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By Aurel Radulescu
If you are planning a St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation, then you are in for a real treat. Featuring 32 square miles of a lush tropical paradise, the area can best be seen through the winding hills, mountainous roadways and breathtaking shorelines. Whether you rent a car or take a guided tour, every image seen is likely to be even more dramatic than the one before it.
One of the most popular attractions to visit during your St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation is Drake’s Seat, which is the point where Sir Francis Drake used to sit in order to observe his fleet. Just below it is Magens Bay Beach, which was voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world by National Geographic magazine. To the west is MountainTop, which sits 1,500 feet above seal level and features festive shopping and is home to the Banana Daiquiri. On the other side of town resides Paradise Point, which is fittingly named as visitors will confirm. Here, you will find a 700ft. tramway that looks out over Charlotte Amalie Harbor and beyond.
One of the most important aspects of any St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation is finding the right accommodations. On St. Thomas, there are premiere hotels and even guesthouses. For those who enjoy dining out, there are a number of fine dining opportunities featuring international cuisine. As for recreation, a St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation will not disappoint. Everything from an 18-hole golf course to a marine park, multiple tennis facilities, charter boats and a bowling center, there is plenty to see and do. Historical sites are also popular among travelers and no St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation would be complete without learning a little about the area’s history.
There are a number of ways to see the sites during your next St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation. From walking to driving and even flying, there are plenty of ways to see the best that this tropical island paradise has to offer. The local helicopter service is available for scenic tours or general transportation. Charters are said to be reasonably priced and can be arranged by most hotels. Car rentals, another popular way of touring the area, is available to those who have a valid driver’s license and the understanding that driving is on the left side of the road. No local permit is required to operate an automobile during your next St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation. If you would prefer to take a safari bus, a normal tour lasts under two hours and can be arranged by your hotel. Everyone is familiar with taxis, which allow for an air-conditioned tour that can be done either according to your own itinerary or, if you do not have one, your driver can show you around. If you prefer walking, make sure that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses and wear comfortable shoes. The landmarks and points of interest are plentiful and often challenging.
Whether you choose to see the sites of your St. Thomas Virgin Islands vacation by ground or air, take the time to enjoy the magic that is exclusive of this lush tropical island. Don’t forget the camera and plenty of film because, without a doubt, you will need it.
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