St. Thomas

Dan­ish Dream

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With its green hills and white­sand beaches, St. Thomas o ers vis­i­tors a pic­ture­post­card view as well as great shop­ping and world-class restau­rants.

Once a colony of Den­mark, St. Thomas is part of the

U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands, along with St. John and St. Croix.

In 1917 the United States bought the Vir­gin Is­lands for 25 mil­lion to em­ploy it as an out­post guard­ing the Panama Canal. Vir­gin Is­lan­ders have all of the rights and priv­i­leges of United States cit­i­zens.

The beaches in St. Thomas are some of the best in the world be­cause of their calm, clear wa­ters, pow­dery white sand and coral reefs that can be seen by snorkel­ers 40 feet from the shore.

Shop­ping also is one of the big­gest at­trac­tions in St. Thomas. Its cap­i­tal, Char­lotte Amalie, abounds with stores, many in old Dan­ish ware­houses that once held mo­lasses, rum, lum­ber, ce­ram­ics and gold. The best buys on the is­land are in jew­elry, china, elec­tron­ics and linens.

The Vir­gin Is­lands Mu­seum is in the na­tional his­toric land­mark build­ing that used to be Fort Chris­tian. It is the old­est build­ing still in use on the is­land.

A skyride to Par­adise

Point af­fords a bird’s-eye view of St. Thomas and Char­lotte Amalie, with

St. Croix in the dis­tance.

But if you pre­fer to see the is­land on foot, you can walk up the nu­mer­ous hill­side stair­ways that the Danes built. The most fa­mous stairs are the 99 Steps, which be­gin on Gov­ern­ment Hill. The view from the top of the steps will make you think you have as­cended the stair­way to heaven.

Taste of St. Thomas

The Vir­gin Is­lands are known for their trop­i­cal drinks, both of the cock­tail and health food va­ri­ety. Rum is al­ways a pop­u­lar choice, but if you want some­thing more nu­tri­tious, try ba­nana punch or spiced sea­weed milk.

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