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Old October 20th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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Hi All
We are going to be in St. Thomas Nov 16,2006 and we really want to go to a good beach, but we would prefer to go ourselves instead of booking through crusie, which is usually very expensive.
Any ideas on the closest and best beached to the ship pier
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Old October 20th, 2006, 11:23 AM
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juniebugger you have so many options in St. Thomas. You can go to the beach very easily on your own.
Do you want to snorkel? IF so then i would highly suggest that you take a trip over to St. John Island - a short ferry ride. Amazingly beautiful scenery, with gorgeous beaches and very good snorkeling. IF you don't want to go over to St. John but still want to get in some snorkeling then i would recommend Sapphire Beach.
Meagan's Bay Beach is totally goregeous, but there is no snorkeling there and its a bit of a tourist trap -imo.
Coki Beach is also very nice, and there is the attraction of Coral World next door- great place for kids.
go to www.vinow.com for some great beach and general information
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Old October 20th, 2006, 05:46 PM
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We went to Cinnamon Bay on St. John and loved it. There is snorkeling there, but you need to know where to look. There is a surf shack by the beach that rents equipment and they should be able to direct you. There were four of us, so the cost adds up, but here is the cost per person:

St. Thomas to St. John per person

Taxi to Red Hook $10.00
Ferry to Cruz Bay $5.00
Taxi to Cinnamon Bay $7.00
Taxi return to Cruz Bay $7.00
Ferry to Red Hook $5.00
Taxi to ship $10.00

You can also catch a ferry directly from Cruz Bay to the cruise docks. The ferry is a bit more expensive but it cuts out land taxi costs.

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Old October 21st, 2006, 11:02 PM
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We also love going to St. John, but I have heard that Coki Beach on St. Thomas is very nice. If you don't want to spend the time, nor the money, maybe that would be a nice place to go for the day.

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Old October 23rd, 2006, 05:35 AM
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We were in St. Thomas in June and took a taxi to Coki Beach, looked around and got right back in the taxi...lots of locals just hanging around, very crowded. We ended up at Sapphire Beach which doesn't have a lot of restaurants, souvenir shops, etc., just a beautiful, quiet beach with gorgeous water. It was a wonderful, relaxing day. They do have restrooms and rent lounge chairs, noodles, etc. There is also a small store on the beach selling snacks and cold drinks.
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Old October 29th, 2006, 12:51 AM
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We went to Sapphire beach this month when we cruised on the Glory. It is a very nice beach with a wonderful view and great for snorkeling. Two years ago we went to Coki beach and we all liked Sapphire beach better this time.
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Old October 29th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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During our trip to St. Thomas, we went directly to Sapphire Beach. It was incredible! I can highly recommend it!
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We didn't care that much for sapphire beach. Found the facility's dirty. One couple we met on the taxi said it was the dirtiest beach they had ever been too. We wanted to go to corki but our taxi driver wanted to drop everyone off at the same beach, so we stuck with the crowd.
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