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The Perfect Weekend

Although beautiful beaches and world-famous snorkeling are the top attractions on St. Thomas, the gateway to the U.S. Virgin Islands, there are also countless other things to explore. Museums, parks and historic landmarks abound, while colorful restaurants and bars give visitors a taste of local flavor. There’s so much to see and do, and a weekend on St. Thomas gives you ample time to get a solid sense of the island. 



  • Load Up.

    Enjoy breakfast at Bleuwater, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas’ signature restaurant. You can build your own omelet or enjoy smoked gravlax on a bagel. Bananas foster French toast is so rich and decadent, you’ll crave it again later. 

  • Feel the Burn.

    After breakfast, head to the town of Charlotte Amalie. On one of its side streets, 99 steps lead up, up, up to Blackbeard’s Castle, a 17th century watchtower named for the legendary pirate Edward Teach. From the hilltop, take your own (or a guided) walking tour of old manor houses and enjoy the incredible views. 

  • Treat Yourself.

    Shopping on St. Thomas might mean that you pick up a beautiful new piece of jewelry — for which the island is known — or perhaps a bottle of rum or a piece from a local artist. In Charlotte Amalie, try the Pirate’s Chest for kitschy souvenirs or Grand Jewelers for something a bit swankier.

  • One for the Road.

    Before returning to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, grab a bite at Greengos Caribbean Cantina. This local favorite features Southwestern and Latin inspired cuisine, as well as a bright island atmosphere. 

  • Beach It.

    After your morning trip to Charlotte Amalie, relax for a while. The resort is on the white sands of Great Bay, a blue flag beach thanks to its environmental standards and water purity. If you’re not one to sit back and read a book, try your hand at a water sport. The resort offers stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, snorkel equipment and windsurf boards. 

  • Play Nine.

    Should you prefer teeing off, instead of lounging by the beach, the Mahogany Run golf resort is just 15 minutes from The Ritz-Carlton. Its highlights are breathtaking views of the St. Thomas coastline and the famous Devil’s Triangle, a three-hole stretch that challenges the best of players.

  • Eat Well.

    Travel the short distance to Red Hook Plaza for dinner at XO Bistro. This casually elegant restaurant features an award-winning wine list and extensive dinner menu of salads, surf (local, of course), turf and pasta. After dinner, consider a cocktail — the pomegranate ginger sparkler is a light, refreshing way to end the evening. 



Morning Through Midday
  • Set Sail.

    Climb aboard the resort’s catamaran for a half-day brunch snorkel sail. The captain of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas’ stunning sailboat will ferry you to some of the region’s most gorgeous snorkeling sites. Jump in to explore the underwater world, then return to the boat for a delicious brunch, including mimosas and bloody marys. 

  • Find a Photo Opportunity.

    Drake’s Seat affords visitors a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. According to legend, Sir Francis Drake used this spot to spy on enemy Spanish ships passing through what’s now known as Drake’s Passage. 

  • Mind the Pain Killer.

    Magen’s Bay Beach Bar is known for a lot of things — it’s friendly service and beautiful location among them — but it’s best known for its Pain Killer, a delicious blend of Pusser’s rum, four parts pineapple juice, one part cream of coconut and one part orange juice. It’s served over ice and garnished with nutmeg. In a nutshell, it goes down easy. 

  • Catch the Sunset.

    According to locals, the best place to watch the sunset on St. Thomas is on Water Island. Ride the ferry from Tickles Dockside Pub, then climb the hill to watch the sky fill with stunning streaks of pink, purple and orange and reflect in beautiful turquoise water. 

  • Tickle Your Taste Buds.

    Return to Tickles for dinner and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, American-style pub food and an extensive beer and cocktail menu — all with incredible views. Fresh desserts typically include mango cheesecake, chocolate peanut butter pie and Key lime pie.