St. Thomas

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The beach and the sea are St. Thomas' main attractions. Dozens of charter companies take visitors out on sail and power boats. Nearly every beach and hotel has its own dive operator. Excellent shopping, interesting restaurants, and historic sites provide alternative diversions.

Things to do in St. Thomas

A.H. Riise Duty-Free Shopping

This venerable store has its roots in a 19th-century pharmacy owned by Albert Heinrich Riise and carries everything from fine china to perfume to clothing.

37 Main St., St. Thomas, +1 340-776-2303, www.ahriise.com/
Tags: family | shopping | historic | things to do

Coral World Marine Park

For a look at the island's marine life – and the opportunity to touch sharks and feed stingrays – without getting wet, Coral World is a good bet.

Coki Point; off Rte. 38, VI, 340-775-1555, www.coralworldvi.com
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Diving

Reefs and wrecks abound around St. Thomas. Experienced divers with Certification cards can explore them on their own; novices can learn basic skills with an introductory diving course.

Chris Sawyer Dive Center, Red Hook, VI, 340-777-7804, www.sawyerdive.vi
Tags: editor pick | things to do | outdoors | adventure | diving

Downtown Charlotte Amalie

With most of the stores around Main Street and the Waterfront Highway housed in plantation-era warehouses, shopping is an adventure. Ignore the vendors’ barkers and find your own way through everything from china to T-shirts.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, 340-776-0100, www.usvichamber.com
Tags: family | shopping | things to do

Golf

Mahogany Run's course comes with a stellar ocean view and lots of challenges, including the infamous Devil's Triangle at the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes.

Mahogany Run, 1 Mahogany Run Rd., VI, 800-253-7103; 340-777-6250, www.mahoganyrungolf.com
Tags: golf | things to do | outdoors

Sailing

Sailing trips to St. John, Buck Island, and other cays provide a view of St. Thomas from the sea. A snorkeling stop and lunch is usually included.

Charterboat Center, Dockside at Red Hook, 6300 Smith Bay 16-3, VI, 340-775-7990, www.charterboat.vi
Tags: family | smart splurge | things to do

Submarine Trip

Glide past colorful reefs and darting fish while descending 80 feet to the ocean floor in a submarine. The two-hour trip departs from Havensight.

Atlantis Adventures, Havensight, VI, 340-776-5650, www.atlantisadventures.com
Tags: things to do | wildlife

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