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Coki Beach, St. Thomas
Small and picturesque Coki Beach is a favorite for its soft white sand and calm, crystal-clear water. While there's only limited shade here, umbrellas are available for rent, as are beach chairs, Jet Skis, diving and snorkeling equipment, and floats. Several snorkeling and dive sites nearby include a rocky reef near shore. Beachside eateries serve up picnic-table fare including burgers, sandwiches, and local dishes. The beach can get crowded when cruise ships are in port, so ask at your hotel whether there are ships docking that day before planning a visit.
Float above it all on an organized or self-guided snorkeling adventure. St. Thomas is a snorkeler's paradise thanks to a combination of calm seas, mild currents and a myriad of offshore topography, from coral reefs and rocks to sunken ships and even airplanes. You have a few difficult choices: A swim at Buck Island may bring you alongside docile sea turtles, but there are also spectacular options for snorkeling at Sapphire Beach, Coki Point and the oft-lauded Secret Harbour.