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“Lost Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sapphire Beach

Sapphire Beach
St. Thomas
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Ranked #2 of 7 Attractions in East End
Type: Beaches
Activities: Wind-surfing, Snorkeling
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Owner description: A favorite of windsurfers, the beach has fine white sand and beautiful views of St. John and offshore cays, and offers excellent snorkeling at the reef to the east, near Pettyklip Point.
Newtown, Connecticut
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“Lost Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Not the easiest access or infrastructure but unbeatable snorkeling. We were so blessed to be staying on the beach itself (see my other review) so we were able to explore and enjoy.

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Wilmington, Massachusetts, United States
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“Nice snorkeling place and not too crowded”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Sapphire beach resort is closed for renovation so the beach was not crowded at all and also we came really early. There is still vendor to rend chair and water sport stuff and also a restroom. We brought our own snorkel. The water was very nice, saw fishes but no turtles, perhaps we didn't go far out enough.

The best part of the trip was taking the local bus (more like a pickup truck with bench seats attached to it). Got out of the cruise port and turned left, keep on walking until you see K Mart , or just asked the local like we did. Stand on the sidewalk on the K mart side and wave down the bus, you probably will see some local ppl tried to do the same. We talked to the local ppl and the bus driver and asked them to stop at Sapphire Beach (cost $3 or $4) After we got drop off right in front of the Sapphire Resort sign, we walked down the path through the resort and to the beach. After we done with the beach, we walked back and the stood on the opposite of the road for the bus. One nice American gentleman told us that the bus doesn't pick up ppl on that side. According to him, the bus only pick up on one side and then it will go around. He offered to give us a ride because he needed to buy some home improvement stuffs at the store near the ship.

What a nice trip and nice people, especially the nice gentleman gave use the ride all the way back near the cruise ship.

When in doubt, just ask the local, not the tax driver or the information center desk guy, he told us not to the bus, take the taxi, and the walked from the bus stop to Sapphire beach is very rough. By rough, he means 5 minutes walked down the entrance of resort. I understand that he tried to help the local taxi to make some money, but don't think he was trying to help us.

Best of luck and enjoy whatever you decide to do.

Visited August 2014
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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“Beautiful Water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This beach was perfect for snorkeling. Saw alot of coral and wildlife while snorkeling. The beach itself is extremely rocky and filled with old coral on some parts, and nice and sandy on others. Water was super clear here! Also, this beach wasn't really crowded which was so nice.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Great for snorkeling and enjoying the solitude (plus construction noise!)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Love the snorkeling, although a bit difficult to get into the water over all the rocks. But once in the water, there is so much to see. Saw many turtles, eagle rays and mantas as well as many varieties of fish. We spent 11 days in a condo and loved watching meteorites and listening to the waves. The condo we rented on VRBO was nice, but the "Sapphire resort" is in pretty bad shape. My DH fell the first day on the concret block and plank step by the pool. The entire site appears to be under construction. The pool did not look very clean, but there were a few people using it. great BBQ at the top of the hill on weekends. Other than that, plan on renting a car or taking a taxi into Red Hook for entertainment, restaurants or groceries.

Visited August 2014
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Peaceful and Beautiful, Except for Construction”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My husband and I spent the day at Sapphire Beach when we were visiting St. Thomas on the Carnival Valor. We wanted a beach that had good snorkeling and wouldn't be too busy and we certainly found it.

After getting off the ship we took a taxi to Sapphire Beach. It was about 15-20 min. and $10 if I remember correctly. When we got out of the taxi we immediately met a friendly man who owns rental properties on the beach. He guided us down the beach, away from the water sport rental area, and told us that's where we could find the best snorkeling. We were literally the only people on this little stretch of beach for the entire day. There was a stack of beach chairs and we grabbed two with no trouble. It seems like most people stay around the water sport rental area.

My husband enjoyed the snorkeling but it was a little too rocky for me. The area where most of the fish are is pretty shallow, with lots of rocks, so it's a bit scary for beginners. The water is beautiful though, truly a Sapphire color.

We got lunch and a couple of drinks at the Banana Hut (I think that's what it was called) which was a very small stand with a very unpleasant woman working there. We got a couple of veggie burgers and daiquiri type drinks for around $40 which seemed like a lot for fast-food style.

Be aware that right now there is construction going on all day at the beach condos. Eventually we toned it out and didn't hear it, but it is a bit annoying.

Visited August 2014
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