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Thatch Cay

Just a half mile off the southeast coast of St. Thomas sits a very rare gem: one of the last privately owned and undeveloped islands in the eastern Caribbean. Deep blue waters, windswept peaks, sun-drenched coastlines, and thick vegetation make Thatch Cay the quintessential island paradise. Almost two miles long, with five miles of shoreline, the island offers room to roam and absolute privacy for a secluded tropical retreat, a family compound ...

Just a half mile off the southeast coast of St. Thomas sits a very rare gem: one of the last privately owned and undeveloped islands in the eastern Caribbean. Deep blue waters, windswept peaks, sun-drenched coastlines, and thick vegetation make Thatch Cay the quintessential island paradise. Almost two miles long, with five miles of shoreline, the island offers room to roam and absolute privacy for a secluded tropical retreat, a family compound, or a world-class low-density residential development.

Natural Splendor:

Encompassing over 230 acres, Thatch Cay rises to an almost 500’ peak near its eastern end, commanding spectacular 360-degree views overlooking the surrounding seas and nearby islands. The north shore is untamed, highlighting dramatic rocky cliffs with views to the limitless Atlantic, while the south shore is comprised of green hillsides sloping to the shoreline, overlooking picturesque hills and the sparkling night lights of St. Thomas. Thatch Cay offers everything expected of a tropical island: a white-sand beach washed by gentle waves, tantalizing views of nearby islands, and breathtakingly clear nighttime skies.

The crystal-clear waters that surround Thatch Cay provide some of the best sailboarding, scuba diving, snorkeling, and deep-sea fishing on earth. For those who prefer pleasures on dry land, the island’s verdant hillsides invite scenic strolls. Thatch Cay offers other restful pursuits: a protected cove with a white-sand beach invites swimming and sunbathing, always enjoyable thanks to the cooling trade winds that caress the island year-round. The island hosts a variety of wildlife: humpback whales and seabirds pass by during their annual migrations and sea turtles and dolphins play in the turquoise waters, offering a diverting display any time of the year. Vegetation on the island includes groves of native tyre palms, sea grapes, cacti, and wild orchids.

The Location:

Thatch Cay is five minutes by boat from the marina facilities of St. Thomas, which offers easy access to the world beyond via ferry service, an international airport, and a private jetport. St. Thomas boasts many sophisticated pleasures, including historical and cultural sites, golfing, fine dining, and a renowned nightlife.

Development Opportunities:

Thatch Cay is zoned for residential development and is currently subdivided into 3 parcels. Parcel # 1 comprises +/-57 acres on the western section. Parcel # 2 comprises +/- 57 acres on the middle section. Parcel #3 comprises +/- 115 acres on the eastern section, including the dock site and the highest elevation. This current division affords the immediate opportunity to construct up to two dwellings on each parcel.

The island is ideally suited for residential development of multiple estate-sized homesites which would afford spectacular views along with complete seclusion. Other possibilities include the creation of a one-of-a-kind family compound or corporate retreat, an artist’s studio, a luxury spa, or a unique eco-tourism destination.

A rare opportunity:

In the 18th Century, Thatch Cay was part of a Dutch plantation known as The Hope: in the 19th Century, it served as home to a small fishing village. The island was named after the large groves of thatch or tyre palms that were once commonly used to make brooms and also woven into mats and baskets. Since the early part of the 20th Century, the cay has been left entirely to Mother Nature. Today this pristine island is waiting to be fashioned into a new perfect paradise.

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