new generation coupled with the experience of the previous allows Ballerina to set itself apart from the rest, as they can provide a comprehensive service to their guests that can only be acquired through years of experience.

This is where Ballerina shows its ability to outshine the rest, by recognizing that being able to provide pieces for these moments is a great hon or and dedicating themselves to the pursuit of making each moment special their clients all have the experience of feeling like they have a dedicated family friend to guide them through their experience.

The greatest example of this dedication is their loyal customer base that can easily boast the title of largest in the Caribbean. This has led to the growth of the busi ness to include 5 stores total. Including locations on St Thomas, St Maarten, and Key West.

Ballerina prides itself on a wide selection of pieces from all over the world. Treat yourself to the stunning and intricate jewelry by TACORI and SIMON G, discover 18kt Italian

jewelry from “royalty’s favorite” FOPE or ROBERTO COIN.

Explore the energy of creation and customization with PANDORA.

Dip into chocolate diamonds by LE VIAN or enjoy intricate enamel pieces by HI-

Watch connoisseurs, allow yourself to be taught by highly trained and informed watch enthusiasts, through vendor sponsored trainings, and publications which take pride in representing the world’s most prestigious Swiss timepieces such as Bell & Ross, Frederique Constant, Oris, Tissot, Hamilton, Citizen, and Seiko. Ballerina also carries a wide selection of preowned Rolex watches.

2 locations on Main Street Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas (800) 722-4455 (340) 777-1118

ballerinajewelers@gmail.com

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come in yellow, white, and rose gold set with naturally brown or blue diamonds.

Gold also features prominently in gem-set stackable rings at House of Rajah. Men as well will enjoy browsing among rings, chains, and bracelets at Milano Diamond Gallery. Also look for designer jewelry made with precious metals set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds at Ballerina Jewelers, Bobby’s Jewelers, Jewels Forever, Kay’s Fine Jewelry, Maya Jewelers, and Royal Caribbean Jewelers.

If you appreciate fine pearls, head to the Pearl Lady next to Fort Christian. There’s a full selection of everything from Japanese Akoya to freshwater cultured pearls set in traditional and trendy styles. At Get Charmed, a block off Main Street, you’ll find island

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Boutiques that front cobblestoned Main Street, plus the stores that line the quaint alleyways connecting Main to the waterfront make for a shopper’s paradise.
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$1,600 in duty-free goods purchased in the territory.

life pendants, opal jewelry crafted into palm trees and sea turtles, and “sandals for your neck” in a collection of styles to fit your personality.

Trending Timepieces

A.H. Riise is the official Rolex retailer in the Virgin Islands. Find timehonored and trending styles in Riise’s dedicated Rolex boutique on the waterfront.

Unique Scents

At the A.H. Riise Mall, Luryz DutyFree sells top-brand perfumes

and fragrances such as those from Lancôme, Carolina Herrera, and Aqua Allegoria. Take home one for yourself and another for a friend.

Holy Smokes

Stock up on stogies at The Pelican Shop Cigar & Hookah Bar and relax at the island’s premier smoke bar. You can also purchase premium spirits here, as well as other goods.

Linens & More

Discover linens galore at Mr. Tablecloth. In addition to appliqué-decorated, hand-embroidered, and European lace tablecloths, there are bed linens, children’s smock dresses, and ladies’ apparel. This is an ideal stop for unique gifts.

Tasty Temptations

Chocoholics will find something to crave at The Belgian Chocolate Factory. Made fresh daily are white, milk, and dark chocolate, plain or filled, in heart, square, and oval shapes.

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LOCALLY GROWN

St. Thomas boasts a garden of good eating. You’ll find locally grown fruits, vegetables, and culinary herbs available year-round. This fresh produce is cultivated on the rich fertile farmlands terraced into mountainsides on the island’s west and north sides.

May to July is peak season for mangoes, June to September for green-skin avocados, and November to December for guavaberries. For many more months of the year, you’ll find a selection of leafy greens like collards and kale, tomatoes, sweet bell and spicy hot peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, okra, sweet corn, Key limes, papayas, guavas, passion fruit, sugar apples, bananas, and coconuts to name a few, plus thyme, basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, mint, scallions, and lemongrass.

Shop for these just-picked goodies at farmers markets and roadside stands. The Bordeaux Farmers Market on Route 30 is open the second and fourth Sunday

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May to July is peak season for mangoes, June to September for green-skin avocados, and November to December for guavaberries.

of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several farmers fill booths with their fresh produce. Some also sell local honey, jams and jellies, fresh tropical fruit juices, and vegan-style lunches that incorporate these ingredients.

There’s always a vendor or two selling local produce at Rothschild Francis Market Square off Main Street. However, to get the biggest and best selection, arrive before sunrise on Saturdays. There are often fresh eggs, just-caught fish, and plants for sale here, too. Roadside stands sell locally grown produce, as well as fruits and vegetables imported from surrounding Caribbean islands. Depending on the season, these stands are prevalent islandwide.

The finest handmade Belgian Chocolate
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Beyond Main Street

Beyond town, shopping abounds as well; and you’ll find several shops worth a visit. Both the Crown Bay Center to the west and Havensight Mall to the east are at the island’s two main cruise ship docks. They are home to many shops, including Boolchand’s, which retails camera and electronics equipment, and Caribbean Surf Co., which sells beachwear. At mid-island is The Market at Tutu Park Mall. It’s a full-service supermarket, with deli, bakery, fresh produce, and a large liquor selection.

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Royal Caribbean Jewelers is known for quality, elegance, beauty, and innovation.

In 1969, Royal Caribbean opened its doors for business to welcome its new customers. With their continued commitment to quality, elegance, beauty, and innovation, the company has grown to be an industry leader in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Caribbean. Now in 2023, Royal Caribbean continues to serve its patrons with the highest level of customer service and has established a satisfied and loyal customer base throughout the world.

Discover the best shopping St. Thomas has to offer.

Royal Caribbean is the authorized dealer for many world-renowned luxury watch brands and fine jewelry. Royal Caribbean offers an extensive collection of fine handcrafted timepieces from world-famous manufacturers such as Cartier, Omega, Vacheron Constantin IWC, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte Original, Piaget, Franck Muller, Longines, Baume & Mercier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Montblanc, Tissot, Rado, Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant, Alpina, Bulova, Giuliano Mazzuoli, Bomberg,

DID YOU KNOW?

In 1969, Royal Caribbean opened its doors for business to welcome its new customers.

and Michele. For fashionconscious and trend-savvy shoppers, Royal Caribbean carries Anne Klein, Fossil, Guess, Ice, Invicta, Luminox, Seiko, Casio G-Shock & Baby-G, Nautica, Skagen, Michael Kors, and the highly sought-after Shinola watch line.

At Royal Caribbean, you will be captivated by the most exquisite collection of Hearts on Fire, the world’s most perfectly cut diamond. Perfect for that special someone are the worldrenowned Mikimoto cultured pearls. Come in and see our superb collection of fancy yellow, pink, blue, brown and white diamonds. Royal Caribbean has the finest platinum, 14k, and 18k gold gemset jewelry; a large selection of emerald, ruby, sapphire, and tanzanite jewelry; and a vast selection of semiprecious pieces. There is a large selection of diamond earrings in stock. Pamper yourself with designer jewelry brands like Breuning and Rebecca. Also available is a wide assortment of everything Montblanc, including the newest

collections of timepieces, leather, and many gift items.

Royal Caribbean’s Sunglass World has the largest selection of sunglasses in St. Thomas. Get the latest styles from Ray Ban, Oakley, Maui Jim, Gucci, Cartier, Dita, Costa Del Mar, Versace, Prada, Persol, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, Oliver Peoples, Carrera, Chloé, Etnia Barcelona, Etro, Fossil, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Revo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Serengeti, Tom Ford, and Vuarnet. Come and choose from over 1,000 pairs of sunglasses.

Come in and get the latest in digital SLR cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, portable audio, and binoculars. Royal Caribbean is an authorized dealer for top brands such as Canon, GoPro, Fujifilm, Nikon, and more. Royal Caribbean also carries JBL, Skullcandy, and Altec Lansing Wi-Fi and Bluetoothcompatible speakers and headphones.

Main Street and Crown Bay Center

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

(340) 776-4110

www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

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SHOPPING GUIDE

BALLERINA JEWELERS

5176 & 5180 Dronningens Gade

340-776-1329

www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Ballerina Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business and one of the most trusted and respected jewelers in the Caribbean. Ballerina Jewelers is an unrivaled source of certified loose diamonds in all shapes and sizes, which can be set in unique handcrafted mountings, along with colored diamonds and a vibrant range of gemstones. It is considered one of the most reputable retailers for carrying avant-garde Swiss timepieces and extravagant jewelry brands. Spoil yourself with the finest jewelry by the finest jewelers in the Caribbean.

THE BELGIAN CHOCOLATE FACTORY

5093 Dronningens Gade, Suite 3

340-777-5247

belgianchocolatefactory@gmail.com

Come experience the most delicious chocolates in America’s Paradise, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands! The Belgian Chocolate Factory’s chocolates are made with the finest ingredients free of preservatives or additives. Each chocolate is handmade using traditional methods and filled with a variety of specially prepared ingredients, including praline, ganache, fruits, and caramel.

Available in more than 50 varieties.

BOBBY’S JEWELERS

7A Main St.

800-232-6229; www.bobbyjewelers.com

A noted family jeweler in the Caribbean for more than three decades, Bobby’s carries a wide variety of diamonds in all colors, sizes, and mountings. All the latest trends are on hand, as are rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanite, morganite, pink mother-of-pearl, and Australian opal. The after-sales service guarantees your peace of mind.

BOOLCHAND’S

Havensight Mall, Bldg. 2

340-776-0794/0302

www.boolchand.com

You may know Boolchand’s as a premier shopping destination. It’s a destination within your destination, where you’ll find the highest-quality cameras, electronics, computers, watches, and jewelry from brands known the world over, including Apple, Bose, Canon, Casio, GoPro, Samsung, and Pandora, to name a few. Family-owned and -operated for four generations, Boolchand’s provides a retail experience like no other. With Caribbean hospitality and tax- and duty-free pricing, Boolchand’s can help you improve your quality of life through technology.

CARIBBEAN SURF

Havensight, Main Street, and Red Hook

340-776-4540

www.facebook.com/caribbeansurf

This small, well-known surf shop carries all the name brands you know and love, including men’s and women’s Billabong, Oakley, Nixon, and Reef, to name a few. Caribbean Surf can outfit you from head to toe for the beach or the street with hats, swimwear, sandals, backpacks, accessories, and more. Caribbean Surf can outfit the little ones, too! Surfboards and surf accessories can be purchased at its Havensight location. Surf accessories can also be purchased at its Red Hook location.

CROWN BAY CENTER

340-774-2132

www.crownbaycentervi.com

Whether it’s souvenirs, jewelry, watches, liquor, or perfume, you’ll find all the brands you dream of at great prices. Stroll the seaside shops, stop by the free rum-tasting booth for a sample of Virgin Islands–produced rums, or take a photo at the historic sugar mill. Visit the restaurants and bars for great food and drink. Try your luck with some friendly gaming entertainment.

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL

A.H. Riise Mall, Main Street, Havensight Mall, and Crown Bay 340-776-5570 / 800-444-4025 / 284-541-8507 / 800-51-JEWEL

www.diamondsinternational.com

Celebrated jeweler Diamonds International brings the most coveted timepieces and luxury goods to the Caribbean. Need a bit more temptation? Each Diamond Collection purchase receives a free diamond pendant to sweeten the value. The Crown of Light, an exclusive premium diamond available only at Diamonds International, is not to be missed. Ask for a personal preview of the stunning bridal jewelry, diamond studs, and complete jewelry collection.

EDEN JEWELERS

5135 Dronningens Gade

340-777-3366; www.eden-jewelry.com

Eden Jewelers’ award-winning, trademarked design is styled after the Star of Bethlehem. The Caribbean sun’s rays are complemented with fullcut, brilliant sparkling diamonds. The center stone is a magnificent teal blue diamond that looks like the magical waters of the Caribbean. It’s available as a necklace, earrings, bangle, and ring; and patrons can customize stones like brown, rare pink, and yellow diamonds, a classic white diamond, and even gemstones like emerald, rubies, and sapphires. Available in 14k yellow, white, and rose gold. The Caribbean sun has become a symbol of each owner’s energy with their own unique color of choice. Eden Jewelers is a mom-and-pop store with U.S. service centers owned by husband-andwife team Sunil and Kanchan. Sunil is a fourthgeneration jeweler and GIA-certified gemologist.

EDEN LIVING

5135 Dronningens Gade

340-777-3366

www.edenlivingusvi.com

At Eden Living, you will find a variety of locally made arts and crafts. You can acquire lovely lifestyle items, gifts, and apparel for everyone in the family.

HOUSE OF RAJAH JEWELERS

Raadets Gade

800-316-3616 or 340-776-7770

www.houseofrajah.com

Celebrating their 49th year in business, House of Rajah Jewelers is a family-owned and -operated business in Charlotte Amalie, one of the most respected jewelers in St. Thomas. House of Rajah has earned and maintained a reputation for being the most recommended duty-free shopping store in St. Thomas and is rated No. 1 on TripAdvisor. Discover fine diamond jewelry and custom-made pieces, certified loose diamonds, and rare colored diamonds. House of Rajah Jewelers is your source for diamond engagement and eternity rings. Timepiece offerings include Citizen EcoDrive, Guess, Invicta, Luminox, Shinola (USA), Bering, and certified new and preowned Rolex watches. Enjoy a relaxing, fun, and personalized shopping experience in a trustworthy environment where you will be treated like family!

JEWELS FOREVER

14 Main Street

340-777-8285; www.jewels-forever.com

Jewels Forever is a boutique that specializes in diamonds of all colors, including natural pink, yellow, and white diamonds. It also carries elegant designer timepieces. Let Jewels Forever help make your jewelry dreams come true.

KAY’S FINE JEWELRY

38A Dronningens Gade

340-714-7304; www.kaysfinejewelry.com

Enjoy KFJ in the USVI as you experience the beauty of historic downtown Charlotte Amalie. This retail location boasts two beautiful large wooden doors at the entrance with a modern, warm family feel. This store focuses on tanzanites, morganites, and all other beautiful, radiant, colored gemstones. Ask for its private KFJ collection.

THE MARKET V.I.

Tutu Park Mall

340-775-5646; www.themarketvi.com

The Market team believes that everyone deserves to have access to fresh, affordable, delicious food. The Market’s winning combination of ambience and a wide selection of products puts its team in a position to deliver a unique, enjoyable shopping experience.

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MAYA JEWELERS

5333 Raadets Gade; 866-676-7890 www.mayajewelersvi.com

Maya Jewelers is a family-owned and highly recommended business. At Maya Jewelers, the priority is customer happiness and satisfaction. It specializes in unique custom pieces, with a large selection of diamonds, colored diamonds, colored stones, designer jewelry, and much more. Maya Jewelers will custom-make any piece of jewelry you may need with state-of-the-art CAD technology. There is a lifetime warranty on all merchandise and a lifetime upgrade option, as well as interest-free financing options with zero down payment. At Maya Jewelers, the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, laid back, and helpful and will make your visit a memorable one.

MILANO DIAMOND GALLERY

5186 Dronningens Gade; 800-888-2166 www.shopmilano.com

Milano Diamond Gallery has more than 45 stores across the Caribbean and an ever-expanding online presence in order to continuously provide its customers quality jewelry at great value. Milano started its retail operation in the early 1990s and expanded into manufacturing gemstones and jewelry over the years. The Milano team prides itself on the ability to source the most exotic and beautiful items nature creates and turn them into amazing works of art. Milano offers top-notch quality and economical pricing on all its pieces.

MOE’S FRESH MARKET

Red Hook, Yacht Haven Grande, Waterfront, and Northside

340-693-0254; www.moesvi.com

Whether you are looking for something ordinary or something special, you’ll find the shelves at Moe’s lined with thousands of options. Moe’s has the freshest produce and the best assortments of wine and spirits. Its butcher shop and deli offer the highest quality of meats and cheeses. The team at Moe’s looks forward to serving you.

MOUNTAIN TOP

7840 Mountain Top

340-774-2400; www.mountaintopvi.com

Located on the highest point of St. Thomas, Mountain Top affords visitors stunning panoramic views of Magens Bay, St. John, and the British Virgin Islands from its expansive observation deck. One of the first attractions on the island, Mountain Top is best known for its world-famous banana daiquiri and wide array of duty-free shopping. For more than 50 years, world-famous Mountain Top has been the No. 1 tourist attraction in the Virgin Islands with amazing views from its observation deck 1,500 feet above Magens Bay, where you can see more than 15 islands and cays. Browse among an extensive collection of fine and costume jewelry, beachwear, hats, and footwear for the whole family.

MR. TABLECLOTH

5180 Dronningens Gade; 340-774-4343

www.mrtablecloth-vi.com

Come in and check out Mr. Tablecloth. It has a new fabric called microfiber, which is no-iron and absolutely stain resistant. This isn’t your grandmother’s linen store! Mr. Tablecloth has modern colors and patterns to choose from in tablecloths and dresser scarves in any size and shape you need. Also, the Jeannie jackets are a must-see, available in sizes S-5XL. This is a great store for gift buying.

PANDORA JEWELRY

Havensight Mall, Bldg. 2, Suite B 340-776-8550

www.boolchand.com/pandora

The world of Pandora Jewelry is incredibly unique. Discover detailed design and craftsmanship brought to life with the magic of the stories told and interpreted through each hand-finished piece. Pandora Jewelry is all about expressing who you are through your style. Give a voice to your loves through pieces that remind you of everything you are and everything you love — whether they are places, people, or passions. Discover Pandora’s island charms, and take a piece of St. Thomas home with you!

THE PEARL LADY

Next to Fort Christian, Downtown Charlotte Amalie; 340-774-5875

www.thepearlladyvi.com

the.pearl.lady.1@gmail.com

This unique, elegant store offers a full selection of Japanese Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian, and freshwater cultured pearls in classic and contemporary styles. A full range of gorgeous pearl jewelry awaits you, including rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, and clasps. Also offered for your existing necklaces is a restringing and redesign service.

THE PELICAN SHOP

A.H. Riise Mall; 340-725-1385

http://thepelicanshopvi.com

The Pelican Shop is a unique smoke bar offering premium spirits, cigars, hookah, vapes, and CBD products. It opened in 2020 with a vision of creating a gathering place, destination, and sanctuary. Come take a look and relax Caribbean style.

PIRAÑA JOE

Main Street, Charlotte Amalie

340-690-9377

Welcome to the extraordinary experience of discovering the world of Piraña Joe. Your adventure is about to start! The Piraña Joe clothing, accessory, and souvenir line reminds shoppers of what it means to be dressed up and ready for adventure.

As you make your way through the “wildest experience on the planet,” all of the graphics and exotic designs in the new collection will leave you with fabulous memories of being part of the Piraña Joe experience long after your vacation.

ROLEX BOUTIQUE AT A.H. RIISE

A.H. Riise Mall, 37 Main Street

340-777-6789; www.rolex.ahriise.com

A.H. Riise is the British and U.S. Virgin Islands’ authorized Rolex dealer. A.H. Riise offers one of the Caribbean’s largest selections of Rolex watches, as well as an After Sales Service Center. Rolex watches can be found in the BVI in Tortola Pier Park and on St. Thomas in the A.H. Riise Mall.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Main Street and Crown Bay Center 340-776-4110; www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

Since 1969, Royal Caribbean has continued its commitment to quality, elegance, beauty, innovation, and serving patrons with the highest level of customer service. Royal Caribbean is the authorized dealer for fine handcrafted timepieces from world-famous manufacturers such as Cartier, IWC, Panerai, A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, Glashütte Original, Piaget, Franck Muller, Baume & Mercier, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Frederique Constant, and Alpina, as well as trendy watches from Fossil, Guess, Ice, Invicta, Luminox, Seiko, G-Shock, Skagen, Michael Kors, and the made-in-America Shinola watches. There’s also a wide assortment of everything Montblanc. Royal Caribbean has the finest collection of fancy yellow, pink, blue, brown, and white diamonds; platinum, 14k, and 18k gold gem-set jewelry; and a grand selection of emerald, ruby, sapphire, and tanzanite jewelry. It also offers the largest selection of diamond earrings in St. Thomas, with more than 1,000 pairs in stock. Royal Caribbean is the largest camera and electronics store in the Virgin Islands, offering digital SLR, mirrorless, and compact cameras; binoculars; and portable audio from top brands. It also carries designer sunglasses in all the latest styles.

SANDALS FOR YOUR NECK

Commandant Gade; 340-776-3950 www.sandalsforyourneck.com

Virgin Islands jewelry designer Sunil Mohanani knows most visitors are looking for gifts to take home for family and friends that won’t empty their wallets. At Get Charmed Factory Outlet in the historic Landmark Building on Garden Street, he offers fun, affordable, and whimsical charms, earrings, and bracelets — “all the bling without the cha-ching.” Growing up in his parents’ Main Street jewelry boutique, Sunil saw the growing demand for high-quality fashion jewelry without the high-end price.

Sunil’s original Sandals for Your Neck flip-flop pendant line, for which he owns the U.S. copyright, appeals to travelers with hundreds of fanciful sandal pendants. He also wholesales the popular line around the world. The charm selection grows continuously and has branched out well beyond the original sandal. There are thousands of charms, including mermaids, divers, sailboats, palm trees, anchors, coqui frogs, cruise ships, iguanas, starfish, hibiscus, turtles, and more. The list is endless.

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 ROYAL CARIBBEAN JEWELERS

Tiffany HardWear Sunglasses in Black and Nude Acetate with Brown Lenses www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

ISLAND GIFT GUIDE

 EDEN LIVING Recycled Tin Roofing Metal Wall Art - Turtle www.edenlivingusvi.com

 HOUSE OF RAJAH Canary Diamond Earrings www.houseofrajah.com

 CARIBBEAN SURF CO. Yeti 18 Soft Cooler www.facebook.com/caribbeansurf

 SANDALS FOR YOUR NECK 14k Gold Sandals www.sandalsforyourneck.com

 BOOLCHAND’S PANDORA Airplane, Globe, and Suitcase Dangle Charm Available at Pandora Boutique Facebook: @PandoraStThomas

 EDEN LIVING Recycled Tin Roofing Metal Wall Art - Gecko www.edenlivingusvi.com

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what you need — and want — in the local shops and boutiques.
Find

 HOUSE OF RAJAH

Baguette and Round Diamond Spiral Wrap Cocktail Ring www.houseofrajah.com

 BOOLCHAND’S PANDORA

Anchored Cruise Ship Charm

Available at Pandora Boutique Facebook: @PandoraStThomas

 DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL

Tanzanite Flower Ring

www.distores.com/st-thomas

 ROYAL CARIBBEAN JEWELERS

Santos De Cartier Watch www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

 HOUSE OF RAJAH

Baguette and Round Diamond Link Criss Cross Cocktail Ring www.houseofrajah.com

 BALLERINA JEWELERS

Canary Diamond Rings

www.ballerina-jewelers.com

 BALLERINA JEWELERS

Blue Sapphire and Diamond Bracelet www.ballerina-jewelers.com

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DISCOVER ISLAND

DINING THAT’S DIVERSE AND DELICIOUS.

ST. THOMAS

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We recommend you make dinner reservations in advance, especially in the peak December to April season. Island-casual dress is perfect. Wear a shirt, pants or skirt, and shoes; leave bathing suits on the beach. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Take your tastebuds on a tour around the world when visiting St. Thomas. You’ll find Continental, Caribbean, Italian, French, Chinese, and fusions of these global cuisines among menu offerings islandwide. Local meets global, too. Enjoy a fresh catch of the day, as well as just-picked fruits, vegetables, and herbs. These are among the starring ingredients waiting to whet your appetite.

Downtown & Around Charlotte Amalie

Sample Caribbean cuisine at its best in the heart of Charlotte Amalie. E’s Garden Teahouse is a green-and-serene oasis off Main Street. Sit inside or out, and sip

from a selection of more than 30 teas, including local lemongrass, hibiscus, and peppermint. Daily specials include saltfish and dumplings, fried fish and johnnycakes, and callaloo.

Nearby, in the old Grand Hotel across from Fort Christian, the 758 Bar & Restaurant offers conch in butter sauce, jerk chicken, and curried pork. On the waterfront, daily specials at the Petite Pump Room feature fried fish in creole sauce, pigtail souse, and stewed oxtail. On Main Street, enjoy a cold brew in a historic setting at Taphus Beer House.

IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas, on the east side of Charlotte Amalie Harbor, hosts several restaurants. One of these is 13 Restaurant, where southernstyle favorites are seafood gumbo and fried catfish. Another is Enkai Sushi, home of artisan sushi and craft cocktails. Up the street, McDonald’s serves all-American hamburgers and fries, while down the road at the Buccaneer Mall, get your chow mein, egg foo young, and chop suey fix at China King.

On the hillside above the harbor, Prime at Paradise Point is the place for steak. Wet-aged, dry-aged, and prime Wagyu are all here, ranging in size from a 5-ounce filet mignon to a 45-ounce tomahawk. Below, in Al Cohen Mall, enjoy craft beer at the Leatherback Brewing Company, along with an array of slider bar bites.

Tickle’s Dockside Pub, to the west of Charlotte Amalie at Crown Bay Marina, serves casual breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. There are theme nights, too, like Taco Tuesday, Pizza Party Friday, and Lobster Lovers Saturday.

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1 American Yacht Harbor St. Thomas, VI (340) 714-7874

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Take a Guided Food & Drink Tour

Walk, talk, eat, and drink on restaurant and bar tours of Charlotte Amalie. The Flavors of St. Thomas Food Tour is a threehour guided excursion that includes sightseeing, historic tidbits, and stops at up to five restaurants. Sample dishes like curried chicken, creole-style fish and fungi, and pulled-pork tacos. At Virgilio’s Restaurant, one of the stops, watch owner Matthew Richardson make Bananas Flambé tableside, complete with rum and fire. The company also offers its USVI Drinking Tour, a two-hour walk around town with visits to three bars. Learn Caribbean mixology tips along the way. Tours start at 11 a.m. Meet tour guides in front of Fort Christian. For more information, visit www.flavorsofstthomas.com.

Historic Frenchtown

This small historic community on the west side of Charlotte Amalie Harbor was settled by French immigrants in the late 19th century. Today, good eats are within an easy walk. Enjoy a breakfast of French toast, corned beef hash, and customized omelets at the Frenchtown Deli and Coffee Shop. Order sandwiches and salads to go for a picnic at the beach. Around the corner, Frenchtown Brewing runs tours and tastings of its craft beer on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

One block away, there’s a taste of New Orleans at the French Quarter Bistro. Try shrimp, fish, or pulled-pork po’boys for lunch. Shrimp and crawfish étouffée and bourbon strip steak au poivre are popular entrees for dinner. Sweet and savory crepes are the star at Sunday brunch.

Out on the point, in the former Russian Consulate at Villa Olga, is Oceana Restaurant & Bistro. One of the signature dishes here is Chef/Owner Patricia LaCorte’s bouillabaisse, thick with garlic prawns, octopus, clams, calamari, and local fish in a rich tomato-saffron broth.

South Shore

Views of the island’s south shore and the Caribbean Sea beyond are spectacular from the three-story, indoor-outdoor Oasis Restaurant & Pool Bar restaurant at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. There’s a scrambled-egg-and-pancake kid’s menu, build-your-own subs for lunch, and Iggie’s Famous Ribs at dinner served with mango jerk or traditional barbecue sauce.

Some of the selections on the restaurant’s vegan/vegetarian menu are a hummus-filled quesadilla, quinoa and greens salad, and grilled mango jerk glazed tofu. Or take the road right before Bolongo, if traveling from town, and drive out to Mim’s Seaside Bistro. The house specialty is Caribbean lobster — your choice of small (2.5 pounds), medium (3 pounds), and large (3.5 pounds and up). Coconut Curry Lobster, created by owners Mim and Jerry Defreitas, is an award winner.

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Duffy’s Love Shack, smack in the middle of the Red Hook Shopping Center parking lot, is famed for its Shark Tank, a 64-ounce concoction of six rums and tropical liqueurs, and its Caribbean pu pu platter, with coconut shrimp, conch fritters, and gyoza dumplings. XO Bistro, also in the shopping center, is known for its fresh fish and extensive wine list.

Across the street at IGY’s American Yacht Harbor Marina, the Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar is perched atop the third floor with a bird’s-eye view of the marina. Dig into filet mignon and Cajun shrimp, with a slice of flourless chocolate cake for dessert.

In the adjacent building to the north, The Tap & Still serves up quarter-pound burgers, Korean chicken wings, and funnel cakes; while in the building next door to the south, 3 Palms displays fine-dining elegance and a French Creole–style menu that changes daily based on seasonal ingredients.

On the street side of this building, there are two of the St. Thomas Restaurant Group’s eateries: Pesce Italian, with its signature house-made gnocchi, and Raw Sushi + Saki Bar, with its grilled yakimono selections.

Northside

Sib’s on the Mountain is at the crossroads of the northside, halfway between town and Magens Bay, and has been a neighborhood landmark for nearly a century. Eat in at the bar or outdoors on the patio. Ribs, chicken, and fish staples pair with daily specials like smoked brisket, fish and fungi, and pork pot stickers to please everyone in your party. Save room for the Key lime pie!

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Good Eating

You’ll find St. Thomas’ “garden of good eating” concept incorporated in offerings on restaurant menus. A good example is Oceana Restaurant & Bistro in Frenchtown. Fork into starters like local lettuces tossed with red radish and a white balsamic vinaigrette, then move onto cedar plank salmon flavored with a local shishito-pepper piperade, and finish with an artisanal cheese plate served with local honey. Eating local is a great way to get a true taste of St. Thomas.

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3 PALMS

6100 Red Hook Qtrs D-2, St. Thomas 340-643-3429; barth@3palmsvi.com

Owned by New Orleans natives, 3 Palms is a casual fine-dining restaurant in the former Molly Molones location (upstairs) open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 3 Palms, recently ranked by Carib Journal as one of the top 50 restaurants in the Caribbean, has a rotating dinner menu based on Chef Robert Gurvich’s daily fresh kitchen selections. Robert Gurvich is a world-renowned chef creating unique dishes with French and Creole flare.

AGAVE TEQUILA BAR & MEXICAN KITCHEN

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook

340-714-STRG (7874); www.agavevi.com

Modern and vibrant, Agave offers original takes on traditional tastes. The warm environment invites you to savor the amazing food, from creamy queso and fresh guacamole to creative tacos and sizzling fajitas with house-made corn tortillas. Be sure to try one of the many innovative tequila or mezcal cocktails. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

THE BEACH BUZZ AT SAPPHIRE BEACH

Sapphire Beach Resort

340-714-STRG (7874); www.beachbuzzvi.com

Welcome to The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach Resort. We are the perfect place to start your day with a specialty coffee and breakfast sandwich on the beach or to go. The Beach Buzz is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. serving snacks, beverages, sundries, and ice cream.

CARIBBEAN FISH MARKET

Elysian Beach Resort, 6800 Estate Nazareth

340-714-STRG (7874); www.caribbeanfishmarketvi.com

The allure of beachside dining and the cool breezes of Cowpet Bay bring locals and tourists alike to enjoy the freshest seafood served on island. It’s prepared by Caribbean Fish Market’s creative, talented chefs and served by personable, professional staff. Come for the seafood; stay for the hospitality. Caribbean Fish Market’s inclusive menu offers an array of diverse dishes, including steak, chicken, and vegetarian options and, of course, its iconic pastry for the perfect finish to an extraordinary beachside dining experience. Open daily from 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CARIBBEAN SALOON STEAKHOUSE & BAR

Top floor, American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook 340-775-7060; www.caribbeansaloon.com

Enjoy a fun, casual atmosphere with Caribbean flair! The Caribbean Saloon overlooks American Yacht Harbor marina and St. John for beautiful views. Enjoy signature steaks, pastas, seafood, and more,

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Sapphire Beach Club | 16-1-10 Nazareth, St. Thomas, VI 340-714-7874 | www.SeaSaltVI.com | Open Daily | 5p – 10p

In the heart of Sapphire Beach Club, SeaSalt unveils a vision unlike any other. Transforming and embracing the natural landscape, outfitted with sophisticated modern touches. With a world class culinary team, SeaSalt embraces the idea of modern seafood dining, elevated to new heights via modern techniques and a heartfelt commitment to quality. Featuring the freshest selection of sea to table fare and globally inspired dishes. With an open-air lounge, waterfront dining room and bar serving handcrafted cocktails, guests are certain to receive an unparalleled dining experience only SeaSalt can provide!

The Beach Buzz The Beach Buzz

Sapphire Beach Club

16-1-10 Nazareth St. Thomas, VI 340-714-7874

www.BeachBuzzVI.com

Open Daily | 7a – 2p

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16-1-10 Nazareth St. Thomas, VI 340-714-7874

www.SbbVI.com

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Sapphire Beach Club

16-1-10 Nazareth St. Thomas, VI 340-714-7874

www.ParadisePieVI.com

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with an extensive late-night menu. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week. Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar features a DJ, live music, and large-screen TVs in air-conditioned comfort.

DUFFY’S LOVE SHACK

6500 Red Hook Plaza, Red Hook 340-779-2080

www.duffysloveshack.com

Duffy’s is not a restaurant. It’s a bar that serves great food, including wings, nachos, and fish tacos. Enjoy great grub, generous portions, and award-winning, handcrafted cocktails and a daily happy hour. The bar is kid friendly until the streetlights come on. Guests are 18-plus after 10 p.m. Duffy’s tries to make the world a better place to party.

PATIO AT SUNSET GRILLE

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

6280 Estate Nazareth 340-714-STRG (7874)

www.thepatiovi.com

The Patio at Sunset Grille is the perfect beachside setting for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Its casual-fare menu features many crowd favorites from breakfast

classics, pizzas, and salads to sandwiches and signature entrees. Grab a drink and hit the beach or enjoy your meal on the open-air patio with the ocean as a perfect backdrop. There’s a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m., and don’t forget to join The Patio at Sunset Grille for bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas, daily from 8 to 11 a.m. Open daily, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PARADISE PIE

Sapphire Beach Resort

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.paradisepievi.com

Paradise Pie is a fast-casual pizza kitchen serving up signature pizzas, fresh salads, and stellar cocktails steps away from the Sapphire Beach surf. Drop in for fun, fresh vibes and the tastiest pizza on the beach! “Tossed and sauced in the V.I.”

PESCE ITALIAN

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.pescevi.com

Pesce offers the best house-

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made pasta. Its menu is a creative blend of herbs and spices, fresh ingredients, and local seafood, adding a contemporary twist to phenomenal Italian cuisine. Pesce’s extensive wine list offers many options to pair the perfect wine with any of the Italian delicacies. Open daily, 5 to 10 p.m.

RAW SUSHI & SAKE BAR

American Yacht Harbor, Red Hook

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.rawvi.com

Discover the freshest, most creative sushi and sake selections on St. Thomas. Raw’s sushi chefs have created a menu of traditional sushi standards and unique specialty rolls that celebrate the diverse cultures of the Caribbean. Serving dinner daily from 5 to 10 p.m. Kanpai!

SAKI HOUSE

Red Hook

340-776-3338

www.sakihousestthomas.com

The quality of Saki House’s authentic Thai food will never be compromised. All dishes are

made to order and use only fresh ingredients that are sourced locally. Saki House is committed to offering excellent service with the goal of having you as their loyal customer.

SANGRIA’S BEACHSIDE BISTRO

Elysian Beach Resort

6800 Estate Nazareth

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.sangriasvi.com

Sangria’s offers a casual beachside bistro atmosphere serving breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. and lunch/ dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in an open-air setting overlooking the blue ocean and white sandy beach. Enjoy your swim and then join Sangria’s for a carafe of its signature sangria, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and much more. Swimsuits welcome!

SAPPHIRE BEACH BAR

Sapphire Beach Resort

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.sbbvi.com

Sapphire Beach Bar is a piece of heaven on the sands of Sapphire Beach. Enjoy an ice-cold beer or a specialty frozen cocktail while

Phone: 340-514-3104

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5 Foods to Try

You can’t go back home without trying some tempting local specialties. West Indian cuisine restaurants and food trucks are where you can find these treats year-round or at food fairs held during the winter holidays and at Carnival-time in April and early May.

1. Fish and Fungi

A whole fish, head and tail attached, is the eye-catcher in this Virgin Islands national dish. Boiled or pan-fried, the fish is accompanied by a scoop of a polenta-like cornmeal dish called fungi.

2. Kallaloo

Traditionally based on foraged greens, nowadays spinach is the foundation of

this green soupy stew. Okra, pigtail, salted beef, and crab make this a hearty meal, especially when ladled over fungi.

3. Pate

A savory filling, most often made of saltfish, ground beef, or conch, is rolled in the center of a bread-like dough, like a turnover, and deepfried. The result is the USVI’s version of a hot sandwich.

4. Johnnycake

These deep-fried palm-sized circles of bready dough are lip-smacking good, especially when still warm. Served for breakfast or with fried fish or a fried chicken leg. Great as a snack.

5. Provisions

The root veggies that once provided ready sustenance are cooked up today in soups or boiled and fried as side dishes. Staples include sweet potatoes, tannia, dasheen, and cassava.

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admiring one of the most beautiful vistas that  St. Thomas has to offer. Come for a casual, beachfront dining experience in an unforgettable setting. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SEASALT

Sapphire Beach Club

16-1-10 Nazareth, St. Thomas

340-714-7874; www.seasaltvi.com

St. Thomas’s newest culinary gem and rooftop restaurant, SeaSalt, unveils a vision unlike any other, transforming and embracing the natural landscape and outfitted with sophisticated modern touches. With a world-class culinary team, SeaSalt embraces the idea of ocean-centric dining, elevated to new heights via modern techniques and a heartfelt commitment to fresh, authentic, and local-sustainable sea-to-table fare, exemplifying the essence of waterfront dining. With an open-air lounge, waterfront dining room, and bar serving handcrafted cocktails, guests are certain to be captivated by the stunning Sapphire Bay panorama and dining under the stars for an unparalleled dining experience only SeaSalt can provide.

SEA TERRACE RESTAURANT — EAST END BAR

AT GRAPETREE BAY RESORT

340-249-0700; www.grapetreebayhotel.com

Sea Terrace Restaurant is located on ocean level in an open, airy covered gallery. The restaurant

is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its kitchen chefs create daily specials incorporating locally sourced ingredients along with seafood and American cuisine. Take a dip in the pool with a daily pool pass for purchase. The East End Bar offers casual dining under the stars from 3 to 9 p.m. daily. Enjoy house-made pizzas, fresh sandwiches, and salads while listening to live music. Sea Terrace Restaurant can host your private event, birthday, or wedding with catering menus. Call or use Open Table for reservations.

SUNSET GRILLE AT SECRET HARBOUR

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

6280 Estate Nazareth

340-714-STRG (7874); www.sunsetgrillevi.com

Sunset Grille is mere steps from the water’s edge, featuring a magical dining experience from the first sight to the last bite. Ingredients come from local farmers and fishermen. Sunset Grille presents to you its vision of Latin Caribbean flavors. Enjoy the magnificent sunset from the open-air dining room. For a more intimate setting, the restaurant offers an air-conditioned private wine room. Serving dinner daily from 5 to 10 p.m.

THE TAP & STILL

340-642-2337; www.tapstill.com

A simple menu, good food, and great service keep

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people coming back again and again to Tap & Still for a quick, fast food–style meal with flair. Hot and crispy fresh-cut fries pair perfectly with juicy burgers or Tap & Still’s award-winning wings. Wash it all down with a frosty cold brew.

XO BISTRO

Red Hook Plaza

340-779-2069; www.xobistro.net

Enjoy the casual elegance of XO Bistro. The stylish dining room is wrapped around a large centrally located wine and cocktail bar. The bistro is perfect for a drink after work or cocktails with friends. Serving lunch and dinner.

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IGGIES OASIS

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

340-775-1800; www.iggiesoasis.com

Iggies is one of the island’s longest-running restaurant brands, the Iggies Beach Bar & Grill’s spirit kept alive at Iggies Oasis, poolside at Bolongo Bay. Come for cocktails, great food including prime rib (Sundays) and lobster, nightly specials, and live music. Lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations recommended.

MIM’S SEASIDE BISTRO

Bld-15, Watergate Villas

340-775-2081; www.mimsseaside.com

Enjoy a taste of fresh fish with a side of atmosphere! For more than two decades, Mim’s

has delighted guests with a blue-ribbon menu and romantic seaside ambience. Award-winning hosts Mim and Jerry DeFreitas are seasoned restaurateurs. The chef is a Tommy Star winner. When you arrive, you are greeted with a warm smile and cool seating choices — under the stars or on the festively lighted covered patio. Why not begin with seafood bisque or conch fritters? Delicious! House specials are coconut curry lobster and baked stuffed lobster.

CROWN BAY

TICKLES DOCKSIDE PUB

308 Crown Bay Marina

340-776-1595; www.ticklesdocksidepub.com

Tickles is a casual dining spot on the water, where locals and visitors enjoy the open-air atmosphere. Open 365 days a year, serving local and national favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Listen to weekly live entertainment while enjoying your favorite frozen drink at the full-service bar. Tickles Dockside Pub is kid friendly. Major credit cards accepted.

FRENCHTOWN

FRENCHTOWN DELI & COFFEE SHOP

Frenchtown, St. Thomas  340-776-7211

www.facebook.com/FrenchtownDeli

Visit this popular deli and coffee shop next to the water. The breakfast menu includes everything from oatmeal and egg sandwiches to eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, and mimosas. You’ll also

enjoy a fantastic full coffee bar with a casual relaxing atmosphere, as well as filling deli sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses — everything you need for the beach or boat. Stock up on beer, wine, soft drinks, snacks, and homemade cookies. Remember to call ahead to save time.

FRENCH QUARTER BISTRO

Frenchtown, St. Thomas

340-774-6539

www.frenchquarterbistrovi.com

French Quarter Bistro offers New Orleans–style cuisine with a flair. Enjoy delicious dishes packed with flavor that won’t disappoint. The wine list is competitively priced. French Quarter Bistro’s menu is available online and on its Facebook page.

OCEANA RESTAURANT & BISTRO

Frenchtown/Villa Olga

340-774-4262; www.oceanavi.com

Waterfront dining and innovative global cuisine with a seafood focus await on Baye de GriGri. The bistro also offers a lighter menu with small plates, a fabulous wine list, and cocktails.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE

758 BAR & RESTAURANT

340-514-3104; www.758bar.com

Named for the area code in St. Lucia, this restaurant highlights local cuisine like stew chicken, pigtail soup, oxtail, and johnnycake with saltfish. 758 Bar & Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Pastries and other sweets are

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COMING HOME

Meet Virgilio’s Matthew

Three decades ago, an enterprising teenager named Matthew Richardson walked a half block north of Main Street to ask two men standing on a restaurant porch for a job. The teen came with a verbal resume from his school days of working at half the jewelry stores in town doing everything from emptying trash cans and taking parcels to the post office to polishing gems. That afternoon, he had been laid off. Little did he know that his new career in the restaurant

industry was just beginning as the eatery’s owner spotted a keeper and hired Richardson on the spot. The next day, the high schooler started washing dishes. Today, it is Richardson, along with two partners, that owns the restaurant named after his late employer.

Founded in 1988 by Virgilio Del Mare, the restaurant is known for its Old World elegance, handmade pastas, and Bananas Flambé, often made tableside by Richardson himself.

Richardson originally envisioned himself as an electrical engineer. He studied at the University of the Virgin Islands and interned at VI Water & Power Authority as he continued to work at the restaurant, where he progressed rapidly. Richardson moved from dishwasher to

prep cook, learning how to make everything from capellini and fettuccine to linguini, manicotti, and penne, plus Caesar salad and his famous Bananas Flambé. By age 18, Richardson also completed the daily paperwork and closed the restaurant at night. He indeed proved a quick study.

In 1997, Richardson left his home island and Virgilio’s to study hospitality and restaurant management at Gwinnett Technical College in Alpharetta, Georgia. A summer exchange-study program took him to Europe, where he picked grapes for wine in France, watched beer brewed in Germany, and rolled pasta in Italy. No matter how far he traveled, Richardson always stayed in touch with Del Mare.

After graduation, he returned to Virgilio’s for the peak winter season, leaving in the summer to work for premium hotel chains on the mainland. A turning point came when Del Mare decided to retire. That’s when Richardson took up the ownership mantle with Chef Ernesto Garrigos and former server Dario.

Through the years, celebrities like Magic Johnson, Stevie Wonder, and Cake Boss Buddy Valastro have dined at Virgilio’s. Valastro brought a crew to film Richardson teaching him how to make Bananas Flambé, using a recipe from Del Mare’s Italian grandmother.

“It’s a small little gem in the Caribbean,” says Richardson of Virgilio’s. “For guests, it’s like family coming home. We’re here for them. We make them feel special. As Virgilio always said, ‘Your delight is our delight.’”

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on the menu, and 758 features great drinks at the bar and fun events. Located across from Emancipation Garden in downtown St. Thomas in the old Grand Hotel Building.

BLUEBEARDS

Castle Gastropub/Deck with a View/Sunnyside Café/Frenchtown Brewing

340-774-1600; www.bluebeards.com

Every adventure starts at Bluebeards! Come for breakfast, cocktails by the pool with a slice of pizza, a beer pairing at the gastropub, or an inventive dinner under the stars. Come for a tour of St. Thomas’s premier brewery and taproom. Come for cocktails overlooking the Caribbean Sea at sunset. Better yet, come stay at Bluebeards for a week and enjoy it all. A lush 10-acre resort with beautifully renovated suites, each with an amazing view. All this at the center of everything St. Thomas. Come explore!

E’S GARDEN TEAHOUSE AND THINGS

2A Commandant Gade

340-776-2577; www.esgardenteahouseandthings.com

At this multifaceted facility near the Main Street shopping area, you’ll enjoy hot and cold teas as well as pastries, quiches, and sandwiches in a relaxing environment. Also on hand are local and imported loose teas and crafts. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. E’s Garden is available for tea parties and baby and wedding showers, as well as for small gatherings and meetings. The food selection varies daily and is listed on Facebook. E’s Garden offers free Wi-Fi and limited parking.

MCDONALD’S

Lockhart Gardens, Frenchtown, Tutu Park

www.facebook.com/McDonaldsUSVI

At three McDonald’s restaurants you’ll find a passion for quality. It’s the same great taste no matter where you go! See map insert in front of book for locations.

PETITE PUMP ROOM

3400 Veterans Drive

340-776-2976; www.petitepumproom.com

Celebrating 52 years, the Petite Pump Room is preferred by islanders and visitors for its excellent authentic local food, friendly service, and open-air panoramic decks. Listen to the rhythms of calypso or reggae while indulging in a passion mojito, Painkiller, or frozen mango colada. Savor fresh fish caught by local fishermen, peas and rice, stewed chicken, stewed oxtails, grilled mahi-mahi sandwiches, and other American favorites. Breakfast and lunch served.

PRIME AT PARADISE POINT

9617 Paradise Point 2656

340-690-2191; www.facebook.com/PRIMEatParadisePoint

Welcome to PRIME, St. Thomas’s premier steakhouse. At the top of Paradise Point, it offers a stunning view and enchanting ambience unlike anywhere else in the Virgin Islands. Treat yourself to a bottle of wine from the award-winning list and pair it with a signature 45-day dry-aged tomahawk steak. The outstanding service and personalized attention make dining at PRIME at Paradise Point a Caribbean must.

TAPHUS BEER HOUSE

5120 Dronningens Gade, Suite 7 340-774-4010; www.facebook.com/taphusbeerhouse

Quench your thirst with a crafted cocktail or an ice-cold beer.

TARPON’S TABLE

6501 Red Hook Road, Smith Bay, St. Thomas 340-643-3429; barth@3palmsvi.com

Tarpon’s Table is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tarpon’s is located on the water, next to the ferry terminal in Red Hook. Tarpon’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a fantastic view, fresh bites, and refreshing cold drinks.

VIRGILIO’S ITALIAN CUISINE

5150 Dronnigens Gade, Suite 7 340-776-4920; www.virgiliosvi.com

Operating since 1988, Virgilio’s is a popular dining destination offering homemade pastas, lamb, veal, and seafood. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

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MAKING HER MARK

Chef Kerish Robles is blazing a new culinary trail.

Farm-to-table is a good way to describe how Executive Chef Kerish Robles is making her mark on the U.S. Virgin Islands culinary scene, though it’s not necessarily in the conventional sense.

Robles grew up on St. Thomas in an agricultural family with handson knowledge of local ingredients. That’s the farm part. Since last year, Robles has employed her extensive experience to create — from scratch — the new Culinary Arts Program at the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL). This is what she brings to the table. Now, as program manager, Robles is creating a talented culinary workforce. She hopes this will keep St. Thomas on the global gastronomic map for the best in everything, from toes-in-thesand beachfront eating to whitetablecloth fine dining.

A serendipitous restaurant visit and a peek through the kitchen door to the inner workings beyond set Robles’s mind in stone to become a chef. Robles landed her first restaurant job while only in ninth grade. This followed successive summers working as an intern at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, where

she held every position from prep cook for employee meals to working on banquets for big events. By her senior year, she was named the first Junior Chef on the U.S. Virgin Islands Culinary Team.

After graduation, Robles moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in culinary management from the International Culinary Institute at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Among many memorable experiences, she says, was the kitchen time she spent with celebrity chefs Paula Dean, Tyler Florence, and Bobby Flay through the school’s collaboration with the Food Network.

The hospitality industry in the Virgin Islands is huge, with tourism representing 60 percent of the economy. Dining out is a big part, but there’s never been local training at the post-secondary level. This changed in 2021 when Robles was selected to head the UVI CELL’s Culinary Arts Program. By that time, she had been back on St. Thomas for eight years, had worked as a chef in several island

restaurants, and founded a culinary course at Eudora Kean High School..

This instruction proved groundbreaking, where in addition to classroom basics, Robles traveled with her students near and far, from farm trips to neighboring St. Croix to culinary competitions abroad. This cutting-edge curriculum catapulted Robles to break new ground with the UVI CELL program. Since then, she’s ventured into virgin territory, researched industry standards, and surveyed community needs for chefs. Now, she has made history because the Culinary Arts Program is the first of its type in the Caribbean to offer American Culinary Federation certifications.

“Farming is a big deal for me and an important part of the curriculum,” says Robles.

“This is evident at our restaurant, Wild Sage, near campus. It’s named for a plant that is often overlooked but gives such a pungent flavor that it's unforgettable, often like our local cuisine. So, you could say I’m a farm-to-table enthusiast and everything in between.”

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NORTHSIDE SIB’S ON THE MOUNTAIN BAR & RESTAURANT

33 Estate Elizabeth

340-774-8967; www.facebook.com/sibsonthemountain

An iconic neighborhood hangout offering a dining celebration of food, flavors, family, and friends accompanied by a lively nightlife experience. The menu is devoted to classic American cuisine with a homestyle cooking flair. Whether you are seeking fun for the whole family or a night out with the gang, there is something for everyone at Sib’s on the Mountain.

YACHT HAVEN GRANDE

13 RESTAURANT

Yacht Haven Grande

340-774-6800; www.13restaurant.com

13 Restaurant, dine-in or carry-out, features America’s southern cuisine with an island flair. Chef Tully Wilson melds his southern roots with classic training to bring you freshly prepared steaks, pasta, seafood, specials of the day, Sunday brunch, and more. The restaurant features open-air dining with ocean views.

ENKAI SUSHI BAR

Yacht Haven Grande Marina

340-774-6254; www.enkaisushibar.com

Enkai Sushi Bar is back and better than ever after having been destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. Its new location on the water in Yacht Haven Grande combines an innovative menu with magnificent views, giving guests an upscale dining experience. Enkai Sushi Bar prides itself on an extensive array of artisan sushi, and its chefs showcase their creative side by offering daily specials incorporating fresh flavors and locally sourced ingredients. Pair your favorites with a selection from the elaborate list of premium sake, wine, beer, and handcrafted specialty cocktails.

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RAISE A GLASS

Try the islands’ refreshing and local craft beer.

The thriving craft beer scene across the U.S. Virgin Islands is great news for tourists looking for genuine island activities and tastes. Local craft beer pioneers are pouring tasty brews to go with their inspiring stories about life and culture in the Caribbean.

Chirag Vyas and Kevin Chipman were the first islanders to grab onto the craft beer scene. As 20-somethings marooned on St. John, they missed craft beer from their college days. After experimenting with a mail order beer kit and perfecting a mango pale ale, they distributed their first brews in 2004. St. John Brewers brews and operates a lively taproom at Mongoose Junction and recently opened a location in Charlotte Amalie as they continue to grow.

On St. Thomas, analytical chemist Kevin Brown left his marine research position at the University of the Virgin Islands to start Frenchtown Brewing with friend Nicolas

Van Heurck. The two also noted a lack of craft beer and turned to Kevin’s homebrewing recipes to start their microbrewery in the fishing village of Frenchtown. Fans enthusiastically urged them to open a second production facility and taproom at Bluebeards Resort to increase the availability of their premium craft beers.

St. Croix’s Leatherback Brewing Company, which opened in 2018, is the newest player in the Virgin Islands’ craft beer scene. Leatherback’s founders agreed their island was ready for a line of islandbrewed beers made with local Caribbean ingredients and influences. Managing partners Aaron Hutchins and Packy Gilbert named their brewery after the indigenous leatherback sea turtle and are focused on celebrating authentic Caribbean culture as they expand.

Celebrate your visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands by checking out one of these breweries or one of the many bars and restaurants serving locally produced craft beer to toast your trip.

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St. John Brewers founders, Kevin Chipman and Chirag Vyas, in their Brewery & Tap Room. Leatherback Brewing Company’s Aaron Hutchins and Packy Gilbert overlooking their production facility on St. Croix. Frenchtown Brewing brewer Kevin Brown explains the science of brewing his #Islandhopped craft beers.

HAVENSIGHT

CAFE AMICI

Havensight Mall

340-244-9441; www.cafeamicistthomas.com

This fabulous Italian/Mediterranean fusion cuisine is not to be missed. At Cafe Amici, you can enjoy incredible pastas, pizzas, and piadinas alongside locally brewed draft beer. Open for lunch, dinner, drinks, and late night.

CHINA KING

9800 Buccaneer Mall #6, Havensight

340-776-3333

Come to China King for Chinese food favorites like shrimp fried rice, Mongolian beef, and sesame chicken. The quality of China King’s authentic Chinese food will never be compromised. All dishes are made to order using locally sourced fresh ingredients. China King is committed to offering excellent service with the goal of having you as their loyal customer.

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CARIBBEAN FUSION

Emerald Beach Resort

340-777-8800

www.facebook.com/caribbeanfusionandthebeachbar

Not quite sure what you are hungry for? Caribbean Fusion has a variety of daily Caribbean dishes like Caribbean lobster and whole snapper, any style. It has an assortment of classics that will satisfy your appetite, including tacos, pizza, burgers, and calamari fritti. At this charming, casual restaurant and bar overlooking the sparkling waters of Lindbergh Bay, panoramic views complement authentic Caribbean cuisine. Caribbean Fuion’s creative culinary team showcases the freshest local seafood, meats, and produce to craft a sumptuous variety of dishes inspired by the bounty of St. Thomas. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.

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LIFE

At Home in the Tropics

MAKE ST. THOMAS YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME.

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From beachfront resorts to luxurious hotels, cozy condos, and charming B&Bs, there’s no lack of places to stay on St. Thomas.

Two of the newest properties to reopen are The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef and The Seaborn at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection. Built in the 1970s and hurricane-damaged in 2017, these elegant lodgings sit side by side on a breathtaking hillside at the entrance to the Charlotte Amalie Harbor on one side and Morningstar Beach on the other.

Combined, there are nearly 500 rooms, including 30 suites. You’ll also find six restaurants, bars, and lounges. The Asianthemed Sugarfin serves sushi and poke. The open-air Luna Mar offers coastal Mediterranean cuisine such as handmade pasta and seafood classics like prawns and mussels. The Salt Shack Beach Bar & Grill, meanwhile, serves fruit and rum drinks and Baja-style tacos just steps from the sea. Four pools and a Heavenly Spa by Westin are other super-luxe amenities.

Resorts abound on beachfronts in St. Thomas. Most of the 65 rooms at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on the island’s south shore are about a minute’s walk to the water. Watersports are popular here, with a dive shop and its Heavenly Days daysail catamaran. Travel + Leisure named Bolongo as well as Emerald Beach Resort among the “Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Emerald’s threestory buildings of apartment-style suites are on Lindbergh Bay, a stone’s throw from the water.

In Charlotte Amalie, Windward Passage and Bluebeards are focal-point hotels. Windward, on Waterfront Drive, is in the heart of town across from the ferry dock. Bluebeards, iconic for its pirate tower, boasts an eagle-eye view of the harbor from many of its studio units and one-bedroom suites.

Across on Blackbeard’s Hill, At Home in the Tropics is a beautifully restored historic bed and breakfast that overlooks the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The main courtyard, flower-filled lounge area, and private pool are a short walk from shops, restaurants, and historic sights.

On St. Thomas’s East End, Paradise Properties at Crystal Cove on Sapphire Beach offers one-bedroom condos equipped with a king-sized bed and kitchen.

That’s not all. Other types of accommodations include luxury villas, Airbnb rentals, and even crewed charter yachts. The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association represents more than 100 yachts, from 40 to over 100 feet long, staffed with captains and chefs and offering weeklong vacations around the Virgin Islands. Combine a stay ashore with a charter yacht cruise. It’s the perfect surfand-turf vacation.

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PETS WITH WINGS

Helping stray dogs and cats get off the island is often the only option for their survival and future adoption. While the Humane Society of St. Thomas strives to keep its euthanasia rates low, the nonprofit is often overwhelmed by the number of animals that arrive at its doorstep in need of care and compassion. Pets with Wings has partnered with the shelter for over a decade to move island strays to stateside rescues with more space or better resources to care for these pets in need.

Between June 2021 and September 2022, Pets with Wings sent 1,031 animals from St. Thomas to U.S. rescues, giving them a chance to be adopted by loving families in cities up and down the East Coast.

Pets with Wings covers all fees and paperwork, leaving volunteers with the simple task of loving on an island stray as they fly to the United States. Larger dogs must fly cargo, which comes with stricter regulations and greater costs; but volunteers can transport dogs and cats under 20 pounds under their seat on the plane.

Despite the challenges, donors and community members have stepped up to support Pets with Wings, giving thousands of island strays the chance to live long, healthy lives in caring homes.

To volunteer to accompany an animal on your next flight to the United States, contact Humane Society shelter manager Rhea Vasconcellos at 340-643-0796 or email islandbarks@gmail.com five or more days before your flight. To donate to Pets with Wings, visit www.petswithwingsstt.com.

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AT HOME IN THE TROPICS

1680 (25) Dronningens Gade, St. Thomas

877-788-1803; www.athomeinthetropics.com

This is a boutique hotel providing an authentic Caribbean experience with all the comforts of home. Overlooking the picturesque Charlotte Amalie Harbor, the property is nestled into the hillside of the Charlotte Amalie Historic District. All rooms include private bathroom, pool access, air conditioning, smart TV, Wi-Fi, and homemade locally sourced breakfast. Walking distance to shops, restaurants, and minutes from world-famous beaches and all the excite ment of St. Thomas. Jessica Geller is the innkeeper of At Home in the Tropics.

BLUEBEARDS

340-774-1600; www.bluebeards.com

There’s nothing else like Bluebeards! A blend of Virgin Islands Old World architecture with 166 surprisingly affordable, beautifully renovated studios and suites with spectacular, unequaled views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor and the Caribbean Sea beyond. A 10-acre hilltop destination with lush grounds, authen tic island culture, inventive cuisine, frosty cocktails, and an on-site brewery, Bluebeards is central to the islands’ best beaches, watersports, historic Char lotte Amalie, and ferries to neighboring islands. Book your adventure today!

EMERALD BEACH RESORT

340-777-8800; www.emeraldbeach.com

Cozy, breezy, and bright décor and a welcoming, friendly atmosphere come together to make Emerald Beach Resort one of the most relaxing hotels in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Discover a laid-back beachfront getaway overlooking Lindbergh Bay, considered the most beautiful white-sand beach on St. Thomas. With the attractions, shopping, and dining of downtown Charlotte Amalie only minutes away, the resort invites you to enjoy uninterrupted ocean views steps from the warm Caribbean surf. A rare find among St. Thomas resorts, Emerald Beach Resort is a 100 percent beachfront hotel with all rooms offering balconies with beautiful ocean views. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and appointed with modern amenities, Emerald Beach Resort’s accommodations are inspired by the spectacular beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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FRENCHMAN’S REEF BEACH RESORT & SPA

340-693-4800; www.frenchmansreefstthomas.com

A beacon of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the all-new Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort & Spa sits high above the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy breathtaking views, elevated style, gourmet dining, a full-service spa, and island excursions. Designed for adventurers and leisure seekers searching for an authentic, world-class Caribbean island experience.

PARADISE PROPERTIES

340-775-0111; www.crystalcovevi.net

Come stay at one of Paradise Properties’ one-bedroom or studio units located just steps away from Sapphire Beach and a few miles from the Red Hook Ferry dock. Enjoy access to watersports on the beach or a lazy day at the pool. Dine at one of five restaurants within walking distance of your condominiums. Units are also equipped with a fullsized kitchen and all the essentials to prepare a meal for family and friends.

WINDWARD PASSAGE HOTEL

340-774-5200; www.windwardpassage.com

The Windward Passage Hotel is centrally located overlooking picturesque Charlotte Amalie Harbor, just one block from world-famous duty-free shops, and walking distance to historical sights, restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife. The hotel’s location is also convenient to inter-island ferries and the seaplane. Enjoy the freshwater pool or be whisked away by the hotel’s complimentary van service to stunning Magens Bay Beach. The popular Windward Restaurant & Courtyard Bar is open to guests, visitors, and residents alike. Ask about Windward’s banquet space, where you can host an event with up to 100 guests.

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PAMPER YOURSELF

ST. THOMAS OFFERS A MULTITUDE OF WAYS TO NOURISH YOUR BODY, MIND, AND SPIRIT.

If your idea of a perfect getaway is a destination dotted with natural and cultural wonders accompanied by pampering and R&R, then look no further than St. Thomas. A visit to one of the island’s spas can help you maximize your relaxation and leave you feeling invigorated.

Inspired by the rejuvenating powers of the Caribbean, Paradise Nails & Beauty Bar is a retreat designed to nurture beauty, mental and physical wellness, and, inevitably, self-love. Known for crafting holistic and unique personal experiences coupled with relaxation and luxury, this full-service spa offers an array of hair care, nail care, wellness-enhancing massage therapies, facials, body treatments, makeup artistry, and much more. Relax your mind, renew your body, and revive your soul while enjoying the calming lemongrassinfused ambience and great customer service.

Perched high above the sparkling sea, the newly reopened Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef tempts

visitors with their “sanctuary of self-care.” Guests are invited to indulge at the full-service Heavenly Spa by Westin, where they can choose from a wide selection of restorative, rejuvenating therapies and refreshing aesthetic services to look and feel their best.

Set on a turquoise ocean backdrop, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a diverse selection of spa treatments and therapies. Here you can soak in the scent of the tropics and pamper yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials where locally sourced ingredients are used to nourish the skin and feed the soul. For the ultimate experience, treat yourself to a seaside cabana massage, where you’ll feel your tensions melt away as the sound of the waves and gentle breeze lull you into deep relaxation.

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PARADISE NAILS & BEAUTY BAR

Four Winds Plaza, St. Thomas 340-775-7300

Paradise Nails & Beauty Bar on the east side of sunny St. Thomas offers a plethora of salon and spa services ranging from hair and nails to massages, facials, and other body treatments. It also offers customizable spa packages and mobile services that are a delightful choice in getting your personalized needs met even in your own comfort. Pampered in paradise… what a way to spend the day!

TROPICAL BLISS SPA & BEAUTY BAR

161–A Subbase, Building C-06 340-777-3220

www.tropicalblissspa.com

Looking for the perfect getaway on your getaway vacation? Tropical Bliss Spa & Beauty Bar is the perfect spot. The ambience, vibe, music selection, relaxation, and results are all you need.

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ST. JOHN

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WELCOME TO ST. JOHN

The name “Love City” was coined in the 1970s by a native of St. John, Llewellyn Sewer, as a nod to the warm, friendly nature of those who live here. Of course, the people are just one of the reasons to visit beautiful St. John. The island’s stunning shorelines offer the perfect respite from a hectic world. A well-maintained network of hiking trails allows you to explore St. John’s history and its flora and fauna by foot. A wide

variety of restaurants invites you to dig your toes into the sand while you dig into pub fare, sample local eats, or enjoy an elegant meal with a sunset view to match and the island’s unique shopping options offer perfectly memorable mementos of what’s sure to be an extraordinary vacation. So, get out there, explore all that St. John has to offer, and be ready to fall in love with Love City.

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Welcome to Love City! Even if this nickname is new to you, you probably realized right away that it makes perfect sense.
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ST. JOHN MAY BE A SMALL ISLAND, BUT VISITORS WILL FIND PLENTY TO SEE AND DO.

ADVENTURES ABOUND

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HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the past to understand the present.

The island’s history is a complicated mix of colonialism and slave labor. Discover the relics from that era while visiting some of the historical sites on St. John.

Annaberg Sugar Plantation

No visit to St. John would be complete without learning of St. John’s problematic past. The best place on island to do this is at the Danish-era Annaberg Sugar Plantation. Informative signage educates visitors about the harsh conditions enslaved Africans faced here. The adjacent Leinster Bay waterfront recently became part of the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, which recognizes the hundreds of African slaves who attempted to flee from this point to nearby Tortola, where slavery was abolished 14 years before the Danish West Indies made the move to end the practice. The island’s plantation history and the ruins that serve as reminders of this troubled time call for a certain reverence as they’re explored.

Virgin Islands National Park Visitors Center

This centrally located building in Cruz Bay is a must-visit for tourists, whether you want to delve into the island’s past or you’re simply looking for recommendations on beaches

and hiking trails. Exhibits inside the visitor’s center will take you from the island’s preColumbian history through the plantation era, emancipation, and beyond. There are always staff members on hand to answer any questions you might have, and you can pick up brochures and other printed materials to read on a lazy afternoon at the beach.

L’Esperance Hiking Trail

Enjoy a diverse natural setting and explore the ruins of two historic plantation ruins along the way. Be warned that the trail is a little more than five miles long and there’s an elevation change of about 1,000 feet, so hiking the entire trail is certainly a workout. If that sounds too intimidating,

you only need to hike about a quarter of a mile down the trail before you come to the first ruins, which alone are well worth the visit. A historic stone bridge spans a gut — that’s creek, or stream, in Virgin Islands speak — and then you can take in the native stone ruins of the plantation’s 18th-century great house. You’ll also see marked graves from this era. If you’re feeling motivated, follow the trail downward through two distinct ecosystems: moist tropical forest and dry forest. As you near the shore, head left to the Reef Bay plantation ruins or hike on to the pristine western end of Genti Bay beach. Take a seat in the sand, marvel at your surroundings, and then gather the energy for the return hike up to where you started.

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A SPORTING GOOD TIME

Here’s how to stay active while enjoying yourself.

Wsheep, horses, cats, and even a pig have found refuge.

Tennis

hether you’re an endorphin junkie looking for that heartpumping high or you simply want to keep up with getting your steps in while you’re on vacation, St. John has plenty of ways to get you going.

Horseback Riding

This one’s a bit of an exercise shortcut, as technically the horse is the one taking the steps; but horseback riding does, in fact, require a certain level of physical fitness, and it’s a great way to explore the island. “Donkey Dana” at the Carolina Corral will lead you and your party on a trail ride with some interesting views of the island. You can also volunteer to help at the corral, where donkeys, chickens, goats,

With just one public tennis center on island, playing here is a great way to meet fellow tennis lovers, whether visitors or residents. Located in Cruz Bay near the Enighed Pond barge landing, these two courts operate on a first come, first served basis. Leave your tennis racket at home? Check out the island’s only secondhand store, the ReSource Depot, at Centerline and Gifft Hill Road, where you may score a secondhand racket at a great deal.

Yoga and Fitness Classes

A handful of yoga and fitness instructors live on island, and others visit seasonally to lead classes and retreats. With no real gym or fitness home base here, classes are sporadic and informal, held at rental villas, local businesses, and even on the water via boat or paddle board. Ask around or do an internet search for the most up-to-date yoga and fitnessclass offerings.

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NURTURING NATURE

St. John is all about nature, and there are many ways to experience it.

With around twothirds of the island preserved by the Virgin Islands National Park, it’s no surprise that ecotourism opportunities abound.

Family-Friendly Hikes

Encourage your little ones to explore nature and history while burning off some energy at the Cinnamon Bay Loop Trail, a short, well-shaded path that’s the perfect place to introduce young children to hiking. A boardwalk guides you through the area’s plantation ruins before you enter the forest on a wellmaintained trail with minimal elevation change. Signage along the trail teaches hikers about the plants and animals that live in the area, and you can also visit the grave of Anna Margarethe Berner Hjardemaal, who owned the plantation with her husband, Nicolai Severin Hjardemaal. Anna, who died in 1836, is buried here alongside others who have not been identified.

Feathered Friends and Dazzling Stars

Two Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) programs will have you looking up at Mother Nature’s beauty. On Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m., join an experienced birder at the Francis Bay boardwalk to learn about the unique salt pond habitat and how and where to spot local birds, from seasonal laughing gulls to the cunning pearly eyed thrasher. On Wednesdays at 8:15 p.m., meet a VINP ranger at Cinnamon Bay beach and prepare to be wowed by the dazzling display of stars in the inky night sky. Learn about how light pollution affects local wildlife, and peer through a park telescope at distant celestial objects.

Keep St. John Green

If you’re interested in preserving the environment, you might want to consider volunteering during your vacation.

The Island Green Living Association has spearheaded numerous initiatives to reduce the island’s waste stream. Remove the lids from rinsed aluminum cans and plastics (numbers 1, 2, and 5), and

drop them off at the nonprofit’s recycling facility at Centerline and Gifft Hill. Just follow the signs to the ReSource Depot. Every piece of trash that’s diverted from the waste stream is a huge help, since space is always at a premium on this small island, even at the landfill. While you’re dropping off your recyclables, take a minute to browse inside the ReSource Depot, the island’s only secondhand store. You might score a great deal on sports equipment or a sundress to wear for an evening out.

At the organization’s Susannaberg home base, moreover, you can assist with crushing and baling cans and plastics to be shipped off-island for recycling.

You can also lend a hand by volunteering with another environmental group: the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park. From October through May, the group welcomes volunteers who show up to assist with clearing trails and ruins for hikers. Follow the Friends on Facebook for announcements of volunteering opportunities for the week ahead.

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THE PARROT CLUB Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay 340-776-4111

www.parrotclubvi.com

On the beautiful island of St. John, there is an entertainment experience like no other. The Parrot Club offers the hottest gaming in the coolest atmosphere. Take a break from the sun but keep the scenery at the renowned Parrot Club bar. Get lucky at the island’s only gaming center with video slots, blackjack, keno, poker, and roulette. The Parrot Club is beachfront in Wharfside Village, just steps from the ferry dock next to the island’s premier dining experience, La Tapa Plage. Whether you are day-tripping it or hanging out for the nightlife, The Parrot Club is your place for entertainment.

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ST. JOHN IS A LITTLE SLICE OF HEAVEN FOR WATER ENTHUSIASTS.

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The seas surrounding St. John are quintessentially paradisiacal. Whether you want to simply float in repose in the cerulean sea or you want to explore what lies beneath, immerse yourself in the beautiful briny deep for a sublimely ethereal experience.

A Rare Relationship

On the island’s East End, you’ll find one of the rarest combinations of mangroves and corals in Hurricane Hole. A diverse colony of corals grows in the mangrove canopy and on mangrove crop roots in a relationship seldom seen anywhere else in the world. Explore this truly special area with local experts like Virgin Islands Expeditions, which leads kayak and paddleboard tours of Hurricane Hole.

Dive Deep

If you want to go deep, Low Key Watersports is the island’s leading dive operation, with many decades of experience in the territory. The company offers the full gamut of dive experiences, from certification courses for newbies to more curated experiences like night dives or hunting for lionfish.

A Day at Sea

Low Key is also your source for boat charters, thanks to a partnership with Ocean Runner. Take the helm yourself with a bareboat charter, or let an experienced captain do the navigating for you so you can relax while exploring St. John’s hidden shorelines. From great snorkeling stops to floating restaurants to cliff diving

when the conditions are right, there’s plenty to keep you busy during a day in USVI waters.

Fresh Catch

Another way to take advantage of the bountiful seas surrounding St. John is with a fishing charter. Arthur Jones of Arawak Expeditions is one of the most seasoned fishing guides on the island, with several decades of experience. He knows exactly where the fish are biting and can take you out in pursuit of your big catch. Generally, fishing charter guests are allowed to keep a certain amount of what they catch, which is often filleted and bagged up for you to take home. Now that’s a fresh meal, with a big side of satisfaction for a job well done!

Bird’s-Eye View

Experiencing the beauty of Virgin Islands waters can also be done from above with a parasailing excursion. Gliding high in the sky gives you a truly unforgettable vantage point, allowing you to take in the islands’ rolling green hills hugged by the patchwork of blue hues that represent

various ocean depths. Parasailing charters operate out of St. Thomas, and you’ll have to avoid Virgin Islands National Park waters, as this activity is not allowed within the park; but many outfitters will pick you up in St. John and know exactly where to take you for those wow-factor views.

DIY Explorers

If you prefer to skip the guide and would rather dive straight into memorable experiences on your own, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the impossibly blue waters that surround St. John. Gear rental companies can help you find your perfect fit, whether you’re looking for a paddle board that’s light enough for you to carry or you need help wearing a snorkel mask if you sport facial hair. The experts who run these businesses can clue you in to the island’s best offshore snorkeling spots or help you plan a paddleboard route that doesn’t leave you stranded downwind. When you rent locally, you can be sure you’re getting top-ofthe-line gear, along with the best tips and tricks for your chosen activity.

ON THE WATER GUIDE

ARAWAK EXPEDITIONS

Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 340-693-8312

www.arawakexp.com

Experience an unforgettable adventure. Whether you choose a half-day kayak tour, stand-up paddleboarding, fly-fishing, snorkeling, or an extended kayaking and camping tour, you’ll leave with a better appreciation of the natural wonders of these islands. Arawak Expeditions is an easy walk from the ferry dock in downtown Cruz Bay.

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Cruz Bay 340-775-6074

www.usviexpeditions.com

Journey beyond the beach! Join Virgin Islands Expedition Company’s guided kayaking, paddleboarding, and hiking tours around St. John and its surrounding waters.

Transportation and equipment are included on full- and halfday tours. The knowledgeable staff at Virgin Islands Expedition Company’s Cruz Bay location will help you plan independent adventures with quality rental equipment and other St. John adventure necessities.

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ON THE WATER

MAKE A SPLASH

Low Key Watersports is a PADI Five-Star IDC scuba diving center. As a certified diver, you can enjoy their daily reef dives or weekly night dives. If you prefer shore diving, they have a full range of scuba and snorkel equipment available for rent; just stop by their beach boutique.

Not scuba certified or looking to advance your dive certification? They can teach you in no time! Their professional dive instructors offer a full range of diving courses, from Open Water to Divemaster. You can also try diving by taking part in one of the Discover Scuba Diving courses, which gives you a feel for the world of diving in as little as one afternoon. No prior experience is necessary.

Ocean Runner Powerboat Rentals is the leading powerboat rental company in the U.S. Virgin Islands, with more than 40 years of experience. They offer boat rentals and charters ranging from 15-foot Boston Whalers up to 60-foot luxury yachts, and their professional captains will help you plan an unforgettable day on the water. Whether you want to sightsee, snorkel, island-hop, or relax on the beach, Ocean Runner will help you explore the best that the Virgin Islands has to offer.

Be sure to ask about other excursions and watersport activities you might be interested in. Their staff is happy

to help you figure out the best trip for your group, including boat and dinghy rentals, captained charters, scuba diving, sunset sails, kayaking and paddleboarding trips, hiking tours, and more.

To learn more or to book your excursions, visit www.oceanrunnerusvi.com or www.divelowkey.com, or call 340-693-8809.

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BREATHTAKING BEAUTIES

ST. JOHN’S SERENE BEACHES ARE BEYOND COMPARE, AND EACH ONE ENTICES YOU WITH ITS OWN SPECIAL CHARM.

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TThe beauty of St. John’s beaches is so impactful, many visitors can easily recall the first time they sunk their toes into the island’s silky white sands and watched the brilliant turquoise waters gently lap the shore. Spending a day at the beach is life’s reset button. The captivatingly beautiful setting inspires you to disconnect, relax, and enjoy the Zenlike embrace of Mother Nature. St. John might be small, but beach offerings are big, ensuring you can find the superb shoreline of your dreams.

The Showstopper

Trunk Bay gets a lot of press, and one only needs to walk this postcard-perfect beach to see why. The gleaming white sands are exceptionally powdery, and the water is somehow brighter and bluer here than at any other beach on the island. As tropical beaches go, Trunk Bay is pure perfection. When forced to name one drawback, it would be the crowds of people who flock to this beauty of a destination. If you’re looking for a quieter experience, head to Trunk early in the morning or for sunset. Trunk is the one beach within the Virgin Islands National Park where visitors must pay a fee to enter, but with amenities like restrooms, showers, changing rooms, food and drinks for sale, and chair and snorkel gear rental, the $5 day pass is well worth the reward.

Turtle Time

If you’re in search of one of St. John’s most beloved animals, the sea turtle, Maho Bay is the place where you’re all but guaranteed a sighting. Juveniles feed on the seagrass beds here, gliding gracefully through the water, breaking the surface now and then to take a breath before flippering back to the seafloor to graze on grass. Increased human activity at Maho in recent years has contributed to the spread of fibro papillomatosis among a stressed turtle population, so please keep your distance and remain calm when observing the turtles — and never attempt to touch them. Together, we can ensure the health of the island’s turtle population so these calm, captivating creatures can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Lime with the Locals

Hawksnest is a favorite among locals who gather here on weekends in the shade of beachfront pavilions, sending tempting aromas of grills at work wafting out over the sea. The beach’s proximity to Cruz Bay and its amenities — restrooms, changing rooms, and picnic tables, in addition to

the grills and pavilions — make it an easy spot to celebrate birthdays or simply the end of another week. There’s decent reef snorkeling just off the shore, and you could even swim over to nearby Gibney Beach to escape the crowds for a bit.

Worth the Drive

Not only is Little Lameshur beach about a 45-minute drive from the main town of Cruz Bay, but the final stretch of road before you reach the beach boasts deep ruts, gulleys, and puddles requiring some seriously dialed-in focus on behalf of the driver. Residents and visitors alike put in the effort time and time again because Little Lameshur is simply that beautiful. Because it doesn’t receive as much traffic as the island’s famed North Shore beaches, its setting has remained a bit more natural and rugged. The sands and waters are as pristine as any other St. John beach, and the snorkeling alone is well worth the drive. This is also where you’ll find the Lameshur Plantation ruins, featuring a window opening that perfectly frames the bay’s cobalt waters. Insta-worthy, indeed.

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GET YOUR SNORKEL ON

One of the best features of St. John snorkeling is easy shore access to the island’s most interesting sites. Simply arrive at the shore, don your gear, then wade out and glide among thriving marine life.

Go with a Buddy

Waterlemon Cay is one of the most beloved snorkeling sites on island. A snorkel here begins with an easy onemile shoreline hike from the Annaberg Plantation parking lot to Leinster Bay, your jumping-off point. Waterlemon is a tiny cay that sits out in the bay, and particularly during the winter months, the current kicks up here and snorkelers must keep an eye on their surroundings. Travel counterclockwise around the cay so you aren’t fighting the current as you round the back end, and it’s highly recommended to snorkel this site with a buddy so you can look out for one another. The abundance of corals, fish, starfish, rays, and octopus make Waterlemon well worth the planning and effort that go into this snorkel.

Best for Beginners

One of Trunk Bay’s famed features is its underwater snorkel trail, where signage that’s attached to the seafloor helps you identify some of the species you’re likely to see. The trail is just off the cay that rests close to the shore, so the swim to start this snorkel is quick and easy. Stick to the west side

of the cay and you’ll be treated to a calm snorkel with various species of fish buzzing by and corals gently waving in the current below. The water here isn’t deep, and the shore is close by if you need to take a breather. This is a popular destination for cruise ship visitors, so do check how many ships are in St. Thomas for the day before opting to try out the Trunk Bay underwater snorkel trail.

A Myriad of Marine Life

Haulovers North and South are some of the few snorkeling options on St. John that aren’t paired with a pretty beach — the shorelines are more rocky and coral rubble — but these two snorkeling sites on the island’s East End are worth missing the soft sands for a day. Just off the shore at Haulover North is some of the healthiest, easy-to-access marine life you’ll see on the island. Parrotfish, puffer fish, reef squid, and more flit about through well-developed sea fans, brain corals, and coral and rocky

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One of Trunk Bay’s famed features is its underwater snorkel trail.

outcroppings. The current here can be strong, and unfortunately, this beach suffers when sargassum is coming into the territory. If you arrive and find that you can’t enter Haulover North due to the seaweed mat, just head across the street to Haulover South. The snorkeling here is not as magnificent, but the rocky, sandy beach is slightly more welcoming and the current isn’t as threatening. In the deeper waters along the bay’s eastern side, you’ll find a wide range of corals, sea cucumbers, and many species of fish.

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SHOPPING ON ST. JOHN IS A ONEOF-A-KIND ADVENTURE.

ISLAND FINDS

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is that their workshop is located on-site, allowing you to see the local artisans crafting the designs in silver, gold and precious stones. Taking home a piece from Bamboo Studio will remind you of our beautiful islands and your favorite island memories.

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When you shop on St. John, you’ll never have the same experience twice. The island eschews stateside chains in favor of locally owned businesses offering unique keepsakes. Traditional souvenir items like T-shirts and Christmas ornaments are readily available. A St. John swim shirt is an item that will prove useful during your vacation and beyond, and many shops carry their own designs. Extend your vacation long after you’ve returned home by purchasing local hot sauces or spice rubs to add that special island flavor to your home-cooked meals.

If you want to put your love of the island on display, be sure to visit the island’s jewelry stores. The St. John hook bracelet, a simple design that’s been customized in varying styles for men, women, and children alike, is a subtle way to show off your love for Love City. It’s a design that serves as a calling card of sorts for in-the-know St. John visitors and is sure to spark conversations with others who recognize the bracelet’s significance. Each jewelry store has its own take on the hook bracelet, so spend some time browsing and find your perfect fit.

In addition to the traditional hook, Bamboo Studio in Wharfside Village offers designs featuring a petroglyph, modeled after rock carvings the Taíno people left

behind in the pre-Columbian era, as well as an anchor and a design featuring two swirling hurricanes in homage to the twin Category 5 storms that hit the island in 2017. Caravan Gallery in Mongoose Junction offers a variety of hook bracelet designs made on island by a local jeweler, and at Vibe, also at Mongoose Junction, the “hook” part of the bracelets is in the shape of a letter J.  Mongoose Junction is a great destination to find island keepsakes for all your friends and family. It’s the closest thing to a shopping mall that you’ll find on island, but the atmosphere here is decidedly breezy and casual with relaxed island vibes. With traditional native stonework accented with mahogany features, the well-

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thought-out shopping venue offers a collection of shops, restaurants, and services that make for a comfortable and pleasant browsing experience.

Bajo El Sol Gallery, Art Bar & Rum Room shines the spotlight on local artists who work in a wide array of media; and the gallery hosts regular art openings and poetry nights, offering a window into local heritage and culture. Tucked away upstairs, above island apparel shop Lulee, you’ll find Virgin Abis, whose stock of CBD flower, gummies, tinctures, and much more will bring your vacation relaxation to a new level.

Head out to Coral Bay for a more eclectic shopping experience. On the island’s quieter side, you can pick up hand-painted clothing from longtime East End resident

Sloop Jones. Located at Skinny Legs, Mumbo Jumbo is a shop where you’ll find necklaces with pendants stamped with the shape of St. John, funky Coral Bay–themed T-shirts, and useful keepsakes like beach bags and insulated tumblers — all at surprisingly reasonable prices. Located at Isola Shoppes on the Coral Bay waterfront, Jolly Dog is a longstanding island business with original designs featured on T-shirts, towels, stickers, magnets, drinkware, and much more.

Shopping on St. John is as special as the island itself. Find your perfect piece of clothing or jewelry to show off your love of the island, and you’ll soon realize that many people you encounter on a regular basis share your affinity with Love City.

SHOPPING GUIDE

BAMBOO STUDIO

Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay 340-776-0669

www.bamboovi.com

Want to show your love for St. John? Take home a handmade charm necklace in sterling silver, 14k gold, or a combination of both and create a charm that is uniquely yours. We also carry a wide selection of hook bracelets and petroglyph jewelry. All handcrafted by Bamboo’s artisans, inspired by beautiful St. John.

CARAVAN GALLERY

Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 340-779-4566

www.caravangallery.com

Caravan Gallery is the place for affordable and fine jewelry, unique gifts, and authentic artifacts from around the world. In Caravan’s Mongoose Junction location, you will find the original St. John hook bracelet, locally made jewelry, and the best selection of Larimar, the “gemstone of the Caribbean.”

VIBE COLLECTION

Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay www.vibecollection.com

Vibe’s owners are longtime friends who chose to make the Caribbean their home many years ago. The magnificent beauty of the Virgin Islands inspires Vibe’s jewelry designs, which are handcrafted, sterling silver, and often adorned with 14k gold, Larimar, topaz, and quartz. Our trademarked logo features the recognizable St. John petroglyph, which can be found among ancient rock carvings along the Reef Bay Trail.

VIRGIN ABIS

Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 340-690-2185

www.virginabis.com

Virgin Abis is a locally owned and operated hemp/cannabis store that is dedicated to providing access to high-quality products at an affordable price. At this store, you’ll find friendly, knowledgeable staff to help find exactly what you are looking for. Visit today and mention this ad for 5 percent off!

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SMALL ISLAND,

WITH SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, YOU’LL WANT TO SAVOR ST. JOHN — BITE AFTER DELICIOUS BITE.

BIG FLAVORS

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St. John packs a lot of restaurant options into 19 square miles. The tiny island offers everything from the casual beachfront eateries you’d expect to find in a tropical locale to upscale options with some incredibly talented chefs at the helm.

A top pick for residents and locals on the casual side is The Beach Bar. Its Cruz Bay waterfront location can’t be beat, and the menu is perfectly informal yet consistently delicious. The Cruz Bay waterfront is a lively scene, from the ferries that come and go to the people passing by. Families flock to The Beach Bar for its relaxed atmosphere, where little ones can play in the sand while their parents raise their Painkillers in a toast to the gorgeous sunset view. The Beach Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and it often serves as a live-music venue at night.

Just down the beach you’ll find High Tide, where the atmosphere is slightly more upscale, and the people-watching and sunset-viewing opportunities are just as enchanting. This island mainstay is also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. High Tide is a great spot for one final special meal before you head back home. It’s right next to the ferry dock, and you can store your luggage on-site while you dine.

Another good last-meal option is Cruz Bay Landing, right across the street from the ferry dock. This casual eatery is located on the perimeter of the Franklin Powell Sr. Park, a great place to watch people coming and going. Cruz Bay Landing serves American favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Be sure to come here for your caffeine fix no matter the time of day. The coffee bar is the closest thing you’ll find to a Starbucks on St. John, and some of the boozy brews delightfully pair a shot of caffeine with a shot of liquor.

Greengo’s at Mongoose Junction is the place to watch the game and enjoy some Mexican grub. The specialty margaritas combine unique, delicious flavors; and the tequila wall boasts hundreds of varieties of the agave spirit to choose from.

Right in the heart of Cruz Bay, Morgan’s Mango has been a mainstay for decades. Many visitors choose this restaurant for their one special meal of the trip. Serving dinner only, this breezy open-air eatery features Caribbean flavors in an elegant setting with top-notch service to match. Weekly lobster night is a big hit. Be sure to make your reservation for this restaurant well ahead of time, especially during high season.

On the island’s far-flung southeastern side, Miss Lucy’s is well worth the drive. This venue’s serene waterfront setting is made even more charming by the goats and chickens that frequent the area. The grouper Reuben is a favorite, but any dish

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you order here is made even sweeter by the constant gentle breeze that sweeps across the oceanfront tables. The menu combines local dishes with standard favorites like burgers, so there’s something everyone can enjoy.

The island’s more upscale venues are generally located in Cruz Bay, but even the most elegant of restaurants will welcome diners in casual attire, making for a relaxing evening that will please even the most refined of palates.

Caribbean Food with Character

No trip to the Caribbean is complete without sampling the local flavors. Caribbean cuisine has innovative ways of making use of what’s on hand, a tradition that came to the region with the enslaved Africans who were brought here to work the plantations. Here are some must-try local dishes and where to find them.

Pate is pronounced like the seasoned French meat paste, but pronunciation is where the similarities end. In the Virgin Islands, a pate is a handheld treat consisting of a pocket of dough stuffed with a variety of fillings like chicken, beef, veggies, or even conch. Pates are generally deep-fried, making for a crisp, golden crust on the outside and soft, warm dough with a perfectly spiced filling of your choice on the inside. As you’re walking through town, grab one at Hercules, an unassuming yellow shack with green accents across the street from the Victor William Sewer Marine Facility.

Roti is a dish brought to the region by Indian immigrants who came to Trinidad as laborers. It’s essentially a wrap-style sandwich with a saucy, curry-infused filling you eat with a fork and knife.

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Potatoes and chickpeas are mainstay ingredients and can be complemented with chicken, beef, or goat. The wrap itself, known colloquially in the region as roti skin, is a thin, flaky, griddlecooked Indian bread. Located at the Lumberyard in a can’t-miss-it red school bus, the Roti King lives up to its name. The king himself, Mr. Hill, is always behind the counter working hard, serving up rotis that are full of flavor and oh-so-tender meats.

Oxtail is a perfect representation of Caribbean people’s ingenuity when it comes to using up the whole animal. Once thought of as a throw-away cut of meat, this cut of a cow’s tail is stewed down with the chef’s choice of spices and herbs, resulting in a tender, beefy, flavorful dish. Often served with peas and rice, dasheen, and other ground provisions, oxtail makes for a truly hearty Caribbean meal. No one does it better than Every-Ting Kurry, a small local eatery tucked back in the parking lot of Delbert Hill’s Jeep rental in Cruz Bay.

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THE BEACH BAR

Wharfside Village, Cruz Bay Beach 340-777-4220; www.beachbarstjohn.com

A trip to St. John wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Beach Bar. Join the locals for cocktails and killer sunsets on the waterfront. In business for more than 20 years, The Beach Bar features worldfamous Painkillers, Bushwackers, live music, and some of the best bar eats on the island, including breakfast daily at 7 a.m. Head over to The Beach Bar — home of “some of the best times you’ll never remember!”

CRUZ BAY LANDING

Just off the ferry dock, Cruz Bay 340-776-6908; www.cruzbaylanding.com

The restaurant and bar provide a casual dining experience in downtown Cruz Bay. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Cruz Bay Landing’s coffee shop and creamery features coffee, ice cream, homemade desserts, grab-and-go sandwiches, and waffles. This venue has live music every night and a diverse menu, from local favorites like roti, mahi-mahi, and coconut shrimp to familiar American cuisine such as barbecued ribs, burgers, and wings.

MISS LUCY’S

Friis Bay; 340-693-5244

You won’t find a more picturesque setting than

Miss Lucy’s, a casual, Caribbean-inspired restaurant located on the waterfront at Friis Bay. Gentle trade winds flow constantly from the sea as diners enjoy fresh Caribbean fare in the shade of sea grape trees. Miss Lucy’s offers a truly relaxing dining experience that travelers return to again and again.

MORGAN’S MANGO Cruz Bay; 340-693-8141

www.morgansmango.com

Since 1992, Morgan’s Mango has been offering a neoCaribbean experience conveying the juices and jazz of the islands with a carnival of flavors and lifestyles. A sophisticated yet casual place of dazzling light with tropical breezes and starry nights that all play a part in a sensory dining experience.

OCEAN 362

Five-minute stroll from Cruz Bay

340-776-0001; www.ocean362.com

Perched above Gallows Point Resort’s beautifully landscaped five-acre property, Ocean 362 brings you modern “island to table” cuisine paired with stunning sunsets and views of the twinkling lights of St. Thomas after dark. Just a five-minute stroll from the passenger ferry and the heart of Cruz Bay, the restaurant celebrates every aspect of what it means to eat local with a modern take on traditional Caribbean dishes. With its convenient location, open-air dining room, and top-floor cocktail bar, Ocean 362 is a perfect venue for special celebrations. Call for dinner reservations or to request availability for a private event.

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PRESERVING CULTURE

handmade arts and crafts, Ital is a name known to many who love St. John. Ital points to his childhood as the source of his wealth of native knowledge.

“My mom would take me around the rocks to get whelks and go fishing, and we’d pick up little things to make arts and crafts,” says Ital. “She also used to take me in the bush to check out the plants and see what we can bring back as far as medicine.”

Many of the arts and crafts Ital creates today have their roots in his time at the Julius E. Sprauve School, where St. Johnian culture bearer Herman Prince taught him to make traditional tyre palm brooms, bird feeders, and St. John market baskets. Today, Ital finds joy in passing his knowledge on to the next generation.

really believe that no one can tell our story better than us.”

Ital also connects with visitors at Salt Pond, where he frequently sets up shop and sells items like his “organic tambourine,” a musical instrument made of recycled bottle caps, or a traditional Caribbean toy called a rara, which Ital makes using the fruit of the calabash tree and seeds from a mango and from the locust tree. Refreshing local juices are also among his offerings. Ital’s creations are the kinds of souvenirs that embody the realness of the place, that keep visitors rooted to their vacation destination long after they’ve returned home. Ital truly values the connections he makes with visitors through his seminars and arts and crafts.

Some people make such an impact on the world that they’re recognizable by a single name. So it is with Delroy Anthony, better known by his one-word moniker: Ital. Between the time he spends in schools educating children about St. John culture and heritage and the efforts he makes to connect with visitors through seminars and the sale of his

Sharing the gifts of his culture is a responsibility Ital takes very seriously. He conducts a weekly medicinal herb program with the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park and regular broom-making workshops at the Cinnamon Bay Campground. He’s also working on the development of a hiking program, where he will lead hikes while sharing knowledge of the area’s plants and history. It’s important to Ital that ancestral natives tell their own stories, he says.

“I’m very strongly connected to our culture and to my African ancestors, and I’m always learning and wanting to know more about my roots,” says Ital. “I

“When people come to the Virgin Islands, they’re on an adventure; and they want to be engaged with something new,” he says. “It’s my passion to share my island with visitors. Educating tourists gives them more understanding, and they’ll come back again because they learned something and they like what’s going on. When they see a vibrant smile and they learn about our plants, culture, or history, they love being a part of it; and they want to know more.”

Visit www.friendsvinp. org to see Ital’s seminar schedule, or call/text him at 340-514-2818 to inquire about his hiking program or arts and crafts sales.

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ST. JOHN OFFERS A DIVERSE ARRAY OF MEMORABLE ACCOMMODATIONS.

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Sweeping panoramic views. Stunning sunsets. Lush 5-acre, private oceanfront peninsula. Designed with your vacation experience in mind. 5-minute stroll from Cruz Bay, St. John 340-776-6434 | gallowspointresort.com

Modern “island-to-table” cuisine. Traditional Caribbean dishes with a modern twist. The freshest local ingredients available. Stunning views for a sunset dinner. Professional staff, refined service, chef-driven dishes & craft cocktails.

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Whether you’re looking for casual camping on the beach or a breathtakingly elegant villa with stunning ocean views, St. John delivers at every end of the spectrum.

With the recent reopening of Cinnamon Bay Campground, pitching a tent on the beach is a budget-friendly option for travelers. Bare sites, ecotents, and cottages are on offer. The one thing they all have in common: You’ll fall asleep at night to the sounds of chirping tree frogs and the waves rushing ashore on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches.

On the flip side, St. John boasts numerous upscale villas with all the amenities one needs for a truly comfortable and luxurious vacation. Most of these properties are managed by on-island villa companies that can help you find your perfect fit.

Those traveling with small children should know that it’s common for villa bedrooms to be in their own standalone pods connected by exterior walkways. If you’d like your family to all be under the same roof, be sure to mention this in your inquiries. Another thing to consider is just how heat-tolerant you and your traveling companions are. Due to sky-high electricity costs, many villas have air conditioning in the bedrooms only, leaving the common areas to be cooled by prevailing trade winds. As most homes on the island are designed to welcome those breezes, air conditioning generally isn’t needed except in the case of heat-sensitive travelers.

Those who opt to stay in the heart of Cruz Bay can often save by skipping a rental car. Shopping and restaurants are all accessible by foot, and taxis are plentiful for the days you want

to go to the beach. A long-favored accommodation in Cruz Bay, Gallows Point combines natural beauty and serenity with the convenience of being in town. Located on a lushly landscaped five-acre peninsula at the mouth of Cruz Bay, Gallows Point offers individual condominiums with full kitchens, onsite pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and a small pebbly beach. There’s a launch point for snorkeling around the peninsula and a floating platform where you can relax and watch the boat traffic passing by.

Located on Great Cruz Bay, the breathtaking Westin St. John Resort Villas offers premium accommodations in proximity to some of the world’s most pristine beaches. Enjoy snorkeling along the coastline or swimming in the spectacular quarter-acre resort pool. Choose from a cozy studio, spacious villa, or townhouse while enjoying picturesque island views and all the amenities, including delicious on-site dining, king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, full-size appliances, and a washer/dryer.

Did you know you can search for shopping, dining, and attractions on the go?

Scan the QR code below to download the Visit USVI app and get ready to explore!

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Visitors looking for a quieter vacation should head east to Coral Bay, or the more remote East End. Keep in mind that restaurant and shopping options are fewer out here, but if your goal is to simply disconnect, recharge, and fully relax, this side of the island has an idyllically tranquil atmosphere in which you can do just that.

For a truly unique experience, you can stay on tiny Lovango Cay. The Lovango Resort & Beach Club offers a villa, luxury treehouses, or glamping options. Lovango has the perfect balance of upscale amenities and a rustic, natural setting. On-site dining, shopping, and pool with loungers and cabanas keep guests entertained, while regular ferries to St. Thomas and St. John give guests the opportunity to visit the nearby islands.

At every price point, you can find what your heart desires on the island of St. John.

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GALLOWS POINT RESORT

Cruz Bay 340-776-6434; www.gallowspointresort.com

Gallows Point Resort in St. John offers sweeping panoramic views and stunning sunsets from its private oceanfront location on a lushly landscaped five-acre peninsula. Just a fiveminute stroll from the main town of Cruz Bay, you will find this exceptional setting and tropical ambience unmatched by other accommodations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Offering newly renovated one-bedroom oceanfront villas, a gift and gourmet coffee shop, concierge service, and fine dining at the highly acclaimed on-site restaurant, Ocean 362, the resort was especially designed with your vacation experience in mind.

LOVANGO RESORT & BEACH CLUB

Lovango Cay, St. John 340-625-0400; www.lovangovi.com

Just a 10-minute boat ride from St. Thomas and St. John, the Lovango Resort & Beach Club offers the USVI’s only beach club, fantastic snorkeling and hiking, a top TripAdvisor-rated waterfront restaurant open for lunch and dinner, and a one-of-a-kind retail therapy experience with authentic boutiques. Overnight guests may choose from among a private three-bedroom villa with private pool and ocean views, 11 luxury glamping tents, or five luxury treehouses with fabulous decks, all with spectacular Caribbean ocean views.

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OWN A PIECE OF PARADISE

Most visitors to the Virgin Islands find it hard to say goodbye when their vacation has come to an end. Perhaps it’s easier to depart when you know your own piece of the rock awaits your return; or, if you find yourself dreaming daily of island life, maybe it’s time to make a move. Whether you’re considering an investment property or you’re ready to experience life in the sunny Virgin Islands year-round, homes on the market accommodate a wide range of budgets, with house prices starting at about $500,000 to $12 million or more.

On St. John alone, there’s plenty to choose from with more than 200 parcels of land currently listed on the MLS in many different areas of the island with varying views and price ranges — from less than $100,000 to over $7 million.

Purchasing a condo can be a good investment for those who don’t plan to live in the Virgin Islands full time, and St. John has 18 different condo complexes on offer, each with its own finishes and amenities.

St. John homeownership can be an adventure, as city water and septic services don’t extend beyond Cruz Bay; so most homes are fully reliant on a cistern, where rainwater is stored, and an on-site septic system. Electricity is delivered to the island via underwater cable from St. Thomas.

The pros of owning a home in the Virgin Islands — aside from having a place to call your own with each visit — include no restrictions against purchasing solely for investment and no laws dictating when, if ever, you must build on undeveloped land. As the Virgin Islands is a U.S. territory, ownership here is “fee simple.” Low property taxes also entice buyers, with a rate of 0.003770 for homes.

If you’re considering buying a home here, reach out to a local real estate company who can help you explore your options. Whatever your taste, whatever your lifestyle, your slice of paradise awaits!

REAL ESTATE GUIDE

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Offering residential condos, land, and commercial real estate on St. John. Rock solid islandwide since 1978.

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ST. CROIX

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WELCOME TO ST. CROIX

While 84 square miles may seem small, there’s no denying the enormous impression St. Croix makes on every visitor who steps foot on its pristine shores.

From its lush green mountaintops and the island’s unspoiled beaches to the crisp trade-wind breezes that cool you down at the exact moment you need it, St. Croix has an unrivaled island vibe that no other Caribbean island can beat.

The island’s burgeoning culinary scene, combined with its eclectic blend of cultures, creates a warm sense of community that welcomes you with open arms and unwittingly

persuades you to stay a little longer than planned. Thanks to carefree smiles from St. Croix locals (called Crucians) and a friendly greeting at the start of every conversation, you can’t help but feel you’ve been transported to a utopia where time seemingly stands still. Good food, good vibes, and good people abound, making St. Croix the idyllic Caribbean paradise you’ve always dreamed of.

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ST. CROIX HAS A PLETHORA OF ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOUR TIME ON THIS ISLAND GEM A MEMORABLE ONE.

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Thanks to the multitude of activities and attractions on St. Croix, your vacation will have no shortage of things to see or do. From thrill seekers to history buffs and everyone in between, visitors can choose from historic and cultural attractions, ecological outings, and adventures on land and sea.

Rent a car or SUV to explore the island

on your terms. Centerline Car Rentals has been serving St. Croix for over 30 years with the largest, most modern fleet of rental cars available seven days a week from three locations. You can even add more options to your visit by adding a day trip to St. Thomas, thanks to round-trip ferry service from Native Son Ferry.

Ready to go? Dive into this robust roundup of the top things to see and do on the island that are sure to satisfy your interests — and then some.

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CULTURAL STANDOUTS

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Frederiksted Public Art Trail

Artwork, sculptures, and life-size murals are highlighted on this self-guided outdoor public art tour. Thanks to local and visiting artists, you’ll uncover small spaces throughout the city that both residents and visitors enjoy. Along the trail, you will notice the exceptional work of one local artist — Waldemar Brodhurst. His designs use reclaimed aluminum roofing, upcycled fans, tire planters, and screen wire to create sculptures depicting mocko jumbies, cultural dancers, turtles, roosters, and more.

Fort Christiansvaern and Fort Frederik

These are two of the most iconic, impressive historic structures on St. Croix. Built in the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, respectively, the structures protected Christiansted and Frederiksted from pirates and privateers.

Fort Christiansvaern is in Christiansted and was the first structure built by the Danes after the island’s 1733 acquisition from France. It served a multitude of purposes: a protective barrier for the city, living quarters for Danish troops, and the site where customs duties were collected.

On the island’s West End in Frederiksted is Fort Frederik, which defended Danish colonial interests in the Caribbean. Completed in 1760, it served as the focal point of various significant Virgin Islands events, including the 1848 Emancipation Revolt, the 1878 Labor Riot, and one of the 1917 ceremonies transferring the Virgin Islands to the United States.

Rum Tours and Tastings

No trip to St. Croix is complete without a taste of the island’s favorite spirit — rum. The Nelthropp family has crafted Cruzan Rum for eight generations since 1760. When you tour the Cruzan Rum Distillery, you will see how the use of pure, natural ingredients and processes has made Cruzan Rum a world-renowned spirit. As you make your way through the factory’s operations, past bubbling liquids and wooden casks, your tour guides explain the spirit-making process from start to finish. Tours end with an assortment of sample cocktails, and your purchased bottles are packed for travel back home.

Another must-visit is the Captain Morgan Distillery & Experience Center. Tour the distillery to see how the spiced rum is made, immerse yourself in an interactive exhibit that celebrates the adventurous spirit of Captain Morgan, and learn more about the man behind the legendary Captain Morgan Rum. While there, shop for exclusive merchandise to bring home.

St. George Village Botanical Gardens

Tucked away on the lush grounds of Estate St. George is a hidden gem visitors tend to miss out on when they visit St. Croix.

St. George Village Botanical Gardens is a former 19th-century sugarcane plantation dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the botanical, historical, and cultural collections on its grounds. The garden’s botanical collection sits on 16 acres of lush foliage with over 1,500 native and exotic species and varieties. On a self-guided tour, guests will see a rich selection of plant species, including large kapok, mahogany, and turpentine trees; tropical fruit trees; colorful flowers; and blossoming ferns. A sugar and rum factory, the overseer’s house, the blacksmith shop and the workers’ family quarters are some of the restored buildings and preserved ruins on the grounds.

Cane Roots Art Gallery

Art lovers can get lost in the breathtaking works featured at this woman-owned gallery in downtown Christiansted. Sonia Deane’s rehabilitated 2,800-square-foot building merges education and art while highlighting Virgin Islands culture in various exhibits. Discover pieces from the late, great Leo Carty, whose impressionistic paintings depicted the lives of everyday St. Croix people in the early 20th century. Gallery visitors are also introduced to the works of various other local artists.

historic and cultural attractions are just some of the many areas you can visit that preserve the island’s colorful past and highlight its captivating present.
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FOR SPINETINGLING THRILLS ON LAND, GRAB HOLD OF THESE ACTIONPACKED ACTIVITIES ON ST. CROIX THAT WERE MADE FOR THE ADVENTURER IN YOU.

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ADVENTURES

Living on the Edge

The best adventures on St. Croix are the hardest to get to, but it is worth the extra effort. To access isolated locations like the hilltops of Blue Mountain and the Carambola Tide Pools, you’ll need an openair 4x4 Jeep and a sense of adventure. Make new friends in the shaded rainforest at Mount Pellier Domino Club. After a scenic drive through the canopied terrain, the beer-drinking pigs are ready and waiting to guzzle down a couple cans of golden suds with their visitors. If you have a need for speed, how about off-roading in an ATV through the rainforest? This 90-minute guided excursion provides a supercharged adrenaline rush on a fast-paced trek. Explore the historic sugar mill ruins from the early 1800s, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea.

Zip & Fly

Combine thrilling adventure with breathtaking views at St. Croix’s newest zipline attraction. This fun, exciting activity that offers two tours for the price of one — a 30-minute land tour in an open-air safari bus followed by a thrilling zipline excursion on three zip lines. With almost 5,000 linear feet combined, it is one of the longest zip lines in the Caribbean.

Eat like a Local

Uncover the flavors of St. Croix when you treat your taste buds to authentic local cuisine on a guided food-tasting and cultural walking tour in downtown Christiansted. Not only will guests learn about the island’s delicious foods and drinks, but they will also gain a better understanding about St. Croix’s rich history and eclectic culture. Transform from visitor to local when you dine where Crucians do and taste firsthand why St. Croix is considered a premier culinary destination in the Caribbean.

Bottoms Up

As the saying goes on St. Croix, “Rum is boss”; and it rings true with the two rum distilleries on the island. In addition to Cruzan Rum Distillery, visitors are welcome to unearth their adventurous spirits at the Captain Morgan Distillery. The visitor center, located just off Melvin Evans Highway near the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, immerses each guest in a legendary 40-minute experience that captures the Captain’s personality through history and a delicious rum tasting.

The island has something for beer lovers, too. Craft beer on St. Croix has gained popularity in recent years. Visit the local brewery and learn what makes Virgin Islands craft beer one of a kind. (Hint: It’s in the water.) Pair these quality crafted brews with your meals at various eateries and restaurants around the island.

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FARM LIFE

Immerse yourself in nature with a premier agritourism experience.

Tucked away in the northwest corner of St. Croix, you’ll find Ridge to Reef Farm, the perfect location to get a taste of the slow lifestyle while sampling homegrown foods in a stunning natural setting.

This self-sustainable farm specializes in producing organic food with a mission to feed at least 1 percent of the Virgin Islands with healthy, local food while sharing sustainable living and island heritage experiences with visitors and inspiring action for a healthier island and global community.

Visit for the day, take a tour, and enjoy a farm-to-table meal — or stay a few nights and get well acquainted

with the practices of the farm and the local agriculture. You’ll learn about the people, plants, animals, and natural setting that they care for every day. If you plan to stay the night, you can bring your own tent or retreat to one of the solar-powered camp-style eco-

lodges suitable for individuals, couples, families, or groups.

For those interested in agriculture and sustainability, Ridge to Reef Farm also offers immersive workshops and courses in permaculture, agroforestry, and sustainable living skills.

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MAY THE FORES BE WITH YOU

Keep your golf game sharp on one of three incredible courses on St. Croix. The expertly designed Robert Trent Jones Sr. course is in a tropical, lush setting with gently rolling hills on the island’s North Shore at Carambola Golf & Country Club. Built by Laurence Rockefeller, this par-72, 18-hole golf course was previously awarded a gold medal by GOLF Magazine as one of the best golf resorts in the world and received a

restaurant and bar, and a pro shop are among the amenities you’ll find here.

At The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort, the challenging, yet playable par70 course was designed by Bob Joyce in 1973. It consists of 5,668 yards with ocean views from 13 of 18 holes, making it an ideal resort course with rounds of less

Tucked into tranquil Teague Bay, The Reef Golf Course is a par-35, 9-hole golf course boasting spectacular views of Buck Island, a driving range, and a disc golf course. The Reef also offers private lessons, tournaments, and more.

There’s something special about perfecting your swing while taking in

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DID YOU KNOW?

The largest leatherback turtle-nesting site in the United States is on St. Croix.

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St. Croix East End Marine Park Visitor Center

The island’s newest attraction takes you under the sea as you dive in and learn about St. Croix’s natural marine resources and habitats. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a visit to St. Croix East End Marine Park Visitor Center along South Shore Road, where interactive learning experiences create fun, cool ways to learn about the natural marine resources and habitats that surround St. Croix. Touch-screen LCD displays, stimulating games, vibrant educational plaques, and an “underwater” walk-through will keep you and your family engaged at this immersive attraction.

Salt River National Historic Park

This is a protected ecological reserve and the site of Christopher Columbus’s 1493 landing. It also serves as a tropicalecosystem home to threatened and endangered species. Go on a kayaking tour to explore these famous shores and learn more about the site where Columbus landed on his second voyage to the Americas.

Turtle Watching at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that the largest leatherback turtle-nesting site in the United States is on St. Croix? At Sandy Point National

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Mother Nature’s bountiful blessings await you on a variety of St. Croix’s ecotourism excursions.
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Wildlife Refuge, visitors can witness the magic of gigantic female turtles digging nests and laying their eggs. Better yet, they can take in the miraculous moment when hatchlings break out of their shells to make that daring crawl to the sea. As one of the longest stretches of beach in the Caribbean, Sandy Point on St. Croix’s West End is where these astounding turtle-nesting watches take place. Visitors must contact the organization via Facebook to inquire about joining open-to-the-public nesting watches during turtle-watch season, which runs from April 1 through September 1. www.facebook.com/ sandypointnwr

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Bay at Salt

River Light up the night on this one-of-akind excursion available year-round in only six places around the world. Enjoy a nighttime kayak tour in St. Croix’s

bioluminescent bays on North Shore at Salt River Bay. Here you’ll find “living night lights” produced by three highly concentrated types of bioluminescent microorganisms: dinoflagellates (the most common), glow worms, and ctenophora (also known as comb jellyfish). Kayak tours are available.

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ON THE SURFACE OR UNDER THE SEA, ENJOY THE CRYSTALCLEAR WATERS OF ST. CROIX WITH THESE EXCITING WATER EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES.

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Fishwater Charters

Fishwater Charters

The World Below

Head beneath the surface for a glimpse of life under the sea. When you snorkel the warm waters of St. Croix, you’ll uncover underwater trails, sunken ships, and 3,200-foot sea walls. Catch a glimpse of seahorses, lobsters, corals, sponges, barracudas, turtles, and reef fish in the phenomenal underwater environments off the island’s coast. Head out to the beautiful Buck Island National Monument with Caribbean Sea Adventures, which specializes in private

and small-group charters and offers six unique boats to choose from. Amazing opportunities also await divers on St. Croix. Cane Bay Dive Shop has been leading visitors underwater for over 30 years. Shore tours at popular locations, boat tours, and unguided dives are a sampling of diving excursions available to novice and skilled divers.

Hook ’Em

For a spectacular deep-sea fishing experience on St. Croix, throw out your line to catch mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, and marlin. You can stay close to shore in shallow waters or venture farther out for bonefish, snook, and tarpon. There are several charter companies that specialize in various fishing techniques to help you reel in a good time.

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Thanks to yearround trade winds and flat-water locations, St. Croix is the perfect place

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Ride the Waves

Get your heart racing on St. Croix with thrilling water activities. Hit the waves for an adrenaline-charged Jet Ski ride on St. Croix’s West End or test your balance on a paddle board. If you’ve ever dreamed of flying, try your hand at kitesurfing. Using a kite and a board, this surface watersport catches wind in a large parachute-like kite to catapult the board rider across the water.

Thanks to year-round trade winds and flat-water locations, St. Croix is the perfect place to test your sea legs while enjoying this exhilarating sport.

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wall, wrecks, reef and pier, boat, shore, day, and night dives.

GOOD TO KNOW

Many dive companies have photographers on board who can help record your underwater experiences.

The West End of St. Croix is where you’ll find the area known as Butler Bay. There are three shallow and two deep wrecks in this area. The Suffolk Maid, the Virgin Islander, and the old National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s HYDROLAB are the shallow wrecks. The deeper wrecks consist of the Rosa Maria and Coakley Bay oil refinery tug. One of the favorite sites is Armageddon, the remains of the old pier.

The Frederiksted Pier is known for its many colorful pillars. One can spend hours diving here. The pier runs from the beach with a starting depth of 8 feet, reaching depths of more than 80 feet at the end. Most range from 40 feet or less and are perfect for beginners and photo enthusiasts. This location is fabulous for day or night diving. The pier is known for seahorses, frogfish, turtles, octopus, rays, and the occasional RedLipped Batfish. Bring your macro lens and hang out for hours.

Certainly, you’ll want to explore topside activities on the surface, but don’t forget to embrace the underwater world St. Croix has to offer. Choose from beginner dives in a pool or at the pier or schedule an advanced dive along the “wall.” The island offers a range of dives:

St. Croix’s wall runs parallel to the North Shore. As part of the Puerto Rico Trench, the wall reaches depths of more than 13,000 feet. One can explore the shallows of the wall snorkeling at Cane Bay or diving to the top of the wall and dropping down (just a little) by boat. The wall runs from Salt River to Ham’s Bluff. Each site along the wall has its own personality, and one will enjoy experiencing them all. Salt River, which is a prehistoric canyon, is now submerged. The underwater topography is stunning. Boat rides run 10 to 20 minutes from Salt River Marina along the wall sites. Several choices for kayaking, diving, or sailing history tours leave from Salt River Marina.

The West End features many shallow reefs. Cane Bay, along the North Shore, has a fabulous house reef where you can see all varieties of marine life. Cane Bay also has a little history under the water. See how many old Danish anchors you can pick out scattered among the corals. Just off Christiansted, you’ll find many shallow reefs, as well as near Buck Island.

St. Croix is a family-friendly destination, and kids can start the diving experience as young as 10 years old. See how many fish you can identify by the end of your trip — maybe even take a Fish ID course while you are here.

No matter what options you choose, don’t miss the chance to make fabulous memories underwater.

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St. Croix is the prime destination for beginners through the most advanced of divers.

DISCOVER BUCK ISLAND

Known for its spectacular snorkeling and whitesand beach, a visit to this natural wonder is a must.

Approximately 1.5 miles north of the northeast coast of St. Croix is Buck Island Reef National Monument, a 176-acre island considered by many to be St. Croix’s most cherished attraction.

With over 19,000 acres of sea and land, it was established as a protected area by the U.S. Government in 1948. In December 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared Buck Island a National Monument as a part of the National Park System. It is accessible only by boat and uninhabited except for the daily visitors who come to take in its extraordinary beauty.

Buck Island is known for the magnificent elkhorn coral barrier reef that surrounds two-thirds of the island. By booking a half- or full-day trip with Caribbean Sea Adventures or other charter companies, visitors can snorkel or dive through the reef. Buck Island boasts the only underwater trail in the United States. Guided tours will reveal all sorts of colorful marine life, including schools of blue tangs, trumpet fish, butterfly fish, parrotfish, barracuda, reef sharks, and stingrays.

National Geographic cites Buck Island’s Turtle Beach as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Visitors can soak up the sun on white, powdery sand or relax in pictureperfect waters. Endangered brown

DID YOU KNOW?

National Geographic cites Buck Island’s Turtle Beach as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

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pelicans and least terns call Buck Island home and are often spotted by visitors. Also, watch out for turtle nests and hatchlings during nesting season.

By following Buck Island’s walking trail over the island to the observation platform, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the reef and the neighboring Virgin Islands to the north.

Be aware that there are no facilities or restaurants on the island and little to no shade available on Turtle Beach. Because it is a protected marine area, visitors are not allowed to remove anything from the monument, including rocks, shells, plants, and artifacts or to set up tents or umbrellas on the beach.

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS GUIDE

CANE BAY DIVE SHOP

2 Strand Street, Frederiksted

340-772-0715; www.canebayscuba.com

Come as a customer; leave as a friend. Cane Bay Dive Shop shares a passion for scuba diving, with courses available at every level. Snorkel tours are also on offer, and you can select from among the latest trends in dive equipment for 24-hour or weekly rentals, or for purchase.

CAPTAIN MORGAN DISTILLERY

Annaberg and Shannon Grove, 1 Est, Frederiksted

340-713-5654

www.captainmorganvisitorcenter.com

An intriguing experience awaits you at the home of Captain Morgan. Immerse yourself in an interactive exhibit that celebrates the adventurous spirit

of Captain Morgan. The Captain believes there’s always the possibility of more fun! The Captain Morgan Experience is a spectacular tourist attraction that immerses every visitor in a legendary experience that captures the Captain’s personality and brings his story, the story of rum, and the U.S. Virgin Islands together. The 30-minute experience includes history, a rum tasting, and a retail store. Come join the Captain’s Crew!

CARAVELLE CASINO

44A Queen Cross Street, Christiansted

340-773-0687; www.hotelcaravelle.com/casino

Christiansted’s only downtown casino is the perfect place to play. Bet… you’ll love it! Caravelle Casino is air-conditioned and conveniently nestled in the old-world charm of the Caravelle Arcade in historic downtown Christiansted. With no shortage of award-winning restaurants, there’s a fine-dining experience for every appetite. The casino provides free shuttle service throughout town. Everything is within your reach!

FISHWATER CHARTERS

Christiansted Boardwalk / Frederiksted Pier 704-641-5512; www.fishwaterchartersvi.com

Fishwater Charters provides private offshore fishing trips with up to six passengers on their 30-foot Grady White. They offer 4-, 6-, or 8-hour charters and typically target tuna, wahoo, mahi-mahi, marlin, snapper, and more. Guests are welcome to keep their fish! To reserve your charter, call or email Captain Alex!

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BEAUTIFUL

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ALL BEACH LOVERS TO THE UNSPOILED SHORES OF ST. CROIX, WHERE BREATHTAKING BEAUTY, CRYSTAL-CLEAR WATERS, AND INDESCRIBABLE PEACE AWAIT YOU.

BEACHES

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Visit one or visit them all. St. Croix beaches offer an innate versatility and sensational beauty unlike anywhere else in the Caribbean. Every beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands is open to the public, so feel free to splish-splash your way around St. Croix’s best beaches.

Award-Winning Shores

Sandy Point Beach: This beach is known by many from the closing scene of the film The Shawshank Redemption. Named one of the “Best Caribbean Beaches for 2020” by Forbes.com, Sandy Point has the longest continuous beach in the USVI and is one of the longest in the Caribbean. With

crystal-clear blue waters and some of the best water views on the island, it remains a favorite for many residents and visitors alike. Each year, the beach is closed to the public from April 1 through September 1 for turtle-nesting season. During the months when it’s open — September 2 through March 30 — visitors are only allowed on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Turtle Beach: This beach at Buck Island National Monument offers jaw-dropping views and top-notch snorkeling. With a well-marked underwater trail, Turtle Beach is the most sought-out location on St. Croix. Just seven miles east of Christiansted, this designated national park boasts turquoise waters and sandy shores, making it a Caribbean dream come true.

Secluded Sanctuaries

Shoy’s Beach: Past the entrance to The Buccaneer Hotel is a private beach perfect for capturing a moment or two in tranquil solitude. Beyond the shaded entrance encircled by sea grape trees is a welcome sight accompanied by the sound of waves crashing ashore. While there are no amenities at Shoy’s, the beach has no shortage of shade from the hot island sun; and you’re almost always likely to have the beach to yourself.

Protestant Cay: A few hundred yards inside the Christiansted Harbor are the sparkling shores of Protestant Cay. You can decide the best way to spend the day on the only sand beach in the downtown area: sunbathing, swimming, indulging in a cocktail or two, or all the above. From the shore of Protestant Cay, you can take in the spectacular show as seaplanes take off and land in the distance. Be sure to stay past sunset to catch the breathtaking view of the sun as it dips behind the rolling hills, bringing your idyllic Crucian day to a peaceful end.

Fun For All

Rainbow Beach: Bring your family along for some fun in the sun at this lively Frederiksted beach. This local favorite has something for everyone and is equipped with umbrellas and chairs available for rent. Grab lobster tacos and burgers with an ice-cold drink at the restaurant bar, play a game of volleyball, or get a thrilling adventure with a Jet Ski rental. From the tiniest tot to the seasoned adult, Rainbow Beach is the perfect spot that every member of your family will enjoy.

Cane Bay Beach: Let’s head north to enjoy the calm waters and fun activities of this popular family beach. Several bars and restaurants are easily accessible from the beach, and there’s lots to do to keep everyone in the family occupied. Cane Bay Beach is the perfect beach for young kids and inexperienced swimmers, and avid snorkelers and divers can explore the world down under at the famous Wall at Cane Bay.

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RETAIL

YOU CAN FIND ANYTHING YOU WANT OR NEED, FROM TOP BRANDS TO UNIQUE SOUVENIRS TO REMIND YOU OF YOUR TIME HERE.

THERAPY

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HANDCRAFTED WITH LOVE

Crucian Gold has become synonymous with our island home and culture of St. Croix. Back in 1972, Brian Bishop, a born and raised Crucian, brought his jewelry designs to life when he started handcrafting his love of tying knots in gold wire. In the early 1980s, Brian opened his first shop; and as time went on, Brian’s sons, Ben and Nathan, became part of the business. Now more than 50 years later, Nathan and his wife, Therese, run the shop and studio with the help of their dedicated team of jewelers and sales staff.

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Shopping is an adventure on St. Croix. There’s nothing like the rush one feels when indulging in a heaping dose of retail therapy. Local handcrafted jewelry, fine artwork, and duty-free wines and spirits are ripe for the picking when you hit the town for an exciting shopping escapade. There is no shortage of unique finds awaiting your discovery as you “shop till you drop.”

Step Out in Style

Inject a touch of island flair into your vacation wardrobe with top-quality clothing found in St. Croix’s specialty boutiques and shops. Make heads turn on the beach with a purchase from Hotheads Boutique. A wide assortment of one- and two-piece swimsuits, colorful sarongs, cover-ups,

hats, and accessories cater to a multitude of shapes and sizes. St. Croix offers a variety of popular T-shirt brands that highlight local sayings and expressions. Add a few to your on-island attire with exclusive apparel you won’t find anywhere else.

Home Sweet Home

What better way to bring a piece of St. Croix back home than with delightful décor and furnishings from St. Croix’s leading gift emporiums. Make your home a happier place with tasteful pieces infused with island style. Franklin’s on the Waterfront in historic downtown Frederiksted is your one-stop shop for the island’s largest selection of items, including scented candles, home goods, beauty products, and gifts for the entire family, pets included. Franklin’s carries local art, pottery, and jewelry from ib designs, Alissa B., and other local artists. Fleur, its sister location in Christiansted, is the quirky, eccentric arm of this dynamic duo. Fleur offers fabulous to funky finds for every occasion: dune jewelry (made with St. Croix sand), local artwork and crafts, home décor, and other unique gifts for an exclusive shopping experience you won’t find anywhere else.

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FantaSea Jewelry designs are brilliant reminders of the beauty and energy of the Caribbean to keep with you always — a treasured keepsake from your vacation in paradise. Created in the Christiansted studio, their smallbatch, limited-edition jewelry collections are made with shimmering precious metals, unique, genuine gemstones, love, and inspiration. FantaSea believes it is their mission as artists to bring more beauty into the world.

Cheers to the Good Life

Duty-free is the name of the game when it comes to stocking up on your favorite wines and spirits. At $1,600 per person, including children, this generous allowance for U.S. citizens nearly doubles the amounts allowed on other islands. If you have your eyes on certain luxury goods such as perfume, tobacco, cameras, jewelry, and electronics, your purchases will not incur any duty when bought during your stay. U.S. visitors may take up to six bottles of alcohol back to the mainland. The box will be treated as checked luggage at no additional cost, as long as one of the bottles was made in the U.S. Virgin Islands, like Cruzan Rum or Mutiny Island Vodka.

Sparkle, Glitter & Shine

When it comes to handmade jewelry, St. Croix is in a class by itself. From silver and gold to diamonds and pearls, you’re sure to fall in love with one (or all) of the dazzling pieces in jewelry display cases around St. Croix. You never know what new piece you’ll add to your jewelry collection as you wander through hidden courtyards and charming cobblestoned streets.

The famous Crucian Hook Bracelet from Sonya’s is a must-have for first-time visitors. This piece was created in 1964 by Sonya Hough and features a horseshoe-shaped clasp that resembles a hook. Stop in at Joyia Inspirational Jewelry on Queen Cross Street for a large collection of bracelets, earrings, and exclusive charms made on-site. Connecting with people through craft is at the heart of the business, which takes pride in infusing its jewelry with hope, growth, and joy. You’ll find ib designs right around the corner from Joyia’s. Its handcrafted “Feel Good Jewelry” pieces have been

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created by local artist and metalsmith Whealan Massicott since 1999. Browse collections like Strength, Gratitude, Circle of Life, and Truth. Each design has a story that connects customers to nature, beauty, and creativity.

Crucian Gold, in business for over 50 years, is another popular jeweler on St. Croix. The Bishop family crafts unique jewelry from recycled and eco-friendly sources. You’ll find designs and original jewelry in gold, silver, copper, and local materials. FantaSea

Jewelry is the newest addition to St. Croix’s jewelry offerings in downtown Christiansted. Precious metals and gemstones come together there to highlight the beauty of island life. Over in King Alley’s Walk, Oceanique Creations and Chaney Chicks & Island

Gifts specialize in jewelry made from sea glass and chaney, old fine-china shards that have washed ashore.

Go-To Essentials

In case you forgot to pack vacation essentials like flip-flops or a swimsuit, St. Croix’s department stores, boutiques, and grocery stores have got you covered. The best part is that there is no sales tax or duty on most items. You’ll find the freshest produce, seafood, and meats on island at Seaside Market & Deli near the Christiansted Bypass. At St. Croix’s premier gourmet market, you’re sure to find gourmet cheeses, a huge selection of wines, specialty food items, and a full-service bakery and deli. Also here is a hot buffet, along with staples, like sunscreen or first-aid supplies.

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SHOPPING GUIDE

CHANEY CHICKS & ISLAND GIFTS

1000 King Street, Christiansted 305-839-3135

www.chaneychicks.com

Chaney Chicks & Island Gifts features oneof-a-kind historic treasures of sea glass and chaney beautifully wire wrapped into jewelry, unique souvenirs, and island gifts. Find locally made hot sauces, jams, soaps, books, Christmas ornaments, recycled glassware, beach goodies, and Art by Waldemar. Located off the Christiansted boardwalk in King’s Alley. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CRUCIAN GOLD

1112 Strand Street, Christiansted 340-244-2996

www.cruciangold.com

Feel the love of Crucian Gold’s handcrafted jewelry, inspired by St. Croix’s natural beauty and culture. Visit the Christiansted store where Nathan Bishop and the family of jewelers create the island bracelets, chaney collection, and a wide array of stunning original silver and gold artisan jewelry and gifts.

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CRUZAN RUM DISTILLERY

3A Estate Diamond, Frederiksted

340-692-2280

www.cruzanrum.com

The world-renowned, award-winning Cruzan Rum Distillery experience features a walking tour of the historical distillery where you get an intimate look at Cruzan’s rum-making process. At the tour’s end, you can relax at the newly renovated visitor center and enjoy your choice of Cruzan cocktails and samples. The distillery is currently closed for renovations through early 2023. Visit www.cruzanrum.com for tour availability and booking.

FANTASEA JEWELRY

STUDIO & GALLERY

55 Company Street, Christiansted

340-244-3110

www.fantaseajewelry.com

FantaSea Jewelry designs are brilliant reminders of the beauty and energy of the Caribbean to keep with you always, a treasured keepsake from your vacation in paradise. Created in their historic artist’s studio/loft in Christiansted, the small-batch, limited-edition jewelry collections are made with shimmering precious metals, unique genuine gemstones, and love and inspiration. Owner/designer Nicole Gariepy has been creating jewelry on St. Croix for more than 20 years.

HOTHEADS

1244 Queen Cross Street

Christiansted

340-773-7888

www.hotheads.vi

Hotheads delivers beach apparel for all shapes and sizes. Full-figured women can find attractive styles in swimwear separates, with larger cup sizes and long-torso pieces. You’ll find colorful sarongs, cover-ups, bags, and accessories, not to mention the reason for the store’s name: hats, hats, and more hats. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ib designs

2108 Company Street, Christiansted 340-773-4300; www.ibdesignsvi.com

ib designs is home to the distinctive designs of local craftsmanship Whealan Massicott. Crafting for more than 25 years, Whealan is motivated by the complexity of the Caribbean’s people, beauty, and culture. Whealan’s richness of imagination and creativity allow each piece to express diversity, emotion, and life’s beauty.

JOYIA INSPIRATIONAL JEWELRY

2220 Queen Cross Street, Christiansted 340-713-4JOY (4569)

www.joyiajewelry.com

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UNIQUELY ST. CROIX

Finding the perfect souvenir on any vacation can be a challenge. On St. Croix you’ll find several unique island treasures to remind you of your vacation and gifts for family and friends back home.

Crucian Hook Bracelet: This famous piece of jewelry is one of St. Croix’s most beloved souvenirs, representing the beauty, culture, and unique heritage of the 84-square-mile island. The bandstyle bracelet features a horseshoeshaped clasp that resembles a hook and symbolizes true love. It is said that if the bracelet is worn with the hook opening pointing towards your heart, it means that your heart is taken. If the hook opening is worn away from your heart, it symbolizes that your heart is open to finding true love. Each bracelet is made by hand, so no two bracelets are the same. Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry is home of the original hook bracelet, which was created in 1964 by Sonya Hough.

Cruzan Rum: Crafted on St. Croix since 1760, Cruzan Rum is the “unofficial official” spirit of the Virgin Islands. The brand has developed one of the most robust lines of fruit-flavored rum on the market, with a portfolio of 15 flavors. Purchase a bottle or two (or three) at the local supermarket to create Cruzan cocktails in the comfort of your home.

Captain Morgan: The Captain Morgan Experience is a spectacular tourist

attraction where you can immerse yourself in a legendary experience that captures the Captain’s personality and see how Captain Morgan Spiced Rum is made. The 40-minute experience includes fascinating history, a rum tasting, and a retail store.

Virgin Islands Madras: This one-of-akind fabric was unveiled in 2021 and is the official madras of the territory. The design was created by local artist and textile designer Debbie Sun and has been used to make hats, dresses, shoes, and home furnishings such as tea towels, pillowcases, and more. The woven plaid consists of seven different colors, with each color representing elements of the island’s heritage and culture. Virgin Islands Madras fabric is available for purchase on St. Croix at Divi Divi Fabrics, Ebbe’s Store, and Clara’s Special Occasions.

Mutiny Island Vodka: The only island vodka of its kind, Mutiny Island Vodka is distilled from breadfruit on St. Croix. It is a clean spirit with no added sugars or chemicals, and its distinctive taste goes down smoothly. In addition to the flagship vodka, the company’s smallbatch series features vodka in a variety

of flavors, such as coconut, smoked hot pepper, coffee, sorrel, sour orange, and mango. Pick up a few bottles at the local grocery store or at Sion Farm Distillery, where Mutiny Island Vodka is produced.

Mocko Jumbie Ornament: Mocko jumbies are traditional stilt dancers who dress in colorful clothing and wear masks. Many African tribes view them as seekers, protectors, or guardians of their villages. Their height is believed to be their way of seeing evil before it arrives, warning those around them of the danger. Mocko jumbie ornaments are an extension of that protection. Placing them around your home is said to keep evil away. Purchase these ornaments from souvenir shops in town or from vendors at markets and festivals.

Virgin Islands Cookbooks: You’ll enjoy more than a few dishes during your visit to St. Croix. A local cookbook is the perfect way to re-create some of those dishes once the vacation has ended. Find recipes for favorites like stew chicken, season rice, Vienna cake, tamarind stew, passion fruit juice, and more. Eden South in downtown Christiansted features numerous local cookbooks, seasonings, jams, and jellies.

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bangles and rose-gold stackable rings to men’s cuff bracelets and one-of-akind custom pieces. Joyia handcrafts inspirational, personalized jewelry with the intention of radiating love through jewelry to you, the wearer. Each piece is handmade and engraved on St. Croix. Transform your inspirations into jewelry!

OCEANIQUE CREATIONS

55 King Street, Christiansted

321-438-3012

oceaniquecreations@gmail.com

Wear the ocean! Oceanique Creations specializes in local handmade gifts and island jewelry featuring sea glass and chaney. Oceanique also carries locally made hot sauces, soaps, candles, and glassware. Whether you are looking for something ordinary or something special, you will find perfect options at an affordable price. Come in as guests and leave as friends! Located in King’s Alley, just off Strand Street in Christiansted. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oceanique Creations is on Facebook and Instagram.

SEASIDE MARKET & DELI

2001 Estate Mount Welcome

Christiansted

340-719-9393

www.seasidemarketstx.com

Seaside Market & Deli is St. Croix’s only gourmet market, featuring a full-service bakery and deli, huge selection of wines, gourmet cheeses, specialty food items, the freshest meat and seafood, a large selection of fresh produce including local selections, and a variety of ready-made foods including a fresh soup-and-salad bar, made-to-order sandwiches, and a hot buffet.

SONYA’S FINE

ISLAND JEWELRY

340-778-8605

www.sonyaltd.com

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PALATE PLEASERS

YOUR TASTE BUDS ARE IN FOR A GASTRONOMICAL TREAT WHEN YOU IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE FLAVORS OF ST. CROIX.

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The emerging culinary capital of the Caribbean, St. Croix’s never-ending delicious offerings range from local eats and sustainable seafood to locally grown fruits and vegetables and West Indian fine dining. Prepare your palate to journey across the island to visit well-known eateries and award-winning restaurants.

Frederiksted Flavors

Frederiksted has recently seen an explosion of new eateries and restaurants, thanks to new businesses and attractions in the area. Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle on the Beach offers a memorable meal accompanied by

an impressive sunset. The open-air, seaside terrace restaurant is the perfect spot to indulge in garlic-pepper steak skewers, the local catch of the day, coconut jasmine rice, and spicy mango-cucumber salad with fresh, hand-shaken cocktails using local ingredients. For more casual fare, head to Strand Street for a variety of beachside cafés and restaurants serving burgers, french fries, salads, tacos, and more. The hidden courtyards of downtown Frederiksted feature low-key eateries offering icy, cool smoothies with filling sandwiches and wraps. When in doubt, grab a pizza pie with all the works from a local pizzeria for a tasty, fun night out with family and friends.

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Keeping It Fresh

The weekly Saturday farmers market in Estate Lower Love is a must during your visit to St. Croix. Fresh seasonal fruits, veggies, and handmade goods are for sale each Saturday starting at 5 a.m. You never know what new fruit you’ll discover or which unique dish will tantalize your taste buds. Sugarcane juice, fresh farm eggs, locally

made pepper sauce, cakes, fruit tarts, and local fruits and vegetables are available for purchase. A leisurely drive along Centerline Road is where you’ll spot a roadside fisherman selling his latest catch, like red snapper, mahi-mahi, tuna, wahoo, lobster, or conch. Now is the perfect time to flex your culinary muscles and try a new dish with your farm-fresh purchases.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Because it’s outside of the well-known tourist areas, many tend to overlook the offerings between Frederiksted and Christiansted.

Mid-Island Munchies

You’ll be surprised by the wide selection of food options available mid-island. Because it’s outside of the well-known tourist areas, many tend to overlook the offerings between Frederiksted and Christiansted. One of those options is El Sol Restaurant. Located in Peter’s Rest, this family-friendly restaurant and bar is known for its Latin-inspired vibe and cooking style. You can’t go wrong with specialty dishes like conch salad, roast chicken, steak, salmon, and mofongo (a fried plantain dish). Most of the island’s supermarkets and convenience stores are located mid-island, where you can purchase hot meals from the food bar. Some of the selections include curry chicken, stew king fish, season rice, and local ground provisions (root vegetables).

East End Eats

On St. Croix’s East End, you’ll find countless dining options that will appeal to the pickiest of eaters, including American,

Located

HOURS:

Monday - Saturday: 11am-10pm

55 A&B Kings Alley

Christiansted, VI 00820

(340) 719-6339

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MICROBREWERY
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on the Boardwalk in Downtown Christiansted, we offer waterfront views, upscale pub fare and a variety of draft beers made in our
Sunday: 11am-9pm

Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisines. Shupe’s on the Boardwalk is a great option for those looking for a laid-back atmosphere complete with good drinks, good food, and picture-perfect views. The menu features your typical bar fare, like freshly ground burgers, handcut fries, chicken wings, sandwiches, and more.

For contemporary Caribbean cuisine, stop in at Gwan Mannyè. Meaning “in a big way,” Gwan Mannyè offers fresh dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. The daily menu always includes chicken, meat, seafood, vegan, and vegetarian dishes.

Head a little farther east to dine on classic comfort food with a modern twist at Bluewater Terrace. Known for huge portions, the restaurant features original homestyle recipes made with love and served with a smile. The allyou-can-eat crab legs and seafood bake on Monday nights is always a hit, and the award-winning golden fried chicken is comfort food at its finest.

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Spirited Spirits

Ask any locals and they’ll tell you that Cruzan Rum is law and has been for as long as they can remember. Go to any bar, restaurant, or beach hangout and it’s the first thing you’ll see behind the counter. The best way to become acquainted with this spirit is with a Cruzan Confusion — St. Croix’s version of a rum punch made with extra punch (and extra rum). Vodka is also emerging as a chosen alcoholic beverage thanks to the new island vodka being distilled on St. Croix using local breadfruit. Craft beer is a popular choice as

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BEACH SIDE CAFE

Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel, Frederiksted

340-772-1266

www.sandcastleonthebeach.com

The Beach Side Cafe at Sand Castle on the Beach in Frederiksted offers American favorites along with fresh-catch specials and house-made desserts. Enjoy the best location for sunsets while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or mocktail made from fresh local juices. Call 340-772-1266 to reserve your seaside table.

BLUE WATER TERRACE

5261 Cotton Valley, Christiansted 340-692-2583

www.bluewaterterracevi.com

Known locally for classic comfort food with a modern twist and huge portions, Blue Water Terrace is a place where warmth, laughter, sun, surf, and wonderful food for one and all come together to the delight of diners. At Blue Water Terrace, you’ll find a lively atmosphere and a lovely water view. Be sure to end your meal with a slice of fresh and flavorful rum cake.

BREW STX

55 A&B King’s Alley, Christiansted 340-719-6339; www.brewstx.com

On the boardwalk in downtown Christiansted, the two-level Brew STX is St. Croix’s only microbrewery restaurant. You’ll find upscale pub fare, fresh local fish, Caribbean-style tacos, vegetarian and vegan options, and more.

CASTLE STX

www.castlestx.com

sales@castlestx.com

Castle STX is a luxury villa rental and event space that offers a unique, picturesque setting for your private party, wedding, or corporate event.

EL SOL BAR & RESTAURANT

226 Peter’s Rest, Christiansted 340-778-6986

El Sol Bar and Restaurant has been around since 1999. A small mom-and-pop restaurant that grew into an island favorite. Offering a wide variety of traditional Caribbean and American menu items infused with both Hispanic and Virgin Islands culture. Traditional favorites such as oxtail and conch are consistently available. Great food, friendly staff, and a relaxing environment all contribute to the tasting of good vibes.

GRAPETREE BAY HOTEL & VILLAS

5000 S. Grapetree Road, Christiansted 340-249-0700; www.grapetreebayhotel.com

Grapetree Bay Hotel & Villas is a newly renovated and restored 1960s boutique hotel, reminiscent of history with a modern charm. This family-friendly hotel offers beachfront accommodations with a pool, hiking trail, snorkeling, and much more. The hotel’s Sea Terrace Restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Grapetree also serves as a comfortable, casually elegant venue for weddings and events.

GWAN MANNYÈ

2220 Queen Cross Street, Christiansted 340-715-7979

Sample contemporary Caribbean cuisine in a charming Christiansted setting at Gwan Mannyè. The food is as good as the company at this local eatery, where friendly staff provide welcoming service. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served, with the bar offering unique cocktails to perfectly complement your meal any time of day.

SHUPE’S ON THE BOARDWALK

1102 Strand Street, Christiansted 340-773-3400

www.shupesontheboardwalk.com

Enjoy handcrafted beef and veggie burgers, chicken wings, sandwiches, and more. Complement your meal with an ice-cold beer or refreshing cocktail.

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ESSENTIAL CRUCIAN EATS

With robust influences from Africa, Denmark, and its Caribbean neighbors, the island’s culinary traditions are a pepper pot of flavors guaranteed to please every palate. No trip to St. Croix is complete without a taste of these local foodie favorites.

Bush Tea

Swap your morning coffee for a warm cup of local bush tea. This intoxicating medley of mint, lemongrass, ginger, and basil starts your day on the right foot and pairs well with an array of baked goods.

Pate

A popular Crucian treat, pates (pronounced pah-tays) are filled with spiced beef, chicken, conch, lobster, or veggies. Add a cool, local drink like passion fruit, tamarind, or sorrel to the mix and you’ve got yourself an ideal lunch combination.

Fraco

Some call it a snow cone, but in the Virgin Islands, it’s known as a fraco (pronounced fray-ko). A cup filled to the brim with shaved/crushed ice is topped with a sweet, sugary syrup available in a variety of flavors like banana, cherry, passion fruit, and tamarind.

Kallaloo

This one-pot stew is made with rich, leafy greens and okra. Traditionally, pieces of pigtail or local seafood are cooked right into the dish and served over a ball of fungi, a cornmeal-based dumpling prepared with cornmeal, okra, salt, and butter.

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SHARE YOUR LOVE FOR STX

In June 2022, the St. Croix Classes of the ’80s unveiled a three-dimensional “I LOVE STX” sign at Frederiksted Beach next to Fort Frederik in downtown Frederiksted. Constructed by Lennox Galloway Welding Service, the creative sign incorporates the official Virgin Islands Madras pattern in a design by local artist Lucien Downes.

St. Croix Classes of the ’80s, Inc., is a nonprofit founded in 2008 by alumni who graduated during that decade. The organization’s mission is to create educational, cultural, economic, and social outlets for members of its generation. They’ve been able to achieve this successfully for the past 14 years through trademark events like “No Money for

Carnival Party” and the “Christmas Throwback Affair.”

President Lydia Rivera says the idea for the sign arose three years ago during a brainstorming session among the organization’s board of directors, who were looking for ways to give back to the community in a significant way. “During the pandemic, while we were on lockdown and not able to throw our annual events, we used the time to implement the design, construction, and funding for this long-awaited project,” says Rivera. The sign, she says, was created uniquely for St. Croix to become a signature component of the Frederiksted landscape. “Our hope is that the sign will be the go-to background for photos taken by locals and visitors whenever they visit the Frederiksted area,” she adds.

Funding for the sign was made possible by the contributions of several sponsors: Cane Bay Partners VI, LLP; David Johnson; Sorbetiere, VAR Consulting, LLC; V.I. Department of Tourism; and the V.I. Lottery. In-kind donations were made by Colorama, KGP, Omayrie Rivera-Williams, V.I. Council of the Arts, V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, and V.I. Department of Sports, Parks and Recreation.

Don’t forget to visit the sign and snap a photo with your family and friends during your stay on St. Croix.

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Luxury stays, secluded hideaways, newly renovated resorts, and eco-friendly lodging are a small sampling of St. Croix’s unique collection of accommodations. Leave the stresses of a busy lifestyle behind and unwind in a lap of luxury at St. Croix’s finest resorts and hotels. High-quality amenities like spas, snorkeling, and poolside lounging can be found at several charming accommodations. At Feather Leaf Inn, the island’s newest eco-resort, guests are

transported to a seaside botanical foodforest on the grounds of a fully restored 17th-century estate. Tucked away two miles north of Frederiksted, this secluded, historic property is 100 percent solar powered and boasts charming sea-view rooms featuring Danish architectural details and modern conveniences.

St. Croix’s eco-lodgings have been expertly designed to help visitors further appreciate the island’s beauty. Book your stay in a rustic eco-bungalow built from local hardwood surrounded with lush, tropical fruit trees, and a beautiful floral landscape. Become entranced by the beauty found along the golden shores of turquoise

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beaches, or escape into the hills of the rainforest to reconnect with nature. Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in eco-experiences such as hiking, yoga, kayaking, and handpicking fresh local fruits.

For those seeking a lively ambience, head east to downtown Christiansted for accommodations in the heart of island nightlife. Located on the waterfront, Caravelle Hotel & Casino is outfitted with spacious, well-appointed rooms that offer ocean and harbor views. Try your luck at Caravelle Hotel Casino with the latest in classic and contemporary slot machines and weekly entertainment in the Caravelle Hotel Courtyard. Sister property Company House Hotel is centrally located in the central part of Christiansted but offers a tranquil oasis you’ll note after entering the lobby. Newly renovated, this boutique hotel provides business travelers with amenities, including a 500-squarefoot air-conditioned conference

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Relax on our sundeck overlooking the harbor, find a quiet spot in our interior, sheltered courtyard or make new friends at the adjacent Rum Runner’s Restaurant and Bar. OCEAN VIEW ROOM 44A QUEEN CROSS STREET, CHRISTIANSTED, ST. CROIX Located on the waterfront, Caravelle Hotel & Casino
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to paradise to enjoy an enchanting experience unlike any other in St. Croix. A hidden gem with breathtaking views waiting to be discovered worth a lifetime of memories. VILLA-STYLE ROOMS | RESORT POOL | PRIVATE BEACH | TWO ON-SITE RESTAURANTS SECLUDED & RELAXING For reservations call 340-778-3800 or email reservations@crambolabeach.com ESTATE DAVIS BAY, ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS, 00850
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space complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 75-inch television/monitor screen, kitchenette, and a fabulous balcony overlooking Company Street. Head east to experience the island’s newest renovated hotel, Grapetree Bay Hotel & Villas. The massive 45-acre property features 18 guest rooms, a pool, and the property’s Sea Terrace Restaurant. After renovation is completed, there

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will be 56 rooms and another restaurant on the property.

For much-needed rest and relaxation, a charming bed and breakfast or a secluded beach resort on the island’s North Shore might be the answer you’re looking for.

Carambola Beach Resort has an unbeatable location with the warm beach shores just steps from your front door. Some services and amenities may be limited due to current renovations, but guests have access to multiple beach bars and restaurants that are minutes away. The island also has a few newly renovated hotels that have been a breath of fresh air to the current available accommodations offerings.

Caribbean simplicity can be easily found on St. Croix if this is more in line with your preference. Imagine waking

up to the sounds of crashing waves just outside your door. The cool trade-wind breezes wrap around you at the first step across the threshold.

If this sounds like heaven on Earth, a beachside villa or an oceanfront room at one of the island’s award-winning resorts is the way to go. These simple yet sophisticated accommodations place you steps from the beach, making it easier than ever to immerse yourself in island life. Take a late-afternoon stroll along the shores outside your room and uncover shards of cherished treasure — St. Croix’s beloved chaney (pronounced chaynee). After heavy rains, these delicate pieces of pottery can be found on the surrounding beaches and grounds of old sugar plantations. It’s the perfect St. Croix souvenir to take back home with you.

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THE BUCCANEER BEACH AND GOLF RESORT

800-255-3881; www.thebuccaneer.com

The Buccaneer is currently open for leisure and corporate travelers. Overlooking the Caribbean and Christiansted Harbor, steps from three distinctive and spectacular beaches, The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort is one of the most iconic luxury resorts in St. Croix. It’s a 340-acre tranquil oceanfront playground with stunning views in every direction and an 18-hole golf course, eight tennis courts, three beaches, two pools, a watersports center, a full-service spa and a salon, a 24-hour fitness center, three restaurants, and a shopping arcade with fine boutiques.

CARAMBOLA BEACH RESORT

340-778-3800

www.marrott.com/stxbr

Escape to paradise to enjoy an enchanting, secluded, and relaxing experience unlike any other in St. Croix. Carambola Beach Resort is a hidden gem with breathtaking views to be discovered, worth a lifetime of memories.

CARAVELLE HOTEL & CASINO

340-773-0687

www.hotelcaravelle.com

Located on the waterfront, Caravelle Hotel & Casino is an oasis in Christiansted. Spacious, well-appointed rooms relax you and the natural beauty and culture of Christiansted are all around you. Relax on Caravelle’s sundeck overlooking the harbor, find a quiet spot in the hotel interior or sheltered courtyard, or make new friends at the adjacent Rum Runners Restaurant and Bar.

COMPANY HOUSE HOTEL

340-773-7713

www.hotelcompanyhouse.com

Nestled among shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks in the waterfront town of Christiansted, the Company House Hotel was completely renovated and reopened to guests in January 2019. This elegant Danish-architecture hotel offers 33 air-conditioned rooms with modern amenities, a swimming pool, meeting and event space, and a Caribbean-inspired bar and lounge. Honoring the building’s vibrant history, the design and décor feature local artists and elements of the structure’s history.

FEATHER LEAF INN

340-474-1358

www.featherleafinn.com

The Feather Leaf Inn is the transformation of a 262-year-old private sugar plantation into an incredible experience for travelers. It embodies the history of St. Croix while providing modern conveniences and breathtaking scenery across 19 oceanfront acres. The Feather Leaf Inn is located on the West End of St. Croix just down the road from the island’s most popular beaches and snorkeling and diving destinations. The owners participate in coral reef conservation as well as the National Forest Stewardship program to sustain biodiversity and increase food production on the island. If you want to learn more about St. Croix, the Feather Leaf Inn is the place to stay.

SAND CASTLE ON THE BEACH HOTEL

340-772-1205

www.sandcastleonthebeach.com

Located in Frederiksted is a freshly renovated, adult-only resort on St. Croix’s best beach for swimming, snorkeling, and sunning. Room types ranging from cozy studios to spacious suites are sure to suit every vacationer’s needs.

Company House Hotel, nestled among shops, restaurants, and historic landmarks of the waterfront town of Christiansted, St. Croix, was completely renovated and reopened to guests in January 2019. This elegant Danish-architecture hotel offers 33 air-condition rooms with modern amenities, swimming pool, meeting and event space, and a Caribbean inspired bar and lounge. Honoring the building’s vibrant history, the design and décor features local artists and the structure’s history.

(340) 773 -1377

hotelcompanyhouse.com

2 Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix

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VIRGIN ISLANDS VOWS

After a few years of downtime, travelers everywhere are excitedly packing their bags and hopping on flights in search of warmer weather, rest and relaxation, untapped adventure, and maybe even a little bit of everything. This trend continues to inspire the wedding industry and adventurous couples who are looking for more

than cookie-cutter ceremonies and ballroomstyle receptions. Melissa and Grant, who traveled from Virginia with their guests, look back fondly on their intimate St. John wedding: “We have always loved vacationing on St. John as a couple and wanted to share our favorite places with our closest family and friends.”

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WEDDINGS

With destination weddings, “big days” can turn into “big weeks,” which is, well, a big draw for couples thinking about making the trip. Rather than speeding through one or two days of celebrating, a destination wedding allows for the couple to spend more dedicated, quality time with the people they love. Destination weddings typically call for a tailored, intimate guest list, which allows for flexibility when it comes to activity planning, venue selecting, catering, décor, and more.

“Endless snorkeling at the most beautiful beaches, sweeping views from the venue, our sunset catamaran cruise ‘rehearsal dinner,’ and fresh seafood and island cocktails transformed our wedding day into an island wedding week,” Melissa recalls from her wedding. “The laid-back vibe and natural beauty of St. John was the perfect setting for our unique and spectacularly memorable wedding.”

The U.S. Virgin Islands attracts couples who are looking for unique, personalized gatherings where they can focus less on traditional details and more on shared experiences with their guests. With each of the four islands providing their own distinctive setting, there’s something here for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a private catamaran ceremony, decked-out resort reception, simple elopement in the sand, or a luxurious vacation villa with incredible views, the U.S. Virgin Islands has it all.

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Local vendors make finding what’s right for you easy and enjoyable so that when you arrive on the island, the wedding week is stress-free. Bailey and Shawn from the Midwest remember their time on St. Croix: “Once we decided to get married in the USVI, the planning was surprisingly seamless. Cane Bay had everything we were looking for — a beautiful beach ceremony, breathtaking sunset, and a boutique hotel and restaurant for getting ready, dinner with our small group, and staying the night. As we look

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back, we remember thoroughly taking in each and every moment in a place we now hold close to our hearts.”

When planning destination weddings in the islands, couples often think beyond the nuptials. Honeymooning is easy and carefree when you’re already in the Caribbean, so many couples are opting to extend their trip and island-hop together post-ceremony. After hosting and enjoying time with guests, taking some time to decompress on the beach is an alluring benefit to many couples planning their special occasion.

And perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects of having a destination wedding is that now, as a couple, you have a meaningful place to return to together. Newlyweds often plan annual trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands to celebrate big and small life events, including anniversaries, growing families, vow renewals, or just a quick getaway. Those who come back to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands long after their wedding week, as many of the couples, families, and guests do, can’t wait to relive their memories, create new experiences, and escape into the sun-filled beauty that our islands provide.

Whatever you are hoping for in a wedding, you will find it in the U.S. Virgin Islands!

Meredith Zimmerman is a destination wedding, elopement, and branding photographer based on St. Croix. You can view more of her work on Instagram @meredithzimmerman_.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Find helpful tips for navigating your way around our islands.

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Banking

Currency is the U.S. dollar. There are ATMs located throughout. Banks are generally open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with service windows open later. Some banks have Saturday hours, 9 a.m. to noon. Major credit cards are accepted. There is no sales tax in the territory.

Communications

Most accommodations have in-room telephones. When calling the U.S. mainland, dial “1,” then the area code and number. The area code for the USVI is 340. There is no need to dial “1” and the area code when making local calls from a USVI landline. Most major U.S. cell phone service providers have coverage areas in the USVI. Many accommodations offer Internet access; and Wi-Fi is available in select locations.

COVID Protocols

Stay up to date with the latest protocols by visiting www.usviupdate.com.

Mail & Business Services

U.S. postal rates apply in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Postal Service offers Express Mail service that reaches any U.S. destination the following day if mailed before noon or within two days if mailed after noon. Priority Mail reaches the U.S. mainland in three to five days. Major couriers such as FedEx and UPS offer service to and from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Medical

The integrated health system, called the Schneider Regional Medical Center, is comprised of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital and the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center on St. John. Trauma and emergency care are offered, plus other specialties, including pediatrics, cardiology, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, and orthopedics as well as others. 340-776-8311

Religion

Worship services for many religions are offered in the USVI. Check the local directory for information.

Transportation Airlines

Air Sunshine .............................. 800-327-8900

American Airlines .................... 800-433-7300

Cape Air 800-227-3247

Delta Airlines 800-221-1212

JetBlue Airlines 800-538-2583

LIAT Airlines ............................ 888-844-5428

Silver Airways

Spirit Airlines

801-401-9100

855-728-3555

Sun Country Airlines 800-924-6184

United Airlines ..........................800-864-8331

Airport

Expansion and renovations are underway at St. Thomas’s Cyril E. King Airport and

St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport. Several multimillion-dollar projects will be undertaken at the territory’s two international airports as part of a sixyear, $250 million modernization plan.  On St. Thomas, the construction of a four-level parking garage and transportation center will result in 600 parking spaces plus a dedicated location for ground transportation and car rental companies. This project is currently ongoing and is expected to take two years to complete. Other phases of the modernization project will result in the redesign, expansion, and modernization of the airport’s terminal interior. Plans call

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for additional lounge space and concession areas for restaurants and retailers. Perhaps the most notable change at the Cyril E. King Airport will be the addition of jet bridges, slated for the third phase of the project. Travelers arriving on St. Thomas have long deplaned via portable stairs.

Renovations on St. Croix include upgrades that will be done in four phases over a six-year period. There will be additional amenities for travelers, expanded walkway space, and additional space for concessions. The passenger lounge area and restrooms will be renovated as well.

Auto Rentals

Some major car rental companies have offices in the USVI, but many car rental companies are locally owned. All require valid driver’s licenses and credit cards to rent vehicles of all sizes. Make sure to drive on the left and buckle up; it’s the law.

Buses

Air-conditioned VITRAN buses run in the

city and rural areas. On St. John, VITRAN buses run between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay. 340-774-0165. On St. Thomas, city buses run between the Schneider Regional Medical Center area west to town. Country buses travel between town and Red Hook every two hours from early morning to early evening. 340-774-5678. On St. Croix, bus service between Christiansted and Frederiksted runs at regular intervals between 5 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily, except Saturday and Sunday. Fares are $1 for those under 55 years of age and $0.55 for seniors. Seniors with a Senior Citizen Card ride free. 340-778-0898 or 340-773-1290

Passenger Ferries/Car Barges

St. Thomas/St. John

Big Red Barge Co. ....................340-227-0918

Global Marine’s Tug Life ....... 340-779-1739 Inter Island Services, Inc. St. John 340-776-6597

Love City Car Ferries 340-779-4000

Transportation Services ....... 340-776-6282 Varlack Ventures 340-776-6412

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Cars and communal vans offer service in the USVI and are regulated by the government. The visitor’s guide Places to Explore publishes the most current rates.

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AMALIE CAR RENTAL

340-690-0688; www.amaliecar.com

Amalie Car Rental is committed to completing your stay in the U.S. Virgin Islands with outstanding customer service and excellent new vehicles. Amalie is ready to service their clients so they may enjoy their beach vacation, family time, or business travels.

BUDGET RENT A CAR

Harwood Highway, Cyril E. King Airport and West Indian Cruise Ship Dock

800-626-4516; www.budgetstt.com

Budget Rent A Car is the No. 1 choice for car rental on St. Thomas, offering a wide selection of well-maintained vehicles. At Budget’s convenient locations, you’ll find a warm, friendly staff and a wide selection of cars, Jeeps, SUVs, trucks, and minivans. Call for free pickup or drop-off.

DISCOUNT CAR RENTAL

Next to St. Thomas Airport

340-776-4858

www.discountcar.vi

Conveniently located right around the corner from the Cyril E. King Airport with free pickup, Discount Car Rental has the lowest car rental rates on St. Thomas and St. John and best weekly rates. Clean, new vehicles that are comfortable and safe with air conditioning, automatic drive, and all the amenities.

FIRST RENT-A-CAR

340-776-3730

www.firstrentacarstthomas.com

When you need a convenient, friendly car rental service, this company is here to make your stay more pleasant. Great service includes free pickup and dropoff. First Rent-A-Car is located near the airport, so you can be on your way without delay. It is locally owned with 40-plus years in the automotive and car rental industry. Veteran and senior citizen discounts are offered, and there are discounts for rentals of five days or more. First Rent-A-Car’s professionally detailed cars are a safe, comfortable way to get around town.

HERTZ CAR RENTAL

340-774-1879; www.hertzstt.com

This independently owned and operated

car rental agency services the airport, St. Thomas, and St. John while offering the most premium automotive options in the Virgin Islands.

ISLAND IV

340-727-0220; www.island-iv.com

IV therapy is the most effective way to deliver nutrients to the body.

Island IV’s commitment is to ensure that everyone that uses its services feels better than they did before they started. They want you to feel heard, understood, and served. Island IV’s goal is to help you to tap into that internal glow and feel like the best version of yourself whether you are an athlete or have fatigue, hangover, or dehydration.

THRIFTY CAR RENTAL & DOLLAR RENT A CAR

340-776-1500

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340-774-0111

www.dollarstt.com

Welcome to paradise! Thrifty & Dollar invite you to explore all the Virgin Islands in the comfort of their large variety of brand-new models, including sedans, Jeeps, SUVs, and full-sized cars. Great deals, outstanding service, and a free airport shuttle await you. Call or book online for the best deals.

ST. CROIX

CENTERLINE CAR RENTAL

9938 Airport Road, Christiansted 340-692-2525; www.ccrvi.com

Centerline Car Rentals has been serving St. Croix since 1990, providing the largest, most modern fleet of rental cars seven days a week from three convenient locations: the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport Terminal, downtown Christiansted next to the seaplane dock, and mid-island at La Reine on Centerline Road. Centerline has a wide variety of well-maintained, reliable vehicles ready for you to explore St. Croix, including cars, Jeeps, SUVs, trucks, and vans.

SKYLINE CAR RENTAL 340-719-5990

Tour around St. Croix in an affordable car rental from Skyline Car Rental. Free pickup from the airport or seaport with all reservations with three-plus days of rental. Fun, clean, and reliable vehicles await you!

VISITOR INFORMATION FIRST RENT-A-CAR & TRUCK RENTALS www.firstrentacarstthomas.com 8269-A Bournefield Near Airport Call 340-776-3730 For reservations and pick-up service Complimentary pick-up from airport Daily, Weekly and Monthly Rates Open7daysaweek Conveniently loCated aCross from airport runway larGe seleCtion of Cars, truCks, Jeeps & suvs 340-690-0688 192 VISIT U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 2023
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The place for Jeep and car rentals in the U.S. Virgin Islands. DISCOUNT CAR RENTAL BEST RATES ON ST. THOMAS RENT A CAR FOR YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE GIVE US A CALL Scan Me 340-776-4858 1-800-478-2412 GIVE US A CALL 340-776-4858 1-800-478-2412 AIRPORT PICKUP TAKE YOUR JEEP TO ST. JOHN! AROUND THE CORNER FROM THE AIRPORT, FREE AIRPORT PICKUP WWW.DISCOUNTCAR.VI 193

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

www.varlack-ventures.com

Phone: 340-693-9933

Phone: 340-776-6412

Fax: 340-693-8276

Email: info@varlack-ventures.com

ACCOMMODATIONS At Home in the Tropics pg. STT85 877-788-1803

www.athomeinthetropics.com

Bluebeards pg. STT85 340-774-1600 www.bluebeards.com

The Buccaneer Beach and Golf Resort pg. STX46 800-255-3881 www.thebuccaneer.com

Carambola Beach Resort pg. STX45 340-778-3800

Caravelle Hotel pg. STX44 340-773-0687 www.hotelcaravelle.com

Company House Hotel pg. STX48 340-773-7713 www.hotelcompanyhouse.com

Emerald Beach Resort pg. STT70 340-777-8800

www.emeraldbeach.com

Feather Leaf Inn pg. STX47 340-474-1358

www.featherleafinn.com

Gallows Point Resort pg. STJ29

340-776-6434

www.gallowspointresort.com

The Green Iguana Hotel pg. STT84

340-776-7654

www.thegreeniguana.com

Lovango pg. STJ31

833-LOVANGO (568-2646)

www.lovangovi.com

Paradise Properties pg. STT86

340-775-0111

www.paradisepropertiesvi.com

Windward Passage Hotel pg. STT84

340-774-5200

www.windwardpassage.com

ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

Bushwackers (Crown Bay Gaming) pg. STT14

340-776-4111

Captain Morgan Distillery & Experience Center pg. STX7

340-713-5654

www.captainmorganvisitorcenter.com

Caravelle Casino pg. STX11

340-227-7156

www.caravellecasino.com

Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PO Box 1300, Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands, 00831 Phone: 340-693-9933 Phone: 340-776-6412 Fax: 340-693-8276 Email: info@varlack-ventures.com Most convenient and affordable round trip route: 1. Airport / 2. Downtown Shopping 3. Day visits from Cruise Ships 4. Hotels’ Guest Mid to western areas of St. Thomas www.varlack-ventures.com Downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas > Cruz Bay, St. John Departing Charlotte Amalie 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Departing Cruz Bay 8:45 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 3:45 p.m. Book online! 194 VISIT U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 2023
Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PO Box 1300, Cruz Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands, 00831

Coral World Ocean Park pg. STT20, STT21

340-775-1555

www.coralworldvi.com

Cruzan Rum Distillery pg. STX10

www.cruzanrum.com

Frenchtown Brewing pg. STT17

www.frenchtownbrewing.com

Leatherback Brewing pg. STT81, STX34

340-725-4677

www.leatherbackbrewing.com

Magens Bay Authority pg. STT11

340-777-6300

www.magensbayauthority.com

Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT9, STT31

340-227-8303

www.parasailvirginislands.com

Parrot Club pg. STT15, STJ6

340-776-4111

Pirates Treasure Museum pg. STT11

340-775-9575

www.piratemuseumstthomas.com

Tree Limin’ Extreme pg. STT7

340-777-ZIPS (9477)

www.ziplinestthomas.com

The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co. pg. STT12

786-296-8000

www.tropicaltreasurehunt.com

ARTS & CULTURE

The Creative Native pg. STT19

340-626-0226

www.thecreativenative.com

Mango Tango Art Gallery pg. STT19

340-777-3060

www.mangotangoart.com

CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES

Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas pg. STT10 340-774-4312

www.synagogue.vi

St. Thomas Reformed Church pg. STT10 340-776-8255

www.strchurch.org

HEALTH & BEAUTY Island IV pg. 198 340-727-0220

www.island-iv.com

Paradise Nails & Beauty Bar pg. STT87 340-775-7300

www.paradisenbb.com

Tropical Bliss Spa & Beauty Bar pg. STT88 340-777-3220

www.tropicalblissspa.com

REAL ESTATE

340 Real Estate pg. STJ32 340-643-6068 www.340realestateco.com

RESTAURANTS 3 Palms pg. STT75 340-643-3429

13 Restaurant pg. STT79 340-774-6800 www.13restaurant.com

758 Bar & Restaurant pg. STT70 340-514-3104 www.758bar.com

Agave Tequila Bar & Mexican Kitchen pg. STT60 340-714-STRG (7874) www.agavevi.com

The Beach Bar pg. STJ25 340-777-4220 www.beachbarstjohn.com

The Beach Buzz at Sapphire Beach pg. STT67 340-714-STRG (7874) www.beachbuzzvi.com

Beach Side Cafe pg. STX39 340-772-1266 www.sandcastleonthebeach.com

Brew STX pg. STX36 340-719-6339 www.brewstx.com

Blue Water Terrace pg. STX34 340-692-2583 www.bluewaterterracevi.com

Cafe Amici pg. STT62 340-244-9441 www.cafeamicistthomas.com

Caribbean Fish Market pg. STT61 340-714-STRG (7874) www.caribbeanfishmarketvi.com

Caribbean Fusion at Emerald Beach Resort pg. STT70 340-776-5674 www.emeraldbeach.com

Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar pg. STT64 340-775-7060 www.caribbeansaloon.com

Castle Coffee & Deli • The Castle Grille • Sunnyside Cafe • Frenchtown Brewing at Bluebeards Resort pg. STT85

340-774-1600

www.bluebeards.com

Castle St. Croix pg. STX35 www.castlestx.com

China King pg. STT79

340-776-3333

www.chinakingstthomas.com

Cruz Bay Landing pg. STJ26

340-776-6908

www.cruzbaylanding.com

Duffy’s Love Shack pg. STT66

340-779-2080

www.duffysloveshack.com

El Sol Bar & Restaurant pg. STX37

340-778-6986

Enkai Sushi Bar pg. STT65

340-774-6254

www.enkaisushibar.com

E’s Garden Tea House and Things pg. STT79 340-776-2577

www.esgardenteahouseandthings.com

French Quarter Bistro pg. STT77

340-774-6539

www.frenchquarterbistrovi.com

Frenchtown Deli & Coffee Shop pg. STT81 340-776-7211

Grapetree Bay Hotel & Villas pg. STX36 340-249-0700

www.grapetreebayhotel.com

Gwan Mannyè pg. STX37

340-715-7979

McDonald’s pg. STT72

www.mcdonalds.com

Mim’s Seaside Bistro pg. STT68 340-775-2081

www.mimsseaside.com

Miss Lucy’s pg. STJ24 340-693-5244

Morgan’s Mango pg. STJ24 340-693-8141

www.morgansmango.com

The Oasis pg. STT79

340-693-2600

Ocean 362 pg. STJ29 www.ocean362.com

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Oceana Restaurant & Bistro pg. STT71

340-774-4262

www.oceanavi.com

Paradise Pie pg. STT67

340-714-STRG (7874) www.paradisepievi.com

Parrot Fish pg. STX37

340-727-0231

The Patio at Sunset Grille pg. STT61

340-714-STRG (7874) www.thepatiovi.com

Pesce Italian pg. STT60

340-714-STRG (7874) www.pescevi.com

Petite Pump Room Bar & Restaurant pg. STT70

340-776-2976 www.petitepumproom.com

Prime at Paradise Point pg. STT63

340-690-2191

R.A.W. Rum And Wine Bar Restaurant pg. STX37

340-643-4729

Raw Sushi + Sake Bar pg. STT60

340-714-STRG (7874) www.rawvi.com

Saki House pg. STT73

340-776-3338

www.sakihousestthomas.com

Sangria’s Beachside Bistro pg. STT61

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.sangriasvi.com

Sapphire Beach Bar pg. STT61

340-714-STRG (7874) www.sbbvi.com

SeaSalt pg. STT67

340-714-STRG (7874) www.seasaltvi.com

Shupe’s on the Boardwalk pg. STX38

340-773-3400

www.shupesontheboardwalk.com

Sib’s on the Mountain Bar & Restaurant pg. STT73 340-774-8967 www.facebook.com/sibsonthemountain

Sunset Grille at Secret Harbour pg. STT61

340-714-STRG (7874)

www.sunsetgrillevi.com

The Tap & Still pg. STT69

340-244-4540

www.tapstill.com

Taphus Beer House pg. STT73

340-774-4010

Tarpon’s Table pg. STT75

340-643-3429

Taste at Paradise Point pg. STT63

340-690-2191

Tickles Dockside Pub pg. STT74

340-776-1595

www.ticklesdocksidepub.com

Virgilio’s Italian Cuisine pg. STT77

340-776-4920

www.virgiliosvi.com

XO Bistro pg. STT68

340-779-2069

www.xobistro.net

SHOPPING A.H. Riise Mall pg. STT39

340-777-2222

www.ahriisemall.com

Ballerina Jewelers pg. 5, 7, 9, STT42 340-777-1118

www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Bamboo Studio pg. STJ17

340-776-0669 www.bamboovi.com

Bobby’s Jewelers pg. 8 800-232-6229 www.bobbyjewelers.com

Boolchand’s pg. STT35, Map insert

340-776-0794 / 0302 www.boolchand.com

Canon at Boolchand’s pg. STT35

340-776-0794 / 0302 www.boolchand.com

Caravan Gallery pg. STJ21

340-779-4566

www.caravangallery.com

Caribbean Surf Co. pg. STT46

340-776-4540

www.facebook.com/caribbeansurf

Chaney Chicks & Island Gifts pg. STT31

305-896-3135

www.chaneychicks.com

Crown Bay Center pg. STT45

340-774-2132

www.crownbaycentervi.com

Crucian Gold pg. STX23

340-244-2996

www.cruciangold.com

Diamonds International pg. 2, 3, STT49

340-776-5570

800-444-4025

284-541-8507

800-51-JEWEL (515-3935)

www.diamondsinternational.com

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Eden Jewelers pg. STT40

340-777-3366

www.eden-jewelry.com

Eden Living pg. STT41

340-777-3366

www.edenlivingusvi.com

FantaSea Jewelry pg. STX25

340-244-3110

www.fantaseajewelry.com

FOPE at Ballerina Jewelers pg. 7

340-777-1118

www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Havensight Mall pg. STT36, STT37

340-776-8511

Hotheads pg. STX31

340-773-7888

www.hotheads.vi

House of Rajah Jewelers Map insert

340-776-7770 / 800-316-3616

www.houseofrajah.com

ib designs pg. STX28

340-773-4322

www.ibdesignsvi.com

Jewels Forever pg. STT55

340-777-8285

www.jewels-forever.com

Joyia Inspirational Jewelry pg. STX31

340-713-4JOY (4569) www.joyiajewelry.com

Kay’s Fine Jewelry pg. 12, 13 340-714-7304 www.kaysfinejewelry.com

Luryx pg. STT49 340-244-5616 www.luryx.com

The Market VI pg. STT47, STX29 340-775-5646 www.themarketvi.com

Maya Jewelers pg. STT38 340-714-MAYA (6292) www.mayajewelersvi.com

Milano Diamond Gallery pg. 11 www.shopmilano.com

Moe’s Fresh Market pg. STT43 340-693-0254 www.moesvi.com

Mountain Top pg. STT51 340-774-2400 www.mountaintopvi.com

Mr. Tablecloth pg. STT44 340-774-4343 www.mrtablecloth-vi.com

Oceanique Creations pg. STX28 www.oceaniquecreations.com

Omega at Royal Caribbean Inside front cover, pg. 1 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

Pandora at Boolchand’s Map insert 340-774-3672 www.boolchand.com/pandora

The Pearl Lady pg. STT46 340-774-5875 The.Pearl.Lady.1@gmail.com

The Pelican Shop pg. STT46 340-725-1385 www.thepelicanshopvi.com

Roberto Coin at Ballerina Jewelers pg. 5 340-777-1118 www.ballerina-jewelers.com

Rolex Boutique at A.H. Riise Back cover 340-777-6789 www.ahriise.com/rolex

Royal Caribbean Inside front cover, pg. 1, STT50 340-776-4110 www.royalcaribbeanvi.com

Sandals for Your Neck pg. STT53 340-776-3950 www.sandalsforyourneck.com

Seaside Market & Deli pg. STX26

340-719-9393

www.seasidemarketstx.com

Sonya’s Fine Island Jewelry pg. STX27

340-778-8605

www.sonyaltd.com

Steve Simonsen

Photography pg. STJ11

340-513-9687

www.simonsen.photoshelter.com

Vibe Collection pg. STJ19

www.vibecollection.com

Virgin Abis pg. STJ20

340-690-2185

www.virginabis.com

TRANSPORTATION

Amalie Car Rental pg. 192

340-774-0688

www.amaliecar.com

Budget Rent A Car pg. 191

800-626-4516 / 340-776-5774

www.budgetstt.com

Cape Air pg. 196

800-CAPE-AIR (227-3247)

www.capeair.com

Modern Cessna Amphibious Caravan SEA FLIGHT Leather Seats • Quiet Cabin • Cool Air Conditioning $100 one way daily ights between St. omas and St. Croix. Reservations: 340-714-3000, 340-277-8057, 340-332-6947 www.seaflightvi.com Charters available for all Caribbean islands, shing & sightseeing. 197

Centerline Car Rentals pg. 195

888-288-8755 / 340-692-2525

The Department of Tourism pg. STT5

340 774-8784

ahenneman@usvitourism.vi www.visitusvi.com

Discount Car Rental pg. 193

340-776-4858 www.discountcar.vi

First Rent-A-Car pg. 192

340-776-3730 www.firstrentacarstthomas.com

Hertz pg. 190

340-774-1879

www.hertzstt.com

Sea Flight pg. 197

340-714-3000

www.seaflightvi.com

Skyline Car Rental pg. 193

340-719-5990

Thrifty Car Rental & Dollar Rent A Car pg. 190

340-776-1500

www.thriftystt.com

340-774-0111

www.dollarstt.com

Varlack Ventures pg. 194

340-776-6412

www.varlack-ventures.com

WATERSPORTS

Arawak Expeditions pg. STJ12

340-693-8312 www.arawakexp.com

B.E.A.C.H. Charters VI pg. STT27

340-473-9481 www.beachchartersvi.com

Cane Bay Dive Shop pg. STX16

340-718-9913

www.canebaydiveshop.com

Double Header Sport Fishing pg. STT30

340-777-7317

www.doubleheadersportfishing.net

Fishwater Charters pg. STX19 www.fishwaterchartersvi.com

Heavenly Days pg. STT31 340-775-1800 www.heavenlydaysvi.com

IGY — Yacht Haven Grande pg. STT24 340-774-9500 www.igy-yachthavengrande.com

Low Key Watersports pg. STJ9 340-639-8999 www.divelowkey.com

Magic Moments

Luxury Excursions pg. STT33 800-734-7345 www.yachtmagicmoments.com

Midnight Sun B oat Charters

Inside back cover 340-998-7682 www.midnightsunboatcharters.com

Ocean Runner pg. STJ9 340-639-8999 www.oceanrunnerusvi.com

Parasail Virgin Islands pg. STT9, STT31 340-227-8303 www.parasailvirginislands.com

Red Hook Dive Center pg. STT30 340-777-3783 www.redhookdivecenter.com

St. Thomas Water Sports pg. STT23 340-473-5708 www.watersportsvi.com

See & Ski Powerboat Rentals pg. STT25 340-775-6265, 866-775-6268 www.seeski.com

Stormy Pirates Charters pg. STT29

340-775-7990 www.stormypirates.com

V.I. Jet Boat pg. STT5, STT31 340-775-9360 www.vijetboat.com

V.I. Professional Charter Association pg. STT26 www.vipca.org

Virgin Islands Ecotours pg. STT31

340-779-2155 www.viecotours.com

Virgin Islands Expedition C ompany pg. STJ12 340-775-6074

www.usviexpeditions.com

WEDDINGS Gallows Point Resort Wedding pg. STJ29 340-776-6434

www.gallowspointresort.com

Heart & Soul Unions pg. 186 888-587-5661

www.heartandsoulunions.com

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www.virgin-islands-hotels.com

Hotel Members, St. John

Caribbean Sole Vacations

Cinnamon Bay Beach & Campground

Coconut Coast Villas

Gallows Point Resort

The Hills Island Getaways

Lovango Resort + Beach Club

St. John Signature Condos & Villas

The Westin St. John Resort Villas

Hotel Members, St. Thomas

At Home in the Tropics

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

Boundless Bliss Hotel

Bellavista Scott Hotel

Bluebeard’s Castle

Bunker Hill Hotel

Calypso Realty, PC

Elysian Beach Resort

Emerald Beach Resort

Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas

The Green Iguana Hotel

Limetree Beach Resort by Wyndham

Lindbergh Bay Hotel & Villas

Mafolie Hotel

Magens Hideaway

Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham

Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove

Point Pleasant Resort

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas

Secret Harbour Beach Resort

Villa Fratelli Cresta

The Westin Beach Resort & Spa

at Frenchman’s Reef

Hotel Members, St. Croix

Arawak Bay

The Buccaneer

Caravelle Hotel & Casino

Caribbean Breeze

Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix

Company House

Cottages by the Sea

Divi Carina Bay Resort

The Fred

Hotel on the Cay

The Inn on Strand Street

Kings Alley Hotel

The Palms at Pelican Cove

Carambola Beach Resort

Sand Castle on the Beach

Sugar Apple Bed and Breakfast

Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina

Villa Dawn

Allied Members, St. Thomas/St. John

758 Bar & Restaurant

AeroMD

Alpha Jewelers

Alpha Submarine Adventures

Antilles Gas Corporation

APTIM

AT Construction Solutions

Avera Tech, LLC

Baker Magras & Associates

Ballard Hospitality VI, LLC

Banco Popular

Bliss Retreats USVI

BoltNagi PC

Boolchand’s

Budget Rent A Car

Calypso Water Sports, LLC

CAP Rental LLC

Cape Air

Cardow Jewelers

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

Caribbean Saloon

CC1 Virgin Islands

Chalet D'Or

Cheers STT Group – 3PalmsVI

Cimmaron St. John

COBEX International, Inc.

Color Max Copy & Graphic Center

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ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

Comfort-N-Bliss

Comprehensive Ortho Group

Computer Online, Inc.

Concessions International

Coral World Ocean Park

The Creative Native

Crown Bay Marina

Cruz Bay Watersports

Cruzan Viril (Cruzan Rum)

Delly Deck Restaurant

deSigns

Diamonds International

Dinghy’s Beach Bar Grill

Discount Car Rental

Drive Green VI

Dynasty / Dazzlers

Eden Jewelers

Eleanor Francis

Everlong Excursions

Explore STT

First Rent-A-Car

French Quarter Bistro

Frenchtown Brewing

Fun Water Tours — VI Cat

Gemini Photography VI

Greathouse Hospitality

Gyals, LLC

Havensight Mall VI — GERS

High Adventure Inc. — Fury Charters

Host - U - Training Services

Hunter Food & Spirits

Island Buddy

Island Business Graphics

Island Designs Landscape and

Stormwater Solutions LLC

Island Meetings and Incentives

Island Treasure Map

Jewel House

JJ Divers

Kacen Callender, Inc.

KLR Services & Restaurant Supply

Leatherback Brewing Company

Leeward Islands Management

Lemartec

Little Switzerland

Local Color

Local Mocean Charters

Lockhart Realty, Inc.

Love City Excursions

Magens Bay Authority

Mango Tango Art Gallery

MarryCaribbean.com

Marjorie Rawls Roberts, PC

Metro Caribbean

Midnight Sun Boat Charters

Mimʼs Seaside Bistro

MLB Creative

MRMC Consulting

Nauti Nymph

Navy Beach St. Thomas

Ocean Pest Control

Ocean Surfari Charters

Oceana Restaurant & Bistro

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash,  Smoak & Stewart, LLC

One Caribbean Charters

Oriental Bank

Osher LLC (Lunyx Duty Free)

Over the Line Charter

Paradise Point Tramway

Parasail Virgin Islands

Passion Fruit Chefs Service Inc.

The Pearl Lady

The Pelican Shop

Pirates and Treasure Museum

Red Hook Agencies, Inc.

Red Hook Family Practice

Rock City Handyman Services, LLC

Royal Caribbean

Save on Islands, LLC

Seachange Home

SEAT Caribbean

Shaniʼs Beauty Salon

Sharp Properties

Sibʼs on the Mountain

Silver Sun Solar

Skyline Public Adjusters LLC

Smith Orloff & Associates, LLC

Smith Travel Research

Sonic Charters

Southland Gaming of the Virgin Islands

Spenceley Office Equipment

Stormy Pirates Boat Charters

The Strategy Group

Stratustalk Inc.

STRG St. Thomas Restaurant Group

St. John Brewers

St. Thomas and St. Croix Road Maps

St. Thomas Historical Trust

St. Thomas Reformed Church

St. Thomas / St. John

Chamber of Commerce

St. Thomas Yacht Club

The Tap & Still

Theodore Tunick & Company

Topa Properties

Tree Limin’ Extreme

Tropic Tours/Caribbean Travel Agency

Tropical Bliss Spa & Beauty Bar

The Tropical Treasure Hunt Co.

University of the Virgin Islands

VAL EVENTS

VI Professional Charter Association

VIP Destination Solutions

Virgilio’s Cuisine

The Virgin Islands

Children’s Museum

Virgin Islands Coffee Roasters

Virgin Islands Day Sailing, LLC

Virgin Islands Ecotours

Viya

Voodoo Charters, LLC

West Indian Company Limited

Worldwide Flight Services

WTJX Channel 12

Yacht Haven Grande

Allied Members, St. Croix

A Taste of St. Croix, Inc.

Avis Rent A Car

Big Beards Adventure Tours

Budget Rent A Car of St. Croix

Cane Bay Dive Shop

Cape Air

Carambola Zipline

Centerline Car Rentals

Coral Fire Entertainment

Cruzan Viril,, Ltd.

Diageo USVI

Dive Experience

Divi Carina Bay Casino

Gecko Adventure Tours

Global Village Partners LLC

GoToStCroix.com

ib designs

Leatherback Brewing Company

Lyric Sails

Margi Levy

Marshall & Sterling Insurance

Mutany Vodka

Olympic Rent-A-Car

Paradise Freight

Rachelʼs Place

The Reef Golf Shop

Seaborne Airlines

Sonya Ltd.

St. Croix Safari Tours

St. Croix This Week

StCroixTourism.com

Subway Orange Grove

The Sweet Stuff

Twin City Car Rental

VisitTheVI.com

Allied Members, Water Island

Dinghy’s Beach Bar Grill

Love City Excursions

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