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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“This is the most famous beach on St. Thomas. It is gorgeous. It is usually calm and seriously beautiful. But...Avoid it like the plague on days with lots of Cruise Ships in town (check out the VINOW cruise ship schedule to figure this out). Generally, it is quietest on the weekend, sometimes including Fridays. Sundays tend to be the day that all the locals visit here. There is a nice bar and a beach cafe with suitable choices for lunch. Snorkeling isn't great so don't bother. Chairs are not too expensive and can be bought in the beach shop (which has some really cute stuff by the way!). There are life guards. I'd suggest doing a 2 hour island tour (check out Franko and Brenda's Fun Tours), have them take you to Mountain Top for some souvenir shopping and a seriously gorgeous view of Magens and then drop you off at Magens for the rest of the day. It will be unforgettable.”
  • 69 locals recommend
Nature
“Drake's Seat, St. Thomas One of the island's best lookouts, Drake's Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. The site is named for Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have kept watch over the harbor from this vantage point. (Was Drake benevolently watching over his own fleet or looking for ships to plunder? The answer will depend on whether you subscribe to the British's regard of him as a celebrated explorer or to others' belief that he was a brutal privateer.)”
  • 20 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Prana Spa has the most amazing spa treatments and the full line of Aveda products.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Thirteen is one of the locals favorite places to go for a fine dining experience that will knock your socks off. The menu is filled with all kinds of steak, fish and vegetarian pairings that are out of this world. There is also a bar attached to the restaurant that has some of the best pizza on the island!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dining in an old Farm House beautifully renovated. Always good food and excellent service.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“As you zip from platform to platform, enjoy breathtaking views of Magens Bay, St. John, and some of the British Virgin Islands in the distance. The course is certified through the ACCT (Association of Challenge Course Technology), so you can stay confident in the safety of your experience. Your final zip experience, called the "Yo-Yo," feels exactly how it sounds—and it's the only zipline of its kind in the Caribbean. After your final ride, you are free to explore the remainder of the island or relax on one of its amazing beaches.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Enjoy a round or two at this world famous course. The Devils Triangle overlooking the BVIs will test even the best golfers skills! Highly recommended.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our Favorites. Tucked away in historic Palm Passage.. Excellent Spanish cuisine at night. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in St. Thomas. In scenic French Town, right on the water. Great atmosphere, always good food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Closer to the airport and town a sometimes forgotten beach with great views and snorkeling.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nature
“White sandy beach Full bar Good burgers and Pizza Love this beach when I do not want to pack a cooler”
  • 14 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Five minute drive that has all your beach needs. Beach chairs flotation devices, paddle boards,food, drinks . The sand is pure white with the clearest water.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Great place to shop for larger quantities of alcohol, juice, frozen foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Kind of like Costco but no membership required. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Italian cuisine. Another of my very favorites. Located off Back Street in Charlotte Amalie”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A favorite with the locals - a great hang out with good food and friendly people. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Place to eat
“This a local northside hangout. Young crowd at night. Maybe this is more of a bar, but they have a decent lunch, not crazy good food but prices are low for here, it's a fun outdoor location and it's right next to a (rocky) beach. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Thirteen is one of the locals favorite places to go for a fine dining experience that will knock your socks off. The menu is filled with all kinds of steak, fish and vegetarian pairings that are out of this world. There is also a bar attached to the restaurant that has some of the best pizza on the island!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Dining in an old Farm House beautifully renovated. Always good food and excellent service.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of our Favorites. Tucked away in historic Palm Passage.. Excellent Spanish cuisine at night. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in St. Thomas. In scenic French Town, right on the water. Great atmosphere, always good food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great Italian cuisine. Another of my very favorites. Located off Back Street in Charlotte Amalie”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A favorite with the locals - a great hang out with good food and friendly people. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local foodie favorite! Located in our newest marina, Yacht Haven Grande, this stylish restaurant features a very modern, localized menu, an interesting cocktail list and attentive service. Sit outside on the waterfront deck and pretend that the mega yacht docked just in front of you...is yours! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Located in Frenchtown on the water. They get fresh fish EVERYDAY! airy, clean and bright. Great place to take your time, enjoy the ocean views and get to know your server or bartender! A local FAV! Go for breakfast, lunch and dinner!”
  • 6 locals recommend

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