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.

Located on the island of St. Thomas, Emerald Beach is on the West edge of the island, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. The Virgin Islands' beaches are known for being secluded spots, which offer tranquility and relaxation. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, others need the kind of activity and variety you'll find at Emerald Beach.

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.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There are several types of dining experiences in the Virgin Islands that visitors can partake in, but having a meal on the beach can be especially fun. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

Emerald Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. Additionally, you will have access to chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for a relaxing spot in the shade will not be disappointed. You will find the water here is fit for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

You should remember that the area surrounding Emerald Beach is rather congested, so the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

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


This beach is positioned on the West coast of St. Thomas. It's located near Herman E. Moore Golf Course, which is seen a quarter mile away, and it is among the attractions in the vicinity.

Historical attractions such as Creque Marine Slipway Ruins offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Emerald Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about the Virgin Islands, without venturing too far from the coast. In fact, this shore is a mile and a half from this destination of historical interest.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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
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
Bambini Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 2.2 mi. E St. Thomas
Synagogue of Beracha Veshalom Vegmiluth Hasidim Historical Site 2.2 mi. E St. Thomas
Dutch Reformed Church Historical Site 2.3 mi. E St. Thomas
Crowell's Battery Historical Site 2.3 mi. ESE Hassel Island

Cities and Towns

Emerald Beach is very close to Charlotte Amalie, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Emerald Beach tourists hoping to find additional places to explore should think about going to Charlotte Amalie, which is not far away and is an active, busy area. From the coast, Charlotte Amalie isn't far off, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Emerald Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Guests hoping to find a place to stay near Emerald Beach shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in the surrounding area. Find the closest hotel booking options by viewing what's shown in the table 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
Best Western Emerald Beach Resort 0.2 mi. ESE Resort
Island View Guest House -- -- B & B
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
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast 2.4 mi. E B & B
Hotel 1829 2.4 mi. E Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Beachcomber Bar and Grill is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features eclectic food. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their appetizers and barbecue. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists dining options near 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
Portobello Ristorante (340) 777-8800 Italian -- 0.2 mi. ESE
Caribbean Fusion (340) 777-8800 Caribbean Very Casual 0.2 mi. ESE
Atlantic Seafood & Internet Cafe (340) 774-1533 -- Very Casual -- --
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
Thirteen (340) 774-6800 Contemporary, International Informal 1.6 mi. N
Rum Shandy (340) 775-7861 American Very Casual 1.6 mi. E

Other Beaches

Emerald Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on St. Thomas.

You may also want to try Brewers Bay, which is generally a pretty popular beach. 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. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Morning Star Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located a short taxi ride away.

You might also want to visit Sprat Bay Beach, located a mile and a half to the southeast.

Emerald Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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