Caribbean Cruise, Part III

The next stop on our cruise was Saint Thomas. Along with St. John and Water Island, St. Thomas forms a county and constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the U.S. We docked near the capital and port of Charlotte Amalie and caught a shuttle to the Paradise Point aerial tram up Flag Hill.

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The ride takes around seven minutes, rising 700 feet (210m) to the top. Not nearly as hair-raising as the tram in Palm Springs, but some of our friends were in a car that stopped and swayed quite a bit. So glad I wasn’t on that one.

This greeted us at the top:

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The views were spectacular . . .

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The ship on the right is ours.

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Couldn’t resist shooting the bright colors around the tram.

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One last look:

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Many years ago, I saw a photo of this view in a magazine and told myself I would go there one day. Very cool to see it in real life!

Then we were off on a tour of the island, driving up narrow winding roads through the hills. We stopped for drinks at this place with a colorful circle drive:

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There we saw a view of the other side of the island.

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You are looking at Magens Bay, which is pretty famous for its beauty. What a great place to swim and snorkel.

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The pirate theme is pretty big in St. Thomas. Blackbeard’s Castle is not far from where we docked.

The last stop was a shopping area near the ship.

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If you’re into jewelry, perfume or liquor, the duty-free shops are everywhere.

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One of the palms was flowering.

Again, we had perfect weather. My husband and I seem to have good weather karma when we travel. We often hear that the weather was terrible just before we arrived. Hoping this karma lasts . . . .

Great weekend, everyone!

{carole}

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10 Responses to Caribbean Cruise, Part III

  1. Ms. Spock says:

    Even when you’re shooting a paradise panorama, you will notice the little things (“couldn’t resist shooting the bright colors around the tram”). Tres impressive, both macro and micro. Merci!

  2. susan says:

    What a pretty place !
    I also like the bright paint colors everywhere.

  3. The little white houses dotting the hills are so neat. From this angle you can’t see any roads to get there.
    I had the same reaction to a photo of Positano, Italy. I saw that photo and dreamed of going. Someday I will. I keep the photo on my refrigerator. 🙂

  4. Caroline says:

    I’m glad it was so beautiful. Sometimes when you wish to go somewhere it’s not as you pictured it once you’re there. The views were spectacular.
    I love that flowering palm tree.

  5. TBM says:

    I’ve been swimming in Magen’s Bay. it was a wonderful day if my memory serves me correctly. Rum punch on the beach and lazing about. Wonderful photos. It’s been over 15 years since I was there

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