Paradise Point (St. Thomas)#14 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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One of the best views of the Charlotte Amalie harbor, Water Island and Puerto Rico awaits you atop Paradise Point, an overlook that's coupled with an on-site restaurant and gift shop. Vacationers are wowed by the spectacular panorama, but are less than impressed by the average food and the overpriced souvenirs.
There is a 7-minute aerial gondola ride that will take you to this peak in Charlotte Amalie. Travelers reported it's an easy way to get to the top, but cautioned that the gondola car does not completely stop to allow passengers on or off. You can also opt to drive up to see the views.
You can enjoy the view at Paradise Point at any time, but the gondola hours vary depending on day of the week and whether there is a cruise ship in port (on ship days it welcomes visitors starting at 9 a.m.). However, the gondola is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bar and restaurant have fluctuating hours on a bi-weekly schedule. Gondola tickets cost $21 for passengers ages 13 and older and $10.50 for kids 12 and younger. Visit the tram's website for more information.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
If you're on St. John during your Virgin Islands vacation, you're likely right on the edge of Virgin Islands National Park. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions, such as Annaberg Plantation and Trunk Bay Beach, are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers and families alike have their choice of more than 20 trails to hike.
Some sections of the park, such as popular Cinnamon Bay Resort and its campgrounds, are still undergoing repair and revitalization following the 2017 hurricanes. But travelers agreed that there's still plenty to do at the park, enjoying the different beaches and hiking trails it offers, not to mention the water activities, such as boating and snorkeling.
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