Cheap Flights to Saint Thomas
When you're looking for a laid-back Caribbean vacation, booking a flight to Saint Thomas is ideal. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands east of Puerto Rico, Saint Thomas is an idyllic resort known for having one of the world's best natural harbors. Although Saint Thomas is bigger than its neighbor, Saint John, the hilly island is just 32 square miles for easy navigation.
Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the Virgin Islands, is Saint Thomas' main bustling port. The town is easily recognized for its historic homes and cobblestone alleyways dating back to the 17th century. Charlotte Amalie is conveniently split into three sections: King's Quarter, Queen's Quarter and Crown Prince's Quarter. Red Hook, on the East End, is the other major town overlooking the turquoise water of Pillsbury Sound.
Flights to Saint Thomas
Travelers flying into Saint Thomas will touch down Cyril E. King Airport (STT), which is located on Red Point about 4 miles west of Charlotte Amalie. Serving around 1.2 million passengers annually, it's one of the busiest airports in the eastern Caribbean. Flights to Saint Thomas are offered by several U.S. carriers, including JetBlue, Spirit, Delta and United Airlines. You'll disembark at one of 11 gates in the main, two-level terminal.
Cyril E. King Airport has several rental car agencies if you're comfortable with left-hand driving on the narrow roads of Saint Thomas. A short 17-minute drive on Route 302 will take you into Charlotte Amalie. Dollar taxis run from sunrise to sunset year-round from the airport to Sapphire Bay, and safari cabs can also get you around downtown.
Saint Thomas is a water lover's paradise that offers endless fun-filled activities from Magen's Bay to Frenchman's Cove. You can try surfing in Hull Bay, rent snorkeling gear at Coki Beach, take the dolphin taxi to Water Island or simply relax in the secluded Secret Harbour. Families can enjoy petting sharks and hand feeding stingrays at the Coral World Ocean Park aquarium.
History buffs visiting Saint Thomas may explore the island's Danish past by running up the 99 Steps, touring Fort Christian and visiting Blackbeard's Castle. Taking the five-minute Skyride up 700 feet to Paradise Point will provide excellent views of Charlotte Amalie. After a long day, you can sip the famous banana daiquiris on Mountain Top. Shops also line the streets of Havensight and Yacht Haven Grande for your souvenirs.
Hints and Tips
Saint Thomas has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. It's best to avoid the rainy season from September to November to ensure warm, sunny weather. Each June, visitors can watch the International Optimist Regatta with young sailors. The V.I. Carnival brings captivating music and dance to Saint Thomas every May, and the Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament takes place in August.
For a good meal, trying the eateries in Frenchtown, Red Hook and Bluebeard's Beach is advised. Saint Thomas has both casual and upscale Caribbean cuisine. You can even crack open a fresh coconut sold in the Vendor's Plaza. Although Saint Thomas is mostly appealing for its over 7,000 acres of pristine parkland, day trips to Saint Croix and Saint John are also encouraged.