St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
December 12, 2000
All beaches are public to anyone by law, but quite a few are built up with resorts and frequented by the tourists staying there. Linquist is a local beach off the beaten path where it is rare you will find any tourists.
The sandy beach is curved in a large c-shape that is lined by coconut palms and forms a large bay in the middle. There is an excellent view of Thatch Cay followed by all of the other cays (Grass, Mingo, Lovango...)and St. John in the distance. There is good shallow water snorkeling on the left side of the beach as well as the right. I have seen baby lobsters, conch, sting rays, octopus and many, many fish. I have actually seen some people that have waded out with their poles on the right and fished. Watch for pelican dive bombing in the water to catch their lunch. The entire middle is all sandy and excellent for swimming. The water is very calm where you can even float around on a raft. If you have a cooler, bring a picnic lunch and stay for the entire day. I guarantee you will be one of the few people on the whole beach!
Linquist Beach is not on any maps and there are not even any signs to recognize where it is. So, to get there take Smith Bay Road (Route 38)towards the East End and look for a dirt road leading towards the beach. Be aware that if you have to ask directions most St. Thomians don't know road names and even less know route numbers...they just have always known where to go! It's not uncommon to be told to turn at the large Flamboyant Tree or turn right at the broken down car. The dirt road is on the left, after The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and before Pavilions and Pools Resort. There is not really anything between, but when the road makes almost a 90 degree curve to the right, turn down the dirt road on the left. It is a short drive to Linquist Beach. Park on the side of the road in the sand under the trees and have a lovely day!!!
From journal My Home St. Thomas, USVI