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Welcome to Charlotte Amalie on the Paradise Islands website. Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the largest US Virgin Island of St Thomas. The town is he main port and duty free shopping centre with a population of around 20,000. The town is named after a Danish Queen of Hesse-Kassel (1650 to 1714) who was the consort to King Christian V of Denmark.

Charlotte Amalie


Charlotte Amalie is one of the most popular ports of call for almost all of the cruise ships operating in the Caribbean; as well a visitors arriving by air at the Cyril E King Airport. The airport acts as a hub for all of the Islands, including the BVI, with connecting flights to various US cities and around the world.

99 Steps Charlotte Amalie

Percy's Bus Stop Charlotte Amalie

The 99 Steps (actually 103 steps)

Percy's Bus Stop


Lutheran Church Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie Street Scene

Lutheran Church

Main Street

Charlotte Amalie is a very busy working cruise port; sometimes having as many as three massive cruise ships docked at any one time. Around 1,500,000 cruise passengers visit St Thomas every year; most arriving from nearby San Juan in Puerto Rico or from Miami.

The old town has the best duty free shopping opportunities in the Virgin Islands on the busy main street which full of quaint stores, together with the colourful harbour front area which is lined with old Danish buildings.

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas

Charlotte Amalie St Thomas sights of interest:

Downtown shopping. Main Street, the harbour front and quaint narrow alleys full of boutiques; best explored on foot. The town can get busy when many cruise ships are in dock.

Fort Christian. A Danish fort built in 1666; now a museum. It's claim to fame is now the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands.

Lutheran Church. Built by the Danes in 1793.

99 Steps: Actually 103 steps in total. Built in the mid 1700's using bricks brought in the hulls of Danish ships which were used as ballast.

Paradise Point: Take the Skyride to the top for stunning views of the port and old town (top photo).

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