For decades, a sleepy area just off the beaten path on the road to Red Hook was known to locals as Lindquist. The unpopulated slice of St. Thomas seaside land is where relatively few people would brave a rocky unpaved road to reach the pristine beach.
Over time, with the isolated shoreline becoming ever-more popular, local groups began focusing on caring for the area, keeping it clean and inviting.
In 2006, Lindquist was established as Smith Bay Park. Today, the area includes both coastal and marine ecosystems of notable beauty and importance.
The 21-acre park — located just off Route 38 —is home to an intriguing assortment of plants, birds and marine life.
Known for calm seas, amazing crystal clear water, and a breathtaking view of neighboring islands, Smith Bay — once a hidden-away beach — is now an easy-to-access place both residents and visitors get to enjoy on a daily basis.
Managed by the Magens Bay Authority, Smith Bay now offers natural island beauty while simultaneously providing restrooms and shower facilities. The beach at Smith Bay Park remains one of the most picturesque on the island.
Smith Bay Park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance fee is $7 for non-residents, $2 for island residents plus a $2 parking fee.
A BIT ABOUT LARIMAR: “GEM OF THE CARIBBEAN”
In 1974, Norman Rilling, a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, and Miguel Méndez, a Dominican, found pieces of Larimar on the seashore. The word Larimar was created by Mendez, who combined his daughter’s name Larissa with the Spanish world for sea, “Mar.” Today, Larimar jewelry — including necklaces, pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings — is sold throughout the Caribbean. When visiting the Virgin Islands, you will see this Caribbean gem displayed in many jewelry stores.