Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine April 2017 | Page 530

ST. THOMAS St. Thomas is only 32 square miles in size and can certainly be described as a Caribbean Island paradise. It is very cosmopolitan and visitors can feel the pulse of an island that offers much in the way of surprises and smiles. For those visitors that are interested in the culture and history of the islands, Fort Christian, the longest standing structure in all the islands, is a museum and Market square which is a busy market place selling local produce. It was once the busiest slave market in the West Indies during the 1800s. Most visitors to the islands though spend most of their time at the beaches which rank among some of the worlds’ most beautiful and on St. Thomas there is a beach for every occasion. Bolongo Beach Resort – This beach located on the South of the island offers water sports and beach toys for visitors to enjoy. Brewer’s Bay – Close to the University of the Virgin Islands campus, this beach is a family favourite as it offers shallow waters and plenty of room for sunbathing. Hull Bay – As this bay is located on the North of the island, when there is a northern swell, it provides the best opportunity for surfing on the island. Coki Point - This is a great place for snorkeling but also has a dive shop and jet skis are availa ble for rent. As there are also other great beaches, your days enjoyment are taken care of, and in the evenings there are places like the Cruzan Beach Club at the Secret Harbour Resort, Emerald Beach Resort at Lindberg and Indigo Bar and Restaurant at Magens Point Resort that offer live entertainment, which usually includes steel pan, on different nights. For those that prefer to stay off the beaches there is a Butterfly Garden, Coral World Ocean Park and Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden.