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Plan Your Trip to St. Thomas: Best of St. Thomas Tourism

Explore St. Thomas

With its endless shoreline and some of the clearest snorkelling waters outside of Hawaii, St. Thomas was made for back-to-back beach days. If it’s your first time strapping on a snorkel, head to Secret Harbour. This small bay is the ideal wave-free spot to learn. Back on dry land, the capital city and cruise port of Charlotte Amalie is packed with brightly coloured Danish colonial architecture—and pirate legends. Check out Blackbeard’s Castle, a tower that was rumored to be the pirate’s lookout point. And the Carnival celebrations here are arguably the Virgin Islands’ best. Streets are overrun with sequins, feathers, and calypso music, even in the early morning hours, which locals call a “jump up” party. Want more St. Thomas recs? We’ve got ‘em below.

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How to do St. Thomas in 3 days

History tours, panoramic views, and waterfront bars
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The best beaches in St. Thomas

I’ll admit it—I’m a beach snob. It’s a natural consequence of being born and raised in St. Lucia, an island blessed with idyllic beaches. But that still didn’t prepare me for the stunning, sun-drenched St. Thomas coastline, which is lined with more than 40 major beaches. Picking a favourite is an almost impossible task, but there are a few that deserve a moment in the spotlight.
Nasha Smith, Gros Islet, St. Lucia
  • Magens Bay
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    If you pull up any list of the most beautiful beaches in the world, you’ll likely see Magens Bay in the mix. The serene blue water that hugs the almost mile-long sandy horseshoe is perfect for relaxing on a float or kayaking. Facilities include restrooms, restaurants, picnic tables, and the Yak Shak for water sports rentals. Yes, it does get crowded, especially when cruise ships are in port. But trust me—Magens is more than worth the hype.
  • Lindbergh Bay Beach
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    Powder-soft white sand, warm aqua water, and a lush canopy of willowy palms and sea grape trees make this beach a must-visit. Aviation enthusiasts love it because of its proximity to Cyril E. King Airport and the thrill of watching planes land. You can also go windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, paddleboarding, and scuba diving. The Emerald Beach Resort restaurant—right on the waterfront—is perfect for a meal or a quick snack. Best of all, you won’t find many crowds here.
  • Sapphire Beach
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    This stunning white-sand beach with the most impossibly turquoise water I have ever seen—plus sweeping views—is a watersports paradise. You can rent windsurfing, kayaking, and snorkel gear at a booth onsite or head to the nearby marina for jet skiing and parasailing. Sea grape trees on one side provide shade, while sunbathers can enjoy the rays on the other side, where there are fewer trees.
  • Lindqvist Beach
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    Lindquist is part of the protected Smith Bay Park and very family-friendly, with picnic tables for a leisurely meal, showers to wash off pesky sand and saltwater, and a round-the-clock lifeguard. Here, pillowy white sand with a shimmer of pink frames teal-coloured water. Off in the distance, rolling emerald hills stretch across the horizon, providing a scenic backdrop. Be sure to have cash on hand to pay the small entrance fee.
  • Secret Harbour
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    For some much-needed R&R, head to Secret Harbour, a charming little beach on a quiet, secluded bay. This area is great for swimming because the water is usually quite calm. You can soak up some sun on a floating raft anchored in the middle of the bay or finally finish that book you have been meaning to read while lounging in one of the hammocks strung between the palm trees.
  • Brewer's Bay
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    A beach tucked between an airport and a university doesn’t exactly seem like the best spot to decompress, but Brewers Bay is an anomaly. Weekdays are practically deserted, and the gin-clear waters are home to sea turtles and stingray. Grab local faves like Jonnycakes from one of the two food trucks parked on the perimeter. Another major plus? The restrooms are wheelchair accessible.
  • Honeymoon Beach
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    A quick 10-minute ferry from Crown Bay Marina in Charlotte Amalie takes you to Water Island. Hike another 10 minutes and Honeymoon Beach—a scenic cove with majestic palm trees—unfolds before you. A sprinkle of tiki huts provides ample shade if you prefer to lounge around with a cocktail from one of the bars that line the beach.