A Weekend in the US VIRGIN ISLANDS – St. Thomas & St. John



The Space

Featuring a huge wrap-around terrace and an uninterrupted view from the Atlantic to the Caribbean over St. John and the British Virgin Islands, your condominium is a premier unit at Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina, a gated community with 24-7 security. The living room separates completely from the bedroom with a sliding door. 

At Sapphire Beach Resort, hit the beach, relax by an outdoor pool, or spend the day at a marine. We stayed at Sapphire Beach but decided to do a tour of as many beaches as we could while in St. Thomas, what we learned is no matter what beach you go to you won’t be disappointed.

Places To Eat

Duffy’s Love Shack

The food was good and the drinks were great. It is a fun place. There is a long wait every night because it is so popular but it’s worth it. We got the Jerk Chicken Love Tacos and Fiji Sweet & Tangy Wings.


Coki Beach

A few vendors rent snorkel gear, floats, and noodles. Lockers are available. Lounge chairs run $5 and umbrellas are $10. Party time on the party beach! This is a young people vibe, with lots of incense in the air (you get my drift), loud music, and loud people drinking lots of drinks, it gets crowded every day.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, this beach is rocky! Literally and metaphorically, we loved watching the people, the servers were the best (yes waiters and waitresses serve you right where you sit!)

We came early around 7 am and missed all the partying. We left around 11 am, just when it was getting crowded.

Magens Bay Beach

Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful, this breathtaking bay along St. Thomas’ rugged north coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling with all the conveniences of parking, lifeguards, equipment rentals, and freshwater showers, restaurants, and bars.

It was lunchtime while we were at Magen and I wish we had thought about food ahead of time because the food at Magen Bay is expensive and not worth it but I was hungry! My grilled cheese cost $12 with no sides. I also got a Strawberry Daiquiri for $8.50 which was way too sweet.


From St. Thomas, St. John is only a 20-minute ferry ride. The ferry tickets cost $50 for a roundtrip car ferry. Even though people mainly rent Jeeps in St. John, it’s not needed. We got around fine in our little basic standard rental car. Renting a car is a must unless you want to pay taxi prices the whole time. We rented our car in St.Thomas and will return it back there at the end of our trip.

Our VRBO located in front of Cruz Bay was right in the middle of the main town.

Two-thirds of the island of St. John is a national park, making it a unique destination for visitors from around the world. Virgin Islands National Park has some of the most beautiful beaches.

Places To Eat

Woody’s Seafood Saloons – I had some amazing shrimp here!

Beach Bars St. John – Fun Beach front spot, perfect to watch the sunset and have a drink.

Banana Deck – The dinner here was delicious. The chef is also super friendly and comes out to say hi to everyone and make sure everyone is liking their food.

High Tide Bar and Seafood Grill – Great breakfast spot is right on Cruz Bay beach.

Beaches – My top 3 favorite beaches in St. John

Maho Bay beach is a favorite among Islanders and tourists. Maho Bay is my number 1 recommendation for St. John beach to see sea turtles!

Trunk Bay is St John Island’s most visited beach, the most photographed beach, and voted one of the top ten beaches in the world by Condé Nast Traveler magazine!

Hawksnest beach is one of my favorite beaches on St John. It reminds me of how the water looks in Bora Bora. This sandy beach featuring clear water offers swimming & snorkeling with coral & colorful fish!

Hope this USVI weekend guide helps you with your next trip!


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April 17, 2023

This is so beautiful, how can I book with you?

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