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Charlotte-Amalie, St. Thomas, US Virgin Island

Charlotte-Amalie, St. Thomas
US Virgin Island

St. Thomas and the port of Charlotte Amalie are very popular with cruise lines and often found as ports of call in the East and South Caribbean itineraries and in the trips to the Panama Canal that depart from Florida.

This port in the U.S. Virgin Islands is tax-free, so shopping is a very important activity in Charlotte Amalie. If you leave the city, you can find several beaches.

Useful Information

Language

English

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis, but be careful, as it is sometimes already added to the bill.

Currency

USD
United States dollar

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XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: 0h

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
2170
2577
2882
582.25
February
2272
2577
2984
411.50
March
2272
2272
2984
492.00
April
2373
2679
2984
602.25
May
2475
2781
3086
1004.00
June
2577
2882
3188
712.75
July
2577
2882
3188
763.00
August
2577
2882
3290
1084.25
September
2475
2882
3188
1395.50
October
2475
2882
3188
1385.50
November
2373
2781
3086
1174.50
December
2272
2679
2984
803.25

Where is located the Port of Charlotte Amalie Cruise Terminal

The ships dock at one of the two main piers. Havensight pier is located east of Charlotte Amalie. The other is located at Crown Bay on the west side. Both docks are located a 10-minute taxi ride from the city. It will take you about 30 to 40 minutes to walk.

On busy days, some ships can anchor offshore and tender boats will take you directly to the centre of Charlotte Amalie.

There are few shops near the Crown Bay Pier. You’ll have to head to the charlotte Amalie center.

Havensight pier has several shops and is located near the Yacht Haven Grande Marina, where there are several luxury boutiques.

Travelling around the Charlotte-Amalie, St. Thomas Cruise Port

It should be noted that the driving is on the left side of the road in this island.

If you want to go to a less touristy place, renting a car (Avis, Budget, Discount, Hertz) will be more convenient. Stay careful, because the crime rate is high on this island.

There are not many individual taxis in St Thomas, but mostly minivans or “Safari” trucks, with benches at the back, with or without a roof. These taxis make multiple stops and mainly connect the places most frequented by tourists. The cost of a taxi is per person.
If you choose to rent a car, compare prices and save with rentalcars.com.

Activities in Charlotte-Amalie, St. Thomas

Neighborhoods

Veterans Drive Boutiques

Duty-free shops are mostly located on Veterans Drive Street. (Compare prices, as prices are sometimes equivalent to what you’ll find here).

99 Steps

You can climb the 99 steps (there are 103) in the historic centre for an interesting view of the bay and to see pretty typical houses of the area.

Landmarks

Fort Christian

Historic monument dating back to the 17th century. It is possible to climb into the tower. Located on the shore near Vendor’s Plaza.

Activities

Skyride

Skyride gondolas take you all the way to Paradise Point for stunning views of the bay.

Blackbeard’s castle

There is an observation tower and you can swim in a swimming pool (there are changing rooms). A walking tour of Charlotte Amalie’s historic houses also starts there and goes down to the sea. You will visit Notman House, Haagensen House and the 1829 Hotel.

Coral World

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Coral World Ocean Park is located in Coki Beach and features shows featuring marine animals, fishes, turtles, sharks and rays.

Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden

Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden contains more than 1,000 orchids and several other tropical plants that you can admire along the trails.

Beaches

Magens Bay Beach

Very popular beach with all services. Admission is $5.

Coki Beach

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Near coral World amusement park, this beach is perfect for snorkeling.

Emerald Beach

Located 5 minutes from Charlotte Amalie and lined by hotels.

Secret Harbor Beach

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Morningstar Beach