Paradise Point (St. Thomas)#16 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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.
Here's an insider trick: Find a taxi or rent a car and drive yourself to the top of Paradise Point. Though there is a skyride tram that will take you to this peak in Charlotte Amalie, travelers consistently label it a ripoff. Driving the road up will ensure the same views for far cheaper. For the most ambiance, visit around sunset.
You can enjoy the view at Paradise Point at any time, but the skyride 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.). The bar and restaurant have fluctuating hours on a bi-weekly schedule. Prices are $21 for adults and $10.50 for kids between 6 and 17. Visit the tram's website for more information.
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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)
You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.
There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!"
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