The tropical Caribbean island of St. Thomas, often referred to as Rock City, as it is made up of one big mountain, is the most developed of the US Virgin Islands, but still has a number of spectacular natural sights that are worth visiting. Among these are its beaches, with over 40 different stretches of sun-drenched sugary sand to choose from.
Magens Bay is the most popular beach on St. Thomas, but it is also one of the busiest, which can often be frustrating for those seeking out some peace and tranquillity. Fortunately, along Magens Bay’s Peterborg Peninsula, there are a number of sandy coves to be found, with Little Magens being the largest of them all. With no road or parking available, Little Magens may be harder to access than Magens Bay, but the way in which it is so sparsely populated makes the effort worthwhile.
Vessup Bay is one of the island’s less developed stretches of coastline and features a long stretch of glimmering white sand, as well as calm waters that are ideal for swimming. Since this area is less developed, there is a great variety of local plants all along the shoreline, from cacti to sea grape trees, as well as plenty of sea grass that gets washed up onto the shore.
A beautiful beach that is lined with coconut palm trees, Bolongo Bay is often quiet, meaning that you can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day. Since there is a fantastic restaurant and bar located on the beach, it is quite easy to spend the whole day here, snacking away on local dishes and sipping on tropical cocktails. For those who want some more action, Bolongo Bay also has a watersports concession stand, where you can rent out water bikes, kayaks, and other equipment.
Lying adjacent to the University of the Virgin Islands, Brewer’s Bay is an exceptionally clean beach, and this is largely down to the fact that it is regularly maintained by students of the university. The beach is filled with beautiful sea shells and other treasures, while the road in front of it is lined with food trucks that sell a range of local street snacks, from Johnny cakes to salted fish to burgers.
Secret Harbour is home to one of the best snorkeling spots on the island, with turquoise waters and a coral reef that are simply teeming with fish. There are palm trees scattered across the beach, giving it quite the tropical vibe, and a large floating raft anchored in the middle of the bay, which is perfect for soaking up the sun, and plenty of fun for children to play on. This is another beach that has a highly rated beach bar and restaurant, making it another popular spot for those who want to spend the day lounging on the pristine white sand.
The beaches around the Caribbean are known all over the world, and St. Thomas is home to several spectacular ones. From the intimacy of Little Magens to the tropical marine life in the Secret Harbour, these beaches are all worth exploring when visiting Rock City.