Tips on St. Thomas Warnings or Dangers – Stay Safe!

St. Thomas Warnings and Dangers

St. Thomas is a small but popular vacation spot in the US Virgin Islands. Make sure that your trip to St. Thomas is a safe one by familiarizing yourself with the hazards you may come across in the area.


Visitors to St. Thomas should be very cautious of traffic. Drivers in St. Thomas drive on the lefthand side of the road instead of driving on the righthand side as is typical for other US locations. However, the cars used in St. Thomas are mostly North American cars used for driving on the righthand side of the road. This can make driving confusing even for people who are accustomed to driving on the left.

The streets in St. Thomas can be narrow and compact, and many of the drivers are tourists driving rental cars who may not be familiar with their car, the local roads, or the traffic customs. This can result in a situation that is very dangerous for pedestrians. Use extreme caution when crossing the road, and remember that the traffic may not be coming from the direction you would normally expect.


St. Thomas is a popular shopping destination, so it can also attract thieves looking to snatch high-end items. Exit stores through the front doors and stick to populated areas when carrying shopping bags. Put purchases inside a plain bag instead of one that identifies the store, especially when shopping in jewelry stores and other stores that sell high-end items.

Don’t flash cash or expensive items around on the street – keep them out of sight. If you’re going to leave bags in your car, lock them up in the trunk instead of leaving them where they can be seen.

Using caution and understanding the dangers of the area can help keep you safe during your stay in St. Thomas.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in St. Thomas.

By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

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