IFF: Sapphire Beach

Greetings loves ones,

Welcome to a much anticipated beach edition of Island Feature Friday!

Sapphire Beach holds a special place in our hearts. On its sandy shore is where we decided that we would move to St. Thomas in the near future. Sapphire was also the first beach that we visited after our move to the island. It’s near our home, so we spend many afternoons there snorkeling or napping in our beach chairs. Sapphire is also a must-see for all of our guests who come to visit.

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Here’s why we LOVE this beach:

  • Incredible Snorkeling

I never declare a single spot as “the best snorkeling” because let’s be honest, the creatures of the sea are not dormant statues, sometimes snorkeling is excellent and sometimes it can be just dull anywhere. However if I were someone who labels best snorkeling, Sapphire would be one of those spots. Sapphire beach has everything from schools of blue tang and parrot fish to large healthy coral growth to grass areas where sea turtles and rays abound. Aside from days where storms have turned up the sand and mucked it up, I’ve never had a dull snorkeling day at Sapphire. Here’s some proof:

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Elkhorn Coral
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Fan Coral
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Sea Turtle and Remora
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Southern Stingray
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School of Blue Tang
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Flamingo Tongue Sea Snail
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Foureye Butterflyfish
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Stoplight Parrotfish

Check out this video DJ took of some eagle rays at Sapphire

  • Ducks

The White Cheeked Pintail is the only duck species that I’ve seen in the VI. You may see one or two about island throughout the year, unless you’re at Sapphire, in which case you will see at least a dozen. They are adorable and will waddle under your beach chair combing for a treat. The on-site dive shopssells dog food scoops as “duck food”, and they will eat straight from your hand! They also make for some great photos πŸ™‚

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  • The Point

This is one of the best perks of Sapphire Beach, and it’s also one that is easy to miss. The point is located at the far right of the beach (facing the ocean), and if you don’t walk to it, you don’t know what you’re missing. What looks like a plain rocky point from far away is actually a palm tree and sea grape bush lined path to beautiful rock formations carved out by the splashing waves. It’s breathtaking and a must for photos!

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  • Beach Facilities

Sometimes us islanders get tired of peeing in the ocean with the rest of ’em, and it’s nice to visit a beach with real bathrooms (TMI? hmm). In addition, Sapphire has water sport rentals, a dive and snorkel shop, beach restaurant service, and a food truck with great chicken caesar wraps.

Sapphire is conveniently located just outside of Red Hook, and if my little list didn’t sell you on it, I can promise when you reach the top of the hill to the entrance of Sapphire and you see the crystal blue view of the sea below, you’ll understand its namesake and be hooked just like us!

Thanks for stopping in for another IFF! More to come as always. See y’all at the beach πŸ™‚

Cheers,

Megs

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