After you shop, there's no better place to drop on St. Thomas than Lindquist Beach -- the delicate strand with the clunky name. Lindquist is a stretch of bright, white sand and luminous blue water secreted between the Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Club and the Sapphire Beach Resort.
Developers have been itching to build on this prime site for years, but so far, Lindquist has been left untouched, a secluded gem loved by locals -- and tourists with good local knowledge and a decent map -- as a quiet spot for swimming and sunbathing. Reefs on both ends of the beach overflow with tropical fish, and the clear, protected waters of the bay offer excellent snorkeling. First-timers are always amazed that here, amid the hustle and bustle of St. Thomas, they've discovered a tranquil spot more reminiscent of St. John.
Stretching along the east coast of the island, Lindquist offers captivating views of St. John, the British Virgin Islands and Pillsbury Sound. The scenery, pristine sand and sparkling water have made Lindquist a favorite location for film crews searching for the perfect beach shot.
Accessible only by the unmarked road -- check with your hotel for exact directions -- or by boat, Lindquist is a great escape from the busier beaches adjacent to the large hotels on the island, yet still keeps you close to all the great shopping and night life of the big city.
Posted online 02/19/02.