Frenchman Bay, St. Thomas
There are no signs to Frenchman Bay. The beach is easy to miss while driving along the well-traveled Frenchman Bay Road on the south coast of St. Thomas. Finding the access road, though, is only half the battle. Successfully traversing it is a whole other challenge.
Steep, rocky, and loaded with potholes, the dusty dirt track did not agree with my rental sedan when we visited. Still, with a little extra care, we did make it down to the shore.
Aside from the permanently(?) shuttered Abi Beach Bar, there are no signs of civilization here. No high rise condos. No hotels, souvenir shops, or other assorted tourist traps commonly associated with Rock City.
In their place is just what you see here: a nice stretch of empty beach beautifully untouched on an island not generally known for such charms. At the far east end of Frenchman Bay, the tiny offshore islet of Green Cay invites a short swim and exploration. We had time for neither during our brief visit. This assures we’ll be back, of course.
Hopefully at the helm of a 4×4 next time…