Last Updated on March 30, 2024

Are the beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands calling your name? I don’t blame you—they’ve called mine too!

USVI has plenty to attract with white sands, turquoise waters, fun activities, old forts, a history of pirates, and coral reefs to explore.

But traveling to any unfamiliar place brings insecurities with it. You might be wondering: Is St Thomas safe?

The answer is yes. St. Thomas is a reasonably safe destination.

In fact, 1.6 million cruise ship passengers traveled through this popular tourist destination in 2022.

It’s a safe bet that even more went in 2023–not to mention the thousands of people who flew into the airport.

Based on the sheer number of people who visit, it’s fair to say it’s a pretty safe place. Most tourists have a good experience.

Of course, nowhere is risk-free.

Virgin Island St Thomas harbor view with buildings and mountains

St Thomas suffers from a high crime rate which includes petty crimes, property crimes, sexual assaults, and drug-related offenses.

Some areas of the island are safer than others, and it’s best to avoid walking around after dark.

Solo and female travelers should implement additional safety measures, which I’ll go into later.

Hurricane season on the Caribbean islands can cause weather-related issues, too.

But all of that doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing vacation in St. Thomas.

Let’s examine the island’s safety concerns in more detail so you can make an informed choice.

If your decision is “I’m absolutely going!” don’t miss the necessary precautions mentioned in the safety tips section.



Frenchmans Bay beach scene in St Thomas USVI



tourist family walking on the street in St Thomas

Mitigate these safety concerns by:

  • Choosing lodging with security, preferably where other guests are present, as opposed to an isolated vacation rental.

  • Joining guided group tours. This way, you can meet other travelers while safely seeing the sights.

  • Giving a family member or friend your itinerary and lodging details and checking in with them regularly.

  • Avoiding unsafe areas when you’re alone, especially after dark.

  • Never accept drinks from a stranger or leave your food or beverages unattended.

  • Choosing reputable transportation and tours.

  • Signing up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

Experience the best adventure in St Thomas with this top-rated tour! 👉 Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure at Little Buck Island St. Thomas ⛵️





beach scene in Magens Bay, St Thomas, USVI



Want to witness the beauty of St Thomas from above? Check out this Parasail Experience in St Thomas! 





cruise ship leaving St Thomas in US Virgin Islands



Beach scene at Frenchmans Bay, St Thomas USVI

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Sunset over Charlotte Amalie St Thomas with view over town and yachts in the bay



Scenic Caribbean Sapphire Beach on Saint Thomas Island near Charlotte Amalie Bay


End your day on a scenic sunset cruise and dinner! Book the Sunset & Harbor Lights Dinners Sail from the Marriott’s Frenchman’s Cove! 🌅



Sunset over Charlotte Amalie St Thomas with view over town and yachts in the bay



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Top Tours in St. Thomas

Turtle Cove Catamaran Snorkel & Sail Adventure (The best snorkel and catamaran tour)

Parasail Experience in St Thomas (1-hour parasailing activity)

Snorkel Cat All Inclusive Adventure (Top-rated snorkeling tour)

Sunset & Harbor Lights Dinner Sail (The best sunset catamaran cruise)

St Thomas Mangrove Lagoon and Kayak & Snorkel Tour (top-rated snorkel & kayak tour)

Top Rated Hotels & Accommodations

The Green Iguana Hotel (Charlotte Amalie)

Sapphire del Mar B-106 (Beachfront St Thomas Accommodation)

Ocean and Magens Bay View @ Northstar Escape (Magens Bay)

The Mafolie Hotel (Mafolie US Virgin Islands)

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