Drake's Seat, St. Thomas

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Lookout · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Stop at Drake's Seat, where the famed Sir Francis Drake once sat to spot unsuspecting Spanish ships. Today you can appreciate the views of the island and its beaches. During the 16th century, Drake used this location to watch for Spanish ships leaving with their cargo before attacking them in his crown-sponsored piracy. Now the lookout serves as a quick stop to view the land and beaches below. Make Drake's Seat a part of your Magens Bay vacation plans using our Magens Bay day trip planner.
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  • Since we had rental car we took our guests to Drake’s Seat before heading down to Magens Bay for the day. Nice view, limited parking, free, be careful of the traffic, which was limited during COVID.  more »
  • Cuz you might miss it. We almost did a second time if it weren’t for a couple of locals visiting as well. Yes it’s a seat but you could see why it’s just a seat. The look out was as far as the eye...  more »
  • This is a scenic overlook, a vista for an island photograph. It has a small parking lot along a narrow road following the ridge top. There is a park bench on the uphill side of the road which serves as a standing for the "seat." It is possible that some of Drake's crew members had an observation point near here but do you think Sir Francis himself climbed up that height?
  • The beauty alone is really a breath of fresh air .. Especially looking down on Magen's Bay Park from there.. Early in the morning is a good time to come as the sun is raising.. You can see the Atlantic ocean and the British Virgin Islands also . The evenings offers a romantic lane setting in or out of the car. Just bring your camera and dinner...

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