Sugar Bay

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Sugar Bay is a tiny, bikini sized, nook of a beach along the eastern shore of St. Thomas. You can easily see from one end of the sandy shoreline to the other. The water is typically calm. The seafloor is rocky around the center-right of the bay which makes entry there challenging, but the rocks offer OK snorkeling for beginners. Juvenile fish like to hang out around the rocky outcrops. The left side of the bay is sandy, enter and swim in that area.

The shore is made up of fine sand with some small pebbles and rocks. It is dotted with a couple of large sea grape trees which provide some natural shade on an otherwise sun soaked beach. The beach offers a beautiful view including the ocean, boats traveling between islands, and nearby Mingo Cay, Lovango Cay, St. John and the British Virgin Islands in the distance. A dozen or so lounge chairs are set up along the shore, and a couple of umbrellas. There are no other amenities at the present time.

Sugar Bay Resort looks over the beach. The resort however is closed for renovations with limited occupancy by work crews. Caution tape and barricades block various areas of the resort property on route to the beach. The beach is not being maintained and has resumed a natural state. Due to the resort being closed the beach is typically deserted. (Resort status last checked in July 2019)

Access and Transportation: No entrance fee. There is a guard at the resort entrance that you must check in with. There is a parking lot. A bus stop is located along the public road just beside the resort entrance. A taxi can take you there, and you should arrange a taxi return pick up at a set time.


Go Here
If you’re part of a work crew staying on the property, or you are cool with a closed-resort beach. 
Don't Go Here
If you want a beach with amenities, and well-maintained surroundings. 

Beach Amenities

  • Swimming
  • Food Vendors
  • Bathrooms
  • Hotel
  • Taxi's Available
  • Parking Available
  • Jet Ski


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How to Determine Hiking Difficulty


  • Little Gain
  • Short Distance
  • Fair Health
  • Trail Condition Good


  • Moderate Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good


  • Significant Gain
  • Medium Distance
  • Good Health
  • Trail Condition Good


  • Significant Gain
  • Longer Distance
  • Excellent Health
  • Trail Condition Good

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Hiking on St. John is a popular activity that lets you enjoy the tropical outdoors. We recommend using the St. John Trail Bandit Hiking Map/Guide to plan your hikes. 

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Hiking Tips

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Avoid hiking or swimming alone.
  • Allow for sufficient time to explore, swim and rest.
  • Remain on park trails – some trails cross private property, do not trespass into private property.
  • Wear cool clothing, comfortable walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Sneakers are your best option.
  • Protect yourself against the sun and insects.
  • Bring water and snacks.
  • Do not leave items or garbage on the trails. Make sure you leave with all the items you brought with you.
  • Do not remove anything from the park property; this includes but is not limited to shells, rocks, artifacts, flowers, plants and animals.
  • Pace yourself to prevent fatigue. Watch footing on wet rocks and trails made rough and slippery at times by heavy rainfall.
  • Do not eat unknown fruits, nuts or berries. Some plants and fruits are poisonous and can cause allergic reactions. Do not touch unfamiliar plants. Avoid handling or picking plant life that may harbor stinging insects, cause rashes, scratches or skin punctures. Many plants have thorns beware, look but don’t touch. Some ground covering shrubs cause severe itching – it is in your best interest to stay on trails.
  • Do not climb on fragile historic structures. Leave artifacts in place.
  • Hike early and return early.
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