Nearby And Off Islands
In addition to ample on-site opportunities for a fun and relaxing Saint Thomas vacation, Secret Harbour offers convenient access to numerous cultural sites and duty-free shopping areas, marine sanctuaries and activities around St Thomas and St John. Our knowledgeable concierge team is also available to help guide your Virgin Island explorations, including suggested itineraries, schedules for the ferry to St. John and transportation arrangements.
St. Thomas USVI Activities
Duty Free Shopping in Charlotte Amalie & Red Hook
Saint Thomas is home to world-class duty free shopping, much of it found in the town center of Charlotte Amalie. This is the hub of activity where cruise ships arrive in port and the Seaplane arrives and departs in the bay. Charlotte Amalie is located just eight miles from the resort. The picturesque town and harbor features historic Danish buildings that house local merchants offering everything from the finest jewelry, watches and artwork to cameras, china, crystal, alcohol and handcrafted items. Other popular Charlotte Amalie attractions include the city's art galleries and an historic synagogue.
The village of Red Hook located only a mile from the resort features many dining and bar options as well as duty-free shopping in a marina setting. The town overlooks Pillsbury Sound and has a full complement of gourmet grocery stores, boutiques, pharmacy, clinic and other primary services. Other popular St. Thomas shopping destinations include the Havensight Mall and the upscale Yacht Haven Grande.
Mahogany Run Golf Course
Mahogany Run Golf Course is the island's only 18-hole championship golf course, and is located just 15 minutes from the resort. Golf Digest proclaimed the course an engineering marvel, as it had to be carved and blasted into an area of land less than 110 acres. Designed by George and Tom Fazio, Mahogany Run culminates in the spectacular "Devil's Triangle," the world renowned signature trio of the 13th, 14th and 15th holes on the Atlantic Ocean.
Lush botanical gardens pair with the West Indian architecture of the Greathouse on this 150-acre plantation occupying the volcanic peaks of St. Thomas. Guests at the St. Peter Mountain Greathouse & Botanical Gardens are invited to explore the ground’s streaming waterfalls, fish ponds, aviaries, and of course, lush tropical orchids, plants, and fruit trees.
This unique aquarium park features a variety of aquatic encounters, from sea lions to sponges. The Caribbean Reef gives you a close up view of life on a coral reef with sea anemones, sponges and conch. The Deep Reef Tank showcases predators such as sharks and eels. A glass underwater walkway takes visitors deep into the sea, and aquatic "petting zoos" are a favorite with children.
Magen’s Bay (St. Thomas)
This north coast beach may be the most celebrated location on Saint Thomas. Known for its incredibly photogenic and swimmable waters, Magen’s Bay is a tourist favorite, so guests looking for a bit of privacy should try to visit in the early morning or late afternoon. Admission is $4 per person.
St. John USVI Activities
Passenger Ferry to the US Virgin Island of St. John
Guests wishing to explore the neighboring island of St. John can hop on the ferry from Red Hook located just one mile from the resort ($5 each way), and reach Cruz Bay on St. John in approximately 20 minutes. Home to the Virgin Islands National Park
, which makes up two thirds of the island, visitors to St. John can enjoy a jeep safari, go for a hike, visit the island's specialty shops, or simply enjoy the world-renowned beaches of Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay.
The Annaberg Ruins (St. John)
In its heyday, the Annaberg Plantation produced sugar, molasses and rum. Now, if you swing by this ruined (but partially restored) plantation and mill, you can learn about sugar production in the 18th and 19th centuries. And depending on the day, participate in a demonstration on basket weaving or bread baking. Down the hill from Annaberg is Leinster Bay, a perfect spot for some impromptu beachcombing.
The Annaberg Historic District, which includes the plantation, is run by the Virgin Islands National Park service. The Cruz Bay Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and rangers lead tours throughout the day.
Trunk Bay is considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Known for its soft white sands and aquamarine waters, Trunk Bay is protected by the Virgin Islands National Park and features the Underwater Trail, a snorkeling path of coral and fish with underwater plaques that guide you along the way. Trunk Bay's water is calm enough for even young or inexperienced snorkelers. Admission to Trunk Bay is $4 per person and the park closes every day at 4 p.m.
British Virgin Island (BVI) Activities – valid passport required. Please talk with our concierge team at Aqua Action for travel arrangements.
The Baths (Virgin Gorda)
This popular beach area is located about 1.2 miles south of Spanish Town on the southern tip of Virgin Gorda Island between Spring Bay and Devil’s Bay. The Baths feature unique geological formations that showcase the area’s volcanic origins, where deposited granite eroded into the boulders you’ll see on the beach. Combined with the force of the waves, these boulders have been reshaped into natural tide pools, tunnels and arches ideal for snorkeling. You can explore these stunning formations on one of Secret Harbour’s diving excursions
Cane Garden Bay
The center of activity in the BVI is on Tortola, and there, the center of activity is Cane Garden Bay. You'll spend the day at this northwestern beach enjoying the great food (be sure to order an actual "Cheeseburger in Paradise" from Stanley's, renting a day sail or snorkeling around the beach's western edge. At night, Cane Garden Bay doubles as a dance club, as live music wafts from area bars like Quito's Gazebo, Elm or Myett's. Cane Garden Bay is free at all times of day, any day of the week.
White Bay (Jost Van Dyke)
The White Bay on Jost Van Dyke is a half-mile stretch of white sand beach perfect for enjoying with a tropical drink in your hand. Convenient to Great Harbour, White Bay is almost always jumping with activity, especially at local bars like the Soggy Dollar or One Love.