Best Hotel Beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Oyster reporters headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands to explore the destination's top hotels. We slept in the beds, dove in the waves, and ate in the restaurants, all with an eye toward selecting the most distinguished properties. Here's a list of our favorite hotel beaches.

Caneel Bay Resort

1.

Caneel Bay Resort Rating: 4.5 Pearls

Caneel Bay is unique in the Caribbean for its seven quiet, swimmable beaches. The resort sits on a 170-acre peninsula of protected national park, and with the exception of Caneel Beach, which also attracts nonresort guests (all beaches in the U.S. Virgin Islands are technically public), the beaches feel secluded and private. Two of the beaches are childfree, to ensure an atmosphere of undisturbed tranquility.

Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina

2.

Sapphire Beach Resort and Marina Rating: 3.0 Pearls

Categories: Beach

Sapphire Beach is one of the best in the Virgin Islands, with soft sand, clear water, nearby reefs for snorkeling, free windsurfing and snorkeling lessons, and beach chairs provided at no extra fee. Plus, the crowd of cruise ship passengers is smaller than you'll find at the even more popular Magens Beach.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

3.

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The Ritz-Carlton's exclusive, clean beach is located on Great Bay, a protected marine-life sanctuary that has some of the best snorkeling in St. Thomas.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort

4.

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Rating: 2.5 Pearls

Categories: All-Inclusive, Beach, Wedding

The beach is Bolongo's best feature. The south-facing cove is protected from large waves, making it good for swimming; the sand is soft; and plenty of trees provide ample shade.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas

5.

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas Rating: 3.5 Pearls

Categories: Beach, Kid-Friendly, Resort

The Westin's big, beautiful beach is great for swimming. Kayaks, small sailboats, and other water toys are all included in the $40-per-day resort fee.

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