Mountain Top offers one of the largest duty free shops under one roof in the Caribbean. Find everything from clothing and jewelry to souvenirs and alcohol. Mountain Top is also said to be the birthplace of the banana daiquiri. Try one for yourself at the bar located inside the shop. The highlight for many visitors is the view from their observation deck, where you can see over a dozen islands and cays, including the British Virgin Islands.
Mountain Top is featured on just about every sightseeing tour of St. Thomas. Depending on your interests, combine a stop here with some time on the beach or in the water, shopping in Charlotte Amalie, or visiting historical sites such as Blackbeard’s Castle. Opt for a private tour to fully customize your itinerary.
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Things to know before you go
- Don’t forget your camera; the view from the observation deck is considered one of the best on the island.
- There are restrooms, and the shop is air conditioned.
- Mountain Top is wheelchair accessible.
How to get there
Mountain Top is located at the top of St. Peter Mountain. Free parking is available on site. Avoid the hassle of driving up and down the very narrow and windy road, particularly if you plan on enjoying a few daiquiris, by taking a taxi, shuttle, or guided tour.
When to get there
Visit on a clear day for the best views, when you can see as far as Puerto Rico and Culebra. The site is a popular stop with cruise ship passengers; visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon to beat the crowds.
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden
Located not far from Mountain Top is the Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden. The garden is home to more than 1,000 orchids, and hundreds of bromeliads, heliconias, gingers, succulents, and other tropical plants and trees. There are paved walking paths and outdoor sitting areas, plus a Balinese gazebo, a snack bar, and a gift shop.