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.