Best Beaches in St. Thomas

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Derek Dellinger
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As a common port island for many Caribbean cruises, St. Thomas is often considered the gateway to the idyllic US Virgin Islands. And while the territory consists of three main islands and about 50 lesser islands and cays, none quite compare to St. Thomas when it comes to beautiful pristine white sand beaches.

From quiet respites along the calming shores of the Caribbean to vibrant coastal communities boasting luxury beachside amenities and watersports, each of the many St. Thomas beaches offer a unique experience for travellers. When deciding which is the best beach in St. Thomas, Puerto Rico's nearest island neighbour, it is important to consider which type of activities you would like to enjoy on your beach day.

Best Hotels & Resorts

Best hotel
St Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton
5
$699.00
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St Thomas
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
4
Free WiFi
Parking available
Pool
$407.00
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St Thomas
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
4
Free WiFi
Kitchen
Free parking
$539.00
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St Thomas
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
4
$435.00
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St Thomas
Emerald Beach Resort
3
Non-smoking
Gym
Free parking
$206.00
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St Thomas
Lindbergh Bay Hotel
3
$149.00
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St Thomas
Windward Passage Hotel
3
Gym
Free WiFi
Free parking
$176.00
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It is hard to be disappointed with a visit to any of the island's many coastal destinations. Nevertheless, this list will analyze the ten best beaches in St. Thomas and help you decide which piece of shoreline offers the optimal experience for your next beach day. So, where are the best beaches in St. Thomas? Check out the spots listed below, and decide which beach seems like the right fit for you.

Top view of St. Thomas.

Magen's Bay

Of the many famous beaches in St. Thomas, Magen's Bay is the most well-known. And, with its crystal-clear waters and the lush surrounding foliage encompassing the protected bay, it is easy to understand why.

The only problem with being the most beautiful beach in St. Thomas is the heavy crowding that can occur. During peak season, the beach hosts up to 5,000 visitors on any given day. Additionally, the waters in the bay are also a familiar anchoring spot for cruise ships, yachts, and recreational boats. Fortunately, Magen's Bay does occupy a long stretch of the coastline, and visitors to the sandy shores should manage to find their private section of the beach. The beach's southern portion is typically considered the much quieter portion of the shoreline for those looking to escape the crowds.

As an added benefit of being one of the most popular beaches in St. Thomas, Magen's Bay features a variety of amenities and infrastructure that cater to the tourist experience. Along with a wide selection of tiki bars and restaurants, visitors to the place have access to many beach rentals that include chairs, cabanas, kayaks, and paddle boards.

Honeymoon Beach

Located only a short ferry ride away from St. Thomas's Crown Bay Marina is the small and less-touristed Water Island. Inhabited by only a handful of year-round residents, the island is home to a fantastic beach bar, a World War II-era fort, and it is one of the most idyllic and best beaches St. Thomas offers.

Here, visitors can unwind with a cocktail on the soft white sands while listening to the soft swaying noises of the many palm trees and the soothing lapping sounds of the calm Caribbean waves.

Sapphire Beach

Situated on the eastern side of the island, Sapphire Bay is one of the top beaches in St. Thomas for partaking in watersports. While not as crowded as some other places in St. Thomas, this beach features many sport shacks and amenities service scattering its length, and guests are never too hard-pressed to find their ideal rental services.

Visitors can enjoy a day of exploring the region's clear waters by renting either a kayak, scuba gear, or windsurfing equipment. But, for a more adrenaline-pumping experience, beachgoers should seek out the jet-ski or parasailing adventure rental companies that typically can be found around the Sapphire Bay Marina area.

Water in St. Thomas.

Coki Beach

Of all the beaches in St. Thomas, Coki Beach has the unique distinction of being considered the island party beach. However, this piece of coastline is more than just a lively party scene and loud music. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches in St. Thomas and a fantastic location for exploring the island's sea life. With the frequency of tourists to the area, the fish at Coki Beach have become accustomed to humans and are not afraid to get up close and personal with local snorkelers and divers.

Coki Beach offers one of the most diverse beachgoing experiences on the island. Visitors can partake in a wide selection of water sport rentals for an adventurous afternoon, socialize in the beach's vibrant party scene, or even just relax on the white sand shores as they are served their favourite cocktails directly on the beach.

Hull Bay

As a favourite beach amongst locals, Hull Bay sees far fewer tourists to its sandy shores than other destinations on the island. As a result, the resting place offers a crowd-free experience as visitors lavish in the local residents' slow, calming beachside lifestyle.

During the winter months, the island's northern coast is home to some of the region's biggest swells, and Hull Bay has become one of the best beaches in St. Thomas for catching the surf. Hull Bay is a fantastic destination whether you are a surfer yourself or enjoy watching the locals master their home waves.

Secret Harbor

Secret Harbor is a small quiet place located in the island's southeastern corner. Free from crowds, the protected bay is one of the top beaches in St. Thomas for snorkelling and exploring the island's aquatic life. The calm waters offer crystal clear visuals of the vibrant sea life along the rocky cliffs that line the right side of the beach.

The sandy shores are lined with tropical palm trees for an idyllic island atmosphere. Connecting the palm trees is a selection of hammocks ideal for lounging back with an excellent book or music as you absorb the relaxing vibes of the island. The Caribbean sunsets of the island are best enjoyed from the comforts of your beach hammock, the nearby restaurant patio, or even from the floating platform in the bay's centre.

Brewer's Bay

Like Hull Bay, Brewer's Bay is considered a hidden gem often kept from the influx of tourists that come to the island. A favourite beach amongst St. Thomas' locals, Brewer's Bay is home to the calmest waters on the island and is also a stomping ground for Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. The beach's ocean floor is lined with seagrass beds, and these sea turtles can often be spotted floating around as they graze on their favourite meal.

Beyond the excitement of the sea turtles, visitors will have a front-row seat to the landing strip of the island's only airport. While not typically considered when planning a beach day, watching the planes take off, and land can add a sense of excitement as you float along the Caribbean waters.

Woman on the beach in St. Thomas.

Neltjeberg Beach

Neltjeberg Beach is the ideal option for visitors to St. Thomas to live out their castaway fantasies. Free from the crowding of the more famous beaches St. Thomas features, visitors to Neltjeberg will find they have the length of the shoreline virtually all to themselves. However, the beach maintains its seclusion thanks to the slightly treacherous hike required to reach this hidden gem.

Starting at Dorothea Beach, visitors have to make their way through the forested landscape along a coconut tree-lined path. Those who brave the hike will be rewarded with breathtaking views in their own secluded corner of the island. Here, they can continue walking along the beach's coastline or relax in the tranquilly lapping sea waves.

Lindquist Beach

Lindquist Beach is one of the most pristine beaches along St. Thomas' eastern coastline. As a part of Smith Bay Park, Linquist Beach offers breathtaking views of St. John and the British Virgin Isles from its location on the 21-acres of protected land. The beach itself provides service amenities, including restrooms and picnic pavilions, and is the ideal location for exploring the island's natural vegetation. Coconut trees and sea grape trees line the beach's shoreline, while a vibrant sea life habitat is in the water waiting to be discovered.

Lindberg Bay

Lindberg Bay offers St. Thomas's more popular beaches' luxury amenities, yet it somehow manages to maintain its more isolated charms. With two beachfront bars, this beach on St. Thomas' southern coast is the ideal destination for a relaxing beach day free from heavy crowding that can occur at other beachfront bar destinations.

Enjoy your favourite cocktail from the comforts of a recliner shaded by overarching palm trees, or venture into the Caribbean waters for various watersports that include paddle boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, and snorkelling. Those travelling with their families will be happy to note that there are two playgrounds for children, one floating in the water and another in the comforts of the sandy beach.

Conclusion

St. Thomas is a destination full of unique and vibrant beaches. This list of the ten best beaches in St. Thomas is a great place to start as you explore which destination has the amenities and privacy best suited for your next beach day. 

For more advice as you plan your next holiday, check out our complete list of posts to St. Thomas and other beautiful destinations around the world.

Top Hotels & Resorts

Best hotel
St Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton
Air conditioning
Bathtub
Pool
Free parking
Gym
Free WiFi
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$699.00
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Executive Suite King
3 maximum amount
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The Executive Suite King offers stunning views of the water, along with a spacious layout and luxurious amenities. Guests can enjoy a private balcony, a king-sized bed, and a marble bathroom with double vanities. The suite also features a living area with a sofa and a dining table, as well as a kitchenette with a refrigerator and microwave.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Free cots/infant beds
Premium bedding
55-inch LCD TV
Cable channels
Premium TV channels
Coffee/tea maker
Room service
Free Wi-Fi
Connecting rooms available
Daily housekeeping
Free local calls
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Phone
Balcony
Presidential Suite
4 maximum amount
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The Presidential Suite at The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas is the perfect choice for discerning travelers. Occupying the entire top floor of the hotel, the suite offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and lush tropical gardens. Inside, guests can enjoy a spacious living area with a wet bar, dining room, and separate bedroom with a king-sized bed.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Free cots/infant beds
Premium bedding
55-inch LCD TV
Cable channels
Premium TV channels
Coffee/tea maker
Room service
Free Wi-Fi
Connecting rooms available
Daily housekeeping
Free local calls
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Phone
Balcony
Three Bedroom Presidential Suite
8 maximum amount
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This elegant 3,000 square foot suite features a spacious living room with spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, a formal dining room perfect for entertaining, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The suite also features three luxuriously appointed bedrooms, each with its own private bathroom. Additional amenities include a washer/dryer, high-speed Internet access, and 24-hour room service.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Free cots/infant beds
Premium bedding
55-inch LCD TV
Cable channels
Premium TV channels
Coffee/tea maker
Room service
Free Wi-Fi
Connecting rooms available
Daily housekeeping
Free local calls
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Phone
Balcony
Two Bedroom Suite
7 maximum amount
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The suite is decorated in a sleek, modern style and features a private balcony, a spacious living room, and a fully equipped kitchen. The master bedroom includes a king-sized bed and an en-suite bathroom with a deep soaking tub, while the second bedroom has two queen-sized beds. The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas also offers a variety of on-site amenities, including an infinity pool, a spa, and a fitness center. Guests of the hotel can also enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning and 24-hour room service.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Free cots/infant beds
Premium bedding
55-inch LCD TV
Cable channels
Premium TV channels
Coffee/tea maker
Room service
Free Wi-Fi
Connecting rooms available
Daily housekeeping
Free local calls
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Phone
Balcony
St Thomas
Secret Harbour Beach Resort
Pool
Parking available
Free WiFi
Non-smoking
Kitchen
Gym
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$407.00
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One Bedroom Suite
4 maximum amount
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Everything you need for a memorable tropical getaway—a weekend, weeks, or even months—is available in Secret Harbour's Beachfront 1-Bedroom Condominiums. Up to four people can stay in these units, which offer full residential amenities.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Two Bedroom Suite
6 maximum amount
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Secret Harbour's Beachfront 2-Bedroom Condominiums are the perfect option for a large family or group of friends who wish to spend time on the beach. Your condominium will have one private bedroom with a king-size bed, a second private bedroom with a king-sized bed or two twin beds that may be connected.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Three Bedroom Suite
8 maximum amount
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Your Beachfront 3-Bedroom Condominiums have all the amenities you need for a relaxing tropical getaway with up to 8 people. The bedrooms have king-sized beds and the living area has comfortable furnishings including a couch that converts into a full-size bed. The units accommodate up to 8 people and include full residential amenities.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Studio Suite
2 maximum amount
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There is everything you need for a memorably tropical getaway at Secret Harbour Beachfront Studio Condominiums, accommodating up to 2 people.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Oceanfront Room
2 maximum amount
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These 600-square-foot, oceanfront hotel-style rooms are conveniently located near the lobby and have ramp access, a patio, and a kitchenette. Two people can stay in these units, which feature a king-sized bed, a private bathroom, a microwave, a mini-refrigerator, and a coffee maker.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
One Bedroom Condominium
4 maximum amount
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Those wishing for a more remote experience away from the beach activities and closer to the pool should consider Hillside 1-Bedroom Condominiums, also known as Secret Harbour Villas®. These units can house up to four people and include full residential amenities in a tropical beach setting.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Two Bedroom Condominium
6 maximum amount
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Individuals who want a more secluded experience away from the shoreline and closer to the pool may prefer Hillside 2-Bedroom Secret Harbour Villas. Hillside 2-Bedroom Villas accommodate up to 6 people and provide full resort amenities in a picturesque beach landscape.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
Studio Condominium
2 maximum amount
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People who want to be away from the beach activities and closer to the pool should consider Hillside Studio Condominiums, also known as Secret Harbour Villas®. Up to 2 people can stay in one of these studio apartments, which feature a combined living/dining/sleeping area with a private bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.
Private Balcony or Patio with Stunning Ocean Views
WiFi with secured access
Fully-Equipped Kitchens
Full-Sized Refrigerator
Microwave
Dishwasher
Dishes, glassware, cutlery
Hair Dryer
Air Conditioning + Ceiling Fans
Televisions with DVD players
MP3 Docking Stations
In-Room Safe
Telephone with Voicemail
Iron/Ironing Board
Cribs/Rollaway Beds (Upon Request)
St Thomas
Marriott's Frenchman's Cove
Air conditioning
Kitchen
Free parking
Free WiFi
Pool
Gym
Marriotts Frenchmans Cove on the map.
$539.00
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Villa, 2 Bedrooms
8 maximum amount
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Our two-bedroom, two-bath villas are well-equipped and spacious, and can accommodate up to eight people. You'll feel right at home in St. Thomas by staying in one of our villa rentals. We provide separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, and washer/dryers.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Down duvet
Egyptian cotton bed sheets
Free cots/infant beds
DVD player
Flat-screen TV
Satellite channels
Video game console
Coffee/tea maker
Dining area
Dishwasher
Kitchen
Microwave
Fridge
Stovetop
Internet
Free Wi-Fi
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Sitting area
View – partial ocean
Washer/dryer
Balcony
Villa, 3 Bedrooms
12 maximum amount
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St. Thomas villa rentals feature spacious three-bedroom villas that can house up to 12 guests. Our villas have separate living and dining areas, full kitchens, and washing and drying machines. Our well-appointed two-bedroom, two-bath villas come equipped with all the comforts and conveniences of home.
Climate-controlled air conditioning
Down duvet
Egyptian cotton bed sheets
Free cots/infant beds
DVD player
Flat-screen TV
Satellite channels
Video game console
Coffee/tea maker
Dining area
Dishwasher
Kitchen
Microwave
Fridge
Stovetop
Internet
Free Wi-Fi
Iron/ironing board
Laptop-compatible safe
Sitting area
View – partial ocean
Washer/dryer
Balcony
St Thomas
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Gym
Pool
Bar
Free WiFi
Air conditioning
Free parking
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on the map.
$435.00
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Room One Bed
2 maximum amount
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Looking for a place to stay in Bolongo Bay Beach Resort? Check out Room One Bed, our top pick for accommodations in the area! This comfortable room is perfect for couples or solo travelers, and comes with everything you need for a relaxing stay. Enjoy stunning views of the bay from your private balcony, or take a dip in our heated outdoor pool.
Premium bedding
Cable/satellite channels
Flat-screen TV
Champagne service
Coffee/tea maker
Microwave (on request)
Free Wi-Fi
Individually decorated
Iron/ironing board
Phone
Safe
View – beach
Furnished balcony or patio
Room Two Beds
4 maximum amount
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The room comes with two beds, a private balcony, and a full private bathroom. Guests can enjoy direct access to the beach, as well as use of the resort's many amenities, including a swimming pool, fitness center, and restaurants.
Premium bedding
Cable/satellite channels
Flat-screen TV
Champagne service
Coffee/tea maker
Microwave (on request)
Free Wi-Fi
Individually decorated
Iron/ironing board
Phone
Safe
View – beach
Furnished balcony or patio
St Thomas
Emerald Beach Resort
Pet-friendly
Pool
Non-smoking
Gym
Free parking
Free WiFi
Emerald Beach Resort on the map.
$206.00
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King Room with Balcony
4 maximum amount
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Beachfront Standard Deluxe King Size Rooms are available in our St. Thomas hotel, providing stunning views of the white sands and turquoise waters of Lindbergh Bay. Each room provides the perfect setting for a wonderful St. Thomas vacation. In addition to the awe-inspiring water views, all rooms are beachfront and recently redesigned with a tropical-inspired décor.
Voicemail
Safe
Adjustable Air Conditioning
Flat-screen TV with cable channels
Hairdryer
Mini refrigerator
Iron/ironing board
Coffeemaker
Complimentary wireless internet
Double Bed Room With Balcony
4 maximum amount
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Beachfront Standard Deluxe Double Bed Rooms are available at Paradise Cove Beach Resort. With a variety of St. Thomas vacation packages to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that is perfect for you. In addition to the beautiful water vistas, all accommodations are beachfront, spacious, and decorated in a tropical style to provide the perfect backdrop for your unforgettable vacation experience.
Voicemail
Safe
Adjustable Air Conditioning
Flat-screen TV with cable channels
Hairdryer
Mini refrigerator
Iron/ironing board
Coffeemaker
Complimentary wireless internet
St Thomas
Lindbergh Bay Hotel
Non-smoking
Gym
Free parking
Air conditioning
Pool
Free WiFi
Lindbergh Bay Hotel on the map.
$149.00
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Standard Room
2 maximum amount
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These rooms offer a luxurious Queen/King pillowtop mattress and partial views of the gardens or Lindbergh Bay.
Wireless Internet
Coffeemaker
Iron and ironing board
Hairdryer
Air conditioning
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Voicemail
Safe
Alarm clock radio
Room, 2 Double Beds
4 maximum amount
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These rooms are perfect for groups or families, as they feature two pillowtop double beds and partial views of the garden or Lindbergh Bay.
Wireless Internet
Coffeemaker
Iron and ironing board
Hairdryer
Air conditioning
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Voicemail
Safe
Alarm clock radio
Deluxe Room
4 maximum amount
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Secluded double beds with Ocean / garden view and close to the pool.
Wireless Internet
Coffeemaker
Iron and ironing board
Hairdryer
Air conditioning
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Voicemail
Safe
Alarm clock radio
Deluxe Villa
2 maximum amount
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These luxurious Villa rooms feature one king-size pillowtop bed and a view of Lindbergh Bay.
Wireless Internet
Coffeemaker
Iron and ironing board
Hairdryer
Air conditioning
Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
Voicemail
Safe
Alarm clock radio
St Thomas
Windward Passage Hotel
Free parking
Gym
Pool
Air conditioning
Non-smoking
Free WiFi
Windward Passage Hotel on the map.
$176.00
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Standard Room, 1 King Bed
2 maximum amount
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The standard room features a king-size bed, an private balcony overlooking the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The room also includes a flat-screen TV, a mini-fridge, and a coffee maker. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning in the hotel's restaurant, as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Air conditioning
Bed sheets
Satellite channels
TV
Coffee/tea maker
Room service (limited)
Free Wi-Fi
Daily housekeeping
Iron/ironing board
Safe
Standard Room, 2 Double Beds
4 maximum amount
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The Standard Room at the Windward Passage Hotel offers two double beds and stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. The room is decorated in a classic style and includes a desk, chair, and TV. The bathroom features a shower, toilet, and sink. Guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning.
Air conditioning
Bed sheets
Satellite channels
TV
Coffee/tea maker
Room service (limited)
Free Wi-Fi
Daily housekeeping
Iron/ironing board
Safe

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