Since the currents are blowing from the northeast im guessing the south facing beaches will be where the calmer waters are in ST Thomas. Staying in sugar bay and saphire looks calm looking over. Can anyone confirm that? SH would seem a safe bet too. Have the familiy and looking for calm waters with snorkeling. Headed to st john later this week. Is Trunk Bay a safe bet too for calm waters? If not is there a better one we should go to? Thanks....
On StJ when the wind is blowing from the north, you can find refuge on any of the South side bays/beaches but this requires a car. Salt Pond or the Lamshur's would be my picks. I have found Little Lamshur to be glass calm on days that Hawksnest had >2ft surf.
On the North Shore, Honeymoon, Hawksnest, Jumbie will recieve the wind driven surf. Francis, right side of Cinnamon and right side of Trunk should provide some refuge from reasonable winds. Beware of currents on any beach during windy days even when on the leeward side of the bay.
Looking at my usual sources the wind direction looks to be steady from the east. The north shore beaches like Trunk will be calm. Maho and Francis Bays will be even calmer.
sapphire and what beach they have at sugar bay are really rough. Secret Harbor will be better as it faces south and has an east land buffer.
I live right above Sapphire and it is too rough to go down to for tonight!
I spent my day sailing today - for pleasure - very windy and rough water - especially at the tide change this morning - new moon tomorrow makes for a stronger current. But the wind was from the ESE and even SE at a solid 20+ Kts. and gusting particularly in the many squalls to 35+ Kts. -- try www.windguru.com or www.weathercarib.com for some good wind info as well.
The N side STJ beaches were flat calm.