Today was sunny with no clouds in sight. The weather excited me because I was looking forward to spending my day soaking in some salt water. By this, I mean immersing myself in the calm serenity of the atmosphere at Brewers Bay in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. I love this beach for several reasons.
The first one is that unless it is hurricane season, the water is always calm, welcoming and inviting. The waves were very subtle. It glided over the white sand gracefully as one who is tip-toeing quietly. The sounds of the ocean were also are very soothing. It allowed me to free my mind, think and reflect on just about everything life has to offer.
Secondly, there is always a lot to see when I go snorkeling. My mini adventure started from the shorelines, out into the depths of the ocean, around the rocky cliffs and then I went back to the beach. I snorkeled for three hours. The underworld was fascinating. Some of the sea life that I saw were sea turtles, yellowtail fish, puffer fish, parrot fish, angel fish, baby stingrays, coral reefs and much more. Although the water was a lot deeper, despite swimming further away from the shore, the waves continued to remain very calm.
My third reason is that at Brewer’s Bay there are a lot of recreational activities. Not only is it great for water sports activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, but there are birthday parties, retirement parties, and BBQ’s cookouts. Those, of course, are planned by people in the community. Separately, during the summer months, the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee Wrestling Division hosts Beach Wrestling Competitions on the weekends. Brewers Bay is also a place where residents enjoy a game of dominoes and other board games.
At Brewers Bay, there is an on-duty lifeguard, bathrooms, and outdoor showers. Local food vans have finger foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers on the menu. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Street vendors sell fresh produce including locally grown seasonal fruits like canape, mangoes, and papaya. Geographically, the University of the Virgin Islands and the Cyril King Airport are nearby.
Overall, for all the reasons above, I was happy to have spent my day at Brewers Bay!
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