Ferreting out the best off-the-beaten path activities in St. Thomas is not easy, because the island is a mecca for mainstream pursuits such as shopping, dining, and lazing on the beach. However, there are a few out-of-the way places and activities that are almost hiding in plain view; if you find them, it'll only enhance your island experience.
For example, visitors to Magens Bay beach usually drive right past the Udder Delite Dairy (next to the St. Thomas Dairy) because of its nondescript appearance and blink-and-you'll miss it location on route 35. But if you find it, you'll be tickled by the liquor-spiked ice cream shakes in creative flavors such as Eskimo Sip and Jamoko.
And shoppers on Main Street in Charlotte Amalie often wander right past the Camille Pissarro Gallery - the museum highlighting one of St. Thomas's most famous sons. The Impressionist master may have gained fame in Paris, but he was born right in the building housing the gallery.
Frenchtown is a popular neighborhood for nightlife, but few realize that its name alludes to its unique French heritage. A visit to the tiny but impressive Frenchtown Heritage Museum will open your eyes to the history all around you.
There are also a few novel outdoor activities for those who are tired of the usual snorkeling and hiking. You could jet off on an underwater scooter called B.O.S.S. (no swimming experience required), or spend an afternoon kayaking through the mangroves of the south shore with Virgin Islands Ecotours.
14 Main St
Caribbean Cultural Centre
(Mail) Box 18, Suite 310
168 Crown Bay