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St. Thomas is a very popular cruise port and is one of the busier ports to visit. That said it also has a lot to offer! I have made several trips to St Thomas and even rented a car and explored the island. At only 32 square miles it is smaller than St. Croix but larger than St. John (which I will cover in another post). It is also much more mountainous which makes navigating yourself around the island a little more difficult.
When you come into port there is plenty to do within walking distance if you choose not to book a shore excursion or tour. We took a snorkeling excursion on our first cruise and it was a beautiful boat ride and the water was warm and clear. After that we explored the port area on foot. There is a shopping center right at the dock with plenty of shops for souvenir's. If you walk out to the street there is a tram you can take up to the mountain top for a beautiful view of the port and the island. There is a also a little restaurant you can eat at while you are there or just have a drink and enjoy the view!
There are plenty of Taxi's or bus's waiting when you disembark the ship. However the drivers like to get a full load before they take off. The bus is usually your most economical way to get around, but you have to be willing to wait until they get a full bus load before leaving. If you are in a hurry to get somewhere I would recommend the taxi, they still want to have a full cab but not as many seats to fill. They just have to be headed in the same direction.
Just a few miles away and around the port cove is the shopping and downtown district. Again, plenty of souvenir shopping and jewelry stores. I had no idea that the Caribbean has a diamond season. Our cruise was in September which we were told was during this season. There was jewelry stores around every corner, so if that is your thing, make this the place to explore. I am a pretty "plain Jane" kinda girl and I don't wear much jewelry, but even I found some I would have loved to buy. (But I kept myself in check, which made my husband happy). There is also a local flea market with lots of hand made items to explore if you choose to walk your way back to the ship.
In all, St. Thomas has a lot to offer on your day at port. In my next post I will write about some of the not so well known places St. Thomas has to offer if you are looking to venture out beyond the port.
If you are looking for more shore excursions other than what the cruise lines offer check out these two links. I have personally used each one and I recommend them for other unique shore excursion options.