Sunset sailing excursions. A day trip to St. John to visit the national park. Windsurfing lessons under expert local tutelage or chartered deep sea fishing with a captain who knows the premier spots in the Caribbean to chase wahoo. Spend a lazy morning with a mask and snorkel or explore the remains of grand Spanish galleons on a breathtaking wreck dive. The isle of St. Thomas is a veritable playground for the adventurous. Add to this each of the other captivating islands in this archipelago and the possibilities are endless.
Shopping: St. Thomas's liberal tax and duty structure makes it the duty-free shopping capital of the Caribbean. And Charlotte Amalie, the largest shopping area on the island, offers over 100 shops and boutiques tucked among quaint alleys lined with arched doorways from another century.
Golf: "Mahogany Run" (18 Hole, par 70 Golf Course) is perched on the hills outside Charlotte Amalie. The course was designed by George and Tom Fazio around the natural features of the coastal terrain. In fact, the view is so breathtaking that you may find it hard to keep your mind on the game. The 13th, 14th and 15th holes at Mahogany Run are called the "Devil's Triangle". Once you've seen them, you'll understand why. This section of the course is situated along towering cliffs that overlook Hans Lollick Island and the Atlantic. Tel: +1.340.777.6006.
Tillett Gardens: Located in Anna's Retreat in the Tutu area of the island, Tillett Gardens is a center for local artists and performers. In the workshops and stores, peruse silkscreen prints, enamel jewelry and other handcrafted items. The brightly painted alfresco bar is a hot spot to enjoy a cool drink. Throughout the year, Tillett Gardens hosts art festivals and musical concerts.
Diving & Snorkeling: The reefs around St. Thomas offer endlessly fascinating underwater exploration for both expert divers and beginners. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the island teem with marine life -- vividly colored tropical fish glide through canyons of coral and sponges, easily accessible to both snorkelers and scuba divers.
Windsurfing & Surfing: Windsurfing gear is available at the major hotels as well as at several beaches. Brewers Bay, Vessup Beach, Limetree Beach, Morningstar Beach and Sapphire Beach are some of the most popular spots for this sport. Surfers should head straight to Hull Bay to find the best waves off St. Thomas.
Boating: The U.S. Virgin Islands lay claim to the largest commercial charter fleet in the Caribbean, with both power and sailing vessels available for either crewed or bareboat charters. Visitors who want to explore the islands at their own pace can rent a powerboat and design their own itinerary, visiting the islands of their choice to snorkel, picnic or sightsee.