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Introducing St Thomas

Most visitors arrive at the US Virgin Islands via St Thomas, and the place knows how to strike a first impression. Jungly cliffs poke high in the sky, red-hipped roofs blossom over the hills, and all around the turquoise, yacht-dotted sea laps. St Thomas is the most commercialized of the Virgins, with several cruise ships bellowing into port daily and big resorts spread all along its perimeter. But this is also a fine island to sharpen your knife and fork. Curried meats and hot-spiced callaloo soup fill local tables. Beaches pretty enough to star in Hollywood movies beckon. And opportunities for surfing, kayaking through mangrove lagoons and getting face-to-face with sea turtles pop up, too.