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.
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.
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A BIT ABOUT CRUZAN RUM
Beginning in 1760 with the establishment of Estate Diamond where the rum is made today, the island of St. Croix became home to the legendary rum. In 1950, Cedric “Ceddie” Nelthropp joined Cruzan Rum. With deep roots on St. Croix, the Nelthropp family became synonymous with Cruzan Rum. In 2007, Gary Nelthropp took over as Master Distiller. Said Nelthropp, “Cruzan is not just about making rum, it’s also about tradition and family.”