Insider’s View In St. Thomas with Tom Hoffman

The Caribbean has a wealth of superb vacation locations with the U.S. Virgin Islands leading the way in visitor numbers. Our On Location partner, Thomas Hoffman, is on hand with some great information on the islands. Be sure to get in touch with us so we can work with Thomas and his team to create your perfect getaway. Thomas also specializes in arranging for groups so why not bring your extended family along for a reunion in these glorious islands where there’s so much to enjoy.

Visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands

“Beautiful beaches, warm weather and crystal-clear waters along with a culturally diverse and vibrant society make the U.S. Virgin Islands the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destination. Here you’ll find everything you could want for a wonderful island getaway from secluded beaches to duty free shopping; kayaking and hiking to island art and fine dining.”

“Each island has its own personality and flavour. All have great water, beaches and stunning views. Here’s a description of each in a nutshell:

  • St. Thomas – Faster paced, duty free shopping, more tourism related activities, major cruise ship port.
  • St. Croix – Slower pace, more historical sites, some cruise ships visit.
  • St. John – Most laid back, two thirds National Park.”

“This is a year-round tropical destination where the weather is always beautiful. August and September do have more rain and humidity than other months. Trade winds help to keep the rest of the year very comfortable.”

“These airlines fly into the U.S. Virgin Islands, some seasonally: American Airlines, Delta, Continental, United, Spirit, US Air, Jet Blue, Air Canada and Cape Air. At the airport, pick up a shared taxi, car rental or pre-arranged service (car, limo, sedan, van) where you’ll be met by your driver and escorted to your hotel.”

Where to Stay

“There are many excellent resorts on St. Thomas including Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort which is just completing a $48 million dollar refurbishing. It has a fabulous location at the entrance to the harbour. Other outstanding hotels on St. Thomas are the Sugar Bay, Ritz-Carlton, Best Western Emerald Beach, Windward Passage (formerly the Holiday Inn) and the casual beach resort of Bolongo Bay.”

“There is a limited number of Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Houses and we have a camp ground on St. John. For longer stays and a different type of vacation from staying at a resort, the tiny residential island of Water Island has vacation homes, apartments and a campground with eco-cabins.”

“It is easy to stay on St. Thomas and have day trips to the other islands.”

Keep your eyes peeled for more tips this weekend! Have you been to the Virgin Islands? Add your own tips below!