What to do on St. Thomas if you only have one day but you want to see as much as possible? This is a common question if you are arriving on island by cruise ship as so many visitors each year do. We are kind of biased and highly suggest getting on the water but if you don’t have your sea legs, the next best way to see the island is by jeep, of course. You can rent a jeep from a local car rental company or hire a taxi to take you around. Start by checking out downtown Charlotte Amalie. Be sure to drive through the old cobblestone streets and if you’re in the mood to haggle, stop by Tent City for some souvenirs and knock off designer brands. Charlotte Amalie has excellent shopping, especially if you’re in the market for jewelry. Next, drive up the hill for the first of two amazing look out viewing spots. The first is on skyline drive itself and overlooks the downtown harbor and the cruise ships. The next is called Drake’s seat and overlooks the north side of the island with a picture perfect view of the famous Magen’s Bay. From here, you should venture down the mountain to check out Magen’s Bay, have a quick stop for lunch and a dip in the water. Once you’ve had your fill of Magen’s, head towards the east end of the island. If you want to see another beach, stop in for a quick snorkel at Sapphire Beach which provides a great chance you’ll see a sea turtle and have an amazing view of the British Virgin Islands and St. John. From there, keep coming around to the small town of Red Hook where you’ll find American Yacht Harbor. If you need an afternoon beverage, stop in at Tap n’ Still or Island Time Pub. If you have additional time, and want to see another beach, Secret Harbor is a local favorite. When it’s time to head back downtown, take the south shore road for a scenic drive. You’ll end up back in Havensight near the cruise ship port where you can get in some more shopping before calling it a day.
A land day on St. Thomas
Jan 14, 2019