St. Thomas Island Overview

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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes are recommended. Sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested.
Restrictions Minimum age to participate is 2 years old. Guests will need to be able to step up into and off the transportation and walk on paved gravel and packed dirt surfaces, several on inclines, at the photo stops. Collapsible wheelchairs and walkers can be accommodated with advance notice; however, please note that the guest must be accompanied by someone who can assist with loading and unloading the wheelchair or walker.

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 from 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.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  171 ReviewsReview This Tour
Island Magic
August 25, 2022
The driver/tour guide was pleasant and showed us parts of the island I had not seen before. Very enjoyable tour.
Reviewer: Sylvia Little
5 Stars
Beautiful Sights, Personalized Attention
July 27, 2022
This was a great tour, thanks to the tour guide and small group. Lots of local lore added to the historical information.
Reviewer: Jesse & Maribeth Airaudi
5 Stars
Enjoyed Everything!
June 02, 2022
This was a great overview of St. Thomas. Our driver was excellent and full of knowledge and enjoyable. Having never been to St. Thomas we got a true feel for the island.
Reviewer: Sarah C
4 Stars
St. Thomas Island Overview
April 14, 2022
We enjoyed the excursion to St. Thomas very much. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, answering questions and showing us the best of the island. We were able to take some beautiful pictures.
Reviewer: Katya Valarezo
5 Stars
Beautiful island
March 18, 2022
Great tour guide, took us to a few other places which other passengers wanted to go, gave plenty info on all the places we visited & the islands, got time to look at some local shops & dip my toes in the sea. Definitely recommend this island tour.
Reviewer: Sharon Songhurst
5 Stars
St Thomas Overview/ Excellent Tour
March 17, 2022
Having never been to St. Thomas, my wife and I chose this tour and we are glad we did. The guide was right at the port so it very easy to find. It was a beautiful drive up the mountainside with great views of the bay and community below. The driver made several stops to allow for taking pictures.
Reviewer: Robert Williams
5 Stars