Duration: 5 mins
Address: Route 40, St. Thomas
Drake’s Seat is a great lookout point to see Magen’s Bay with a fantastic photo opportunity. I wouldn’t recommend taking a cab there just for the lookout. But if you are heading towards Magen’s Bay, this is a must see.
If you are on a cruise ship, then go for the shore excursion (shared taxi) from the port to Magen’s Bay. They will do a brief stop at Drake’s Seat and take you to Magen’s Bay and bring you back to port. The $4 entrance fee to Magen’s Bay will also be included and a pretty good deal.
It’s supposed to be the point where Sir Francis Drake had looked for enemy ships of the Spanish fleet. Although the ‘Seat’ is just a green bench, it offers a panoramic view of the US Virgin Islands where the Atlantic Ocean joins the Caribbean Sea. Parking is limited to about 10 vehicles or less and can get a bit crowded when the people keep coming in for pics, especially when there are a lot of cruise ships docked.
There is a man and his dressed up donkey for photo opportunities if you like. If you are not taking a pic with that donkey, the man can be quite rude to the bystanders to move out of ‘his photo area’, which on a crowded day is not possible other than going over the lookout!