The anchorages on St. Thomas – South Coast:
Sugar bay is a beach resort town located along the eastern shore of St. Thomas. From its seat, the bay also overlooks the Water Bay. The shore of the bay comprises fine sand with small rocks and pebbles. The bay is also surrounded by several beaches like Coki beach, Lindquist beach.
There are lots of activities that you can try out around the bay, from sightseeing to shopping in Tutu to snorkeling and swimming on the beach.
Where To Anchor
You will find a quay just W of Haulover Cut with a fuel dock for anchorage. The quay is about 6m deep, and it is commonly used by deeper draught boats. You will not find any special services for yachts once you are ashore. However, there are some shops and a restaurant with a terrace that overlooks the Gregorie Channel.
Sugar bay is located on the eastern side of St. Thomas. It is just 8 miles (30 minutes ride) from Cyril E King airport and around 6 miles from Charlotte Amalie. There is a road that helps connect the bay to the other part of the island.
You will find a bus stop just beside the resort entrance. You can also take a taxi from there, and it is best to arrange a taxi return pick up at a set time.
Sugar Bay Beach
Sugar bay beach is a sandy beach located just along the eastern shore of St. Thomas. The beach is made up of fine sand with small rocks and pebbles. The beach is also surrounded by large sea grape trees that provide natural shade. The beach has a rocky seafloor around the centre to its right side. This makes entering the beach challenging, but the rocks are suitable for beginner snorkelers. You can head to the left side of the beach to swim.
Note: the beach is not maintained due to the renovations going on at the Sugar Bay resort.
Coki beach is a white sandy beach located on the northeast shore of Saint Thomas, just adjacent to Coral World Ocean Park. You will find small pebbles and a few large trees that surround the beach. The beach is also lined with beach umbrellas and chairs for rent.
The highlight of the beach is that the fish here are friendly, and tourists are encouraged to buy dog biscuits to feed them. There are also vendors and booths around the beach to buy food, souvenirs, and drinks.
Lindquist Beach is among the protected 21-acre area known as the Smith Bay Park. The shore is filled with bright white sand that looks slightly pink. Due to its soft sand, the beach is perfect for building sandcastles, playing games of Frisbee, etc.
Lindquist Beach is also surrounded by natural shade such as coconut groves and sea grape trees. Some of the amenities available at the beach are Lifeguards, bathrooms, picnic tables, etc. There are no restaurants at the beach, and you should try to pack your food and drinks. Lindquist beach is not a free beach, and you have to pay to access the beach.
Places of Interest
Red Hook is a small town located just a 5-minute drive from Sugar Bay Resort. The town is surrounded by shopping centers, restaurants, and local conveniences. You can visit this town to buy souvenirs, enjoy dinner, or enjoy live music. There is also a ferry service to St. John and the British Virgin Islands at the Red Hook Ferry Terminal for tourists that want to go on a day trip to the neighbouring islands.
Tutu is an area in St Thomas just 10 minutes away from the Sugar Bay resort. The area is surrounded by drug stores, grocery stores, movie theaters, fast food, and the local Tutu Park mall. The highlight of Tutu is the Tillet Gardens, where you can go sightseeing at the Pistarckle Theater, eat fast food, and shop for local treasures.
Coral World Ocean Park
Coral world ocean park is located adjacent to Coki beach. The Park features a central circular tower that looks like an aquarium with over 20 viewing stations to enjoy views of coral reefs. You can also interact with the animals by joining the sea lion interactions and sea turtle and shark encounter programs.
Some of the other activities here are Sea Trek Helmet Dive and the Nautilus Semi Submarine.
Nirvana temple is a Buddhist temple situated on a hill overlooking the Mandahl Salt Pond. The temple was built by Dr. May Trieu and her foundation in 2006. The goal for building this temple is to bring peace and healing to the community and offer charity work where needed.
You can visit the temple for Yoga (Sunday), Mindfulness meditation classes (Wednesday), and Tai Chi Chuan classes (Friday & Tuesday).
Places to Eat
Shoreline Bar & Grille
Point Pleasant Resort, Smith Bay 00802-1325 St. Thomas
The shoreline bar & grille offers the Caribbean, American, seafood, and bar for tourists and locals. They only open for lunch and dinner. They also offer special diets such as vegan and gluten-free options.
Mirador by Chef Benny
6600 Estate Smith Bay St. Thomas VI 00802
Mirador restaurants offer American, international, and vegan foods. They have a private terrace with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors for your privacy. They also help host events such as formal business dinners, cocktail hour, wedding reception, etc.
Places to Stay
Point Pleasant Resort
This is a resort situated on a 15-acre hillside preserve and overlooks the water bay. The villas at the resort are independently owned, and they are well designed and furnished with several amenities like kitchens. The resort features three swimming pools, and there is complimentary transportation to convey you around the resort.
The resort is located in a central position as it is not far from a different point of interest such as Coki beach, coral world, Lindquist beach, Red hook, etc.
Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham – St. Thomas
The Margaritaville vacation club is situated on the eastern side of St. Thomas. This is a beach resort owned by Jimmy Buffet Parrotheads, and it is fringed by waving palm trees. The resort is in a central location, and it is quite easy to access different attractions like Lindquist beach, Red Hook, etc.