St. Thomas Attractions and Activities
Coki Beach is situated on a strip of white sand beach on Coki Point. This is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling since the turquoise water of the shore affords great visibility. Beachgoers can also find plenty of places to eat while visiting the beach. Numerous beachside vendors line the beach renting floating devices, lounge chairs, and snorkeling equipment. There is also a dive center and a business renting jet skis on Coki Beach.
Blackbeardís Castle, located in Charlotte Amalie, is a U.S. Virgin Islands National Historic Landmark. It was constructed by Danish settlers in the late 1600ís to serve as a watchtower. Eventually, the notorious pirate Blackbeard occupied the tower. Because he was an outlaw, he used it to monitor ships approaching the harbor.
Fort Christian and Museum
This historic fort is the oldest building still standing in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was built in the late 1600ís by Danish colonizers to provide protection from invading forces. Throughout the years, this fort has been a governorís mansion, the headquarters for the police department, and today it houses a museum where artifacts from the Danish settlement are displayed.
Coral World Ocean Park
Coral World Ocean Park is one of the islandís most popular attractions. In fact, it is also a popular hangout for local residents. While visiting Coral World, park guests can touch tame stingrays, sharks, and sea lions, visit 21 different aquariums housing a variety of species, go on the Sea Trek (an underwater hike), wearing a helmet with oxygen pumped into it, and tour the Undersea Observatory Tower to get a great view of the beautiful coral reef of the region.
St. Peter Mountain Greenhouse and Botanical Gardens
St. Peter Mountain Greenhouse and Botanical Gardens is located in the islandís volcanic mountains. One of the main attractions of the botanical gardens is the nature hiking trail. During the hike, park guests will walk by beautiful waterfalls, habitats for tropical birds, ponds stocked with tropical fish, and over 150 different types of plants native to the Caribbean.