Pelican Island Beach

This private, uninhabited island is popular among snorkelers and divers, who spend their days alternating between exploring under the water and relaxing in the sand.

Positioned on Pelican Island, 6.2 miles south of downtown Road Town, this beach is on the North coast of the island, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it's one of the rare "quiet" beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Pelican Island Beach may be a little harder to reach, it allows travelers to truly relax and claim their own space on the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

If you find that you enjoy shores that bring visitors a quiet place to escape, then think about trying out Pelican Island Beach; it's back within a less urban sector of Pelican Island.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North coast of Pelican Island. It is close to The Dungeon, which is seen four and a half miles to the north, and it is one of the popular spots in the area.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Old Government House Museum, a lovely museum found five and a half miles away, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Pelican Island Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Dungeon Historical Site 4.3 N Tortola
Thornton Plantation Historical Site 4.6 N Tortola
Fort Recovery Historical Site 4.9 NW Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins Historical Site 5.7 N Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 5.7 N Tortola

Cities and Towns

Pelican Island Beach is very close to Road Town, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Road Town is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Road Town is a car ride off, about six miles (ten kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those wanting to find a place that's near the water, the following table shows the closest accommodation options to Pelican Island Beach.

Accommodations near Pelican Island Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Peter Island Resort & Spa 3.8 ENE Resort
Nanny Cay Marina & Hotel 4.4 N Resort
Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas 4.9 NW Resort


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest places to eat is William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant. This restaurant offers a menu of Caribbean cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their hamburgers and seafood.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Pelican Island Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Distance Direction Island
William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant (284) 340-8603 Caribbean 1.4 mi. SE Norman Island
Tradewinds Restaurant (284) 495-2000 Caribbean 3.8 mi. ENE Peter Island
Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill (284) 495-2000 Caribbean, Continental, Fusion 3.8 mi. ENE Peter Island
The Genaker (284) 494-2512 Eclectic 4.4 mi. N Tortola
Peg Leg Landing (284) 494-0028 Eclectic 4.4 mi. N Tortola
Captain Mulligans (284) 494-0602 American 4.7 mi. N Tortola
Fort Recovery Restaurant (284) 541-0955 Eclectic 4.9 mi. NW Tortola

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Pelican Island Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on Pelican Island.

You might also enjoy Nanny Cay, located four and a half miles to the north. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, White Bay Beach offers a little more opportunity for excitement, and isn't far from nearby attractions. It's found three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Vacationers may also want to visit The Bight, located a mile and a half to the southeast.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to Pelican Island Beach could end up a family favorite.


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