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Frenchtown is an anchorage in St. Thomas – South Coast.

St. Thomas – South Coast is a charter location in St. Thomas, a yacht charter area in US Virgin Islands.

The anchorages on St. Thomas – South Coast:

Overview

Nestling comfortably in Charlotte Amalie is an attractive but old-fashioned settlement called Frenchtown. It is predominantly inhabited by non-native of the French Caribbean Island between 1800 and 1900. Over the years, the French groups maintained their fishing cultural distinctiveness, making it one of the best fish destinations in USVI.  Frenchtown is not all about fishing; their Heritage museum is a sight to behold, exquisite restaurants, bars, beaches, and so on awaits you in this quaint French settlement.

Navigation

Frenchtown is located in the west part of Charlotte Amalie and to the East of Altona. To arrive at Frenchtown, drive along the Waterfront by Veterans Drive to the west of town, after the Windward Passage Hotel, at the sign displaying direction towards Villa Olga.  When you are going through the Veteran Drive, the exquisite view could force you to come down from your car and walk. If you decide to walk instead, take the sidewalk through the harbor; and get ready for the mind-blowing view that awaits you while strolling through the sidewalk.

Where to Anchor:

The sailing location in Virgin Island offers reliable trade winds, bright weather, secured anchorage, stunning scenery, and a quick route that links different Islands. In the Frenchtown, the people operate docks by a Charter Organization, CYOA. The dinghy can be pulled in at the charter company for ten dollars daily ($10/day) from 8 am to 6 pm. There is also a mooring ball for visitors’ docks that goes for $50 per night. Shopping in Frenchtown is almost non-existence, but there are lots of excellent restaurants in the fish village.

Charlotte Amalie Harbor, Photo by Bethany_ Lee_ (Source: stthomassource)

General Information:

Frenchtown is a settlement of people from the French Caribbean. The quaint fish village is located on the edge of Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas. Though a predominantly fish community, it possesses exciting structures and rich culture that makes it a center of attraction. The village has historical monuments like the French Heritage museum, black beards castle, Legislature of the Virgin Islands, etc.  Apart from their fishing occupation, the people also weave straw bags and hats, sell pineapples and fruits, and create fish pots. They are crafty and creative people. Their ability to keep a delicate fishing design drifting is a marvel. Also, the natives are survivors who fashioned out an impressive survival skit when their boat capsizes. They have a lavish social style, tourist attraction, and low-key but enviable lifestyle that wrongly depict their frugal livelihood.

Frenchtown, Photo by Valeriesims (Source: Pinterest)

History and Culture

Saint Thomas, Water Island, Saint John, Hassel Island, and Saint Croix make up the USVI. You can find Charlotte-Amalie in Saint Thomas, and it is the capital of the USVI. Their way of life is a blend of Latino/Afro and American economic/socio interests. Frenchtown consists of groups of French offshoots from Saint Barthelemy that settled at the edges of Charlotte-Amalie during the mid-19th century. The people were primarily fishermen, but they engage in other crafts like bags and straw hats plaiting. They celebrate Bastille Day every July, a day filled with lots of fishing competitions, dinners, dancing, and family fun.

Old Town of Charlotte Amalie, Photo by H. Hansen (Source: Old print shop)

Beaches

Enjoy the Honeymoon Beach, Koki Beach at St. Thomas, Trunk Bay Beach at St. John’s Island, and Sapphire Beach at Frenchtown.

Place of Interest

There are loads of fun activities in Frenchtown like the water activities, day and tour trips, outdoor and adventure trips, boats, and cruises tours. For food lovers, enjoy the Caribbean food trip at Charlotte Amalie, sightseeing from St. Thomas, and many more.

Caribbean Beach, photo by Travel_ and _Leisure (source: Pinterest)

Places to Eat

Frenchtown has many eating locations like the Twisted Cork Café, Twistt340, etc. If you love Caribbean cuisine, Twistt340 offers the best. The dishes are put together with tasty sauces and delicately selected spices. Their cocktails are well prepared and combined with tropical fruits and juices.

Twisted Cork Café, Photo by Afar (Source Afar.com)

Places to Stay and more:

The Landmark Apartments is secured and perfect for group accommodation. If you change your mind at any time, feel free to cancel your booking. There is also the Bunker Hill Hotel, Historical Harbor View Villa, etc.

    Yachts available in Frenchtown

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    MIMBAW

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: BVI
    From $11,490/week
    4 cabins
    42 ft
    Lagoon
    7 guests
    Refit: 2010

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    VOYAGE 500

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: BVI
    From $13,778/week
    4 cabins
    50 ft
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    10 guests
    Built: 2008

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    Bavarian Bliss

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: TBC
    From $20,000/week
    4 cabins
    48 ft
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    8 guests
    Built: 2022

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    AURELIUS

    Captain Nationality: British
    Flag: Marshall Islands
    From $57,500/week
    3 cabins
    111 ft
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    6 guests
    Built: 2011

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    MAHASATTVA

    Captain Nationality: USA/Norway
    Flag: Caymen Islands
    From $42,200/week
    4 cabins
    62 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Built: 2019

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    FELIX

    Captain Nationality:
    Flag: USA
    From $24,000/week
    5 cabins
    52 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Built: 2015

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    9 reviews

    CALMA

    Captain Nationality: Spanish
    Flag: Spanish
    From $33,000/week
    5 cabins
    60 ft
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    10 guests
    Built: 2020

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    WILD ROSE

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    Flag: USA
    From $35,700/week
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    Built: 2022

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    VALHALLA

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    Flag: Marshall Islands
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    8 guests
    Built: 2016

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    4 cabins
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    Refit: 2019
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    Captain Nationality: American
    Flag: USA
    From $45,000/week
    4 cabins
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    8 guests
    Refit: 2019

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    8 reviews
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    TABULA RASA

    Captain Nationality: USA
    Flag: US
    From $19,000/week
    4 cabins
    57 ft
    Lagoon
    8 guests
    Refit: 2019

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    GET ALONG

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    From $34,300/week
    5 cabins
    57 ft
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    10 guests
    Built: 2021

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    MY TY

    Captain Nationality: South African
    Flag: USA
    From $52,000/week
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    From $42,000/week
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