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Our next port of call was at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. Virgin Islands consist of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and many other minor islands.

  

A local guide drove us into the hills along the winding roads for views over Charlotte Amalie and the outlying islands.
 

The port of Charlotte Amalie is popular with cruise ships. There were 6 ships in port that day, almost doubling the population of the island.
 

From the summit of St. Peter Mountain we could view other islands including Tortola, St. John and St. Croix.

Historic downtown Charlotte Amalie had a fort, legislative buildings and churches dating to the Danish colonial 1800s. Most buildings are restored warehouses which now mainly sell jewellery and other tourist items.

Stories state that Bluebeard's Castle, now incorporated into a hotel, was built by the pirate Bluebeard. The Danes actually built the stone tower around 1689 as a supplementary watchtower of Fort Christian.
 

Throughout Charlotte Amalie there are glimpses of its culture, with its historic laneways, Fort Christian, St. Thomas Reformed Church, St. Thomas Synagogue, and Emancipation Garden.
 

In a back street plaza we observed fishermen selling their catch from the backs of their trucks.

 

A secondary submarine port now serves as a hub for cruise passengers with restaurants, kiosks and shops.

St. Thomas has over 40 public beaches, the most popular being Magens Bay.

We preferred Emerald Beach, where we could watch the schooners and yachts.