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 edge of St. Thomas. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Vacationers who prefer to walk rather than drive around the Virgin Islands will like how easy it is to reach Sapphire Beach. It's within walking distance of so many hotels and activities, and isn't far from the center of the city's 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 on-location, which many Sapphire Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are several, unique dining options in the Virgin Islands, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Many visitors would rather eat lunch by the shoreline than in a different restaurant. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Sapphire Beach. Additionally, visitors can access lounge chairs at this location. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface. 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.

Sapphire Beach and its assortment of amenities can be found well within an area popular for visitors. This means that if your ideal vacation means these amenities are an important factor, naturally, it's a smart cause to get there in the morning prior to when the other tourists come or perhaps go to a different beach away from the major areas. Or it's possible you may not be able to fully use all those comforts that this beach offers.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Sapphire Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of St. Thomas; this area boasts other attractions such as Coral World Ocean Park, which is one and an eighth miles away.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to The Virgin Island's Children's Museum, a lovely museum found five miles to the west, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The following table contains a list of nearby 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

Sapphire Beach is in the Red Hook area, so walking the city is a definite option. Red Hook is nearby and is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization. From the shore, Red Hook is not far away, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation area, it is not typically that difficult to find the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you and your group are wanting to book a place that's near the beach, the table below shows the closest accommodation options to Sapphire Beach.

Accommodations near Sapphire Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Crystal Cove 0.2 mi. S Resort
Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina 0.3 mi. SE 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

Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is Picasso's Coffee Shop. This restaurant has a menu featuring International cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their coffee.

Some nearby restaurant options are listed below.

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
Slice VI - Craft Pizza & Cafe (340) 777-5423 Café Informal 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 -- -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on St. Thomas besides Sapphire Beach.

If the active mood at Sapphire Beach has you wanting more of the same, you'll want to consider also visiting Lindquist Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. 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. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Renaissance Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located just a little ways away.

Another option worth considering is Vessup Bay, which is located only a short distance away.

You may find that Sapphire Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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