Tips for Your St. Thomas Vacation

St. Thomas is a beautiful getaway nestled in the Caribbean. With only thirty-two square miles, the island is complete with crystal clear blue water and lush greenery. Not only does the island have stunning views, but the island is also bustling with restaurants, shops, and nightlife making St. Thomas an unforgettable destination. When planning your St. Thomas vacation we have a couple tips to ensure you have a worry-free vacation.


There are many common questions travelers have when visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands. The first is often do you need a passport to travel to St. Thomas? U.S. citizens do not need a valid passport to travel to St. Thomas. However, if you intend to take excursions to the British Virgin Islands you would need a valid passport. Electronics; all of the plugs in the USVI are also standard U.S. plugs so you do not need a converter for chargers and other devices.


Travelers are also curious about the currency of the islands. The official currency is the U.S. dollar and there are no other currencies in circulation. Therefore any other currencies would need to be converted to USD. You should always plan to carry cash while visiting the island. While many restaurants and hotels accept major credit cards, there are still many vendors that only accept cash. A major perk of vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands is that the islands are duty-free. Therefore you will not be taxed on goods or food, the price you see is the price you pay. Even though the island is duty-free, resorts can still stick you with massive resort fees. A benefit to booking through Coral Ridge Realty is that we have no resort fees at any of our vacation villas! This can save you a substantial amount of money that can be spent on excursions or enjoying the island. Here’s some history on the islands.


Travelers are also often concerned with having cell phone service on the island. Most of the major providers do have service on the islands, however, each provider has different policies concerning the islands, it’s often best to check with your provider beforehand. When using your cell phone you should be aware of your location at all times. Parts of the island are able to pick up service on towers in the British Virgin Islands. This can result in some unwanted hefty international fees. When you book through Coral Ridge, the majority of our rentals are equipped with free Wifi. This can help eliminate any cell service fees.


Some other common questions include the dress code of the island. While the island is a very laid back beach setting, there are still a few dress code norms on the island. Island Casual is recommended at all times when not on the beach. Many restaurants and shops in the downtown area that are not beachside require real clothes, instead of bathing suits and cover-ups. When fine dining, dressing up is not necessary. For men, shorts and polos are appropriate and for women, a nice blouse or dress are recommended.

We hope that some of these tips have answered any questions you have about visiting St. Thomas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For information on booking a rental property for your vacation visit our website to learn more!