The second largest of the US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas is well-known as a regular stop on Caribbean cruises, where sunburned passengers can while away an afternoon browsing duty-free shops in the town of Charlotte Amalie or sunning themselves on the beach at the world-famous Magens Bay.
However, just off the beaten path — around 15 minutes from the cruise ship docks and downtown bustle — more adventurous travelers will find the the relatively undiscovered Peterborg Peninsula, which wraps around the northern side of Magens Bay.
Even the villas located at the far end of the peninsula are just a short drive from the beach at Magens Bay, where you can easily spend a full day taking advantage of the on-site cafe, picnic tables, and watersports rentals. And no trip to Magens Bay would be complete without a stop at Famous Delite (formerly Udder Delite): The roadside stand is famous around the island for its creamy, frosty alcoholic and non-alcoholic milkshakes.
For a more private experience, take a short stroll from your villa to either Platform Beach or Little Magens Bay Beach. Both of these “pocket beaches,” as they are known in the Virgin Islands, boast crystal-clear waters and feel like your own special piece of paradise.
Not in the mood for the beach? No worries — the championship-caliber Mahogany Run Golf Course is about five minutes away.
Peterborg is located just minutes from some of St. Thomas’ best restaurants, including the Old Stone Farmhouse. Originally a stable belonging to an 18th-century Danish sugar plantation, today the Old Stone Farmhouse is one of the island’s most charming and romantic restaurants, with stone walls, original hardwood floors, and a delightful palm-lined courtyard. Guests are even invited to meet the chef and select their meat and fish in the restaurant’s immaculate kitchen.
For a more casual experience, don’t miss Simply Italian, located near the intersection of Peterborg Road and Magens Bay Road. The restaurant is popular for its Sunday brunch, as well as its fresh, authentic Italian dishes. Those in need of a caffeine fix should check out the Cup and Cork, a delightful coffee shop/deli combo that whips up the best iced mocha on the island.
Finally, you may find that you prefer staying at your villa, where you can whip up a delicious meal and pour the wine freely while enjoying unparalleled views of the ocean.
Major airlines offer regular flights to St. Thomas via Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, and Washington. If you are planning to visit or stay in Peterborg, you’ll need to rent a car … and don’t forget, in St. Thomas you drive on the left side of the road!
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Magens Bay seen from Mountain Top, St. Thomas (A. Davis)