Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach is located on St. Thomas and features soft, white sand perfect for a beach stroll or sunbathing. Snorkeling at the offshore reefs is popular and a nearby dive shop rents equipment and beach chairs. Windsurfing is also a prime activity in the waters of this beach. A local restaurant and a beach bar serve island snacks and fruity drinks for your convenience.

Located in East End, Sapphire Beach is on the East coast of St. Thomas. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Active, fun-seeking vacationers might like this beach due to its busy, urban location. In fact, Sapphire Beach would be especially convenient for guests of the nearby hotels, and people who like to be in the center of the action.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the beach is provided by a small carpark off of Smith Bay Road (Route 38). Guests hould turn onto Pavillion Road and take a small, unnamed path right, which will lead directly to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Sapphire Beach's spectacular views of the Caribbean and St. John greet guests, with an excellent view of St. John Bay framed by hills and private estates. The wide, soft sands and blue waters are popular with families and watersport enthusiasts, especially windsurfers. Two coral reefs provide excellent snorkeling opportunities at Sapphire Beach on the east side of St. Thomas.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Sapphire Beach at all, it's worth a try. There are many types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in the Virgin Islands, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Also, you'll have access to lounge chairs at this spot. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you want to do some underwater exploration. The view to St. John from Sapphire Beach is has been called glorious, and the waters are often calm, creating a very family-friendly atmosphere, attracting both locals and island visitors.

Bear in mind that the area right around Sapphire Beach is a popular spot, so you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Sapphire Beach on the East coast of St. Thomas. It's located near Coral World Ocean Park, which is situated one and an eighth miles away, and it is among the favorite destinations in the area.

If you want to mix a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to The Virgin Island's Children's Museum, a lovely museum found five miles away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

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

Activities and Attractions Near Sapphire Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Coral World Ocean Park Aquarium 1.1 NW St. Thomas
Nadir Recreation Area Park 2.1 SW St. Thomas
Clinton Phipps Racetrack Sporting Event Venue 2.2 SW St. Thomas
Mahogany Run Public Golf Course Golf Course 3.8 WNW St. Thomas
Paradise Point Sky-Tram Cable Car 4.4 W St. Thomas

Cities and Towns

The town of Red Hook is close-by and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the shore, Red Hook is a quick trip away, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Vacationers trying to find a place to stay close to the beach won't find it very tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to choose from in the surrounding area. You can find the closest and most convenient booking options by perusing those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Sapphire Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina 0.3 mi. SE Resort
Crystal Cove 0.5 mi. SSE Resort
Margaritaville Vacation Club 0.7 mi. WNW Resort
Dreams Sugar Bay Resort & Spa 0.7 mi. WNW Resort
Two Sandals by the Sea Inn 1.4 mi. S B & B
Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas 1.4 mi. SSE Hotel
Secret Harbour Beach Resort 1.4 mi. S Resort
Elysian Beach Resort 1.5 mi. SSE Resort
The Anchorage Beach Resort 1.6 mi. S Resort
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort 3.3 mi. SW Hotel

Food

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. One of the closest places to eat is Picasso's Coffee Shop. The restaurant serves delicious International food. Visitors often rave about their coffee.

The table below lists dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Sapphire Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Picasso's Coffee Shop (340) 777-9412 International Very Casual -- --
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina (340) 775-6100 -- -- 0.3 mi. SE
Sapphire Bar and Grill (340) 775-6123 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. SSE
Mangrove Restaurant (340) 779-8809 Caribbean -- 0.7 mi. WNW
Manor House Restaurant (340) 779-8808 -- -- 0.7 mi. WNW
Fatboys (340) 777-4275 -- -- -- --
Fatty's (340) 777-4275 American Very Casual -- --
Senor Pizza (340) 775-3030 Italian -- -- --
Subway Redhook (340) 774-4981 American Very Casual -- --
Taco Hell (340) 777-4275 Mexican Very Casual -- --
Texas Pit BBQ (340) 774-0610 American -- -- --
XO Bistro (340) 779-2069 American Very Casual 0.9 mi. S

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of St. Thomas, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also like Lindquist Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. You'll find it a quarter mile to the west. One of the best secrets on St.. Thomas is Lindquist Beach, a perfect Caribbean beach, that resides off of an unmarked dirt road, and thus stays unpopulated in a busy tourist area. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Renaissance Beach may be a good choice. It is located just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Vessup Bay, which is located only a short distance away.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in the Virgin Islands, and Sapphire Beach is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.

 

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