St. Thomas is one of the three, United States Virgin Islands. Discovered by Christopher Columbus, it was acquired by the United States from the Danish government in 1917. St. Thomas is the leading vacation destination in the Caribbean and for good reason. The island boasts word class duty-free shopping, white sand beaches and crystal clear water, and abundant water and land activities.
Here are some facts about St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and travel information that you would know before your vacation.
|Terrain||Mostly hilly to rugged and mountainous, seaside cliffs, white sandy beaches|
|Climate & Temperature||Subtropical with low humidity and little seasonal variation; rainy season September to November; highs of 80s F-90s F in the summer months and lows of 70s F-80s F in the winter months|
|Hurricane Season||June 1st to November 30th with highest occurrences of storms in August and September|
|Best Time to Travel||Year-round; discounts available during summer months|
|Time Zone||Atlantic Standard Time (AST); no daylight savings meaning St. Thomas is 1 hour ahead of NYC, but because DST is not observed, the time is the same as EST during the summer months and time change.|
|Currency||US Dollar; major credit cards|
|Duty Free Shopping & Sales Tax||US Citizens have $1,600 duty free allowance; no sales tax|
|Passport & Visa Requirement||No passport required for US citizens|
|Airport Code & Airlines||Airport Code: STT; Airlines: Major US carriers; local Caribbean carriers|
|Car Rental & Other Transportation||Car Rental Agencies: Major US brands and local agencies (drive on left); taxis are readily available with fares based on destination and charged per person; inter-island ferry to St. John and British Virgin Islands|
|Telephone, Mobile Service & Emergency||Islandwide landline service; ATT & Sprint mobile service available; T-mobile, Verizon and other carriers may work at time but roaming chargers apply; dial 911 for emergencies|
|Tipping||15-20% for good service is customary|
|Electricity||US Standard 120v|
|Tourist Information||Virgin Islands Department of Tourism|