St. Thomas Virgin Islands Travel Guide


St. Thomas Virgin Islands Travel Guide

July 10th, 2019

Full of laid-back charm, off-the-beaten-path but always delicious dining, and serene beaches, the US Virgin Islands offer the warm getaway we’re always craving. We’re highlighting St. Thomas and St. John, and turned to our Chief Creative Officer and  St. Thomas native Sophie to give us a local’s roundup. Read on to discover the best spots to stay, eat and explore.

Where to Stay

Rent a House

Choose one on Peterborg or near Red Hook on St. Thomas.

Marriott Frenchman’s Reef St.Thomas

Perched high above the Caribbean Sea, Frenchman’s Reef boasts breathtaking views and is newly renovated with elevated style.

The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas

Full of amenities and high-quality service, this is a great property for couples, families, and friends alike.

The Hideaway at Hull Bay

With 2 beachfront villas, and 8 beachside cottages, this secluded tropical oasis can accommodate 36 guests and is the epitome of barefoot luxury. It would be a great place for a wedding weekend and truly feels like you have St. Thomas to yourself!

Where to Eat: Breakfast

Stir it Up

 If you’re staying nearby, this little cafe serves up delicious pastries and coffee.

Lattes in Paradise

This is just a little kiosk in American Yacht harbor, but you can get breakfast, coffee, and smoothies to go.

Frenchtown Deli

For coffee and a casual breakfast, this is a local’s favorite.

Northside Grind

This convenient little market serves smoothies, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and coffee.

Where to Eat: Lunch

The Easterly

This newly-opened casual dining spot is already at the top of our list for dining and cocktails. The decor and vibe are awesome, only outshined by the menu.


This is a truly authentic local dining experience. As casual as it gets, this is the plastic-table-and-chairs kind of place with authentic Caribbean dishes. It’s right on the road to Magen’s bay, so maybe stop there after a long day at the beach.

The Shack at Hull Bay

Operating since 1970, this low-key beachside restaurant serves delicious casual meals and strong cocktails.

Glady’s Cafe

This cozy alleyway restaurant serves local specialties and  is rich in atmosphere, with its mahogany bar and native stone walls.

Where to Eat: Dinner

Cafe Amalia

Located in Charlotte Amalie, known as “town,” this Spanish-inspired cafe is nestled into one of the historic alleyways that dot town. The food and atmosphere (and sangria!) are some of our favorites for lunch and dinner.


Overlooking Hassel Island and Charlotte Amalie harbor, your dinner or  Sunday brunch comes with a gorgeous view. Try to get there for sunset!

Old Stone Farmhouse

This 200 year-old historical stone house nestled into the hillside is one of the best restaurants on the island. Expect decadent dishes with a hint of Caribbean infusion.

Sea La Vie

Situated near the water's edge in Frenchtown, Sea La Vie is a charming French bistro with an appealing accent on intimate dining.

Where to Celebrate: Nightlife

Paradise Point

This restaurant and bar, accessible by a steep road or by cable car, sits atop a mountain overlooking Charlotte Amalie Harbor. The view at sunset is gorgeous. Go on a Wednesday to see locals and tourists alike dancing to live Caribbean music.

XO Bistro

One of the best date night spots on the island, XO Bistro is the perfect destination when you want to get a little dressed up and enjoy a glass of one or a specialty martini.

Duffy’s Love Shack

It’s a classic Caribbean vacation party every night at this self-proclaimed “best parking lot bar.” You’ll sip on award-winning cocktails served in souvenir cups or hulled coconuts. Their signature drink is the “Lime in Dee Coconut,” and they have weekly specials like Margarita Madness Mondays and Lobster Lunacy Wednesday.

Sib’s on the Mountain

Sib’s is a super fun spot to go with friends late night, with its good drinks, casual food and games.

What to Do

Visit the Beaches

Some of the best are Magen’s Bay and Lindquist Beach, now known as Smith Bay Park.

Go Boating

Do a day trip to the BVI or cruise around the USVI. Some good resources for booking are Local Mocean Charters, Sonic Charters, Sea and Ski, or Local Legends Charter.

Visit Some Hidden Gems

Ask about Willy T and snorkeling the Indians, the private island retreat of Sandy Cay, and getting an original rum “Painkiller” from the  famous Soggy Dollar Bar on John Van Dyke’s Bay. Ask about all of this when in St. John too!

Go to Pizza Pi Boat

Nestled in Christmas Cove, a protected bay accessible only by boat in the US Virgin Islands, Pizza Pi serves up fresh NY style pizza while you snorkel with reef fish, turtles & the occasional dolphin. Ask about this in St. John too!