Many people choose St. Thomas for their vacation getaway because of its beautiful beaches. Just outside of crowded downtown Charlotte Amalie are some of the most spectacular beaches in the West Indies. From the idyllic setting and powder white sands of Magens Bay to the amazing aqua-and-white contrasts of Sapphire Beach, St. Thomas has the picture-perfect stretches of beach that you have been looking for. You can also visit some of the smaller coves on the western shore. Without a doubt, St. Thomas has a beach to suit every taste.

Below you will find a list of some of the beaches on St. Thomas. Whether you wish to snorkel, scuba dive, windsurf or just lounge in the sun there is a beach for you on St. Thomas. Here are some the island's best beaches, including their amenities and how to get there.

Blue Beard's Beach -

Know for its excellent snorkeling, and perfect sailboard and windsurfing conditions. This beach is a must.  Lay among the coconut palms, while the warm breezes relax your soul.  It also has a lovely view of St. John and surrounding islands. Known for its excellent windsurfing, Bluebeard's Beach is quiet and un-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. The beach is adjacent to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, at the end of Bluebeard's Road (Route 322), which branches off Route 30 near Red Hook.

 

Magen's Bay -

Deeded to the island as a public park, the beach at Magens Bay has been named one of the world's 10 most beautiful on many lists. It is located on St. Thomas' north shore. Covered picnic tables, showers, dressing rooms, a boutique, a snack bar and snorkeling and small sailboat rentals are available. Admission is $1 per car, $1 per person and 25˘ per child under 12.

 

Bolongo Bay  -

This is the place to be if you want to catch some rays and check out some of the islands best underwater scenery.  Armed with mask and snorkel, visitors can view the sandy ocean floor, coral-encrusted rocks, and colorful tropical fish.

 

Coki Beach  - 

These tranquil waters are ideal for SCUBA diving and other various water sports.  Walk in the surf and become one with the constant cooling trade winds. On the northeast side of the island, Coki Beach offers some of the prettiest views--with Thatch Key just across the Leeward Passage. Scuba diving and snorkeling are excellent in the calm, clear water, and gear is available for rent. Other amenities include a bathhouse and rest rooms, as well as a nearby pâté stand where visitors can pick up lunch.

 

Vessup Bay -

At the end of Bluebeard's Road (Route 322), near Red Hook, is Vessup Bay. A gorgeous white-sand beach interspersed with clusters of rocks curves its way along Vessup Bay. Seagrape trees, cacti and century plants add to the 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

 

Hull Bay  - 

At Hull Bay you'll find yourself amidst real Caribbean life.  Local fishermen anchor here, and some swimmers pass their day.  The western tip of this beach is frequented by the islands surfer population, where rougher waters provide awesome waves. Hull Bay 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. For just a few dollars, local boat owners will take visitors on a tour of the bay, featuring a commanding view of Hans Lollick Island and a ride into Magens Bay from Tropaco Point.

 

Limetree Beach

This beach runs along a natural cove.  The sparkling shore line is home to many iguanas - a tropical American lizard.  Relax on the beach while watching sailboats and cruise ships glide by. East of downtown, near Morningstar Beach, is Limetree Beach. The picture-perfect strand runs along a natural cove. It is also a popular spot for iguana watching.

 

Morning Star Beach  -  

You'll easily be entertained for the entire day at this gem of a beach.   Windsurfing lessons, snorkeling, and beach chair and umbrella rentals are just some of the attractions.  Fill your day with sun and fun, and then sit back with a cool drink from a full service bar. Morningstar Beach is not only one of the most attractive beaches in the Virgin Islands, it is also truly unique, providing everything needed for a comfortable, fun day. Sunbathers may hire a lounge chair and umbrella for the day and sit back with a cool drink from one of the two full-service bars. Snorkeling gear may be rented to explore the reefs at either end of the beach. Sporting types can sharpen their skills on a Sunfish or learn to windsurf from a certified Mistral windsurfing instructor. Sailboard rentals are available. The beach also offers a vantage point from which to watch sailboats and cruise ships glide past the eastern point of St. Thomas Harbor.

 

Sapphire Beach -

A perfect spot for snorkeling and windsurfing, or play a rigorous game of volleyball with the locals.  Sapphire is the only word you need to hear to describe this lovely spot and its view of the British Virgin Islands, and St. John. On the east end of the island, Sapphire Beach offers a stunning view of St. John and the British Virgin Islands. It is a good spot for windsurfing, and the reef areas just off the beach are great for snorkeling. Amenities include a marina, restaurants and a beachside dive shop that rents equipment.

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