ST. THOMAS - HOTEL ZONES
St. Thomas offers a mix of large hotels and small, independent inns. Nearly every beach on the island has its own hotel. The choices of hotels range between places to stay in Charlotte Amalie, and grand resorts along the East End that front the beautiful beaches. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, depending on what you’re looking for.
Charlotte Amalie, the capital of St. Thomas, is the only town on the island. Its seaside promenade is called Waterfront Highway, or simply, the Waterfront. From here, you can follow any of the streets into town to Main Street (also called Dronningens Gade). Main Street is where you’ll find all of the major shops and the widest choice of restaurants and bars, and mostly all the historic attractions. This is a great area to stay to be close to the action. The only downside to staying in this area is that you’ll have to take a shuttle to a good beach, a ride of no more than 10 to 15 minutes from most Charlotte Amalie hotels. However, there are some nice beaches as well within walking distance to this area.
If you want the isolation of a resort or being directly on a beach, then the East End is your best bet. All the properties here are grand, luxurious resorts with many attractions, including watersports and nightlife. The downside is that transportation could get expensive, or you may have to drive along narrow streets and unfamiliar roads at night. In saying this, you may be resort-bound for the evening, as commutes to some of the island’s best restaurants are difficult after sunset. It is worth noting, many of these beachfront resorts on the East End are very expensive. Fortunately, your options are plentiful to find a place to lay your head that fits your specific needs and desires.