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St. Thomas is one of three main US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, just east of Puerto Rico. View Map. The other two main Virgin Islands are St. Croix and St. John. Famous for its international yacht club, duty free shopping, swimming with turtles, scuba diving and vast variety of boating/snorkling options.

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1.Duty Free shopping in Charlotte Amalie2. Jetski at Lindbergh Bay 3. Mountain Top (Panoramic Views of USVI and BVI) 4. Magens Beach 5.Scuba at the Ritz wth Patagon Dive Center 6. Catamaran tours with The VI Cat 7. Skyride to Paradise Point8. Rent a scooter, bike or jeep and tour the island 9. Kayak in the dark 10. Island Hop with Caribbean Blue Boat Charters

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Having your own transport is easy, and cheaper in the long run. For Jeep Wranglers check out JeepsVI.com. For sedans and luxury cars check out Thrifty or Budget. For electric cars EcoRentalsVI.com. And for two wheelers, as in scooters or motorbikes, go to ScooterVI.com. Ensure you make your reservations in advance.

If you're planning to visit St. Thomas as a group or big family, Premier Destination Services will arrange everything from transport, accommodation to tours. And if you're coming by boat Virgin Port Services will facilitate your visit.

Once you've arranged your basic needs, how about planning for some water sports? For snorkelling, swimming and catamaran sailing lovers The VI Cat has it all plus luncheons and sunset cocktail trips. For fast speed trips to the BVI (British Virgin Islands) or around St. Thomas and St. John visit Caribbean Blue Boat Charters - they're also famos for their pub crawling excursions to a few islands per day. For the underwater explorers PatagonDiveCenter is a true blessing and remarkably affordable for a premier business. They offers scuba excursions and lessons all year round.

Hungry yet? In the heart of Charlotte Amalie, downtown, you'll find the open air stylish Spanish restaurant Amalia Café, also open for supper. If you're in a rush, Pita Express, next to Amalia Café, does the trick. And for a quick - or a long - drink, look out for the open air American style circular bar in the same Palm Passage.

A newcomer, relatively speaking, is The Tap & Still franchise, a sports bar serving fresh beer and burgers located at Havensight, Redhook in St. Thomas and Cruzbay in St. John.

If you're into organic food and the best coffee in town then Barefoot Buddha is your answer. Their adjacent Buddha Boutique sells bohemian trinkets, organic cosmetics, and loads of free-trade and natural clothing items.

A former cake studio Island Sweet Stuff who used to only do wedding and customized cakes have now expanded into a bakery / coffee and pizza boutique. Very quaint and located in the Tillet Gardens complex in the center of Saint Thomas.

You can read more articles on this island on our blog: CoolestCarib.com/blog and see the island's Photo Feature below.

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If you're interested in some facts of this island i.e. history, government, taxation, animals read the Fun Facts below

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Fun Facts St. Thomas, USVI
Nationality
The residents of St. Thomas, US Virgin islands are U.S. citizens, although they cannot vote in presidential elections and have only non-voting status in Congress.
Size
32 square miles.
Population
51,634 (2010 census)
Currency & Credit Cards
US Dollar. Major Credit Cards are accepted. ATM machines are located in banks and selected commercial outlets
Banks
Banco Popular, First Bank Virgin Islands, Scotiabank
Taxation
There is no sales tax in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Residents pay income tax to the USVI government.
Animals
Iguanas, pelicans, mongoose, scorpions (not poisonous), donkeys, deer, hummingbirds, herons, bats and more. There are also various lizards, frogs and insects.
Food
Banana, Mango, Orange and Cashews.
Plants
Frangipani, Allamanda, Heliconia, Bougainvillea, Oleander, Hibiscus, Double Hibiscus, Flamboyant (Orange), Flamboyant (Yellow), Ixora, Agave / Century Plant, Cactus The Virgin Islands national flower is the yellow cedar (Tecoma Stans).
Lingo
The language of the locals is English with a West Indian based dialects. For instance, the 'H' is often discarded ("thing" becomes "ting", and "thanks" becomes "tanks...mon"). Also water is pronouced watta and mother matta.
Brief History
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, was originally settled around 1500 BC by the Ciboney people. They were later replaced by the Arawaks and then the Caribs. Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the "New World". The Dutch West India Company established a post on Saint Thomas in 1657. The Danish conquered the island in 1666, and by 1672 had established control over the entire island through the Danish West India and Guinea Company. The land was divided into plantations and sugar cane production became the primary economic activity. In 1691 the primary settlement there was renamed Charlotte Amalie in honor of the wife of Denmark's King Christian V. It was later declared a free port by Frederick V. While the sugar trade had brought prosperity to the island's free citizens, by the early 19th century Saint Thomas was in decline. The continued export of sugar was threatened by hurricanes, drought, and American competition. In 1917 St. Thomas was purchased (along with Saint John and Saint Croix) by the United States for $25 million in gold as part of a defensive strategy to maintain control over the Caribbean and the Panama Canal during the First World War.
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How to fight mosquitoes in the Caribbean without dosing yourself with insect repellent chemicals? There's a natural route for everything. Lemongrass or lavender essential oil. Dilute either with water, pour it in a spray bottle, and voila, your skin will love you and mosquitoes will flee from you!

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