Drake’s Seat, St. Thomas

33F+44Q, Route 37, St. Thomas 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands

One of the island’s best lookouts, Drake’s Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. The site is named for Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have kept watch over the harbor from this vantage point. (Was Drake benevolently watching over his own fleet or looking for ships to plunder? The answer will depend on whether you subscribe to the British’s regard of him as a celebrated explorer or to others’ belief that he was a brutal privateer.)

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Head to Drake’s Seat for the Best View on St. Thomas

Overlooking the pristine Magens Bay on an innocuous bend of the road is one of the best views on St. Thomas, Drake’s Seat. The bench is named after the British privateer Sir Francis Drake, who is said to have used the bay as an anchorage point for his ships and may have climbed to this vantage point as a way to identify ships to later plunder. Today it’s just a great place to enjoy the amazing views of the bay and surrounding islands.

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