St. Thomas Island Overview

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Summary
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  |  162 ReviewsReview This Tour
This tour was just right
February 26, 2020
We wanted a short, simple and enjoyable tour of St. Thomas, and that’s exactly what we got. We hit all the places that mattered, and our tour guide was perfect: knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.
Reviewer: David Blackwell
4 Stars
St. Thomas Island Overview
February 24, 2020
What a wonderful way to see the island. Very good guide, a beautiful place to see.
Reviewer: Cathy
4 Stars
Tour of St Thomas
February 13, 2020
The Island tour was very informative. The driver was fun and entertaining. The scenic stops for perfect for great pictures.
Reviewer: Sandy Cleveland
5 Stars
Must See Island Overview
January 29, 2020
We took only this excursion, but this was a must have one. Great tour all over the island - beautiful views, very scenic. Liked the stop with daiquiri :) Recommendation - buy souvenirs at the fist stop. Recommendation to hosts: add more narration, it was missing.
Reviewer: Igor
5 Stars
Beautiful
January 29, 2020
The scenery was breathtaking. The tour guide was ok.
Reviewer: Arvena M Shults
5 Stars
Awesome Tour of the Island!!
January 16, 2020
This was an awesome tour (about 3 hours if I recall) in an open air jeep. Our guide was a native from St. Thomas and very informative. This was a great way to see all the parts of the island. The views were spectacular!! I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Steve
5 Stars