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.

Situated near the center of 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 even if you aren't staying nearby. This beach is not just another beach attraction, it is one of the more unique and quiet beaches in the Virgin Islands. While Pelican Island Beach may be a bit off the beaten path, it's the best place to take an undisturbed nap on the sand.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring your equipment if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

If you go for sunny days which offer those who visit an idyllic experience, then maybe head on over to Pelican Island Beach; it's located within a more rural part of Pelican Island.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the North coast of Pelican Island. The Dungeon is situated four and a half miles away, and it is among the attractions in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but many travelers find that museums like Old Government House Museum (positioned five and a half miles to the north) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in the Virgin Islands. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

The nearby town of Road Town is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the coast, Road Town is a little ways off, maybe six miles (ten kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Because this beach is located in a fairly touristed area, it typically isn't that tough to find just the right type of hotel close-by. If you and your party are looking to get a place that's near the beach, the following table lists the closest options to Pelican Island Beach.

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


While this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you're prepared to drive a bit. One of the nearest places to eat is William Thornton Floating Bar and Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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
Captain Mulligans (284) 494-0602 American 4.7 mi. N Tortola

Other Beaches

Pelican Island has many beaches, so Pelican Island Beach is just one of your options.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Nanny Cay, found four and a half miles to the north. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that White Bay Beach is just right. You'll find it three and a half miles to the east-northeast.

Another option worth considering is The Bight, which is located a mile and a half to the southeast.

The Virgin Islands offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Pelican Island Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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