Emerald Beach

Named after the nearby airport, Lindbergh Bay is home to Emerald Beach, which provides soft, white sand that's popular with locals. The occasional sound of planes and proximity to the airport tends to deter tourists, though it is perfect for those that want calm waters and soft sand, without the hassle of a crowd.

Situated near the middle of the island of St. Thomas, Emerald Beach is on the West coast of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Social beachgoers will probably enjoy this beach because of its busy, urban location. In fact, Emerald Beach would be most convenient for those who are staying in the hotels nearby, and people who like to be in the center of the action.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is accessible by taxi, bus, car, or foot, thanks to its close proximity to the airport. Airport road connects directly to the beach, as well as to a small car park outside of the beach area.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach features calm, clear waters from the Lindbergh Bay and beautiful white sand that is perfect for barefoot strolling. Palm trees and sea grapes dot the shoreline, providing shade, while the curvature of the island gives a wonderful panoramic view of green and blue.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Emerald Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own unique cuisine, and the Virgin Islands is no different. One of the best places to experience the local specialties is right on the water. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Emerald Beach is the ultimate convenience.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Emerald Beach. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests seeking a break from the hot sun will not go leave unhappy. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

Emerald Beach with its choice of conveniences are of course found inside an area commonly frequented by travelers. With that fact in mind, if for you the amenities can make or break a good time, it will be an appropriate motivator to show up in the morning prior to when the other people show up or perhaps go to a different beach further away. If you come later, you may find all the amenities becoming overcrowded.

Although this beach's location so near an airport could prove disastrous for the environment, it has managed to maintain a high level of care for sustainability, a fact that earned it a renewal of its Blue Flag Certification in 2014 by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of St. Thomas. Herman E. Moore Golf Course is only a short distance away. Visitors will have the option to take a taxi or to walk, and it is one of the area's attractions.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of the Virgin Islands, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Creque Marine Slipway Ruins, which is a mile and a half away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Emerald Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Herman E. Moore Golf Course Golf Course 0.4 mi. NW St. Thomas
Reichhold Center Concert Halls and Performing Arts Centers 0.7 mi. NW St. Thomas
French Heritage Museum Museum 1.6 mi. E St. Thomas
Creque Marine Slipway Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. E Hassel Island
Fort Shipley Ruins Historical Site 1.9 mi. E Hassel Island
Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul Historical Site 1.9 mi. E St. Thomas
Market Square Historical Site 2.0 mi. E St. Thomas
Tree Limin' Extreme Zip Line Site 2.1 mi. NE St. Thomas
St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum 2.1 mi. E St. Thomas
Fish Face Art Gallery 2.2 mi. E St. Thomas
Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Garden 2.2 mi. NE St. Thomas
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 2.2 mi. E St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

Emerald Beach is near Charlotte Amalie, so walking the city is a definite option. Emerald Beach guests looking for other interesting places to see might want to think about heading over to Charlotte Amalie, because it's nearby and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Charlotte Amalie is just up the road, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Emerald Beach will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Visitors hoping to find a hotel room not far from Emerald Beach won't find it very tough, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the area. You can find the closest booking options by looking over what's shown below.

Accommodations near Emerald Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Island Beachcomber Hotel 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Best Western Carib Beach Resort 0.2 mi. ESE Resort
Emerald Beach Resort 0.2 mi. ESE Resort
Island View Guest House -- -- B & B
Olga's Fancy 1.7 mi. E Guest house
Miller Manor 1.9 mi. E Hotel
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast 2.2 mi. E B & B
The Crystal Palace 2.2 mi. E B & B
Bunker Hill Hotel 2.3 mi. E B & B
Mafolie Hotel 2.4 mi. ENE Hotel


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Emerald Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Beachcomber Bar and Grill is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant features eclectic food. They are also famous for their appetizers and barbecue. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a little ways away.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Emerald Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beachcomber Bar and Grill (340) 774-5250 Eclectic Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Caribbean Fusion (340) 777-8800 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Portobello Ristorante (340) 777-8800 Italian -- 0.2 mi. ESE
Atlantic Seafood & Internet Cafe (340) 774-1533 -- Very Casual -- --
Tickles Dockside Pub (340) 776-1595 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. E
Scoops & Brew (340) 690-2739 -- Very Casual 0.9 mi. E
Domino's Nisky Center (340) 776-3030 Italian Very Casual 0.9 mi. E
Subway Contant (340) 774-8160 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. E
Enkai Sushi Bar (340) 774-6254 Japanese Very Casual 1.4 mi. E
Da Pizza Boat -- Italian -- 1.5 mi. SSE
Dinghy's Beach Bar & Grill (340) 227-5525 American, Caribbean Very Casual 1.5 mi. SSE
Heidi's Honeymoon Grill -- American Very Casual 1.5 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach on St. Thomas will have lots of options besides Emerald Beach.

You may also want to try Brewers Bay, which is in a pretty active location. You'll find it less than a mile to the northwest. Brewer's Bay on St. Thomas is a long stretch of coastline with beautiful shores that rarely gets crowded during the week and is a great area for swimming. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Morning Star Beach could be a good option for you. You'll find it a brief car or taxi trip away.

You may also enjoy Sprat Bay Beach, located a mile and a half away.

There's plenty to see and do in the Virgin Islands, so visiting Emerald Beach is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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