Sapphire Beach
Sapphire Beach
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Nestled on the jagged coast of the island of St. Thomas, this spacious beach boasts fine white sand and beautiful views of St. John and the offshore cays of the U.S. Virgin Islands. When the sea is calm, you can rent proper gear to go snorkeling among coral reefs and see colorful tropical fish. Otherwise, windsurfing in the waters of Saint John Bay is always a great option. Hit up the beachside restaurants and bars to refuel afterward. You can visit Sapphire Beach on your own, as part of a tour, or on a private boat charter. – Tripadvisor
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  • Tina C
    127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much fun!
    Found this beach by accident cruising around the island. I am so glad we did!! Awesome swimming & snorkeling & to top it off it was free!!! We came here every day of our stay to enjoy the reef. We saw all kinds of fish, squid & eels. The only thing we did not catch an eye of was a turtle. This place was fantastic!! Highly recommended.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Jimberg63
    41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it
    My wife and I stayed at Sapphire village for our anniversary from 3/15/23 to 3/22/23. The beach is beautiful and the local shops are fantastic. Make sure you go see Mindy and Cody at Beach Buzz cafe!! However, if you actually have morals, be aware. Young girls WITH THEIR PARENTS will be walking around in full display. No complaints mond you.........butt........to the parents with the gorgeous 20 year old girls in thongs, are you sure you're okay with that? If you are you need help. Lol. So, go there, Eat drink swim and enjoy the sights.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Alvaro A. Plazas
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sapphire Beach
    Great beach only if you stay in St Thomas. Its very close to RedHook and grocery stores if you are in a car. There is a Bar, Pizza Shop, Coffee/Ice Cream Shop and and a restaurant, very convenient. This place is nice to just chill and read a book, unfortunately this beach has a lot of rocks so make sure to bring your swimming shoes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Sonia P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to stay and snorkel
    We stayed in a condominium on the beach, it was great. We enjoyed the beach access. Having a coffee shop. bar with food, pizza and Sea Salt all available make trips into town less frequent.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Ola L
    Caribbean19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sapphire beach has special scenery with different shades of blue just like the gem
    When I lived in the island I went to sapphire beach. It has nice bar, coffee shop and amenities but the beach is rough. In a beautiful day is gorgeous. Good for parasailing, snorkeling, Great live entertainment.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Macy
    Wisconsin22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach
    If you’re hesitant about visiting sapphire beach, let this be a sign to just do it! This was the BEST beach we visited our entire trip to St. Thomas. The water is so clear and beautiful and will cool you down well in the high heat. Beach is not too crowded and there are some shaded areas to set your towels. Sand is so clear and felt completely comfortable going a little farther out. Definitely recommend, and a must visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • lucsimsthomas
    San Antonio, Texas287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great beach
    This beach is beautiful and free with free parking. It's got a lot of seaweed but people were still snorkeling and swimming on the day we went. It also has a lot of trees to provide natural shade, so there is no need to rent an umbrella -- just chairs. That is $20 saved! If you stay at the resort, it is free to use the chairs and the chairs were very comfortable. This beach was very peaceful with the sounds of the waves making it very relaxing. There were many iguanas running around and a lot of people wind surfing when we visited. There is a restaurant and a bar on site and also some shops. The drinks were pretty good. We brought our own food.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Jordan E
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chill ocean views with great service
    A great little beach club with chill vibes, good service, and beautiful views. We opted for a cabana, which turns out is all-inclusive up to the price paid ($1800/person). Good drinks and good food. The only downside is the amount of street vendors earlier in the morning is a bit much, but by afternoon the beach is busy enough you get left alone more.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Cindy B
    Westminster, Colorado5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay on beautiful Sapphire Beach
    If you want a relaxing and awesome time on a beautiful beach, I highly recommend staying in a condo (VRBO) at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina. All condos have beach views and are a short walk to the beach. Condos in building D &E are closest to the marina and Sudi's, a nice restaurant up the hill; buildings C & E are the closest to the 2 beautiful pools; buildings A & Be are closest to the beautiful swimming area and the Beach Bar and Grill, Pizza place and new fancy restaurant Sea Salt.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Hmg
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach and great tacos at the grill!
    There is no bad beach in St. Thomas! Sapphire is fun because there is a nice bar and a grill that serves incredible tacos! Chair rental is available, but they are limited on how far down the beach you can take the chairs as you run into a private area for a condo complex. So just be aware of the signs and talk to the chair guys - they're helpful. Cute beach shop, easy parking and overall. Definitely worth your time!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
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DivineOneEvents
Maryland41 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The view was gorgeous you can climb on the rocks and take great pictures but no swimming. There are too many big rocks piled up on the shore. Cafe has great breakfast but there is alot of chickens running around pooping in the eating area not healthy. The chickens kept coming by for food so my son threw his banana and bread but they kept coming back. You can’t eat in peace.
Written February 6, 2020
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Christian E
Santa Barbara, CA67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Snorkeling here was decent, there was construction going on which was kind of loud. The beach isn't super convenient for laying out and sunbathing. I think it wasn't a great time of year because there was a lot of seaweed that had sunk to the ocean floor and made visibility not great. The bar was nice for lunch.
Written July 14, 2021
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Bulldog1242
Delran, NJ26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Normally it is my understanding that Sapphire Beach's water is pretty. It was for Day 1, but quickly sargassum filled the water. We were told it was rare and we just happened to stay here at that time. I would definitely visit again to see what it's like, but we still enjoyed ourselves on the beach and beach bar. It's a 2 min. taxi ride to Red Hook ferry if you plan to shoot across to St. John to visit. Same ride to the cute restaurants/town of Red Hook for dinner and drinks. We drove to dinner and parked in the garage for about $8 for 2-3 hours and parked at the grocery store (Moe's) in Red Hook to shop.
Written August 19, 2021
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Elana L
Sausalito, CA134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Best colored- turquoise water we saw. So, so beautiful. Not sure if they'll charge you for parking or access (they didn't charge us but they may have thought we were guests in the condos).

Beach was slightly crowded when we went there and had a mix fo families and couples. Was entertaining to see some of the kite surfers and sailing nearby as well.

We didn't see a ton snorkeling here but we could've not looked in the best spots (it was our first day and we were just taking it all in!).

Would definitely go back to this beach! Note: All beaches ten to have sand fleas that bite. Make sure you rent a chair or bring chairs from the place you rent. They bite a lot and the bites show up the next day!
Written January 1, 2022
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chelle695
Pasadena, MD102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This was an absolutely beautiful beach! Did not have much luck with snorkeling here but the beach was gorgeous. We enjoyed watching the pelicans and swimming. Beach chairs here were $20 per chair per day but there is no fee to enter the beach.
Written December 29, 2020
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Cindy B
Westminster, CO5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
If you want a relaxing and awesome time on a beautiful beach, I highly recommend staying in a condo (VRBO) at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina. All condos have beach views and are a short walk to the beach. Condos in building D &E are closest to the marina and Sudi's, a nice restaurant up the hill; buildings C & E are the closest to the 2 beautiful pools; buildings A & Be are closest to the beautiful swimming area and the Beach Bar and Grill, Pizza place and new fancy restaurant Sea Salt.
Written December 19, 2023
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Denise D
Salem, SC6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Visited for first ( and last time) in January 2023, and it was very disappointing. The round trip cab fare from cruise port for 2 was $60! There was only one chair rental option, and it charged $9 pp for a very marginal lounge, and restricted where we could place our chairs so as not to impinge on condo guests!

To top it all off, the part of the beach we were allowed access to was seriously eroded with practically no room.

After spending so much on the cab ride, we touched it out for a while, then left in disgust.
Written February 3, 2023
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caribe1950
Kernersville, NC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
This beach is so beautiful and great for snorkeling. It is never crowded and is free of charge, where Lindquist Beach next to it does have a charge. It also has a number of small shade trees, and chairs available for a small fee to rent. If you get hungry or thirsty, there is a beach bar there as well, which is quite convenient. So whether you are driving or take the local Safari or taxi, Sapphire Beach is on the route.
Written November 15, 2020
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stevelowman44
Baltimore, MD34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
But they try to keep up with it. There are two guys that literally rake that stuff for 8 hours a day but i'm told its that time of year. I would suggest water shoes because even the widest point of the beach by the bar has a rocky entry. At least 3/4 of the beach is only usable for sitting there are so many rocks I cant imagine trying to swim in a lot of it. Really the only swimable area is from the bar area and further up the beach away from building A.
Written September 22, 2021
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Dmitry P
Washington DC, DC12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A beautiful beach, with chairs and an excellent bar/beach restaurant. Coffee shop/bakery is an additional bonus, as is the availabity of water/beach equipment for rent or purchase. Downside is the midday arrival of cruise ship passangers -- not too big a problem when their numbers are limited but when multiple ships are simultaneously visiting St. Thomas it can be overwhelming.
Written February 14, 2020
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