With so many incredible activities available at Secret Harbour Beach Resort, many of our guests enjoy a blissful island getaway without ever leaving the resort. However, we’re also perfectly placed for guests looking to experience the unique culture, historic sites, beaches, parks and coves of the Virgin Islands. From nearby St. Thomas attractions to the allure of St. John and the British Virgin Islands (passport required), we’ve created a few helpful guides for your next island adventure.
DUTY FREE SHOPPING IN RED HOOK
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.
Central St. Thomas | Capital of U.S. Virgin Islands
As the largest city in the V.I. and the most visited cruise ship harbor in the Caribbean, Charlotte Amalie is a hub of activity and only eight miles from the resort. The picturesque town and harbor feature historic, Danish buildings that house local merchants offering everything from the finest jewelry, watches and artwork to cameras, china, crystal, alcohol and handcrafted items. Visitors enjoy duty-free shopping, elegant dining, and exciting nightlife. Established as a Danish colony in 1672, history buffs can explore the storied past of Charlotte Amalie from the cobblestones of Main Street to the many museums, 17th century architecture, and array of designated historic landmarks.
CAS CAY & MANGROVE LAGOON
Red Hook | Hours: Daytime, Sunset, Evening Tours
St. Thomas’ Mangrove Lagoon is an unspoiled region of clear-blue waterways lined by a forest of coral-fringed mangrove trees. Just off the coast is Cas Cay, a tiny, uninhabited island within kayaking distance from the marina.
Perfect for the adventure traveler seeking an off-the-grid experience, this 15-acre island comes complete with hiking trails, tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and a rare geological blowhole. Visitors can rent kayaks, standup paddleboards, and snorkel gear from the Mangrove Lagoon location.
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, fishponds, aviaries, and of course, lush tropical orchids, plants, and fruit trees.
CORAL WORLD OCEAN PARK
Coki Point | Hours: 9am – 4pm On Open Days| View Calendar
Located adjacent to Coki Beach on the east end of St. Thomas, this 5-acre, kid-friendly attraction features an indoor-outdoor aquarium filled with Caribbean marine life. Hands-on exhibits allow visitors to interact with rescued sea turtles, feed sea lions, swim with tropical fish, and experience the thrill of exploring a coral reef. You can also take the Sea Trek Helmet Dive on a guided walk along an underwater trail.
PHANTASEA TROPICAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
Near Charlotte Amalie | Hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Phantasea is a serene tropical oasis filled with thousands of orchids, bromeliads, lilies, palms, and other native flora that bloom beneath a forested canopy of tropical trees. This naturally air-conditioned eco-attraction is a must-see for nature lovers, and features winding pathways with benches, gazebos, and interpretative signs with plant names and other fun facts. Butterflies and hummingbirds fly throughout the garden, and parrots, tortoises, and peacocks live there, too.
MAGEN’S BAY BEACH
North Coast | Admission is $4 per person
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.
St Thomas has a wonderfully diverse religious community and is home to many buildings of historical significance. Houses of worship with historical significance include Cathedral Church of All Saints, built in 1848; Frederick Lutheran Church, built in 1793; St. Thomas Reformed Church (oldest congregation in the USVI), established around 1660; and St. Thomas Synagogue (one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere) opened in 1833.
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