Beaches

Whether the subject of a photograph – or a passionate conversation about mother nature’s greatest gifts, the beaches of the US Virgin Islands offer endless topics to one and all.

Swimmers, snorkelers, divers and wanderers alike, find endless bliss in and around these incomparable teal blue waters.

The relatively small size of the islands means that one of its most awe-inspiring natural resources is within easy traveling distance. The beaches routinely rate among the best in the Caribbean, and offer variety unheard of on many islands.

To help you discover the one that’s right for you, here is a brief overview of some of the island’s best beaches. By the way, all beaches are open to the public, including those adjacent to hotel and resort properties. Some may charge a small fee to outside guests wishing to make use of amenities such as lounge chairs and water toys. However, you are sure to find courteous staff members, eager to assist you in arranging the best possible activities for your party.

Grand Bay Palace Beach

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LOCATION: SMITH BAY ROAD – NORTH EAST SHORE
Formerly the Renaissance Resort Beach, this seaside complex’s beach offers a dramatic view of St. John.  The locale is notably breezy-if not downright windy- with appropriate wat
The hotel that occupies this beach has recently changed hands and is in the process of a major facelift. The beach is…

Bluebeard’s Beach

EAST OF TOWN ON BOLONGO ROAD
The name of this locale can be a bit confusing because many islanders know the place better as Limetree. Due to a change in ownership, it is now officially known as Bluebeard’s. This picture-perfect beach runs along a natural cove. It’s a pretty stretch framed by blooming bougainvillea and other…

Magens Bay

LOCATION: At the end of tree-shaded Route 35 on St. Thomas’ north shore.
Deeded to the island as a public park, this beach has made many of the world’s “most beautiful” lists. It’s as breathtaking when seen from the perspective of the road above, as from the shore or from the warm and clear waters. You may…

Hull Bay

LOCATION: ON THE NORTH SHORE AT THE END OF HULL BAY ROAD JUST WEST OF MAGENS BAY.
A relatively quiet beach (except during fishing tournaments) this northern shore bas serves as a local anchoage.  The rougher waters at the bay’s western tip attract surfers.  Along the shaded beach the water is usually placid and pleasant.  You can…

Lindbergh Bay

LOCATION: AIRPORT ROAD
Closest to the airport, yet a world away, this delightful oasis offers the added convenience of several adjacent hotels including the Island Beachcomber, Emerald Beach and Carib Beach. Bear in mind your reverie will be regularly challenged by the sounds of commercial and private planes taking off and landing at nearby Cyril E.…

Sapphire Beach

LOCATION: Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, on the East End of the island.
Those seeking a festive beach experience will find Sapphire Beach to be very appealing. This glorious locale offers a stunning view of St. John and the British Virgin Islands. It is a good spot for windsurfing, and three reef areas just off the shore are…

Morningstar Beach

LOCATION: Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort.
Morningstar provides everything you need for beach fun and comfort. Hire a lounge chair and umbrella for the day and sit back with a cool drink from one of the bars. If you are more adventurous, rent snorkeling gear and explore the reefs at either end of the beach. For…

Bolongo Bay Beach

LOCATION: EAST OF TOWN ON BOLONGO ROAD
The sand is a touch coarse here but the visuals are grand. A barrier reef at the inlet provides continual surf to watch and listen too and slows the surf entering the bay. The hotel has a water sports hut offering all types of water toys or relax on…

Secret Harbour

LOCATION: On the East End at Route 322 which branches off from Route 30 in Red Hook.
What a breathtaking spot  made all the more enjoyable by a terraced restaurant, bar and water sports rentals.  The hotel will charge for the use of a lounge chair but it is well worth it.  Snorkeling is best near…

Coki Beach

LOCATION: NORTHEAST SIDE OF THE ISLAND ADJACENT TO THE ENTRANCE OF CORAL WORLD
With Thatch Key just across the Leeward Passage, Coki Beach offers some of the prettiest panoramas on the island. This funky little beach is known for its excellent scuba and snorkeling sites. Brightly painted stalls, beach bars and food stands add local color…