St. Thomas Island Overview
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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.
Reviewer: James Welsh
It was an absolutely beautiful day for our excursion. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the island and it's rich history.
Reviewer: Ronald Hart
Great tour. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone.
Reviewer: Adele O'Hara
Enjoyed this tour. Wanted to do something other than sit on the beach. Got to see other parts of the island.
Reviewer: Cecelia killen
Was a great tour
Reviewer: John Snowe
Interesting ride through and above Charlotte Amalie, stopping at at three locations with great views. One was a mountaintop observation deck. Our tour guide spoke as he drove. I never heard a thing in the back of the van. No complaints, just enjoyed the ride. During stops, I asked questions about the things that I had seen. The driver was personable and seemed to enjoy telling us about St. Thomas. This tour could not be done in a larger vehicle than our 10-passenger van. Steep and narrow roads with turns where our guide blew his horn to warn drivers coming the other way. Perhaps more of a thrill than I expect from a van ride. I would recommend this tour to people who want to learn about St. Thomas and see what is there. We had a total of seven people in the van, including the driver. When we got back to the ship, a bunch of people had been to the beach at Magens Bay. There were four cruise ships in town and Magens Bay was packed. Our tour was not crowded.