Destination guide

Paradise at Saint Thomas vacation home rentals

Known for its long sandy beaches and world-class scuba diving, St. Thomas is a classic Caribbean destination, where relaxation is pretty much guaranteed. At the heart of the island is the harbor, where cruise ships bring in day trippers to enjoy the world-class restaurants and shopping. However, there's too much on the island to see in one day, so booking a St. Thomas vacation rental allows you to enjoy the relaxed vibe of the place, perhaps using it as a base to explore the rest of the Virgin Islands, or to spend time improving your Scuba and snorkeling skills.

Things to do

Sightseeing near your Saint Thomas summer rental

If you're an inexperienced diver, or visiting St. Thomas with family, then Coral World Ocean Park is a great way to explore the ocean without needing scuba skills. Built on the ocean's edge, the attractions are fed with water from the warm sea, so you can see marine life in its natural habitat. An interactive aquarium, you can get up close to stingrays and sea turtles, helping the zookeepers with feeding time. There are plunge tanks where you can swim with sharks safely, and an underwater observatory, where exotic marine life is just inches away.

Activities

Things to do near Saint Thomas vacation homes

St. Thomas' enviable position in the Caribbean Sea means it's the perfect spot for water activities. When you book a St. Thomas vacation rental, consider hiring a boat so you can explore the small surrounding islands. Greater St. James is just a short sail away, with mooring spots for snorkeling and isolated beaches to discover, or visit Thatch Caye, just a mile from St. Thomas, which is a great spot to catch lobsters and enjoy soft, white sands. There are regular ferries to nearby St. John, the site of the Virgin Islands National Park, with peaceful bays to discover.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Saint Thomas vacation homes

St. Thomas enjoys year-round sunshine with temperatures in the high-80s to low-90s, and warm seas in all seasons. December to March are peak times for the island, and popular months to book St. Thomas vacation rentals, as rainfall is low. However, the shoulder months of November and April to June offer excellent deals, and generally only short bursts of rainfall to break up the sunny days. Between July and October, the island can be quiet, due to hurricane season, and, although it's hot, there are long periods of rain, leading to a humid atmosphere.

Natural features

Tropical trails through St. Thomas

Most travelers visit St. Thomas for its beaches, which are generally long and flat, with lightly-colored sands and clear seas. Just off the coast, there are large coral reefs bursting with marine life, and even if you only snorkel in shallow waters, you're likely to come across a school of colorful fish or a friendly sea turtle. However, it's worth drying off and venturing inland, where there are a handful of hiking trails through the hilly forests, giving you a vantage point over the island, with views from coast to coast.

How to get there

Transportation to and around St. Thomas

The nearest airport is in St. Thomas (SPB-St. Thomas Seaplane Base), located 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into St. Thomas (STT-Cyril E. King), which is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near St. Thomas vacation rentals

St. Thomas boasts numerous fun-filled attractions for adults and kids of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near places like Blackbeard’s Castle, a hilltop watchtower with a Blackbeard sculpture and walking tours, and Fort Christian, a historic fortification dating back to the 1600s. You'll also like Water Island, a compact island with recreational beaches, hiking and biking trails, and historic forts.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in St. Thomas

Couples looking for a romantic retreat have endless options in St. Thomas. Vacation homes can be found near places like Magens Bay, a white-sand beach with nearby concessions and swimming and watersports, and SkyRide to Paradise Point, a gondola ride to an observation area with scenic view of the bay. You'll also like Coki Beach, a white-sand beach with aqua water for snorkeling.

Where to stay around St. Thomas?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,064 vacation rentals near St. Thomas. From 74 Houses to 211 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near St. Thomas for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in St. Thomas?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in St. Thomas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Estate Smith Bay: 1,949 vacation rentals
  • Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina: 104 vacation rentals
  • Estate Nazareth: 1,963 vacation rentals
  • Sapphire Beach: 1,932 vacation rentals
  • The Ritz-Carlton: 120 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in St. Thomas! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in St. Thomas?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in St. Thomas:

  • Estate Smith Bay: 1,949 rentals
  • Estate Nazareth: 1,963 rentals
  • Charlotte Amalie: 1,687 rentals
  • Estate Bakkero: 1,671 rentals
  • Estate Bolongo: 1,762 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to St. Thomas?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in St. Thomas are:

  • Cyril E King Airport (STT): 1,970 vacation rentals
  • Culebra Airport (CPX): 270 vacation rentals
  • Road Town (RAD-Road Town Seaplane Base): 227 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in St. Thomas?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in St. Thomas. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Secret Harbour Beach: 1,984 rentals
  • Coki Beach: 1,985 rentals
  • Mahogany Run Golf Course: 1,985 rentals
  • Caribbean Genealogy Library: 1,984 rentals
  • Magens Bay: 1,985 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around St. Thomas listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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