Ferreting out the 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 Magen's Bay beach usually drive right past the Udder Delite Dairy Bar (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 Jamocho.
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 watersports activities for those who are tired of the usual snorkeling and SCUBA diving. You could try "snuba" diving (an alternative to SCUBA involving a mask hooked up to a hose that supplies continuous oxygen from the surface) at Coral World, or jet off on an underwater scooter called B.O.S.S.
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