Best Virgin Islands beaches – Most popular caribbean beaches

Updated on 26 Nov 2022

The US Virgin Islands are world famous for their fine white sand, sun and wind swept pristine beaches.
Unlike the rocky beaches of some other caribbean islands (which are essentialy volcanic formations that heats up quite a bit by afternoon ), the fine white sand of Virgin Island beaches provide a cooling comfort. Except for Magens bay in St. Thomas, all beaches are free for public.

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Virgin Islands Beach  ( credit : Flickr / Jenn Kahalau Photography)

5 Best Beaches in US Virgin Islands

Whether you’re looking for a fun beach day or a long, relaxing beach vacation, the US Virgin Islands have some great beaches. The most popular beach destinations include St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Honeymoon Bay. However, there are also beaches on other islands that should be considered if you’re traveling to the Virgin Islands.

St. Thomas

Whether you’re a snorkeler, sunbather, or water sport enthusiast, there’s a St Thomas beach for you. The US Virgin Islands offer an array of wondrous beaches, from the secluded to the busiest. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful day at the beach, or a night out on the town, there’s something for you.

Brewers Bay is one of the most beautiful St Thomas beaches. This 21-acre park features crystal clear waters and white sand coastline. Brewers Bay is located just west of the Cyril E. King Airport and next to the University of the Virgin Islands campus.

Hassell Island, US Virgin Islands ( Photo: Karl Callwood, Unsplash)

The water is warm, shallow, and clear. Brewers Bay is a popular destination for snorkeling and watersports. Aside from the ocean, the beach is surrounded by lush green hills and palm trees. The beaches at both ends of the bay are protected, making it a great spot for families.

Lindquist Beach is a perfect location for beach games, snorkeling, and sunbathing. There are clean bathrooms, picnic tables, and a lifeguard on duty every day. The sand is soft white with a pink tint, and the water is crystal clear. The beach is also surrounded by a coconut grove, giving you natural shade.

Sapphire Beach is one of the most popular beaches on St Thomas. Sapphire Beach Resort has white sand, and features a popular water sports bar. Sapphire Beach also has a kiosk where you can rent watersport equipment. You can also take a private snorkeling tour to see the rich marine life in the waters.

Lindbergh Beach is a quaint beach with two playgrounds and a water sports bar. There are also two restaurants along the beach. There’s an on-site marina, which offers charters, boat rides, and jet skis. You can also rent paddleboards.

There aren’t many facilities at Mermaid’s Chair, but it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in St Thomas. It is best to bring a towel and sunscreen. You’ll find roadside vendors selling drinks and snacks. You can also book a private snorkeling tour to see the coral reefs.

The Caribbean Reef Encounter is an 80,000-gallon replica of a Caribbean reef that’s exposed to the sun and moonlight. The reef is home to a variety of fish, sea turtles, and other marine creatures. The water is clear, making it an excellent destination for snorkeling.

St. John

Whether you are looking for a place to snorkel or just enjoy the sun, St. John has more than a dozen beaches to choose from. Some are private, while others are part of the Virgin Islands National Park. Each has its own unique offerings.

There are a few ways to get around St. John. First, if you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you can drive to some of the more secluded beaches. Alternatively, you can use a public transportation service like a bus or shuttle. You can also rent a car. However, the cost can be a bit high.

The most popular way to explore the central part of St. John is by way of the Reef Bay Trail. The trail starts at the US Virgin Islands National Park Visitor’s Center on Great Cruz Bay. It is a 2.3-mile trail that leads to Lind Point beach. The trail ends at Lind Point, a small, secluded beach.

Trunk Bay, US Virgin Islands (Photo: Josh Duncan, Unsplash)

The snorkeling at Waterlemon Cay is teeming with a colorful coral reef. The snorkeling trail is a flat trail that takes about fifteen minutes to complete.

Another popular snorkeling location is Trunk Bay Beach. This is a beautiful spot with a quarter-mile of soft white powdery sand. It’s a great beach for families or seafans who want to take advantage of the underwater signs.

For a more laid-back beach experience, consider Jumbie Bay. This is a quieter, smaller beach than Trunk Bay, but it’s also an excellent spot for couples who want to have a relaxing day together. It has a small parking pull-off on the North Shore Road. It has a few restrooms and picnic tables. There are also pedestrian signs and speed bumps.

The Virgin Islands National Park Visitor’s Center is also located in Cruz Bay, where you can pick up maps and photos of the top beaches. The center has a small museum that displays archaeological findings from the park. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards from the center.

While the top 10 beaches on St. John are always at the top of travel magazines’ lists, there are many other wonderful beaches to choose from.

St. Croix

Located in the US Virgin Islands, St. Croix is a great place to visit for beach lovers and culture buffs alike. The island offers many wonderful beaches with crystal clear water and soft, white sands. There are many marinas and moorings to choose from, which is important if you’re planning on going out on a boat. There are also many restaurants to choose from along the beaches.

The best beaches in St. Croix include Hawksnest Bay Beach, Sandy Point Beach, Cane Bay Beach, and The Palms at Pelican Cove. Each of these beaches has its own unique attributes, so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs.

Hawksnest Bay Beach is a great spot to swim and spend a few hours on the beach. The sand is soft and there is little shade, but the water is clear and warm. You’ll also find lots of rocks along the shoreline, making the beach ideal for snorkeling. The area is also home to a good kitesurfing spot.

There are also many restaurants and bars located along the beaches. The Palms at Pelican Cove is a local favorite. You can dine at the beach or enjoy Caribbean eats at the beach bar.

Sandy Point Beach is the most scenic of the beaches on St. Croix, but it is also one of the most crowded. The beach only opens up on weekends from 10am to 4pm, and it’s closed during the turtle nesting season.

The best way to enjoy these beaches is to take a boat out to the islands. The beaches are hidden gems that not many people know about. They are also great places to see wildlife.

You can also take a hike to see the most scenic views of the island. There is a jogging path that will take you to Whistle Beach. The area is also home to the Estate Whim Great House and Museum, which is the only sugar plantation museum on the island.

You can also visit Buck Island, a small island located off of the eastern shore of St. Croix. The island features a coral reef and turtle beach. The beach is also home to the Buck Island Reef National Monument.

Honeymoon Bay

Located in the Virgin Islands National Park, Honeymoon Bay is one of the best beaches in US Virgin Islands. It has pristine white sand and calm waters perfect for snorkeling. You can rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and enjoy the tropical atmosphere.

Honeymoon Bay is also a great place to rent beach tents, and you can rent snorkeling equipment to explore the underwater world. You can get to Honeymoon Beach by taking a short hike. The hike begins at the VINP Visitor Center and takes about 20-30 minutes. You’ll see coral reefs and sea life along the way. You’ll also see a small shed on the beach, which is a great place to leave your swimsuits.

Another great beach in the US Virgin Islands is Lindquist Beach, which is located in Smith Bay Park on the eastern end of St. Thomas. This beach is a great picnic spot for locals. It’s also home to a temporary museum displaying archaeological findings from the National Park Service.

If you’re not sure how to get to Honeymoon Bay, you can rent snorkeling equipment or kayaks at Dinghy’s Beach Bar. The beach also has restrooms and picnic tables.

Another great beach is Hawksnest Bay Beach, which is a great place for swimming and relaxing. This beach has good snorkeling along the eastern edge, where you’ll see hard coral and sea cucumbers. You can also find large fish. You can rent stand-up paddleboards at Dinghy’s Beach bar, or take a kayak out for a spin.

There’s also a sea turtle nesting site at Sandy Point Beach. This beach is also home to a slew of conch shells, and it has a great snorkeling trail that leads to the beach.

You can also visit Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, which is open from September through March. This park is home to a sea turtle nesting site, and also helps to protect the hatching of sea turtles. You can also visit the small Lind Point Trail, which is a 20-30 minute hike to the beach.

Honeymoon Bay Beach is also known for its secluded and quiet location. You’ll usually find a few low-key beach bars dotted along the beach.

Here is a list of most popular beaches in Virgin Islands :

Magens Bay Beach (St. Thomas): Spread across almost half mile of white sand along calm seas, this is one of the most beautiful beaches. This is a great place for swimming. Occassionaly, it gets really crowded.

Trunk Bay (St. John): Almost all cruise ships make a stop here and it is one of the best spots for underwater snorkeling. This beach is managed by US national park service.

Sandy Point (St. Croix): This is the largest beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands, famous for its calm, shallow waters. This beach is open during Saturdays and Sundays only ( hours : 9am -5 pm).

Cane Garden Bay (Tortola):  It is one of most beautiful, picturesque beaches in the world with its clear water and white sands. It’s easily accessible from RoadTown.

Sapphire Beach (St. Thomas): An awesome beach, famous for windsurfing, diving etc and a panoramic view of other islands.

Caneel Bay (St. John): Caneel Bay is famous for its resort (Rosewood hotels) and beautiful beaches. It’s actually a chain of seven beaches going all the way from Durloe point to Hawksnest.