Boast clear, cobalt water and pearly sand beaches, St. Thomas’ Charlotte Amalie Harbor is bound to be one of the most gorgeous natural harbors in the world. With a couple of docks serving the 32-square-mile island, St. Thomas is supposed to be one of the most bustling cruise ports in the Caribbean. Before Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in 2017, there had been six cruise ships being docked there. The boisterous cruise ship clusters and lively nightlife gave St. Thomas the nickname “Rock City”.

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Sips, Steps, Views

It’s great for you to begin at the top, and on St. Thomas, that means fascinating green hilltops and a crystalline coastline from the Skyride to Paradise Point. Placed dead across from the West Indian Company dock, Skyride offers gondolas that slip 700 feet (0.21 km) over Charlotte Amalie, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ capital and biggest city. With the roughly 10-minute ride, passengers can approach dozens of fine vistas on the island, with outlooks of neighboring Hassel and Water Islands as well as the harbor. The piece of the Skyride tradition is to taste a signature Bushwacker cocktail as soon as you’ve reached the top of Paradise Point.

PATÉS, JOHNNYCAKES, AND FUNGI

This island has lots of dishes from fresh fish to pizza, but real foodies will be irresistible by the specific local cuisine. Begin with a paté, a doughy pastry jammed with various fillings, such as beef, chicken, salt fish, and lobster.

Reportedly snatched as a quick breakfast or snack, you can get patés or even johnnycakes right at local food trucks or cafés. For a taste of a genuine Virgin Islands meal, check out De Coal Pot. This absorbing eating-house offers such classics as oxtail stew, garlic herb conch, and red snapper creole. Most importantly, it also offers sides involving plantains, ground provisions (starchy root vegetables including cassava and carrots) and rice with peas.

Where to stay

In May, loads of large hotels are still being renovating, but there are tons of little inns, villas, and B&Bs available. Consider At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast Inn, Emerald Beach Resort or Blue Sandcastle Villas.