FEATURED PORT: The Beaches of St Thomas
If you are looking to unplug, St Thomas has over 40 beaches for unwinding. This small island has it all from hidden coves to secluded shores and long stretches of sand with amenities galore.
Magens Bay is one of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean and its iconic shoreline can be seen on a multitude of postcards representing the island. Surrounded by lush emerald green hills, Magens Bay is one of the busiest beaches with water sport rentals and a lively beach bar.
Sapphire beach located on the east end is one of the liveliest beaches and the most popular offering plenty of swimming and snorkeling just steps from the shore. Views of St John can be seen along the horizon and there is a nearby marina for those looking for a little more adventure on the water. The beach itself never feels overrun and the steady breeze provides the best spot for wind surfing.
Coki Beach may be small however it’s the most active with colorful reefs accessible right off the beach with vendors lining the sandy shores along with rum bars offering live music performances. Keep in mind, it is adjacent to a theme park so it does draw more tourists throughout the day.
Lindquist beach offers striking views of the outlying islands and is nestled within Smith Bay Park which is a protected area. The turquoise water is ideal for snorkeling as the water is consistently clear and provides an escape from the crowds. The beach features a picnic pavilion and restrooms. Make sure to pack refreshments to enjoy during your stay.
Mermaid Chair is off the beaten path and offers a sense of solitude along with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. This thin strip of sand is no wider than 30 feet and is the most secluded of the beaches found in St Thomas. Make sure to pack accordingly as there are absolutely no facilities here.
Lindbergh Bay is a long broad beach offering ample shade and tends to be less crowded but still offers amenities such as two beachfront bars that overlook the glistening turquoise ocean and supply a variety of watersports rentals such as paddleboards and jet skis. Named after the pioneering American aviator Charles Lindbergh, sun bathers can watch the jets descend toward the nearby airport while basking in the tropical sun.
For those looking to swim with sea turtles, Brewers Bay on the west end is the best place to encounter sea life. This beach is considered the hidden gem found in plain sight. This wide bay behind the airport is also less frequented by tourists and provides an opportunity to relax without the crowds. You’ll want to pack your fins and snorkel as there are no rentals here. A few food trucks are known to be parked nearby and the beach does have showers and restrooms.
Whether you are searching for a tropical getaway to relax or looking for a bit of adventure on the water, St Thomas has the beach for you. Carnival is working with the local tour operators to offer nude excursions for our passengers. Whether you opt for an excursion or set out to find your ideal spot on your own, we hope you will join us this February and experience one of these beaches for yourself.
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