Charlotte Amalie Cruises

Charlotte Amalie sits on the island of St Thomas and is both the capital and largest city of the US Virgin Islands.

The island is hugely popular with the cruise industry, and there can be as many as half a dozen big ships docked in the harbour as visitors head ashore to explore the many delights that St Thomas has to offer.

One major draw of the island is the shopping, with Charlotte Amalie being a duty free port. Alongside bustling markets, expect to find plenty of stores selling things like jewelry and perfume, with a number of well-known names having stores.

There is certainly no shortage of options, which is partly why Charlotte Amalie has been referred to as the ‘duty free capital of the world’ – making it a haven for shoppers travelling around the Caribbean by sea.

With the city being geared towards the cruise industry, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that provide the chance to sample all manner of cuisine from around the world. It means you can enjoy everything from traditional Caribbean fare to more familiar dishes from closer to home.

Away from the downtown area close to where the ships dock, there are various other attractions within Charlotte Amalie including St Thomas Synagogue, which dates back to the 1830s and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Also worth a visit is Blackbeard’s Castle, which was built by the Danes to protect Fort Christian in the 1600s. Fort Christian itself dates from a similar time and was key building throughout the rule of the Danish – which ran up to the early 1900s.

You can also see plenty of examples of Danish architecture as you travel round the city streets.

Outside the city, there are plenty of places where you can relax on the beach, including Magens Bay – which was voted as one of the world’s best by National Geographic and is little more than ten minutes away.

A well-protected stretch of white sand bordered by calm waters is popular with locals and visitors alike, with a range of water-based activities being available.

It isn’t the best place on the island to snorkel however, although there are reefs elsewhere for those who want to explore below the surface.

Also popular is the Coral World marine park, where you can see various forms of marine life – including those that are swimming in the waters around a special underwater observatory tower that means you can go under the surface without getting wet.

The small nature of St Thomas means you can explore much of the island during your time in Charlotte Amalie. One thing for certain is that it’s a destination where you’ll never be short of something to do.

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