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Beaches
Sapphire Beach is a three minute drive or safari bus ride north from your condo. I would not recommend trying to walk since there is no sidewalk. It is among St Thomas' prettiest white-sand beaches, and is one of my favorite beaches on St. Thomas. Definitely worth checking out! Amenities include water-sports rentals (paddleboards, snorkel gear, kayaks), bathrooms and a bar-restaurant, Sapphire Beach Bar. There's good snorkeling on the reef to the right of the beach. There is also Live Music most weekends and some nights during the week at Sapphire Beach Bar. If you are driving, turn to your left exiting Moe's parking lot. It's less than a mile drive and will be located on your right. Once you have turned right off the main road, you will want to drive down the hill to Sapphire Resort to find parking close to the beach. Just tell the guard at the bottom of the hill for the Resort that you are visiting the beach if they ask. If you opted to not rent a car, no worries, hop on a Safari (bus) just in front of Thali Indian Grill next door to Moe's. Be sure to stay on the same side of the road as Thali since that will be the direction the safari will be traveling in that you will want to catch to go from Red Hook to Sapphire Beach. Or, you can always call one of the Taxi's I have mentioned here in the guidebook or have posted on the sign on the entertainment center. Check out the website for Sapphire Beach Bar's Menu and What's Going On at http://www.sbbvi.com There is also another Restaurant/Bar, Sudi's, in Sapphire Village. You can either remain parked and walk up the hill at the far right end of the resort just past building 'F' or you can drive up the hill and through the guard gate for Sapphire Village and then follow the signs to the lower pool where Sudi's is located. Sometimes there is live music @ Sudi's too.
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Sapphire Beach
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Sapphire Beach is a three minute drive or safari bus ride north from your condo. I would not recommend trying to walk since there is no sidewalk. It is among St Thomas' prettiest white-sand beaches, and is one of my favorite beaches on St. Thomas. Definitely worth checking out! Amenities include water-sports rentals (paddleboards, snorkel gear, kayaks), bathrooms and a bar-restaurant, Sapphire Beach Bar. There's good snorkeling on the reef to the right of the beach. There is also Live Music most weekends and some nights during the week at Sapphire Beach Bar. If you are driving, turn to your left exiting Moe's parking lot. It's less than a mile drive and will be located on your right. Once you have turned right off the main road, you will want to drive down the hill to Sapphire Resort to find parking close to the beach. Just tell the guard at the bottom of the hill for the Resort that you are visiting the beach if they ask. If you opted to not rent a car, no worries, hop on a Safari (bus) just in front of Thali Indian Grill next door to Moe's. Be sure to stay on the same side of the road as Thali since that will be the direction the safari will be traveling in that you will want to catch to go from Red Hook to Sapphire Beach. Or, you can always call one of the Taxi's I have mentioned here in the guidebook or have posted on the sign on the entertainment center. Check out the website for Sapphire Beach Bar's Menu and What's Going On at http://www.sbbvi.com There is also another Restaurant/Bar, Sudi's, in Sapphire Village. You can either remain parked and walk up the hill at the far right end of the resort just past building 'F' or you can drive up the hill and through the guard gate for Sapphire Village and then follow the signs to the lower pool where Sudi's is located. Sometimes there is live music @ Sudi's too.
Secret Harbor Beach is a four minute drive or safari bus ride south of your condo. I would not recommend walking there since the side walk will run out before you get there. Small and hammock-strewn, this west-facing beach could hardly be more tranquil. This is another favorite of mine. It’s an excellent place to snorkel with equipment rented from the resort’s water-sports operation. Kids like swimming out to the platform that floats in the bay. Bathrooms and food are available. Sunset Grille is located on the beach offering drinks and eats. Check out their website for their Menu and listing of Live Music at http://www.sunsetgrillevi.com for more info This beach is definitely tucked away and a bit tricky to find but you should be able to use google maps or waze to get there.
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Secret Harbor Beach
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Secret Harbor Beach is a four minute drive or safari bus ride south of your condo. I would not recommend walking there since the side walk will run out before you get there. Small and hammock-strewn, this west-facing beach could hardly be more tranquil. This is another favorite of mine. It’s an excellent place to snorkel with equipment rented from the resort’s water-sports operation. Kids like swimming out to the platform that floats in the bay. Bathrooms and food are available. Sunset Grille is located on the beach offering drinks and eats. Check out their website for their Menu and listing of Live Music at http://www.sunsetgrillevi.com for more info This beach is definitely tucked away and a bit tricky to find but you should be able to use google maps or waze to get there.
Walk-able Restaurants & Bars from GRooVI-Villa
Sooo many choices for cuisine and nightlife! Where to go next!? Best part is... they are ALL in your backyard! Leave the car parked after your day in the sun at the beach or on a boat and hit the town for some good eats and a refreshing drink!
Located across the street from Moe's Fresh Market, tucked away behind Ocean Surfari. Enjoy stunning views, great cocktails and awesome eats from their patio that directly overlooks Red Hook Marina.
Outriggers Red Hook
Located across the street from Moe's Fresh Market, tucked away behind Ocean Surfari. Enjoy stunning views, great cocktails and awesome eats from their patio that directly overlooks Red Hook Marina.
Located in the upper parking lot (Yep, it's a shack in the middle a parking lot! LOL) across the street from the Marina. Turn to your right after exiting Moe's parking lot and walk down the street and you will see it shortly on your right in the middle of the upper parking lot. A local favorite to order are the Smores. It's not on the menu, but ask for it anyway you won't be sorry!
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Duffy's Love Shack
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Located in the upper parking lot (Yep, it's a shack in the middle a parking lot! LOL) across the street from the Marina. Turn to your right after exiting Moe's parking lot and walk down the street and you will see it shortly on your right in the middle of the upper parking lot. A local favorite to order are the Smores. It's not on the menu, but ask for it anyway you won't be sorry!
Harbor front restaurant with full bar, pizza & live music in an easy going environment. 2 minute walk across the street from Moe'e Fresh Market and to the right on the upper level overlooking the Marina. Fantastic Pizza!
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Island Time Pub
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Harbor front restaurant with full bar, pizza & live music in an easy going environment. 2 minute walk across the street from Moe'e Fresh Market and to the right on the upper level overlooking the Marina. Fantastic Pizza!
Great place to grab a cup of Jo and enjoy the views of the Marina. What a way to kickstart the day! 2 minute walk across the street from Moe's Fresh Market and to the right on the upper level above Bernie's Bar & Grill. They also have great smoothies, breakfast and lunch items that pack well for a picnic on the beach!
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Lattes in Paradise
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Great place to grab a cup of Jo and enjoy the views of the Marina. What a way to kickstart the day! 2 minute walk across the street from Moe's Fresh Market and to the right on the upper level above Bernie's Bar & Grill. They also have great smoothies, breakfast and lunch items that pack well for a picnic on the beach!
They have a great Happy Hour. Their breakfast burger is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! 2 min walk across the street from Moe's Fresh Market on the right street level with a view of the Marina.
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The Tap & Still Redhook
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They have a great Happy Hour. Their breakfast burger is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! 2 min walk across the street from Moe's Fresh Market on the right street level with a view of the Marina.
1 minute walk across the street to the right just past Tap and Still on the upper level overlooking the Marina. Killer food and open late!
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Caribbean Saloon Steakhouse & Bar
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1 minute walk across the street to the right just past Tap and Still on the upper level overlooking the Marina. Killer food and open late!
Yep, there is sushi close by too! Just a 3 minute walk.
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Raw Sushi & Sake Bar
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Yep, there is sushi close by too! Just a 3 minute walk.
Fine dining experience. Indoors but the ambiance is lovely!
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Pesce iTALiAN
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Fine dining experience. Indoors but the ambiance is lovely!
Brand new! Just opened in Spring of 2020. Boasting a Bohemian-island vibe with a breezy waterfront atmosphere. Short walk away pretty much straight down the hill across the street from Moe's Fresh Market.
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The Easterly
1 Red Hook Road
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Brand new! Just opened in Spring of 2020. Boasting a Bohemian-island vibe with a breezy waterfront atmosphere. Short walk away pretty much straight down the hill across the street from Moe's Fresh Market.
A local hot spot.
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Bernie's Bar & Grill
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A local hot spot.
Super cool vibes and excellent food! Open late till 2am. Located in the same area as Duffy's Love Shack.
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XO Bistro
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Super cool vibes and excellent food! Open late till 2am. Located in the same area as Duffy's Love Shack.
Super Tasty Pizza by the slice. Located across the way from Moe's Fresh Market.
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Senor Pizza
6 Thomas St
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Super Tasty Pizza by the slice. Located across the way from Moe's Fresh Market.
Fun new restaurant right next to Moe's.
Kinky Mermaid
6111 Smith Bay Road
Fun new restaurant right next to Moe's.
Excursions that leave from Red Hook Marina
There are so many fun things to do in the Red Hook area. Many Charter companies dock and depart from Cruz Bay in Red Hook. Here are a few to choose from...
Take a day and go fishing! In Shore, Off Shore & Deep Sea excursions available. Check it out @ www.oceansurfari.com
Ocean Surfari Charters
Take a day and go fishing! In Shore, Off Shore & Deep Sea excursions available. Check it out @ www.oceansurfari.com
Solo or group rates available. They have both power boats and catamarans. Most excursions include drinks (water, sodas and some alcoholic selections), snacks and use of snorkel gear. Sadly though, most charters have been cancelled until 8/31/20 due to the pandemic. Many of their charters go over to the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) and they have closed their shores to tourists until 9/1/20. They have discounted their rates for private charters though.
Stormy Pirates Boat Charters
Solo or group rates available. They have both power boats and catamarans. Most excursions include drinks (water, sodas and some alcoholic selections), snacks and use of snorkel gear. Sadly though, most charters have been cancelled until 8/31/20 due to the pandemic. Many of their charters go over to the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) and they have closed their shores to tourists until 9/1/20. They have discounted their rates for private charters though.
Located at American Yacht Harbor, only a three minute walk away. They have mixed group rates available (so you don't have to buy the whole boat for the day). They usually require four guests for a full day sail. Call or text them for details.
Rumbaba Charters
6501 Red Hook Road
Located at American Yacht Harbor, only a three minute walk away. They have mixed group rates available (so you don't have to buy the whole boat for the day). They usually require four guests for a full day sail. Call or text them for details.
Full, Half Day & Sunset Sails on a Catamaran. Yes, please!
Sail With Liberty Charters
6292 Estate Nazareth
Full, Half Day & Sunset Sails on a Catamaran. Yes, please!
These guys are great! Super friendly and I love their merchandise too! BOGO - Buy One Get One Check out their men's swim trunks that have fish that magically appear on them when they get wet! The have many different types of excursions and fishing trips too! They are located right across the street from Moe's.
Ocean Surfari - Reef Surfari Snorkel Excursions
6300 Smith Bay Road
These guys are great! Super friendly and I love their merchandise too! BOGO - Buy One Get One Check out their men's swim trunks that have fish that magically appear on them when they get wet! The have many different types of excursions and fishing trips too! They are located right across the street from Moe's.
Shopping in Red Hook
Be it treats, trinkets, apparel, diving or snorkel gear or that random thing you were too excited and forgot to pack thing... you will most likely find it near by.
Very conveniently located, has most items you will need to prepare meals, put together a beach picnic or grab a toiletry item you forgot to pack. One of the nicer grocery stores on island with good selection of produce and meats. There is also a spirits and fine wine selection.
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Moe's Fresh Market Redhook
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Very conveniently located, has most items you will need to prepare meals, put together a beach picnic or grab a toiletry item you forgot to pack. One of the nicer grocery stores on island with good selection of produce and meats. There is also a spirits and fine wine selection.
From re-filling prescriptions to Reef-friendly sunblock (Very important, be kind to our beautiful island) and bug spray and everything in between, you will find it here!
Chelsea Drug Store Redhook
6500 Red Hook Plaza
From re-filling prescriptions to Reef-friendly sunblock (Very important, be kind to our beautiful island) and bug spray and everything in between, you will find it here!
Fun little shop with treasures to be sought after.
Tradewinds Galleria
Fun little shop with treasures to be sought after.
Excellent customer service! They truly care & want to make sure you are outfitted comfortably for your water sports adventures. Love their staff! I had to return my snorkel mask two times because it didn't fit me right once in the water. They were very accommodating and patient to ensure that I got a mask that would work for me. Highly applaud and recommend them!
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Red Hook Dive Center
6100 Red Hook Quarters E1-1
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Excellent customer service! They truly care & want to make sure you are outfitted comfortably for your water sports adventures. Love their staff! I had to return my snorkel mask two times because it didn't fit me right once in the water. They were very accommodating and patient to ensure that I got a mask that would work for me. Highly applaud and recommend them!
A magical place!
Rhiannons
6100 Red Hook Road
A magical place!
Charming Boutique for picking up some unique threads to wear out on the town.
Celia's Boutique
Charming Boutique for picking up some unique threads to wear out on the town.
Local convenience store for random things.
Sami's Fresh Mart
Local convenience store for random things.
BOGO - Buy One Get One Free! Need I say more?! You have to check out the men's swim trunks that are magic! I don't want to ruin the surprise so just go and ask them to demonstrate!
Ocean Surfari Retail Store
BOGO - Buy One Get One Free! Need I say more?! You have to check out the men's swim trunks that are magic! I don't want to ruin the surprise so just go and ask them to demonstrate!
Cool little shop in Red Hook Plaza!
Caribbean Surf Co. Red Hook Store
6500 Red Hook Plaza
Cool little shop in Red Hook Plaza!
Red Hook Ferry
Don't worry about finding a parking spot since you are close enough to leave your car parked in the free provided reserved spot and walk 3 minutes to the Ferry!
Here are links link to the Red Hook (People and Car) Ferry Schedules. People ferry: Copy and paste into new browser. https://www.vinow.com/travel/virgin-islands-ferry-schedules Non-Resident One-way $8.15 Resident One-way** $6 Child (2-11) One-way $1 Resident Senior One-way** $1.50 Luggage/Box $4.00 each ** Valid USVI ID required for resident rates. Car ferries, there are two different companies. Tickets can be purchased online. You will also need $3.00-$8.00 cash to give to the attendant before lining up to back your vehicle up onto the car barge. https://www.bigredbarge.co/rates https://www.lovecitycarferries.com/rates--fares.html
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Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Terminal (Red Hook)
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Here are links link to the Red Hook (People and Car) Ferry Schedules. People ferry: Copy and paste into new browser. https://www.vinow.com/travel/virgin-islands-ferry-schedules Non-Resident One-way $8.15 Resident One-way** $6 Child (2-11) One-way $1 Resident Senior One-way** $1.50 Luggage/Box $4.00 each ** Valid USVI ID required for resident rates. Car ferries, there are two different companies. Tickets can be purchased online. You will also need $3.00-$8.00 cash to give to the attendant before lining up to back your vehicle up onto the car barge. https://www.bigredbarge.co/rates https://www.lovecitycarferries.com/rates--fares.html
Gyms/Fitness Centers near by
Nice facility to work out at located a short walk away. They have daily, weekly or monthly memberships available. Head down the hill, turn left at Moe's and it's located on the same side of the road as Moe's in same building where First Bank is located.
Synergy Fitness and Wellness Center
Nice facility to work out at located a short walk away. They have daily, weekly or monthly memberships available. Head down the hill, turn left at Moe's and it's located on the same side of the road as Moe's in same building where First Bank is located.
Not quite walkable since there are no sidewalks to get there, but it's a short three minute drive away. Turn left leaving the parking lot for Moe's and it will be on the left side of the road a little past the parking lot for Lindquist Beach.
Abounader Fitness USVI
Not quite walkable since there are no sidewalks to get there, but it's a short three minute drive away. Turn left leaving the parking lot for Moe's and it will be on the left side of the road a little past the parking lot for Lindquist Beach.
Fun things to do Outside of Red Hook
If you are traveling through Havensight, this is a fun way to get a birds eye view of the island! Go just before sunset if you can, it's breath taking! I believe they have live music on Wednesday nights. There is also a restaurant at the top. Prime Restaurant has the best steak dinners on island! You will most likely need to make a reservation and keep in mind they only serve dinner. Check out some of the local art work and shops as well.
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Paradise Point Tramway
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If you are traveling through Havensight, this is a fun way to get a birds eye view of the island! Go just before sunset if you can, it's breath taking! I believe they have live music on Wednesday nights. There is also a restaurant at the top. Prime Restaurant has the best steak dinners on island! You will most likely need to make a reservation and keep in mind they only serve dinner. Check out some of the local art work and shops as well.
If you love plants, this is the place for you. So many beautiful tropical plants... ahhh heaven!
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Phantasea Tropical Botanical Garden
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If you love plants, this is the place for you. So many beautiful tropical plants... ahhh heaven!
Another beautiful place in paradise!
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Plantation Crown and Hawk Botanical Garden
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Another beautiful place in paradise!
Explore the ruins of old. Excellent photo ops and part of history.
Hassel Island
Explore the ruins of old. Excellent photo ops and part of history.
Stunning views of all the islands! Home to the original World Famous Banana Daiquiri. Souvenirs galore can be found in the shop here as well.
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Mountain Top
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Stunning views of all the islands! Home to the original World Famous Banana Daiquiri. Souvenirs galore can be found in the shop here as well.
Located in Tillett Gardens (a charming unique outdoor setting) where you will find good eats and live music!
Whiskey Business Bar & Grill
Located in Tillett Gardens (a charming unique outdoor setting) where you will find good eats and live music!
Take a cocktail sunset cruise from Sapphire Beach Marina!
New Horizons Charters
Take a cocktail sunset cruise from Sapphire Beach Marina!