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.

Located on Pelican Island, 6.2 miles south of downtown Road Town, this beach is on the North coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. It's often said that Pelican Island Beach is the ideal location for escaping the hustle of the Virgin Islands' urban areas. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may provide just as many amenities as Pelican Island Beach, but tend to be more crowded because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North coast of Pelican Island. It is close to The Dungeon, which is located four and a half miles away, and it is among the attractions in the area.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Old Government House Museum, a lovely museum found five and a half miles away, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

If you can't wait to see as many of the Virgin Islands' attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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

Road Town is nearby and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Road Town isn't out of reach at six miles (ten kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Pelican Island Beach will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Because the beach is located in a relatively popular vacation destination, it shouldn't be that difficult to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For those wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the table below lists the accommodation options closest 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 during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you won't have to look too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant serves Caribbean cuisine. They are also known for their hamburgers and seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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
Peg Leg Landing (284) 494-0028 Eclectic 4.4 mi. N Tortola
The Genaker (284) 494-2512 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

Pelican Island has many nice beaches, so if Pelican Island Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Nanny Cay, situated four and a half miles to the north. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might enjoy people watching at White Bay Beach. It's found three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Another location you may want to try is The Bight, which is located a mile and a half to the southeast.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in the Virgin Islands, and paying a visit to Pelican Island Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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