The Preserve at Botany Bay lies on the far West End of St. Thomas, overlooking two half-moon beaches. It is delightfully private, and the amenities will be fully comprehensive. In fact. The Preserve is almost an island unto itself. Quiet. Luxurious. And thoroughly breathtaking.
Travel to and from St. Thomas is well accommodated by the only airport in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Cyril E. King. A direct flight from most of North America's East Coast is less than four hours, and the airport is serviced by most major airlines. All of which makes St. Thomas, and The Preserve at Botany Bay, easily accessible for a quick weekend getaway.
Also known as Signal Hill, Mountain Top is over 1,500 feet above sea level, the highest point on the island. As the summit of St. Peter Mountain, Mountain Top is understandably famous as a fantastic scenic lookout with views to Drakes Passage, the British Virgin Islands and Magens Bay. There are also shops, restaurants and bars at the peak. In fact, Mountain Top lays claim to the best banana daiquiris on all of St. Thomas.
Only a half-mile southwest of the capital Charlotte Amalie, Frenchtown has never lost sight of its roots as a charming fishing village. Stop by in the morning to see the local fisherman pulling in, cleaning and selling their fresh catch along the docks and in the Quetel Fish Market. A few local taverns and a handful of great restaurants make Frenchtown an appealing nighttime destination, as well.
The capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands takes its name from the deep water haven around which the town is built. Once a favored pirates' haven for its quick navigability, it remains a seafarers' magnet to this day. The historic town, home to this hemisphere's second oldest synagogue, is well protected against big business by the local government which seeks to preserve the architecture, culture and charm. Charlotte Amalie is an ideal day trip for fantastic shopping and sightseeing.
The Skyride to Paradise Point is simply an absolute must for unparalleled sightseeing on St. Thomas. The 7-minute trip takes passengers 700 feet above sea level while they enjoy the best views the island has to offer. At the top, peruse the shops and stop for lunch with panoramic views to Charlotte Amalie harbor and the surrounding islands.
At the East End of St. Thomas, Red Hook village is a bustling marina by day and a boisterous cluster of bars and restaurants by night. It's a place to charter boats, hop the ferry to St. John and the British Virgin Islands or kick back to live music. And here, just about everything in town is a barefoot stroll away.
Mahogany Run is renowned as one of the most beautiful settings for a putting green in the game of golf. The praise of Golf Digest goes to the 13th hole, the first of three picturesque, though very dangerous, seaside holes known as "The Devils Triangle". On the 14th, the drive crosses over the ocean towards distant Tortola. And the 15th... Well, just make sure you're packing a big club for the drive. The 13th, 14th and 15th holes here are so infamous that the Club awards special "I Survived The Devil's Triangle" certificates to those fortunate enough to navigate them without taking a penalty stroke. The Tom and George Fazio design is truly target golf at its absolute finest.