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Check Out The View — And History — At Drake’s Seat

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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

November, 2023

Legend has it (and locals swear) that 16th century explorer, Sir Francis Drake, regularly perched himself on the St. Thomas overlook bearing his name. Back in the day, Drake used this commanding position to keep an eye out for enemy ships.

Located on the Nothside of the island, today Drake’s Seat offers a unique vantage point where residents and visitors get to enjoy a panoramic view of the north side, through the East End, and out to the British Virgin Islands. The vista includes Magens Bay Beach, the Magens Bay Watershed Preserve, Inner and Outer Brass, Hans Lollick Island, Thatch Cay, Little Tobago, St. John, and Jost Van Dyke.

Above: This photo captures the point of view from the green bench at Drake’s Seat.

Top of page: Drake’s Seat is a favorite stop for travelers enjoying an island tour.

Above: One of many visual intrigues at Drake’s Seat is the breathtaking view overlooking Magens Bay. — and beyond.

Above: This photo captures the point of view from the green bench at Drake’s Seat.

Traditionally, Drake’s Seat is an ideal spot to watch the sunset. It is also well known as the place where the Caribbean Sea joins the Atlantic Ocean.

The lookout is located just off the road on Route 40 near the intersection of Route 35. On one side of the road is a pullover with a few parking spaces; on the other side is that iconic green bench — a photo favorite.

CLICK HERE to find it on Google Maps

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1 Comment

  1. Lee Duncan

    Another excellent issue! Even after many years visiting the VI, the Coconut Post continues to educate us and provide new opportunities for our next visit. Many Thanks!

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