Villa poolside overlooking St. Thomas harbor

The solar heated pool of your rental villa overlooks St. Thomas harbor.

About St. Thomas

St. Thomas is one of the 3 U.S. Virgin Islands (the other two being St. John and St. Croix). Christopher Columbus landed on St. Thomas in 1493, but quickly sailed on to Puerto Rico. The islands changed hands many times. For a period St. Thomas was the home for many notorious pirates who preyed on the ships sailing between the U.S. and Europe. The two most famous were Blackbeard and Bluebeard. Both are memorialized by hills bearing their names in Charlotte Amalie (pronounced a-'mall-ya, the main business district and 'capitol' of the USVI). The island was also the home to almost 50 sugar plantations at its peak. The remains of many sugar mills still exist. The United States purchased the islands from Denmark in 1917 for $25 million. The motivation was to have a strategic naval presence in the Caribbean and Charlotte Amalie was an excellent natural harbor.

“Southwind Villa (letter A on the map below), our St. Thomas vacation rental, is a five bedroom, four bath home situated in Mafolie Estates, a high-end, gated residential community that is also home to the Governor of the Virgin Islands.”

Today St. Thomas is one of the most popular ports of call for Caribbean cruise ships. It has two excellent port facilities - one at the historic Dutch West Indies Company dock at Havensight (B) and another in the newly developed dock in the former U.S. Navy Sub Base (C). When the passengers disembark, there are numerous choices of activities that include some of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, the excellent Mahogany Run Golf Course (D) played by President Clinton, duty-free shopping with no sales tax, the delights of Coral World Aquarium (E), a myriad of water sports and numerous cafes and restaurants of every stripe.

History is very evident is Charlotte Amalie. Besides Blackbeard's Castle which is now a hotel and restaurant, Fort Christian which guards the harbor is the oldest structure on the island. Government House overlooking the city is still the seat of government and has been since the 1860's. Two of the churches in the city date back to the 1840's and the St. Thomas Synagogue is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere dating to 1833. It is additionally notable for the sand floor inside. Hassel Island (F) in the St. Thomas harbor is the home to many historic structures including a garrison building from the mid 1800's and a steam marine railway from 1840 that was built to haul ships out of the water for repair.

Most of the streets in Charlotte Amalie are still designated by their Danish names such as Kronprindsens Gade (street). Today the city is a lively place of shops, cafes and restaurants.

The Caribbean Virgin Island of St. Thomas offers a myriad of fun activities for you to venture upon during your vacation stay with us.

St. Thomas Beaches

One of National Geographics' Ten Best Beaches, Magens Bay Beach (G) is 10 minutes by car down the north side of Mafolie hill. This world famous Caribbean beach with warm, calm, clear water is seldom crowded.

There are many additional beaches on the island of St. Thomas and all are accessible to the public and many also have water sports equipment available for rental.

St. Thomas Shopping

The Caribbean Virgin Island of St. Thomas is a favorite shopping haven for many guests from around the world and one visit will tell you why.

The hustle and bustle of Charlotte Amalie is set in a complex of 100-year-old warehouses built from the rubble ballast of the ships sailing between the Americas and Europe.

In addition to plenty of duty free shopping you'll find ice cream stores, coffee bars and cyber cafes offering a cool respite from all the activity.

Dining, Golf, and Boating on St. Thomas

A full range of restaurants from casual to sophisticated are always available for dinner in town and around St. Thomas and the rest of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Mahogany Run (D) boasts not only an excellent restaurant, but also a challenging world class 18-hole golf course played recently by vacationing Presidents and dignataries.

Boating and sailing are available in many forms. We highly recommend a private, full day sail to the Virgin Island of St. John during your stay because we think it is a 'must do' on any Caribbean vacation.

Sailing in the Caribbean

St. Thomas Vacation Rentals

St. Thomas vacation rentals are a perfect way to derive the most benefit of visiting the US Virgin Islands. There are many choices of vacation rentals in St. Thomas. Villas range from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms, from beach front to mountain side from plain vanilla to luxury. All offer magnificent weather and spectacular views of the Caribbean or the Atlantic. Southwind Villa (A), our St. Thomas vacation rental, is a five bedroom, four bath home situated in Mafolie Estates, a high-end, gated residential community that is also home to the Governor of the Virgin Islands. It is very well maintained, beautifully decorated and boasts one of the best views in the Caribbean. The solar heated Villa pool is one of the largest private pools on the Island. 850 feet below the Villa, one delights in the constantly changing harbor scene of sailboats, seaplanes, cruise ships and ferries. At night the harbor comes alive with lights.

When you consider vacation rentals, St. Thomas should be tops on your list for ease of travel and variety of Caribbean life. When you choose St. Thomas, make Southwind Villa your home in the Virgin Islands.   TOP ^

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