One of the world's busiest cruise ports, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, is a launching point for a wide range of activities on the splendid island.
St. Thomas, a U.S. Virgin Island constituency, along with St. John, St. Croix and other smaller islands in the region, was spotted by Columbus in 1493 during the explorer's second voyage to the "New World." The island was home to pirates and various small settlements before a European power, Denmark, chose to occupy and claim it and other islands in 1671. In 1917, the United States bought the Danish West Indies from Denmark for $25 million, leading to U.S. Navy rule of the three "Virgin Islands of America" until 1931. Governors have since led the government on the islands.
We've been to St. Thomas three times. If you go, we recommend a few things to try while you're there.