St. Thomas is blessed with some of the best and most picturesque beaches in the Caribbean. Visitors who want the quintessential tropical beach experience complete with white sand, sparkling water, and rustling palm trees will have no problem finding plenty of beaches that fit the bill.
However, the best beaches on St. Thomas are often the most crowded ones, because perfection brings popularity. Magens Bay Beach, for example, is truly stunning, but also a magnet for families and the cruise ship crowd, and as a result is often filled dune-to-dune with beachgoers. Perfection also comes at a price: Magens Bay Beach may be the most beautiful one on the island, but it's the only one you have to pay to use.
But considering that the island is only 13 miles long and 4 miles wide, there are many other easily-accessible places to find sun and surf, even for those who don't have access to a car. Visitors can take public buses to the East End's gorgeous Sapphire Beach, which is popular with windsurfers and snorkelers. And Coki Beach, near Coral World, is a great place to relax and an even better place to snorkel.
Visitors wanting a more private, low-key beach experience may have to hoof it a little, but it's worth the trek. Vessup Bay beach near Red Hook, and Hull Bay beach on the north shore don't have much in the way of amenities and you'll have to take a taxi to get there. But it'll be just you and a smattering of locals, plus the odd fisherman, and maybe an iguana or two to keep watch over you while you relax.
(Magens Bay Road)
Route 38 (Smith Bay Road)
At Sapphire Beach Resort
Between the Wyndham and Sapphire Beach Resorts
Route 388 next to Coral World
(At Marriott Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort)
Route 30 (Brewers Bay Road)