St. Thomas Beach Guide

Northside

While Magens Bay sits in the limelight, the Northside does have other beaches.

Southside

Limetree Beach is a small, pretty beach that runs along a natural cove. Perfect for a quiet day of laying out.

East End

Nestled in a quiet, protected bay the water is usually very calm; perfect for swimming.

West End

The beach is not developed, but it is located in walking distance from the University of the Virgin Islands campus.

St. Thomas has over 40 major beaches along its sun-drenched coasts. There are strands with crystal blue water and swaying coconut trees where a beach bum can enjoy a lazy-lazy day. For the restless beach goers there are sandy coves with activities like windsurfing and kayaks. Some shores are rugged and rocky offering beauty, solitude and the opportunity to daydream about castaway fantasies. And there are widely popular bays with amenities like restaurants and chair rentals.

In this St. Thomas Beach Guide you will find 20 of the island’s most popular beaches, and a few off-the-beaten-track spots; complete with description, map, photos and reviews. Whether you are looking for snorkeling, people watching, a family beach or the perfect spot for your beach wedding – this guide will help!

Beaches at a Glance

Click on Overview or Beach Name for more details.

Northside Overview | Map                                                               
Dorothea Bay
Hull Bay
Magens Bay
Little Magens
Mandahl Bay
Southside Overview | Map                                                               
Bolongo Bay
Limetree Beach
Morningstar
Lindberg Bay
East End Overview | Map                                                               
Coki Point
Water Bay
Sugar Bay
Lindquist Beach
Sapphire Beach
Vessup Bay
Bluebeards Beach
Turtle Cove
Cowpet Bay
Secret Harbor
West End Overview | Map                                                               
Brewer's Bay
Botany Bay
Fortuna Bay

Note Resort beaches are open to the public; only some however rent chairs and water sports gear to non-guests. Swimming pools and similar resort amenities are typically reserved for registered-guests only.

Beach Information and Tips

  • All beaches on St. Thomas are open to the public. Beyond the tree line however is often private property and should be respected as such.
  • There are no clothing optional beaches on St. Thomas; public nudity is illegal.
  • Removing shells from beaches on St. Thomas is illegal.
  • Don’t feed marine life or sea birds. Food not naturally in their diet, like various human foods, can create health problems for these animals.
  • Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sun block, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sun, rum and fun can spell dehydration; drink plenty of water.

Related Articles

  1. Smith Bay Park (Newly developed beach park on St. Thomas.)
  2. Magens Bay Watershed Preserve (Learn about this popular beach park.)
  3. Coral Reef 101 (Read about Coral Reefs.)
  4. The Queen Conch (You might see these marine critters.)

Northside Beach Map

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A must have book for everyone visiting St. John, even frequent visitors and residents! It includes all that is St. John from culture and people to history and fauna. Excellent detailed information about hiking trails, coastal walks, rock scrambles and historical ruins. Also includes beaches.

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