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sophaclese
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Hi, I thought I pretty much covered most of the beaches on STX last time I was there, but apparently there are a whole bunch I missed out on, some people say are the best. The ones I went to that I liked the best were sandy point and green cay. I have a few questions regarding the beaches/access though, are all the beaches truly public access, as some of the ones that are at resorts (buccaneer) it feels almost like your not supposed to be there unless you are staying there.

The beaches I have a question on are Sugar beach, and coakley bay. I know approximately where they are but is there no formal parking for these beaches? Do you just turn off left onto a dirt path after cheeseburgers somewhere?

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Topic starter Posted : September 14, 2008 12:56 am
Betty
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People told you sugar beach and coakley were better then sandy point? I wouldn't go to either. I don't think green cay is hard to beat but sandy point? Come on.... Try Jack and Issacs and Annaly Bay where the tide pools are. Those are the three best, all for different reasons. Sandy point is just a pristinely beautiful beach, its perfect, except thats there is no good snorkeling there so you head over to jack and issacs or cane bay and then for a completely different type of beach at least for stx you go to annaley, where you will find a rock covered beach that makes a tinkling sound as the surf recedes and just is majestic. And you will find tide pools there to explore at your leisure. These are all great beaches. The ones you mentioned are very average at best. And neither is by Cheeseburgers. Coakley is close its further east, but sugar is west of c'sted.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 1:04 am
Linda J
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Beach access means you have a right to be on the beach, not that you can tramp through people's property to get there.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 9:43 am
Yearasta
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The left after Cheeseburger's...dirt road...We camp there every 4th of July. Great secluded beach...the road is very very bad.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 1:34 pm
islandtyme
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Smugglers Cove............like you're going to Cramer's park.............1st left just across the road from the house for sale w/red tile roof.........road is ruff!!! Beach is usually empty every day. Great sandy beach & water. Not much coral .....easy on the bare feet.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 2:50 pm
dntw8up
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All beaches are public to the water line, but some are only accessible to the public by boat.

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Posted : September 14, 2008 4:06 pm
Bombi
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Smugglers Cove............like you're going to Cramer's park.............1st left just across the road from the house for sale w/red tile roof.........road is ruff!!! Beach is usually empty every day. Great sandy beach & water. Not much coral .....easy on the bare feet.

And the snorkeling on the far left end near the old dock is suprisingly good.

The beach at the old Grapetree Bay hotel is one of my favs.

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Posted : September 15, 2008 12:50 pm
roadrunner
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Betty, excellent description of the rock sounds at Annaly Bay. I was so impressed that I tried to capture the sound with the video function on my camera, but of course that didn't work at all! (And the thing is that they're relatively BIG rocks -- the size of a soda can or larger -- and the waves just toss them around!) Any news on the efforts to preserve Annaly Bay and keep it out of the hands of developers? When I was there, I ran into some surveyors while hiking down. Very scary to think that a resort could end up sitting on that gorgeous rocky beach.

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Posted : September 17, 2008 12:42 am
islandtyme
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I'll have to take my gear nxt time to Smugglers & try the snorkin by the old dock. Was just there yesterday & saw a sea turtle nest............which also looked to be raided :-X
I like Grapetree too.............I look dwn on it from my lot............some day my house will be there *sigh*

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Posted : September 17, 2008 12:53 am
NugBlazer
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Wow, I can't believe that no one has mentioned the BEST beach of all: Turtle Beach on Buck Island. Sandy Point is great, but Turtle Beach is even better. Sure, you need a boat to get there, but that's part of what makes it great.

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Posted : September 18, 2008 5:05 am
islandtyme
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Nug...........so you have a boat......................Lets go to Turtle Beach!!

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Posted : September 18, 2008 12:22 pm
Bassman
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roadrunner,
It's the Pequot Indians from CT putting in the resort/casino. They have virtually unlimited funds. The people up here can't stop pumping money into those slots and other games. It's part of their reparations package.

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Posted : September 18, 2008 1:05 pm
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