The harbor city of Charlotte Amalie sits inside of a sheltered cove. At either end of the city are docks that host cruise ships on a regular basis. Nearly 1.5 million visitors spend time in St. Thomas annually. The city has a wide assortment of attractions, and one of the most popular is the Paradise Point Tram on the edge of downtown. The aerial tramway is designed to haul visitors 700 feet above sea level to a lookout area on top.
The ride to the top of the Paradise Point Tram is taken in cable cars which each hold about 6 to 8 persons. They travel in sets of three cars, and the ride takes approximately eight minutes to reach the top. After the short trip, visitors are pointed towards the viewing areas. Once you step through the doorway the entire harbor comes into view. From here you can see both sets of docks, as well as many of the nearby islands.
A few steps down takes you to the bar area. Here guests can purchase a wide variety of frozen drinks, with most packing a powerful punch. We chose to try the “Bushwhacker”, which is touted as the signature drink of the island. This coffee-chocolaty concoction tastes so good that you forget it has a healthy dose of alcohol included. A covered patio beckons visitors to sit and enjoy the views, as they savor their drinks. The bar/restaurant area also serves up some food items.
As you sip your drinks you can stroll among the shops located nearby. They offer a wide selection of souvenirs and apparel, as well as one jewelry shop with many interesting handmade pieces. The length of visit is optional, and we remained for about an hour. The ride back down the Paradise Point Tram is just as picturesque, so be sure to bring a camera. Ticket prices during our visit were $21.00 per person.