Guest safety & health

Guests of St. Thomas vacation villas will find that the island is relatively safe and secure. Keeping these few health and security concerns in mind will help to ensure that your vacation is enjoyable and hassle-free.

As is true for any vacation destination, we recommend keeping your villa and your rental car locked. St. Thomas does have its fair share of robberies.

Avoid walking the streets of Charlotte Amalie alone at night, particularly Back Street. Other areas to avoid after dark are Yacht Haven and Havensight, and deserted non-resort beaches.

Driving on St. Thomas can be challenging, especially in the mountains. Stay alert, follow the speed limit, and drive carefully to avoid a trip to the hospital. Seatbelts are required for both front-seat passengers in the USVI (and recommended for all passengers).

Do not underestimate the power of the Caribbean sun – many a traveler has had his or her vacation spoiled by painful sunburns or sunstroke. Protect yourself with sunscreen and avoid the strong midday rays.

“No-see-’ems” (sand flies) normally live in the earth or sand, but can appear in the late afternoon or after heavy rains, particularly at certain beaches. Take a bottle of insect repellent in your car or beach bag. Insect repellent will also help with mosquitoes, which might come out after heavy rains or when the winds die down.

For major medical problems, contact the Schneider Regional Medical Center (340-776-8311). For minor medical issues, it’s best to avoid the St. Thomas hospital and the insurance hassles that may evolve. Instead, visit the local pharmacy in Charlotte Amalie or Red Hook.

For the police, ambulance, or in case of fire, call 911.

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