The U.S. Virgin Islands is a very popular tourist stop in the Caribbean.The islands offer a vast variety of character on each island. We had the opportunity to spend the day exploring the views of St. Thomas during one of our port calls on our Christmas cruise.
Due to weather, our day of snorkeling and diving was canceled so we opted to take a driving tour around the island to see some of the best sites of “Rock City”, as it is known by many locals.
Our first stop was to Beacon Point, which is situated on the eastern end of Skyline Drive. This view offers a view of Charlotte Amalie and Magens Bay.
Skyline Drive Overlook
On your way to this overlook from Beacon Point, keep your camera handy because each turn offers a different view. Skyline Driver Overlook offers beautiful panoramic views of Charlotte Amalie, Hassel Island and Water Island.
Montain Top, our third location, is the highest point on St. Thomas, situated ove 1,500 feet above Magens Bay. This first major tourist attraction on the island offers views (on a clear day) of St. John, St. Croix and the British Virgin Islands, and it is also home to the world famous banana daquiri, so be sure to grab one before you head out on to the deck for outstanding views!
Our last stop was Magens Bay, one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island as well as a gathering place for locals. This beach is three quarters of a mile long and is stiuated at the head of a deep bay. It is a little slice of paradise.
A couple of suggestions for your next visit to U.S. Virgin Islands:
- I recommend grabbing a taxi or renting a car and exploring the island. The island is 31 square miles so it’s easy to get around. Note: USVI drives on the left side of the road.
- We found that a lot of the island closes its doors at 5:00 PM local time. Some of the restaurants stay open late, so make sure you check before you head out at night.
- U.S. Virgin Islands are expensive, so keep this in mind as you are planning your trip.
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