Funky beach huts selling local foods such as pâtés (fried turnovers with a spicy ground-beef filling), quaint vendor kiosks, and a brigade of hair braiders and taxi men make this beach overlooking picturesque Thatch Cay feel like an amusement park. But this is the best place on the island to snorkel and scuba dive. Fish, including grunts, snappers, and wrasses, are like an effervescent cloud you can wave your hand through. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; restrooms; watersports. Best for: partiers; snorkeling.
Rte. 388, next to Coral World Ocean Park, Estate Smith Bay, St. Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands