Tour Historic Downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI and then Bike to the Beach
Duration: All Day
Are You Looking for Fun Things to Do in St. Thomas?
Why not take a leisurely ride along the waterfront of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Explore historic Frenchtown and find the tip of land that used to connect St. Thomas to Hassel Island on this self-guided bike tour of St. Thomas.
See the sights including the 99 Steps, Fort Christian, 7 Arches Museum. Go shopping in the finest shopping district in the Caribbean. And stop at an excellent downtown restaurant like Big Kahuna or Greengos for lunch.
Afterwards, ride your Bike to the Beach! Lindbergh beach, with its white sand and crystal clear water, is only a 15-20 minute bike ride away. No need to wait in lines or pile into a cramped taxi. Simply pedal away to one of the most beautiful beaches on St. Thomas. Lindbergh Beach has tons of amenities including a restaurant, 2 bars, bathrooms and showers. There are also jetskis, kayaks and more for rent.
Your Bike Rental Includes –
All day rental of a beach cruiser bike and combination lock.
A map is provided with landmarks in and around this historic part of St. Thomas as well as directions to the beach. The map also notes several locations where it is convenient to park the bike if you want to eat, drink or shop.
What to Expect with Your Bike Rental –
We are located near the Havensight Cruise Ship Dock. If your cruise ship arrives at the Havensight or West Indian Company (WICO) dock in Charlotte Amalie Harbor, we are a short 2 minute walk from the dock.
If your cruise ship arrives at the Crown Bay dock, you will need to get transportation to Port of Sale Mall (a 10 minute taxi ride).
The map provided will lead you along waterfront and harbor to downtown Charlotte Amalie. Here you can stop and see the sights, do a little shopping, or have a drink or lunch at one of the many restaurants and cafes. From there, you can continue on and explore historic Frenchtown. For those who want a longer ride, you can continue on to beautiful Lindbergh Beach and spend a few hours enjoying this white sand beach. Bathrooms, restaurants and water sports equipment rentals are available.
After you have finished exploring St. Thomas, bring the bike back. Bikes must be returned by 5pm.
More About the Historic Downtown Charlotte Amalie Self-Guided Tour and Bike Rental –
There are some great landmarks you can ride the bike to in town. Aside from the beautiful waterfront, you can ride into Emancipation Gardens, where Charles Lindbergh gave a speech and where slavery was abolished in St. Thomas. A short ride up a paved path and you arrive at Fort Christian, one of the centuries old monuments of this historic little island.
Kongens Gade, aka Government Hill, is reached by heading up a short and tough little hill. No shame in walking the bike up the hill for a couple hundred feet. At the top are some must-see landmarks including 99 Steps, Hotel 1829, the Lutheran Parsonage & Government House. From there it is a fairly sharp downhill ride to Roosevelt Park.
If you ride your bike through Charlotte Amalie along the waterfront, you will quickly arrive at the entrance to Frenchtown. Frenchtown has some cute shops, quaint restaurants and period architecture. A small museum is worth a look and you can pedal the bike to the tip of Frenchtown which presents stunning views of Hassel Island and Water Island.
Biking to the Beach –
The ride from the Havensight/WICO cruise ship dock to the beach is approximately 3.5 miles. At a slow pace, (but without stopping to sight see), the ride takes approximately 25 minutes. At a medium pace, you can reach the beach in 20 minutes. The intense rider can make it in 15 minutes.
The ride is flat from the Havensight/WICO dock all the way to Frenchtown. If you continue to the beach, the route has a slight incline for about 500 feet. You won’t notice it on the way there, but you may notice it on the way back…and if you want to walk the bike over that stretch on your return trip, I won’t say a word!
The route is almost a straight line from the cruise ship dock to the beach except for two small turns. The first turn off the main road is so that riders can stay on the sidewalk the entire way. The 2nd turn is from the main road towards the airport where the beach awaits!
Why Should You Book the St. Thomas Bike to the Beach (and Downtown) Tour?
St. Thomas is not generally known as a biker friendly island. Most of St. Thomas is hilly, far too hilly for even the most seasoned bike riders. Yet there are some great opportunities to explore historical sites, towns and fabulous beaches that can only be done by those on a bike. So, get away from the typical tourist traps and see a vibrant side of St. Thomas. A St. Thomas that few get to see.