Tennis in St. Thomas
The Caribbean sun is hot, so be sure to hit the courts before 10 am or after 5 pm. (Many courts are lighted.) You can indulge in a set or two even if you're staying in a guesthouse without courts; most hotels rent time to nonguests.
Marriott Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resorts. The resort has two courts. Nonguests play for $30 per hour. 5 Estate Bakkeroe, end of Rte. 315, Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/776–8500 Ext. 6818 or 800/228–9290. www.marriott.com.
Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. Two courts are available at the Ritz-Carlton, where nonguests can take lessons for $90 per hour and $45 per half hour. 6900 Great Bay, end of Rte. 317, East End, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/775–3333. www.ritzcarlton.com.
Sapphire Beach Condominium Resort. The resort has four courts that fill up fast in the cool early-morning hours. The cost for nonguests is $30 per hour. 6 Smith Bay, 1/4-mile northwest of Red Hook, East End, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/775–6100 Ext. 8135 or 800/524–2025. www.antillesresorts.com.
Sub Base. There are two public tennis courts, open on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost. Lights are on until 10 pm. Rte. 306, next to Water and Power Authority, Subbase, St. Thomas, 00802.
Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. Nonguests can rent any of the four lighted courts for $20 per hour. Lessons start at $45 for a half hour. 6500 Estate Smith Bay, Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, 00802. 340/777–7100 or 877/894–4461. www.sugarbayresortandspa.com.
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