Best Beaches | St. Thomas, USVI

Saphire Beach

The beach is located on the east end at Sapphire Beach Resort. This was one of my favorite beaches due to the good snorkeling. Every time I went out, I saw at least one ray and one turtle in the grass beds.

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Coki Beach

Located on Coki Point right before Coral World Ocean Park, this white sand beach with crystal clear water offers excellent snorkeling and diving. Beachside restaurants serve picnic fare including burgers, sandwiches and some local dishes. There is a dive shop, jet ski rental and several vendors renting snorkel gear, beach chairs and floats. Entrance to the beach is free, but it is $5 for a chair and $10 for an umbrella. It is a busy beach, not one for peace and quiet. There is good snorkeling around the back side of Coki Point, but it is also very exposed to the elements, make sure you are a strong swimmer and have fins on.

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Secret Harbor

Secret Harbor on the southeast end of the island has calm water and soft white sand. Visitors will find lots of colorful fish in the waters, so grab a snorkel mask and explore the coral reef on the right side of the beach for some of the best snorkeling on the island.

A small hotel on the beach provides chairs and hammocks — but for hotel guests only. A beach bar and restaurant offer food and drink; bathrooms and outdoor rinse showers are available as well.

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Lindquist Beach

One of St. Thomas’s most pristine beaches, Lindquist Beach is situated on the east end of the island. The water is crystal-clear and typically calm. The left side of the beach is great for snorkeling. Owned by the Virgin Islands government it is well maintained and kept clean. There are a few picnic tables but get there early!

Magen’s Bay

If you’ve heard people talk about St. Thomas beaches, more than likely they are talking about Magen’s Bay. Known as one of the Top 10 beaches in the Caribbean, Magen’s Bay Beach — on the north side of the island — has a host of amenities to go along with its calm blue water. Because of its famous beauty, Megan’s Bay is popular with the cruise ship crowd. So if you like peace and quiet, go early or go late.

Though you’ll pay an entrance fee, the amenities are worth the price: three restrooms, a beach bar and snack bar, a wheelchair ramp, lots of parking and pavilions to rent. A boutique sells swimsuits and T-shirts, and you can also rent chairs. Kayaks, paddle boats and sunfish can be rented by the hour, too. The 1-mile stretch of white sand has picnic tables, lifeguards, and plenty of shade.The water is usually very calm in this heart-shaped protected bay. Lifeguards are on duty.

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Limetree Beach

There is often a bit of gentle surf on this beach. It is a bit rocky as you enter the water so tread carefully. Limetree is usually very quiet with not too many people around. There is a watersports hut open every day except Saturday.

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Brewer’s Bay Beach

Brewer’s Bay Beach is located next to the University of the Virgin Islands, just northwest of the airport. It is a great place to grab a sea shell or two and soak in the Caribbean sun. Food trucks on the road in front of the beach sell local treats like johnny cakes, saltfish, and burgers.

Hull Bay

If you want to explore St. Thomas like a local, then find your way to Hull Bay. Hull Bay is one of those relatively unknown beaches on the islands that few known about save for the locals who cherish it. Located on the island’s north shore, Hull Bay is scenic and fairly quiet with a calm surf and jagged bay.

The white sand beach is the most obvious and attractive element of the backdrop, lined by grape trees offering visitors shade to lounge in. There are several places to park (especially on weekdays and outside of peak season when parking near the water is possible), a small bar and restaurant that offers occasional live music.

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