Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Christopher Colombus is credited with “discovering” St. Thomas and naming the Virgin Islands during his second voyage to the New World in 1493. St. Thomas was home to pirates long before European powers ever decided to form colonies in the area. The deep natural harbor was a favorite among pirates who were intent on plundering Spanish ships laden with gold coins and other valuable items. Romanticized stories of piracy on St. Thomas are common; stories of pirates Blackbeard and Bluebeard are probably the most well known.
In 1917 the United States bought what was then the Danish West Indies for $25 million in gold. Residents of St. Thomas lowered the Danish flag and saluted the stars and stripes of the United States of America. As air and sea travel increased in the mid-1900s prosperity returned to Charlotte Amalie and St. Thomas; tourism continued to grow in the years thereafter.
Charlotte Amalie, the main area and the sub district, is home to almost half of the islands 51,000+ residents. Other residents live on the East End, West End and North Side. These references might seem quite broad on an island just 32 square miles, however they work well.
- Charlotte-Amalie webcam
- Cruise ship dock webcam (click on Great Bay)
- Fanstastic cam on skyride over the harbor
- Havensite Mall and harbor
Charlotte Amalie (named for a Danish Queen), the the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean.
St. Thomas is largely mountainous. Many roads around the island offer terrific panoramic views of the island and ocean. Amongst the hills on St. Thomas and along the beaches you will find an assortment of accommodations; resorts, historic inns, guest houses, vacation homes, villas and condos.
Dawn as we arrived
The cloud cover was quite low, which kept us from broiling all day.
Early afternoon, as it began to clear up
By late afternoon, it was clear and lovely
The secret rock formation we were taken to see