St. Thomas is the most well known of the four major U.S. Virgin Islands and is home to many popular U.S. Virgin islands hotels. Located 50 miles east of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas sits adjacent to scenic St. John, which can be seen from the vistas of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas.Though St. Thomas was discovered by famed explorer Christopher Columbus on his second journey to the New World in 1493, and was a popular port for pirates in the two centuries that followed, the earliest inhabitants of the island were indigenous tribes, including the Ciboney, Arawaks and Caribs.
Today, the picturesque white beaches, idyllic climate, rich history and natural beauty of St. Thomas and the other Virgin Islands brings an array of international visitors to its resorts and hotels, eager to explore the destination’s exciting attractions. From fine dining showcasing the unique flavors of the Caribbean to the abundance of active outdoor adventures
such as kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, sport-fishing and more, St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is a tropical playground offering visitors an unforgettable island experience. Duty-Free Shopping
U.S. citizens who travel to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands hotels and resorts are allowed a duty-free shopping quota of $1,600 USD – twice that of any other island in the Caribbean
and three times that of European countries. A flat rate of 6 percent duty is charged on purchases over your $1,600 USD allowance. Besides your personal exemption, you can mail friends and relatives at home an unlimited number of gifts (other than perfume, liquor or tobacco) worth $100 USD or less per gift.
For an itinerary listing popular attractions and things to see in St. Thomas, please consult your Ritz-Carlton concierge.