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 near the middle of Pelican Island, 6.2 miles south of downtown Road Town, this beach is on the North coast of the island, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Pelican Island Beach stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Many of the other beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Pelican Island Beach, but tend to be busier because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some equipment if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

Pelican Island Beach brings guests a quiet and peaceful experience, as the location that surrounds the beach is free of city-life and traffic.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North coast of Pelican Island. It is close to The Dungeon, which is situated four and a half miles away, and it is one of a few attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Old Government House Museum. This museum is located five and a half miles to the north, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed 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

Pelican Island Beach is very close to Road Town, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Road Town, which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the beach, Road Town is located roughly six miles (ten kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. Pelican Island Beach is not near very many major hotels, but you may see guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Those seeking a room near Pelican Island Beach won't find it that difficult, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. You'll find the closest and most convenient booking options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant. This restaurant features Caribbean food. Many guests rave about their hamburgers and seafood.

A list of nearby restaurants is provided 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
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

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

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, found four and a half miles away. On the other hand, White Bay Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

You might also want to visit The Bight, which is located a mile and a half away.

Maybe Pelican Island Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; if so, the Virgin Islands offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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