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Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas 00802, USVI
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Charlotte Amalie: The Heart of the USVI Charlotte Amalie  United States Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie: The Heart of the USVI

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.

Image © Melissa Alvarado Sierra