St. Thomas has been the epitome of busy virgin island life since colonial times. With the USVI capital, Charlotte Amalie, on its territory the place boasts the charm of a secluded island and the zest of a fast-paced city. And it all happens to the beat of a Caribbean drum. Beaming with colorful markets displaying everything from purses to plantains, the town is the ideal stop for visitors looking for souvenirs or a taste of local produce.
Some think this part of the island is a crowded tourist trap. Others believe it's not entirely safe. I decided to take a closer look and judge for myself. My conclusion? St. Thomas' capital is as charming as they come. It's a high-octane Caribbean town displaying the true vibrancy of the Caribbean. Keep your eyes glued to the surroundings or you will miss the beauty that lies behind the chaos.