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About St. Thomas

The island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands is said to be one of the most beautiful places world-wide, with views that have made National Geographic’s top ten dreamy list. The island has a population of 51,000 residents, with the capital city of Charlotte Amalie located here. Attractions include Magen’s Bay, Mountain Top and Blackbeard’s Castle.

Cheap flights to St. Thomas are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready for a Caribbean adventure! St. Thomas is home to Cyril E. King Airport (STT), located on a 10-minute drive from Charlotte Amalie’s city centre. Cyril E. King Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and SeaBorne Airlines. Popular connecting flights depart from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 22 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit St. Thomas

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Marine Life

Hire an underwater submersible scooter for an unforgettable experience for you and your family, and get up close with the marine life in the warm waters. Scuba diving and snorkelling facilities are available too.

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Picturesque Beaches

Magen’s Beach is a tropical oasis with soft blue waters and velvety white sand. On a quiet day you may find the pelicans fishing for a snack as you paddle-board in the calm waters.

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Spectacular Views

Nothing beats the views from the summit of Mountain Top in St. Thomas where visitors can look out to over 20 neighbouring islands nearby. Stop at Drake’s Seat for a gorgeous view of Magen’s Bay.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country U.S. Virgin Islands
Currency USA Dollar (USD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 USD
Language English
Hub Airport Cyril E. King Airport (STT)
Airline Air Sunshine / American Airlines
Time Zone GMT -4
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit St. Thomas

November to March is peak season on the island and you will find large amounts of tourists who stop over on the passing cruise ships. The weather is good all year, with warm to hot temperatures residing. The rainy season is from August to December. Though there has not been a major hurricane on the island since 1995, be aware that hurricane season is from June to October. Travel insurance is recommended in case of any unforeseen happenings. Also, if you’re flying out from the U.S. during winter (November to February), there is the slight risk that you may not be able to do so because of snowstorms in the city from which you’re leaving.

Weather & Climate in St. Thomas

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 20°C 19°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 21°C 22°C 23°C 22°C 22°C 21°C 20°C
High °C 29°C 29°C 29°C 30°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 30°C 29°C
Rainfall (mm) 74 61 63 89 123 81 96 132 166 154 148 109

Overview

St. Thomas is the playground of the America’s, the astoundingly beautiful island amongst the US Virgin Islands. The capital and port city of the US Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie, is also located on the island too.

If you’re looking for gorgeous beaches and some great island activities, then you’ve chosen the perfect place. The beaches of St. Thomas are some of the best in the world, as Magen’s Bay, Sappphire and Morning Star beaches are just some of what the island has to offer.

Let’s not forget about the views from St. Thomas that oversee more than 20 other islands in the vicinity. Mountain Top is 1500 feet above sea level, with the views from the summit been voted as some of the best in the world by National Geographic.

For a sense of adventure, and to see the island from above, try the cable car ride that towers over the tree canopies. Or for those looking to get some blood pumping, try the zip-lining across eight elevated platforms.

Water sports are also a big attraction on the island, and with marine animals in abundance, you can certainly spot some dolphins, turtles and rays, up close under water. Try a unique experience with an underwater submersible scooter or do some snorkelling to catch a glimpse!

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Visa & Customs

South Africans who wish to visit St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands will need to obtain a US Visa as the islands fall under this visa. The process has been known to take a long time, so it’s best to start as early as possible. You will need to complete your application and submit numerous documents, as well as schedule an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in your city.

For more information, please contact the Embassy of the United States of America, in Pretoria: 877 Pretorius St, Arcadia, Pretoria, 0083 Tel: 012 431 4000

Health & Safety

St. Thomas is a safe island with very few crimes, other than petty ones reported. It is a year-long, top tourist destination so there are always people around. It is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings. And when in the water, look out for sea urchins and non-venomous jellyfish, season depending. As for your valuables, keep them in your hotel safe and don’t walk around with too much cash on you.

Currently, there has been an outbreak of Zika in the U.S. Virgin Islands and pregnant women are discouraged from travelling there. Zika is spread via mosquito bites and unprotected sexual encounters. There are no vaccines required for your trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but it is always important to visit your doctor and get the routine vaccines before any trip abroad. Recommended vaccines for a trip to St. Thomas include hepatitis A and typhoid.

Cost of Living

ITEM JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN ST. THOMAS
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 186.54
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 38.59
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 54.17
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 43.97
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 51.46
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