On our bucket list of things to see and do on St. Thomas was a hike to Mermaid’s Chair. This “hike” was more of a walk really, as it is 90% paved and inside an exclusive gated development on the west end of the island. We drove with our intrepid little group of hikers to the west end, and parked outside the gated entrance to The Preserve at Botany Bay. We made the trek (some conflicting reports, but the number I read the most was a mile) to the beach and the geological feature they call Mermaid’s Chair.
While it’s been hard to find some reputable history about it, Mermaid’s Chair is a unique strip of sand with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. We made our way through some bushes to the other side of the point and got to explore really cool rock formations and tide pools looking out at West Cay and Big Current Hole. Even though the walk is mostly paved, it is ALL UPHILL on the way back. Needless to say we were a pretty sweaty group by the end. We rewarded ourselves with Mexican food and margaritas. It was a great day and we crossed another adventure off our list. If there is something you’ve been wanting to do, go do it!
There is more to life than increasing its speed.
– Mahatma Gandhi