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Paradise Point/St. Thomas Skyride
Alas, Island Girl has still not found the man of her dreams. A few nightmares, yes. A passing fancy or two, for sure. But the future Mr. Island Girl is still out there, somewhere. But when I do finally find him, Paradise Point is definitely on the list of places I would consider tying the knot. Not only is it stunningly beautiful up there, but they also serve wicked-good Bushwhackers and have trained a small troupe of exotic birds to ride around on bicycles, both of which would be a huge bonus at an Island Girl wedding…to say nothing of the actual wedding gazebo the nice folks at Paradise Point have built and designated specifically for that purpose. But until that happy day arrives, Paradise Point is still a fun place that’s well worth the visit. In fact, when family and friends come down to see me it’s usually the first place I take them. Even for us locals the view is simply spectacular, but for first-timers it’s a must-see attraction. The five or ten minute gondola ride 700 feet up the side of Signal Hill (which is every bit a mountain if you ask me) qualifies as at least a mini-thrill, and provides excellent photo ops for those who just can’t wait to get to the top. And once you’ve arrived, well, you can shop, eat, drink, or take pictures. After all, that and the sun and sea are what you come to St. Thomas for, right? In addition to the usual fare of t-shirts and souvenirs and such, there are also a few hidden gems, including one shop where you can buy authenticated ancient coins from sunken ships. And for the slightly more adventurous, Paradise Point stays open late on Wednesday’s during season. There is live music and, if you’re lucky, one of the most stunning sunsets you may ever see. Oh, and there’s also a nature trail – a quarter-mile loop that takes you a little further up the hill. Don’t attempt this in flip-flops, sandals, or after you’ve had a bushwhacker or two, ok?
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Hours: St. Thomas Skyride is open on days when there are cruise ships in the harbor. It is open those days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it stays open until 10 p.m. every Wednesday and until 7:30 p.m. every Thursday.
Bird Shows: Bird shows are held daily at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Best time to go: For the best views, go on any sunny day. For sunsets go during their extended Wednesday or Thursday hours.
Time commitment: At least an hour.
Admission: The ride is $16 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 5 years old.
Directions: St. Thomas Skyride is directly across from Havensight Mall.
ATM nearby: Yes, in Havensight.
Gift shop: Yes – shop ’til you drop.
Parking: There is limited free parking at the base of the Gondola. You can also park for free across the street at Havensight. A taxi ride from downtown Charlotte Amalie is just a few dollars, and you could actually walk there, if you’re a walker.