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bchfanatic February 12th, 2006 04:55 PM

Emerald Beach in St. Thomas
Would love to hear from someone that went to Emerald Beach on their own (no ship tour). Did they mind you being there? We just want to use the beach, not the pool. Will they rent chairs? Is there some shade?

LisaK February 13th, 2006 11:55 AM

its been awhile since we were there, but we had no problems with the taxi dropping us off, we just plopped ourselves and our beach towels on the beach. There are a few palm trees not to many. A pretty beach but not gorgeouse like some of the others.
FYI - the airport is basically next door, so there is the roar of the airplanes flying very low overhead.

PapaBill February 14th, 2006 09:08 AM

Emerald beach seems like an odd choice for St Thomas. I'm sure no one is going to mind your being on the beach, facilities etc. may be another story.
For my money the best public beach on St Thomas is Saphire. Beautiful uncrowdwd beach, all facilities (bathrooms , outdoor shower etc) and renatals available, several food options and a nice bar. Great "walk in" snorkelling and the view across to St John and the BVI's is simply incredible. Taxi stand out in front of the resort for easy transportation.

LisaK February 14th, 2006 11:00 AM

I totally agree with you Papa Bill, the only reason that we went to Emerald Beach was at the time this was the only beach where you could rent waverunners and that is what our group wanted to do. I did get to do some iguana watching.

PapaBill February 17th, 2006 03:25 PM

Plenty of Iguanas to be seen along Saphire Beach, they stick to the edges of the trees, don't bother anyone , just add to the scenery and remind you you are not on Coney Island.

cruiseshmooz February 19th, 2006 05:41 PM

A couple of years ago, we took a taxi to Emerald Beach. We chose it because we wanted to spend only the morning at the beach, so we didn't want to venture too far.

Although, it is very close to the airport, the sand is white and clean and the water is calm and clear. According to the taxi driver, we were welcome by the hotels. There was a Best Western and another small hotel next door. The beach was practically empty. At the poolside of the BW, they were having wedding ceremony after wedding that was our entertainment.

There was very little shade on the beach, and a few chaises (not the best...but nobody minded that we took them).

For a couple of hours, it was a good choice.

Chefkel22 February 19th, 2006 07:23 PM


What else is there to do on Saphire Beach?

We are looking for a nice beach spot to do in the am (we arrive around 8a or so). We have kids 11-18 yrs old - will there be activities there for them?

Also, how close is it to the ship?

Our thoughts were to spend am on the beach and then head to Paradise Point for a lunch/shopping afternoon. Then to ship for shower and dinner.

Any thoughts on these spots would be appreciated.


PapaBill February 19th, 2006 08:25 PM

If your ship docks in Havensight(most likely) Saphire is about 10 to 12 minutes by cab. If you dock sub base, the plan on half hour. Fare from Havensight about $6 to $7 per person, about a dollar or two more from sub base. The mileage isn't all that different, you fight downtown traffic in the morning from Sub base. You might negotiate a "rate" with a driver if there are four of you. Agree on a price before you take off.
Get off the ship first thing and head out to the beach. Swim, snorkel,
other beach/water toys available from activity desk. Food options include a restaurant , bar (sells food) and convenience store that also sells food and snacks and cold drinks. There are toilets and an outdoor shower.
Cab stand is out in front of the resort lobby.
Stay 4 hours or so on the beach go to tram, have lunch and then shop Havensight for convenience or go into town. Leave a minimum of an hour to get to port from town because EVERYONE is headed back at once)(this is why I suggest you shop Havensight).

LisaK February 20th, 2006 11:02 AM

totally agree with Papa Bill on this one.

Chefkel22 February 20th, 2006 11:14 PM

Thanks PapaBill and LisaK.

Thought this might be a good plan for the day.

We get the best of both worlds. Beach time and shopping as well as sight seeing and cocktails at the point.

Thanks again.

Safe travels.

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