My wife and I went to Crystal Cove on Sapphire Beach for our honeymoon. We went through Bestbeach and really did get our money's worth. From the airport to Crystal Cove the taxi was $24 (for two people). We started the week in Condo A-17 which was nice. It had a kitchen with a gas stove, dishwasher, garbage disposal, fridge, and some pots and pans; towels; some furniture; and 2 single murphy beds. Only complaint was the blinds on the windows didn't work. There was a water spigot outside the room so we didn't bring any sand into the condo. I noticed that if you're staying at Crystal Cove building A or D, you see the ocean, but being closer to the beach worked for me! Later in the week we were upgraded to A-5 - which was closer to the beach and bigger - and because it wasn't very busy there and it was our honeymoon...It was much nicer. The blinds on the windows worked, we had a one bedroom king sized bed in the back of the condo, washer/dryer (which was handy), 2 murphy beds (but didn't use), and two bathrooms (which is luxury to me!), and it was closer to the beach..a stones-throw. I have to say that Sapphire Beach is the nicest beach in St. Thomas. It had great snorkeling...saw a stingray, barracuda, and...well you'll see. Very clear, water was a little choppy due to hurricane frances, but I still went swimming! Also Sapphire Beach Resort is adjacent to Crystal Cove and there's a little store to buy water and gifts, a bar that is always open, a fancy restaurant, and a dive "shop" that you can rent kayaks or wind-surfing equipement from...although not really worth it...you can only go straight out to little island ($20/hour).
We visited St. John for the day. Took the $3 20-minute ferry ride over to Cruz Bay and instead of taking a taxi to some of the beaches, we hiked one of the trails associated with the US Virgin Islands National Park to Solomon and Honeymoon Bays. They were VERY secluded and when we were on Solomon & Honeymoon Bay there were only about 5 people swimming. It was great. Then we hiked up Caneel Hill to the road and we took a taxi to Trunk Bay (I think $10 for 2 people). We went swimming there with its underwater "nature trail," which was okay...the water was cloudy and normally would cost $4 (not worth it) but the remainder of the beach is beautiful! Then took a taxi for about the same amount back to Cruz Bay for dinner (which I forget the name of the restaurant, but it was in the middle of some shops) which was tasty but expensive. All places were expensive to eat at, but still fun.
Also went into Charolotte-Amalie and once you walk around the shops and people hassle you to buy something, that's that. Buy your 6 bottles of no taxed alcohol and you're done, time to take the $1 bus back to Crystal Cove. Yeah, there's a $1 (open-air bus) that if you stand at the main road at the enterance of Crystal Cove, you flag down the bus and they take you to Red Hook, the mall, or downtown for $1 (a buck). Very cheap and nice.
We also went to Duffy's Love Shack for an appitizer and drinks and Molly Molone's in Red Hook which were reasonable. There's Grateful Deli which has awesome sandwiches, and there's a subway too but who wants to eat there?! You're in the Caribbean!
All in all, Crystal Cove on Sapphire Beach had great snorkling due to the coral reef and turtle grass and it was a long beach that one could take a nice strole on in the morning/noon/night. This was a great place for a honeymoon and/or vacation. I would 100% recommend this place and would also recommend going on a daysail to St. John, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda (and don't forget your passports for Tortola and Virgin Gorda!, or you can't go). We went on a dinner sunset cruise with New Horizons and it was great!
We also went to Coral World on Coki Beach. It was $15/person to go to a very small aquarium (the beach was free). It was fun to have a camcorder and record some of the fish that one would see when snorkeling and seeing the green sea turtles too. The swimming at Coki Beach is good; not as much coral or fish as St. John or Sapphire Beach, but a nice beach. There's also a bar on the beach and you can get whatever you want and there's a waiter that walks around too.
If I were you, I'd bring Tuna and mac & cheese, and cereal to the condo, because it's cheaper to buy in the states than the island.
Everything was just A-mazing!
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