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Monday, June 8, 2009

St Thomas USVI

The island of St. Thomas combines the natural beauty of the tropics with much of it landscape still pristine and preserved plus with an energetic, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the United States Virgin Islands, is the most visited port in the Caribbean and boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The city’s reputation as the shopping mecca of the Caribbean attracts visitors from around the world who are drawn to its elegant dining, exciting nightlife and international, duty-free shopping. The city is scattered around the harbor with plenty of narrow cobblestone streets quaint shops and cafes.

Beyond the port city you will discover a mountainous island; St. Thomas offers stunning vistas in all directions, with views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level. Breathtaking natural wonders like magnificent Magens Bay and Drake’s Seat are also world- renowned. For the sports-minded, St. Thomas is well known for its world-class yachting and sport fishing, and welcomes golf enthusiasts to the George and Tom Fazio-designed Mahogany Run Course.

After a long day of strolling, browsing, sightseeing and/or shopping there are a few waterfront cafes where you can enjoy an adult beverage and some Caribbean inspired cuisine. Unfortunately one my favorite haunts on the harbor the Hard Rock Café has closed. Another island favorite the Mountain Top Bar world famous for their island views and Banana Daiquiris recently ceased operations due to a fire.

After a wonderful day here it’s time to head back to the cruise ship and set sail for St Croix.