Caribbean Snapshots: Red Hook, St. Thomas

Drop anchor, catch a ferry or join the nightly celebration at this island port


Located on the eastern end of St. Thomas, miles from the cruise ship chaos of Charlotte Amalie, the settlement of Red Hook is a quieter take on this Caribbean port. The protected harbor is a favorite stopover for sailors, and also the jumping off point for ferryboat service to the island of St. John and the British Virgins.

Clustered around the ferry landing are a smattering of island-style bars and eateries. During the day, the comings and goings of ferry passengers set the tone, but come evening, the waterfront scene heats up as cruisers come ashore from anchored boats to join in nightly celebrations that often move from one waterfront tavern to the next.