has an abundance of protected anchorages and pristine turquoise waters, making it one of the most popular yacht chartering destinations in the world. The island is 33 square miles in size, and lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Lush tropical foliage and winding roads circling the mountains give way to spectacular island views. National Geographic Magazine reported it to have one of the most beautiful beaches in the world; while another part of the island looks much like the French countryside. When you visit the city, be sure to look for the view from the Mountain Top, facing Sir Francis Drake Passage – one of the most scenic sailing areas in the world. You can cruise down Drake’s Passage to Virgin Gorda and its remarkable “baths,” which aren’t really baths, but a series of stone grottoes and clear pools formed by gigantic sea-washed boulders. Charlotte Amalie is the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. White and pastel colored houses dot the emerald hillsides behind the harbor, and down winding streets is a world-famous shopping center. St. Thomas offers the largest yacht charter fleet in the world, plus sports such as fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, golf, tennis, horseback riding and hiking. There are fine hotels and restaurants with international cuisine, botanical gardens, art galleries and museums. Sit back an relax with a tropical drink made with Virgin Islands rum, soak up the Caribbean sun – you’re in St. Thomas, the jewel of the Caribbean.