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Brimming with history and ringed with white-sand beaches and spectacular snorkeling destinations, St. Thomas, known as the gateway isle of the U.S. Virgin Islands, offers visitors a wide array of activities from historic tours to watersports. Here’s what to bring to take advantage of the best of the island.

A built-up shore overlooks boats on the water
A built-up shore overlooks boats on the water
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
What To Pack

U.S. citizens traveling to St. Thomas are allowed a duty-free shopping quota of $1,600 — significantly larger than anywhere else in the world. If you plan on shopping, consider bringing an extra carry-on to bring home your purchases. If traveling to the British Virgin Islands, a valid passport and customs fee is required for entry.

Beach Vacation

With 30 acres of pristine oceanfront, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas is ideal for swimming, sunning and generally relaxing on the water. Pack these essentials to make the most of your R&R:

  • Bring a few bathing suits. It’s best to have a fresh suit waiting while the suit from the morning’s dip is drying.

  • While the weather is generally in the 80s during the day and averages in the low 70s at night, it’s wise to bring a light layer or pashmina both to shield yourself from the sun and to ward off any chill from the air conditioning inside.

  • Be prepared for lots of sunny days on St. Thomas — bring sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen with SPF.
Resort Essentials

Life on the property is largely quite casual — bathing suits and flip-flops are de rigueur — so pack your favorite summer staples made for relaxing.

  • A fun caftan to throw on over a bathing suit or cotton or linen shorts and shirt outfit are good versatile items that will take you from a beachside cabana to a casual poolside lunch.

  • “Resort casual” is the dress code at Bleuwater and Essenza restaurants — meaning bathing suits and, for men, sleeveless shirts are not permitted — so bring an easy change of clothes if you’re planning on a dinner reservation at either spot.
Outdoor Adventure

There is a lot to do both on- and off-site, from sailing on the resort’s private catamaran to a day of private island hopping. Here’s what to bring to take advantage of every opportunity:

  • For hiking to hidden beaches as well as exploring shorelines on private isles, bring a pair of sturdy, nonslip and water-resistant shoes.

  • While snorkeling gear is included on any snorkeling activities, consider wearing a rash guard to protect skin, particularly children’s, from the sun.

  • Rainfall peaks in May and again around September. While the total rainfall often isn’t significant, it’s wise to bring a light waterproof layer.
Aerial view of the resort
Aerial view of the resort
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
What To Reserve

It’s no wonder that St. Thomas is the most well-known of the three major U.S. Virgin Islands — pristine white beaches, elevated dining experiences, exciting outdoor activities and year-round sunshine make it an ideal destination. Here’s what to schedule before you visit to make the most of your time. 

There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors while at the resort. Plan on spending a day trying out the resort’s stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, Hobie Cats, or snorkel equipment for a day on the water, or hop on the Lady Lynsey II for a day sail on the Caribbean Sea. For a bit of R&R, reserve one of poolside cabanas or the exclusive beach gazebo for the day.

Reserve ahead at Bleuwater for Asian-inspired cuisine with local sashimi, stir fry and an Asian take on the fresh catch. At Alloro, enjoy authentic Italian fare and an extensive wine list while dining indoors or eat alfresco to the soft Caribbean breezes. Dine beachfront at Coconut Cove, with St. Thomas specialties and Caribbean influence.

Indulge in a day of pampering at the spa. Of particular note are the Seaside Cabana Massage, performed to the soundtrack of gentle waves and the sea breeze, and the Island Indulgence Massage, an aromatherapy massage combined with a hydrating foot mask and hot coconut oil hair treatment.

Spend a day off-site experiencing the history of the island with a visit to the picturesque “99 steps” (actually 103) that cut through the hills near Charlotte Amalie harbor; the nearby Blackbeard’s Castle dating back to the 1600s; or the St. Thomas Synagogue with its unique sand floor. Take a scenic drive to Mountain Top — the highest point on St. Thomas; visit 11 acres of private botanic gardens nestled atop the island’s volcanic peaks; or visit Coral World to enter the Undersea Observatory Tower — an underwater viewing gallery that allows visitors to see marine life up close and in their natural habitat.

Infinity-Edge Pool
Infinity-Edge Pool
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

As the gateway island to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is ripe with history and dramatic scenic beauty. Its capital city, Charlotte Amalie, was founded by Dutch explorers in the 17th century and is now a major cruise ship port, as well as a popular destination for snorkelers, scuba divers, eco-tourists and beachgoers. With vibrant blue water, pristine beaches and plenty of museums, landmarks — including a pirate watchtower — and fine bars and restaurants to explore, St. Thomas is primed for both relaxation and adventure. 


Start fresh with breakfast at Bleuwater

Spend the day at the Resort and relax in an Ocean View Cabana while our Ladies and Gentlemen pamper you for a day by the pool and beach:Option to enjoy the paddleboards, Hobie Cats and kayaks from The Ritz-Carlton beach.

Enjoy lunch at Sails while admiring the views of Great Bay

Reserve an evening Sunset sail on Lady Lynsey II for stunning views of the Caribbean Sea 

Dine at Alloro and enjoy the sunset views on Great Bay


Grab a to-go breakfast sandwich and coffee from Southwind.

Book a private boat charter through Cruz Bay Watersports to explore the Caribbean Sea:

Pick up straight from The Ritz-Carlton beach.

Option 1: Enjoy some snorkel spots around the beaches of St. John and stop at Lovango Resort for lunch.

Option 2: Pack your passports and enjoy a day on Jost Van Dyke, BVI with lunch at Hendo’s Hideaway and grab a world-famous painkiller from Soggy Dollar

Return back to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas to get ready for dinner.

Take the complimentary shuttle from the property to neighboring Caribbean Fish Market


Start fresh with breakfast at Northside Grind (on the way to Magen’s Bay):

Pro tip - call ahead to order so it is ready for pick up once you arrive.

Take a taxi off property to spend the day at Magen’s Bay:

Option for paddle boarding

Venture to Hull Bay for a late lunch at The Shack at Hull Bay:

Enjoy a signature frozen beverage made in house with ingredients from their neighboring farm.

Return to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Reserve an early evening time slot at our Topgolf Swing for some pre dinner fun.

Dine at Coconut Cove for local Caribbean inspired cuisine in a casual setting.