St. Thomas, with its beautiful, commodious harbour and strategic position in the Caribbean, has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
In March of 1912, one visitor was so impressed with her experiences on the island, that she wrote a letter to the local newspaper.
Mrs. McDonald and her family were traveling on the Victoria Louise, bound from New York to St. Thomas.
Below are a few extracts from her glowing letter.
“The ocean trip on the way home was perfect!
When I returned, the biting winds were all striking contrasts to the warm atmosphere and luxuriant vegetation we recently enjoyed in St. Thomas.
Convenient Location & Ideal Climate
The location and climate of St. Thomas entitle it to a large share of the patronage of those who desire a quiet place in a tropical climate to spend the winter.
Neither too hot, nor too cold, its climate is most inviting!
Added to the advantages of convenient location and ideal climate, are the natural beauties in and around St. Thomas.
Its blue, landlocked bay, in which the water changes its hues, blending with the ever changing hues of sun and sky, make pictures of loveliness.
Its waiving palms, gracefully outlined against the towering hills, its profusion of flowers and plants, numerous in variety and color, all have a part in the natural attractions of the place.
But the greatest attraction of St. Thomas is not its natural beauties.
“The greatest charms of St. Thomas is the cordiality and courtesy of its people.”
3 Captivating Qualities about St. Thomas
According to Mrs. McDonald, the three most captivating qualities about St. Thomas, that will win over any stranger that visits, are:
- the warm atmosphere
- the luxuriant vegetation, and above all else,
- the friendliness of its people.