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.
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:
The views were spectacular . . .
The ship on the right is ours.
Couldn’t resist shooting the bright colors around the tram.
One last look:
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:
There we saw a view of the other side of the island.
You are looking at Magens Bay, which is pretty famous for its beauty. What a great place to swim and snorkel.
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.
If you’re into jewelry, perfume or liquor, the duty-free shops are everywhere.
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!