Once there, he was known to entertain famous friends and, his accusers have said in court filings, traffic underage girls for sex. While federal authorities spent years criminally investigating Mr. Epstein, a spokesman for the local police department said it had no records of having visited his Virgin Islands properties. Since Mr.
Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in July, his island operations have been under scrutiny. A few days after his Aug. Federal prosecutors handling Mr. In recent lawsuits, his accusers have lodged fresh claims about how they were sexually assaulted on his islands. In the weeks ahead, the wrangling over Mr. Last week, lawyers handling Mr. James, a roughly acre island. Over the years, he spent millions more developing the islands, including building a villa with a library, a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.
His construction projects led to repeated clashes between Mr. In , Mr.
Epstein reached a settlement with the agency over unapproved construction projects on Great St. Officials soon accused his company of violating the agreement by not removing a beach bar cabana and by expanding a driveway, despite a stop-work order. Epstein used St. Thomas to register a number of his businesses. Little remains known about their purposes. In public documents, many listed their addresses as Mr.
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Epstein was rarely seen there. Last week, a man at the front desk said through an intercom that no one was available to talk to a reporter. People around St. Thomas are reluctant to talk about Mr. Epstein — even after his death, locals say, there are fears about violating nondisclosure agreements or angering his close associates on the island.
Epstein went out of his way to ingratiate himself with local leaders. He donated 50 computers that a local senator could give away to schools and youth organizations. Thomas when there is a north swell. Located on the north side, west of Magens Bay. Located on Coki Point, this white sand beach with crystal clear water offers excellent snorkeling and diving. Located on the south shore of the island at the Bolongo Beach Resort, this beach offers a variety of watersports and beach toy rentals. This breathtakingly beautiful beach, with soft white powdery sand, is one of the most popular in the U.
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This scenic bay on St. There are several hiking trails, one of which leads to a salt pond. This small jewel of a bay is located on the north shore of the island and accessed by a set of steps from the main road. Accessible by boat and hiking trail, Honeymoon Beach offers great snorkeling and calm shallow waters.
A great snorkeling reef starts a few yards from the shore. A calm and secluded spot just past a salt pond, Francis Bay is accessible either by car or scenic hiking trail. This beach offers plenty of watersport activities, including snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking. Whistle Beach is one of three beaches at the Buccaneer Resort.
Accessible only by path, this quiet, white sand beach is good for swimming and sunbathing. Stunning Turtle Beach is located on Buck Island. Here, you can relax on the white sand beach or partake in world-renowned snorkeling. Chairs, kayaks and a restaurant and bar are available at the resort. Kayaks are available for rent, and there is also a restaurant. This is a pretty bay located a short drive from Frederiksted.
The beachside restaurant is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat and a couple of cool drinks. Smuggler's Cove is secluded and relatively quiet.
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Surrounded by a coral reef, its deep, murky waters are filled with marine life. This three-mile beach is the longest in the U. It is located at the southwest end of St. Croix, just south of Frederiksted. A nice shady beach with calm waters and good snorkeling, there are two hotels here: Sandcastle on the Beach and Cottages by the Sea. The Reef is a small, quiet beach popular with windsurfers. Enjoy a great view of Buck Island and a beachside restaurant. Less than a mile left of the Frederiksted Pier, Public Beach is a favorite among the locals on weekends.
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Enjoy the beachside bar and restaurant. Northstar Bay has direct access to The Wall, a world-famous dive site. If you do not want to dive the steepest wall in the world, come enjoy the snorkeling instead.
Mermaid Beach is a spectacular white sand beach located at the Buccaneer Resort. For those seeking refuge from the bright Caribbean sun, the shore is shaded with tall coconut trees. Manchenil is a very long, white sand beach on the south side of St. Croix, accessible by a dirt road. Look for the pink pillars off South Shore Rd. Relax at La Grange beach with a free umbrella and beach chair. There are restrooms, showers, a restaurant and live entertainment every Friday and Sunday. The beach at Judith's Fancy is great for surfing. When the tide is out, snorkelers can enjoy a sizeable portion of the reef.
Hike to breathtaking Isaac's Bay from Jack's Bay, or arrive by boat. It is usually quiet and calm. Shade is available and there is good snorkeling. Abramson Pier. A pretty little beach located a short distance from Frederiksted, Dorsch Beach is a popular spot on weekends for family picnics and gatherings.
If surf conditions are right, visitors can body surf. Located on the east end of St. Croix, Coakley Bay Beach is a long and mostly deserted strip of beach with a lot of seaweed. The rocky water makes for some great snorkeling. Home to a hotel with the same name, this cozy beach is open to the public. Windsurfers, snorkel gear, kayaks and sunfish rentals are available. Located on North Shore Road, Cane Bay Beach offers a wide sandy beach with moderate surf, great diving and snorkeling.
Come and relax on this quiet beach located in Frederiksted. Any passing ships will be visible from Butler Bay. Explore the tide pools inhabited by many small fish. It is well worth the necessary hike to access Annaly Bay.
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After conquering the difficult and scenic trek, reward yourself by relaxing in the tide pools and enjoying the excellent snorkeling. Built in by Sephardic Jews, the St. Thomas Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues in the Western Hemisphere. Once a Danish residence, it was built in the 19th century featuring seven arches to support the staircase.
Explore our History, our Island and our Adventures! This small museum, located in Frenchtown, chronicles the influence of the French in the Caribbean. Residents have donated some artifacts to help demonstrate this lasting French presence. Constructed in , Fort Christian was built to defend the Danish settlement.
This National Historic Landmark is the oldest building in continuous use on St.