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Last Updated on April 4, 2021

Longing for a tropical getaway? Look no further: known as America’s paradise, the U.S. Virgin Islands are a haven for beach lovers, history buffs, and adventure seekers. Get advice on the best VRBO & Airbnb St. Thomas stays for a much-needed boost of beach bliss.

St. Thomas, the most-developed and second largest of the US Virgin Islands, is a popular gateway to the Caribbean.  But travelers who choose to spend longer here will discover a tropical haven with white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, and colonial history. 

Adding to these charms, US citizens can travel here without a passport. So whether you’re looking to relax and disconnect, or recharge with adventurous activities, St. Thomas is a perfect getaway for 2021. And if you really want an escape, don’t miss my tips on Virgin Islands sailing charters and Airbnb St. John stays.

In this guide I’ll share hidden gems that offer romantic beach views with a side of relaxation and fantastic home bases close to favorite St. Thomas sights. Whether you’re headed to St. Thomas with someone special or looking to get a large group together, these unique vacation rental St. Thomas properties will make for an unforgettable vacation.

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VRBO & Airbnb St. Thomas Best Picks

In need of a tropical vacation? Book a stay in one of these St. Thomas Airbnb vacation rentals today. My handpicked favorites at all price points later in this guide.


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In this Guide to the Best St. Thomas VRBO & Airbnbs Stays

St. Thomas Sights | Stays for 1-4 Guests | Stays for 5 + Guests | More St. Thomas Stays | Getting to St. Thomas


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Things to Do In Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The capital of St. Thomas, the picturesque Charlotte Amalie, is also its only major town. Here you can wander the narrow streets to see colonial homes built in Danish, Dutch, French and Spanish style, many of which now hold shops and cafes. Climb an 18th-century staircase known as the 99 Steps, made of bricks used as ship ballast near Blackbeard’s Castle. Explore Fort Christian, built in the 1600s as a Danish stronghold.

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Sapphire Bay, St. Thomas

At the Pirates Treasure Shipwreck Museum, see rare coins, ancient weapons, and gold and silver bars. Check out local flora at the Phantasea Botanical Garden, home to more than 1,000 orchids, hundreds of bromeliads, heliconias and palms.

Beyond the capital, scenic roads wind through green hills, providing glimpses of gorgeous coasts. Visit Frenchtown, a village known for its nightlife, restaurants, and Creole-speaking residents. Take a scenic cable car ride from Havensight to Paradise Point for views of Charlotte Amalie Harbor.

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St. Thomas Beaches

The St. Thomas coastline includes more than 40 beaches, all within a 25-minute drive from Charlotte Amalie. Relax at popular Magens Bay or the lively resorts of Lindberg Bay. Go fishing, sailing and scuba diving at Red Hook, and try out watersports like snorkeling and windsurfing at Sapphire Beach.

Coral World Ocean Park is a 5-acre park features a trek through an underwater coral reef and snuba tours, as well as shark, stingray, and sea turtle encounters.

Magens Bay - St. Thomas USVI
Magens Bay, St. Thomas

St. Thomas Shopping

The area is famous for discounted and tax-free shopping, too. The streets of Charlotte Amalie are lined with clothing, electronics, and jewelry shops, in particular Dronningens Gade (Main Street) and Vendors Plaza. More shops and malls can be found at the main ports, Crown Bay and Havensight.


Day Trip to St. John or the British Virgin Islands

A short ferry ride from both Charlotte Amalie and Red Hook, the neighboring islands of St. John is more than 2/3 national parkland. After exploring the quaint village at Cruz Bay, take an open-air taxi to the beach at Trunk Bay, which consistently ranks as one of the world’s most beautiful waterfront spots. Or take a boat tour to see the best sights of St. John and the British Virgin Islands.


VRBO & Airbnb St. Thomas Stays for 1-4 Guests

These St. Thomas Airbnbs are perfect for solo travelers, couples, a small family or friends. I’ve given each has a rating from $ to $$$$$ to indicate its price range, from budget to luxury stays.


Sophisticated Sapphire Beach Condo

$ · 4 guests · Studio · 2 beds · 1 bath · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pools

Sophisticated Sapphire Beach Condo - living dining
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Awaken every day to spectacular views of Sapphire Beach and its turquoise waters in this sophisticated, modern condo. The studio has a queen bed plus a sofa bed, a full kitchen, and living space with a 65″ Smart TV with Netflix access.

Swim in one of the 2 pools on the property or snorkel the reef located directly off the beach. The property also has two restaurants, a beach bar, coffee shop, and deli. This is a stylish value stay with extra amenities and great reviews, with no need for a car to get around.

Recent guest review: Emily’s place is the perfect accommodation for a trip to St Thomas. The location is perfect just minutes walk from the stunning Sapphire Beach. To get further around the island, the buzzing town of Red Hook is just 20 mins walk away, or a few minutes drive by the many taxi companies that can take you there. For the more adventurous, ride the “dollar taxi” which stops outside the complex and can take you around most of the island. The place itself is crystal clean with stunning views of the water. Do not hesitate to book this apartment – it’s perfect for a high value stay in paradise!


Sea La Vie | St. Thomas Rental With Private Pool

$ · 2 guests · 1 bedroom · 1 bed · 1 bath · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Private Pool

Sea La Vie Condo with Private Pool - patio
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This cozy condo with a private patio and pool is located close to Red Hook, the bustling marina in St. Thomas’s East End with shops, restaurants, and activities. It’s also a quick 5-minute stroll to beautiful Sapphire Beach for beach bars, snorkeling, and lounging in private chairs there. Snorkeling equipment is provided.

With a full kitchen, you’ll have the option to cook some meals in and dine next to the pool. There’s also a living room with TV and indoor dining space, a garden shower, and elegant island vibes throughout.

Recent guest feedback: Close to Sapphire Beach, comfy bed, cool outdoor shower, and private patio and pool.


Villa Latitudes Waterfront Condo | VRBO St. Thomas USVI Rental

$ · 4 guests · Studio · 2 beds · 1 bath · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pool

Villa Latitudes - Waterfront Point Pleasant USVI - balcony
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Never underestimate a vacation spot with potential for spectacular breakfast views! This bright studio overlooks Pineapple Beach, St. John, and the British Virgin Islands, with ocean vistas that can be seen from every angle inside.

This space accommodates 4 guests with a queen bed and sofa bed. It includes a fully equipped kitchen, Flat screen TV with cable, iPod compatible radio, and in-room safe. There is complimentary WiFi in the villa as well as around the resort’s common areas.

Located at the Point Pleasant Resort, this Airbnb is close enough to the town of Red Hook for dining and shopping but also far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. The resort features a waterfront restaurant and beach.

Recent guest feedback: Responsive host, easy check in, steps to beach and restaurants.


2 Bedroom Condo at Wyndham Margaritaville | St Thomas Airbnb

$$ · 4 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pools

2 Bedroom Condo - Wyndham Margaritaville St Thomas - amenities
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Relax in effortless style in this condo located at Wyndham Destinations’ Margaritaville resort. Guests here have access to all resort amenities including pools, concierge services, beach access, shuttle service, bars and restaurant, and more! The space has two bedrooms, two baths, a fully equipped kitchen, private living and dining rooms, and balcony with ocean views.

This condo has plenty of room for couples, friends, or a family. It has two queen beds plus a sofa bed, with the additional option of a pack-n-play. With so many amenities, this is a great mid-range option for a St. Thomas getaway!

Recent guest feedback: Great location, right on the sand.


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VRBO & Airbnb St. Thomas Virgin Islands Stays for 5+ Guests

Need a getaway for a group? These St. Thomas vacation rentals will provide an amazing escape for family vacations, bachelorette trips, and groups of friends. I’ve given each has a rating from $ to $$$$$ to indicate its price range, from budget to luxury stays.


East End St. Thomas Vacation Rental Condo

$$ · 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 2 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pool

East End St. Thomas Airbnb Condo - beach aerial
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This cheery condo located just 200 feet from Cowpet Beach has space for up to 6 guests in its two bedrooms and two baths. With a full kitchen, living and dining spaces, washer and dryer, and balcony with ocean views, it’s a great space for a family or friends getaway.

The rental is located at a resort with a restaurant, pool, and hot tub. The host offers assistance with local tips as well as arranging local experiences.

Recent guest feedback: Steps to a great swimming beach, personalized service, convenient to beach club for restaurant and bar, perfect view and breezes.


Ritz Carlton Residence Club St. Thomas Vacation Rental

$$$ · 6 guests · 2 bedrooms · 3 beds · 2 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pool

Located on the eastern shore of St. Thomas, the Ritz-Carlton Club has more than 30 acres of beautiful gardens, pools, and amenities for your stay. The two bedroom unit has a full kitchen, two bedrooms with en suite baths, and shared living space. It’s located on the second floor with gorgeous views and a balcony facing the ocean.

Recent guest feedback: Great property and location.


2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite at Family Vacation Resort

$$$$ · 8 guests · 3 bedrooms · 3 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Pool

2 Bedroom Condo - Margaritaville St Thomas - beach
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Located on Water Bay at the eastern end of St. Thomas, this beachside Airbnb is located in the Margaritaville resort. It has access to all the resort amenities, including pool, hot tub, concierge services, bars and restaurant, and more! The space has two bedrooms, two baths, a fully equipped kitchen, private living and dining rooms, and balcony with ocean views.

Recent guest feedback: Friendly staff, great pool, delicious restaurant, spacious rooms. Walking distance to a beautiful beach.


Villa Pallina Estate With Stunning Magens Bay View

$$$$ · 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 5 beds · 3.5 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Private Pool

Villa Pallina Estate with Magens Bay View - Airbnb St. Thomas
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This Caribbean luxury villa has spectacular views of the sea and nearby Magen’s Bay Beach. Pallina features a pool and spa, and has space for ten in its four spacious bedrooms and common areas. Pallina has everyting you need for a true luxury getaway: fully-equipped kitchen, wine fridge, formal dining area for 10, and casual outdoor dining areas on the terraces.

This Airbnb has three bedrooms in the main house and one queen bedroom in a lower apartment, with a private entrance and direct pool access. An extra king bed in the lower apartment makes it a great space for a family with small children.

This is a glam getaway, sure to impress your group and provide a comfortable yet elegant setting for your vacation.

Recent guest review: House is gorgeous! The list of great things about the house is never ending. Views are amazing, unobstructed views of the ocean from nearly every part of the house. Very well stocked with appliances / utensils / pool items etc. Pool area is beautiful and great to hang out in. The house even has 3 different “dining tables” large enough for a group. Best part of our stay was the hospitality we received. Couldn’t have asked for a better host!


Cannon Cliffs | Luxury Villa With Mesmerizing Vistas

$$$$$ · 10 guests · 4 bedrooms · 4 beds · 5 baths · WiFi · AC · Kitchen · Private Pool

St Thomas VRBO Cannon Cliffs
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This luxury villa will let your group relax in effortless elegance. From your first views of the pool and breathtaking view to the high-end finishes and sophisticated furnishings, this villa provides a world-class backdrop for your vacation.

Recent guest feedback: Amazing views, well-appointed kitchen, perfect for families and couples. 5-star property and service.


More St. Thomas Vacation Stays

Whether you want a luxury condo with resort amenities or an adventure basecamp in a an elegant home, St. Thomas offers all that plus a spectacular setting.



Getting to the Virgin Islands

St. Thomas is served by Cyril E. King Airport (STT).  At the airport, exit to find a taxi stand outside.  Taxis are priced per person based on your destination.  Many run like a shuttle, in a large van with other travelers.  Get an idea of rates and destinations here.

If you’d like to prebook a private transfer, here are some options with online ratings and booking:


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