Morningstar Beach is next to the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Resort on the easternmost end of Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Long and narrow, with caramel sand, Morningstar is fronted by two restaurants and generally crowded with resort guests. The water is often wavy and the beach windy. The view is of open ocean, except for the sight of passing ferry boats and cruise ships as they motor into the harbor. There is a volleyball court, water-sports equipment for rent, and beach chairs ($15 for nonguests).
Getting to Morningstar Beach
Frenchman’s Reef Resort operates a ferry from the Charlotte Amalie waterfront to the resort, making it possible to visit Morningstar Beach without driving there. Round-trip fare is $6 for adults and $4 for children 3–12. Children 2 and under are free. The ferry operates daily from December to May and Monday through Saturday from June to November. It departs Charlotte Amalie every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a return voyage hourly 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition