St. Thomas Shore Adventures Close to Port

St. Thomas is a relatively small island, so all of its attraction lie within an easy walking or driving distance for cruise passengers arriving at either of the island’s two cruise ship ports. Outdoor adventure activities, historical sights, breathtaking observation points, sweet beaches, wildlife encounters and fun family attractions are all within a 10-minute drive. Some require only a short walk.

Outdoor adventure includes kayaking, snorkeling, biking, beaching and the new Tree Limin' Extreme Zipline. The zipline, which launches you over estate St. Peter and treats you to magnificent views of Magens Bay, is about 2 miles up the hill from Charlotte Amalie. The beach at Magens Bay, also on this list, is the top choice for families looking for some down town in the sand and surf.

History buffs can get their fill on a self-guided tour of Blackbeard’s Castle or on the Water Island Adventures Bike Tour, which transports cruise ship passengers via ferry and bus from the docks to the harbor island’s highest point for a gentle descent.

This list scopes out the top choices you should consider when planning your shore time itinerary. It gives precedence to those that are easily accessible to cruise ship passengers, but also to those that require a short drive and should not be missed.

One of St. Thomas' newest attractions, Tree Limin' Extreme consists of a series of eight cables and two rope bridges that crisscross down verdant St. Peter Mountain, one of the island's highest peaks. Visitors cop stunning views across the...  Read More

Magic Ice Gallery
Photo courtesy of Karen Elowitt

A spinoff of an Oslo, Norway, ice sculpture gallery, Magic Ice localizes its inventory with Virgin Island themes such as Blackbeard, local marine creatures and other works carved by specially trained Lithuanian artists and illuminated with...  Read More

Blackbeard's Castle / Skytsborg Tower
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Although the pirate Blackbeard most likely never set foot on St. Thomas, he is something of a patron anti-saint. The center of this attraction, Skytsborg Tower, was used as a military lookout in colonial times, but has come to be called...  Read More

Great for families and anyone who loves sea creatures, Coral World boasts a number of activities and attractions for watching and interacting. Its central circular tower like aquarium provides windows onto the coral reef at several levels with...  Read More

St. Thomas' foremost touring company takes you to see mangrove swamps, nurse sharks, tropical fish, barracudas, snowy egrets and other natural wonders during three- or five-hour kayak tours. Most tours ply the waters of St Thomas Marine...  Read More

Mahogany Run Golf Course
Photo courtesy of Don Hebert

The only golf course on St. Thomas, the very hilly Mahogany Run course is declared "spectacular" by golfers. Designed by George and Tom Fazio, the par-70 course boasts its famous "Devil's Triangle" – holes 13, 14 and 15, which stretch along...  Read More

Magens Bay
Photo courtesy of Karen Elowitt

The most highly awarded and flaunted beach in St. Thomas, it attracts locals and tourists alike to its coved, sandy shores within the verdant embrace of St. Thomas' famously scenic hillsides, below the Drake's Seat overlook. It is also one of...  Read More

The Butterfly Garden is one of the top cruise ship attractions for families with small children, thanks to its convenient location right on the Havensight cruise ship dock and its population of hundreds of different species of butterflies. More...  Read More

Water Island Bike Adventure

Just off St. Thomas in Charlotte Amalie Harbor, quiet Water Island has fewer than 200 residents and virtually no automobile traffic. A narrated ferry ride transports tour participants from the cruise ship port to Water Island. Upon arrival, a...  Read More

Paradise Point St. Thomas Skyride
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For visitors without automobile transportation, the best way to score one of St. Thomas' legendary views is this gondola, located across the street from the Havensight cruise ship dock and shopping center. It whisks visitors high above Charlotte...  Read More


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