St. Thomas Island Overview
Sale Price: $50.00
Skyline Drive & Island Overview Shore Trip
This is a two-hour orientation tour of St. Thomas, with stops at some of the island's highlights and exciting views of the island itself.
St. Thomas is a mountainous island with one long ridge of hills running east and west through the center of the island, with smaller ridges branching off. The island is thirteen miles long by four miles wide, encompassing a little over 31 square miles. The highest point is Crown Mountain at 1,556 feet.
St. Thomas has a history that dates back to 1500 B.C. and the Ciboney people. They were replaced by the Arawaks and then the Caribes, long before Christopher Columbus first saw the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the "New World." Unfortunately, almost all signs of the pre-Columbus days have been lost to time.
Most of the structures and ruins that remain date from the 16th and 17th century and include Blackbeard's Castle (Skytsborg), Fort Christian and Bluebeard's Castle (Tower Fort). During your scenic orientation drive you will be able to see them on nearby hilltops.
Riding along the crest of St. Thomas on "Skyline Drive," visitors are treated to vistas of Charlotte Amalie town, harbor as well as Hassel and Water Islands to the south; the Atlantic Ocean, Magens Bay and Inner and Outer Brass and Hans Lollick islands to the north; and the chain of cays leading to St. John and the British Virgins to the east.
On this St. Thomas excursion, your driver/guide will make stops at various scenic overlooks as traffic / safety allows. You will pass by Drake's Seat, believed to be the spot where Sir Francis Drake himself watched for enemy vessels. A stop will be made at Mountain Top, where you will take in the most amazing views from the balcony of the shopping arcade, and if you choose, purchase a "world-famous" banana daiquiri.
At the end of the two-hour driving orientation, you will have the option of being dropped off in downtown Charlotte Amalie to experience its world-famous shopping or be taken back to the cruise ship dock.
Please Note: Guests departing in downtown will be responsible for their transportation back to their destination. Depending on the number of guests participating, tour will be conducted in vans or open air safari buses.
I had a wonderful day on this air bus as I viewed the countryside and overlooked the 3 islands. I even ran into a donkey on the way.
Our guide was Ali, he was wonderful: friendly, accommodating, very knowledgable about the island, it's history, told us stories about island's development, infrastructure, and his own experiences as a local. We saw a couple of highest points of the island and the views were beautiful.
Reviewer: Marjorie Amelotti
It was excellent in a very clean van. The guide was very knowledgeable. We had ample opportunity to shop but were not in an are where we were harassed. We were able to see the still ravaged areas from the hurricanes next to the newly rebuilt areas. It was a reality shock.
Reviewer: Lauren Cook
We really enjoyed our bus tour with Shawn Conner aka 007 lol! He told us the history and current information about the different areas of St. Thomas. Everyone had so much fun! Definitely recommend to all!
Reviewer: Linda Harll
Enjoyed this excursion. Lovely scenery!!