Port Guides

Saint Thomas (USVI) – Magens Bay & Paradise Point

Saint Thomas Port guide

Welcome to our Saint Thomas port guide.  This will cover everything we did in port when we visited on our MSC Seaside cruise back in January 2020. 

We berthed along side Sky Princess, once we disembarked finding a taxi was easy!  Prices are displayed on the boards, so you just pick your destination and off you go.  We’d done a little research so knew what we wanted to do today.

Saint Thomas Vlog

If you want a better look around, take a look at Episode 5 of our MSC seaside vlog below or over on our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/holidaysatsea


Magens Bay Beach

Voted one of the must see beaches in Saint Thomas, this was our first stop of the day.  The taxi shuttle cost $8 per person, with a journey time of around 20 minutes.  On arrival at the beach, there is a $5 charge, which is used for the conservation and upkeep of the beach.

It was typical, as soon as we arrived, the heavens opened, we’d definitely brought the welsh weather with us!  Thankfully it was only a passing shower and we were soon able to enjoy the crustal clear waters and white sands!  We took the opportunity for a little swim before having a lie down.

Magens Bay Beach
Magens Bay Beach

You will find a range of facilities at the beach, with deck chair hire and etc too.  We opted for a small bite to eat, just a slice of pizza each and a drink.

We are not huge fans of sitting on the beach all day – why travel across the world when we can do that at home, so a couple of hours was enough for us and we decided to get the taxi back to town, as there was something else we wanted to do if we had enough time!

Find our more about the beach here: http://www.magensbayauthority.com/

Sky ride to Paradise Point

Whisking 24 passengers at a time, 700 ft above the town of Charlotte Amalie, the sky ride climbs all the way up flag hill to the view point at the top. Offering spectacular views of the town, port and surrounding areas this experience is one of the islands must do attractions and we highly recommend it.

Sky ride to paradise point
Sky ride to paradise point

We’d seen the Bushwhacker cocktail advertised at the ticket booth, it looked so delicious, we just had to give it a go. The bushwhacker really was a treat and so easy to drink, but beware it certainly packs a punch, you can feel it when you stand up and it certainly adds a unique twist to the ride back down.

Baileys bushwacker cocktail
Baileys bushwacker cocktail

Even though sampling the cocktail was our main aim, the food smelt so good we couldn’t resist a cheeky snack, we really didn’t expect the portions to be so big!

After our “light” lunch, the heavy showers had passed once again, with things being much brighter and clearer we were able to really enjoy and appreciate the scenery, this was also ideal for sightseeing during the ride back down.

For more information on the Sky Ride to Paradise point, head over to: https://www.paradisepointvi.com/

That concludes our day on the island of Saint Thomas – we have to say we really did have a cracking day and would happily visit again, maybe spending more time looking around the town instead of the beaches.

Further Reading:

MSC Seaside Cruise Ship Review

Miami and our MSC Seaside Cruise Highlights