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(@soxman21)
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Just wondering if this gem is still hidden. In the past when staying at sapphire I would use Lindquist on heavy cruise ship days to avoid the crowds. Just wondering if this is still the case or if Lindquist has made it to the cruise ship tour stop.

 
Posted : March 9, 2012 3:49 pm
(@stt-resident)
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There's a brand new road leading into it, benches and tables have been set up and there are temporary bathrooms - but with no vendors there it remains quite quiet. Not on the cruise ship stop yet. Now that it's undergoing such changes the pictures of me cantering a horse along the beach are becoming "history"!!!

 
Posted : March 9, 2012 4:29 pm
(@ms411)
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Most cruisers want beaches with amenities like restaurants, bars, bathrooms, showers, and snorkeling. A few cruisers want an undeveloped beach like Lindquist, and they are now asking questions about it on cruisecritic.com.

Depending on when you are coming, there may not be any cruisers at all. This summer more ships are going to Europe so most of STT will be quiet.

Here's my slideshow from my trip to Lindquist last week:

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1471903

 
Posted : March 9, 2012 7:17 pm
(@blu4u)
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The beach is not crowded at all. Magen Bay Authority does a wonderful job. In addition to the "improvements" noted above, the beach is much cleaner then before MBA took over management. There were a few times in the past I felt a little un-easy at Lindquist, but this is not the case now. Enjoy.

 
Posted : March 9, 2012 11:10 pm
(@just4steven)
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I just had my first visit a couple days ago and all I can say is WOW! The water and the view of the other islands is just amazing! My thoughts is that it was busy for a "non-busy" beach and I did not get there until 3:30 pm and there was only one cruise ship in port. I was actually at Magahns before I came to smith bay and I thought the quite half of Magans had a less people to size ratio. At Smith Bay pretty much all tables were taken. This was last Thursday. But still, it is not really busy, just saying I thought there would be less people. I WOULD GO BACK IN A SECOND THOUGH! WOW! Water so blue and it almost felt like I could reach out and touch St John

 
Posted : March 11, 2012 7:08 pm
(@gerie)
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ms411, Thanks for sharing your slide show. I love that everytrail format. Lovely pictures.

 
Posted : March 11, 2012 9:40 pm
(@blu4u)
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just4steven wrote:
I just had my first visit a couple days ago and all I can say is WOW! The water and the view of the other islands is just amazing! My thoughts is that it was busy for a "non-busy" beach and I did not get there until 3:30 pm and there was only one cruise ship in port. I was actually at Magahns before I came to smith bay and I thought the quite half of Magans had a less people to size ratio. At Smith Bay pretty much all tables were taken. This was last Thursday. But still, it is not really busy, just saying I thought there would be less people. I WOULD GO BACK IN A SECOND THOUGH! WOW! Water so blue and it almost felt like I could reach out and touch St John

The improvements made to this beach make it more popular with local families and condo/villa guests. Many years ago, it had a "iffy" vibe and alot of trash. I'm gald more folks are enjoying this lovely spot. Compared to Cokki and Sapphire, Lindquist is 'empty". I have to agree with you about Megens. I can always find a table, even in the summer when the kids camps take over the larger pavillions. Happy exploring and please post more of your impressions as your trip progresses.

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 12:37 am
(@exit-zero)
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It is Magens Bay - a proud family name - not Megens, Magans or Magahns as all were mentioned above.

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 12:51 am
(@blu4u)
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Thanks for the spelling correction.... Sorry if you were offended.

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 1:14 am
(@stt-resident)
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exit zero wrote:
It is Magens Bay - a proud family name - not Megens, Magans or Magahns as all were mentioned above.

Thank you Exit. I understand visitors making errors with its spelling but it's pretty mind boggling when people who allegedly live here get it wrong time and time again. But maybe they just don't care about either knowing or preserving island history!

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 7:50 am
(@ms411)
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Thanks, Gerie. I love that app! I'm trying to do all the STT beaches in everytrail (did Emerald and Secret Harbor this weekend.) Will do Morningstar next weekend. Tough job, eh???;)

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 8:29 pm
(@blu4u)
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Good work Ms411! One photo = 1,000 words (and no need to spell check!)

 
Posted : March 12, 2012 10:26 pm
(@ms411)
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Thanks, blu4u! I guess that's why I started creating the slideshows - it makes it so much easier to answer all the beach questions. For beaches with restaurants, I'm trying to include pictures of the menu.

 
Posted : March 13, 2012 2:44 am
(@blu4u)
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Smart idea. How 'bout some shots of parking area (so visitors know what to expect) bathrooms, other facilities, rental shacks? Pictures from the water looking back to beach are nice too. Cannon makes a sweet little H2O proof camera, takes video too.

 
Posted : March 13, 2012 12:59 pm
(@ms411)
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Ha, ha! Lindquist has port-a-potties and they're in the photo. I do include photos of the public bathrooms. I did a seaprate slideshow of the short walk from the main road to Lindquist so I could measure the distance. Don't know if you can see the parking area in the last photo. Maybe next time I'm there I'll take photos of the parking areas to slip those in. Thanks for the suggestions.

I'm using my phone to do the photos, so no water for me! I'm not even trusting one of those waterproof cases.

When I take my Pentax underwater out of the box and read the manual, I'll do separate underwater videos or slideshows. Right now I'm working on the Afternoon on the Green Food Sale. Then the Orchid Show, then the Flotilla... 🙂

 
Posted : March 13, 2012 2:03 pm
(@blu4u)
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I only saw three photos, didn't realize there were more. My bad. Thanks for taking the time to document the lovely low key attractions "non-commerical" spots .

 
Posted : March 13, 2012 2:24 pm
(@klsherrick)
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My husband and I got married there 4 years ago, it was just beautiful. We planned the wedding for 10am on a non cruise ship day.....only 5 other people on the whole beach.

 
Posted : March 28, 2012 6:59 pm

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