Category: 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

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 GARD Pro Not Registered The hotel that occupies this beach has recently changed hands and is in the process of…

Sapphire Beach

LOCATION: Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina, on the East End of the island. GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

Bolongo Bay Beach

LOCATION: EAST OF TOWN ON BOLONGO ROAD GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

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…

Elysian Beach

LOCATION:  ON THE EAST END AT ROUTE 322 BRANCHING OFF ROUTE 30 IN RED HOOK GARD Pro Not Registered At the Elysian Beach Resort sits this gem of a water sports destination.  Head out in a sunfish and go exploring or relax under a palm tree on this snow-white beach.  Perhaps the only drawback is…

Bluebeard’s Beach

EAST OF TOWN ON BOLONGO ROAD GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

Magens Bay

LOCATION: At the end of tree-shaded Route 35 on St. Thomas’ north shore. GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

Hull Bay

LOCATION: ON THE NORTH SHORE AT THE END OF HULL BAY ROAD JUST WEST OF MAGENS BAY. GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

Lindbergh Bay

LOCATION: AIRPORT ROAD GARD Pro Not Registered 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…

Morningstar Beach

LOCATION: Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Beach Resort. GARD Pro Not Registered 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…