Smith Bay Park
Recently purchased by the Virgin Islands government and opened as a public park, Smith Bay Park, also called Lindqvest Bay, is a magnificent place to spend the afternoon. The beach is curved and narrow, with the fine white sand descending at a gentle slope toward the water. Mild wave action produces a relaxing symphony of wave sounds, but does not interfere with swimming or snorkeling. Picnic tables are tucked amid shade trees.
The view is largely unblemished and you look out at a series of uninhabited off-shore cays. Aside from Magen’s Bay, which is a different animal all together, Smith Bay Park is certainly the best beach on St. Thomas.
Getting to Smith Bay Park
For now, access is by an unpaved road, and facilities consist of pit toilets and security guards. In the future, there will be more substantial facilities, a paved road, and a gate where you’ll have to pay an admission fee of a few dollars.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition