Battle tacky souvenirs for the original banana daiquiri
Sometimes you have to be a tourist to enjoy the great pleasures that travel offers. That’s why a visit to Mountain Top on St. Thomas is a must-do activity for any visitor. In 1949, a British restaurateur began a mission to develop the best Caribbean libation. He finally settled on the now-famous banana daiquiri, which he first mixed on St. Thomas. The drink is still served up daily using the original ingredients at Mountain Top, an emporium of souvenirs and kitsch. Just walk through the mountains of t-shirts to enjoy both the drink and, honestly, one of the best views on the island.
It's all about the superlatives at this attraction: It's the oldest, the tallest and one of the most famous sites on St. Thomas. Positioned at—you guessed it—the top of St. Peter Mountain, an impressive 640 meters (2,100 feet) above sea level, the site includes not just an observation deck, but a restaurant, a bar (known for banana daiquiris) and duty-free shopping, too. The sweeping vistas from here take in Puerto Rico and its neighbor Culebra, and extend all the way to the British Virgin Islands, to the east. Appropriately, this bird’s-eye-view perch is home to some very talkative parrots.