St. Thomas flights are some of the most regular and convenient, making the island something of a gateway between the mainland and the islands, as well as an attractive holiday destination in its own right. In addition to the flights that land at the Cyril E. King International Airport, located just three miles from the capital city of Charlotte Amalie, the island is also a popular stop for cruise ships touring both the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. The dock also serves at the station for the inter-island ferry services.
Affordable St. Thomas flights make the island a tempting destination and it is easy to travel around the small island upon arrival. Tourist taxis are expensive, with some charging rates per person, rather than by mileage alone. Dollar taxis are a cheaper alternative and tend to be favoured by the locals but these travel set routes and are not always so convenient. Safari cabs are converted pick-up trucks that offer the visitor an open-air island experience for an average rate of US$4 per return journey, per person. Travelling between the islands is usually done by ferry, with frequent ferry services provided by St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola islands.
The airfare to St. Thomas from the mainland is reasonable enough to justify some self-indulgence upon arrival, and the sprawling, luxury of the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Resort have everything to fit that category! For those seeking a bit more adventure, there are excellent snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities, courtesy of the intriguing shipwrecks and unspoiled coral reefs lurking along the pristine coastline. The beautiful beaches and clear water are another obvious choice for visitors to the island and many families luxuriate on these paradisiacal bays.
So many cheap flights to St. Thomas mean that tourists can really make the most of the island's famous shopping opportunities. It is one of the biggest shopping meccas in the Caribbean. US currency is accepted everywhere and all the major credit cards are widely received. There are plenty of bargains to be had, but visitors should have a clear idea of comparative prices if they are to beat some of the sale prices back home. There are dozens of stores in the city itself, as well as in Havensight, while Vendor's Plaza has some colourful offerings, though few are locally made. After a day of adventuring, soaking up the sun and shopping, visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to cuisine, with flavours from the Caribbean brushing shoulders with French and American influences.