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Who Wants to Buy Some Real Virgin Islands Sand??

Obviously, you can’t buy sand from Cinnamon Bay (pictured here). I simply needed a sand picture for this story. 🙂

It’s slow season in the Virgin Islands, so there isn’t a ton going on right now. And because of that, we’re talking about sand today.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority announced yesterday that it plans to sell up to 520 cubic yards of “beach-quality” sand. Think about it… You can purchase real Virgin Islands sand and create your own beach in your backyard! Or in your basement! The possibilities are endless! 😂 😂

The sand will become available following the Port Authority’s dredging activities that are planned for later this year. The sand will be sold to the highest bidder. The winner will have to pick the sand up from the barge dock in Red Hook on St. Thomas. How many suitcases of sand does it take to create a personal beach???

Here are the official terms: (Scroll down to skip the official stuff and read about our contest.)

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (the “Authority” or “VIPA”) intends to sell up to 520 cubic yards (cy) of beach quality sand, which will be available for pick up from the Urman Victor Fredericks Marine Terminal – Barge Dock (“Red Hook Marine Terminal”) during its maintenance dredging activities scheduled for later this year. The Authority’s interpretation of the soil testing reports, that is included in the sales package, is that the sand is beach-quality in nature, but the Authority does not guarantee the suitability of use for or all of the up to 520 cy of material which may be available. The sand material will be sold ‘as-is’ to the bidder which offers the highest unit price per cy (referred to as ‘preferred bidder’).
Prospective buyers may submit their bids for the purchase of the sand by no later than August 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. through the Authority’s e-Procurement site at

Interested buyers may view and download the full package through the Authority’s e-Procurement site at

The Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids; to waive any informality or to accept any bid deemed to be in the best interest of the Authority.

Contest time! I know many of you have St. John-themed bars in your backyards and rooms in your homes, and I want to see them! Please email me your St. John room, yard, bar, etc. The winner will receive a gift certificate to The Beach Bar, which can be used in person or to purchase merchandise online! Please email your submissions to Good luck! I can’t wait to see your pics!

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  1. David Cascio

    Very interesting Jenn. How in the world would you get it homey. The cost of transport and delivery to the states, would be crazy, I’m sure.

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