St. Thomas Beaches
Known for its excellent windsurfing, Bluebeard's is quiet and
not crowded. Sailboarders and snorkelers will find plenty to do
here, although equipment must be rented elsewhere. The beach,
shaded by coconut palms, affords views of St. John and sailboats
making their way between the islands. Location: Adjacent to The
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, at the end of Bluebeard's Road (Route
322), which branches off Route 30 near Red Hook.
Located next to Coral World, this little beach is popular among locals and tour groups, where the waters offer excellent snorkeling and a great opportunity to learn scuba diving.
This is a tranquil strand on the northern shore. The bay serves
as an anchorage for local fishermen, and surfers enjoy the
rougher waters along the bay's western tip. Along the shaded
beach, however, the water is usually placid and pleasant.
There's a nearby bar and restaurant where you can refresh
yourself with cool drinks and delicious food. Location: On the
north shore, just west of Magens Bay.
This picture-perfect beach runs along a natural cove. A
concessionaire rents water-sports equipment. It is also a
popular spot for iguana watching. Location: East of downtown,
next to Morningstar Beach.
Deeded to the island as a public park, this beach has been named
one of the world's most beautiful on many lists. Covered picnic
tables, showers, dressing rooms, a boutique, a snack bar, a
pizzeria, full-service bar and snorkeling and small sailboat
rentals are available. Admission is $1 per car, $1 per person
and 25¢ per child under 12. Location: At the end of tree-shaded
Route 35 on St. Thomas' north shore.
Morningstar is not only one of the most attractive beaches in
the Virgin Islands, it is also truly unique, providing
everything you need for a comfortable, fun day. Rent a lounge
chair and umbrella for the day and sit back with a cool drink
from one of the two full-service bars. When the spirit moves
you, rent some snorkeling gear and explore the reefs at either
end of the beach. For a little more action, you can sharpen your
skills on a Sunfish or learn to windsurf from a certified
instructor. The beach offers a vantage point from which to watch
sailboats and cruise ships glide past the eastern point of St.
Thomas' harbor. Location: Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach
Resort, relatively close to town.
A favorite of windsurfers, the beach has fine white sand and beautiful views of St. John and offshore cays, and offers excellent snorkeling at the reef to the east, near Pettyklip Point.
A gorgeous white-sand beach, interspersed with clusters of
rocks, curves its way along this bay; seagrape trees, cacti and
century plants provide a tropical backdrop. For an invigorating
outing, walk the length of the beach, climb the rocks or wade
around them. Water-sports equipment can be rented from a
concessionaire at the populated end of the beach. Location: At
the end of Bluebeard's Road (Route 322), which branches off
Route 30 near Red Hook.
One of the best all-round snorkeling sites is found along
Cane Bay, on Route 80, on the north shore of the island. On
clear days you can swim out 150 yards to the drop-off and look
hundreds of feet down a wall. Fish and coral formations are in
of Frederiksted the exposed coral has washed smooth and created
small pools that teem with sea life. One called "Monk's Baths"
is found a half mile before the north end of Route 63.
Christiansted harbor also offers snorkeling. Just to the
right of the swimming area at the Hotel on the Cay beach, clear
calm waters reveal all kinds of small fish, coral and even
East of Christiansted at the hotel. Non-guest fee $4 for use of
the beach and changing facilities. Towels for hotel guests only.
Watersports, snorkeling, beach bar.
Northside along the coast on Route 80. Sandy beaches, shade and
snorkeling off the reefs close to shore. Dive center, bar and
Chenay Bay Beach
East of Christiansted on Route 82. Restaurant and bar at Chenay
Bay Beach Resort; also sandy beach, hammocks, beach chair and
Colony Cove Beach
Artificial tire reef near shore, full natural reef with
excellent snorkeling. Check with front desk for admission to
Columbus Landing Beach
The historic site of the 1493 landing of the fleet of Columbus
on Salt River. Access by road to the left of the marina. Public
land. Minimal facilities.
Cormorant Beach Club
West of Christiansted. Fine palm-fringed, sandy beaches,
restaurant and bar; also snorkeling, water sports center. Watch
for undertow in rough seas.
Public beach at the end of Route 82. Recently renovated changing
rooms; bathrooms; limited facilities.
Hibiscus Beach Hotel
West of Christiansted. Palm-fringed sandy beach, snorkeling.
Watch out for undertow in rough seas. Restaurant and bar.
Hotel on the Cay
Across from Christiansted by ferry ($3 charge). Full water sports
facility including parasailing, wave runners, wind surfers,
snorkeling. Restaurant and bar.
East end of the island at Teague Bay on Route 82. Duggan's Reef
restaurant and bar.
Lovely, secluded beach in southwest corner of St. Croix. Open
weekends, recommended for groups only. No facilities.
East of Christiansted. Turn right at gate to the Buccaneer
Hotel; after checking with guard, proceed to parking at the end
of the road. Path to fine sandy beach. No facilities.
North of Frederiksted on Route 63. One mile of beach. Beach use
fee $2. Beach chair rental. Beach restaurant and bar.