Some may be surprised to find that St. Thomas has more to offer than just extensive shopping and nightlife, dazzling turquoise waters and white sand beaches, and of course the intriguingly tropical Caribbean lifestyle. When our Marina guests want to know what else there is to see and do aside from the typical tourist scene and American influenced activities, we’ll remind them that St. Thomas is an absolute dream of an island for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Our volcanic island boasts thirty- two square miles of mountainous, hilly terrain, small rainforests and incredibly scenic landscapes. If you’re looking for memorable and unique adventures while staying in our St. Thomas marina, we’ve compiled just the list for you.
1. Tree Limin’ Extreme - Ph. 340-777-9477
There are many ways to see St. Thomas, but none are as creative and adventurous as from a zip line, soaring high in St. Peter Mountain’s gorgeous rainforest canopy at thrilling speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
Tree Limin’ Extreme opened in July 2012, and offers visitors an fun-filled ride on six zip lines, with two sky bridges, and eight aerial platforms down one of the island’s highest peaks. A thorough safety course and professional, friendly ACCT-certified guides will help to keep you at ease and smiling throughout the entire experience. A great team building exercise for crew and fun for families.
2. Mahogany Run Golf Course - Ph. 340-777-6250
This challenging 18- hole resort golf course encompasses 110 acres on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with spectacular views of the sea and neighboring islands. Mahogany Run is a challenging Par 70 course, just over 6,000 yards in length, and crafted out of native Blue-Bit stone by well-known designers George and Tom Fazio. This course is one of the world’s most renowned and photographed golf courses in the world, and it’s easy to see why; the outstanding views and lush course rich in tropical foliage are an absolute pleasure to behold.
This gold course has been a long-time favorite to celebrities, pro-golfers, and serious golf enthusiasts alike; for it’s combination of breathtaking scenery, walk-in golf clinics, two restaurants, and an award winning pro shop make it a thrilling destination and absolute must-see for both experienced and beginner golfers. A great activity for restless crew or a break for the Captain!
3. Biking tour on Water Island - Ph. 340-690-4019/ 340-626-9815
The Water Island Adventures Bike tour is not “just another bike ride.” The ferry to Water Island, the Smallest of the US Virgin Islands, leaves right from Crown Bay Marina. Upon arrival on Water Islands you and the other passengers will board the bike bus for a quick ride to Fort Segarra, an underground fort, where your bike, helmet, and water bottle await! You’ll then be led down picturesque roads and rolling hills, stop by a few historic sites with your guide.
The ride ends on beautiful Honeymoon beach where you can cool down in the pristine waters and relax under warm sunshine and tall palms before ferrying back to St. Thomas.
4. St. Peter Mountain Greathouse & Botanical Gardens - Ph. 340-774-4999
St. Peter Mountain Greathouse and Botanical Gardens sits high in the volcanic peaks of St. Thomas with stunning views of more than 15 Virgin Islands and Cays, making it the perfect opportunity to photograph the extraordinary land and water sparkling below. The impressive Botanical Gardens which boasts more than 20 varieties of orchids, 150 species of Caribbean plants and fruits, a nature trail, waterfalls, tropical bird aviaries, and fish ponds.
The front desk can make reservations for you at Blue Orchid, one of St. Thomas' newest restuarants located at the Great House.
4.a. Mountain Top - Ph. 340-774-2400
If you do visit St. Peter Mountain Greathouse & Botanical Gardens, make sure to stop by Mountain Top, the icon and oldest attraction on the island. This venue offers visitors stunning panoramic views and the world famous, original banana daiquiri (with the original recipe dating back 60 years). Mountain Top was rated (for good reason)by National Geographic as one of the top ten best views in the world.
One of our island’s greatest attractions, Coral World Ocean Park is a marine park where you can explore and experience a 15 foot deep underwater observatory, a marine garden, a touch pool filled with gentle sea creatures, an 80,000 gallon Caribbean reef encounter, shark and turtle pools, a stingray lagoon, a critter corner filled with iguanas, tortoises and parrots, a butterfly garden and an opportunities to hand feed Rainbow Lorikeets and swim with Sea Lions.
Coral World is a great activity with children and the proceeds go towards their wonderful sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program.
Do you have a favorite activity, away from the boat, while docking in St. Thomas? Have you done any of these activities? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.