I knew that I wanted to head to a "new" area of St Thomas and decided I was going to head over toward the airport and spend some time checking out the beaches in that area. That meant we were going to Brewers Bay and Lindbergh Beach.
I set my MapsMe and we headed out. It was a fairly easy drive and I'm pretty sure I have mastered this driving on the left hand side thing. We are in the area of the airport and the first beach we decided to go to was Brewers. It was right past the college campus. When we pulled up, parking looked to be on the road so we took the very first open spot we could find. I will admit, I'm not the best parallel parker but I managed to get us in the spot with only going back and forth about 10 times. ;)
It was a bit of a walk (for me) down to the beach area. There was a hill so I had to go nice and slow (no sidewalk or path from the area we were). They do have nice facilities here with bathrooms and showers outside.
We walked into a shaded area along the beach and my immediate thoughts of the beach was "wow, it's beautiful"! There were trees up and down the beach for shade with signs that stated to stay 6' apart.
We found a spot right close to where we walked in at and set up our chairs and things. There were some huge rocks behind us (think cave like setting) and plenty of shade. There was a lady at the next tree over on the phone (a local) and she would spend the next hour+ constantly complaining in a very loud voice. Like after awhile, it got super annoying. I hate when people talk on the phone so loud that everyone within a distance around them can hear their entire conversation. It's even worse when they are doing nothing but complaining non-stop. Like take your conversation somewhere that it can be private. No one wants to hear that...especially while trying to have a nice day at the beach. I usually don't verbally complain about these things but it was seriously on everyone's nerves after a solid hour of it.
Here's the beautiful beach and sand. The water was gorgeous and the waves pretty calm.
I immediately geared up and headed for the water. No time to waste!
I was in about 8' of water when I spotted my first turtle!!! See, the reviews and reports I had read weren't lying. I immediately signaled for Sakari to "COME! Turtle!!!" She could hear the excitement in my voice and rushed right out. We would spend the next 30 minutes just watching THEM all. They were everywhere! Big turtles, little turtles....DUDE! It was amazing. They were so graceful gliding from area to area and they must be pretty used to people here because we didn't phase them at all. They came as close as around 4' of water, which gave Kam a chance to see them as well.
Kendra held Kam in the water so that she could see the one's close up to where they were standing. She was so excited. I can tell she's going to have love to the water and sea, just like Sakari, no matter who her dad is. LOL
The below picture shows how close they were to the beach
I wanted Kendra and the hubby to go out and see them so I offered to stay back with Kam while Kendra went out and the hubs headed out as well after I told him how many there were out there. Hey, at least I was right this time around and Kendra was having a great time. I think she was just as excited to see the turtles as Kam was. She did say after she came out of the water "Well, usually they say something can be found at places we go and then you never see it so I just figured it was the same way here too".
Sakari managed to sneak a feel a few times as a baby turtle swam within inches of her or during grazing. I couldn't believe they didn't take off really quickly and would just continue to eat or move a little like it was no big deal.
Kam was busy playing in the sand and building more "condo's".
After the hubby came back in, I decided to head out again but to the left. There I would also find 2 stingrays as well. I had read they were also in the area, but these would be the only 2 that I found there.
I tried a few under/over shots, but they really didn't turn out well. It was cloudy off and on with a few sprinkles.
Since we were right by the airport, watching the planes come in were kinda neat too. It's nothing like Maho in St Maarten, but just knowing they really don't have a long runway to take off or stop made it fun to watch.
Here's a video I made of our day there.
We had arrived around 11:30am and it was now around 1:15 and we decided to pack up and head to the next beach. We were really pushing our time since they said that you should start packing up your things on the beach around 3pm and be out by 4pm. At least the next beach was close by so there wouldn't be much time in driving.
On the way out, you had to go down the street and circle around. I took a short cut and did a U turn when there was an opening. I'm not sure if U turns are allowed on the island?
I did see a spot that had some stairs to go down to get onto the beach. But, there didn't seem to be as much shade in that area of the beach.