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ST THOMAS — Transport to a true Caribbean paradise at this popular east end locale! Lindquist Beach is one of St. Thomas’s most pristine, idyllic beaches with its calm, crystal clear waters, gentle waves and a picturesque stretch of soft white sand dusted with a faint touch of pink. As part of a 21- acre park preserve known as Smith Bay Park, you will find various public amenities at the beach including a daytime lifeguard, bathrooms, showers and several shaded picnic tables.These amenities make Lindquist Beach a great spot for friends and family to gather to enjoy some fun in the sun. The beach is maintained by Magens Bay Authority, keeping it clean and pristine for res-idents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.

One of the best things about Lindquist Beach is the absence of crowds. Many St. Thomas beach-es get packed, especially on days when cruise ships are in port. Thank-fully, this spot rarely gets swarmed like other beaches on island. Expect larger crowds on the weekends but during the week, the beach is mostly quiet. For great snorkeling, pack your gear and head to the right side of the beach to catch a glimpse of sting-rays, schools of fish and a sea turtle or two. There are no concession stands at this beach; be sure to pack a picnic lunch and a cooler with ice cold beverages to extend your time here. Don’t be surprised to find several large iguanas sunbathing in var-ious locations along this beach. As tempting as it may be, do not feed the them because they might be-come more attached than one may expect.

Lindquist Beach is located on the is-land’s east end, right off Smith Bay Road and a short distance from Red Hook. There is a fee to enter the beach; $2 for residents with an ID, $5 for non-residents and parking is $2 per vehicle. Children under 13 are free. The parking area is a short 5-minute walk from the beach, but you can drop off your belongings near the beach entrance for ease.

Fun Fact: The spelling of this beach has evolved over the years. The correct spelling is Lindqvist but over time, the English rule of a “u” follow-ing “q” was adopted.

Written by Anquanette Gaspard