Katherine Goens | May 24, 2017
Growing up in central Indiana, I took advantage of any and every opportunity to escape my landlocked confinement of suburbs and cornfields. So, when my reserved sister surprised us (and perhaps the world) by randomly moving to an island in the Caribbean,
I immediately booked my flight. If you’re anything like me, the beach is the first stop while on a tropical vacation and St. Thomas was no exception. Our main activity was arguably beach-hopping, so here I am to share the beach wisdom I gained
from my 20 days on “The Rock”.
1. Magen’s Bay
Perhaps the most touristy, but also one of the most gorgeous. Magen’s is a must if you’re only in town for a day or two. It gets crowded when the cruise ships dock in STT port, but the crystal blue water, beachside bar/restaurant, gift shop, paddle board/snorkel rentals make it worth your while. Another plus are clean bathrooms and easy access to taxis and shuttles. If you’re 18+, I highly recommend a painkiller or a bushwacker – two of the island’s most famous drinks.
2. Sapphire Beach
While this beach isn’t quite as large as Magen’s, it’s charming atmosphere will captivate you. This beach is also equipped with rentals, food and bathrooms. The restaurant, the Banana Cabana, offers drinks and food (I recommend the grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich) and is usually filled with a fun crowd of locals and visitors. Located just steps from the sand, Sapphire is the perfect beach to eat lunch and swim the day away.
3. Hull Bay Hideaway
Surfers rejoice! Hull Bay is the place for you. The smaller, quiet beach is home to local wave riders and beach bums alike. Dogs are welcome here, so don’t forget your furry friends and a Frisbee. End the day eating the best fish tacos ever (I’m not kidding) and shooting some pool at the restaurant located right behind the beach.
4. Lindquist Beach
This beach is much less developed than the other beaches – no bathrooms, restaurants or rentals available but it’s arguably one of the most mesmerizing. I remember being taken aback by the different shades of blue that were constantly evolving whenever the sun moved. The serene water and the quiet atmosphere make this beach the perfect relaxation spot.
Saving the best for last! Platform is the most unique and beautiful beach I’ve visited to date, although I’d consider it more of a private cove than a beach per se. It’s a bit of a trek to get to, but worth it all the same. Originally there was a long wooden staircase that led to the secluded area, but locals tore it down because they wanted this treasure to remain hidden. If you’re able and willing to take on a steep, 10-minute walk then don’t let this discourage you. There are ropes you can hold on to that will lead you down to the beach. It’s a tiny, private area with the most stunning water surrounded by rocks.
Katherine joined the Seven Corners marketing team early January. She graduated from Butler University in 2017 with a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Spanish. Apart from work she loves to spend time with family and friends, travel, run, and the occasional Netflix binge.