Driving Tour of St. Thomas
East of Charlotte Amalie
BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE East of Charlotte Amalie, Bluebeard’s Castle Resort surrounds the ruins of Frederik’s Fort, a Danish fortified tower built in 1689.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN Stroll through a lush tropical garden as hundreds of exotic butterflies take flight. Watch them feeding and learn about their amazing life cycles during a guided tour with a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Wear bright colors to attract the butterflies to land on you. Double the fun and photo opportunities with our daily bird shows - Open daily in season 8:30am - 4pm. May to October schedule may vary so call ahead.
CORAL WORLD OCEAN PARK Voted top tourist attraction & eco-tourism in the V.I. Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. View life on a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory. Pet a shark, hand feed a stingray or a rainbow lorikeet! Add-ons include the Sea Lion Swim and Encounter Programs, SNUBA, Sea Trek Helmet Dive, Shark and Turtle Encounters, and Nautilus Semi-Submarine. Open daily 9:00am to 4:00pm. Summer schedule may vary. Please call to confirm times.
MOUNTAIN TOP Welcome to the World Famous MountainTop, birthplace of the original Banana Daiquiri and the island’s first established major tourist attraction. From the highest point on St. Thomas (1547 feet), enjoy the breathtaking views of Magens Bay (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world) and 20 other islands and cays including St. John, Tortola and Jost Van Dyke. Sip a Banana Daiquiri, grab a snack and enjoy the best gifts, souvenir & clothing shopping on island.
PARADISE POINT Dangling above the harbor, gondolas climb 700 feet above the harbor to Paradise Point for the best view St. Thomas has to offer, particularly during sunset. A restaurant, shops, a nature trail and more keep the whole family entertained.
ST. PETER GREAT HOUSE & BOTANICAL GARDEN Nestled in the volcanic peaks of St. Thomas, this breathtaking property was once part of the Plantation Saint Peter in the 1800s and is now home to a recently redesigned Great House and Botanical Gardens. The 4-acre property presents unique photo opportunities, a newly created 400’ nature trail and amazing views of over 20 Caribbean islands and cays. Also home to the Caribbean inspired restaurant, Blue Orchid, part of one of the top catering companies in the world, accommodating from 15 to 1,000 guests in casual to elegant weddings, receptions and special events.
TREE LIMIN’ EXTREME ZIPLINE PARK Your Ultimate Caribbean experience begins with a wild ride in the Pinzgauer, a Swiss military, six wheel drive transport to the top of St. Peter Mountain and ends with the world famous ‘Yo-Yo’ zip. See the incredible island views from eight aerial platforms, fly high on six exhilarating ziplines and maneuver two breathtaking skywalks as your professionally trained guides lead you through the experience of a lifetime. This is the only way to fly on the island.
WEST INDIAN COMPANY DOCK Directly across from Paradise Point is the West Indian Company Dock. One of the busiest cruise ship docks in the Caribbean, it is visited by some of the largest cruise ships in the world. Havensight Shopping Mall and the adjacent Port of $ale offer a relaxed shopping experience just steps from these majestic vessels.
YACHT HAVEN GRANDE Follow the Waterfront east of Charlotte Amalie to find Yacht Haven Grande. This luxurious state-of-the-art mega-yacht marina’s lovely promenade is lined with designer boutiques and dockside cafés.
West of Charlotte Amalie
FRENCHTOWN At the end of Charlotte Amalie’s waterfront, this fishing community is known for its “Restaurant Row.”
FRENCH HERITAGE MUSEUM Delve though Frenchtown’s history with old photographs, furniture and memorabilia of island life.
CROWN BAY CENTER An open-air shopping plaza and a replica of an old sugar mill are featured at the island’s alternate cruise ship dock.
University of the Virgin Islands The fully accredited university is known for its marine biology program and coral research.
REICHOLD CNTER FOR THE ARTS An open-air amphitheater offers a wide range of live local and international entertainment.
ETELMAN OBSERVATORY The University of the Virgin Islands boasts the only research-grade optical telescope in the Caribbean.
RED HOOK Red Hook is the east end’s commerce center. This small but busy area adjacent to the St. John ferry terminal contains American Yacht Harbor Marina, retail shops, restaurants and an array of businesses. Many of the island’s sailing and sport fishing activities are based in the area.
AMERICAN YACHT HARBOR Known for its sport fishing and charter vessels, the marina also offers several shops and restaurants.
BEACON POINT At the eastern end of Skyline Drive, Beacon Point has a terrific view of neighboring islands from their observatory platform. Stop by the gift shop for island souvenirs or enjoy a fruit daiquiri or snack.
DRAKE'S SEAT Overlooking Magens Bay, Sir Francis Drake reportedly watched for Spanish galleons here.
THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF ST. THOMAS After a long and costly construction process, paw prints now lead to a brand new animal care facility on St. Thomas! After more than six years of fundraising and construction, the $8 million Humane Society of St. Thomas Animal Care Campus on Weymouth Rhymer Highway finally opened its doors in August of 2012. Beautifully landscaped with dog walk paths, dog runs and play areas, the facility includes cutting-edge sound- and odor-contained kennels, a cat cabana, an on-campus animal treatment center, an education center, an area for the Police K-9 unit, a bunny hutch, an iguana sanctuary, a livestock holding area and an animal boarding center. Visit www.hsstt.com for more information.
SKYLINE DRIVE Keep your camera handy! Each turn in the road brings yet another spectacular island and ocean vie. Stop by Skyline Drive (Route 40) for a hilltop view of the harbor. West on Route 40, Drake’s Seat, which Sir Francis Drake is said to have used as a lookout to spot Spanish galleons, overlooks Magens Bay, the British Virgin Islands and Drake’s Passage.
CHARLES W. TURNBULL REGIONAL LIBRARY AND RECORDS CENTER The library is also an archive for historic documents with a state-of-the art conservation lab.
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