The most populous and urban of the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is a one-stop shop for fun, beaches, relaxation, and island-inspired nightlife. Just minutes from St. John and about an hour from St. Croix, St. Thomas is home to two main settlements – Charlotte Amalie (also known as downtown) and Red Hook (also known as the East End). While Charlotte Amalie is where the cruise ships come in and most of the shopping is centered, both areas offer a number of dining and partying options. Make no mistake, the party never seems to stop here. Still, thanks to the natural beauty and sandy beaches nearly all the way around, there’s always somewhere you can escape to.
Most people get to St. Thomas via cruise ship or flights into local airports. Ships often bring lots of tourists into port so be sure to anticipate the island’s extra full capacity. There are plenty of places to rent cars once you are in town but beware of left side of the road driving. An easier but more expensive option would be taking advantage of the abundance of taxis and shuttles at the disposal of locals and tourists alike!
As far as safety goes, pedestrians need to be extra careful while walking roadside – roads are often narrow and busy, and left side driving often throws newcomers for a loop. Most shops and restaurants close around 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. each night, so it’s best to avoid being out and about alone after the locals settle in for the night. Also, water is potable most everywhere on the island but tends to be warmer in temperature than most people expect, so don’t be alarmed!
LGBT Scene in St. Thomas
Most of the gay-specific bars and clubs have relocated to neighboring St. Croix, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of options for gays and lesbians on St. Thomas. Both locals and visitors alike tend to be liberal and open-minded, meaning the lack of gay venues on St. Thomas may have more to do with the fact that there is just no specific need for gay-oriented bars and clubs. Go on, relax and have fun!
LGBT Featured Hotel in St. Thomas
After a $48 million renovation in 2011, Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort welcomes guests to a brand new U.S. Virgin Island hotel experience. The Reef Tower features fresh Caribbean décor and state-of-the-art amenities. The USVI hotel rooms offer comfort in a lush tropical setting and now include Marriott signature Revive Bedding.
Guests can enjoy the pristine and picturesque beachfront at the Morning Star Beach Club and Sea Cliff Tower, or relax at the luxury Lazule Sea Spa & fitness center. The hotel’s infinity pools feature stunning St. Thomas views while a kid’s splash zone gives plenty of space for family time.
Sample the best dining in St. Thomas at the hotel’s new restaurant, Aqua Terra. Explore the island’s white sands, adventurous paddleboading yoga or gaze out over the sparkling Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
You will never run out of things to do at the gay-friendly Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort. You do not have to leave the beautiful grounds of the resort to enjoy five Pools, a whirlpool, full service spa, fitness center, snorkeling, sailing, tennis, volleyball, jet ski rentals, table tennis, and amazing dining options.